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The pain from TMJ can be unbearable for many new patients and requires finding a TMJ Specialist near you.  TMJ is best diagnosed by a thorough history, interview, and clinical examination. The clinical examination includes the TMJ specialist palpating the musculature, tendons, bones and joints of the jaw. A trained TMJ specialist will also conduct a cranial nerve screening checking for any abnormalities, evaluate your neck, and ask about headaches and sleep problems. Depending on those findings, Dr. Bakhtiari may request diagnostic imaging (x-rays of the jaw, CT scans, or MRI) and blood tests. Diagnosis of TMJ disorders does not always require advanced and expensive imaging, and never requires expensive gadgets.  Dr. Bakhtiari offers precise and patient-centered therapies that are rooted in scientific evidence and clinical trials.

Choosing a TMJ Doctor Near You

Google is one of the best resources for finding a TMJ Doctor Near You. A quick search is sure to show the latest results and reviews of multiple TMJ specialists near you. However, patients may feel overwhelmed having to choose a doctor to treat a condition that they may still be learning about “What is TMJ”?

What should a new TMJ Patient consider when choosing a Pain Specialist?

·        Evaluate experience and training

·        Determine your individual needs

·        Learn about common treatment options

·        Read patient reviews

·        Research nearby TMJ specialists or dentists

Read TMJ Patient Reviews

Patient Reviews and Testimonials can be a good source of information. Google makes it difficult to fake a review, so the reviews on Google are usually legitimate.

Read what previous patients think about the TMJ specialists on your short list. You will invariably run across a few people who had negative experiences, so consider the entirety of a doctor’s reviews rather than only a select few.  The more stars a Google Review has, the more favorable the TMJ Doctor is rated.

Meet Dr. Nojan Bakhtiari – Highly Rated New York City TMJ Pain Specialist

Dr. Nojan Bakhtiari is a board-certified TMJ and Oral Facial Pain specialist. He focuses his practice on TMJ disorders, oral pain, facial pain and associated headaches. He treats patients in New York City. His practice is conveniently located in midtown Manhattan three blocks from Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park.

·        Assistant Clinical Professor, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

·        Treasurer and Committee Chair, NYU Dentistry Alumni Association

·        Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain

·        Fellow, American Academy of Orofacial Pain

·        Chair of Membership Committee, American Academy of Orofacial Pain

Dr. Nojan shares his in-depth knowledge of the TMJ, oral and facial pain as Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He taught for 5 years at Yale-New Haven Hospital as a clinical attending and course director. He is one of very few  diplomates of the American Board of Orofacial Pain  and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

As an expert in the field, he has been invited to lecture at New York University, New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, New York State Dental Association, Woodhull Hospital, Lincoln Medical Center, and numerous dental societies and conferences (including Greenwich and Stamford Dental Societies, New Haven Dental Association, Connecticut Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, New England Dental Society Annual Meeting).