TMJ and Orofacial Pain Specialist - Nojan Bakhtiari, DDS, FAAOP

TMJ and Orofacial Pain Specialist - Nojan Bakhtiari, DDS, FAAOP Specializing in:
• TMJ
• Lock jaw, limited jaw opening or jaw popping
• Teeth grinding (bruxism) He treats patients in New York City and in Connecticut.

Dr. Nojan Bakhtiari is a board-certified TMJ and Orofacial Pain specialist. He focuses his practice on TMJ disorders, oral pain, facial pain and associated headaches. Dr. Bakhtiari teaches 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. If you are

experience any of the following symptoms, you should schedule a consultation:
• TMJ pain
• Lock jaw, limited jaw opening or jaw popping
• Teeth grinding (bruxism) and clenching
• Muscle spasms of the jaw, head and neck
• Myofascial pain
• Ear pain without any ear pathology
• Trigeminal neuralgia
• Headaches
• Burning Mouth Syndrome
• Traumatic trigeminal neuropathies following an injury or surgical procedure

Dr. Bakhtiari offers the best and advanced treatment options available for TMJ, facial pain, oral pain and headaches. Treatments offered by Dr. Bakhtiari are personalized to you, and may include:

• Oral appliance therapy (custom mouthguards, nightguards, splints)
• Therapeutic injections
• Nerve blocks
• Trigger point injections of the muscle
• Steroid injections of the TM joint and tendons
• Botox for nerve pain, jaw pain and headaches
• Therapeutic ointments and medication for oral, facial and TMJ pain

06/04/2024


Early treatment is the key to unlocking your jaw and to avoid surgery. Treatment needs to be directed at the cause and i...
04/30/2024

Early treatment is the key to unlocking your jaw and to avoid surgery. Treatment needs to be directed at the cause and is rarely helped by Botox. Ask questions below or in our DMs.




Friday mindfulness check: Give your muscles much needed rest. Unclench your teeth and let your jaw float. An easy trick ...
04/12/2024

Friday mindfulness check: Give your muscles much needed rest. Unclench your teeth and let your jaw float. An easy trick to find a healthy jaw resting position is to make the “M” sound (lips sealed and teeth slightly apart).

Repeated daytime clenching can cause TMJ pain and temple headaches. If you’re having a hard time managing daytime clenching we can help.




Finished my 6th and last lecture of the semester at Columbia University CDM. The third year dental students are brillian...
04/09/2024

Finished my 6th and last lecture of the semester at Columbia University CDM. The third year dental students are brilliant, and stomped me with one of their questions. Back to the 📚 it is…

Ask (easier) questions below ⬇️


03/06/2024



It was an honor to return and give a presentation in the lecture hall where I used to be a student. Thank you NYU alumni...
03/05/2024

It was an honor to return and give a presentation in the lecture hall where I used to be a student. Thank you NYU alumni, friends & faculty for attending.






📷 NYU Photo Bureau/LSorel

02/12/2024
We’re posting Dr. Nojan’s 2024 Lecturing Schedule next. This year he will cover TMJ / TMD, sleep apnea, snoring, orofaci...
02/09/2024

We’re posting Dr. Nojan’s 2024 Lecturing Schedule next. This year he will cover TMJ / TMD, sleep apnea, snoring, orofacial pain, Botox, orthotics, medications, and other treatments. Stay tuned!


Scroll to learn more ➡️, and ask question below.
11/28/2023

Scroll to learn more ➡️, and ask question below.





Finally escapes for coffee ➡️ quickly reminded he needs to get back to referring doctors about patient care••••         ...
11/14/2023

Finally escapes for coffee ➡️ quickly reminded he needs to get back to referring doctors about patient care











Woke up tired? Did your bed partner keep you awake? We can help. We specialize in comfortable oral appliances that can o...
11/13/2023

Woke up tired? Did your bed partner keep you awake? We can help. We specialize in comfortable oral appliances that can optimize your sleep so you can be refreshed for the week.

Given Dr. Nojan’s unique and advanced training in TMJ:

• we can make sure that you do not develop new jaw symptoms or bite changes as a result of an oral appliance
• if you have TMJ or grind your teeth, we are able to concurrently treat your sleep and TMJ conditions

I was interviewed for a podcast, and asked by my colleague why I started my own TMJ practice. My vision: To offer academ...
11/07/2023

I was interviewed for a podcast, and asked by my colleague why I started my own TMJ practice.

My vision: To offer academic level expertise with the accessibility and benefits of private practice.

We’ll post the podcast once it goes live…







Avoid the headache. Get treated early!•••
11/02/2023

Avoid the headache. Get treated early!







Do you wear the wrong type of night guard?A locking jaw, or one that gets stuck, requires a repositioning appliance and ...
09/13/2023

Do you wear the wrong type of night guard?

A locking jaw, or one that gets stuck, requires a repositioning appliance and NOT a dental nightguard or stabilization splint (aka flat orthotic). The latter will not guide the jaw into the correct position and will not be able to prevent the jaw from locking.

Furthermore, the wrong nightguard can actually lock you more than not wearing anything!

A repositioning appliance will prevent your lower jaw from falling back, leaving room for your TMJ discs so that you no longer lock.












Read more about who is a good candidate for TMJ Botox. Ask questions below!•••                                          ...
08/09/2023

Read more about who is a good candidate for TMJ Botox. Ask questions below!




What are your most pressing TMJ questions?••••
08/02/2023

What are your most pressing TMJ questions?








Don’t ignore your jaw locking or getting stuck. This week we met several patients who waited too long. As a result, some...
06/16/2023

Don’t ignore your jaw locking or getting stuck. This week we met several patients who waited too long. As a result, some developed permanently locked jaws and arthritis that will require surgery.

The earlier your diagnosis is made, the simpler the treatment will be. In the first few weeks (up to ~2 months) you can still fully recover with the correct treatment.

As a reminder, jaw locking or getting stuck is caused by an internal instability of the TMJ cartilage, and not necessarily because of clenching/grinding.



Scroll to read about the differences between TMJ headaches and migraines.If you are having TMJ headaches, get evaluated ...
04/05/2023

Scroll to read about the differences between TMJ headaches and migraines.

If you are having TMJ headaches, get evaluated by our practice!


Mentorship has been an integral part of our practice. I have been fortunate to have some phenomenal mentors myself along...
03/14/2023

Mentorship has been an integral part of our practice. I have been fortunate to have some phenomenal mentors myself along the way.

Had a great time chatting about the specialty of TMJ & Orofacial Pain with students!






Returning tomorrow for in-person lectures at Columbia University. Can’t wait to meet and interact with the students! I’v...
01/23/2023

Returning tomorrow for in-person lectures at Columbia University. Can’t wait to meet and interact with the students! I’ve realized the best way to stay current and offer cutting-edge treatments to our patients is by continuously teaching and lecturing.









Remember not all TMJ is the same! While Botox can be therapeutic for certain TMJ conditions, there are better options fo...
10/04/2022

Remember not all TMJ is the same! While Botox can be therapeutic for certain TMJ conditions, there are better options for the TMJ symptoms listed above.

Before getting Botox for TMJ, get evaluated by orofacial pain specialist.






Fall weather and TMJ.For those patients who report more jaw tightness and pain as the temperature cools: • start wearing...
09/29/2022

Fall weather and TMJ.

For those patients who report more jaw tightness and pain as the temperature cools:

• start wearing scarves and jackets that cover your jaw and lower face
• warm drinks (ideally non-caffeinated 😅)
• warm compresses when you get home

As a reminder there are different types of TMJ (including muscular, joint, arthritis, etc). Warm compresses should be reserved for muscular TMJ.




Mindfulness check: Don’t let your teeth touch during the day! Keep your teeth slightly apart and let your jaw float. Day...
09/20/2022

Mindfulness check: Don’t let your teeth touch during the day! Keep your teeth slightly apart and let your jaw float.

Daytime clenching stresses the muscles and joints in your jaw and face, causing TMJ and headaches.

And if you absolutely cannot, we have some options to help you get there.




Botox lecture alert! I’m lecturing this Monday at the New York County Dental Society on the pros and cons of Botox for T...
09/09/2022

Botox lecture alert! I’m lecturing this Monday at the New York County Dental Society on the pros and cons of Botox for TMJ





Hello new waiting room. I might just move in.
08/12/2022

Hello new waiting room. I might just move in.

Ask questions about jaw locking below! ⬇️⬇️••••
06/21/2022

Ask questions about jaw locking below! ⬇️⬇️









Past presidents Dr. Tang and Dr. Ayoub with future NYU Dentistry Alumni Association president🤞We had an amazing time cel...
05/18/2022

Past presidents Dr. Tang and Dr. Ayoub with future NYU Dentistry Alumni Association president🤞

We had an amazing time celebrating the classes of 2020 & 2021 and welcoming them to the alumni family! 🎓










📸 NYU Photo Bureau

Dr. Nojan’s book chapter was published! 📚 You can find his chapter on Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders (TM...
05/05/2022

Dr. Nojan’s book chapter was published! 📚 You can find his chapter on Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ) in the 8th edition of “Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist”







Asymmetry corrected while treating the pain! After only 1 round of Botox our patient had a dramatic improvement in his f...
04/11/2022

Asymmetry corrected while treating the pain! After only 1 round of Botox our patient had a dramatic improvement in his facial asymmetry. We made certain to maintain his defined jawline. Our patient used to have pain and had exhausted proper mouthguard options.

What was critical to the success of this case?

1. Diagnosis, diagnosis, diagnosis. We made sure soft-tissue and hard-tissue pathology was ruled out with the appropriate imaging and clinical exam. Always treat the source. His asymmetry was due to a unilateral masseter overgrowth (hypertrophy).

2. Safe zone. Injection of the masseter in the safe zone. Your clinician must know the anatomy in detail and understand the boundaries and how to avoid side-effects such as a droopy smile.

3. Dosing of Botox. We took great care of correcting the asymmetry without compromising his defined jawline on the opposing side.

Are you a clinician interested in learning more? Be on the lookout for our next hands-on course.

Why the photo of 🌶? Capsaicin is an active component in chili peppers that can help with neuropathies.While ✨TMJ✨ is wha...
04/04/2022

Why the photo of 🌶? Capsaicin is an active component in chili peppers that can help with neuropathies.

While ✨TMJ✨ is what our practice is best known for, we also manage a fair amount of nerve conditions.

Neuropathies of the mouth and face (historically called Atypical Odontalgia or phantom tooth pain) can develop spontaneously, after a routine dental procedure or after a nerve injury.

Just removing the nerve or extracting the tooth doesn’t solve the problem. The pain can persist even after the root canal, an apicoectomy is completed or the offending tooth is extracted.

What are some management strategies?

•Topical medications and supplements. This includes capsaicin, alpha-lipoic acid, etc. They work best in conjunction with a medication stent (aka neurosensory stent) to prevent saliva from washing the treating substance away

•Botox / botulinum toxin injections

•Oral medications


Address

41 Park Avenue Suite, 1B
New York, NY
10016

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 6pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

Telephone

+13477083865

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