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How do you select a TMJ Specialist? Stanley Markman DDS

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How do you select a TMJ Specialist? Stanley Markman DDS

When you have determined that you have a TMD problem, how do you select treating specialists?

Right now there is no one who can be called a specialist in TMD because the American Dental
Association has not created a recognized specialty in that area. That creates a hardship for
patients who have to find, by trial and error, an individual who proclaims special knowledge
in this area. Dentists who have interest in TMD do attend short-term post graduate courses in that area.

In the United States there are 11 dental schools that do have postgraduate programs in TMD
which are often part of an overall program of oral facial pain. For example, in New Jersey
there is a post-graduate program at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, where I teach.
Dentists who participate in the two year program will receive a master’s degree because
research is part of the discipline. They become eligible to take two exams given by the
Board of Orofacial Pain. The first part is a 3 hour written exam and the second part, which
can only be taken after passing the academic portion, is an oral exam where the examinee is
required to solve 3 difficult TMD and other pain problems by describing to the examiners how
they would treat and solve a particular pain problem. After passing, they receive both a
fellowship in orofacial pain and a certificate stating that the dentist is a diplomate of the
American Board of Orofacial pain.

When you plan to see someone with special knowledge in TMD, ask about the dentist’s credentials.
Either they have dental school training or other training. A one or two month course in
training can never match the training that is provided in a one or two year training course
in orofacial pain.

There is an organization called the American Association of Orofacial Pain. They can be
found on the internet at www.aaop.org. There you will a list of dentists, by state who
have advance knowledge of orofacial and TMD pain.

2 Responses to “How do you select a TMJ Specialist? Stanley Markman DDS”

  1. Great article, patients need to be better educated, and this does a great job of doing that, thank you for sharing!

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