The cost of gum contouring varies depending on the amount of gum that is treated. The cost can range anywhere from $300 to $3,000. Treating a single tooth will cost significantly less than making alterations to the entire gum line. Other factors can also affect gum contouring cost, including supplementary treatments and sedation. Since gum contouring can be performed as a cosmetic or restorative procedure, your insurance coverage may affect the overall price of treatment.
Whether your case is simple or more complex will have a significant effect on treatment cost.
Your dentist can perform gum contouring on a single tooth, multiple teeth, or the full gum line. If only one tooth requires treatment, your cost estimate will probably fall at the lower end of the scale. If the entire gum line needs treatment, you will probably pay much more for the procedure. In some cases, soft tissue grafts are also necessary to achieve the desired result. The price of grafts are not generally included in the base price of a gum contouring treatment.
Gum contouring is often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments. By providing a more uniform frame for your smile, gum contouring can greatly enhance the results of porcelain veneers or dental bonding. The cost of treatment can increase if additional treatments are performed in combination.
In general, the price of a gum contouring procedure includes local anesthetic, which is usually sufficient to keep patients comfortable. However, some patients have sensitive gum tissue or experience dental anxiety. If you are especially nervous about treatment, you may choose to receive a stronger sedative. Your dentist can explain your options and review the cost of sedation.
Gum contouring is a precise and exacting procedure. A dentist with more experience performing cosmetic gum contouring is more likely to provide the results you desire. However, more experienced dentists tend to charge more for treatments.
Since dental insurance does not typically cover cosmetic procedures, there are many third-party financing providers who offer special plans to help patients manage out-of-pocket expenses. Companies such as CareCredit® offer low or no interest financing plans. In addition, your dentist may provide in-office financing for qualifying patients or discounts for bundling procedures. Be sure to discuss all of your financing options with your dentist’s office to ensure you are receiving the best plan for you.
When gum contouring is performed as a cosmetic treatment, it is not covered by insurance. However, if you need gum contouring to remove tissue compromised by gum disease, your provider may cover at least a portion of the treatment cost. It is important to keep in mind that not all insurance providers cover the cost of treatments. You should discuss your coverage plan with your dentist and provider before deciding to move forward with your gum contouring treatment.
During your initial consultation, your dentist can examine your oral health and discuss your cosmetic goals before designing a personalized treatment plan. Based on this plan, your dentist can provide you with an estimate of how much your gum contouring treatment will cost.
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