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what is the treatment for a jaw dislocation?

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Dr. TED FEDER
Dr. TED FEDER answered
40 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Move it Back: The ball of the ball-in-socket TMJ joint is moving over and beyond the bump intended to limit opening. Immediately, you push down on the lower molar teeth while you push up and back on the chin. To keep the jaw from dislocating, avoid opening widely to begin with. Put your fist under your chin while yawning. Sometimes surgery is necessary to reduce the bump the jaw is getting stuck over.
Answered on May 21, 2015
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Dr. David Mcnay
26 years experience Dentistry
Dental visit: If your jaw is dislocated and or locked open there are ways to do it yourself but it's better to have a dentist do it first then have that same dentist show you how to do it yourself next time. Often if the jaw is out of socket the muscles cramp something fierce and placing it back in may require some muscle relaxers or the physics of a strong fingered dentist. I hope the best for you!
Answered on Mar 27, 2015
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Two concerns: See either an oral surgeon or a dentist with extensive experience and training in treating patients with TMJ problems, depending upon the degree if dislocation and your specific circumstances, several different techniques may be necessary. The bigger concern is long prevention and management.
Answered on Apr 24, 2019
Dr. Daniel Quon
42 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends: Treatment will depend upon the type of "dislocation". Evaluation by your dentist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can hopefully diagnose if your problem is a skeletal problem where your mouth may be locked wide open or a problem with the disc or meniscus where your mouth may be slightly open and not be able to close with either scenario. Additional studies are needed to confirm the diagnosis.
Answered on Mar 27, 2015
Dr. Louis Gallia
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Jaw vs disk: True jaw dislocation is the "ball out of socket". Requires. jaw manipulation. See oral surgeon ASAP. Jaw joint click/pop, joint pain. limited oral opening is disk out of position in joint. See TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask for referral.
Answered on Mar 27, 2015

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