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

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

Dr. Hongxie Shen's medical specialty is family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Shen is 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Shen's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), migraine, and thyroid problems. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Shen (or staff) speaks Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. Dr. Shen is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network.

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Dr. Marta Taylor Becker, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1001 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Marta Becker is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She works in Norristown, PA, Willow Grove, PA, and Lansdale, PA. Dr. Becker is rated highly by her patients. Her clinical interests include sleep disorders, migraine, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). She honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She obtained her medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed her residency at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Becker is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Abington Health. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

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's medical specialty is facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Sesso's clinical interests encompass sleep disorders and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Sesso attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Sesso is affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Abington Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Dr. Todd Christopher Morehouse, DO
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1001 Easton Road
Willow Grove, PA
 

Dr. Todd Morehouse works as an otolaryngologist in Norristown, PA, Lansdale, PA, and Willow Grove, PA. Dr. Morehouse's clinical interests include sleep disorders and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). His professional affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network, Phoenixville Hospital, and Abington Health. He studied medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Morehouse completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Morehouse average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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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.