Re: How long is splint therapy?
Splint therapy is supposed to last around 6 months, but for some people, depending on their condition, it could last much longer than that. It is known as a conservative, or 'non-invasive' form of treatment, meaning that it is generally safe. You have to realize, though, that in the field of TMJ treatment, some dentists are skeptical about the safety of repositioning splints because these splints actually move the jaw in a different position; many dentists maintain that this form of treatment is completely safe. However, I think the success of your treatment does not depend on which splint you have per se but on how good your dentist is. Also, be aware that splint therapy can be expensive depending on who you see. If you end up paying more than 1500 dollars for the splint alone, that may not sound good. 2000 dollars for total treatment is considered an average price; some end up paying up to four or five thousand. Before you agree to splint therapy, make sure your dentist tells you why exactly he wants you to have a splint. If he cannot give you a clear answer, you have a right to question his opinion.
Best of luck,