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Educational Brochures on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions

This brochure addresses what are Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (COPCs), how COPCs are diagnosed, the complexity of the chronic pain experience, and how to work with your health care provider to develop a treatment plan. It is available by postal ma

Study Highlights TMD Evidence and Current Practice Gaps

The TMJ Association has long championed the need for strong evidence-based demonstrations of the safety and efficacy of TMD diagnostics and treatments. Sad to say, as the following journal article indicates, even among a network of research-oriented practices, dental providers are still resorting to such TMD treatments as occlusal adjustments in which teeth are irreversibly moved, ground down, or in other ways altered, a treatment for which there is no scientific evidence of efficacy.

Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

We are currently in the peak season for Lyme disease. Each year at this time we highlight this topic because we have heard from a number of patients over the years who were misdiagnosed and underwent unnecessary TMD treatments when they actually had Lyme

#*!"@!**! ... May Help Your Pain... and Improve Strength!

Our headline is adopting the comic strip convention of using symbols to denote swear words because we are intrigued by a report that swearing may have some health benefits.

Predictors of Opioid Efficacy for Chronic Pain Patients

Opioids are increasingly used for treatment of chronic pain. However, they are only effective in a subset of patients and have multiple side effects. Thus, studies using biomarkers for response are highly warranted.

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.