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.

Katie's Story
My TMJ pain comes in many forms. It starts with soreness in my jaw, usually one side or the other, not both at the same time. As it worsens it feels like tooth pain. Terrible tooth pain that moves from tooth to tooth so you can’t tell which it is. When it’s really bad the entire side of my face is in pain. My teeth, my cheeks, my jaw, my ear. It can feel like an earache, or a headache. It can feel like my teeth are going to fall out of my head. My neck hurts, my back hurts, my shoulders hurt. I think that I will die before the pain goes away.
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