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How Much Does a Gum Tissue Graft Cost?

 
average costTissue Graft: $600-$1,200 per areahigh costGraft with Contouring: $1,000-$3,000 per area
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Gums may recede over time due to aggressive brushing, disease or simply a genetic predisposition for thin gum tissue. As the gum recedes it exposes the tooth root, and in some cases this makes the tooth sensitive to hot or cold. A soft tissue graft may be used to cover an exposed root to eliminate this sensitivity or to improve the tooth's appearance. The American Academy of Periodontology provides before and after photos[1] .

Typical costs:

  • A gum tissue graft can cost $600-$1,200 for a single procedure at the base of one tooth or in a specific small area, depending the extent of the gum recession, the type of tissue used (from the patient's mouth or a tissue bank) and the periodontist[2] (gum specialist) or dentist. Grafts using material from a tissue bank (the tissue is taken from cadavers) typically cost more than those done with tissue harvested from elsewhere in the patient's mouth.
  • Gum contouring -- trimming the gums into a more pleasing appearance -- may be performed at the same time as a tissue graft, bringing the total cost to $1,000-$3,000 per area.
Related articles: Gum Repair, Gum Contouring, Dental Bone Graft, Teeth Cleaning, Dental X-Rays, Dental Work

What should be included:
  • A gum graft is typically done in the office of a periodontist, although some dentists also perform this procedure. The doctor will numb the area and in some cases provide a mild sedative to relax the patient; general anesthesia may be used with an anxious patient, but isn't common. A small cut is made at the graft site to create a sort of pocket or tunnel, the graft tissue is placed inside this tunnel and the area is stitched to close it. WebMD provides an overview of gum tissue grafts[3] .
  • If the graft tissue was harvested from the patient's mouth, the area may be covered with a sort of putty until the stitches are removed, or the patient may be given a mouth guard (also called a stent) to wear that covers most of the roof of the mouth to help prevent bleeding, to stop the patient's tongue from playing with the stitches and to keep food from getting into the site.
  • Patients are advised to avoid strenuous or aerobic activity for several days after a gum tissue graft, but most people are able to return to work within a day or two. If the procedure used tissue from a tissue bank there is usually mild to moderate discomfort and healing takes about two to four days. If the graft tissue was harvested from the roof of the patient's mouth the discomfort can be moderate to severe, and healing might take seven to 10 days. A Texas periodontal group explains what to expect after tissue graft surgery[4] .
Additional costs:
  • Treatment for gum disease usually begins with a periodontal diagnosis exam and X-Rays, which can cost an additional $150-$400 if not included in the quoted price.
Discounts:
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research lists tips for finding low-cost dental care[5] .
  • Dental school clinics[6] offer reduced rates for services by supervised students or faculty.
Shopping for a gum tissue graft:
  • If the patient has dental insurance, the insurance company will provide a list of approved dentists and periodontists. Or search for local members of the American Dental Association[7] , American Academy of Periodontology[8] or the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists[9]
  • A dentist will typically provide a referral to local periodontists. When selecting a periodontist, ask about length of time in practice, recent training and treatment philosophies (some favor more conservative non-surgical procedures while others treat periodontal disease aggressively with surgery). YourDentistryGuide.com provides tips for choosing a periodontist[10] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Soft Tissue Gum Grafting
Amount: $300.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: spitfire1958 in Huntsville, AL.Posted: April 17th, 2014 12:04PM
Number of Areas: 1Dentist/Periodontist: Knight
Grafting over 11, 12, & 13 with 3/4" x 1/4" strip harvested from roof of mouth. Within 3 hours needed pain relief, but had nothing in house. Was able to hold warm salt water in mouth (no swishing) briefly. Son finally home from work and got me ibuprofen for pain. Unable to drink or eat due to pain and numbness. Total cost for entire procedure (including four more teeth down the road) $4,500. $900 paid by me and balance (hopefully) by insurance. April 17, 2014.
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Gum graft
Amount: $512.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Bspin in Sebring, FL.Posted: October 29th, 2013 07:10PM
Number of Areas: 3Dentist/Periodontist: Kirsch
Had tissue graft. Minimal pain post op. Minimal bruising. Total cost of prcedure $925.
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Gum grafting
Amount: $280.00 not covered by insurance
Posted by: Hpla in Princeton, NJ.Posted: June 20th, 2013 04:06PM
Number of Areas: 2Dentist/Periodontist: Chalker
To have tissue not harvested from the roof of my mouth was not covered by insurance and would have cost $300 more. My mouth is killing me-- it may have been worth paying an extra $300! Total cost before insurance was $1400 (80% coinsurance so I pay 20% or $280) for two teeth areas.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.perio.org/consumer/grafts.htm
  2.  www.perio.org/consumer/periodontist2.htm
  3.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gum-tissue-graft-surgery
  4.  www.ntxpa.com/pages/post_softtiss.htm
  5.  www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/popularpublications/findinglowcostdentalcare/
  6.  www.ada.org/267.aspx
  7.  www.mouthhealthy.org/en/find-a-dentist.aspx
  8.  www.perio.org/?q=locator-advanced
  9.  www.aacd.com/index.php?module=aacd.websiteforms&cmd=memberreferral
  10.  www.yourdentistryguide.com/periodontists/
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