Wisdom Tooth Removal Costs: With & Without Insurance.
Dr. Jay Khorsandi, DDS
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Table of Contents
- Removal Costs
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
Cost can be one of the biggest barriers to getting your wisdom teeth removed.
With insurance, wisdom tooth removal costs an average of $641 per tooth. If you need all four wisdom teeth removed, this comes to $2,564.
Without insurance, the cost of wisdom tooth removal ranges from $720 to $4,000.
If it’s deemed medically necessary, your dental insurance may cover a chunk of the bill, though you’ll still likely have some out-of-pocket costs. Insurance may not cover the cost of the anesthesia, while the cost of the rest of the surgery is usually covered.
Without insurance, you will need to pay for the whole thing out of pocket. Many oral surgeons offer payment plans that make it possible for customers to pay the bill over time.
The cost of wisdom tooth removal
The basic cost of wisdom tooth removal varies according to the complexity of the procedure. This is often determined by whether the tooth is impacted or if it has fully erupted already.
Other factors that affect the cost include the level of anesthesia needed, the skill level of your maxillofacial surgeon, and the cost of living in your area.
These are typical costs associated with the procedure:
- There is a baseline cost of at least $75 per tooth extracted, so about $300.
- There is an additional cost of up to $200 per tooth, if you need more anesthesia, so you could spend as much as $800.
- Nitrous oxide costs about $40 to $90.
- Impacted wisdom teeth cost about $225 to $600 per tooth to remove.
- Prices vary according to geographical area. Expect higher costs in places with higher costs of living. The bill can go up to $4,000 total in some places.
Dental plans typically cap what they will cover at $1,000 to $1,500, so you may get a good amount of the cost covered, as long as you have no other dental expenses in the year. This can also vary a lot by insurer. They may decide that the operation is not necessary for your overall oral health.
The average out-of-pocket cost for wisdom tooth removal, after factoring in insurance coverage, is about $641 per tooth. However, this can range from $190 to $994.
On average, people without dental insurance could pay as little as $720 for the whole procedure, up to $2,735. In some areas of the country, it may cost $3,000 to $4,000 for the whole procedure.
You may need other dental treatments to prepare for wisdom teeth removal. These could be basic procedures like:
- Cleaning, which can range from $70 to $200.
- X-rays, which can cost $20 to $250.
- General dental exam, which can cost $50 to $150.
Other factors that can influence the cost of your wisdom tooth removal include:
- Your overall health and tolerance to medications.
- Whether your wisdom teeth have grown in fully. Adults in their 30s have a slightly higher risk of problems with wisdom teeth removal than younger adults.
- If you smoke or drink after the procedure. Doing so can lead to dry socket or infection, adding to your overall medical expenses.
If you need your wisdom teeth removed due to oral health risks or existing oral health problems, there is not much you can do to lower these costs. Dental insurance can certainly offset the overall bill, but you will still have to pay out of pocket for some of the bill.
How to pay for wisdom tooth removal.
Whether you have dental insurance or not, you may need help covering all the costs of wisdom tooth removal. Here are some options to help you pay for your procedure:
Sliding Scale Charges
Wisdom teeth removal for oral health.
Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common dental procedures in the United States. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed when they are older adolescents or young adults. The ideal age is between 17 and 25 years old.
Your third molars, the medical term for wisdom teeth, are not useful for modern humans. While they do not cause oral hygiene issues for everyone, they can cause issues for many people if they grow in. Wisdom teeth may:
- Crowd or put pressure on your other adult teeth.
- Become impacted and undermine surrounding teeth.
- Cause jaw pain.
- Lead to infection.
- Trap food particles.
- Cause plaque buildup since they are difficult to clean.
- Put too much pressure on the muscles in your jaw hinge.
Worth the Investment
Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to a slew of other oral health issues. While the cost can be an impediment, ignoring the issue can trigger other oral health problems that could end up costing you more money in the end.
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