Patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) suffer from symptoms such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, clicking or popping, headaches, earaches, and a host of other problems. Dr. Alfredo Gapuz of Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Orlando, FL, is well-qualified to treat this condition. He has practiced dentistry in Florida for more than 30 years and completed specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD. He and his staff are therefore prepared to offer a full range of TMD treatment modalities, ranging from a simple bite device to a far more complex full mouth reconstruction. Thus, one of the first things patients need to know after being presented with a treatment plan is the cost of TMJ treatment.
How Much Does TMJ Treatment Cost?
TMD symptoms vary widely and affect other parts of the head and neck region. Because of this, they can be misinterpreted as something entirely unrelated, such as a migraine headache or an ear or sinus infection. Only a dentist trained to interpret TMD symptoms can properly diagnose and treat this complex condition. Dr. Gapuz will perform a thorough head and neck examination and discuss with you the diagnosis, treatment options, and the cost of the TMJ treatment that he recommends.
When it comes to the costs involved with this treatment, fees can vary widely, depending on the severity and type of a patient’s TMJ disorder. Before insurance, patients can generally expect to pay $5,000 for treatment with orthotics and between $40,000 and $50,000 for a full mouth reconstruction. To assist our patients with out-of-pocket costs, Aesthetic and General Dentistry offers financing through CareCredit and Wells Fargo Health Advantage.
Why Does the Cost Vary So Much?
It is important to understand that there are many causes for TMJ-related pain, and each of these can affect patients in different ways and to different degrees. Accordingly, treatment can be relatively straightforward, such as the fabrication and placement of a specially made orthotic device, commonly called a bite guard, for the patient to wear. This can aid in helping patients break unhealthy habits—such as teeth grinding—that can cause TMJ pain. Stress reduction and newly developed neuromuscular dentistry procedures, either alone or in conjunction with a bite device, can further help to accomplish the same goal.
Dr. Gapuz and his staff are prepared to offer a full range of TMD treatment modalities, ranging from a simple bite device to a far more complex full mouth reconstruction.
A more extreme form of TMJ treatment can involve a full mouth reconstruction or TMJ surgery. Teeth that have become badly worn or are otherwise creating an unhealthy chewing pattern can cause TMJ-related symptoms. For these cases, procedures to correct the malocclusion may be indicated. A full mouth reconstruction is a treatment plan that involves modifying and rebuilding all—or nearly all—the teeth in a patient's mouth to restore them to a more healthy and functional state.
Whatever the treatment selected, Dr. Gapuz and all the members of his staff strive to provide their patients nothing less than the best. It is their passion to provide exceptional patient care in a warm and friendly environment, and this includes patients suffering from TMD. They have dedicated themselves to providing customized TMJ treatment to restore the quality of life of the patient.
Learn More about TMD and the Cost of Treatment
Dr. Gapuz and his team encourage those who may be suffering from TMD symptoms to schedule a consultation with us at Aesthetic and General Dentistry. Prospective patients can contact us at (407) 871-6798 or online.