How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
The wisdom tooth is considered to be the “third” molar. Showing up between the ages of 16 and 28, most adults will have four wisdom teeth. Hoever, more than 30% of the population never develop wisdom teeth or only have one or two. As wisdom teeth begin to develop, many will have to have them removed due. This is due to the way they are growing in, whether they are causing pain or affecting the alignment of the other teeth. The cost of having wisdom teeth removed will depend on the geographical location, the oral surgeon performing the surgery, as well as other factors.
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
- Depending on the complexity of the wisdom teeth removal, the cost of wisdom teeth removal can be anywhere from $70 to as much as $350 per tooth. Most orthodontists will recommend that all wisdom teeth are removed at once.
- For example, a wisdom tooth that has a soft tissue impaction will be toward the lower price range, while a “full bony” impaction can be toward the higher end.
- Four wisdom teeth that need to be removed could cost anywhere from $300 to $1,400 without any type of anesthesia.
- With anesthesia, the cost of removing wisdom teeth can shoot up to $1,000 to as much as $2,800. Extremely complicated cases can cost upwards of $3,500 without any type of insurance.
- Those that have dental insurance should check the policy as most policies will be able to cover a good portion of the surgery. Most of the time, policies can cover up to 50 percent of the procedure, if deemed medically necessary. Remember, many dental plans out there have a maximum that they will pay.
- According to a forum thread located over at FatWallet.com, users have paid anywhere from $150 to $400 or more per tooth.
- YourDentistryGuide.com states that it will cost anywhere from $140 to as much as $400 without any sort of insurance. They also state that even if you have some sort of dental policy, there’s a rather good chance that they won’t cover more than 50%.
Factors that influence the cost:
- The experience of the surgeon performing the procedure.
- The reputation of the surgeon.
- The clinic’s geographical location.
- If dental insurance is involved.
- The complexity of the removal.
What are the extra costs?
- Panoramic x-rays will be required before the surgery starts. This will give the orthodontist a good idea on how the wisdom teeth are coming in. See: “How much do panoramic x rays cost?“ Plan on spending $60 to $100 for the x rays.
- Other procedures such as a CT scan may be performed.
- If the patient takes the option of local anesthesia, the sedation could cost in the range of $45 to $500 depending on the amount and type of anesthesia used. This is commonly included with the total cost, but not always depending on the clinic.
- Medication will be prescribed before and after the procedure. Medication such as pain killers (Motrin, etc) will be given.
What is going to be included?
- Before the surgery begins, an oral surgeon will be more than happy to provide a patient with a free consultation. This is the time to ask questions as well as have the oral surgeon check out your mouth to discuss what they can do for you.
- This procedure is rather common for most oral surgeons. During the procedure, the surgeon will extract the wisdom teeth. Depending on the impaction, they can either be broken into pieces or extracted whole. The mouth can take up to 7 days to completely heal.
- If there are complications involved, some oral surgeons feel more comfortable performing the procedure at a local hospital.
Tips to know:
- After the procedure has been performed, you won’t be able to rinse your mouth for the next 24 hours. It is very important to stick to an all-liquid diet to avoid any damage to the extraction area.
- After the first 24 hours are up, be sure to rinse and gargle with warm salt water. This process is done to help rinse the socket.
- While it may seem scary to have wisdom teeth removed while awake, but this is a great way to save at least 40 percent off the bill. I f you can do it, try to stay awake for the procedure and avoid anesthesia.
How can I save money?
- Consider paying in cash if you do not have insurance. Many surgeons are more than happy to give a discount if the payment is paid in full.
- Look for low-cost dental clinics in your area. These clinics will work with those that meet certain income requirements.