Temporomandibular Joint Therapy
Temporomandibular Joint Therapy focuses on treating the joint that attaches the lower jaw to the temporal bone on each side of the head. This joint is precisely hinged to provide comfortable movement. It also slides back and forth, making it a complex area prone to problems. Symptoms of TMJ or TMD syndrome include frequent headaches, tooth aches, facial pain, neck pain, popping or clicking of the joint, ringing in the ears, recurring earaches, sensitivity to light and a misaligned upper and low jaw.
Misalignment of the teeth is usually the culprit, although trauma to the face can also lead to TMJ problems. In time, clenching and grinding of the teeth can aggravate the problem, leading to a cycle of pain that is difficult to break.
Dr. Estler has developed a three phase approach for treating TMJ in Houston, Texas. Realignment of the joint using custom orthodontic appliances will relieve pressure in the ear canal and on blood vessels and nerves.
Call our office today at 281-579-7222 if you suspect you have TMJ. A no obligation evaluation can be scheduled at your convenience.