|Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome|
In most patients, pain associated with the TMJ is a result of displacement of the cartilage disc that causes pressure and stretching of the associated sensory nerves. The popping or clicking occurs when the disk snaps into place when the jaw moves. In addition, the chewing muscles may spasm, not function efficiently, and cause pain and tenderness.
The pain may be sharp and searing, occurring each time you swallow, yawn, talk, or chew, or it may be dull and constant. It hurts over the joint, immediately in front of the ear, but pain can also radiate elsewhere. It often causes spasms in the adjacent muscles that are attached to the bones of the skull, face, and jaws. Then, pain can be felt at the side of the head (the temple), the cheek, the lower jaw, and the teeth.
A very common focus of pain is in the ear. Many patients come to the ear specialist quite convinced their pain is from an ear infection. When the earache is not associated with a hearing loss and the eardrum looks normal, the doctor will consider the possibility that the pain comes from TMJ.
There are a few other symptoms besides pain that TMJ can cause. It can make popping, clicking, or grinding sounds when the jaws are opened widely. Or the jaw locks wide open (dislocated). At the other extreme, TMJ can prevent the jaws from fully opening. Some people get ringing in their ears from TMJ.
Dr. Leeman is excited to employ BOTOX Therapy to relieve symptoms of TMJ. When strategically injected in areas of the face, head and neck, the BOTOX will block the nerve signal that causes facial muscles to contract. This ultimately prevents the tension and soreness associated with TMJ. Relaxation techniques and stress reduction, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants or other medications may also offer some relief from TMJ symptoms.
Physicians who specialize in otolaryngology diagnose and treat conditions of the ear, nose, throat and head and neck disorders. Commonly referred to as ENT physicians, otolaryngologists like Dr. Leeman are trained in head and neck surgery, as well as medical management for patients with hearing, balance, speech, voice, taste and smell disorders.
Yes, our physician provides leading care to patients of all ages, including children.
Our highly trained surgeons perform procedures to alleviate disorders and injuries of the ear, nose and throat, as well as the head and neck and related structures. Common procedures include septoplasty, sinuplasty, tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy, reconstructive facial surgery and the removal of cancers.
Yes, our physicians can perform tests to determine the substances to which you are allergic and your sensitivity to each. Dr. Leeman will then prescribe a treatment method to manage your specific needs.
Depending on the cause of your snoring, our ENT specialists can employ methods to correct the issue. Treatment options include modifying your diet and lifestyle, medication and surgery.
Yes, our licensed audiologist, Dr. Deyanira Gonzalez, can perform a hearing evaluation to assess hearing loss determine which hearing aid is best suited to your lifestyle.
We accept and file most insurance, because we want you focused on your health, not your finances. Some of our accepted insurance carriers include:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Coordinated Care Network
National Choice Care
Private Healthcare Systems
Seton Health Plan
Teachers Retirement System
Some insurance providers do require a referral in order to cover a visit to specialist like Dr. Leeman. If you are unsure of your coverage, please contact your health insurance provider.