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Face and Jaw Surgery

Dislocation of jaw

05/09/2006

Question:

My father recently suffered from viral encephalitis and during his 17 month stay in the hospital his jaw became dislocated because he lied iin bed with his mouth open the entire time. The muscle underneath became shortened and the muscles in his cheeks became atrophed. We attempted to wire his jaw twice and it failed. I heard there is some procedure that is able to replace the muscle underneath. Is this true and would this be the best course of action? Who would you recommend as the specialists in this field?

Answer:

My recommendation is for him to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with expertise in temporomandibular joint disorders.  This is actually not an uncommon situation after prolonged oral intubation.

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Response by:

Guillermo  E Chacon, DDS Guillermo E Chacon, DDS
Formerly:
Associate Professor of Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University