FAQS

It is important to remember that all patients are unique and as such, treatment costs may vary greatly.

The cost for the initial consultation is $340 and claimable on Private Health Insurance “extras” using 2 x Dental (015, 963) item numbers and 1 x Chiropractic item number (IC-1 – or your health fund number used for this service).

Payment plans are offered once a deposit is paid through DentiCare Finance – available at 0% interest, and payments can be arranged over 6-12 month periods to help patients with budgeting.

If neuromuscular orthotics are required, our programs may cost between $2150 – $6810 depending on what is assessed at the initial appointment. These costs include review fees in each program.

Our most extensive program is a four month program for those that need to stabilise their jaws – perhaps due to dislocation, or to aid in healing chronic inflammation in the jaw joints and/or to address cranial/structural involvement. This program requires compliancy of fortnightly appointments where we closely monitor progress.  We make necessary corrections during review appointments, focusing on cranial/structural issues whilst also monitoring whether the orthotics need adjustment with the changes that occur along the way.

Two types of orthotics are needed for this program, a neuromuscular day appliance and also one for night wear.  Eventually you are weaned from the day appliance and continue to wear a night appliance to stop future injury.

Of course not everyone falls into the four month treatment category as mentioned above.  It may be that you need another course of action which could range between $2150 – $2625.  These costs also include two follow up reviews.

Item numbers are available at the initial consultation for the various treatment options recommended, so that rebates can be sourced through patients Private Health Insurance.

Denticare offer patients a finance plan at 0% interest on the remaining balance of the treatment, after a deposit has been paid to us.

Example:

Night & Day Orthotics Program is $6810. The deposit paid first is $2640 and the remaining balance to finance is $4170.

$4170 can be paid back over 12 months = $347.50 per month.

 

By agreeing to a Denticare finance plan, the patient enters an agreement with Denticare for the monthly amount due to be deducted from their chosen bank account, credit or debit card.

The paperwork involved is quick and easy. Plans are granted if the patient has a job or has somebody (such as a family member) who can stand in as the person responsible for payment.

Confirmation and acceptance of the payment plan usually takes a couple of days.

If the patient does not finish their proposed program and they have borrowed money from Denticare, we work out how many appointments they have had and what that would normally equate to if they were paying us as they go.  We would then instruct Denticare to cease payments once that amount has been reached. This means the patient only pays for what they have had.

An orthotic device or bite plate only works if it has been made to the exact position for each individual. The combined over 50 years of experience in treating TMJ of Dr Shah and Dr Dowker has allowed them to develop techniques that makes sure your orthotic allows your jaw and neck to be at their most relaxed position. Once the orthotic is working Dr Dowker is able to treat the rest of the body and allow you to start healing yourself.

At TMJ Centre Melbourne we will treat any kind of jaw issues including, pain, jaw locking, and if appropriate jaw noises. We also treat overstretched ligaments with Prolo therapy. Muscle pain is treated with bite plates/ orthotics, chiropractic, trigger point, and laser therapy. Our goal is to help you get your life back without the use of drugs.

Many studies have shown considerable improvement or complete elimination of headaches at the back of the head (occipital) and temple headaches when TMJ/TMD is properly treated. Leaders in the field of TMD recognise that up to 85% of headaches are due to muscular issues. TMJ disorder involves complex relationships between teeth, muscles, jaw joints, cranium, neck, brain, balance, postural stability and the nervous system. Therefore when something goes wrong it can have far reaching consequences beyond jaw pain, such as dizziness, tinnitus, ear pain/stuffiness, lower back pain, irritable bowels, difficulty sleeping and eventually fatigue and depression. At TMJ Centre Melbourne, through our Holistic combined approach of Dr Shah and Dr Dowker we have helped hundreds get their life back.

Depending on your diagnosis you may need a combination of bite plates, laser, trigger point, cranial, and chiropractic care. For those with more severe/ long term symptoms we usually see individuals every two weeks for about 3 months, which how long it takes to heal most joints in the body.

Research shows that up to 95% of those suffering from TMJ/TMD should be and can be treated WITHOUT surgery. All authorities agree that surgery should be the last resort.

The cost is $340 for an hour consultation with Dr Dowker (TMJ Chiropractor / Craniopath) and Dr Shah (TMJ Dentist).

Unfortunately, Medicare does not help cover TMJ/ Sleep apnoea treatment. If you have private health cover there are dental and chiropractic item numbers that can be used to help make a claim. Every health fund has different levels of cover so it is worthwhile checking with your health fund to see what is covered.

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint which is the jaw joint on either side of the face. However, most people refer to TMJ as a diagnosis of the medical term known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMD. TMJ or TMD is an umbrella term for a complex myriad of symptoms that occur when the jaw joints and associated muscles are disrupted. It is very common and can lead to symptoms such as headaches, face pain, jaw pain, neck ache, back ache, ear pain, tinnitus and much more.

TMJ headaches will rarely go away on their own and you will risk living with pain and discomfort for the rest of your life, should you leave it untreated. As your system tries to accommodate the problems associated with the disorder, it may actually become worse. In many cases, if left untreated, TMJ headaches will continue to progress, causing more and more pain and discomfort.

Yes. However, many people go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed with tension type headaches, sinus headache and even migraine. Often people can have both TMJ syndrome and headaches and when they have TMJ Syndrome treated the headaches usually reduce in frequency and intensity, often disappearing altogether.

TMJ headaches come as a result of an injury to the TMJ joint and surrounding muscles. This injury could be caused by biting on or chewing something hard and your headache symptoms could be aggravated by consuming difficult to chew foods.