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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.

Cervical Muscle Tenderness in Temporomandibular Disorders and Its Associations with Diagnosis, Disease-Related Outcomes, and Comorbid Pain Conditions

To analyze cervical tenderness scores (CTS) in patients with various temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and in controls and to examine associations of CTS with demographic and clinical parameters.

You, Your Esophagus and TMD

The esophagus is a roughly ten-inch hollow tube that descends from your throat through the diaphragm into the stomach. Normally, it is a one-way street transporting food you swallow to the stomach for digestion. But in GERD— Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease— the flow can reverse so that stomach contents (including gastric acids) are regurgitated upwards to cause a burning sensation (heartburn), nausea, pain and other distressing symptoms.

It's Time to Be Part of the Solution

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Study on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) is well underway. We strongly encourage everyone affected by TMD to write to the NAM committee letting them know what it is like to live with TMD and your experiences with getting care.

National Academy of Medicine TMD Study

  • Dec 20, 2019

As a result of The TMJ Association's tireless advocacy efforts, the National Institutes of Health commissioned the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to conduct the first-ever Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) study

Obtaining a NAM study is a major accomplishment, as it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the greatest chance of affecting systemic change to improve the treatment and care of those with health conditions. The NAM study will have a major impact because it will analyze every aspect of what is happening to TMJ patients, including, but not limited to:

  • Determining the prevalence and economic impact of TMD, including patient out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Evaluating revisions necessary in both dental and medical insurance reimbursement practices.
  • Identifying new research discoveries and vital research gaps.
  • Assessing the safety and effectiveness of TMD treatments.
  • Understanding how health care professionals are educated about TMD.
  • Examining the evidence-base for defining chronic TMD as a complex multi-system medical disorder that necessitates multidisciplinary research and interventions.
  • Determining changes needed in health care models so that TMD patients have access to comprehensive, patient-centered medical homes that address the complexity of their medical condition.

The NAM has held multiple public meetings. The TMJA was in attendance, along with many TMJ patients who shared their compelling testimonies.

The committee’s recommendations and the study findings will be summarized in a final report in the spring of 2020.