Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects millions of people worldwide and can lead to significant oral health issues if left untreated. Surgical procedures like gum surgery, including gum grafts to treat severe gum recession, may be necessary in advanced cases; however, non-surgical gum therapy can effectively treat gum disease in its early to moderate stages so surgery is not required.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a progressive condition that begins with the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth. Good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups, prevents this accumulation.
However, if plaque and tartar is allowed to build up, it leads to an inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis. At this stage, you may notice swollen or bleeding gums after brushing and flossing. Bad breath and increased sensitivity to temperature are also common symptoms.
If gingivitis is not treated, it can develop into periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease that can damage the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontitis cannot be cured, although it can be managed. This advanced gum disease can potentially lead to receding gums, loose teeth, tooth loss and infection spreading even further. Gum recession is permanent, as gums do not grow back, so
Non-surgical gum therapy is typically recommended when gum disease is in its early to moderate stages. These treatments aim to eliminate bacteria growth, reduce inflammation, and prevent further damage to gum tissues.
Factors Impacting the Cost of Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
Several factors can influence the cost of non-surgical gum therapy.
Severity of Gum Disease
The more advanced the gum disease, the more extensive the treatment required. Advanced cases may necessitate multiple sessions or additional procedures, which increases the overall cost. For the best results and most cost effective treatment, see your dentist as soon as possible after you notice the first signs of issues.
The cost of dental care can vary significantly by region. Urban areas tend to have higher fees than rural ones, and even within the same city, prices can differ. As a large urban center, costs are higher in Toronto compared to some other locations.
In some cases, additional appointments for further deep cleanings, diagnostics, and other procedures may be necessary, adding to the overall cost.
It is also important to consider how dental insurance may impact your out-of-pocket expenses. Dental insurance may partially or fully cover your non-surgical gum therapy. Insurance companies are also more likely to cover a larger percent of a less invasive, earlier stage treatment, to avoid more costly surgeries. Check your insurance policy to determine what procedures are covered for you.
Non-Surgical Gum Therapy Treatments
There are a variety of gum therapy treatments to help you avoid needing a graft surgery or other surgical procedures.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are common gum therapies used as an alternative to surgery or as an additional treatment. During scaling, dental tartar is removed from the surfaces of the teeth, while during root planing, the root surfaces are smoothed and bacteria under the gum line removed. This can be a lengthy process, and additional visits may be necessary.
The cost of scaling and root planing can range from $200 to $600 per quarter of your mouth that needs treating. Scaling and root planing costs depend on how many teeth required treating and how much tartar build up there is, as this will affect how long the procedure takes.
In some cases, oral or topical antibiotics may be prescribed. These help control the bacterial infection and inflammation.
The cost of antibiotics varies based on the specific medication and treatment length. Generally, oral antibiotics can range from $20 to $60 for a full course, while topical treatments may cost between $30 and $100.
Laser technology has revolutionized gum disease treatment. Laser therapy involves using a dental laser to remove inflamed gum tissue and kill bacteria.
Laser therapy tends to be more expensive than other non-surgical treatments, but generally is less expensive than surgery. The cost can range from $500 to $2,000 per session, depending on how much treatment is required.
Benefits of a Non-Surgical, Effective Gum Disease Treatment Plan
Non-surgical gum therapy is important for managing gum disease, as it helps stop the progression of gum disease in the earlier stages, making it possible in many cases to avoid surgery. This means these treatments are more cost effective. By addressing gum disease early, you can avoid the higher costs associated with advanced periodontal surgeries.
By addressing the underlying causes of gum disease and promoting gum health with earlier treatment, the consequences of severe periodontal disease, including tooth loss, can be avoided. Healthy gums mean a reduced risk of other dental problems.
Another benefit of non-surgical treatments is that, because they are less invasive than surgical procedures, they are less likely to cause discomfort, and you don't need a period of time to heal. Patients can often return to regular activities immediately.
Non-surgical gum therapy offers a range of effective treatments for gum disease. While costs can vary, these treatments are important for preserving gum health, preventing further complications, and are more cost effective compared to a more invasive periodontal treatment.
Have Your Gums Checked Today
Regular dental check-ups and early intervention ensures gum disease is treated promptly, ensuring a higher chance of successful therapy, as well as minimizing the overall cost over time.
At Toronto Smile Centre, we offer friendly, non-judgmental care, for a stress-free experience. We take time to discuss what options would provide the best treatment for you, and are always available to answer any further questions you may have.