Temporomandibular Joint Replacement

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Overview of Temporomandibular Joint Replacement




1-2 Weeks

Work Leave

1-2 Weeks

Complete Recovery

Multiple Days

Success Rate


Number of Stages

3 Stages

Materials Used

Teeth Shells

What Is Temporomandibular Joint Replacement?

Total temporomandibular joint replacement surgery is a novel surgical procedure that aims to address issues concerning the joints connecting the lower jaw to the base of the skull by utilizing specially crafted prosthetic joints.

Unlike other joints in the body, the TMJ operates in conjunction with its counterpart on the opposite side, establishing a distinctive functional synergy. Jaw replacement surgery isn’t universally necessary for all types of jaw complications.

However, certain TMJ conditions and pathological cases require reconstruction through the implementation of a complete joint prosthesis.

Over the past decade, TMJ joint replacement surgery has emerged as a mainstream treatment option. However, its journey to success wasn't without challenges.

In the early stages, there were notable difficulties with the prosthetic joints, resulting in a relatively high failure rate. Nonetheless, advancements in technology and techniques have paved the way for improved outcomes in recent years.

Individuals requiring TMJ replacement often fall into specific categories, such as those who have endured severe facial trauma resulting in jaw fractures or situations where the joint itself has been damaged due to malignancies like cancerous tumors or other diseases such as bone infections and joint diseases.

Why Choose Temporomandibular Joint Replacement in Turkey?

The prospect of choosing Turkey as a destination for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) replacement surgery is certainly worth considering. The reasons behind this include:

Affordable TMJ Replacement

Turkey presents a bouquet of cost-effective options for those who seek cheaper joint replacement procedures. The treasure trove of affordability and excellence of care has ignited the interest of many international patients from all parts of the world. International Clinics in Istanbul, for instance, grants patients a gateway to comprehensive treatment without an exorbitant price tag.

World-Class Dental Centers

It’s not easy to find clinics that use technology that harmonizes with unrivaled expertise as in Turkey. In fact, there are Turkish prestigious clinics that offer a level of quality that rivals dental clinics in other developed countries, including Germany and Canada. Of course, such quality is needed to perform safe and effective TMJ replacement procedures.

Surgical Excellence

Many Turkish surgeons are described as “masters” in the domain of TMJ replacement surgery. Thanks to their rigorous training and practical experience, they orchestrate medical interventions with precise, harmonious outcomes for their patients, reaching a new milestone of surgical excellence.

Joyful Recovery

The ethos of compassionate care thrives inside Turkish clinics. The intricate dance between technical prowess and a heartfelt touch ensures that patients are not merely recipients of surgical expertise, but beneficiaries of a holistic healing experience. Additionally, patients will have the opportunity to enjoy Turkish hospitality and cuisine during their recovery.

Facilitated Process

The process of having TMJ replacement surgery in Turkey is easy and quite straightforward. After the initial consultation, you will be presented with different packages carefully designed to meet all your needs during your stay in the country. The packages cover different aspects of the treatment process and provide more value.

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Benefits of Temporomandibular Joint Replacement

There are manifold benefits associated with the surgery. We can explore them as follows:

The Procedure of Temporomandibular Joint Replacement

The actual surgical procedure itself typically takes around 1.5 hours per side, considering that both sides of the jaw may require attention. During this time, the orthopedic surgeon replaces the damaged joint with a titanium counterpart, aiming to restore optimal functionality. The steps of the procedure include:

1. Custom manufacturing

Planning and custom manufacturing of the joint components are essential steps. This stage involves a comprehensive process that spans approximately three months. It begins with the patient undergoing a specialized CT scan, which captures precise, fine-slice images of the jaw joint. These scans serve as the foundation for the implant manufacturer to create initial draft designs.

2. Surgical procedure

In TMJ joint replacement surgery, the knuckle of the joint is surgically removed, and a titanium replacement is inserted instead. In some cases, a small portion of the base of the skull may also be excised and substituted with a high-density plastic material. This plastic component is securely affixed to the side of the skull. The titanium knuckle fits into the plastic, restoring the jaw's full range of motion.

3. Post-operative care

Following the surgery, the patient typically remains in the hospital for about a week. This period allows for close monitoring and appropriate post-operative care. Some patients, particularly those with chronic pain, may require extended hospital stays to ensure comprehensive management and healing.

Risks of Temporomandibular Joint Replacement

There are potential complications and risks associated with the procedure:

Cost of Temporomandibular Joint Replacement in Turkey

Temporomandibular joint replacement is one of the most expensive procedures. In Turkey, the surgery costs between 4000-6000 US dollars. In other countries, the surgery costs up to a staggering 50000 US dollars, especially in The United States and Germany. Apparently, Turkey occupies the cost ladder by a huge margin compared to other countries.

How Can International Clinics Help You?

International Clinics helps international patients access affordable, high-quality medical and aesthetic procedures in Turkey. Our team of consultants is here to answer your questions and provide guidance throughout your treatment journey.

Our partner hospitals and clinics have successfully performed thousands of procedures for patients from Europe, Asia, North America, and the Middle East.

Use the contact forms on our website to request a free consultation with our team. We’re ready to help you get the care you need.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Jaw joint replacement is supposed to last more than 20-30 years. However, there is still a lot of ambiguity regarding this matter due to limited studies.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be replaced by implants or custom-made prosthetic materials.

Many people experienced full recovery after treating their TMJ disorders. Others recover without treating the condition, but this isn’t always the case.  

Jaw surgery can fix TMJ disorders, especially if the surgery targets the joints and the surrounding muscles.

TMJ replacement surgery is often a successful procedure with around a 90% success rate according to many sources.  

Jaw surgery is worth it for treating TMJ disorders, but it doesn’t always work as intended.


Procedure Results

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Name: Shaima

Age: 25

Nationality: UAE

Date: 22-01-2022

Additional procedures: None


Seamless Treatment Journey

In addition to the medical services that we provide at the International Clinics, we also provide a range of supportive services to ensure patient comfort and safety, including:

Reception &

We provide airport pickup and drop-off, transport between hotels, hospital, and other sites


A medical advisor will ensure an appropriate and comfortable treatment plan that meets all your needs

24/7 Support

We provide access to dental consultants who can answer questions, address concerns, and coordinate care


Accommodation will not be a problem at all, because our team will help you in booking the most suitable place during your stay in Turkey

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The quality team communicates with patients after procedures to ensure that they received the care they deserve

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