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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.

Dr. Valmont Pierre Desa, MD
Specializes in Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4101 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Valmont Desa is a prosthodontics (tooth repair and replacement) and oral and maxillofacial surgery specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: cleft lip and palate, blepharoplasty, and dental implant surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desa takes. Dr. Desa attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for residency. Dr. Desa offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

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Dr. Leon Franklin Davis, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4101 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Leon Davis works as an oral surgeon. His areas of expertise include dental implant surgery, nasal fractures, and arthroplasty. Dr. Davis is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Dr. Davis offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

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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
4400 Emile Street
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. James Ruskin is a medical specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. After attending the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Ruskin completed his residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His areas of expertise include 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. Dr. Ruskin offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Nebraska Medicine.

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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
4101 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Jason Untrauer works as an oral surgeon in Omaha, NE. Dr. Untrauer offers interpreting services for his patients. His clinical interests include dental implant surgery, nasal fractures, and arthroplasty. He is professionally affiliated with Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Untrauer attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Untrauer an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

All Interests: Botox Injection, Cysts, Dental Implant Surgery, Nasal Fractures, Closed Reduction, Open Reduction ... (Read more)

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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.