How Much Does a Molar Extraction Cost?
A molar extraction is much easier to understand if the words are first defined. Adult humans have 12 molars which are located in the back of the mouth in groups of three, and a dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Put the two together, and a molar extraction is the removal of one of the 12 teeth in the back of the mouth. There are many different reasons that a molar needs to be removed. An erupted molar or even one that has decayed over time may call for a tooth extraction. This process can be done in a few different ways. Some extractions will require no surgery at all, while other patients may have to go under a local anesthesia. The most common type of molar extraction is having the wisdom teeth removed, but this is not the only time the molars may need to be removed. The cost to have a procedure such as this done will depend on the condition of the tooth, your geographical location and other factors.
How much is it?
- A non-surgical procedure that does not require any anesthesia can range anywhere from $100 to $300.
- Typical dental insurance will cover the procedure as long as it is deemed medically necessary. For those that do not have insurance, companies such as eHealthInsurance.com allow you to browse through thousands of polices.
- The surgical extraction of a molar can cost anywhere from $200 to as much as $700. This will greatly depend on the anesthesia that will be used.
- An impacted tooth that has not erupted from the gums can cost anywhere from $150 to $400. If bone is covering a part of the tooth, the costs can be as high as $650.
- According to a detailed Answers.com response, a user claimed they paid $865 for a molar extraction from a top rated oral surgeon. This included the x-rays, extraction, bone replacement, nitrous oxide and a consultation.
- Another user on the website AllExperts.com claimed that an extraction would only cost them $150, compared to a $1,200 crown.
What is going to be included?
- Molar extractions are commonly done by either a dentist or a oral surgeon. The procedure should take no longer than 30 minutes per molar. To have 4 wisdom teeth removed, it should take an hour or two.
- Depending on the molar and how its sitting in the socket, the procedures will vary. Most of the time, a tooth will have to be removed in sections; if it cannot be done this way, the socket is widened so that the molar can be removed.
- After 24 hours, the area where the molar was removed will be swollen. It can take up to three weeks to completely heal.
What are the extra costs?
- Visits that are required after hours can cost an additional $100 to $200 more if no surgery is required.
- A follow up visit will be required after the extraction. This visit is to allow the dentist to see how things have healed. Some may include this in the quotes above, while others may charge an office examination fee.
- X-rays may or may not be included in the price. SEE: “How much do dental x-rays cost?“
- To preserve missing bone, a dental graft may be required. SEE: “How much does a dental bone graft cost?“
- Pain medication will be prescribed for the following weeks after the procedure. An antibiotic to prevent infection will probably also be prescribed.
Tips to know:
- Molar extractions can cause many problems such as gaps, loss of bone, bite problems or even more stress placed on other teeth, potentially causing decay or breakage.
- When speaking of wisdom teeth, these molars do not always have to be removed. If the incoming molars are not causing any pain and are not interfering with the other teeth, they can be left alone. However, if the molars are caught beneath one of the other teeth (impacted), they will have to be removed so that they do not cause any further problems.
How can I save money?
- Be sure to get more than one opinion. Most dentist offices are more than happy to provide quotes. During this consultation, be sure to ask how the procedure is going to be done and what it may cost you.
- Because after hours or emergency visits can be so expensive, you should try to take care of your teeth as soon as you know there is a problem. Trying to tough it out may end up costing you a lot more.
- While an extraction may seem like the cheapest way to go, it is best to compare your other options. For instance, if you do not have the money to afford a root canal or crown, be sure to explore your other options out there. You do not want to be cheap now and regret it later, because once that tooth is extracted, there is no bringing the natural one back.