Laser gum treatment & cost

Gum disease treatment cost

As of 2018, our cost range from $85 for gingivitis treatment to about $3,600 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, average between $75 and $85, while the average cost for periodontal scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) is between $275 and about $980. 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.

gum treatment cost

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.

While the vast majority of certified gum laser clinicians in the periodontal dental industry take a traditional approach of using just novocaine local anesthesia during treatment, we specilaze in providing an advanced anxiety-free visit with twilight sedation and/or general anesthesia to expedite treatment and therefore lowering the overall cost.

U.S and International patent holder and medical staff at Memorial Hospital Doctor Max Arocha DMD enjoys helping patients get back to good oral health with laser gum surgery. He spends several hours every week replying to emails, aswering phone calls, reviewing x-rays received in the mail, performing free gum exams and countless complementary periodontal consultation services.

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.

Experiencing life from having severely gum disease it is emotionally exhausting for many patients. Our great satisfaction in serving our wonderful patients with their journey of having Healthy Gums is difficult to put into words. Every mouth with new healthy gums has a story to tell...

When we met our patients in real life, we try to unearth their dental and life story, and to tell our own as clinicians. The end goal is find out if we can bring these patients back to good oral health.

In this process of knowing each other during our first 1-hour consultation we tap into the underlying reason patients may lose their teeth due to gums infection and why they have decided to come to see us– to get to be the best version of themselves; a version they have always had within them that got lost along the way.

Gum disease

Periodontitis is generally known as gum disease or periodontitis. It is a bacterial infection of the gums. it grows in within the gums pockets and tooth loss is the end result  due to destruction of the bone that hold  the teeth.

Gingivitis is a gum inflammation and may lead to usually gum infection knows as gum disease or periodontitis. In others words, when gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. Patients with periodontitis, these inner layer of the gum pockets are small spaces between teeth and gums and it can collect food debris and eventualy become infected.

Poor oral hygiene at home including not brushing and flossing on a daily basis, make it easier for gum disease to develop. Smoking makes it harder for the gums to repair itself once it becomes infected.

Receding gums cost

Gums can recede or grow over the teeth due to diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis, gums may also react 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

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.

Bleeding gums can be a sign that you have or may develop bacterial gum disease. Ongoing gum bleeding may be due to plaque buildup on the teeth surface. It can also be a sign of a serious medical condition like low platele count know as thrombocytopenia and Leukemia which is a cancer of the blood cells.

bleeding gums

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.

Bleeding gumscould be a sign of a health condition you need to check out.

Laser gum treatment

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. It is best treated with laser for gum disease. 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.

Lasers have found ever-increasing applications in the dental field. The latest generation of lasers is now being used in various dental procedures, ranging from disease detection to soft-tissue treatments, one promising area where this technology is having an impact is the field of periodontal (gum) therapy.

In general, these high-tech equipments offer several advantages over conventional treatments for gum treatment procedures. They are considered minimally invasive treatment methods, meaning that it's possible to perform a procedure with less removal of healthy tissue than conventional methods would require. Also, their light and heat acts to seal off blood vessels and nerve endings in the gum tissue under treatment, resulting in less bleeding and pain, and thus increasing patient comfort.

In certain periodontal clinical conditions, the use of lasers may offer advantages that may be used to relative sterilize a periodontal pocket, where disease-causing bacteria are proliferating. These lasers can help the healing process by promoting the gums reattachment of the bone underneath. Using them may also result in minimal shrinkage of gum tissue. As laser technology and its clinical applications continue to expand, more uses will undoubtedly be found in the periodontal specialty.

Periodontitis treatment

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 designed 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 offers 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 complimentary 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.

Laser dum disease treatment costs is about $500 out of pocket with all major PPO dental insurance, or as much as $3,600, depending on the severity of the gum disease.

The cost for a regular gingivitis treatment with insurance is $0 co-payment, while the average cost for deep cleaning known as periodontal scaling and root planing is between $140 and $210 co-payment. Periodontal maintenance costs after undergoing active therapy average $110 co-payment.

The cost with insurance depends on several factors. For example, additional routine tooth cleaning or scaling and root planing procedures at the gingivitis stage may be required in order to help prevent the onset of disease. This will further affect the cost of your treatment.

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LANAP® and DPT® recovery and after care

As soon as LANAP® and DPT procedures are complete, your body begins the healing process that will ultimately restore your gums to a good oral health. The gums will go through a series of steps that produce noticeable changes.

At first, it is recommended for the patient not to eat hard foods and leave the gum tissue alone after the treatment for about two to three days.  The patient is asked not to brush the gum tissue as we do not want to disturb the healing gum tissue. Patients typically notice light bleeding, slight swelling and some persistent soreness. These are all signs of the increased blood flow in the treated area necessary for the body gum's repair.

After LANAP® and DPT, discontinue brushing and flossing the treated area for up to 7 days. You may continue to brush and floss other areas of your mouth, but should do so gently and carefully.

It is important to maintain a good food and fluid intake. Try to eat soft, but nutritious foods such as eggs, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, ice cream, etc. It is recommended to have a liquid diet for three days following the LANAP® and DPT treatment and then a soft diet for a up to 14 days. These after care  instructions allow for optimum healing of the gum tissue during the recovery period. If medications have been prescribed, please take them exactly as directed.

Occasionally, teeth may feel sore and tender. This typically begins about one week after treatment. This marks the time to schedule a follow-up with your dentist. Healing should be reviewed and the mouth evaluated for bite. Caring for bite issues helps the body naturally fill in any spaces or gaps that appear between teeth after LANAP® and DPT.

Although discomfort is minimal, some aspects of the healing process, deep inside the gums, may take up to a few months. Stay in contact with your dentist on a regular basis and schedule follow-up appointments if you have noticed any concerning symptoms, especially persistent pain.

It is important the patient takes proper measures to ensure complete and smoth recovery. Risks related to LANAP® and DPT are minimal, but proper after care is necessary. It’s not uncommon to notice symptoms for several weeks after the procedure. During the critical first several months, the patient must take action to prevent injury or re-infection.

Deep cleaning teeth cost

A traditional deep cleaning of your teeth cost  can average between $275 – $980 per quadrant depending on how deep your pockets are and how much build up and tartar your teeth have. Deep cleaning an active deep pocket treatment, which typically consists of a locally administered anesthesia, costs approximately $25 per tooth. Periodontal maintenance costs after undergoing deep cleaning average $115 per visit on every four months or three times a year.

Factors affecting the cost of deep cleaning teeth treatment include the technology used in the treatment; the dentist’s location, type of dental insurance coverage, frequency of treatment and follow-up appointments. For intance, your dentist may perform the initial diagnosis and some treatment, but may refer you to a periodontist or a certified laser dentist for advanced laser surgical procedures.

Laser dentist near you

Four decades ago, using a laser in dentistry was only a theory. More and more laser dentists now use lasers in dentistry such as the removal of disease gum, tooth cavities and teeth whitening.

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Laser dentists is the number hootest topic in dentistry. Lasers are fast, precise and local anesthesia-free for the vast majority of procedures. Patients love the laser experience. Dentists love the improved efficiency and practice growth. Both hard and soft tissue lasers are the ones dentists have been waiting for  years.

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