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TMJ Treatments

There are a wide variety of TMJ treatments available to help manage the pain and discomfort associated with the chronic condition. Obtaining a TMJ diagnosis with your dentist or medical practitioner is the first step towards developing a TMJ treatment plan designed to restore normal jaw functionality.

Jaw-to-bite relationship is fully evaluated to determine the extent of your TMJ problem, after which a treatment plan can be created. Regardless of your specific temporomandibular issue, a conservative approach to treatment will be advised. Many TMJ treatments are simple in nature and can be performed at home. TMJ surgery is an extreme option that should only be considered once all other options have been evaluated in full. It also should be noted that there is no known preventable measure against TMJ. Keep it in mind when encountering any product or treatment suggesting its preventive benefits.

Traditional TMJ Treatments

Traditional TMJ treatments revolve around bite correction. This can be performed through basic orthodontics (dental braces, retainers), tooth restorations (bridges, veneers, implants, and dentures), occlusal equilibration, or appliance therapy. Regardless of you specific treatment modality, it is important to maintain regular dental visits so that progress and overall oral health can be fully evaluated.

Alternative TMJ Treatments

Beyond the traditional treatments used to combat TMJ disorder, there are some alternative treatment options available for consideration. Alternative TMJ treatment modalities may include things like transcutaneous electrical stimulation, ultrasound, trigger-point injections, radio wave therapy and even Botox injections. Botox TMJ treatment is particularly interesting because it is routinely associated with cosmetics. Botox is injected into the jaw muscle, essentially blocking nerve signals associated with pain, discomfort and other TMJ symptoms.

What's the Cost of TMJ Treatment?

TMJ treatment costs are difficult to approximate because of the many factors at play. For example, the cost of temporomandibular joint disorder can be impacted based on the type of medical professional providing treatment (dentist, primary care physician, chiropractor, etc.), and the number of professionals involved. IE, if your dentist is the primary treatment provider, but a chiropractor and ear nose and throat specialist are consulted, treatment will cost more than if the dentist performed treatment alone.

The cost of treating TMJ disorder also can be affected based on whether or not you have dental insurance coverage, or whether an occlusal appliance is prescribed. An occlusal device could cost between $425 and $625 as part of treatment. Similarly, if Botox is involved as part of your treatment plan, your costs will be greater; but even Botox costs will vary. If braces are recommended as part of your TMJ treatment, the cost could be significant. Again, it depends on how much dental braces cost for your specific condition. Speak with your dentist to determine the most appropriate treatment considerations for your circumstances.

(Updated on 11/02/12)
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