Who is affected by TMJ disorders (TMD)? What are the causes, symptoms, and treatments? How are they diagnosed? Find answers to all your TMD questions.
Welcome to The TMJ Association!
We're glad you're here. You're not alone.
The TMJ Association, Ltd. (TMJA) is a nonprofit, patient advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the quality of health care and lives of everyone affected by Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). For over 25 years we have shared reliable information on TMD with people like you and invite you to read our website.
Terrie Cowley - President and Co-Founder
Think You May Have Temporomandibular Disorders?
1) FIRST, try eating soft foods, using ice packs, and avoiding extreme jaw movements, like yawning and gum chewing. Short-term use of over-the-counter or prescription pain medicines may also provide relief.
2) AVOID treatments that cause permanent changes in the bite or jaw. This includes crown work, bridge work or orthodontics to change the bite, grinding down teeth (bite adjustment), or repositioning splints.
3) AVOID surgical treatment, where possible. There have been no long-term studies to test the safety and effectiveness of these procedures.
The TMJ Association is the only organization fighting for the best science that will lead to a greater understanding of Temporomandibular Disorders and safe and effective treatments. As a nonprofit, 501(c)3 patient advocacy organization, we rely solely on the generous donations from people like you to fund vital TMD research and awareness efforts. Make a tax-deductible contribution today! For additional ways you can help, click here.
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Suzys StoryMy TMJ disorder occurred when I was about 10 or 11, after diving into very shallow water at the beach at the start of a one mile ocean swim competition. I had a concussion. I imagine this is when I crushed the growth plates of the condylar heads bilaterally. Therefore, I have not had normal temporomandibular joints since that time. I was unaware of the problem since I never went to the doctor following the injury. I was pain free until I was 33 years old when severe headaches began to bother me. They got worse, and it became evident that my jaw was the cause of them, since my jaw had started to become painful. At this point I sought treatment from dentists. I was given soft splints for the first two years of my condition.
This is my story.