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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.

Disjointed Regulation - TMJ Implant Devices

  • Jan 27, 2017

"Before implanting a third artificial jaw joint in Heidi Clark's head, doctors had to remove particles of plastic from the second failed joint that had broken apart and become embedded in muscle.

It was the latest of five surgeries Clark has endured that have reshaped her face, damaged nerves and added to the intense pain and depression that have marked what husband Kevin calls her "long road to hell."

Like more than 35 million Americans, Clark has a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ - a group of ailments affecting the joint connecting the jaw to the head.

While the disorder is often manageable and temporary, Clark first went under the knife in 1988 to be implanted with an unproven jaw joint device that had been allowed on the market by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Her repeating nightmare has been experienced by thousands of others." Read the full story that appeared in the November 28, 2010 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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