I had a tooth pulled (i.e., extracted) today.
The pain of yesteryear called TMJ was likely the hairline fracture in the removed tooth.
Call it addition (improvement) by subtraction (extraction).
Went smoothly enough.
Versed, a brand name for the anesthetic midazolam, works wonders. At least for me.
I do not take the success of this "procedure" (the all-purpose medical euphemism) for granted.
I really don't.