The Cost of Treating Gum Disease
With an estimated 64.7 million American adults having some form of gum disease, it’s not an understatement to say that gum disease is a serious issue.
The symptoms of gum disease are varied and may manifest as:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
But gum disease is preventable when detected in the early stage, known as gingivitis. Of course, if you are not taking proper care of your teeth and practicing good oral hygiene habits you may find that gum disease can be costly, not only to your health but to your wallet.
What costs are associated with gum disease?
One of the best ways to maintain good oral hygiene is to have regular dental checkups. On average, a dental checkup costs $75-$100 and includes a cleaning and a check of your oral health. It is often at your regular dental checkups that your dentist will advise you that you are suffering from gum disease and inform you of what treatment is available.
If a simple cleaning is not enough to remove tartar from your teeth, a deep cleaning may be necessary. This procedure is known as scaling and root planing. The average cost of this treatment is $400 - $1000 and you may need additional maintenance after, at an additional cost.
If the teeth and gums are severely compromised, your dentist may suggest any of the following treatments:
Flap Surgery – On average $5000
Bone Grafting – On average $3000
Tissue regeneration – On average $2300 - $3000
Extraction and Tooth Implant – On average $4100 per tooth
As you can see, if left to progress, gum disease can be very costly. This is why regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene practices are always encouraged. Prevention is the best defense against gum disease.
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