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Dental Glossary

Displaced Disc

A jaw joint problem whereby the disc (meniscus), or cushion between the jaw pivot and the base of the skull, is pushed or pulled out of alignment. The displacement can include the entire disc or one edge. This condition is what causes the jaw to click or pop upon opening. It may be reversible or irreversible. One of the great controversies in dentistry, most people with this condition are free of symptoms; a few patients become victims of crippling pain and dysfunction. Women are more susceptible to painful symptoms than men, especially in the age range of 16 to 40.