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A new approach for temporomandibular joint arthrocentesis

Krishnan, Srirama; Sharma, Rakesha; Gupta, Shalini R.b; Verma, Maheshc

Egyptian Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: January 2013 - Volume 4 - Issue 1 - p 11–14
doi: 10.1097/01.OMX.0000425711.92624.16
Research article

Temporomandibular arthrocentesis is a relatively simple technique to address certain dysfunctions of the jaw joint. These dysfunctions include disc displacements, anchored disc phenomenon, and intracapsular inflammation. Temporomandibular joint arthrocentesis provides a minimally invasive approach in resolving certain common temporomandibular joint disorders, but is associated with certain morbidity. We describe a technique of arthrocentesis for minimizing any chance of injury to vital structures, and simplify the technique further.

Departments of aOral and Maxillofacial Surgery

bOral Medicine and Radiology

cOral and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence to Sriram Krishnan, MDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, MAMC Complex, B.S. Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110002, India Tel: +91 96 506 351 64; e-mail:

Received October 16, 2012

Accepted December 19, 2012

© 2013 Egyptian Associations of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery