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Honor Families Who Bravely Battle TMD

If you haven't done so already, please join me in making a year-end contribution to The TMJ Association (TMJA) in the honor of families like mine and yours who bravely battle this disease each and every day. Since my daughter, Alexandra, b

From Functional Pains to Central Sensitivity Syndromes

The following article in Medscape refers to TMD and some of its overlapping pain conditions as functional pains and proposes to change that description. Medscape is the leading online resource for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide, offeri

Are TMD Patients More Pain Sensitive? Maybe. But It's Complicated

TMD patients come in many different varieties. Some experience pain and dysfunction confined only to the jaw and/or the associated chewing muscles. Other TMD patients have jaw pain plus one or more other painful conditions elsewhere in the body. Scientis

TMJA's 8th Scientific Meeting

TMJA celebrated its 8th biennial scientific meeting this fall provocatively challenging scientists to answer, "How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular Disorders and its Comorbidities?" For three days scientists from fields

Introducing our TMD Nutrition Guide

The pain and jaw dysfunction associated with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) can impact your ability to chew and swallow food. How and what you are able to eat can seriously compromise your nutritional and health status - an aspect of TMD that is often

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  • Dec 16, 2016

    TMD patients come in many different varieties. Some experience pain and dysfunction confined only to the jaw and/or the associated chewing muscles. Other TMD patients have jaw pain plus one or more other painful conditions elsewhere in the body. Scientis


  • Dec 14, 2016

    TMJA celebrated its 8th biennial scientific meeting this fall provocatively challenging scientists to answer, "How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular Disorders and its Comorbidities?" For three days scientists from fields


  • Oct 13, 2016

    The pain and jaw dysfunction associated with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) can impact your ability to chew and swallow food. How and what you are able to eat can seriously compromise your nutritional and health status - an aspect of TMD that is often


  • Sep 23, 2016

    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.


  • Sep 22, 2016

    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.


  • Sep 22, 2016

    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.


  • Sep 21, 2016

    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,").


  • Sep 20, 2016

    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.


  • Jul 29, 2016

    Are you a woman with "TMJ" pain in facial muscles, who has either: a. recently had Botox© injections for your pain or b. not had Botox© for your pain but has thought about such treatment? If either is true for you, you may qualify for an observational research study centrally administered by the NYU College of Dentistry. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this study is to understand potential health risks that may be caused by treating "TMJ pain" with Botox© injections.


  • Jul 27, 2016

    It has taken persistence and too much time, but on June 16th of this year your TMJ Association, working with the Food and Drug Administration, led the first-ever RoundTable bringing together all those concerned with TMJ implants...


  • Jul 23, 2016

    Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Dental School are looking for volunteers with widespread pain that includes jaw pain (TMD) to participate in a research study to investigate the effect of three different non-


  • Jul 1, 2016

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry seeks to appoint a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Endodontics and in the Center for Pain Research and Innovation.


  • Jun 1, 2016

    In an eye-opening article to be published shortly in the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, authors Desai, Alkandari, and Laskin address the critical issue of the accuracy of information published on dental websites about the cause and treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD).


  • May 26, 2016

    A recent article that appeared in Current Rheumatology Reviews by a Spanish and a Scandinavian author* underscores the complexity of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). The authors note that these painful conditions have been discussed for over 70 years without reaching consensus on either their causes or treatment.


  • Apr 5, 2016

    Dr. Anne Sanders was kind enough to write the following synopsis of a recent study on sleep and TMD.     A recent study of the OPPERA group reported in The Journal of Pain, sheds new light on the understanding of poor sleep in relation


  • Dec 28, 2015

    The TMJ Association was asked to post the following announcement regarding the University of Michigan's Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Orofacial Pain Interdisciplinary Consortium (UM-TOPICs) Career Development Grant - NIH/NIDCR K12DE023574.


  • Dec 20, 2015

    Increasingly over the past several years patients with temporomandibular total joint implants have been telling us that they have become sensitive to a material, or materials in the implants. The most common material they're sensitive to is nickel.


  • Nov 30, 2015

    Our latest issue of TMJ Science, which includes the summary and recommendations from our 7th scientific meeting--Genetic, Epigenetic, and Mechanistic Studies of Temporomandibular Disorders and Overlapping Pain Conditions--is now available.


  • Nov 12, 2015

    On June 30, 2015, the Food and Drug Administrations Center of Devices and Radiological Health sent a warning letter to the President of Nexus CMF...


  • Nov 11, 2015

    In a survey the TMJA conducted of TMD patients and published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, found 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 results in a reduction of symptoms.


  • Nov 10, 2015

    The following article is from Vital Record News from Texas A&M Health Science Center Findings from researchers at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry could prove to upend previous dogma on bone formation in the temporomandib


  • Nov 9, 2015

    The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) and Bone and Joint Canada are dedicated to increasing research of musculoskeletal diseases. The USBJI has developed a grant mentoring program to provide early-career investigators an opportu


  • Sep 29, 2015

    Patients who develop symptoms of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), face certain challenges when weighing the benefits and risks of new treatments. Because the TMD field is well known for having diverse opinions, different practitioners may offer a wide variety of treatment options for the same condition.


  • Aug 27, 2015

    The daily routine of brushing and flossing your teeth can be difficult when you suffer from Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). A study published in the Journal of Orofacial Pain states that patients felt their TMD symptoms made it difficult for them to do routine mouth care at home.


  • Jul 31, 2015

    From time to time, The TMJ Association has reported research findings indicating that one or another form of a gene is found more frequently in patients with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) than in non-patients, suggesting a role for genetic factors in


  • Jun 15, 2015

    Karen Raphael, PhD, a long-time TMD researcher now at the New York University College of Dentistry, has provided the following commentary on the Susan Herring Botox® article, along with information on her plans for clinical studies of TMD patients who have been treated with Botulinum Toxin for TMD Pain.


  • Jun 10, 2015

    An article published online in the journal Bone* by a team of French investigators confirms that injecting Botox® into jaw muscles leads to significant bone loss in adult rats.


  • May 12, 2015

    Its purpose is to expand contemporary, systematic research approaches to elucidate the role of immune system plasticity in health and in the pathogenesis of dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) diseases. The goal is to advance knowledge of the immunologi


  • Mar 30, 2015

    When we read an article by Drs. Kevin Reid and Charles Greene on the ethics of TMD treatment in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, we thought the message was so important that we asked them to write on this topic for our readers.


  • Feb 12, 2015

    The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research announced a new funding opportunity for scientists to conduct research on the Pharmacogenomics of Orofacial Pain Management (RO1) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DE-16-001.html&n


  • Feb 5, 2015

    The National Institutes of Health Brochure on TMJ Disorders states that stabilization splints are the most widely used treatments for TMJ disorders, however studies of their effectiveness in providing pain relief has been inconclusive. Stabilization spli


  • Feb 5, 2015

    2015 Senate Report Language  For over 20 consecutive years, YOUR TMJA's advocacy efforts have resulted in Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Services Appropriations Subcommittee report language


  • Oct 22, 2014

    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).


  • Jun 27, 2014

    As TMJ patients search for alternative treatments to manage their pain, a doctor may have suggested the possibility of trying Botox injections directly into the chewing (masseter and temporalis) muscles to relax these muscles.


  • Apr 30, 2014

    Those who suffer from Temporomandibular Disorders also referred to as TMJ or TMD, may find it impossible to maintain the responsibilities associated with full-time work activity. Some of the symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Disorder, such as vertigo, light sensitivity, and severe pain in the neck, head, and ears, can make it impossible to earn an income. The resulting lack of income can lead to significant financial stress. Fortunately, in some cases, Social Security Disability benefits can help alleviate some of the financial strain associated with this condition.


  • Apr 2, 2014

    A recent posting on the TMJA website included the following request: "I wonder if you could include something in a future newsletter about the romantic/sexual side effects of TMD which I feel aren't talked about much but are pretty relevant.&q


  • Apr 2, 2014

    Last month we began our report on findings in OPPERA's Act Two," the second series of analyses of data from the Orofacial Pain Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA) study, which enrolled healthy volunteers at four campus sites in


  • Apr 2, 2014

    Doctors recently reported case studies of patients with severe heart failure. In one case, medical examination ruled out coronary artery disease, but noticed some striking similarities between the patient's symptoms and those of a fictional patient i


  • Apr 1, 2014

    This month we present the last set of findings from “Act Two” of the Oral Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA) study. [The Journal of Pain, Volume 14, Issue 12, Supplement, December 2013, pp. T1-T124.] Recall that these i


  • Jan 28, 2014

    Investigators analyzing the data collected in the long-running clinical study Orofacial Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA) have now published their findings comparing individuals, all of whom were TMD free at the start of the study


  • Dec 20, 2013

    For at least 50 years, most dentists have told their TMJ patients that grinding or clenching of their teeth is a major factor in the cause and persistence of their facial pain. Consequently, many patients accept this to be true. If a sleep partner tell


  • Dec 6, 2013

    Two articles in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery report: 1) a high number of metal allergies in Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) patients needing total replacement of their TM joints and 2) one year follow-up data comparing patients with metal allergies treated with all titanium total joint replacements (considered non-allergenic) with non-allergic patients treated with standard cobalt-chromium replacements joints.


  • Dec 6, 2013

    Hypersensitivity to TMJ implant materials is an issue that we are frequently hearing from TMJ patients.


  • Nov 8, 2013

    Scientists conducted a systematic review published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation which looked at whether or not there is a relationship between TMD and head and cervical posture.


  • Oct 10, 2013

    Because pain is a subjective experience, patients are often asked to describe their pain in words. The result is a rich set of adjectives like sharp, dull, burning, and throbbing. In particular, a throbbing quality often describes pain that is severe a


  • Oct 1, 2013

    On May 3rd, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research sponsored a roundtable meeting on the biology of the temporomandibular joint, together with the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and the Nationa


  • Oct 1, 2013

    Biobehavioral Pain Management in TMD Clinical Trial at Johns Hopkins Johns Hopkins Behavioral Research Medical Program in Baltimore, Maryland is conducting a clinical trial to look at how possible factors such as sleep disturbance and negative think


  • Sep 24, 2013

    In a well-argued review appearing in the leading science journal, Nature, investigators from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill suggest that both the diagnosis and treatment of TMD and other musculoskeletal pain conditions would benefit if hea


  • Sep 4, 2013

    Upon return from August recess, members of Congress will be debating the federal budget, debt ceiling, and sequestration. There are many ways you can speak up for yourself, for all sufferers of TMD, and for medical research as a whole: Contact your


  • Aug 27, 2013

    This is the 20th consecutive year that The TMJ Association advocacy efforts have resulted in report language. Report language tells agencies of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that elected officials are concerned about specific issues. This direc


  • Aug 14, 2013

    One of our readers recently brought to our attention a topic that arises occasionally from other TMD patients and we might add, their significant others—intimacy. "Hi TMJA, I'm a big fan of your website and newsletters and have found bo


  • Aug 14, 2013

    This article deals with the question of whether the stabilization splint, which is commonly used for treating TMDs and bruxism, may pose a risk of worsening obstructive sleep apnea in patients with that condition. While a few earlier studies have touched


  • Aug 7, 2013

    Patients should be cautious when considering TMD treatments that claim to provide relief by correcting occlusal and postural abnormalities. Not only can these treatments be extensive and expensive, but, more importantly, scientific literature does not su


  • Jul 31, 2013

    As many TMD patients know, it often hurts to bite down hard on foods, so they resort to a soft diet and less strenuous bite forces when their TMD pain kicks in. Now, a team of investigators led by Dr. Wolfgang Liedtke at Duke University Medical Center


  • Jun 28, 2013

    Dr. William Maixner and colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), School of Dentistry, currently involved in the multi-center Orofacial Pain Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA) study of TMD, have taken a secon


  • May 30, 2013

    For many years the TMJA has asked agencies of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to convene a meeting to assess what we know about the TM joint and to determine gaps in our knowledge. On May 3, 2013, the NIH held a scientific round table of experts


  • Apr 17, 2013

    The chronic pain of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) can be debilitating and interfere significantly with daily life. Physical pain, whether from TMD or another condition, may also trigger emotional stress that can exacerbate symptoms, causing elevat


  • Apr 17, 2013

    In our March 2013 issue of TMJ News Bites we asked: "Do you notice any difference in the level of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) pain and discomfort you experience depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle?" Here is what you had to s


  • Apr 17, 2013

    Neuroscientists have long sought to explain how recovery from an acute injury can sometimes give rise to chronic pain—and not always in the area of injury. Now, a team at the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences at the University of Maryland, Bal


  • Apr 17, 2013

    It has been known for decades that the brain has its own pain-relieving chemicals. They are called endogenous “opioids,” because of their similarity to opium-derived drugs like morphine. These opioids are released in the brain in response to


  • Apr 1, 2013

    Health fraud scams can do more than waste your money. They can cause serious injury or even death, says Gary Coody, R.Ph., the FDA’s national health fraud coordinator. “Using unproven treatments can delay getting a potentially life-saving dia


  • Mar 21, 2013

    The TMJ Association has been asked by Dr. Karen Raphael, professor and clinical research scientist at New York University College of Dentistry, to help in setting the stage for a major study of the risks and benefits of Botox injections in the mastic


  • Mar 14, 2013

    In our April 2012 TMJ News Bites, we reported on a study by Chinese scientists suggesting that estrogen increases pain sensitivity in the jaw by stimulating a brain center (the hippocampus) to express receptors for acid, heat and other noxious stimuli. T


  • Mar 13, 2013

    It’s common knowledge that the pupils of your eyes dilate in darkness—to absorb as much light as is available—while they contract in bright light so as not to overwhelm the system. Pupils also dilate in response to various stressors, in


  • Mar 7, 2013

    Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and other chronic pain disorders are associated with altered brain anatomy. A recent paper by Moayedi and colleagues expands knowledge in this area by describing the changes in white matter tract anatomy in TMD patients


  • Feb 22, 2013

    When you move your jaws, the cartilaginous disc between the condyle and your skull bone acts as a shock absorber by sliding between the bony surfaces. In some people, however, the disc becomes displaced and can cause pain, which is generally accompanied


  • Feb 13, 2013

    According to the New York Times, on December 10, 2012 the biotechnology giant, Amgen, said it was acquiring deCODE Genetics, a gene-hunting business known for its “headline grabbing discoveries linking genetic variations to disease. DeCODE, a priva


  • Feb 6, 2013

    Over the decade researchers studying Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) have concluded that these conditions are complex in origin. Some combination of genetic, sex, environmental and behavioral factors gives rise to symptoms of jaw pain and dysfunction.


  • Jan 10, 2013

    The focus of The TMJ Association's (TMJA) last three scientific meetings has been on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and pain conditions that a patient might get before or after being diagnosed with TMD. The recommendations from these meetings and


  • Jan 3, 2013

    Immunity-Suppressing Drugs Often Relieve Pain Autoimmunity is a condition in which the body's immune system turns against its own tissues. Pain Research Forum, a website for the pain research community, recently highlighted several studies suggesting


  • Dec 11, 2012

    Better Quality Studies Needed When it comes to guidance for making health care decisions the Cochrane Collaboration is an outstanding authority. The Collaboration is an international organization that aims to provide the highest quality evidence-bas


  • Dec 6, 2012

    New Research Links to TMJ Inflammation TMD patients sometimes report feeling dizzy or experiencing an uncomfortable whirling sensation throughout their bodies, either of which can place them in danger of losing their balance and falling. There are sen


  • Dec 5, 2012

    Since early days, TMJA has advocated for research to advance understanding of the TM joint, the most complex joint in the body, urging the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to put more effort into studies of basic anatomy and physiology, and of genet


  • Oct 31, 2012

    “Caveat emptor,” Latin for buyer beware, should be your watchword if you are a TMD patient seeking information or advice through Internet forums. That is the conclusion drawn from an interesting study conducted by two Swiss investigators, Drs


  • Oct 30, 2012

     The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), passed by the FDA in 1992 and renewed for the fifth time this year, aims to better utilize patient input to inform the drug research and approval process. Patients provide an essential perspective on the


  • Oct 30, 2012

    A generation ago, scientists discovered that the nervous system produces its own morphine-like, pain-relieving substances—the endorphins—which latch onto receptors on the surface of selected nerve cells to initiate their analgesic action. The


  • Oct 5, 2012

    A Resource Guide for Temporomandibular Disorders This publication by The TMJ Association is available as a PDF on our website, www.tmj.org. You may also request hard copies by mail. We encourage you to share this brochure with your friends, health c


  • Oct 5, 2012

    What is Magnesium? According to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The


  • Oct 5, 2012

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) has been awarded a $16 million grant by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research over five years for the continuation of clinical pain research begun as the OPPERA study (Orofacial P


  • Sep 5, 2012

    In this review, the author used PubMed to search the literature for studies involvling the use of botulinum toxin for treating myofascial (muscle) pain. Included in the review were open-label studies, single-blinded and double-blinded studies, randomiz


  • Aug 26, 2012

    Martha J. Somerman, D.D.S., Ph.D., has been appointed as director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). She is currently dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Seattle, a position she has held since 2


  • Aug 10, 2012

    A recent systematic review conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration finds insufficient evidence to support or refute the removal of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth. An impacted wisdom tooth is called trouble-free, (disease free or asymptomatic) if the


  • Aug 8, 2012

    Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have written to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Francis Collins, to commend the upcoming NIH Workshop on Chronic Overlapping Conditions (includin


  • Aug 3, 2012

    Biomedical engineers at Columbia University have been successful in using stem cells to grow grafts of bone in the shape of the TM joint. As Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic who heads the team remarked in a National Institutes of Health interview: "Today


  • Jul 31, 2012

    Who Funds Research on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest funding agency of scientific research for TMD.  In 2010 approximately $17 million was spent on TMD research. Our hope for relief l


  • Jul 25, 2012

    "What an unhappy surprise in the last few months to visit two different dentists and walk away with TMD in both TMJs!  Having spent 30 years as a speech-language pathologist, I am grateful to have a seasoned ability to devise strategies to help


  • Jul 12, 2012

    The National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium has selected 11 health professional schools as designated Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs). The CoEPEs will act as hubs for the development, evaluation, and distribution of pain management


  • Jul 11, 2012

    Dental occlusion, body posture and temporomandibular disorders: where we are now and where we are heading for Manfredini D, Castroflorio T, Perinetti G, Guarda-Nardini L. Oral Rehabilitation, 2012. The relationship between abnormaldental occlusion,


  • May 18, 2012

    What is internal derangement? Internal derangement involves displacement of the disc that acts as a cushion between the skull and lower jaw. Sometimes it can be accompanied by a clicking and or popping sound. Although if a disc is very displaced, it m


  • May 18, 2012

    Patients in pain first and foremost are concerned with their pain and how to alleviate it.  TMD patients also worry about using their jaws—can they open wide, chew their food, speak, and otherwise express their feelings. Along with those worri


  • May 17, 2012

    We received the following patient comment from Gillian in response to the article in our April TMJ News Bites, “Avoid a TMD Misdiagnosis, Watch Out for Lyme Disease”. I was SO happy to see that your latest newsletter included information a


  • May 17, 2012

    The TMJ Association advocates for research that will help TMD patients.  That means not only finding new drugs or other treatments to relieve jaw pain and dysfunction; it also means basic research to understand the development of the joint and how i


  • May 11, 2012

    The National Institutes of Health has created a new website,NIH Clinical Research Trials and You, to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate. Clinical trials are essential for identifying and understanding


  • May 3, 2012

    With a much warmer start to spring, ticks will be out early this year. It’s especially important to take note of this if you live in or will be visiting a part of the country prone to ticks. Lyme disease is caused by at least three species of bac


  • May 3, 2012

    Inductive, Scaffold-Based, Regenerative Medicine Approach to Reconstruction of the Temporomandibular Joint Disk  The TMJ disc is composed of soft cartilaginous material that acts as a shock absorber between the temporal bone of the skull and the l


  • May 1, 2012

    That TMD predominantly strikes women in their childbearing years has long intrigued scientists. But studies of the effects of female hormones—exactly how they affect TMD symptoms—remain controversial. Now scientists in China, in an experim


  • Apr 12, 2012

    Administrative Supplements for Collaborative Science: Opportunities for Existing NIDCR Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Admin Supp) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-159.html The NIDCR announces the availability of funds for Adm


  • Mar 15, 2012

    TMJA Survey Results The individuals affected by Temporomandibluar Joint Disorders (TMD) were on average 41 years of age and predominantly female (90%). Nearly 60% of both men and women reported recent pain of moderate-to-severe intensity with a


  • Mar 15, 2012

    This is the time of year when the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives develop the 2013 budgets for all federal agencies. One of those agencies is the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The NIH is the nation's medical research agency, s


  • Mar 7, 2012

    The use of glucosamine has been widely promoted to the lay public as a treatment for degenerative arthritis. However, most of the clinical studies that have been done have failed to show any significant effect. Now, a recently published study that comp


  • Mar 7, 2012

    New research by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill investigators shows that young women with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are four times more likely to be current or former smokers than women of any age who have no clinical signs of TMD.


  • Feb 15, 2012

    Do you have neck and shoulder pain in addition to pain in your temporomandibular joint? A recent study in the Clinical Journal of Pain (Vol. 28, 2012, pgs 55-64) offers a possible explanation for this condition. In this study, muscle activity was analyz


  • Feb 2, 2012

    HELP Committee to Examine Ways to Tackle Epidemic of Chronic Pain, Builds on Landmark 2011 Institute of Medicine Study (Washington, D.C. February 2, 2012)  The Chronic Pain Research Alliance (CPRA) today hailed the U.S. Senate’s announcem


  • Jan 18, 2012

    A clinical study on TMJ disorders is being conducted in the Dallas, Texas area. The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether early non-surgical treatment techniques such as biofeedback, stress management and self management coping skills training, r


  • Jan 18, 2012

    The University of Maryland Dental School has completed recruitment for a clinical trial to see if the drug duloxetine (Cymbalta) relieves pain of temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Duloxetine is an antidepressant also approved by the United States Food


  • Dec 15, 2011

    On Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 from 8-8:30 pm Eastern time Dr. Paul Christo will host a radio show on TMJ Disorders. Marion Blackburn, a TMJ patient and TMJA volunteer, as well as Dr. Christian Stohler, Dean at the University of Maryland Dental School and TM


  • Nov 29, 2011

    The typical profile of patients with TM Disorders is of women in their child-bearing years. This means that they undergo fluctuating levels of estrogen in the bloodstream, depending upon the phase of the menstrual cycle, with estrogen levels highest ne


  • Nov 22, 2011

    The Orofacial Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA) study is the long-range comprehensive study of 3,200 volunteers 18 to 44 years old who were free of TMD at the outset but some of whom developed TMD in the course of the years of the study.


  • Nov 3, 2011

    Concerned by the decade long lack of scientific evidence last July, The TMJ Association asked the FDA to analyze all the Medwatch reports they received on TMJ total joint devices. They did and found that 52% of TMJ devices had to be explanted within th


  • Oct 7, 2011

    Corticosteroid injections have been used to reduce pain and improve function of arthritic joints in various parts of the body.  What about the temporomandibular joint?    Not so fast, say the editors of a review article examining the evi


  • Oct 5, 2011

    No drugs specifically targeted to treat temporomandibular disorders (TMD) have ever been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Yet many drugs—analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), opioids, muscle relaxants and others&mdash


  • Oct 4, 2011

    The TMJ Association envisions a time when Temporomandibular Disorders are history. In the meantime, our goal is the advancement of scientific research that will lead to understanding, safely and effectively treating, curing, and ultimately preventing t


  • Aug 17, 2011

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences was commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to evaluate the 510(k) clearance process for medical devices and to make recommendations directed toward improving regulation o


  • Aug 3, 2011

    Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is one of the less common symptoms of TMJ disorders. If you are experiencing tinnitus you might want to read the recently published article by the National Institutes of Health, Ringing in Your Ears?. Ringing in Your E


  • Aug 2, 2011

    Dr. Susan Herring and her colleagues presented their own research findings at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting in March of this year.  Dr. Herring prepared the following lay summary for our readers:   Mandibula


  • Jul 28, 2011

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) to evaluate the 510(k) clearance process for medical devices and to make recommendations directed toward improving regulation of these devices. The IOM is


  • Jul 15, 2011

    Our sincere thanks to Dr. Susan Herring of the University of Washington in Seattle  for providing the following summary of a recent article in the profressional journal, Pain. Efficacy of botulinum toxin type A for treatment of persistent myofasc


  • Jul 15, 2011

    Because the Preface of the IOM report, Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Tranforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research,  is such an eloquent statement of the issues and experiences of the Committee Chair and Vice-Chair, as well as


  • Apr 28, 2011

    This is exciting news as recent genetic studies have pointed to inflammation as a major contributor of TMJ disorders.This research conducted by The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Harvard Medical School may provide a piece of the puzzle of


  • Feb 16, 2011

    Time to Try It? Acupuncture is a traditional medicine that’s been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Its proponents say it can do everything from relieving pain to bringing a general sense of wellness. Others


  • Feb 15, 2011

    A recent study conducted at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University found that therapeutic exercise brings earlier recovery of jaw function compared with splints! Randomized Clinical Trial of Treatment for TMJ Disc Displacement Abstract: Of t


  • Feb 8, 2011

    As you can see from this press release, the FDA has unearthed some troubling statistics on TMJ implant devices, such as, "the analysis described a substantial number of patients who had implants replaced within three years or less after implantation


  • Feb 7, 2011

    This morning The TMJ Association received a call from Dr. Jeff Shuren, Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advising us of the FDA's action on TMJ implant devices. Terrie Cowley, Pres


  • Jan 27, 2011

    These useful tips for treating temporomandibualr disorders were recently featured in Reader's Digest's book of 1,801 Home Remedies as well as on-line.   Treating Temporomandibular Disorder If you have pain when you chew or yawn &mdas


  • Jan 13, 2011

    Recently, National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers were able to stop tinnitus in rats by rebooting the brain.  We thought this article would be of interest to the TMJ community since tinnitus is a very common symptom of TMJ disorders. Tinnitu


  • Nov 28, 2010

    "Before implanting a third artificial jaw joint in Heidi Clark's head, doctors had to remove particles of plastic from the second failed joint that had broken apart and become embedded in muscle. It was the latest of five surgeries Clark has


  • Sep 23, 2010

    What the latest research indicates about the relationship between non-traditional approaches to chronic pain. Low-Back Pain Reviews of research on acupuncture, massage, and spinal manipulation for chronic low-back pain have found evidence that


  • Sep 23, 2010

    We recently received the following comment from Victoria in response to Erin’s blog “Growing up with a TMJD Mom”. We wanted to highlight Victoria’s response as it reflects an international perspective of TMJ Disorders. Hi,&nb


  • Sep 22, 2010

    A fellow TMJ patient recently contacted us inquiring about a possible relationship between TMJ disorders and seizures.  Here is what she wrote: I have also had right temporomandibular joint dysfunction since the age of ten caused by dentis


  • Sep 17, 2010

    by Lin Parkin, Mermaids Sea Jewels If I had a nickel for each time someone (doctors included) asked me if I had TMJ, I would be wealthy. Yes, I have TMJ. In fact, I have a pair of TMJs: one is my natural joint, and the other a complete replacement of


  • Sep 9, 2010

    Although it is not the most common of TMJ problems, closed lock is very frightening for those who have it. In its most acute stage, the mouth is almost impossible to open because of both a physical block by a displaced disk and great pain.


  • Sep 8, 2010

    Neuromuscular dentistry is a dental treatment philosophy intended to correct a “malalignment”of the jaw at the temporomandibular joint and produce a balanced bite. The neuromuscular dentist uses several computerized instruments to measure y


  • Sep 7, 2010

  • Aug 27, 2010

    Stephanie Mensh recently wrote a blog for the Disruptive Women in Health Care website. The title is, Getting What You Need From the System: Tips for Advocating. Ms. Mensch and her husband were in their 30's when he suffered a stroke. As she said, &


  • Aug 19, 2010

    TMJ disorders most often affect women in their childbearing years, however it is important that we not forget about the men who suffer as well.  We’d like to share thoughts from David, a fellow TMJ patient.   To give you some ba


  • Jul 28, 2010

    The TMJA recently received an e-mail from a TMJ patient who would like to hear from others who have had post TMJ surgical side effects.  We would like to open this blog for discussion and encourage you to share your experiences. "Has anyone ex


  • Jul 16, 2010

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) contracted with The Lewin Group to conduct a study of the per-patient cost and efficacy/effectiveness of treatment for TMJ. This study was carried out at the request of the Senate Appropriations Co


  • Jul 14, 2010

    We received the following question from a TMJ patient and wanted to share this with our readers: For the past month I've been researching Platelet Rich Plasma injections (PRP) and its use in joint therapies. Although I've been researching


  • Jul 14, 2010

    Sharon is a TMJ patient who had both the Vitek (VKII) and Hoffman total joint implants and has had multiple surgical procedures. This year she has been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma. That is a cancer that affects the salivary glands and lymph


  • Jun 3, 2010

    The Wealthy Dentist, a dental marketing company, recently published results from a poll surveying members, “What particular dental treatments do you want to push to your patients?”  Survey results indicated TMJ disorders were ‘push


  • May 27, 2010

    If you have had an adverse reaction to any medications and/or devices, such as splints, Mitek anchors, and other TMJ implants, it’s important that you report this problem to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  As a consumer, it is impor


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