TMJ Society of Canada – The Temporomandibular Joint Society of Canada
Mission and Goals
TMJSC (Temporomandibular Joint Society of Canada) is devoted to furthering TMJ disease/dysfunction/disorders support, education, and awareness in Canada for both those afflicted and those who provide professional care for them.
Born out of a need for Canadian representation for those with this health problem, the organization exists as both a regional support group and a national association. In the US, it is estimated that 10 million people have problems with TMJ. If one was to extrapolate based on comparative populations, then 1,102,000 Canadians have TMJ difficulties.
Our goal is to represent and lobby for those afflicted with temporomandibular joint disorders by destigmatizing this condition and educating health practitioners on what TMJ health issues are and how to treat them and those afflicted. Too often, those with TMJ issues are not seen as believable and are sent from dentist to doctor and round and round.
Furthermore, the general public must be made aware that temporomandibular joint disorders go way beyond just “clicking in the jaw Joint”.
We hope to be a registered Canadian charity in the future so that we may help those with the diseases who need funding for treatment and appliances and so we may lobby government agencies, and insurance companies as well as solicit the understanding of families and employers.
Our goal is that no Canadian has to go through TMJ health issues alone.
What is TMJ????
In some ways, TMJ is a misnomer in that TMJ is actually the Temporomandibular Joint. In actuality, TMJ is commonly used to refer to disorders or disease of the temporomandibular joint. Common symptoms include:
- Tight jaw muscles
- Restricted range of movement of the jaw-hence difficulty chewing
- Pain in the jaw, face , neck and shoulder
- Clicking in the jaw
- Misalignment of the teeth fitting together
- Ear ache
- Bruxism-teeth grinding
Sufferers may have to restrict their diet and use pain medication, and special dental splints. In addition, those who have TMJ often consult physiotherapists, massage therapists and various types of doctors and dental practitioners for relief.
TMJSC is totally funded by Anita Frank and donations from friends/family. By becoming a member, we will keep you on our mailing list for upcoming events and meetings. At this time, the membership fee is on a donation basis. Please help. We are not a registered charity and therefore cannot provide tax receipts. Our aim is to support and educate those Canadians who suffer from TMJ and those medical/dental/health professionals who endeavor to help diagnose, treat, and aid those with TMJ disease/dysfunction.. Thank you.