Dr. Melis graduated in Dentistry at the University of Cagliari (Italy) in 1998.
In the same year he joined the Tufts University in Boston, and received the Fellowship in Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain, after he completed the 2-year program in the Craniomandibular Pain Center of the University, from 1998 to 2000.
Since then he practices dentistry in Sardinia (Italy), exclusively in the field of diagnosis and treatment of the disorders of the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), the muscles of mastication, and headache caused by dental malocclusion or bruxism (the habit of clenching and grinding of the teeth); such pathologies are called temporomandibular disorders, and they are an important cause of pain in the orofacial region.
He also collaborates with the Craniomandibular Pain Center at Tufts University for research activity, with several scientific publications in the field of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain, dental occlusion, bruxism, and muscle function.
Symptoms of temporomandibular disorders are various, the most common are the following: jaw joint pain or sounds (clicking, popping, or grating), limited mouth opening, deviations of mouth opening, headache, face muscles pain and fatigue, neck, shoulders, and back pain and stiffness, but many others can be present.