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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.

TMJ News Bites, August 2015

  • Oct 27, 2016

August 2015
Volume 7, Issue 6 
TMJA Survey: Your Opinions and Concerns Are Important to Us! 
We hope you are enjoying the summer!  Each year at this time we ask you to tell us what is on your mind regarding Temporomandibular Disorders and The TMJ Association's activities. Your voice is vital in making sure the work we do addresses the needs of the patients. Click here to take the survey and let your voice be heard.
Important Things to Know if You Have a TMJ Device!
Where to Report Problems or Complications. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors the safety and effectiveness of medical devices implanted in the body, including splints and jaw joint implants. Patients and their health care providers should report serious problems with TMJ devices to the FDA through MedWatch - The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Please note your implant problem will only be documented when you file a form with MedWatch report.  Click here to file a MedWatch report with the FDA. 
How to View Complaints Online. You can view complaints previously filed through the MedWatch system by visiting the FDA's MAUDE reporting system.

Recently, the TMJA received a question from a patient asking how to update a Medwatch filing once it's submitted. We contacted the FDA and they provided the following response: "In response to your question below about how to make corrections to a Medwatch report, the reporter may submit a letter to the same address which was used to submit the original complaint. The letter should contain the original complaint number and include the details about the fields which should be corrected. The reporter may also call 1-888-463-6332 to make the corrections."

Who owns YOUR TMJ device? We have heard from a number of TMJ implant patients who have requested that their TMJ implant be returned to them after it was surgically removed. However they were told by their surgeon that the devices MUST be returned to the manufacturer. We asked the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the FDA for clarification. Click here to find read their response to our question. 
TMJ Dental Care and YOU   
The daily routine of brushing and flossing your teeth can be difficult when you suffer from Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). A study published in the Journal of Orofacial Pain states that patients felt their TMD symptoms made it difficult for them to do routine dental care at home. Also, the study found 63% of patients reported a change in seeking routine professional dental care due to their TMD. Since oral hygiene can become compromised due to limited range of motion and/or pain, regular dental exams and cleanings become even more important in maintaining your oral health.
The TMJ Association developed this guide to provide you with oral hygiene self-care tips you can do at home as well as suggestions for future dental appointments. Maintaining your teeth and gums on a routine basis should reduce the risk of dental disease and the need for invasive dental treatments. Click here to read full article.  
Study Cautions  Use of Steroids for TMJ Arthritis in Children 
A new study published in The Journal of Rheumatology by scientists at the Aarhus University, Department of Pediatrics in Denmark looked at the effect of corticosteroid injections as a suggested treatment option for children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). JIA is a chronic condition that can affect the joints in the body, including the temporomandibular joint, causing inflammation, which eventually damages the cartilage and bone. JIA interferes with a child's normal growth and development and in the TM joint can affect joint movement and chewing functions, severely impacting a child's quality of life. A suggested treatment that has increased over the years is to treat JIA with intra-articular corticosteroid injections (IACI). This treatment has been controversial as it raises concerns that the short-term inflammatory effects could be outweighed by long-term adverse effects on the growth of the jaw bone. Previously animal studies had reported negative effects of IACI on the TM joint.
This new study is the first to look at the development of the mandible when IACI is administered. Thirty-three children who received repeated IACI injections for existing TMJ inflammation were followed by the researchers for a five-year period. Periodic MRI scans were used to assess the development of the mandible over the time frame. The study found a reduction in inflammation in the TM joint, which was expected. "However, a novel finding of this study was that repeated IACIs did not prevent the development of osseous deformities or restore mandibular growth. In fact, significantly more pronounced joint destruction and mandibular growth reduction was seen in the group of patients that received the highest cumulative doses of intra-articular steroids when compared to those with lower cumulative intra-articular dose due to incorrect periiarticular injections." This study raises new concerns as the researchers also observed that 21% of the children who received IACI in the TM joint had intra-articular calcifications that can disable the joint, causing patients to experience even worse problems than prior to treatment.

Source: Stoustrup P, Twilt M. Nat Rev Rheumatol. Therapy: Intra-articular steroids for TMJ arthritis-caution needed. 2015 Jul 14.  
NIH Funding Opportunities 

The following are previously announced National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding opportunities still available:  


Immune System Plasticity in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Complex Dental, Oral, & Craniofacial Diseases




NIAMS Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine Resource-based Centers
Exploratory Technologies to Understand the Control of Organ Function by the Peripheral Nervous System for SPARC (U18)  

Biology of the Temporomandibular Joint in Health and Disease (R01) 


Biology of the Temporomandibular Joint in Health and Disease (R21)     


Research on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (R01)   


Research on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (R21)

Building Genetics and Genomic Knowledge about Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Diseases and Disorders (R01) 
Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN): Small Molecule Drug Discovery and Development for Disorders of the Nervous System (UH2/UH3)

Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN): Small Molecule Drug Discovery and Development for Disorders of the Nervous System (U44) 
Free Educational Brochure: A Resource Guide for Temporomandibular Disorders 
This brochure is a straightforward, easy-to-read guide for patients making health care decisions. The brochure is available by mail  or as a PDF on our website. We encourage you to share this brochure with your friends, health care professionals, and family.
Free TMD Nutritional Guide Booklet 
TMD Nutrition and You, a nutritional guide booklet, is specifically aimed at people with compromised oral function to help them maintain a healthy diet in spite of their oral disability. Click here to download a free copy of our booklet or email us with your name and mailing address to receive a hard copy by mail.
Free Pain Resource Booklet  
The Handbook for People with Pain: A Resource Guide, 5th edition is now available. This resource will help you on your day-to-day journey as you face challenges so often encountered by those who suffer from pain. This resource will provide you with a variety of information, ideas, and tools.

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