Dr. Rajesh Raveendranathan was born and brought up in the gulf kingdom of Bahrain. He completed his graduation from Rajas Dental College attached to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai in 1998. He had always evinced a keen interest in orthodontics even in his early years as a general practitioner. This interest led him to ICNOG (International College of Neuromuscular Orthodontics and Gnathology, Italy) whose India chapter in co-ordination with IDRR guided him to the successful completion of its Level One in Calicut, India. ICNOG introduced the concept of TMD (Tempero-mandibular joint disorders) and its relation to orthodontics and kinesiology. He then followed it with his Level Two held in conjunction with IDRR in Dubai. Being the pioneer to have done so in India, he is he currently trains dentists to use the K7, the mandibular tracking device manufactured by Myotronics, USA. He has, since then, attended various international conferences worldwide.
The IAO Conference in April, 2008 at San Antonio, Texas, USA paved the way for catapulting him to the arena of Iatrogenic Headaches, Neck-aches and Migraines which are actually not idiopathic but related to TMD. This relatively new theory changes the occlusion to a more physiological Myocentric Occlusion relieving the condylar pressure from the retrodiscal pad in the TMJ space, thus eliminating the headache/neck-ache. The new relaxed position of the condyle is maintained by different sorts of appliances such as splints, MORA’s and other jigs; or even through occlusal build-ups, crowns and even orthodontic treatment.
The Myotronics conference at Seattle, Washington, USA in June 2010, introduced him to the concept of neuromuscular dentistry in sports wherein a mouth guard (PPMTM) is built according to the person’s myocentric occlusion and is worn during the physical activity, thereby increasing his/her balance, strength and stamina.
He is currently an associate member of the IAO (International Association for Orthodontists). He is also a member of the AACP (American Association of Cranio-Facial Pain) and IFUNA (International Functional Orthodontics Association). He was the Honorary Secretary of the Malappuram Branch of IDA (Indian Dental Association) and has won state and national awards for the same. He is currently the President of the same.
He is currently the only AACP-Tufts certified Dental Sleep Medicine specialist in India after completing his residency programme on “TMJ and Sleep Medicine” at Tufts University, Boston, USA in 2011.
He is currently a very active member in ICCMO (International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopaedics). He has opened up the Neuromuscular Dentistry Club India (NMDI) which will later merge as the ICCMO India Chapter. He has also attained the Fellowship and Mastership of ICCMO.
Dr. Rajesh now conducts seminars at various locations and encourages the point that dentists are not just Tooth-doctors! He is also a consultant TMJ specialist at various cities in India. He uses the K7 (Myotronics) as his primary diagnostic tool. Due to its easy manoeuvrability and portability, he travels all over India spreading the word of Neuromuscular Dentistry and treating TMD patients who have been struggling for a permanent relief all their lives.
He currently visits the following clinics:
Indra Dental & TMJ Care Centre (Malappuram)
Dental World (Kolkota)
Smile Architect (Bangalore)
Korambayil Hospital (Manjeri)
The Right Bite CPC (Cochin)
Crystal Dental Care in New Delhi
He is married to Dr. Asha Rajesh, who looks after their centre in their home town, Malappuram. Dr. Asha Rajesh is inspiration personified. Educated and brought up in Bangalore, she graduated from RV Dental College, Bangalore. Hardworking and the dedicated dentist, she has done numerous CDE’s in Endodontics and has perfected the art in Crown down technique, the latest in Root Canal Treatments. She has also finished her certificate course in Aesthetic Dentistry from University of Manitoba, Canada.
They are blessed with a 11 year old daughter, Raashi.