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The TMJ Association is pleased to partner with Inspire to bring you the TMJ Cafe, a free online support network and discussion community for those with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). We invite you to meet others like you, share experiences and tips for getting through the day, and give and receive support.

Sustained and Repeated Mouth Opening Leads to Development of Painful Temporomandibular Disorders Involving Macrophage/Microglia Activation in Mice

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a set of heterogeneous musculoskeletal conditions involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and/or the masticatory muscles. Up to 33% of the population has had at least one symptom of TMD with 5-10% of them requiring treatment. Common symptoms include limited jaw movement, joint sound, and pain in the orofacial area. Once TMD becomes chronic, it can be debilitating with comorbidities that greatly reduce one's overall quality of life. However, the underlying mechanism of TMD is unclear due to the multicausative nature of the disease.

Prevalence of TMD in Sjӧgren Syndrome Patients

Sjӧgren's Syndrome seems to play a role in temporomandibular joint disorders.

Early Molecular Response and Microanatomical Changes in the Masseter Muscle and Mandibular Head After Botulinum Toxin Intervention in Adult Mice

The Botox-injected masseters had greatly increased expression of genes involved in muscle atrophy at the 1 week time point compared to the control side muscles. At the end of the study, 2 weeks after injection, the Botox-injected masseters were about 20% smaller than the control side masseters, and the Botox-side condyles had lost about 40% of relative bone area compared to the control side condyles.

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.

ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS

  • Jun 18, 2014

The TMJ Association (TMJA) continues to strive for its ultimate goal: the development of universal standards for safe, effective, affordable, science-based diagnostics, treatments, and prevention of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). We understand that patient education, advocacy, and the provision of accessible support systems are central to achieving that goal.

The TMJA serves patients, professionals, and the general public through a variety of educational, social, and advocacy programs.

  • We represent the needs of patients by participating in government health care policy and research meetings, testifying before congressional committees, and working to promote temporomandibular joint research and development activities in all relevant government agencies. We recognize that educating elected officials is essential to directing attention to the prevalence, cost, and long-term pain and disability often associated with these complex disorders.
  • Our periodicals inform readers of relevant legislative, scientific, and research news. The TMJ Communiqué, a general newsletter, and our TMJ Science journal, a research publication, provide concise, accurate, and newsworthy reports. Our educational materials provide a basic understanding of TMD and related treatment options.
  • We connect TMJ patients in need with other patients who have offered to provide one-on-one support. Our support contacts validate patients' often-doubted pain and disability, reduce isolation, promote self-esteem, and encourage self-reliance and coping skills.
  • The TMJA is shaping a society in which the state of TMD and the pain and suffering they cause are recognized, and effectively managed with scientifically validated treatments.

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The TMJ Association continues to strive for its ultimate goal: the development of universal standards for safe, effective, affordable, science-based diagnostics, treatments, and prevention of temporomandibular disorders (TMJDs). We understand that patient education, advocacy, and the provision of accessible support systems are central to achieving that goal.

The TMJA serves patients, professionals, and the general public through a variety of educational, social, and advocacy programs:

  • We represent the needs of patients by participating in government health care policy and research meetings, testifying before congressional committees, and working to promote temporomandibular joint research and development activities in all relevant government agencies. We recognize that educating elected officials is essential to directing attention to the prevalence, cost, and long-term pain and disability often associated with these complex disorders.
  • Our periodicals inform readers of relevant legislative, scientific, and research news. The TMJ Communiqué, a general newsletter, and our TMJ Science journal, a research publication, provide concise, accurate, and newsworthy reports. Our educational materials provide a basic understanding of TMJDs and related treatment options.
  • We connect TMJ patients in need with other patients who have offered to provide one-on-one support. Our support contacts validate patients' often-doubted pain and disability, reduce isolation, promote self-esteem, and encourage self-reliance and coping skills.
  • The TMJA is shaping a society in which the state of TMJDs and the pain and suffering they cause are recognized, and effectively managed with scientifically validated treatments.

Back to TMJ Assocation Ltd.


In Treating TMJ

To view or order a free booklet about TMJ Disorders, visit the National Institutes of Health website.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
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National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
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