TMJ Disorder Survey: Dentists Offer Many Treatment Options (video)

TMJ Disorder survey videoTMJ can drive a person mad, but many dentists offer treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists if they treat TMJ and TMD, or refer dental patients out to specialists. We wanted to know what percentage of dentists offered temporomandibular joint therapy.

In this survey 4 out of 5 dentists responded that they treat TMJ. They went on to further report that they charge anywhere from $500.00 to $40,000 for TMD treatment.

“Treating lifestyle and stress are huge factors in successfully treating these people!” declared a North Carolina TMJ dentist.

Click on play to watch the survey video –

TMJ dentists offer a variety of treatments — enough that patients can get confused. The TMJ dentist needs to clearly explain to the patient what their options are for managing a TMJ disorder.

For more about TMJ see TMJ Treatment From Dentists

There’s Big Business in Dental Botox for Dentists

There's Big Business in Dental Botox for DentistsThe American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently reported that Botox® injections were ranked as the top nonsurgical procedure for 2011.

In many states, dentists have already been using Botox® to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and facial pain cases, but there is a rising tide of patients wanting to have cosmetic Botox® treatments and dermal fillers while getting their teeth cleaned, or whitened.

In light of this trend, The Wealthy Dentist decided to ask if dentists should provide Botox® and dermal fillers to dental patients.

Of the dentists surveyed, 70% see no problem with dentists providing Botox® treatments and dermal fillers, while 24% felt that this was not an appropriate role for dentists. Only 7% felt it should be done for therapeutic reasons only.

However, dentists did have a lot to say on this subject and here are their comments:

Perfect fit for dentists

“This service is a perfect fit. Certainly therapeutic and cosmetic. I doubt that LPN’s, RN’s, CNP’s, NP’s have any thing close to the head and neck anatomy than a DDS/DMD. We have more experience, head and neck, than MD’s except for Plastic surgeons, ENT, Head and Neck Surgeons. The public including many in the medical field do not know our educational background. Derm. fillers, yes again for all the same reasons.” (Minnesota dentist)

“I see no problem as long as they receive proper training and carry sufficient malpractice insurance.” (Texas dentist)

“Dentists are the only doctors that inject the head and neck area more than any other specialty!” (Illinois dentist)

“I believe we as dentists should, with the proper education, be able to provide this service to our patients. I believe it would be a great value to our patients especially some of the full mouth rehab cases as well as the esthetic cases.” (Massachusetts dentist)

“I don’t provide it in my office, but I don’t have a problem with a properly trained dentist providing the service. Heck, most dentists are better trained and have more knowledge about head and neck anatomy than most general physicians or staff at beauty salons providing Botox® and other dermal fillers!” (Ohio prosthodontist)

Not worth the hassle

“Botox® is a very low ticket item that does not generate many new patients.” (Colorado dentist)

“The training too expensive. What insurance needs would we have to have?” (Ohio dentist)

“Insurance premiums are too much and I’m not sure my patients would want it.” (General dentist)

It’s a cash cow

“I have been teaching and doing this for over 7 years. Where else can one earn about $500 profit in under 5 minutes. Cosmetics pays.” (New Jersey dentist)

“I see it as a device to increase income rather than an admirable service.” (Texas dentist)

Would like to learn

“Do you know if the State of Maryland is going to prohibit this? I have invested in the training but have not bought the supplies.” (Maryland dentist)

“Looking into the training, but it is very expensive right now.” (California dentist)

Terrible idea

“Would dentists be providing these services if they weren’t motivated by the income? Would they do this on each other, or on their own family?” (Illinois dentist)

“It’s a terrible idea!” (General dentist)

“It’s just like telling hygienists/denturists/etc., that if they want to practice dentistry — go to dental school. Dentists should stick to dentistry. This may be called a grey area, but I don’t see it that way.” (Texas dentist)

Many U.S. states now allow dentists to perform Botox® and dermal filler treatments for both esthetic and therapeutic reasons.

Some trained dentists have seen their dental practice revenue increase by over $100,000 a year by adding Botox® and dermal fillers to the treatments they offer their dental patients.

Since dentists are expert at injections about the face, it would seem to be a prudent dental treatment to offer your patients if you think it would add value to their lives.

Science Friday: Study Looks At TMD Causes

Science Friday: Study Looks At TMD CausesUniversity of Florida News has revealed the results of the Orofacial Pain Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment study, or OPPERA.

This large clinical study of TMD disorders has revealed a wide range of findings, including how women apparently grow more vulnerable to TMD as they age.

This was one of the largest clinical investigations into the causes of temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMD, and the researchers hope the discoveries may lead to new methods of diagnosing and treating facial pain conditions, and predicting who will be susceptible to them.

“A major benefit of the OPPERA study is the comprehensive evaluation of demographic, clinical, biological, sensory and psychosocial factors that may contribute to increased risk of TMD,” said Roger Fillingim to Florida News, who is a professor of community dentistry and behavioral science at the UF College of Dentistry and the principal investigator for the UF OPPERA site. “It is important to assess variables across these multiple biopsychosocial domains in order to fully reflect the complexity of chronic pain development and persistence.”

The researchers discovered –

  • Chronic TMD becomes more frequent with increasing age in women, but not in men.
  • A wide range of biological and psychological factors appear to contribute to the condition.
  • People with TMD are more sensitive to mildly painful sensations.
  • People with TMD experienced greater heart rate increases during mild physical and psychological stress.
  • New and important genetic factors that appear to be linked to chronic TMD.

The research team will continue to publish additional findings and insights as they continue to analyze the study data.

For more on this story see: Large-scale study sheds light on painful jaw disorder.

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