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Question:
Had jaw alignment done 29 years ago which was pretty invasive. I have done well but have had a couple of bouts with the jaw locking shut.

I stay on a muscle relaxer at night did have splints but they do not work with my sleep apnea mask. I have noticed a slight change in alignment over the years and pain more than other times lately.

Jaw locked sideways this time and I was able to get it to losen up but now popping is occuring with movement and it does not feel like it is in the right position sometimes which has not happened since the surgery.

Not many surgeons in the area and I am not sure what to do next. I have been told the disk is just about gone on both sides. ...Visitor from MO

Answer:
Unfortunately, the tissues within the tmj joint are not regenerative.

With a joint that is rapidly deteriorating your best resource for learning about treatment options that can stabilize the joints is an oral surgeon who performs tmj surgeries.

Whether or not the use of Stainless steel replacement joints would be feasible can be investigated.

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