Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cure?
TMJ disorders are an orthopedic problem requiring long-term management. There is no immediate or permanent cure for temporomandibular disorders. Through effective treatment and management, pain can be relieved and the rest of your life can begin. Our goal is to provide you the skills, the tools, and the support needed for life-long success. 

Is surgery required?
It is Dr. Auvenshine and Dr. Pettit’s philosophy that surgery is not the answer to the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). Over 99 percent of the patients we treat are managed non-surgically. Less than one percent of the patients with TMD require surgery. Surgery does not represent a cure, but only a repair to the joint. Therefore, extreme caution should be exercised and thorough diagnostic procedures performed before surgery is even considered. It is Dr. Auvenshine’s and Dr. Pettit’s professional opinion that non-surgical techniques should be exhausted before surgery is considered. If surgery is indicated, following the surgical procedure, extensive physical therapy is necessary to effect a positive result. Therefore, the patient must be committed to strict management before surgery is performed.

How do I know if I have TMD?
Symptoms of TMJ disorders include headaches, pain in the temple area, pain in and around the jaw joint area, back pain, shoulder pain or stiffness in the neck, limited movement, limited opening of the jaw, earaches and ringing in the ears, clicking or popping in the jaw joint, and dizziness. If you have any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with us for a diagnostic evaluation.

Does insurance cover this?
MedCenter TMJ is not a participating provider with any insurance company. The patient is responsible for submitting their own claims for possible reimbursement. However, we are committed to helping you during the submission process to your insurance company. Our office will provide initial insurance forms upon request and help as best as we can with your insurance. The forms should be submitted under the Major Medical section of your insurance plan.