What does treating the TMJ involve?
Your first appointment is a TMJ comprehensive consultation. At that appointment, Dr. Sudikoff will spend time talking with you about your symptoms, examining your mouth, teeth muscles and joints. Many times we take photographs and X-rays to complete the thorough examination. At that appointment, Dr. Sudikoff will have a good understanding and foundation of your symptoms and discuss with you your concerns and recommend a therapy plan. Our goal is to educate you into understanding your condition and how we think we can help you.
Following the consultation our patients decide how they want to progress with treatment. If a patient wants to go to the next step we usually recommend a Neuromuscular diagnostic appointment. During that visit we will use a ULF Tens unit, surface electromyography and sonography to evaluate your bite relationship. This data is critical in finding a physiologically comfortable bite position. The relationship between the upper and lower jaw is the position that your orthotic is made to.
How long does it take to get the orthotic made?
An orthotic can be made within a week or two. our patients have a varied range of treatment protocols, ranging from wearing it just at night, to wearing it all the time except for eating. Your treatment protocol is specific to your needs and symptom elimination and is determined by Dr. Sudikoff after she has her final diagnosis for you.
How much does treatment cost?
A lot depends on what you need to make you feel better. There are several options depending on your specific diagnosis, however most patients can expect to pay in a certain range depending on the type of orthotic they choose.
Therapeutic Orthotic Therapy: can range from $3500-$5000. This phase 1 therapy includes a removable orthotic and are meant for part time wear, but can be worn for as much as 21 hours a day.
Reconstruction Orthotic Therapy: can range from $6000 -$7000. These orthotics are typically bonded to the lower teeth and are the first phase of a permanent reconstruction, changing the way the teeth bite together permanently. Permanent teeth movement can be accomplished through orthodontics, or restorations such as crowns and veneers.
It is an investment in you and your quality of life... How long are you willing to live in pain.