Two months ago I got lock jaw from a root canal procedure done on a back molar. My jaw locked up and closed entirely.I couldn't even fit one finger into my mouth opening. I never had TMJ problems that I know of. I went to an oral surgeon. He performed a procedure by flushing out the joint with lubricant and filling with a steroid. I could open my jaw only 15mm(1 1/2 fingers)after the procedure. That was three weeks ago. Now I can only open my jaw 1 finger. It is very painful. I am using heat, muscle relaxants, and splint therapy(tongue depressers). My MRI last week showed the disc was in place. My surgeon thinks it is adhesions and has referred me to have anthroscopic surgery. Is this the next best course? What about other options? I am very confused and frustrated. I can't believe how long all of this treatment is taking. Meanwhile, I can't eat most foods, I can't brush the inside of my teeth, and I am in pain when I try to stretch the muscles. Can you please advise me and/or refer me to a specialist. (My current oral surgeon has washed his hands of my problem and is referring me on to someone else (4 hours away). I live in Carteret County, North Carolina).Thanks.