Many times our genetic makeup forces us to have small surgical procedures to fix imperfections in our body. This applies for frenectomy procedures, whether they are to help your tongue achieve more freedom for better speech, or because the frenum between our top two teeth is just too overgrown. In either case, modern advances in dentistry have made these procedures very straight forward and predictable. But how much does a frenectomy cost? During this article we will tackle this question, as well as other similar questions that you may have.
What is a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a small surgical procedure that removes extra soft tissue from inside your mouth. A maxillary frenectomy involves the removal of the tissue in between your two top front teeth. This procedure is commonly performed on patients who have braces, or who are cosmetically attempting to close a gap between their two front teeth. This maxillary frenum often times gets in the way of space closure, and hence needs to be removed before any further orthodontic or cosmetic treatment is continued.
A lingual frenectomy involves the excision of the frenum that lies underneath your tongue. This procedure is normally conducted on patients who feel tongue tied, or feel that their frenum is interrupting their normal speech patterns.
Both of these treatments are straight forward to complete by a well-astute dentist or specialist. As dental technology has continued to advance, newer methods of frenectomy procedures using LASERS has made the aftercare for patients even easier.
What is the average cost of a frenectomy?
A maxillary frenectomy can cost anywhere between $250-$600. This range in price can vary based on the treating dentist, the complexity of the procedure, and whether or not your dental insurance will help cover some of the cost of the treatment.
A lingual frenectomy usually costs a bit more ranging from $300-$700. This is because the procedure is slightly more difficult to complete, and requires a bit more technical skill from the clinical team performing the procedure.
Will my dental insurance help cover the cost of a frenectomy?
Most dental insurance plans will cover a frenectomy procedure because the consider it to be a cosmetic related procedure. There are a few plans that do cover up to 50% of the treatment. Check with your carrier to see if your plan covers the treatment.
Will I need to be sedated for my frenectomy procedure?
Some of our patients want to be sedated for any surgical procedure; big or small. If you suffer from dental anxiety, it’s definitely an option you want to consider. The options that you will have at our clinic include laughing gas, intravenous sedation, or oral sedation. All these options do come with an additional cost, so you would want to keep that in mind. Prices for sedation can range from $50-$1,000 depending of the form of sedation you will want.
Will I need a second surgery?
The majority of frenectomy procedures can be completed in one session. Remember that after a frenectomy, your frenum will not grow back. The only time a second surgery is warranted is if a lot of soft tissue needs to be removed, and the surgical team find it prudent to proceed with a two-stage surgery for better cosmetic results.
Getting a frenectomy performed is not on anyone’s wish-list. However, to achieve the cosmetics that you desire, it may be a necessary surgery. Keep in mind the costs of performing a frenectomy, and call our team if you have any further inquiries.