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TMJ RoundTable Update - June 2017

From the time of the June 16, 2016 meeting, until last month, progress has been slow. However, over the past couple of months we have the following accomplishments to share with you.

Pain Drawings: An Important Tool for Health Care Practitioners

Last year we shared with you a study in which investigators found patients with more severe and chronic TMD are likely to experience other persistent pain conditions in other parts of the body, seemingly unrelated to problems in the jaw or face. Yet patients often do not mention these "overlapping" or "comorbid" pain conditions when they see a dentist or health care provider.

Primary Temporomandibular Disorders and Comorbid Conditions

The aim of this study is to evaluate the distribution of the most common comorbid conditions associated with chronic temporomandibular disorders, and the pharmacological agents which play an integral role in the overall management of temporomandibular joint disorders. Abstract: INTROD

Overdiagnosis and Unnecessary Therapy

Many dental practitioners continue to use radiographic or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as the sole means of establishing that there is a pathology present that requires treatment.

TMD Self-Management Programs

Self-management (SM) programs in temporomandibular disease (TMD) are a core component of pain management of TMD throughout its course and are often given to patients as a first essential step after diagnosis.

Bioengineers Grow Living Bone for Facial Reconstruction

  • Jan 30, 2017

The following is a press release from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and
Bioengineering (NIBIB). This research was funded in part by NIBIB and the National
Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (DE 016525), both parts of the National
Institutes of Health.

Researchers have engineered living bone tissue to repair bone loss in the jaw, a
structure that is typically difficult to restore. The team led by researchers from
Columbia University, New York, grafted customized implants into pig jaws and found
that the graft integrated into the animal's own tissue and functioned appropriately.

The work reported in the June 15, 2016 issue of Science Translational Medicine,
suggests that personalized bone grafts for facial reconstruction may be possible in the

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mkgunnin - Monday, January 30, 2017
As I have been diagnosed with bone loss in my lower left jaw, I would be greatly interested in knowing if this is available as a treatment yet. I am currently considering having all of the teeth removed from that side of my mouth and replaced with dental implants as they are loose and/or caving inward since there is no bone to support them.