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How Much Does a Gum Graft Cost?
What you should know before gum grafting 

Gum graft cost can range from $600 - $800 per tooth depending on where you live. Most dental insurance plans will pay for part of the fee.

It is easy to see how the cost of this procedure can add up quickly when more than one tooth is involved.

If gum graft surgery has been recommended, be sure it is the best treatment choice for you and is done by a highly skilled practitioner.

About gum recession and grafting

This procedure is needed to replace gum tissue that has receded to the point where the tooth is not sufficiently supported or protected.

Receded gums are extremely common.

Many have localized mild to moderate gum recession. If this condition is carefully monitored and doesn't keep progressing, most will never need a gum graft.


Gum recession occurs slowly and may stay the same for many years. Unlike a tooth abscess or decay, this condition is most often a result of mechanical forces on the teeth rather than disease.

Having a gum graft procedure is usually not urgent and may be scheduled at your convenience.

How to save money on gum grafting surgery…

Here are some ways to save money and still keep your teeth in good health.

  • Get more than one opinion. Treatment recommendations vary for this dental procedure more that any other. Unfortunately, aggressive diagnosing and over treating is not unusual. Some dentists will recommend gum grafting for moderate recession and others feel comfortable waiting and watching. If you can identify what caused your gums to recede and stop the progression, and if you don't have tooth sensitivity you may be fine without treatment.  It is important that you agree with your dentist's philosophy and treatment style.  Some are very proactive and others are more conservative and reactive.  Both approaches are fine depending on your preference and the treatment in question.  
  • Prioritize your treatment plan. If your dentist says you need more than one area grafted, ask which area needs it most and start there. Since progression is slow, treatment can often be delayed and the expense spread out.
  • Maximize your insurance benefits. If you don't use all your benefits in a year, gum grafting that has been delayed is one way to use it.

Other considerations…

Is a filling an option? Some teeth with receded gums also have a condition called tooth abfraction. Abfracted teeth can sometimes be filled with a tooth colored filling and may not need a graft. A filling is a less expensive and more comfortable treatment. Ask your dentist is this is an option.

Donor tissue vs your own tissue ~ In many cases donor tissue can be used for gum grafting making it more tolerable and less painful than ever before.

Prevent further gum recession

Find out why your gums are receding and address the cause.  Some receded gums are caused by the clenching and grinding of teeth.  

In these cases, wearing a dental night guard helps. Learn about  custom vs OTC night guards here.



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