I Think I Might Have TMJ

Common Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ)* symptoms include pain in the area of the jaw joint and/or limited jaw movement, clicking and locking. However, there are other medical conditions that mimic TMJ symptoms.  Keep in mind that occasional clicking or discomfort in the jaw joint or chewing muscles is common and is not always a cause for concern. For many, the symptoms go away on their own after a period of time, even without treatment– similar to a sprained ankle.  Learn more.

*We use “TMJ” to refer to Temporomandibular Disorders. Over the years, a variety of acronyms (e.g., TMJD, TMD, TM) have been used to describe this condition.

What Is Science Revealing about TMJ?

Clearly, more research is needed to improve our understanding of TMJ, as well as to develop safe and effective treatments. As science revels more about the TM joint itself (and its associated structures), many health care providers have reassessed TMJ treatments and ways in which they were developed. TMJ disorders are far more complex than previously believed.

The first and only prospective, longitudinal study of TMJ disorders demonstrated that TMJ is a complex medical condition that involves multiple body systems – cardiovascular, neurological, immunological, digestive, respiratory, endocrine and musculoskeletal – which contribute to the onset, development and/or persistence of TMJ, as well as influence treatment outcomes. TMJ is linked to a number of other medical conditions and is more than just a jaw or dental problem. Learn more.

TMJ Myths vs. Facts

The TMJ Association (TMJA) is working hard to change the way Temporomandibular Disorders are perceived and treated.


TMJ is a well-researched, well-understood condition, and health care providers receive adequate education and training.


TMJ is a scientifically neglected, poorly understood condition; TMJ research is in its infancy. Given this, health care professionals receive little, if any, evidence-based education or training.
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TMJ should be treated by dentists.


The complexity of TMJ requires diagnosis and treatment by medical and other health care providers working in collaboration.
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TMJ is an isolated dental condition that only affects the jaw and teeth.


TMJ is a set of complex medical conditions that commonly overlap with other conditions and involve multiple systems in the body.
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Treatments for TMJ have been proven safe and effective.


There is little to no scientific evidence that TMJ treatments are safe and effective.
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Empowering You With Truth

Chaos. Stigma. Misinformation. Beyond symptoms, there’s a lot to manage when you have TMJ Disorders, and the answers aren’t simple. But there’s power in truth and support, and we’re here to provide it. For over 30 years, The TMJ Association has been the trusted source of information on TMJ – providing you with the latest and most comprehensive science-based information needed to make informed healthcare decisions.

Patient-Centered; Grounded in Science

Because TMJ continues to be poorly researched and understood, the TMJA is the only global nonprofit organization fighting for an increased research investment and effort. Only when we have scientific research data will we be able to stop the harm that patients experience when given treatments that lack safety and effectiveness data.

Join Us and Take Action

Over 30 million Americans have TMJ, which ranges from mild discomfort to severe, intractable pain – and from mild jaw dysfunction to needing a feeding tube for nutritional sustenance. Yet this complex disease continues to be misrepresented to patients and the public at large. TMJ continues to be under researched and neglected, leading to stigmatization of patients and their loved ones.

It is past due that our government significantly increase funding for this condition. The current funding levels are insignificant compared to the financial, physical and psychological burden experienced by those affected with TMJ.

TMJ patients deserve cutting edge research that will rid the TMJ field of hit-or-miss, trial-and-error diagnosis and treatments. They deserve the most comprehensive, professional care based on the latest and most innovative scientific research.

There is power in numbers and your voice matters! There are many ways you can participate – join us and let’s take action together! Every dollar donated helps us to elevate TMJ’s importance to elected officials, federal agencies and other important decision-makers. Your generosity and support makes a real difference to those who are impacted and enables us to accomplish so much more.

We have much to do and need your help. Make a tax-deductible contribution today! The TMJ Association, Ltd. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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