Extent of Treatment
Your dentist can perform laser 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 laser gum contouring treatment.
The cost of laser gum contouring varies depending on the amount of gum that is treated. The cost can range anywhere from $300 to $3,000.
Gum contouring is often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments. By providing a more uniform frame for your smile, laser 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 laser 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.
Your Dentist’s Experience
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.
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 laser treatments. You should discuss your coverage plan with your dentist and provider before deciding to move forward with your gum contouring treatment.
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.
Receiving a Cost Estimate
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 laser gum contouring treatment will cost.