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TMJ RoundTable Update - June 2017

From the time of the June 16, 2016 meeting, until last month, progress has been slow. However, over the past couple of months we have the following accomplishments to share with you.

Pain Drawings: An Important Tool for Health Care Practitioners

Last year we shared with you a study in which investigators found patients with more severe and chronic TMD are likely to experience other persistent pain conditions in other parts of the body, seemingly unrelated to problems in the jaw or face. Yet patients often do not mention these "overlapping" or "comorbid" pain conditions when they see a dentist or health care provider.

Primary Temporomandibular Disorders and Comorbid Conditions

The aim of this study is to evaluate the distribution of the most common comorbid conditions associated with chronic temporomandibular disorders, and the pharmacological agents which play an integral role in the overall management of temporomandibular joint disorders. Abstract: INTROD

Overdiagnosis and Unnecessary Therapy

Many dental practitioners continue to use radiographic or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as the sole means of establishing that there is a pathology present that requires treatment.

TMD Self-Management Programs

Self-management (SM) programs in temporomandibular disease (TMD) are a core component of pain management of TMD throughout its course and are often given to patients as a first essential step after diagnosis.

Eryca's Story

  • May 13, 2015

I've suffered from TMJ Disorders since high school. My teeth grinding and clenching is so severe that I cracked a tooth and had to have it removed. I wake up with severe pain in the jaw and constant headaches.
 
I started seeing a naturopathic doctor who said it’s very likely I have a magnesium deficiency. She put me on magnesium pills taken nightly. The very next morning I woke up and for the first time in ages and my jaw was NOT in pain! Magnesium is also a natural muscle relaxer. It has significantly reduced my nightly teeth grinding and subsequent TMJ and jaw pain and headaches.
 
People sometimes go through extreme jaw surgeries; however, in my case all that was needed was a magnesium supplement.

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