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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.

Is It Wise to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

  • May 16, 2020

A recent systematic review conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration finds insufficient evidence to support or refute the removal of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth. An impacted wisdom tooth is called trouble-free, (disease free or asymptomatic) if the patient does not experience signs or symptoms of pain or discomfort associated with it.
Over the years we've heard from many TMJ patients who report that their Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) symptoms began shortly after wisdom teeth removal or they had their wisdom teeth removed as a form of treatment for TMD. (We also heard that TMD had begun after other types of dental treatment).

It’s important to note wisdom teeth do NOT cause TMD. These teeth only need to be removed when local events justify their extraction. This includes inflammation of the gums around the wisdom teeth, or their negative impact on the neighboring teeth. Wisdom teeth should NOT be extracted for a TMD problem.

Resource: Cochrane Collaboration article , Surgical removal vs. retnetion for the managment of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth

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Yadi9300 - Tuesday, November 05, 2019
I actually started having really bad tmj due to my wisdom teeth being impacted and an oral surgeon said i had Tmd and no matter what treatments he gave me the pain wouldn’t go away so he finally extracted my wisdom teeth that were impacted and the tmj went away completely it’s horrible because I dealt with this issue for almost 5 years and who knew wisdom teeth could cause this so I don’t agree with what your saying