In recent years, The TMJ Association, Ltd. a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit patient advocacy organisation, has co-sponsored five international scientific meetings with the National Institutes of Health to address TMJ disorders. Details about these meetings and extensive information on TMJ disorders can be found on The TMJ Association’s website, www.tmj.org.
Long-term clinical studies are collecting data to identify genetic risk factors for TMJ disorders. The extent to which patients with TMJ disorders experience other chronic pain conditions is also an area of intense interest. For patients with severely damaged jaw tissues, advances in bioengineering may offer future benefits as new approaches have been developed to create jaw soft tissue and bone.
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