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New Report on Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care

Over a year and half ago, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) began the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). The study assessed the current state of TMD research, education and training, the safety and efficacy of clinical treatments, and associated burden and costs.

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.

Have you seen the film Dark Waters?

The Film. Dark Waters is about attorney Robert Billott's real-life 20 year legal battle against DuPont chemical for releasing toxic waste - perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA - into Parkersburg, West Virginia's water supply, with devastating health effects on the townspeople and livestock. PFOA, also known as C8, is a man-made chemical. It is used in the process of making Teflon and similar chemicals known as fluorotelomers.

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.

Botox Online Survey - Help Advance TMJ Science!

  • Oct 26, 2016

The TMJ Association has been asked by Dr. Karen Raphael, professor and clinical research scientist at New York University College of Dentistry, to help in setting the stage for a major study of the risks and benefits of Botox injections in the masticatory muscles (your chewing muscles). Dr. Susan Herring, professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, conducted an animal study, which we reported on in August 2011. To date, no human research addressing this issue has been conducted. The safety and efficacy of Botox for TMD treatment is still unknown. For her study of the effects on humans, Dr. Raphael hopes to identify a large group of women suffering with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) who have had recent Botox injections in their masticatory muscles and a similar group of women with TMD who have not had these injections.

Here is your chance to advance TMJ science!

Click here to participate in this online survey (This survey has ended).  Your input will provide Dr. Raphael's research group with important information about the experiences and characteristics of women who have or have not had Botox injections for TMD. Some of those participating in the survey will also be invited to participate in a national study. The national study will evaluate changes in the size, shape and quality of the temporomandibular joint following Botox injections using special radiological imaging techniques. Completion of the survey will not obligate you to participate in the national study.

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