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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.

Bioengineers Grow Living Bone for Facial Reconstruction

  • Jul 10, 2019

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
future.

To read more, go to:https://www.nibib.nih.gov/news-events/newsroom/bioengineers-grow-living-bone-facial-reconstruction

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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.