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We found 4 providers with an interest in temporomandibular joint disorder and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Sewell, NJ.

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 specialty is oral and maxillofacial surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), reconstructive surgery, and trauma. Dr. Smith's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cooper University Health Care, Crozer-Keystone Health System, and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith's distinctions include: South Jersey Magazine; "Top Dentist"; and Philadelphia Magazine.

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
449 Hurffville Crosskeys Road; Unit Ii
Sewell, NJ
 

Dr. Jonathan Burke practices oral and maxillofacial surgery. These areas are among Dr. Burke's clinical interests: cosmetic surgery and maxillofacial (jaw and face) surgery. He is affiliated with Kennedy Health System and Cooper University Health Care. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his professional training, Dr. Burke completed a residency program at Temple University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

All Interests: Cosmetic Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

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Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
449 Hurffville Crosskeys Road
Sewell, NJ
 

Dr. Guy Lanzi specializes in oral and maxillofacial surgery and practices in Haddonfield, NJ and Sewell, NJ. In his practice, Dr. Lanzi focuses on maxillofacial (jaw and face) surgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His training includes a residency program at Denver Health. He is professionally affiliated with Cooper University Health Care.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

All Interests: Maxillofacial Surgery, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

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 is an oral and maxillofacial pathologist and oral surgeon. Dr. Bifano is professionally affiliated with Cooper University Health Care and Temple University Hospital (TUH). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. For his residency, Dr. Bifano trained at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Philadelphia General Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

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.