Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Dentistry & Orthodontics > TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment Cost


How Much Does TMJ Treatment Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copays or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $2,000-$70,000+
post E-mail post Post   Comments (2)

Temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a group of disorders of the jaw and muscles used for chewing. Symptoms can include pain and stiffness in the jaw, face and/or neck, as well as discomfort and clicking when opening or closing the mouth. Because relatively little is known about TMJ and treatment, the National Institutes of Health recommends the use of conservative, reversible treatment.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically consist of doctor visit copays, prescription drug copays or coinsurance of 10%-50%. In some cases, health insurance plans and dental insurance plans do not cover TMJ treatment. For example, most Aetna[1] HMO plans exclude it, and the plans that do cover it have restrictions and require requests for surgery to be approved by the insurer's oral and maxillofacial surgery patient management unit. Some states require coverage or require that insurance companies offer the option of coverage. The TMJ Association offers a list of state insurance requirements[2] .
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, treatment for TMJ can cost less than $500 for rest, pain relievers and cold therapy; it can cost $50-$300 per session -- or up to several hundred dollars or more -- for physical therapy; and it can cost up to $2,000 or more for a stabilization splint. Surgery typically is not recommended, but can range from more than $5,000-$7,000 or more for arthroscopy to about $40,000-$70,000 or more for total joint replacement.
  • For example, Drugstore.com charges about $10-$12 for a one-month supply of a generic tricyclic antidepressant such as nortriptyline[3] or amitriptyline, which are sometime prescribed to relieve chronic pain. And Drugstore.com charges $6-$60 for cold therapy wraps[4] . Physical therapy typically costs from $50-$350 per session. And, according to the TMJ Association[5] , a stabilization splint can cost up to several thousand dollars, including the exam and fitting. Patients at HealthBoards.com[6] report costs of $1,800-$2,000 for splints/orthotics.
  • Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[7] in Nebraska charges about $5,300 for arthroscopy of the temporomandibular joint, not including doctor fee; it can be used to detect underlying problems, remove scarring that might contribute to TMJ pain or repair damaged tissue. On the TMJ Association[8] website, patients report costs of more than $7,000 for arthroscopy. A patient at TMJ Talk[9] forum reports a total cost of $38,000 for a total joint replacement, while a patient on the TMJ Association[10] website reports a cost of $67,000.
Related articles: Physical Therapy, Acupuncture, Dental Work

What should be included:
  • According to the National Institutes of Health, a patient typically can relieve symptoms and manage (but not cure) the disorder by taking simple steps such as: temporarily eating only soft foods, using cold therapy, avoiding chewing gum and other extreme movements, and practicing stress reduction techniques and gentle stretching under the guidance of a doctor or physical therapist.
  • A doctor also can recommend over-the counter pain medication or prescribe stronger pain medication, muscle relaxants or tricyclic antidepressants[11] , which have been shown to relieve pain in some patients with TMJ.
  • A doctor might recommend a stabilization splint[12] , but, according to the National Institutes of Health, studies on effectiveness are inconclusive. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research offers an overview[13] of TMJ and treatment. According to the National Institutes of Health[14] , symptoms of TMJ often will go away over time on their own or with conservative treatment.
Additional costs:
  • Some patients seek alternative therapies such as acupuncture. According to the TMJ Association[15] , studies have not definitively shown that it works, but some patients report relief. Acupuncture typically costs about $50-$70 per session.
Discounts:
  • Many hospitals and doctors give discounts of up to 30% or more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. For example, Washington Hospital Healthcare System[16] in California offers a 35% discount.
Shopping for tmj treatment:
  • A primary care physician can examine the patient, look for other causes of symptoms and make an initial TMJ diagnosis -- or refer the patient to a specialist. However, because the treatment of TMJ is not a recognized specialty by either the American Medical Association or American Dental Association, and because there is a lack of scientific research about the effectiveness of various treatments, the TMJ Association[17] recommends getting a confirmation of the diagnosis and several opinions before proceeding with any treatment.
  • According to the National Institutes of Health[18] , a patient might need to consult a primary care physician, a dentist and possibly an ENT specialist. The American Dental Association offers a dentist locator[19] ; the American Academy of Otolaryngology offers an ENT doctor finder[20] . According to the National Institutes of Health[21] , patients should be cautious about surgery or any other treatment that permanently alters the bite.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
post E-mail post Post   Comments (2)
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


Girl Scout Cookies Marijuana Selling for $5,000 a Pound
Would you like to smoke some Peyton Manning? Or, would you prefer to spark up some Girl Scout Cookies?Marijuana growers and venders are getting creative with the highly recognizable names they give different strains of weed, without the permission o. || Posted October 18 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Two Arthroplasties done one year apart versus bilateral in one procedure
Amount: $110,000.00
Posted by: Catmeow in Philadelphia, PA.Posted: July 20th, 2015 02:07PM
Medical Center: University of Pennsvania Medical Center
Two surgeries, billed arthroplasty with meniscectomy, one year apart roughly equating to 50,000 each. Both included the procedure, anesthesiologist services one overnight stay, and pain management.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
TMJ Trmnt cost
Amount: $3,500.00
Posted by: Jen1 in Sterling, VA.Posted: December 20th, 2014 08:12AM
Got an orthodontist quote of trmt plan & cost for TMJ issues to fix, $3500,(fitted splint for bottom row), prior to correcting bite due to jaw bone loss due to BONIVA/osteoporosis meds. This trmt will be $5,000+ (In addition to the $3500....)
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With TMJ Treatment
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Treatment: Insurance Carrier: 
Medical Center:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.aetna.com/cpb/medical/data/1_99/0028.html
  2.  www.tmjarchive.org/insurance3.asp
  3.  www.drugstore.com/nortriptyline-hcl/pamelor/10mg-capsules/qxn00591578601
  4.  www.drugstore.com/fsa-store/cold-and-hot-packs/i-c-e-down/qxg59965-e180f95
  5.  tmj.org/site/content/splints
  6.  www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-851605.html
  7.  tp.chi.acelogicus.net/nese/Default.aspx
  8.  www.tmjarchive.org/contact.asp
  9.  tmjtalk.yuku.com/topic/710/TMJ-prothesis-surgery#.TqrguWC1msI
  10.  www.tmjarchive.org/contact.asp
  11.  www.mayoclinic.com/health/pain-medications/PN00044
  12.  tmj.org/site/content/splints
  13.  www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/TMJ/TMJDisorders.htm
  14.  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001227.htm
  15.  tmj.org/site/content/acupuncture
  16.  www.whhs.com/about/washington-hospital-discount-policy-for-uninsured/
  17.  www.tmjarchive.org/treatments1.asp
  18.  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001227.htm
  19.  www.mouthhealthy.org/en/find-a-dentist.aspx
  20.  www.entnet.org/
  21.  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001227.htm
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does Hip Replacement Cost? How Much Does a Mammogram Cost? How Much Does Chemotherapy Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
In need of dental help
Paid: 0.00
In need of a professional dentist.I live in Northwest Ohio. Had my left leg amputated some years back. Then I came down with mrsa., so now I'm in need of dental help... [more]
-mshunky
Dentures Cost
United Locksmith
Paid: 200.00
DO NOT CALL THESE PEOPLE!!!I lock my keys in my truck and called these guys. They told me 19 bucks for calling and 35 for a lockout... [more]
-Man in Distress
Locksmith Cost
Models/molds
Paid: 400.00
I'm a dentist and I have been reading all the comments here. I have to say, there is no point in insisting on keeping your "molds" since there's nothing that your dentist will do with them once they are used... [more]
-Florida dds
Night Guard Cost
Automotive Paint Job
Paid: 5000.00
Anyone who thinks that throwing the paint in a gun and just paint it for a few hundred bucks than they need to go to a franchise like Maaco. I'm a experience painter of 20 years and shop owner... [more]
-ProPAINT
Auto Painting Cost
Airline prices to ship animals
Paid: 425.00
I used United airlines and all the materials plus shipping were very expensive. Just shipping the puppy costs $260... [more]
-JaiBee
Pet Air Travel Cost
Windsheild replacement
Paid: 12200.00
Windshield cracked, and a rock hit it on the windshield... [more]
-Dominique Wright
Windshield Replacement and Repair Cost