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Metal Implants and Dental Amalgam: The FDA Announces Public Meeting and Paper

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a paper on metal-containing implants and a panel meeting as part of ongoing efforts to evaluate materials in medical devices to address potential safety questions.

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.

TMJ PATIENT-LED ROUNDTABLE

  • May 29, 2019

Acting as the catalyst to advance the interests of TMJ patients, The TMJ Association developed the TMJ Patient-led RoundTable—a public-private collaboration among the federal government, scientists, clinicians, dentists, patients, advocates and manufacturers. Collectively, stakeholders possess broad expertise in numerous fields, including biomaterials and biomaterial sensitivity, infection, immunity, bioengineering, women's health issues, genetics, neuroscience, patient-centeredness, insurance practices, nutrition and bioethics.  

The RoundTable is the first patient-led project conducted under the auspices of the Medical Device Epidemiology Network (MDEpiNet), a public-private partnership developed to bring real world data and patient experiences together with a broad array of experts to conduct studies aimed at improving outcomes for implant patients worldwide. A unique aspect of the RoundTable initiative is that it is patient-centered. The RoundTable was initiated by a need to find out why some TMJ patients improve with implant surgery, while others worsen. It has evolved into a comprehensive study of all aspects of TMD and how these aspects interact to affect patient outcomes. The goal is to establish a scientifically valid roadmap that can reliably predict treatment outcomes for individual patients.

The RoundTable Working Groups continue to meet on a regular basis.The following documents have resulted from these activities:

More information is also available at the MDEpiNet's website: http://mdepinet.org/tmj-patient-led-roundtable-crn/.