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Welcome to our website which contains information about Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, headaches, migraines, tinnitus, etc., the history and rationale of our study group and the list of our practitioners.

The Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is the medical name given to the jaw joint. It is made up of the lower jaw which articulates against a disc in the cup shaped depression of the skull by the ear. If the lower jaw is displaced it can cause the disc to come away from its correct position and dislocate, causing a clicking and grating noise when the mouth opens.

When the TMJ dislocates it can cause symptoms of headaches, migraines, neckache, tinnitus, fatigue and pain to name but a few. Patients will often grind their teeth at night, have difficulty opening wide, click or grate in the TMJ when opening and have some pain in the joint area itself in front of the ear.

There is some exciting research and work being done where orthodontics and surgery on deranged TMJ's has helped patients with Muscle Movement Disorders, Tourettes, Blepharospasm and Dystonias.

The diagnosis is crucial in understanding and treating the problem. The full examination will involve, muscle testing, ranges of motion, analysis, X-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Treatment can involve wearing splints and braces on the teeth to realign the jaw into its correct position. In the majority of cases this eliminates all of the symptoms, especially the headaches and migraines. Occasionally surgery may be needed to complete this treatment.

Some of the numerous and varied symptoms which can occur are listed below:

  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Jaw joint clicking or grating
  • Jaw clenching and Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Sleep Apnoea 
  • Atypical Facial Pain & neuralgias
  • Facial muscle aches and tics
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Ear pain, tinnitus, hearing loss
  • Muscle Movement Disorders
A multi-disciplinary approach is needed for some patient's. Podiatry, Osteopathy, Chiropractics, Cranial work, Massage Therapy, Pscychiatry, Physiotherapy, Nutritionists and other Allied Proffesionals.

Benefits of joining the BSSCMD

  • The BSSCMD (formerly the Cranio Group) is an international study group of health care professionals who have a particular interest in the treatment of disorders of the cranio-mandibular-cervical system (once known as "TMJ"). Members are mainly Dentists and Orthodontists (65%) plus Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, CranioSacral therapists, Alexander teachers, etc. There is also a special student membership. The Cranio group was initiated in 1992 by Dr Richard Dean and Dr Noel Stimson. The BSSCMD was started in 1994. Now chaired by Dr. Andrè Hedger. 
  • The membership now includes many internationally known professionals from all associated disciplines and from many countries including Britain, Ireland, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.
  • The Society's journal 'Cranio UK' is published twice a year by editor/publisher Noel Stimson, who is a retired dentist with 40 years experience of general dental practice, the last 20 years involved with orthodontics and treating cranio-mandibular disorders. The journal is available (free of charge) only to Cranio Group members.
  • Membership of BSSCMD costs GB £100 a year for UK and overseas members, all of whom are bona fide health care professionals or dental laboratory technicians/owners. Students and first-year post-graduates pay £20 per academic year. 
  • Non-Professional members of the public who are interested in the BSSCMD approach and methods can find information and contact details of practitioners in their area as well as case histories and research into the effect of mercury, flouride and nutrition on their teeth and general health.
  • If you wish to become a member of The BSSCMD please print out and complete the application form and mail it to the organizer (address on the form). Once your membership is established you will have access (by password) to the 'Members Only' section of this website, which contains copies of earlier issues of our journal Cranio View as well as a selection of recently-published significant articles.

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Our partnership with the BSEM

BSSCMD have recently established a formal affiliation with the British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM).

This is the result of some fortuitous contact between the two Societies and BSSCMD’s subsequent invitation to provide three speakers at the BSEM Annual Conference at the Royal Society of Physicians in November 2016, entitled “Putting oral health at the heart of medicine”. Following this successful and productive day, the view was subsequently expressed by both Societies that some sort of formal link or association between our Societies could be highly advantageous.

Later on at a joint meeting it was decided that an affiliation was the most sensible approach since it would allow both Societies to maintain their individual identities and members of each group could enjoy membership of the other group at a substantially discounted rate. The suggested discount was £50 for membership of the ‘other’ Society, making a joint subscription of £150.

Each Society would invite the other Society to attend their conferences and clinical meetings as guests, though obviously those with joint membership could attend in their own right. Joint BSSCMD/BSEM meetings would also be possible.

BSSCMD: “The aim of the Society is to increase the knowledge and understanding of Cranio Mandibular Disorders.”

This is where we started from in the 1990s; in more recent years we have come to understand the wider implications for good dental health and structure, particularly with regard to non-extraction orthodontic treatment (though not possible all the time!), the aetiology of malocclusion (birth trauma, cranial strains and poor muscle habits in feeding and swallowing), oral myology and neurology, otitis media, movement disorders and the oral links with sleep and breathing disorders.

We have established excellent links with osteopathy, chiropractic, and many other health professionals in order to build a team-based collaborative approach to CMD, orthodontics and other related disorders; we now have the opportunity to develop the same connection with the world of medicine, especially with those who have a similar outlook and philosophy to our own.

Testimonials

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  • You may remember that we came to you with our daughter in April 2007. She was being treated unsuccessfully at Mayday Hospital for what you were able to diagnose as TMJ dysfunction. A splint was made for her to wear over her bottom teeth and this gave her considerable re
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    Mr. & Mrs. R, Kenley Surrey
  • Having experienced a lot of pain for a number of years I discovered quite by chance through a friend the work Helen had been doing for TMJ, after the second visit to have a splint fitted, I went home to London and from Haslemere to London the difference was unbelievable
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    Mr T.H. from Richmond
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Latest Events

Details of the next BSSCMD Meeting

To be held on Monday 7th November 2016 at our usual stunning venue The Royal Automobile Club, 81 Pall Mall, London. We have an exciting and varied line up for you! The subject will be the MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO CRANIOFACIAL DISORDERS All speakers have kindly
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International Congress on Temporomandibular Joint-Disorders

Topic - The GP's approach to TMD with emphasis on Muscle Movement Disorders, including Tourettes and the influence of nutrition on facial growth. Registration online at www.deneckerdentistry.com  19th November 2015 - the Bimler cup golf tournament 20-21 Novem
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[also see InternationalCongressOnTMJ-SA.pdf]

Integrating Dental Orthopaedics and physical Therapy

Integrating Dental Orthopaedics and physical Therapy to achieve whole body stability. Richard Dean M.Sc.L.D.S.R.C.S (Eng) B.D.S (Lond) Book Before end of Aug for £160 - otherwise £180 Contact Richard dean 01342 824580 richarddean@talk21.com
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"The documents contained in this web site are presented for information purposes only. The material is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. The materials in this website cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment."

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