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Cost of TMJ splint / ortho therapy

Hello,

I am new to this forum. I have suffered from tmj for over a year now. My left side pops out of place when I open wide and the left side pops/clicks. Many other symptoms as well...too many to list. I have seen 8 different "professionals" all claiming to be tmj specialists, and finally found one with 30 years experience that knows what she is taking about. She is also very kind with answering my questions, confident in fixing the root of my problem, and again is very sharp and knowledgeable.

My question...

For those familiar with orthotic splint treatment, there is usually a phase I, and phase II. My phase I splint therapy is going to run $4500. My phase II orthodontic therapy is going to run roughly $8000. That's $12,500!!!!

Is this an astronomical amount? Has anyone paid this much? Is it worth it? I am a college student majoring in Economics, so cost is obviously a factor for me. Just wondering the standard costs others have paid. Also want to avoid surgery at any cost and where I live she seems to be my only hope for success.

Any replies will be helpful and are much appreciated.

Thanks!
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replied October 19th, 2009
I actually just went to the Orthodontist, they gave me a price of $825.00 for a TMJ splint. I went to my regular dentist today and they gave me a price of $140 for the same thing. So, obviously i'm going to get it from my regular dentist!
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replied October 19th, 2009
Sugar607, Sounds good. Make sure the dentist is not referring to a mouth-guard as a "splint". A splint is an orthotic device to reposition the jaw, and the $140 sounds like a quote for a mouth-guard that is strictly used for limiting clenching and night grinding. Just a heads up. Thanks for responding...I need some more replies in this forum, I know you guys are out there!! Please post!!
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replied November 4th, 2009
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I am in the process of beginininbg treatent for TMJ. The first phase is where an orthotic device will be created. IN addition, my dentist is doing the TENs therapy. The total cost is aboiut 5900.00. So, it sounds pretty accurate to pay over 4000.00. Hope this helps
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replied February 24th, 2011
I just received my 2 splints. The 2 splints, 6 office visits and all the xrays and bologna it took to get the splints made was $3400.00 Good luck
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replied February 25th, 2011
Your quotes sound very close to mine. Keep in mind in phase 1, that price should include unlimited follow-up visits and splint adjustments.
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replied February 27th, 2011
When there is only a few doctors in town that offer the specific type of treatment needed, there is not much price comparison to be done. I did do some price comparison and the four providers in my area that came close to meeting my needs all charged about the same thing. They all had a bit different focus. There was only one provider that met all of my needs. One.

I am an RN. In choosing a neurosurgeon or any other specialty provider, my focus is on their track record/success rate, the quality of the service provided, the amount and type of training they have had, years of experience in treating my specific problem and whether or not they have committed any major malpractice. Cost is a factor at the bottom of my list.
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replied February 28th, 2011
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Absolutely.
I work in the manufacturing industry-- so a slight modification of that would be
"Price, Speed, Quality: pick two"
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