When Dr. Avila was a Senior in dental school one of his patients told him they were diagnosed with TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER (TMD aka TMJ). The patient told Dr. Avila TMD was a dental problem. During his four years of advanced dental training he had never heard of TMD. This began a frustrating, challenging, and exciting journey for Dr. Avila.
Long story-short, Dr. Avila has a natural ability of fixing things and he learned a predictable way of fixing TMD pain.
Dr. Avila is involved in significant research regarding TMD treatment. He is Co-Primary Investigator on a new medication providing predictable relief of TMD pain as well as research to make TMD diagnosis easier and more predictable.
Many days Dr. Avila has a peculiar happy halo around him -- those are the days a patient who has been suffering from head pains for years has found significant relief during 14 days of treatment.