How Much Does Pulling a Tooth Cost?
Describing something very hard to do as being like “pulling teeth” is a very accurate description. Permanent teeth may be meant to last a lifetime, but there are inevitable circumstances when we may need to have a tooth extracted. Many times, this is out of our control, even if we take great care of our teeth. For example, if the tooth experiences a trauma or accident, if you have a crowded mouth, or if a wisdom tooth that does not develop properly is creating pain from time to time, it may be necessary to pull one or more teeth. Other people may also experience tooth decay or infection, wherein the only option to repair the damage is to extract a tooth or some teeth. No matter what the case is, it is important to seek the advice of a dentist to determine what is best for our teeth – to pull or not to pull.
How much does it cost?
- A simple tooth extraction costs around $75 to $150. But if it involves surgery for an impacted tooth or other complicated condition, the cost may run from $150 to $700.
- An extraction of a tooth that has fully erupted from the gum but does not necessarily require surgery costs around $75 to $400.
- Pulling a tooth that has not completely erupted from the gum and requires only a soft tissue extraction costs between $200 and $400 or more.
- When a tooth is broken off at the gum line and requires basic surgery, expect to pay around $150 to $400 or more.
- Tooth pulling on more complicated cases costs around $200 to $600.
- Tooth extraction involving surgery costs around $250 to $650 or even more.
- Pulling a tooth that has some bony covering may run between $300 to $600 or even more.
- Simple pulling of wisdom tooth, or third molars, costs between $75 and $200 per tooth, while an erupted wisdom tooth may cost between $225 and $600 for each impacted tooth. Extracting four impacted wisdom teeth in one appointment will cost around $1,000 to $3,000.
- A forum thread on the website FatWallet.com claims that you should be prepared to pay $75 to $300 cash for removal.
What is going to be included?
- The professional who may take charge in pulling your tooth (or teeth) may be your dentist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
- During the procedure, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area. Once the area is numb, the tooth will be removed and stitches may be required. A cotton gauze will be placed to help control the bleeding.
- The patient may also be given gas to relax him while the tooth extraction takes place. If the wisdom teeth are being pulled, the patient may even be put under using general anesthetic.
- Expect to develop swelling and discomfort in the next 24 to 48 hours after your tooth has been pulled. But it should fully subside in four to seven days.
- Healing usually takes up to three to four weeks. During this time, a soft diet may be required.
What are the extra costs?
- If you require an emergency appointment with the dentist, expect to pay higher for the dental service.
- Aside from the actual tooth extraction service, you may have to pay for the anesthesia, which can be charged separately.
- You may be required to make follow up visits to the dentist for after care or to remove sutures.
- You may be asked to pay for the initial examination of your tooth and for the x-rays.
- Those who want to have their pulled tooth with dentures or veneers should expect to pay more.
Factors that influence the price:
- The cost of having a tooth pulled depends largely on the type of extraction involved.
- Tooth extraction that requires surgery costs more.
- The cost of tooth extraction in the rural areas is so much cheaper than when it is done in the cities or urban areas.
- The cost of tooth extraction depends on the type of anesthesia, the dentist, and the local cost of living.
Tips to know:
- If the extent of your tooth decay has reached down to the pulp or to the core of your tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels, you are at high risk of acquiring an infection because the bacteria in your mouth will find access into it.
- Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection affecting the tissues and bones around your teeth.
How can I save money?
- If you have insurance, inquire from your insurer if it can cover tooth pulling and verify how much it will pay. Normally, dental insurance covers around 70 to 80 percent of the standard cost unless yours is done purely for cosmetic reasons. If you do not have insurance, consider low-cost dental plans from reputable companies such as DentalPlans.com.
- If you do not have insurance, visit your local health center. Most likely, it provides oral health care services to all its constituents regardless of their ability to pay.
- If you live near a dental school, you can avail of affordable services by allowing a student dentist pull your tooth or treat your dental problem. These students need to obtain vital practical experience, and so they offer their services at a low cost. But do not worry about their skills or competence level because they work under the supervision of fully qualified and licensed dentists.
- You may also consider signing up for discount dental plans. Inquire from your local health center on how to go about this matter.