Average Cost of a Gingivectomy

If your gums have been damaged due to infection or you simply are suffering from excess gum tissue, you may want to consider different treatment options. One option that may be available to improve your gums is a gingivectomy.

But what is a gingivectomy? And how much does the procedure cost?

Below is more about the gingivectomy procedure, the reasons for a gingivectomy, and what you can expect the cost of a gingivectomy to be.

What is a Gingivectomy?

A gingivectomy is a procedure that involves the use of surgical tools to remove gum tissue. While it is often used to treat periodontal disease, it can also be used to enhance the aesthetic appearance of a patient’s gums. With the elimination of excess gum tissue, the health and appearance of the gums can be restored—which allows the patient to smile with confidence!

The Reasons for a Gingivectomy

There are various reasons for a gingivectomy procedure. Some include:

* Periodontitis: For those with periodontitis, a gingivectomy may be required to remove infected gum tissue. This will help with the overall health of the gums.
* Pocket Formation: As a result of gum disease, deep pockets can form. A gingivectomy can help to remove excess gum tissue and reduce the depth of the pockets.
* Cosmetic Concerns: No one likes having a “gummy smile.” For patients with excess gum tissue, a gingivectomy may be used to improve the aesthetic appearance of the patient’s gums.
* Ongoing Health: It can be difficult for a patient to take proper care of their oral health with overgrown gum tissue. A gingivectomy can help with making oral healthcare easier.

What is the Average Cost of a Gingivectomy?

The cost of a gingivectomy may vary, but often it is around $200-$400 per tooth (out-of-pocket). With that said, a reduced rate may be offered for multiple teeth at a time.

Gingivectomies are pretty common procedures, so if you have health insurance it’s likely the procedure will at least be partially covered. To learn more about the cost, set an appointment with your dentist for an examination.

What Is the Procedure Like?

The procedure involves a few steps, which include:

* Examination: First, your dentist will examine your gums and determine the best procedure. If it’s a gingivectomy, an appointment will be set for the procedure.
* Anesthesia: During the appointment, your dentist will use anesthesia to ensure you don’t feel pain.
* Tissue Removal: Using a laser, scalpel, or electrosurgical instrument, your dentist will carefully remove any excess gum tissue. The removal may extend to the underlying bone if required.
* Contouring: After the excess gum tissue is removed, the remaining gum tissue is recontoured to create an appealing gumline.
* Aftercare: Finally, your dentist will provide detailed aftercare instructions for you to follow.

The gingivectomy procedure will often last around 30 to 60 minutes.

Contact Us Today

If you have damaged or excess gum tissue, contact us today! We’ll have a dentist take a look at your gums and determine if a gingivectomy is the right procedure to meet your needs.

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