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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.

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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.

TMJ disorders and seizures - Are they related?

  • Jun 15, 2016

A fellow TMJ patient recently contacted us inquiring about a possible relationship between TMJ disorders and seizures.  Here is what she wrote:

I have also had right temporomandibular joint dysfunction since the age of ten caused by dentistry. After this I started right temporal lobe epilepsy at the age of ten.

Through the years I have noticed a link between this and my number of seizures. When, due to rigorous exercise, I had no pain and good flexibility for six months, that was also the only period of time since my epilepsy started that I stopped having seizures. I have recently had a temporomandibular joint procedure and the swelling has encouraged more seizures. I can locate the problem to a point at the back of my neck, that if manipulated causes auras and seizures.

I would be grateful for any information.  Many thanks.  Arianna

Over the years the TMJA has heard from TMJ patients who also suffer seizures. We would love to hear from you and we're sure Arianna would also; we can connect you two.

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jkpulley - Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I too suffer from TMJ and Seizures. They both seem to have started after a car accident where I was rear ended. I have right temporal lobe epilepsy and my TMJ is also on the right. I have no idea how there can be a link but it is rather coincidental. I am going to mention this to my Neurologist at my next appointment. I will keep you posted. :)
KellyMatovich - Tuesday, November 24, 2015
I too have partial seizures but for only 1-2 days out of every month, related to my cycle. They started 6 years ago for no apparent reason. I also have TMJ and when I was 14, I had an ostiosynthesis done because I couldn't open my wide enough to get food in. I've been investigating for the past 6 years trying to figure out why I would all of the sudden just start having seizures. Of course I've been through every other medical test(MRI, CT Scans, Lumbar Punctures) to determine the reason for the seizures with no success. I clench and grind my teeth in my sleep still to this day. I just was taking a stab in the dark when I searched for a link between TMJ and seizures, when I stumbled upon this site. If anyone else has any further information with regards to the subject, please share. Thank you kindly
tjhasel - Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Hey Arianna, I have cracked/popped my jaw habitually for as long as I can remember, and also grind my teeth at night (left side). I have always had jaw pain/neck pain and have had "auras" since I was about 12 or so. Recently (about 1 month ago), I popped my jaw on the left side, and noticed that it was not a normal pop (jaw felt a little weird afterward), and I immediately began to have these "auras" on a regular basis. My jaw is significantly more sore, and I notice that my left temporis (muscle on the side of your head) and jaw spasm/jerk regularly. I was completely fine before I popped my jaw on that night, but the next morning after doing so, began to have seizure activity. Okay, here is the weird part. My brother, who is now 24, has been cracking his jaw habitually since he was very young, and has also had seizures (grand mal) since he was 12. To this day, I still notice him cracking his jaw here and there sometimes. Oddly enough, he has left temporal lobe epilepsy, with no lesions, damage, or tumors that are causing them. In saying all of this, I have totally stopped cracking my jaw because one, it's bad for your joints, and secondly, I truly believe there is a connection between the jaw popping my brother and I do, and seizure activity in the left temporal lobe. Also, I totally agree with the neck comment. If I massage the back left side of my neck, or even my jaw directly, I notice that I'll immediately have auras afterward. I think its all too weird that my symptoms increased exponentially after that weird jaw popping sensation, and that my brother has popped his jaw for along time, and has seizures as well. Please let me know if you noticed any changes in seizure activity after your tmj procedure, and any other additional info on the topic. Thanks! Trevin