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National Academy of Medicine Study on Temporomandibular Disorders

The first meeting of the National Academy of Medicine Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment will be held Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C.&

Attention Canadian TMJ Implant Patients

The Trial of the Class Action brought by Canadian patients who were implanted with Vitek Proplast TMJ implants, against Health Canada, alleging negligent regulation starts on April 1, 2019 in Toronto.

Long-term Changes in Biopsychosocial Characteristics Related to Temporomandibular Disorder: Findings from the OPPERA Study

The following article by Roger B. Fillingim, Gary D. Slade, Joel D. Greenspan, Ronald Dubner, William Maixner, Eric Bair, and Richard Ohrbach was published in the journal of Pain, November 2018. We are grateful to Dr. Fillingim for writing the following

National Academy of Medicine to Conduct a Study on Temporomandibular Disorders

We want you to be among the first to know that because of the advocacy efforts of The TMJ Association, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will conduct a first-ever study on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).

Dentists in Distress

Fear of the dentist is practically a rite of passage in youth. Growing up, I wasn't exactly afraid of the dentist; rather, any excuse to leave school early was a powerful incentive. These days, I have a more complicated relationship with dentistry: I go to get answers and try to feel better, but I always pop a prophylactic ibuprofen or two in case my jaw protests from the oral gymnastics.

Low-Level Laser Therapy

  • Jul 11, 2018

Low-Level therapy (also known as cold laser therapy) is another treatment that has been promoted to patients with chronic pain conditions who are desperately seeking relief. This treatment is recommended for a diverse conditions such as back and neck pain, musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, bursitis, neuropathy, migraine headaches, sprains and strains, carpal tunnel syndrome and temporomandibular disorders.

Latest Scientific News/Research on Low-Level Laser Therapy

  • Zokaee H, Akbari Zahmati AH, Mojrian N, Boostani A, Vaghari M. Efficacy of low-level laser therapy on orofacial pain: A literature review. Adv Hum Biol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Jul 11];8:70-3. Available from: http://www.aihbonline.com/text.asp?2018/8/2/70/232017. Conclusion: As an overall result, it is concluded that LLLT can be served as a therapeutic method for myofascial pain, mucositis and temporomandibular joint disorders and this is due to its analgesic features.
  • Fernando M. Munguia, DDS, MS/John Jang, DMD, MS/Mahmoud Salem, DDS, MS/Glenn T. Clark, DDS, MS/Reyes Enciso, PhD, Efficacy of Low-Level Laser Therapy in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Myofascial Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache The findings from this systematic review showed that LLLT seems to be effective in reducing pain in patients with temporomandibular myofascial pain with moderate-quality evidence. However, due to the high heterogeneity, small number, and high risk of bias of the included studies, the results are not definitive, and further well-designed studies are needed.
  • Shukla D, Muthusekhar MR. Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in temporomandibular disorders: A systematic review. National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery. 2016;7(1):62-66. doi:10.4103/0975-5950.196127.  Conclusion: Our results have shown that LLLT seems to be effective in reducing pain in TMD's. It may be a treatment option for patients with an interest in a noninvasive, complementary therapy.

In Treating TMJ

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