TMJ Post Surgery
The below exercises are to be done daily, twenty (20) repetitions, four (4) times a day. Do not do them more than four (4) times a day. The idea is to get your mouth open as wide as you can, as quick as you can. Decrease motion of the jaw post surgery causes adhesions, limited opening, and pain. Please be diligent with your exercises and do not let discomfort be the limiting factor on being able to get your mouth open.
The goal for your opening at the end of 6 weeks is to be able to open your mouth to two (2) of your own knuckles folded over.
Exercises to be done for the first two (2) weeks post TMJ Surgery
- The first exercise is to take your tongue and roll it as far back on the roof of your mouth as possible. Continuing to touch your tongue on the roof of your mouth, open as wide as possible without disengaging your tongue. Do this exercise twenty (20) repetitions, four (4) times a day.
- Move your jaw side to side and forward. Do this by moving your lower jaw to the right so that the edges of your teeth on the right line up. Move your jaw to the left so that the edges of your teeth on the left line up. Move your jaw forward so that the edges of your teeth line up. This exercise is to be repeated twenty (20) times, four (4) times a day.
When you have completed these exercises, ice your jaw down for 15 minutes. Do not do the exercises more than four (4) times a day. Do them diligently when you do them.
Exercises to be done for weeks three (3) to six (6) post TMJ Surgery
- Prybar – Place the thumb on the under surface of the upper front teeth and the middle finger on the lower front teeth and pry open your mouth to the maximum extent. Do this exercise twenty (20) repetitions, four (4) times a day.
- Rubber Tubing – Place the rubber tubing near your eye teeth on your right lower jaw and move your jaw to the right as far as possible while biting down lightly on the rubber tubing. Then place the rubber tubing on your left eye teeth area and mover your lower jaw to the left as far as possible. Now, place the rubber tubing at the front teeth area, biting lightly on the rubber tubing move your lower jaw as far forward as possible. Rubber tubing will be provided by the office. This exercise is to be repeated twenty (20) times, four (4) times a day.
- Painting of the Upper Teeth – Take the tip of your tongue and touch your right most posterior upper molar outside surface and then paint all of your upper front teeth running from posterior molar to the left posterior molar and then pack to the right again. That is one cycle. Do this twenty (20) cycles, four (4) times a day
Again, all of these repetitions are to be done 4 times a day, 20 times each. Work hard and get a good result.
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