Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 502–507 | Cite as

Chronic Long-Standing Temporomandibular Joint Dislocation: Report of Three Cases and Review of Literature

  • Mahdi GholamiEmail author
  • Alireza Shirzadeh
  • Hussein Khalife
Original Article



To present three cases of chronic long-standing TMJ dislocation and discuss our treatment protocol with other options in the literature.

Patients and methods

Three cases of chronic TMJ dislocation (more than 4 months) that has never been reduced previously were treated by open reduction, meniscectomy or meniscoplasty and lateral pterygoid muscle myotomy. After a short period of MMF, TMJ physiotherapy was performed.


During 3 years of follow-up, the condition had not recurred at all and all patients were functional and symptom free.


Based on other therapeutic options in the literature, our treatment protocol seems to be an effectual operation with fewer complications.


TMJ Dislocation Chronic Long standing 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahdi Gholami
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Alireza Shirzadeh
    • 3
  • Hussein Khalife
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of DentistryMashhad University of Medical ScienceMashhadIran
  2. 2.Oral & Maxillofacial Disease Research CenterMashhad University of Medical ScienceMashhadIran
  3. 3.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryBirjand University of Medical ScienceBirjandIran
  4. 4.Cancer InstituteTehran University of Medical ScienceTehranIran

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