TMJ & Facial Pain Center, Dr. Wesley Shankland

It is probable that you or someone you know suffers with headaches that are mild to incapacitating. How many doctors does it take to diagnose and treat the cause for headaches or orofacial pain? On average, Dr. Shankland is the ninth doctor patients see before finding relief of their symptoms. Unfortunately, not all headaches are created equal and often times are misdiagnosed and go untreated. TMJ is an abbreviation for the anatomical medical term Temporomandibular joint or "jaw joint." The TMJ is simply the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull and allows you to open and close your mouth freely. Sounds simple? Not so for TMD (Temporomandibular dysfunction) sufferers: Opening the mouth, chewing, and talking – functional movement we take for granted - can be excruciatingly painful, debilitating and chronically affect normal day to day activities. Finding a specialist who treats TMJ is one of the most difficult challenges for sufferers. Dr. Wesley Shankland has been the doctor to trust for over 30 years when seeking successful diagnosis and pain management for TMJ and orofacial pain disorders.

Local Accessibility, Global Appeal

Dr. Shankland is a globally recognized author, speaker, and educator who has dedicated his life to treating patients with head, neck and facial pain disorders, as well as educating healthcare practitioners on recognizing and treating the many disorders that fall under the umbrella term, TMJ. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers and is the author of two well-respected books, Face the Pain and TMJ: It's Many Faces. The US World Report listed the best selling book, TMJ: It's Many Faces, as the book to read on temporomandibular joint disorders.

Patients have traveled from nearly every state, providence and continent to consult with Dr. Shankland, including South America, South Africa, Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, China and Russia. Dr. Shankland has served the Central Ohio area for 35 years with his considerable experience, knowledge, training and treatment of painful TMJ disorders.

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Wesley Shankland, II, earned his BS degree (biochemistry) and his DDS degree from The Ohio State University. From 1977 through 1978, while still in training, Dr. Shankland was given the opportunity to treat virtually all patients suffering with temporomandibular disorders who came to the College of Dentistry at Ohio State. It was then that he felt called to focus his attention on treating patients with these various disorders. He returned to graduate school at Ohio State in 1989 and earned his MS in human anatomy and his PhD, also in human anatomy, from Summit University of Louisiana (a non-credited program) in 1987.

Dr. Shankland and his staff see patients from all over the world who are suffering from temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain, headaches and sleep breathing disorders. They have been fortunate to see many of these patients receive great results, many of whom have had total resolution of their pain problems.