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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.

LIVING WITH TMD - A LIFELONG CHALLENGE

  • Jun 18, 2014

Living with TMJ disorders is a lifelong challenge for many sufferers. For many, primarily women, the constant disruption caused by the symptoms of this disorder deeply affect quality of life.  Constant pain and dysfunction coupled with dubious treatments and a lack of medical recognition has pushed many sufferers into the margins.

Our hope is that the information on our website will be useful in learning about and seeking effective treatment for TMJ Disorders.

WHAT YOU WILL FIND IN THIS SECTION

 Living with TMJ Disorders - A Lifelong Challenge
TMD Basics
Help Yourself First
Diagnosing Your TMD
TMD Treatments
Cost of TMD
Health Care Provider Checklist
Association Conditions
Additional TMJ Resources
 

In Treating TMJ

To view or order a free booklet about TMJ Disorders, visit the National Institutes of Health website.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Office of Research on Women's Health