We found 2 providers with an interest in temporomandibular joint disorder and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Sewell, NJ.

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Dr. Brian M Smith, MD
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Two Plaza Drive; Bunker Hill Plaza, Hurffville - Crosskeys Road, Suite 203
Sewell, NJ
 

Dr. Brian Smith's area of specialization is oral and maxillofacial surgery. His clinical interests encompass temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), reconstructive surgery, and trauma. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Smith obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include South Jersey Magazine; "Top Dentist"; and Philadelphia Magazine. He is affiliated with Cooper University Physicians, Crozer-Keystone Health System, and Temple University Hospital (TUH).

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Carl Angelo Bifano
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Two Plaza Drive; Bunker Hill Plaza, Hurffville - Crosskeys Road, Suite 203
Sewell, NJ
 

Dr. Carl Bifano works as an oral and maxillofacial pathologist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon. His professional affiliations include Cooper University Physicians and Temple University Hospital (TUH). Dr. Bifano honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His residency was performed at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Philadelphia General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University.

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All Interests: Facial Problems, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Facial Reconstruction

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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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