Raustia Aune

Temporomandibular joint and craniofacial research

Oral rehabilitation


Research unit: Oral Health Sciences


Group leader

Professor Aune Raustia (DDS, PhD)


What do we do

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

  • Lähdesmäki Raija, DDS, PhD
  • Näpänkangas Ritva, DDS, PhD
  • Sipilä Kirsi, professor, University of Eastern Finland

PhD students

  • Al-Harbi Saad
  • Al-Khafaji Thau
  • Hauru Riikka
  • Jussila Päivi
  • Kiviahde Heikki
  • Kuoppala Ritva
  • Mitsuko Nakayama
  • Mäki-Kojola Heidi
  • Orajärvi Marko
  • Pihlaja Juha
  • Tervonen Minna


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


Last updated: 9.7.2019