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Swallowing Changes Related to Chronic Temporomandibular Disorders

To investigate whether chronic temporomandibular disorder (TMD) patients showed any changes in swallowing compared to a control group. Moreover, it was examined whether swallowing variables and a valid clinic measure of orofacial myofunctional status were associated.

National Academy of Medicine Holds Second TMD Meeting

We have reported previously about the decision of the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to convene a committee of experts to examine all aspects of temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

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To understand this possible connection, you have to consider how blood pressure is normally controlled by the nervous system.

Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment

Public Workshop Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment

National Academy of Medicine Study on Temporomandibular Disorders: From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment

An ad hoc committee, under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Health and Medicine Division, has been convened to study temporomandibular disorders (TMD) in a project entitled From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment.

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

  • Nov 22, 2018

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.

Potentially eligible women must first complete a brief interview via telephone to confirm eligibility.

Study participation involves:

  • By telephone, completion of a full informed consent process with one of our research staff;
  • Completion of a medical release form to obtain TMJ-related treatment records;
  • Completion of a web-based survey about your treatment experience;
  • Imaging of your facial bones using relatively low-radiation “Cone Beam Computed Tomography” (CBCT), and
  • DEXA bone density scans to check your overall bone density. Imaging procedures may be scheduled on the same day or different days;
  • Participants receive $400 for time, effort and transportation costs.

Eligible women must:

  • Live in the Los Angeles, New York City, or Boston metropolitan area, or be willing/able to travel to either area for imaging appointments;
  • Be over age 18;
  • Have sought care for ”TMJ” pain within the last 6 months;
  • Have had “TMJ” pain for at least one year;
  • Have either:
    • o Within the last 9 months, received 2+Botox© treatments with injections to the cheek muscle(s),
    • OR never received Botox© for any reason but have received other partly effective facial pain treatments from a dentist or physician.

Click here to view a full copy of the consent form, describing the study in detail.

For further information or to request screening eligibility, please contact a member of the NYU research staff by phone at (212) 998-9208 or by email:

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