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.

Terri: A Light at the End of the Tunnel
At the tender age of 19, I was forced in to a marriage with a man 16 years older than myself. He brutally abused me every single day. Beatings, emotional abuse, rapes, you name it I got it. One day he sucker punched my left jaw 3 times and broke my jaw immediately. Refusing to take me to the hospital and knowing he would be arrested my jaw had no choice but to heal on its own. He did not care that my jaw was broke and he thought it was funny when he would hit me in my face on a daily basis. My jaw would ache and throb so bad that I would secretly & silently cry at night when my abuser was sleeping. It was the only time I could let my feelings out. He was so cruel that he did not care one bit about the pain he was putting me through. He actually thought it was funny at times when he would laugh uncontrollably at me. There were so many times I tried to escape but he was slick, he knew how to keep me a prisoner. I was not allowed to go to the store or any where for that matter without one of his two sons tagging along.
This is my story.
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TMJA's Seventh Scientific Meeting

On September 7-9, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland, scientists, clinicians, and patients took part in our Seventh Scientific Meeting, Genetic, Epigenetic, and Mechanistic Studies of Temporomandibular Disorders and Overlapping Pain Conditions.

Support TMJ Advocacy

The TMJ Association is the only patient advocacy organization fighting for the best science that will lead to greater understanding of Temporomandibular and related disorders and safe and effective treatments. We need YOUR help in these efforts. Pleas

FDA Recall Alert: DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System

The DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Distraction System is an implant used to lengthen and/or stabilize the lower jawbone (mandibular body) and the side of the lower jaw (ramus). This device is used in pediatric and adult patients to correct birth (congenital) or post-traumatic defects of the jaw by gradually lengthening the bone (distraction).

New Science Funding Opportunities Inspired by TMJA Advocacy

Check Out These Two New Science Funding Opportunities Inspired by TMJA Advocacy 1. The Biology of the Temporomandibular Joint In our May 2013 issue of TMJ News Bites we reported that the NIH convened a round-table meeting to

Let’s hear it for Mindfulness Meditation!

The National Institutes of Health re-established a cross-institute Pain Consortium about a decade ago to increase pain research and promote inter-institute collaboration. The consortium holds annual symposia and invites young investigators to submit post

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 six such meetings to date and issued a TMJ Science journal for each. 

TMJA Research Goals