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Statement by NIDCR Acting Director on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

I am pleased to announce the release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care. As underscored by the comprehensive report, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) are a diverse and still poorly understood set of complex, painful conditions affecting the jaw muscles and tissues, temporomandibular joints, and associated nerves. Clearly, there is much more to be understood, and these conditions continue to confound medical and dental health care providers and researchers.

New Report on Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care

With support from the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine appointed a committee to address the current state of knowledge regarding TMD research, education and training, safety and efficacy of clinical treatments, and associated burden and costs.

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Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project The TMJ Association received the following request from Professor Justin Durham and his research team at Newcastle University. We encourage TMJ patients to participate in this project as it is an under researched

Drug Induced Bruxism

The authors of this article state that orofacial movement disorders (bruxism) are treated typically by dental professionals and not by those specialists (neurologists) researching and treating the other movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, tremors, etc.). Again, this is more evidence of the complexity of TMD and the need for multidisciplinary research and treatment in TMD.

TMJA Office Update - Spring 2016

  • Apr 6, 2016

After President Obama submits his budget to Congress, the work of Representatives and Senators begins. It is at this time that we tell our elected officials what YOU, TMJ patients, need to have addressed.

The past two months have been busy ones outside our office. On February 23rd we visited the offices of Wisconsin Senators Tammy Baldwin, Ron Johnson, and Representative James Sensenbrenner while attending the American Association for Dental Research and Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Advocacy Day event on Capitol Hill. On March 8th we visited nine Senate and House Offices. During our Hill meetings with staff and Senators we discussed:

  • Research on TMD pain: As always, our number one request is for research. Since 2006, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has supported OPPERA, the Orofacial Pain Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment project, which has been the leading research program not only in deciphering the intricacies of TMD pain, but also that of a number of conditions that often coexist with TMD. We want this kind of research to expand.
  • Pain research: If patients are not able to receive opioids for severe and chronic pain, what are their options for safe and effective alternatives? Over-the-counter medications may not "touch" the pain and can have severe consequences on the liver, kidneys, heart, stomach, and esophagus. Other complementary or behavioral therapies take time that a person in pain who is employed may not have. Nor will the costs necessarily be covered by insurance. We need to intensify research aimed at finding safe and effective alternatives to opioids to relieve the chronic pain of millions of Americans.

We also visited with Food and Drug Administration staff to discuss the development of the first TMJ Implant Round Table.

It is clear that research on all aspects of Temporomandibular Disorders and our overlapping pain conditions are needed. Please send that message to your own Senators and Congress person! They need to hear from you now.

The TMJ Association by Terrie Cowley


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