• Management of acute dislocation of the temporomandibular joint in dental practice.

      McGoldrick, David M; Stassen, Leo F A; Dublin Dental School and Hospital, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, Ireland. (Irish Dental Association, 2010-12)
      Acute dislocation of the temporomandibular joint is a situation that, although rare, may present to the dentist in practice at any time. A number of activities, such as removal of a tooth, may cause dislocation. The event is painful and distressing for the patient, their family and the dental team. Prompt management minimises discomfort, distress and long-term morbidity to the patient. We describe the aetiology of acute dislocation and outline a number of techniques that will aid the clinican in dealing with this event.