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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.

Patients in Los Angeles or New York City Needed for Clinical Study - Comparative Study of Women Considering or Currently Receiving Botox© Injections for TMJ Pain

  • Nov 22, 2018

Are you a woman with "TMJ" pain in facial muscles, who has either:

a. recently had Botox© injections for your pain or

b. not had Botox© for your pain but has thought about such treatment?

If either is true for you, you may qualify for an observational research study centrally administered by the NYU College of Dentistry. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this study is to understand potential health risks that may be caused by treating "TMJ pain" with Botox© injections.

Potentially eligible women must first complete a brief interview via telephone to confirm eligibility.

Study participation involves:

  • By telephone, completion of a full informed consent process with one of our research staff;
  • Completion of a medical release form to obtain TMJ-related treatment records;
  • Completion of a web-based survey about your treatment experience;
  • Imaging of your facial bones using relatively low-radiation “Cone Beam Computed Tomography” (CBCT), and
  • DEXA bone density scans to check your overall bone density. Imaging procedures may be scheduled on the same day or different days;
  • Participants receive $400 for time, effort and transportation costs.

Eligible women must:

  • Live in the Los Angeles, New York City, or Boston metropolitan area, or be willing/able to travel to either area for imaging appointments;
  • Be over age 18;
  • Have sought care for ”TMJ” pain within the last 6 months;
  • Have had “TMJ” pain for at least one year;
  • Have either:
    • o Within the last 9 months, received 2+Botox© treatments with injections to the cheek muscle(s),
    • OR never received Botox© for any reason but have received other partly effective facial pain treatments from a dentist or physician.

Click here to view a full copy of the consent form, describing the study in detail.

For further information or to request screening eligibility, please contact a member of the NYU research staff by phone at (212) 998-9208 or by email:

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