"TMJ" needs clear definition 
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 "TMJ" needs clear definition

I'm thinking that for the purpose of discussing questions about conditions
called "TMJ" or "TMD" in this newsgroup, it might be helpful for there to
be guidelines up front so that we don't step all over each other trying to
raise issues only to find that we aren't even discussing the same point.
Has this been done?  If so, could someone send me a copy?  If not, is
there any interest in doing this?  Any interest in discussing the need for
this even if no one wants to actually come up with an clear guideline for
reference?    

For instance, if we want to discuss some aspect of TMJ conditions,
wouldn't it be helpful for us to have clarification of which condition?
"TMJ" conditions can range from the very insignificant to the most
debilitating.  We can't apply one set of rules to all the conditions that
affect jaw function.  That is what the health insurance companies have
tried to do (with quite good success).  "TMJ" should not be used as a
diagnosis.  More correctly, it is a general heading for certain related
disorders caused by a variety of related and unrelated situations.  

I am hopeful that there can be some meaningful exhange of thought on this
subject.  It's an area that has caused a great deal of confusion for
patients, their access to health insurance, and in general it has created
an obstacle for people in their quest to make good decisions about their
health needs.  I would prefer to see this discussed in the newsgroup, but
of course replies may be emailed to me as well.

Regards.

--
Sabra


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Sun, 26 Oct 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 "TMJ" needs clear definition
<I'm thinking that for the purpose of discussing questions about
conditions
called "TMJ" or "TMD" in this newsgroup, it might be helpful for
there to
be guidelines up front so that we don't step all over each other
trying to
raise issues only to find that we aren't even discussing the same
point.>

Your point is well taken.  Classification schemes for tmj disease
have been published.  I will upload them after checking my
references.  

Ira Satinover DDS, MS



Wed, 29 Oct 1997 03:00:00 GMT
 
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