Dr. Ahmed is a top-rated TMJ Treatment dentist in Rocky Hill offering the highest level of dental care.
Dr. Ahmed is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry and American Dental Association.
“I am a generally nervous person when it comes to dentists; I’ve had bad experiences that truly changed my perceptions of dentistry. Add on pain and discomfort… oof. I don’t look forward to any type of visit; let alone one where I know bad news is afoot. Let me just say, River Park I was probably the best experience I have ever had.”
Dr. Niaz Ahmed, with a high-tech dental office located in Rocky Hill, is experienced with TMJ treatment options.
TMJ & TMD treatment
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which refers to the bone, muscles, and connective tissues that surround the jaw. When patients experience pain or discomfort in the jaw joint, they have temporomandibular joint disorder, known as TMD. Pain, tenderness, and popping or clicking near the jaw are common symptoms of TMD. There are many treatment options for TMJ disorders such as non-invasive therapy, bite splits, injections, or surgery in extreme cases. TMJ can lead to persistent headaches, muscle pain, or misalignment if left untreated.
TMD alone is not a disorder, but instead describes a range of disorders that affect the TMJ joint? In fact, it’s the second most common musculoskeletal condition in the US that causes pain. According to the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, up to 12% of Americans have TMD. Women are twice as likely to be affected by TMD than men are. Despite how common these disorders are, only 1 out of every 3 people seeks treatment.
How do I know if TMJ treatment is right for me?
To find out if treatment is right for you, you will first need to be examined and diagnosed with TMJ disorder. Dr. Ahmed will determine the extent of your condition and create a treatment plan best for your needs. The initial approach generally involves more conservative treatments such as self-care, physical therapy, or the use of bite splints. Certain medications can also be used to help the jaw relax to relieve pain. Patients who don’t respond to the initial conservative approach will be considered for other treatment options or referred to a TMD/Head and Neck Specialist.
What should I expect if I undergo treatment for TMJ?
Here at River Park Dental, we strive to help each patient feel understood and cared for at all times. Dr. Ahmed will start by reviewing your medical and dental history, then conducting a thorough exam of your head and neck muscles as well as your joint and teeth. He may order a CBCT scan or recommend an MRI to be taken outside of our office. TMJ treatment varies for each patient, so your experience may look very different than someone else’s. However, please know that treatment is always a partnership between doctor and patient, and we will work with you for multiple visits over the course of a few months depending on how severe your TMD is.
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Will I need to follow any special post-care instructions while being treated for TMJ?
Dr. Ahmed may refer patients to a physical therapist to be used in conjunction with our treatment. He will also assess any bad habits that may be contributing to your symptoms at your first appointment.
Teeth Grinding or Bruxism
Patients who frequently grind or clench their teeth have a condition known as bruxism. Mild bruxism usually doesn’t require treatment, but severe bruxism can put the health of your teeth and jaw at risk. Bruxism is often related to the TMJ joint and can cause painful symptoms if left untreated.