TMJ Treatment Should Be a Dental Specialty
Currently, the American Dental Association only recognizes 9 dental specialties. However, many common and growing areas of dentistry–such as cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and, yes, TMJ treatment–aren’t recognized dental specialties. This means that dentists don’t have a good way to obtain expertise or demonstrate their expertise in these fields, leading to more people receiving care from dentists who might not be fully qualified in care.
NASEM recommends instituting a new dental specialty for TMJ/TMD care. This would not only give dental patients the ability to choose a specialist in this area, it would encourage more research into best practices so that dentists could learn these in a more uniform manner.