Laser Periodontal Treatment & Cost
Gum Disease Treatment Cost
As of 2017, our cost range from $85 for gingivitis treatment to about $4,500 for a full mouth laser periodontal treatment on patients with severe periodontal infection. This includes the cost of local anesthesia and follow visits. The cost for a regular dental cleaning, called prophylaxis, averages between $75 and $85, while the average cost for periodontal scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) is between $175 and about $900. Periodontal maintenance costs after undergoing periodontal treatment average $115. Active severe periodontal treatment — which usually consists of laser periodontal treatment like, DPT® and LANAP® — costs an average of about $1,000 per quadrant.
On average, the patient can expect to spend about $85 for the treatment of gingivitis. The cost depends on the nature of the gum infection.
Gum disease treatment costs depends on the severity of the gum infection, degree of receding gums, extent of bleeding gums, x-ray findings and weather the patient have gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Dental insurance usually covers deep cleaning and surgical procedures that are considered medically necessary but not those done for cosmetic reasons. However, if the gum surgery is considered a medical procedure, some of the costs may be covered by standard health insurance.
Receding Gums Cost
Gums can recede or grow over the teeth due to diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis, reactions to prescription medications (some cause gum growth) or other factors like poor nutrition or dental hygiene. If a non-surgical treatment like the deep teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planing doesn't solve the problem, laser surgical procedures may be needed.
If the gums have overgrown the teeth, creating an uneven or "gummy" appearance, gum contouring can cost $50-$350 to remove and reshape the gum around a single tooth. Because the problem is not usually limited to the area around one tooth, costs for reshaping multiple front teeth are typically $1,000-$3,000.
If the gum is receding, leaving the tooth root exposed and possibly sensitive to hot or cold items, a gum tissue graft can cost $600-$1,200 for a single procedure in one specific area. The number of procedures required will depend on how much the gums have receded.
Cost of Gum Tissue Graft
The average cost of a gum tissue graft is between $700-$1000 for a single procedure on a small site including one or two teeth. Cost also depends on the extent of the gum recession and the type of tissue used. The types of gum tissue is either from the patient's palate or a tissue bank.
Gums trimming and recontour to improve symmetry and appearance may be performed at the same time as a tissue graft, bringing the total cost up to about $1,500
Bleeding gums when you brush or floss may be a sign that you have gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The three stages of gum disease — from least to most severe — are gingivitis, periodontitis and severe periodontitis
The main cause of bleeding gum is the buildup of plaque at the gum line. This will lead to a condition called gingivitis or inflamed gums.
Plaque that is not removed will harden into tartar (mostly bacteria). This will lead to increased bleeding and a more advanced form of gum and jawbone disease known as periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Plaque on your teeth and at the gumline that is not removed by brushing, flossing and professional cleaning can infect the gums and lead to the symptoms of gingivitis. When gingivitis occurs, your gums may become swollen, tender and sometimes bleed during brushing.
This early stage of the disease responds well to professional teeth cleaning (also known as prophylaxis, literally a preventive treatment of a disease) that is a procedure for the removal of tartar (mineralized plaque) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine toothbrushing.
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. At this stage, the gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected with bacteria.
Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the jaw bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed. Periodontal disease is, by far, the number on reason why people lose their teeth.
The first nonsurgical step usually involves a deep cleaning, called “scaling and root planing,” to remove plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth, root surfaces and below the gum line. This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and periodontal pockets to shrink. Your dentist also may recommend medications to help control infection and pain, or to aid in healing. These medications could include a pill, a prescription mouth rinse or a substance that the dentist places directly in the periodontal pocket after scaling and root planing.
When periodontal pockets are too deep, laser surgery may be needed to better remove infected tissues and reduce the damage to the bone that has formed around the teeth. As the pockets enlarge, they provide a greater place for bacteria to live and attack the bone and tissue. Laser surgery allows the dentist to access hard-to-reach areas under the gum and along the roots where tartar and plaque have accumulated. Reducing this bacterial stronghold and regenerating bone and tissue help to reduce pockets and repair damage caused by the progressing disease.
Periodontal laser surgery such as LANAP® and DPT are both FDA approved laser treatment for periodontal disease. Both laser procedures is specifically design for the treatment of periodontal disease. LANAP® ( Laser assisted new attachment procedure|®). DPT (Deep pocket therapy with new attachment®). DPT has also FDA approval for removing periodontal bacterial calculus under the gums. Both LANAP® and DPT laser periodontal surgery provide a much improve methods for saving teeth with moderate and advanced periodontal disease.
Each case is different and cost depends on the severity and extent of the periodontal disease. Cost vary significantly from about $400 for a severe single tooth periodontal infection to about $4,500 or more for the whole mouth (including all remaining teeth) of Laser periodontal treatment. We work closely with periodontist Dr. Deture on involved LANAP® cases.
Cost of Gum Disease Treatment with Insurance
Most dental insurance offer periodontal coverage as a standard benefit. Periodontal insurance refers to dental plans that include benefits for periodontal treatment. This care ranges from routine treatment coverage of as low as $85 for the treatment of gingivitis, or as much as $1,500or higher depending on the severity of those patients diagnosed periodontal disease.
The majority of PPO Insurance dental plans include a generous periodontal coverage, between $140 and $210, as a standard feature for deep cleaning and periodontal scaling and root planing.
Call our office for a complementary insurance report on periodontal coverage. You may also find other useful information in insurance Buyer's Guide related to your specific situation.
Most dental insurance has a specific dollar deductible for periodontal treatment. During a benefit period, you personally will have to satisfy a portion of your dental bill before your benefit plan will contribute to your cost of periodontal treatment. Your plan information will describe how your deductible works. Plans do vary on this point. For instance, some dental plans will apply the deductible to diagnostic or preventive treatments, and others will not.
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