More than 30 years ago, I had a facial injury that caused dislocation of my jaw. My jaw has ached ever since and I have problems opening my mouth. X-rays show that the jaw has "squared-off" an area of my skull, so I guess there is some cartilege missing. I have constant grinding (bone on bone?) and, according to my dentist, my jaw muscles spasm about a dozen times each time I open my mouth.
Soon after the injury, I tried splints and braces to correct the problem but with no success. I have spent 10s of thousands of dollars trying to get this fixed and replacing teeth that became loose.
The pain can be unbearable at times so I try not to do anything that makes it bad. Like chewing, talking....
If you think surgery could help, what kind of doctor should I look for?