We are using ecologically valid approaches to understand why some temporomandibular joints (TMJ) break-down and others do not. These approaches combine measurements to attain a “mechanobehavioral score” that assesses TMJ health and predicts potential for degenerative change and repair. The knowledge from this work should eventually lead to specific evidence-based preventive and therapeutic management strategies for TMD.
Define component factors that contribute to mechanobehavioral scores and how these are measured for personalized TMJ assessment.
Distinguish differences between sub-groups of people with and without temporomandibular disorders.
Evaluate technologies for characterizing jaw mechanics and behaviors.