Currently looking to open a new facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Dr. Rocky Cullens treats patients as an oral maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Cullens possesses interest in cleft lip and palate repair cases as well as temporomandibular joint surgery.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) provides movement in the region that connects the jawbone to the skull. TMJ complications can arise from teeth grinding or clenching, a jaw injury, damaged cartilage, an eroded disk, or arthritis. While some cases can be easily managed with nonsurgical treatments, more severe conditions causing increased pain and discomfort may only be able to be rectified with a surgical procedure.
Doctors are likely to suggest a variety of medications and therapies before recommending surgery. Muscle relaxants, oral splints, and sedatives are among the first options to consider. If TMJ problems persist, corticosteroid injections or arthrocentesis can alleviate the symptoms; the latter uses a needle and fluid to irrigate the joint, removing inflammation byproducts and debris. The final option, surgery, is typically employed when a doctor notices structural issues that require repair or replacement of the joint.