Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

TMJ Treatment Cost

If you are seeking treatment for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, you are likely concerned about cost. Treatment for TMJ disorder is highly personalized to each patient and as such, the price can vary widely. Since there are so many factors at play, TMJ treatment cost is difficult to estimate. Patients with mild symptoms can often relieve discomfort with home care techniques which cost little to no money. However, if you have a severe case of TMJ disorder, you may require surgery. Surgical treatment for TMJ disorder is rarely covered by insurance and can cost several thousand dollars depending on the procedure. The overall cost of your TMJ treatment will depend on the extent of your symptoms, the type of treatment you need, and your dentist’s experience level, among other factors. 

How Severe are Your Symptoms?

The first factor which can impact the cost of your temporomandibular disorder (TMD) treatment is the extent of your symptoms. Mild TMD often does not require treatment from your dentist. They may recommend home care techniques, such as stretching or applying hot or cold packs. For slightly more difficult cases, your dentist may recommend a split or mouth guard. These devices typically cost less than $200. 

However, for chronic TMD, you may require more advanced and complex treatment plans to provide the necessary relief. If you require multiple procedures to achieve the desired results, your final cost will likely be higher. 

Treatment Type

For TMJ disorder, your dentist can recommend non-surgical or surgical treatment options. Non-invasive treatments are generally used first, with surgery as a last resort in case other treatments are unsuccessful. In general, non-surgical treatments are less expensive. However, you may require a combination of non-surgical procedures to relieve your symptoms, including orthodontics, crowns, medication, and a mouth guard. Since each treatment is priced separately, your entire TMJ treatment could cost $10,000. 

Surgery is typically more expensive than conservative options. A simple procedure, such as minimally invasive arthrocentesis, may cost as little as $300. However, more complex procedures tend to cost more. In some cases, fees can reach $50,000 or more. 

Treating the Damage to Your Smile

In many cases, TMD can cause significant damage to the integrity of your smile before you are diagnosed. You may need restorations or other procedures for chipped or cracked teeth or to restore the height of teeth worn by chronic clenching or grinding. The extent of the damage to your smile will affect the final price of your treatment.

Your Dentist’s Experience

While TMJ disorder is relatively common, not all dentists provide treatment for it on a regular basis. Since it is a complex condition, it is important to seek out a professional who understands the TMJ treatment process. More experienced practitioners often charge more for treatment which can raise the final price of your procedures. However, it is worth investing in treatment from a professional who can provide you with the personalized attention you need. 

Whether you undergo surgery or receive a more conservative option, treatment for TMD is an investment in your well-being and future oral health.

Insurance Coverage

Unfortunately, many dental insurance plans do not cover the price of treatment for TMJ disorder. Some  dental insurance providers recognize TMD treatments as medical, and some medical providers categorize it as dental. Make sure to consult both your treatment provider and your insurance company before beginning treatment to discover if you are covered. 

Your Financing Options

Many physicians and dentists partner with third-party financers, such as CareCredit®, to make treatment more accessible to their patients. These plans can help you manage the out-of-pocket expenses associated with your treatment.

Why Invest in TMJ Treatment

Whether you undergo surgery or receive a more conservative option, treatment for TMD is an investment in your well-being and future oral health. Left untreated, TMJ pain can continue to worsen. In addition, TMD can cause severe dental erosion, tinnitus, and sleep disruption. All of these issues can impact your ability to focus on work and daily tasks and severely affect your quality of life. Investing in TMD treatment can provide significant advantages in both the short and long term.

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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