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TMJ Treatment Cost

If you are seeking treatment for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you are likely concerned about cost. Treatment for TMJ disorder is highly personalized to each patient and as such, the price can vary widely. Since there are so many factors at play, TMJ treatment cost is difficult to estimate. Patients with mild symptoms can often relieve discomfort with home care techniques which cost little to no money. However, if you have a severe case of TMJ disorder, you may require surgery. Surgical treatment for TMJ disorder is rarely covered by insurance and can cost several thousand dollars depending on the procedure. The overall cost of your TMJ treatment will depend on the extent of your symptoms, the type of treatment you need, and your dentist’s experience level, among other factors. 

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. 

Treatment Type

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.

Insurance Coverage

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.

Dr. Whidden

Drs. Hadden and Whidden, LLC

Drs. Hadden and Whidden, LLC has been helping patients achieve healthy, stunning smiles for over 30 years. Our dentists have trained at The Kois Center and are members of prestigious dentistry organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Connecticut State Dental Association

If you are ready to restore your smile and achieve peak dental wellness, call us at (860) 875-2881 or request your appointment online.

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