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TMJ Specialist (Dr.Rajesh Raveendranathan)

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TMJ(Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)

The temperomandibular joint is the joint of the jaw and is frequently referred to as TMJ. The TMJ is a bilateral synovial articulation between the mandible and temporal bone. The name of the joint is derived from the two bones which form the joint: the upper temporal bone which is part of the cranium (skull), and the lower jawbone or mandible.

TMJ Specialist

There are six main components of the TMJ.


Mandibular condyles

Articular surface of the temporal bone

Capsule

Articular disc

Ligaments

Lateral pterygoid

Dr. Rajesh Raveendranathan was born and brought up in the gulf kingdom of Bahrain. He completed his graduation from Rajas Dental College attached to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai in 1998. He had always evinced a keen interest in orthodontics even in his early years as a general practitioner. This interest led him to ICNOG (International College of Neuromuscular Orthodontics and Gnathology, Italy) whose India chapter in co-ordination with IDRR, guided him to the successful completion of its Level One in Calicut, India. ICNOG introduced the concept of TMD (Tempero-mandibular joint disorders) and its relation to orthodontics and kinesiology. He then followed it with his Level Two held in conjunction with IDRR in Dubai. One among the only two to have done so in Asia, he is also the only one in South India to use the K7, the mandibular tracking device manufactured by Myotronics, USA. He has, since then, attended various international conferences worldwide.

What Doctors Treat TMJ Disorder?

Since TMJ disorder patients have many different symptoms, treatment can include several different physicians of varying specialties. Headaches can be treated by a neurologist, ear pain can be evaluated by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, and pain can be treated by a pain management specialist. A dentist may utilize splints to correct bite issues; an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS) can assist with both surgical and non-surgical interventions. Other healthcare providers that may form part of a patient's care team can include Physiotherapists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Orthodontists, Nutritionists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Massage Therapists, and the family doctor (PCP or GP).