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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

 
                             

On June 16, 2016 your TMJ Association, working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), led the first-ever RoundTable bringing together all those concerned with TMJ implants: patients, providers, manufacturers, regulators, researchers, and policymakers. Participants engaged in discussions, shared challenges openly and in the end expressed willingness to work collaboratively to rebuild trust and work toward the common goal – improving the healthcare of the TMJ patients of this country. The meeting was hosted by the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health at FDA headquarters in Maryland. The intent of the meeting was met and the meeting itself was deemed to be a success and an aspirational model for future patient-led interactions. Click here to read the TMJ Patient Roundtable background, goals, and meeting summary.

The June 16th meeting, the first in an ongoing process, laid the groundwork for future discussions which will begin in topic designated working groups. These working groups will work toward fulfilling the goals of the project which are to develop outcome assessment and reporting tools based on patient input, as well as evidence to incorporate patient-centered data into clinical care. The working groups will examine the natural history and pathophysiology of temporomandibular disorders, the scientific evidence underlying the progression of treatments leading to surgical procedures and/or implants. Additionally, they will examine the current treatment protocols, best-practices, guidelines and educational curricula on TMJ treatments across health care disciplines.



Think You May Have Temporomandibular 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.

 

The TMJ Association is the only organization fighting for the best science that will lead to a greater understanding of Temporomandibular Disorders and safe and effective treatments. As a nonprofit, 501(c)3 patient advocacy organization, we rely solely on the generous donations from people like you to fund vital TMD research and awareness efforts. Make a tax-deductible contribution today!  For additional ways you can help, click here.

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Sally's Story
My TMJ issues have been present for the last 10 years. It started as migraine headaches and progressed into neck and shoulder pain. Doctors sent me to physical therapy and treated the headaches with numerous medications. We started narrowing down the pain to the jaw area. One day my physical therapist tried to loosen up my jaw for some stretching and didn't like what she felt. She stopped immediately and told me I should go see an oral surgeon. At first I didn't understand but I was willing to try anything to treat the pain issues I was facing on a daily basis.
This is my story.
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CFC 2017 Fall Campaign Begins

If you are a government employee who understands the full impact of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) on individuals, their loved ones and society-at-large, please help us to continue to change the face of TMJ by designating The TMJ Association as your Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity #12102.

Patients Needed in Baltimore MD Area: Study on Genetics and Facial, Jaw and Headache Pain

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Nursing asked us to post the following announcement on a research opportunity at the University of Maryland.

Hot & Cold Packs: Most Effective Therapy

In a survey the TMJA conducted of TMD patients, the most frequently used intervention (65% of respondents) was thermal therapy (hot or cold compresses) to the jaw; these were also found by 74% of the respondents to result in a reduction of symptoms.

Emerging Research on Orofacial Pain

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine published a report documenting that at least 100 million U.S. adults-more than the number afflicted by heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined-suffer from common chronic pain conditions that persist for ≥3 mo ("Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research,").

Painful Temporomandibular Disorder: Decade of Discovery from OPPERA Studies

In 2006, the OPPERA project (Orofacial Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment) set out to identify risk factors for development of painful temporomandibular disorder (TMD). A decade later, this review summarizes its key findings.

Less is Best

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.

Doing Less is Best? Yes!
TMJ News Bites

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TMJ Community

Read a selection of touching stories submitted by those experiencing TMD – learn how others cope with issues many patients face.

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Science Research

What are the TMJA science meetings all about? We've held seven such meetings to date and issued a TMJ Science journal for each. 

TMJA Research Goals