How Severe are Your Symptoms?
The first factor which can impact the cost of your temporomandibular disorder (TMD) treatment is the extent of your symptoms. Mild TMD often does not require treatment from your dentist. They may recommend home care techniques, such as stretching or applying hot or cold packs. For slightly more difficult cases, your dentist may recommend a split or mouth guard. These devices typically cost less than $200.
However, for chronic TMD, you may require more advanced and complex treatment plans to provide the necessary relief. If you require multiple procedures to achieve the desired results, your final cost will likely be higher.
For TMJ disorder, your dentist can recommend non-surgical or surgical treatment options. Non-invasive treatments are generally used first, with surgery as a last resort in case other treatments are unsuccessful. In general, non-surgical treatments are less expensive. However, you may require a combination of non-surgical procedures to relieve your symptoms, including orthodontics, crowns, medication, and a mouth guard. Since each treatment is priced separately, your entire TMJ treatment could cost $10,000.
Surgery is typically more expensive than conservative options. A simple procedure, such as minimally invasive arthrocentesis, may cost as little as $300. However, more complex procedures tend to cost more. In some cases, fees can reach $50,000 or more.
Treating the Damage to Your Smile
In many cases, TMD can cause significant damage to the integrity of your smile before you are diagnosed. You may need restorations or other procedures for chipped or cracked teeth or to restore the height of teeth worn by chronic clenching or grinding. The extent of the damage to your smile will affect the final price of your treatment.
Your Dentist’s Experience
While TMJ disorder is relatively common, not all dentists provide treatment for it on a regular basis. Since it is a complex condition, it is important to seek out a professional who understands the TMJ treatment process. More experienced practitioners often charge more for treatment which can raise the final price of your procedures. However, it is worth investing in treatment from a professional who can provide you with the personalized attention you need.
Whether you undergo surgery or receive a more conservative option, treatment for TMD is an investment in your well-being and future oral health.
Unfortunately, many dental insurance plans do not cover the price of treatment for TMJ disorder. Some dental insurance providers recognize TMD treatments as medical, and some medical providers categorize it as dental. Make sure to consult both your treatment provider and your insurance company before beginning treatment to discover if you are covered.
Your Financing Options
Many physicians and dentists partner with third-party financers, such as CareCredit®, to make treatment more accessible to their patients. These plans can help you manage the out-of-pocket expenses associated with your treatment.
Why Invest in TMJ Treatment
Whether you undergo surgery or receive a more conservative option, treatment for TMD is an investment in your well-being and future oral health. Left untreated, TMJ pain can continue to worsen. In addition, TMD can cause severe dental erosion, tinnitus, and sleep disruption. All of these issues can impact your ability to focus on work and daily tasks and severely affect your quality of life. Investing in TMD treatment can provide significant advantages in both the short and long term.