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National Academy of Medicine Study on Temporomandibular Disorders

The first meeting of the National Academy of Medicine Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment will be held Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C.&

Attention Canadian TMJ Implant Patients

The Trial of the Class Action brought by Canadian patients who were implanted with Vitek Proplast TMJ implants, against Health Canada, alleging negligent regulation starts on April 1, 2019 in Toronto.

Long-term Changes in Biopsychosocial Characteristics Related to Temporomandibular Disorder: Findings from the OPPERA Study

The following article by Roger B. Fillingim, Gary D. Slade, Joel D. Greenspan, Ronald Dubner, William Maixner, Eric Bair, and Richard Ohrbach was published in the journal of Pain, November 2018. We are grateful to Dr. Fillingim for writing the following

National Academy of Medicine to Conduct a Study on Temporomandibular Disorders

We want you to be among the first to know that because of the advocacy efforts of The TMJ Association, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will conduct a first-ever study on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).

Dentists in Distress

Fear of the dentist is practically a rite of passage in youth. Growing up, I wasn't exactly afraid of the dentist; rather, any excuse to leave school early was a powerful incentive. These days, I have a more complicated relationship with dentistry: I go to get answers and try to feel better, but I always pop a prophylactic ibuprofen or two in case my jaw protests from the oral gymnastics.

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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