Who is affected by TMJ disorders (TMD)? What are the causes, symptoms, and treatments? How are they diagnosed? Find answers to all your TMD questions.
Welcome to The TMJ Association!
We're glad you're here. You're not alone.
The TMJ Association, Ltd. (TMJA) is a nonprofit, patient advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the quality of health care and lives of everyone affected by temporomandibular disorders (TMD). For over 25 years we have shared reliable information on TMD with people like you and invite you to read our website.
Terrie Cowley - President and Co-Founder
Think You May Have TMJ Disorders?
1) FIRST, try eating soft foods, using ice packs, and avoiding extreme jaw movements, like yawning and gum chewing. Short-term use of over-the-counter or prescription pain medicines may also provide relief.
2) AVOID treatments that cause permanent changes in the bite or jaw. This includes crown work, bridge work or orthodontics to change the bite, grinding down teeth (bite adjustment), or repositioning splints.
3) AVOID surgical treatment, where possible. There have been no long-term studies to test the safety and effectiveness of these procedures.
Dear Doctor Magazine and The TMJ Association, Ltd. Join Forces to Educate the Public about Temporomandibular Disorders
Dear Doctor - Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, the nation's leading source of dental healthcare advice for consumers, today announced a new partnership with The TMJ Association, Ltd. (TMJA) that will bring the most up-to-date information to people suffering from temporomandibular disorders, also known as TMJ. Read more about our new partnership.
The latest Dear Doctor article, "Chronic Jaw Pain and Associated Conditions", is now available. Click here to read this article.
Medical devices report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded the 510(k) process lacks the legal basis to be a reliable premarket screen of the safety and effectiveness of moderate-risk devices, and furthermore, that it cannont be transformed into one. Read more.
Donate and make a difference! Help find effective treatments for TMJ Disorders. The TMJ Association is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 patient advocacy organization that relies solely on the generous donations from people like you to fund vital TMD research and awareness efforts.
Terrie: Intended or Unintended, the Unforgivable InjuryTMJ disorders can drastically alter the life patterns of the patients, their families and loved ones. As with any major chronic illness, or the loss of a loved one, everyone experiences the grieving process. In a matter of months or overnight, the patient becomes a totally different person, experiencing unexpected and unfamiliar physical limitations and accompanying fear. The patient is forced to give up not only part of oneself, but also the idealizations and hopes one has had. If these losses are not replaced with hope through understanding and acceptance, everything seems hopeless. Unfortunately, for TMJ patients there are few answers and little that makes sense, which makes understanding, and therefore acceptance, difficult.
This is my story.