Temporormandibular Disorders

Vranceanu A-M,* Shaefer JR,* Saadi AF, Slawsby E, Sarin J, Scult M, Benson H, Denninger JW: The relaxation response resiliency enhancement program in the management of chronic refractory temporomandibular joint disorder: Results from a pilot study. J Musculoske Pain 21(3): 224-230, 2013. 
(This study examined the effect of a relaxation program on TMD patients with chronic muscle pain.)

Shaefer JR, Riley CJ, Caruso P, Keith D. Analysis of Criteria for MRI Diagnosis of TMJ Disc Displacement and Arthralgia.  Int J Dent. 2012; 2012:283163. doi: 10.1155/2012/283163. Epub 2012 Dec 9.
(The results from this study indicate a change in the diagnostic protocol for TMJ disc displacement which improves the correlation between disc displacement and TMJ pain.)

Shaefer JR, Holland N, Whelan JS, Velly AM. Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders: A Pharmaco-Gender Dilemma. Dent Clin North Am. 2013 Apr;57(2):233-62. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2013.02.005. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cden.2013.02.005  dental.theclinics.com.
(This paper reviewed the literature on gender influences on TMD etiology and treatment response.)

* Denotes dual first authorship