While some people think that “the more you know, the less you need to say” (Jim Rohn)…
This is certainly not the case when it comes to your oral health
The MORE you know about the state of your oral health, the MORE you need to speak up and tell your dentist about any issues or concerns you have.
Because the dismal reality is that if you don’t say anything, these problems WILL progress and potentially develop into diseases. Furthermore, you may need to have periodontal surgery.
Here’s what YOU need to know!
What Is Periodontal Surgery?
To get started, let’s first take a look at the definition of periodontal:
|PERIODONTAL||Relating to or affecting the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth|
Therefore, periodontal surgery refers to any surgery that focuses on the structures surrounding the teeth, such as your gums or bones.
Types of Periodontal Surgery
If you have developed gum disease, receding gum lines, or other issues with your gums, your periodontist may recommend periodontal surgery to treat and fix these issues.
There are a variety of procedures available depending on what your treatment plan requires:
|Pocket Reduction||Also known as gingival flap surgery.|
The surgeon folds back the gums and removes bacteria.
The gum tissue is then secured against your teeth (instead of letting it grow back itself)
|Crown Lengthening||Also known as gingivectomy.|
Gum tissue overgrowth is removed from your teeth.
Makes teeth appear longer.
Used for cosmetic effects a s well as to treat gum disease.
|Regeneration||The periodontist folds back the gums and removes bacteria that causes diseases.|
Bone grafts, tissue-stimulating proteins, or
membranes are then inserted to encourage gum
The aim is to get the gums to fit securely around your teeth again.
|Soft Tissue Graft||Also know an gingivoplasty.|
Gum tissue is taken from elsewhere in your mouth
and attached to your gums.
Replaces gum tissue that has receded or damaged by gum disease.
Used for cosmetic purposes and improves the
appearance of your teeth.
Also treats gum disease because it covers exposed
If you are unsure if you are a candidate for gum surgery or which type of gum surgery is best for you, a thorough examination by your dentist can determine what you need.
Cost of Periodontal Surgery
Depending on the severity of your disease and the type of procedure required, the cost of gum surgery varies GREATLY.
With prices between $500 to $10,000 and more, many insurance companies will cover at least part of the gum surgery cost. While these prices may seem shocking, delaying treatment can lead to more expensive and complex procedures in the future.
The main factors that affect costs are:
- The location of your dentist.
- The technology used in your procedure.
- The type of treatment required.
- The type of dental insurance you have.
With these factors in mind, here are the approximate costs for gum surgery:
|Gingival flap surgery||Typically costs between $1000 and $3000 without insurance|
|Gingivectomy||About $200 to $400 per tooth|
|Gingivoplasty||Around $600 to $1,200 per procedure|
If your full mouth needs periodontal treatment and will require a variety of treatments, the total cost can average $4,000 to $6,000. However, if the damage is extensive it can cost you anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000.
If you have addressed your underlying oral health issues but still aren’t satisfied with the appearance of your teeth…. LISTEN UP (and keep reading)!
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