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Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD):  A collective term that includes a number of diagnoses that involve the TM joint and/or muscles that have an influence on the movement or position of the TM Joint.


Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ):  TMJ is an abbreviation for the term Temporomandibular Joint which is the jaw joint that moves the lower jaw.  Each person has both a right and left TMJ.  It is only referring to a physiological part of the body   TMJ is not a diagnosis or a disorder.


Orofacial Pain Disorders:  Pain conditions that are associated with the hard and soft tissues of the head, face, neck and all the intraoral structures.  The diagnostic range includes headaches, musculoskeletal pain, neurogenic pains, neurovascular pains, psychogenic pains, and pains from major diseases such as cancer and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (Aids).


Differential Diagnosis:  Differentiation of two or more diseases or disorders with similar signs and symptoms to determine which one is the correct diagnosis.


Multidisciplinary:  Involving multiple specialties in coordinated treatment of a single individual.


Biopsychosocial: The complex interactions between the biological, psychological and social conditions that can cause and/or maintain pain dysfunction of and individual.


Curriculum Vitae:  An overview of a person's life and qualifications of their professional expertise.  This includes an education, academic appointments, research, publications, teaching experience, honors, and awards and professional affiliations.