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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.

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

TMJA SCIENCE MEETINGS

  • Sep 21, 2016

The TMJ Association has held the following prestigious scientific meetings in Bethesda, Maryland. Speaker abstracts, meeting agendas, as well as issues of the TMJ Science, a science journal, which contains the summary and recommendations of our scientific meetings are listed below.

First Scientific Meeting - Moving Temporomandibular Joint Research into the 21st Century

Second Scientific Meeting - Joint and Muscle Dysfunction of the Temporomandibular Joint

Third Scientific Meeting - Advancing Diagnostic Approaches for TMJ Diseases and Disorders

Fourth Scientific Meeting - A Systems Approach to the Understanding of TMJ as a Complex Disease

Fifth Scientific Meeting - Can Studies of Comorbidities with TMJDs Reveal Common Mechanisms of Disease?

Sixth Scientific Meeting - Comorbid Chronic Pain Conditions - Mechanisms, Diagnosis and Treatments

Seventh Scientific Meeting - Genetic and Epigenetic Basis of Temporomandibular Disorders and Related Chronic Overlapping Conditions

Eighth Scientific Meeting - How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular Disorders and its Comorbidities?


To receive a hard copy of TMJ Science, please indicate the journal(s) you'd like to receive and send your request to info@tmj.org.

Comments from the Scientific Meetings

Over the course of these Scientific Meetings, we have received many positive comments from the members of the medical community who have attended. To gain more insight in what happens at these gatherings, read on:

"Thanks for the fantastic meeting. I have been going to TMD and pain meetings for over 20 years and this was one of the best that I have ever attended. The idea of bringing together all the experts and patient advocates for all the comorbidities was a great idea. We all need to get together and find those common purposes. The meeting truly reflected what I see as a clinician and what the vast majority of our patients report. Thanks for all your hard work. It is obvious that you are accomplishing things that could not be done without your efforts! There are a lot of providers and patients who will benefit from what you are doing."

~Morris A. Branch, D.D.S., M.S., Bethesda, MD

"I wanted to congratulate you on superb conference (5th Science Meeting)! Definitely one of the best interdisciplinary gatherings I can remember! I hope that an NIH Road Map Initiative will come out of this."

~Emeran A. Mayer, MD, Director, Center for Neurobiology of Stress - Division of Digestive Diseases, University of California, Los Angeles

"The TMJ Association has once again distinguished itself by sponsoring it's fourth scientific meeting...the Association is to be congratulated for its innovation and creativity..."

~Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research