Check Credentials and Continuing Education
“TMJ dentist” is an informal description. It’s not an officially recognized dental specialty, so any dentist could call themselves a TMJ dentist. However, regular dental training includes little instruction in TMJ treatment.
To ensure a dentist is a trustworthy TMJ dentist, check to see that they have significant continuing dedication dedicated to understanding TMJ. Look for references to TMJ treatment, neuromuscular dentistry, craniofacial pain, myofascial pain, and other related terms. If a dentist doesn’t talk about specialized training and credentials won in these areas, you should not consider them TMJ dentists.