It can be hard to avoid crushing fees when you start to feel swelling at the back of your jaw. The removal of a single wisdom tooth might cost you $550.
This is an average price for a fully bony impaction, the most common of cases. But even that might come out to a higher cost if it turns out that there are complications. So what influences the price most?Creative Commons
Wisdom tooth extraction cost broken down
The state of the wisdom tooth, or “third molar” and its position in the jaw is the most important factor in determining how much the extraction procedure will cost.
|Wisdom teeth type||Average cost||Cost range|
|Impacted, under soft tissue||$350||$250-$850|
|Impacted, partially bony||$450||$300-$950|
|Impacted, fully bony||$550||$350-$1,100|
Have a look at the calculator below. Select different options to see how the estimated price might change.
Keep reading to find more info on what type of impaction you may have at hand.
Erupted wisdom tooth
The average price for removing an erupted tooth is $300 across the US. You may find a quote as low as $200, but it shouldn’t cost more than $700.
This is the simplest, and therefore also the cheapest type of extraction. The tooth has already erupted (broken through the gums) and is within easy reach.
General dentists might refuse to remove a wisdom tooth in any of the other states of eruption. The types described below might require involvement from a specialist, most likely an oral surgeon.
Dr. Matt Stewart
Any extraction done by an oral surgeon will be more expensive than one performed by a general dentist.
The procedure of removing an erupted wisdom tooth may take around twenty minutes. This means that only a small amount of anesthetic will have to be used.
Impacted wisdom tooth, soft tissue
A wisdom tooth impacted under soft tissue can cost from $250 to $850 across the US, giving an average of $350.
In such a situation you might experience swelling and pain. In order to remove such a tooth, a small incision in the tissue will have to be made.
You may need stitches after the tooth is extracted. These will dissolve within a few days. In case of significant trauma to the area a non-dissolvable stitch may be used. If so, you will have to return for its removal.
This scenario also belongs to the simpler, cheaper procedures involving the removal of wisdom teeth.
Impacted wisdom tooth, partially bony
When the tooth is partially-bony-impacted it will cost from $300 to $950. The average price across the US is about $450.
You may need sedation. The longer the procedure the more anesthesia you will need. Anesthesia is charged in 15-minute increments. This can drive up the cost significantly.
The dental professional will have to make an incision in the gums as well as in a small piece of bone covering the tooth. He or she will rock it back and forth, widening the socket.
Dr. Henry Hackney
During any extraction of a posterior tooth sectioning is always an option. This is usually determined by the state of the tooth and the density of the bone.
Sometimes the tooth is cut up into smaller pieces, too. You will feel significant pressure but shouldn’t feel any pain.
Impacted wisdom tooth, fully bony
A fully-bony impacted wisdom tooth can cost about $550 to remove. The lowest quotes across the US are $350, while the highest peak at $1,100.
This is the worst-case scenario. If your tooth has gotten stuck under not only gums but also in the jaw, you will most likely need to remove it. It is best to be sedated during this procedure.
An incision will need to be made in the gums, in the bone covering the tooth and surrounding, and even the tooth itself might have to be cut up into smaller parts. This way the opening will not have to be made as big, and the recovery and healing time will be shorter.
|Procedure||Average cost||Cost range|
|Cone beam CT||$330||$150-$750|
Some of these procedures will be necessary and they will generate additional costs. Your dentist will make the final decision about which must be performed in your case.
- a panoramic X-ray,
- a periapical X-ray, or
- a cone-beam CT.
- local anesthetic - included in the price of your procedure, the least invasive form,
- nitrous oxide - “laughing gas”, inhaled through a mask, very expensive,
- conscious sedation - orally administered before the procedure, also costly,
- intravenous sedation - a sedative delivered through a vein throughout the procedure, the cost of which is difficult to determine beforehand, or
- general anesthesia - the most expensive type, makes you totally unconscious.
Does insurance cover wisdom tooth removal?
Wisdom tooth removal without insurance can mean high out-of-pocket costs.
Dr. Henry Hackney
Almost all dental insurance plans cover third molar removal. If it is determined to be medically necessary (which I could argue it almost always is), simple medical insurance may cover it as well.
Insurance might cover up to 80% of the costs. You have to remember, though, that insurance policies have yearly maximums. This usually means that it won’t cover any more expenses throughout the year.
Have a look at these three policies.
|Name||Dental Blue for Individuals: Core Plan||Cigna Dental 1000||Dental Preventive Plus PPO|
|Fee per person per month||$35.95 (if you’re under 65)||$30 or more||$20.99 (after $35 enrollment fee)|
|Major dental work (e.g. extractions)||50% (50% coinsurance)||50% (50% coinsurance)||50% covered (50% coinsurance)**|
|Waiting period||12 months for major dental work||12 months for major dental work*||6 months**|
|In-network dentists||Quotes provided for in-network dentists||Quotes provided for in-network dentists||Up to 28% of extra discount, but you can see any dentist|
*If you’ve not had dental insurance for the past 12 consecutive months. Waiting periods are waived at Cigna if you’ve had valid dental insurance for a year. **Oral surgery is not considered major by Humana. It is covered under basic care.
If you need more than one tooth extracted you will have to drag the process out over several years.
How much does it cost to remove 4 wisdom teeth?
The average price for extracting an erupted wisdom tooth in the states is $300. This gives $1,200 for all four. The price may rise considerably if the teeth are in any way impacted, or if you require a deeper form of sedation than a local injection.
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost with general anesthesia?
The average removal costs from $300 - $550 depending on the state of the wisdom tooth. General anesthesia is often charged in fifteen-minute increments. You may have to add around $250 to your estimate for each quarter of an hour.
Why is wisdom tooth extraction expensive?
Wisdom tooth extractions are often complicated. An erupted one might be removed by a general dentist and that often costs a lot less.
If the tooth is impacted, which is common with this category of teeth, an oral surgeon might have to perform the removal. Such a procedure means a deeper form of sedation, which is charged extra. This drives the price up considerably.
Is it cheaper to get all wisdom teeth out at once?
Some dental offices offer to take several teeth out at the same time. This is usually possible if your top and bottom teeth on the same side are both ready for removal.
Such a package deal can help you save on the costs of anesthesia, initial evaluation, X-rays, child and pet care, and the ride home if assisted by someone else. The procedure itself will probably cost as it normally would per tooth.
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