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Dentists in Distress

Fear of the dentist is practically a rite of passage in youth. Growing up, I wasn't exactly afraid of the dentist; rather, any excuse to leave school early was a powerful incentive. These days, I have a more complicated relationship with dentistry: I go to get answers and try to feel better, but I always pop a prophylactic ibuprofen or two in case my jaw protests from the oral gymnastics.

Patients in Los Angeles or New York City Needed for Clinical Study - Comparative Study of Women Considering or Currently Receiving Botox© Injections for TMJ Pain

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.

Patients Front and Center at the 2018 TMJ Patient-Led RoundTable

It is still all too fresh in the minds of many patients. Fifty years ago, between the 1970s and 1980s, some 10,000 TMJ patients received Vitek jaw implant devices.

Funding Opportunities now available for the NIH Common Fund’s Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program

The NIH Common Fund's Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program aims to understand the biological characteristics underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain and what makes some people susceptible and others resilient to the development of chronic pain.

Opportunity to Voice Your Opinion: U.S. Government Officials Want To Hear from Patients with Pain

FDA Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain On July 9, 2018, FDA hosted a public meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/15/2018-10284/patient-focused-

John: The Importance of Education

  • May 13, 2015

John is a former Professor of Finance at American University in Washington D.C. He is married and has three children. The unpredictable nature of his TMJ symptoms put a strain on his family. In the Fall of 2001, John began to seek relief from TMJ pain–ultimately spending well over $10,000 on treatments that were ineffective.

Finally, in January 2005, he was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection that caused TMJ issues. The antibiotic protocols which were prescribed to treat the Lyme disease alleviated John’s TMJ problems. As a result of his experience with a systemic illness, John has become a strong advocate for medical research.

John Benjamin wrote: “In my quest for answers, I have gained great insight into the lack of science underlying TMJ treatments as well as the lack of understanding of these conditions. Interdisciplinary research is desperately needed to understand what today we call “TMJ.” I regret that I endured years of suffering, needless dental treatments, and spent thousands of dollars only to learn that I had a systemic underlying illness that caused my TMJ problems. If it had not been for The TMJ Association, I would have had TMJ surgery—a surgery I didn’t need, that would not have addressed the causes of the jaw pain, and which could have caused me more harm.

The TMJ Association is the leading resource for information on TMJ diseases and disorders. Through our publications, educational meetings, and patient support network, the Association reaches out to people, such as John, and provides them guidance in making their health care decisions. The needs and concerns of TMJ patients shape the Association’s daily activities and mission.

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