Acute TMJ Dislocation and Technique of Manual Reduction

  • Kevin Coppelson
  • Gary Warburton


Temporomandibular joint dislocation accounts for 3% of all joint dislocations [1]. Most oral and maxillofacial surgeons, as well as many dental and emergency professionals, are likely to encounter a patient with acute TMJ dislocation in their career. With a similar presentation to open lock or subluxation, understanding the difference in history, clinical, and radiographic presentations can lead to earlier diagnosis and subsequent treatment. This chapter will focus on providing an understanding of the anatomy and pathology, as well as reviewing the different manual reduction techniques that can be used in the office or operating room settings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Oral & Maxillofacial SurgeryUniversity of Maryland School of DentistryBaltimoreUSA

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