How Much Do Gum Grafts Cost?
A gum graft is done to protect the teeth from the damaging or destructive effects of bacteria, aggressive brushing, and hypersensitivity. It may also be done to improve one’s smile.
Bacteria infection is the process where the tissue attached to the teeth is pulled away, a process which leads to the exposure of the tooth’s root. If it goes unnoticed and is not treated right away, it might lead to tooth loss. The gum grafting process is going to help get rid of the gum exposure, the cost of a gum graft will depend on the dentist, geographical location, and the amount of work that has to be done.
How much does it cost?
- If contouring is not done, the cost of a gum graft ranges from $500 to $1,200 for a single tooth or small area. This cost will depend on the type of tissue that is going to be used and the extent of the recession. These are all prices without insurance.
- Hinessight.blogs.com claimed that he paid $840 for the procedure to be done.
What is going to be included?
- There are three types of gum grafts: free gingival, connective-tissue, and pedicle. A free gingival graft will remove a small strip of flesh from the top of the patient’s mouth. This flesh will be stitched to the gum tissue in the area that is being treated. A connective-tissue graft involves cutting a flap in the roof of the mouth, forming a “trap door.” The flap is then stitched and slipped under the gum tissue to close the root exposure. A pedicle graft involves taking flesh from another tooth. The flap from a nearby tooth will be slid over to cover the exposed root.
- The procedure is usually done in the periodontist’s office, though it may also be done by a dentist. During most procedures, the area is numbed while giving a mild sedative to relax the patient. General anesthesia may be provided. A minor cut is made around the tooth to form a tunnel where the graft is placed and stitched to close. The patient may be given a mouth guard to cover the mouth’s roof to prevent bleeding and to stop the tongue from removing the stitches and preventing the food from getting into the site.
- Patients are advised to avoid aerobic activities and eating certain foods for some days after grafting.
- Depending on where the tissue was sourced, either from a tissue bank or from the roof of the patient’s mouth, healing may take four days or ten days respectively.
What are the extra costs?
- Before the procedure begins, x-rays and an initial exam will be required. Most patients should be prepared to spend at least $300 to $500 for these.
- After a few weeks, a check-up will be needed to see if the grafts are healing properly. If they are not, an additional procedure may be needed.
- If there are any complications or infections from the surgery, you may need to have another appointment and possibly medication to get rid of the infection.
- After the surgery, you may be given a prescription to help ease the pain or discomfort. Filling this prescription will be an extra cost.
Tips to know:
- If your dentist does not perform this type of procedure, be sure to ask for a referral for a local periodontist.
- If this surgery is done for cosmetic purposes, your dental or health insurance will most likely not cover the costs.
- To prevent another graft in the future, brush your teeth daily, floss, visit your dentist for checkups and eat a well-balanced diet.
How can I save money?
- Check with a local dental school to see if they can provide the procedure at a discount. While it may seem scary to let a dental student perform the procedure, you can feel better know that there will be a certified dentist and surgeon right there, walking the student through everything. The savings is quite significant, so it may be worth it.
- If you have a health insurance policy that covers dental, this procedure is often covered as long as it is deemed medically necessary.
- Consider discount plans such as DentalPlans.com.
- The best way to save money on this type of surgery is to avoid it. Taking good care of your teeth can save you money on dental bills as well as medical bills.