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Locked jaw

My daughter Emily had a dental procedure (filling in the lower jaw) in May 2009 and now nine months later, she is still unable to open her jaw completely. The MRI that was done indicated that the disks in her TMJ had slid out of place on both sides of her jaw.  We have heard that there may be a splint that can help in getting the disks back in place, but do not know of any dentists that do this or whether it works   We have been to over 20 different health care providers – dentists, oral medicine specialists, MDs, neurologists, natural medicine providers, chiropracters, acupuncture and others, and no one has been able to help.  Do you have any suggestions regarding dentists to see or procedures to try?
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Seeing a competent tmj specialist to perform manual reduction of displaced disc is advised.If displaced disc can not be reduced manually, arthrocentesis and lavage or surgical intervention is warranted.
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