Arthrocentesis is done by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who uses needles to withdraw fluid from and/or inject fluid or medicine into a joint space. Arthrocentesis of the temporomandibular joint is used:
Arthrocentesis seems to work for people who have severe closed lock of the temporomandibular joint.1
At the end of the procedure, corticosteroids or local anesthetic may be injected into the joint. This can be particularly helpful in cases of temporomandibular disorder related to rheumatoid arthritis.
After the procedure, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to control pain. And jaw exercises are started during recovery.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry|
|Last Revised||January 11, 2012|
Last Revised: January 11, 2012
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2012 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.