TMJ Disorder / TMD Frequently Asked Questions - Wilmington, Spring

Many people suffer from TMJ disorders but don’t even know it. That may be because many people are unclear as to what TMJ disorders are. When you visit Dr. Raj Kulkarni, he will perform a comprehensive examination to see if you are suffering from a TMJ disorder. During this examination, he will be able to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns in full detail. We’d like to take this opportunity to answer some of the most common questions received from TMJ patients throughout the Wilmington and Centerville area.

What is TMJ?

The TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint. This is the jaw joint that is between the temporal bone and the mandible. The temporomandibular joint is one of the most complicated and most frequently used joints in the human body.

What is a TMJ disorder?

Broadly, a TMJ disorder (also known as TMD) refers to an issue with the temporomandibular joint. This can be a problem with joint alignment, muscles in the area, and other factors.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?

There are a number of different symptoms of TMJ disorders. Some of the most common signs of TMD include:
  • Pain in the jaw joint
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Lockjaw and limited jaw movement
  • Ear pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck aches
  • Sore teeth and gums
If you should notice these at any time, it’s a good idea to contact our practice serving the Wilmington and Spring area for a TMJ disorder consultation.

What are the causes of TMJ disorders?

Given the complexity of the joint and the interconnectedness of the different structures of the mouth, there are many different causes of TMJ disorders / TMD. In general, the most common causes are:
  • Tooth grinding (bruxism)
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Changes in jaw cartilage
  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injuries
  • Stress and anxiety
Successful treatment of the TMJ disorder will depend on identifying and treating the root cause.

What health risks do TMJ disorders pose?

Given the causes and the symptoms of TMJ disorders, there are a number of dangers and risks of TMJ disorders / TMD, especially if the condition goes untreated. Some of these include inability to chew, severe pain in the jaw and various parts of the face and skull area, and damage to the teeth.

How is a TMJ disorder diagnosed?

Since there are many different causes and symptoms to take into account, the diagnosis of a TMJ disorder / TMD can be quite involved. At our Wilmington practice, Dr. Kulkarni will examine your dental history and medical history, and will also take x-rays and use other diagnostic tools to identify the root cause of the TMD.

What treatments are available for TMJ disorders?

There are numerous basic TMJ disorder treatments and advanced TMJ disorder treatments to meet the needs of patients. Some are less invasive and quite simple, while others may involve surgery and other involved therapies.

What is the best treatment for me?

That’s the sort of question that’s impossible to answer online. Each TMJ disorder treatment needs to be customized to the needs of the patient. It’s important that the exact cause be identified and treated. This will help alleviate all symptoms and discomfort and ensure that the problem is fully addressed. When patients visit our practice serving the greater Centerville area for a TMJ disorder consultation, we use all of the tools at our disposal to ensure the best possible treatment options are used.

How much does TMJ treatment cost?

The average cost of treatment will vary depending on the therapy you undergo, the dental professional, and other factors. In general, the average cost of some TMD treatments break down as follows:
  • Mouth guards: The average cost of mouth guards can be anywhere between $300 to $1,000+
  • Orthodontics: The average cost of orthodontic treatment can be anywhere between $3,000 to $5,000+
  • TMJ Surgery: The cost of surgery for TMJ disorders can vary greatly depending on the work involved. Minor surgery may only cost around $500, whereas more involved surgeries can cost $10,000 or more
  • BOTOX® injections: The average cost of BOTOX® injections for TMJ disorder treatment usually ranges between $1,000 and $1,500
These are just estimates, and the cost of your therapy may vary depending on the particulars of your case.

Is TMJ treatment covered by health insurance?

Your TMJ treatment may be covered by your medical insurance or dental insurance. It’s important to speak directly to your provider to find out if you qualify for any coverage.

Is there financing available for TMJ treatment?

Yes, there are payment plans and financing options for TMJ treatment available at our Wilmington practice. These will help break the total cost of TMJ disorder treatment into affordable monthly payments so you can budget accordingly.

How can I learn more about TMJ disorders and their treatment?

Given the different causes of TMJ disorders and the various methods for treatment, you will no doubt have additional questions that we didn’t answer on this website. That’s understandable, of course, and it’s why we urge you to speak with Dr. Kulkarni in person. During your consultation, he will be able to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns in greater detail. To schedule a visit to our practice and to learn more about your TMD treatment options, contact our Wilmington practice for a TMJ disorder consultation.