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Old 07-26-2002, 07:39 PM   #1
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How much does a splint cost?

Hey all! Well, I've pretty much been in denial for 2 months thinking this sh** will get better but, it hasn't. My TMJD started with very innocent clicking and popping but, since I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed on June 7th it has gotten worse and now I have ear symptoms too. I want to go back to my TMJ specialist and request a splint but, I am very tight for money and I need to know what to expect. I may even ask my parents for help. Now, I know there are several types of splints but can you give me an estimate?

 
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Old 07-26-2002, 09:49 PM   #2
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Re: How much does a splint cost?

Hi KC. I was in the same boat with you a couple of years ago. Mine started backwards of yours. I was having mega ear pain and was being treated for ear infections. Then they sent me to a specialist which in turn told me about tmj. I went to the dentist and had to be fitted for the mouth piece. With my ins. at the time it still was about $110. I was in so much pain that I went to a local dept. store and bought a cheap do it yourself jobs until I got the good one from the lab. I think it is called ez guard and I think it was between $8 - $11. If you do go to a dentist to get fitted for one make sure you ask for your molds back because if any thing happens to the mouth piece you will have to have one remade and I'm told you are charged again to have the molds done over. I was also put on vicadin and 800mg of ibuprofen but it didn't help. They put me on vicaprofen, which is a mixture of vicadin and ibuprofen, and instead of taking one to start with I took 2 right off the bat considering the other stuff didn't do anything for me and that was a big mistake. I was knocked on my but. I was feeling no pain then. I had my wisdom teeth removed Feb/01 and have been feeling better up until 2 days ago. I have to watch chewy things and I am a gum chewer so I have to cut back on the gum. If you open your mouth too wide it starts to cramp and stays like that until you calm down. Well I hope I helped some. You should call around and ask some dentists how much it would cost and take it from there unless you have insurance. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

 
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Old 07-26-2002, 10:25 PM   #3
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Re: How much does a splint cost?

I do have insurance, but a very crappy plan. Basically a splint is covered but, you have to see a contracted provider with that ins co and they have no way to refer me to a dentist that also works with TMJ patients. So basically, I have to call every Tom, Dick and Harry in my area and see if they are contracted with my crappy dental plan. So far the answer has been, "no sorry but, we can submit a claim for you". So in other words, "pay us up front, wait 2 months, then get a denial from your insurance company".

 
Old 07-26-2002, 11:21 PM   #4
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Hi again. I forgot to ask you how did you get diagnosed w/tmj? You should try to go through your medical and not your dental to see if they would cover it that way. When I had my wisdom teeth pulled it was covered under my medical because it was a health issue. See if you can get your regular dr to get you a referral for that. Aslo, there are two different appliances, one is soft and one is hard. I started out with a soft one and after I had my teeth pulled my jaw was not working with the other one and it made me want to bite down even more. Here is a personal ? for you, are you under a lot of pressure lately more than normal? If you are you should find some way of relaxing or going into your own little world for a while to ease the tension. That's how mine started getting worse. I hope I helped a little bit more. Good luck.

 
Old 07-31-2002, 11:08 AM   #5
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Re: How much does a splint cost?

It's a good suggestion to go through your medical plan if you haven't already. TMJ is a medical problem and not dental, so you may have coverage even if they don't "advertise" it. Also, check with your state insurance commission to find out what the state insurance laws are regarding TMJ coverage in your area. Most states have mandates about what insurance carriers must cover for TMJ - every state is different, but most have some coverage. You may have to point this out to your insurance company, but if the insurance commission says they have to cover it, then they do. Also, since TMJ is a medical problem and not a dental problem, check with your insurance company and see if they have provisions for contracting with dentists for medical coverage. I have Blue Cross Blue Shield and even though I am technically going to an "out-of-network" provider, it is covered. It is a big headache though, b/c they automatically deny every claim and I have to call them every time and remind them that it is covered. It is a paperwork headache, but well worth it.

 
Old 07-31-2002, 09:58 PM   #6
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Re: How much does a splint cost?

Yeah, I go through my medical for the doctor's visit but, they are saying the appliance won't be covered. Did you get your splint covered through blue cross/ blue shield? That's the insurance I have too.

 
Old 08-05-2002, 10:53 PM   #7
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My splint was covered under my dental at the time and I had to have two made at two different times. I had one before I had my wisdom teeth pulled and one after and thank god I haven't had to use either of them for a while.

 
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