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A New U of T Faculty Study Seeks to Discover More About Debilitating TMD

November 19, 2021
by University of Toronto


Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is the most common cause of orofacial pain, affecting 8-12 per cent of Canadians, and yet we know far too little about it. A new study from the Faculty of Dentistry seeks to fully assess the biological underpinnings of this disorder.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research have awarded a research team $830,000 over five years — in addition to an initial $100,000 a year ago for the same project — to identify a biological signature of TMD. Researchers will be looking at muscles and nerves related to the condition in a multi-centre trial of about 300 people.

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