I just underwent surgery to replace both my jaw joints (bilateral total TMJ replacement) and now I've got a bionic jaw. AMA!
I'm 22. I've had arthritis (juvenile rheumatoid) all over my body since I was about 7, including in my jaw (TMJ) joints. While the treatments in the rest of my body were enough to prevent any serious damage, they didn't work in my TMJs. After years on waiting lists, I had a bilateral total joint replacement, where my TMJs were removed and replaced with custom modelled joints made from titanium and polyurethane. Edit to add that I also got a sliding genioplasty to pull my chin forward a bit, and then they removed a wisdom tooth. Ha.
Trying to help speed up time passing while I wait for swelling/pain to go away and figured with all the people who have TMJ, this might be of some interest.
Proof has one of the incisions and my sick new haircut. Not sure where else to start, but AMA!
Edit: wow, slept for a few hours and woke up to lots of questions! Will do my best to answer these :)
Edit 2: going to try and get some more sleep but will come back to this in the morning if anyone has more questions. Thanks for this reddit, this has been a lot of fun!