Re: Is TMJ considered medical or dental ?
It depends on your insurance co and the state you live in. Some insurance co's cover it in terms of therapies (chiros, accupuncture, physical therapy, massage therapy, cranial sacral therapy, etc) to treat it, testing like MRIs, CT scans, Tomograms, etc, certain orthotics and surgery if required. But if it gets into treatment by orthodontia or night guards, crowning or changing the teeth to keep the bite balanced and your jaw and joints properly positioned it becomes dental again. Each state can legislate or require insurance co's doing business in their state to cover the therapies, testing, orthotics and surgery but again not the dental aspect of treatment. Part of the problem is not even the experts have proof of a definite cure or treatment of tmj and b/c of that and without that it becomes trial and error something not acceptable in the medcial community - if there is no definitive cure then everything else becomes theory and insurance cos won't pay for treatments based on theories.