We found 4 providers with an interest in temporomandibular joint disorder and who accept Coventry Bronze HMO near Willow Grove, PA.

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Dr. Hongxie Shen, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
401 E Township Line Road
Elkins Park, PA
 

Dr. Hongxie Shen's area of specialization is family medicine. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Shen's areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), migraine, and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Shen honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Shen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1001 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Marta Becker's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Becker's areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders, migraine, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of UNC Hospitals' residency program. She is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Chestnut Hill Hospital.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Migraine, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Dr. Donald Mario Sesso, DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1001 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Donald Sesso practices facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His clinical interests include sleep disorders and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Chestnut Hill Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Sesso attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sesso honors.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Specializes in Otolaryngology
1001 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Todd Morehouse works as an otolaryngologist. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is especially interested in sleep disorders and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Dr. Morehouse's professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Chestnut Hill Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Morehouse attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

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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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