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Centralized Pain in TMD: Is It All in the Head?

We are pleased to introduce Sophia Stone, a new contributor to The TMJ Association, whose passion is to separate TMD fact from TMD fiction. Sophia has a background in medicine and research and can draw on her personal experience as a TMD patient.

TMD and Burning Mouth Syndrome

A study in the International Journal of Dental Research reporting the latest update on Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) noted two thirds of BMS patients also had Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).

Stem Cell Study of Jaw Development Could Offer Insight Into Craniofacial Flaws

Scientists in the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Gage Crump have revealed how key genes guide the development of the jaw in zebrafish. These findings may offer clues for understanding craniofacial anomalies in human patients, who sometimes carry a mutation in equivalent genes.

Pain in Your Head Hurts More Than Elsewhere in the Body

Terrie Cowley, Co-Founder and President of The TMJ Association, often remarks that patients tell her that the pain they feel in their jaws is worse than pain elsewhere in the body.

2018 NIDCR and Hill Visits

On February 26, TMJA staff participated in the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Patient Advocacy Council (PAC), an umbrella group comprising non-profit organizations that work together to advance dental, oral,

ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS

  • Jun 18, 2014

The TMJ Association (TMJA) continues to strive for its ultimate goal: the development of universal standards for safe, effective, affordable, science-based diagnostics, treatments, and prevention of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). We understand that patient education, advocacy, and the provision of accessible support systems are central to achieving that goal.

The TMJA serves patients, professionals, and the general public through a variety of educational, social, and advocacy programs.

  • We represent the needs of patients by participating in government health care policy and research meetings, testifying before congressional committees, and working to promote temporomandibular joint research and development activities in all relevant government agencies. We recognize that educating elected officials is essential to directing attention to the prevalence, cost, and long-term pain and disability often associated with these complex disorders.
  • Our periodicals inform readers of relevant legislative, scientific, and research news. The TMJ Communiqué, a general newsletter, and our TMJ Science journal, a research publication, provide concise, accurate, and newsworthy reports. Our educational materials provide a basic understanding of TMD and related treatment options.
  • We connect TMJ patients in need with other patients who have offered to provide one-on-one support. Our support contacts validate patients' often-doubted pain and disability, reduce isolation, promote self-esteem, and encourage self-reliance and coping skills.
  • The TMJA is shaping a society in which the state of TMD and the pain and suffering they cause are recognized, and effectively managed with scientifically validated treatments.

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The TMJ Association continues to strive for its ultimate goal: the development of universal standards for safe, effective, affordable, science-based diagnostics, treatments, and prevention of temporomandibular disorders (TMJDs). We understand that patient education, advocacy, and the provision of accessible support systems are central to achieving that goal.

The TMJA serves patients, professionals, and the general public through a variety of educational, social, and advocacy programs:

  • We represent the needs of patients by participating in government health care policy and research meetings, testifying before congressional committees, and working to promote temporomandibular joint research and development activities in all relevant government agencies. We recognize that educating elected officials is essential to directing attention to the prevalence, cost, and long-term pain and disability often associated with these complex disorders.
  • Our periodicals inform readers of relevant legislative, scientific, and research news. The TMJ Communiqué, a general newsletter, and our TMJ Science journal, a research publication, provide concise, accurate, and newsworthy reports. Our educational materials provide a basic understanding of TMJDs and related treatment options.
  • We connect TMJ patients in need with other patients who have offered to provide one-on-one support. Our support contacts validate patients' often-doubted pain and disability, reduce isolation, promote self-esteem, and encourage self-reliance and coping skills.
  • The TMJA is shaping a society in which the state of TMJDs and the pain and suffering they cause are recognized, and effectively managed with scientifically validated treatments.

Back to TMJ Assocation Ltd.