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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Academic Health Center
Institute for Health Informatics

PI: James R. Fricton

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Implant Registry and Repository

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJs) are common disorders causing facial pain, headaches, clicking, locking, and diminished functioning in the jaw. In some cases, there is degeneration of the temporomandibular joint structure (bone and articulated cartilage) leading to pain, dysfunction, and destructive changes in the joint.

These researchers have created the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s TMJ Implant Registry and Repository (TIRR) to improve the understanding and care of patients with temporomandibular muscle and joint disorders (TMJD). The TIRR asks both patients and clinicians to contribute clinical information and biological specimens from patients who are having surgery with TMJ disorders.

With the help of doctors and patients, this project will allow researchers to advance the understanding and increase the successful treatment of TMJD. In particular, those patients who need TMJ implants in the future will benefit from the increased understanding of TMJ disorders generated by the tissues and data made available.

Group Members

Wenjun Kang, Graduate Student
Sandra L. Myers, Faculty Collaborator