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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,

Hyperreactive Brain Network May Be Cause of Chronic Pain in Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Fibromyalgia is one of the overlapping pain conditions with TMD. This article appeared in Fibromyalgia News Today on January 15, 2018. A new study suggests a hyperreactive brain network may be the underlying cause of chronic pain in fibromyalgia.

Kolia

  • Dec 21, 2017

I am 36 years old and have been living with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia in 2008.  

My TMD diagnosis was made in 2006. I have been to numerous dental and maxillofacial professionals over the years. Insurance coverage limits my treatments. I have gone through multiple root canals and teeth replacements on my right joint, which is where all of my nerve and joint pain occurs. I have a droop in my face and often my muscle contracts on my right side. I frequently have my joint pop out of socket, and often have to hold it in while eating, yawning etc. I prefer to eat alone due to the noise and the fact that holding my joint is embarrassing.  

I have worked a very tough corporate job for the past 11 years, and I have always been hesitant about jaw replacement surgery, despite my provider's recommendation. I am looking forward to having children at this point, because of the ages of me and my spouse, and hope that shortly after having children I could commit to surgical interventions. I have had injections, bone grafts, etc.  

I am beyond grateful for the resources and the personal stories provided on www.tmj.org. Thank you all.  


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