Temporomandibular joint and craniofacial research

Research group information

Contact information

Research group leader

  • Professor
    Aune Raustia

Research group description

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are common in all age groups. The main symptoms and signs of TMD are: temporomandibular joint (TMJ) sounds, masticatory muscle and TMJ pain. The aim is to study epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis and treatment of TMD. Because of multifactorial etiology research concerning TMD requires close collaboration between experimental research group.

The aim is to study oral rehabilitation by means of conventional removable or fixed prostheses as well as implant supported prostheses. Lot of various materials are used in prosthodontics and we need more clinical follow-up studies concerning longevity of these materials and cost-risk-benefit of  prosthetic treatment.

Our team

Where are we headed

Research is active. New molecular biological methods used in experimental animal studies give more knowledge about TMJ pathology and clarify multifactorial etiology of TMD. Craniofacial research gives information on normal development seen in adapted adult occlusions. This offers possibility to look for epigenetic factors and genetic background in normal growth.

Our main collaborators

  • Institute of Biotechnology, Institute of Dentistry  / University of Helsinki
  • University of Adelaide, Craniofacial Biology Group
  • University of Eastern Finland
  • Fourth Military Medical University, Xi`n, China
  • King Abdulaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

How to find us

aune.raustia[at]oulu.fi