Who is affected by TMJ Diseases/Disorders?
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that over 10 million people in the United States suffer from TMJ problems at any given time. Both men and women experience TMJ problems; however, 90 percent of those seeking treatment are women in their childbearing years. Recent research indicates that more women seek medical care for a TMJ problem than men, and women are more likely than men to report ongoing pain. Physiological differences in pain signal processing may explain why more women suffer from TMJ conditions than men. • In baboon studies, estrogen receptors were found in the temporomandibular joints of the female baboons, none were found in the males. • Recent research has focused attention on the relationship between sex hormones and pain. A study conducted by Dr. Linda LeResche, University of Washington in Seattle, demonstrated that women on hormone replacement therapy were 77% more likely to seek treat