TM Disorders: Who Is Affected

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TM Disorders: Who Is Affected

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Temporomandibular (TM) disorders are most common in younger adults (ages 20 to 50) and in women.1

About 3 out of 10 adults have some symptoms of a TM disorder. Among adults who are tested, 4 out of 10 show some kind of TM disorder. But less than 1 out of 10 adults has jaw problems or pain that is so severe that they need treatment.1



  1. Scrivani SJ, et al. (2008). Temporomandibular disorders. New England Journal of Medicine, 359(25): 2693–2705.


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
Last Revised April 15, 2010

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