Millions of Americans are afflicted with gum disease, officially referred to as periodontal disease. The primary method of combatting gum disease is through proper oral hygiene, with regular blushing and flossing. But once gum disease has set in, it takes more than brushing to restore your gums.
If you are dealing with periodontal disease, you need to have it looked at by a dentist. If left unchecked, gum disease can lead to loosened teeth and bleeding gums, or even worse health consequences: studies have shown an undeniable link between gum disease and heart disease. In fact, one study indicated that oral health problems and cholesterol levels were equally as accurate at predicting heart disease.
A dentist can help you determine the appropriate treatment for your gum disease. As with any medical procedure, cost understandably becomes a factor.
There are multiple treatment options for gum disease, each with their own associated costs. (Note: If you have dental insurance, the cost of all the following procedures should be significantly less – the prices here assume no dental insurance coverage.)
Soft tissue grafts are used to replace or strengthen gums that have receded due to gum disease. Only one area can be grafted at a time, so if you have problem areas all over your mouth, you could need multiple visits. Each visit can cost between $500-1000.
Pocket Elimination Surgery
Bone and gum tissue is meant to adhere directly to the tooth. When the tissue is deteriorated due to gum disease, “pockets” form around the tooth. Pocket regeneration surgery is meant to remove the bacteria that forms inside the pockets and reattach the tissue to the tooth. This complicated procedure can cost upwards of $6,000.
Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP)
One of the newest methods of treating periodontal disease is laser therapy, often referred to as LANAP. The primary benefit of using LANAP over other possible treatments is that no surgery is involved. A trained dentist can use laser technology to reduce the size of the aforementioned “pockets,” with far less bleeding and discomfort than conventional surgery. It also can be completed within a couple of two-hour-long visits. In terms of cost, LANAP is comparable in price to periodontal surgery, with the price usually in the $5,000-8,000 range. To read more on gum disease, please download our free eBook below titled, "7 Step Checklist to Determine if You Have Gum Disease."