Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Costes Syndrome
  • Impostor Disease
  • Myofascial Pain-Dysfunction Syndrome
  • Pain-Dysfunction Syndrome
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
  • TMJ

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is a general term for a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint. The TMJs are small joints that connect the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. TMJ dysfunction is characterized by pain of the jaw joint that is made worse during or after eating or yawning. It can cause limited jaw movement and clicks and pops during chewing. In severe cases, pain can radiate into the neck, shoulders and back.

Resources

American Chronic Pain Association
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA 95677
USA
Tel: (916)632-0922
Fax: (916)632-3208
Tel: (800)533-3231
Email: ACPA@pacbell.net
Internet: http://www.theacpa.org

TMJ Association, Ltd.
PO Box 26770
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0770
USA
Tel: (262)432-0350
Fax: (262)432-0375
Email: info@tmj.org
Internet: http://www.tmj.org

NIH/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Tel: (301)496-4261
Fax: (301)496-9988
Email: nidcr@nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/

NIH/National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse
1 NOHIC Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3500
USA
Tel: (301)402-7364
Fax: (301)907-8830
TDD: (301)656-7581
Email: nohic@nidcr.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nohic.nidcr.nih.gov

American Pain Society
4700 West Lake Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025-1485
Tel: (847)375-4715
Fax: (866)574-2654
Email: info@ampainsoc.org
Internet: http://www.ampainsoc.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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