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Medical News & Perspectives
March 12, 2008

Improvements Needed in Management of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

JAMA. 2008;299(10):1119-1121. doi:10.1001/jama.299.10.1119

Clicking, popping, locking, and pain in the jaw are all potential symptoms of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), as are headaches, ear pain, malocclusions, and a number of other problems that can significantly interfere with daily living. But these wide-ranging and potentially debilitating symptoms are only one aspect of TMDs with which patients struggle. Patients also face significant hurdles concerning access to care because many insurance plans do not cover treatments for these conditions or they put significant limits on coverage. In addition, experts say TMDs are underrecognized among physicians and dentists, leading to inaccurate diagnoses and improper care.