Gum Disease. Yep, it’s about as pleasant as it sounds (we’ll spare you the photos of swollen and bleeding gums. You’re welcome).
If you don’t treat it, eventually gum disease can result in loose gums. This causes little pockets to form between the teeth and gums which can become a playground for nasty bacteria.
If the pockets get too deep and get too diseased, you may end up losing some teeth. Which, we’re assuming for most of you is not an ideal outcome.
One option that can prevent this from happening is a gingivectomy. This is a surgical procedure that removes loose, diseased gums (called gingival) to get rid of any pockets between your teeth and gums.
Gingivectomy Cost 2019: $300 per tooth
The average cost range for a gingivectomy starts around $200 per tooth on the low end and go up to around $400 per tooth.
If you require the procedure in one quadrant in the mouth, the cost will average around $700 (figure between $500 – $1000).
For the entire mouth, the cost can range from $2000 up to $5000.
How much you pay for gingivectomy depends largely on the condition of your gums, where in the country you live and the experience level of the dentist/periodontist who performs the procedure.
If x-rays and/or diagnostic tests need to be run, that will add to the cost of a gingivectomy. A diagnostic exam like this to evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums costs around $400.
Insurance may cover at least part of your gingivectomy. So if you have dental coverage, be sure to reach out to your insurance company to see if you can sweet talk them into covering part or all of your treatment.
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