TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, disorder afflicts millions of Americans everyday with persistent pain and discomfort. In fact, recent estimates have placed the number of TMJ sufferers in the tens of millions. If you or someone you love suffers from TMJ disorder, you may be wondering if there is any hope of relief. Fortunately, the answer is yes. There are many treatment methods for TMJ that have proven themselves to be highly effectively in resetting the jaw and helping you find your best bite. The proper treatment of TMJ can help you enjoy your life again, allowing you the freedom to eat, talk, smile and laugh without fear of the aches and pains that characterize TMJ diseases and disorders. But what types of treatments are commonly used for TMJ disorder, and will insurance providers cover the costs of those treatments?
If you suspect that you have TMJ, you should begin by having a trusted professional properly diagnose the problem. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include a persistent or intermittent dull ache in the jaw joint, an inability to open the mouth without discomfort, clicking or popping sounds from the jaw joint, locking of the jaw when the mouth is opened wide, headaches, and earaches or a ringing in the ears. If you are experiencing several of these symptoms and you think TMJ may be to blame, consult your physician or a dental professional. After pinpointing TMJ as the source of your pain, the next step is to seek treatment.
There are many different treatment options for TMJ. Since the specific causes of the disorder itself are still a topic of debate, it follows that there are a number of different ways of approaching and treating the problem. Some experts may recommend surgery, but it’s always preferable to avoid such procedures whenever possible. A specialist skilled in the practice of neuromuscular dentistry will be able to suggest less invasive non-surgical treatment methods, such as orthotics and the use of repositioning devices to correct the alignment of the jaw. Dr. Eddie Siman of Millennium Dental in Sherman Oaks is one such specialist. Dr. Siman has made a name for himself as a well-regarded TMJ specialist who focuses on treating temporomandibular joint disorders without surgery. His approach combines corrective bite (occlusal) treatment with orthotics and full mouth reconstruction for a thorough treatment of all TMJ related symptoms.
Naturally, when it comes to such treatments, most patients are concerned about costs; specifically, whether or not their insurance will offer complete or partial coverage to help alleviate the financial burden of treating their TMJ disorder. While the amount of coverage provided by your insurance will vary depending on where you live and the type of policy you have, you may have heard that some insurance providers will only partially cover TMJ treatments or choose to place certain limitations on the amount of money available for such procedures. In actuality, there is a strong likelihood that treatment for your TMJ may be covered by your insurance. When it comes to securing coverage for TMJ treatments, your best ally is a dedicated dental staff familiar with the codes and procedures that are accepted by most insurance providers. The offices of Dr. Eddie Siman specialize in working with patients’ insurance companies so that the patients themselves pay little to nothing out of pocket for their TMJ treatment. So if you’re living with the discomfort of a TMJ disorder, don’t suffer in silence any longer. Contact Dr. Eddie Siman at Millennium Dental today and start a new life free from pain.