We found 4 providers with an interest in temporomandibular joint disorder and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Omaha, NE.

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Dr. Valmont Pierre Desa, MD
Specializes in Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4014 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Valmont Desa's medical specialty is prosthodontics (tooth repair and replacement) and oral and maxillofacial surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: cleft lip and palate, blepharoplasty, and dental implant surgery. Dr. Desa honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Desa attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

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Dr. Leon Franklin Davis, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4014 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Leon Davis is a physician who specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Davis include dental implant surgery, nasal fractures, and oral biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Kentucky Medical Center for residency. Dr. Davis has a 1.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

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Dr. Jason Bradford Untrauer, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4014 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Jason Untrauer is an oral and maxillofacial surgery specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Untrauer's clinical interests include dental implant surgery, nasal fractures, and oral biopsy. He is affiliated with Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Untrauer offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

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Dr. James David Ruskin, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4014 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. James Ruskin's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. These areas are among Dr. Ruskin's clinical interests: cleft lip and palate, blepharoplasty, and dental implant surgery. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Ruskin is affiliated with Nebraska Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

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What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, the little round joint that lies in front of your ear between the temporal bone (your cheek bone) and the mandible (your lower jaw.) Often people use the acronym “TMJ” to refer to temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder - that is, pain and stiffness in this joint and the muscles around it.

TMJ can cause a wide variety of symptoms related to the movement of the jaw. They can include earaches, headaches, an inability to open the mouth very far, painful clicking or popping noises when chewing or talking, and stiffness or pain in the jaw, face, or neck. Sometimes TMJ symptoms seem to go in cycles, getting better or going away for a while only to come back again. Symptoms can be mild and not very bothersome, or so persistent and painful as to be almost debilitating.

There can be many potential causes of TMJ. An injury or trauma to the jaw, arthritis, or grinding the teeth can all contribute to TMJ. The temporomandibular joint contains a small disc of cartilage that allows it to move smoothly, and this disc can become dislocated or torn. Sometimes the cause is unknown. There are no standard tests for TMJ, and it can be difficult to diagnose and treat.

Mild cases of TMJ may benefit from self-care such as eating soft foods, practicing stress management techniques, and applying ice packs to the jaw. NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen, can be purchased without a prescription and work to reduce pain and inflammation. Some dentists and occupational therapists can suggest stretching techniques for the jaw which may help relieve stiffness. More serious cases may require a form of splinting called a stabilization splint or bite plate, which helps reduce pressure on the joint. Extreme cases may benefit from arthroscopic surgery on the joint.
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