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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,

WHAT TMJ PATIENTS WANT

  • Jun 22, 2014

The TMJA conducted an online survey asking: "What do TMJ patients want?" The following is a summary of the top 20 responses we received.

  1. The medical community to understand the multi-components of TMJ
  2. To change the misconceptions of this disorder
  3. For people in the world to understand what a TMJ implant is and what handicaps it puts on your life
  4. A cure!
  5. Treatment to relieve the pain so I can open my mouth fully and enjoy all the food I used to like!
  6. For the condition to become a legitimate health issue to doctors
  7. Emotional support in a society where, not only medics and dentists, but one's own immediate relations seem deliberately blind and deaf to one's devastating physical problems
  8. Hope! Direction!
  9. Just to know others are out there that have the same problem; to hear other patients' stories and know they understand
  10. Help!
  11. Doctors who are sympathetic to the condition and offer compassionate care
  12. Research, clinical studies, standard treatments and practices dealing with TMJ and all of its causes
  13. PAIN RELIEF!
  14. Scientific and evidence based practice data
  15. To know if TMJ is the cause of other illnesses or are other illnesses the cause of TMJ
  16. Research dollars to be spent differently
  17. Medical progress
  18. To get the word out about TMJ disorders; too many doctors and dentists still have no idea that it even exists and can be a major problem
  19. To be recognized by the orthopedic community; after all the TMJ is a joint in the body
  20. The best damn science this country can give us and a lot of it!

For a more formal answer to the question of “What do TMJ patients want?” please read this informative and inspirational speech by co-founder and TMJA President, Terrie Cowley, presented to the International Consensus Workshop: Convergence on an Orofacial Pain Taxonomy in 2009. (Full Text PDF)