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 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.

Click here to read the National Institutes of Health brochure on Temporomandibular Disorders

 
                             

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.



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. Double your gift today with a corporate matching contribution!  For additional ways you can help, click here.

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TMJ RoundTable Update - June 2017

From the time of the June 16, 2016 meeting, until last month, progress has been slow. However, over the past couple of months we have the following accomplishments to share with you.

Pain Drawings: An Important Tool for Health Care Practitioners

Last year we shared with you a study in which investigators found patients with more severe and chronic TMD are likely to experience other persistent pain conditions in other parts of the body, seemingly unrelated to problems in the jaw or face. Yet patients often do not mention these "overlapping" or "comorbid" pain conditions when they see a dentist or health care provider.

Primary Temporomandibular Disorders and Comorbid Conditions

The aim of this study is to evaluate the distribution of the most common comorbid conditions associated with chronic temporomandibular disorders, and the pharmacological agents which play an integral role in the overall management of temporomandibular joint disorders. Abstract: INTROD

Overdiagnosis and Unnecessary Therapy

Many dental practitioners continue to use radiographic or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as the sole means of establishing that there is a pathology present that requires treatment.

TMD Self-Management Programs

Self-management (SM) programs in temporomandibular disease (TMD) are a core component of pain management of TMD throughout its course and are often given to patients as a first essential step after diagnosis.

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

Sign up for our e-newsletter, TMJ News Bites, and stay informed and updated on the latest TMD news.

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

TMJA Research Goals