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TMJ bite plate cost

I live in Southern California (point not in my favor).

I had an incident that caused a flare up of my TMP issue that had been cleared up for more than 20-years.

I went to my old TMJ doctor from 20+ years ago and he had a bite plate made; as far as I know, there is no ongoing treatment he will be giving; just periodic check ups every so often.

My question is, and I know the answer range can be wide: I had to pay $6,000 for the bite plate and the services; this is a total cost as far as I know. I put $1,500 on my credit card and had to take $4,500 from my (now almost nothing) savings.

How does this cost compare with costs you know of?

Thanks.

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replied August 16th, 2009
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bite plate - you mean the orthotic device?
Is he a neuromuscular dentist?
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replied August 16th, 2009
Some kind of orthopedic device - yes. I don't know hi degree, but he specializes in TMJ and has for 2 decades that I know.

I really want to get a ball-part idea of costs here.

Thanks.
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replied August 23rd, 2009
My Orthotic treatment cost 5000.00. I am also in Cali up in the Sacramento Area. I started treating with a neuromuscular dentist that got all his extended training at LVI.

This cost is quit a bit...but has been worth it for me. My pain is still there dialy but I am able to do things now. Before the orthotic my pain level was at least a 8+ daily. I was taking pain pills daily along with muscle relaxers and crying on a dialy bases because of the pain.

I started treatment in March and still going for follow ups. I have invested in a Tens Unit (it helps keep me relaxed and control pain)for home use and the two together have helped me a lot. Occassionally I go to the Chiropractor. But I am on no pain meds now and taking half the dose of muscle relaxers I was taking.

Best of Luck to you!
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replied August 23rd, 2009
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Dear Mary,

What kind of orthotic treatment did they do;
I was suggested a permanent (crown like/prcelain) orthotic treatment that would cover mine lower jaw teeth and would not be removable, I opted for a TMJ specialist who was not LVI certified, but treats patients with removable orthotic device that basically prevents me from biting all the way down (leaves space in between my front teeth).



Something like this. Smile
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replied August 23rd, 2009
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btw I was lucky because my insurance covered half of the cost, and I had to pay 750 dollar out of the pocket, for both upper and lower orthotic device.
Upper one was very uncomfortable, and I was supposed to wear it only the nightime, but it helped during daytime for strange reason - perhaps it's ability to force my lower jaw forward a bit, while creating even more space in between teeth when I bite down. Since then, I only wear lower jaw appliance, with which I can eat and talk, and when there is significant inflammation in the TMJ, I really benefit from wearing it as it seems that I am not compressing all the TMJ tissues that I would if I would bite down all the way.
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replied August 23rd, 2009
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I should not call it luck, insurance companies should fess-up and realize that TMJ related disorders will cost them more if they are not managed immediately; delay only creates more problems, pain might become chronic, muscles hyper/hopo atrophied. It is sickening to see a language in insurance policies that excludes TMJ treatment - yes, most treatments have no clear benefit - but come on - people might end up with total degeneration of the joint(s). I am glad to see couple states that have mandated TMJ related treatment.
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replied August 23rd, 2009
I'm shocked.. that sounds way too expensive. I have had a plastic mouth bite made for me by the dentist. I was charged around $A420 (I'm in Australia), which comes to about $US350 .. ended up getting back almost half via Health Insurance.
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replied August 24th, 2009
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yes, Shishmish, this is America, where can find best doctor if you have the money...

USA does not have public health insurance.
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replied June 4th, 2010
Treating the symptoms may not be the way to go.

Dr Edward Shapiro has some unique and effective principles he uses.
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