Conservative management of dislocated temporomandibular joints: A case report

턱관절 탈구의 보존적 치료법에 대한 증례보고

  • Park, Jo-Eun (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Dankook University) ;
  • Kim, Hye-Kyoung (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Dankook University) ;
  • Choi, Hee-Hoon (Department of Oral Medicine, Department of Dentistry, The Armed Forces Yangju Hospital) ;
  • Kim, Mee-Eun (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Dankook University)
  • 박좋은 (단국대학교 치과대학 구강내과학교실) ;
  • 김혜경 (단국대학교 치과대학 구강내과학교실) ;
  • 최희훈 (국군양주병원 치과부 구강내과) ;
  • 김미은 (단국대학교 치과대학 구강내과학교실)
  • Received : 2013.08.01
  • Accepted : 2013.08.30
  • Published : 2013.12.30


Dislocation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) occurs when the mandibular condylar head is displaced completely out of the glenoid fossa and cannot be reduced by the patient. The occurrence of bilateral anterior dislocation is the most common. Dislocations can be classified into three types in terms of duration and frequency of dislocation, i.e., acute, chronic and recurrent. There are various treatment modalities for dislocation from conservative try to surgical intervention. The selection for the appropriate modality mainly depends on the types of dislocation as previously stated. The authors report three cases of dislocation with different treatment modalities according to the duration of dislocation. In particular, we tried prosthetic approach instead of surgical intervention in the patient with chronic dislocation.


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