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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.

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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.

National Academy of Medicine TMD Study

  • Apr 30, 2020

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.

January 29-30, 2019 Public Workshop. (View agenda) No recording is available, however presentations by the following can be viewed:

March 28-29 2019 Public Workshop. (View agenda)

Workshop Videos:

3/28/2019 - Welcome and Opening Remarks

Session 1:

Session 2:

Session 3:

Session 4:

3/29/2019 - Day 2 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Session 5:

Meeting Materials

June 19, 2019 Webinar on Patient Care. Dental providers were asked to share their experiences and perspectives on caring for people with TMD (View agenda)

July 31, 2019 Webinar on Professional Education, Research and Specialization. The webinar provided perspectives from dental educators about professional education, research, and specialization related to TMD. (View agenda)

Final Report Release on March 12, 2020