The cost of wisdom tooth removal can vary substantially based upon some factors. For example, a basic wisdom tooth extraction procedure where the tooth has fully erupted without any complications can range anywhere from $100 to $300 per tooth. This assumes that the wisdom tooth has a single root, and only local anesthesia is needed. Under the same circumstances, when all four wisdom teeth require the removal and the procedure is simple, and nonsurgical the total cost can range anywhere from $300-$800 in total for four teeth.
The Average Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost – 2020
Because of changes in the dental insurance plan starting 2020, we have gathered information from a couple of major dental insurance providers in regards to the cost of wisdom teeth removal. When a wisdom tooth extraction is only required local anesthesia, the cost can range anywhere from $200 to $650 per tooth. When the use of nitrous oxide is required as an anesthetic to relax the patient, the cost can increase by about $50-$100. IV sedation can add substantially to the price of a necessary wisdom tooth extraction procedure. IV sedation can range anywhere from $250-$1000 per hour in total cost in most instances.
One primary factor that must be considered about wisdom tooth extraction is the type of tooth impaction. A standard soft tissue impaction is the most accessible type of impacted tooth removal procedure. This is where the tooth has only partially erupted through the gum. In other instances, a partial bony impaction can be expected to be more complicated wisdom tooth removal. In the case of a partial bony impaction, a portion of the tooth is usually above the gum line, while much of the tooth will still be encased in the jawbone. The procedure required in this situation can be expected to be the most costly.
As an added note, there are many cases where oral surgeon or periodontist may offer treatment packages if all four wisdom teeth require extraction. Wisdom tooth extraction packages that include sedation can range anywhere between $1000 and $1700. That said, the average cost nationwide for removing all wisdom teeth with general anesthesia involved can vary between $1500 to $2200. It should also be pointed out that in most cases, the prices quoted for a wisdom tooth extraction will include routine office visits to check healing progress as well as for the removal of surgical sutures. As stated earlier, complex or more challenging cases can be more expensive, depending on the type of anesthesia used.
Why Wisdom Teeth Have To Be Extracted?
Wisdom teeth removal is an essential and often very crucial type of dental care that is required when they eventually erupt. Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of teeth that develop in a young person’s mouth. This usually occurs somewhere between the ages of 17 and 24. If you’re beginning to feel the symptoms of problematic wisdom teeth — tooth pain, headaches, and swollen gums — then you might be considering your options for wisdom teeth removal. Getting this procedure done can make a huge difference in your life — from increased comfort to less overcrowding, to the prevention of infection of tooth decay, it’s definitely something you’ll want to consider.
Wisdom teeth often become impacted because there simply is not enough room along the jaw to accommodate these newly erupted teeth. Wisdom teeth that are impacted present serious dental health-related issues that must be considered. This includes impacted wisdom teeth that may experience chronic infection, cavities or gum disease and even in more extreme cases, tumors, or cysts. In most situations, wisdom teeth can be removed as an outpatient surgery in a dental office setting. In other situations, these teeth must be removed in a hospital environment.
When third molars do not erupt in a healthy way or remain within the gums, they are known as impacted wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth are crowded, impacted, or come in at an angle, they may require extraction. General dentists can perform simple extractions. There may be other more complex cases where patients are referred to an oral surgeon for the removal of an impacted or semi-impacted tooth.
The actual procedure itself involves numbing the area immediately surrounding the wisdom tooth or the application of general anesthesia. Next, the oral surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue directly above the wisdom tooth. If there is any bone present, it is removed, allowing the surgeon to have direct access to the wisdom tooth. The wisdom tooth is carefully and safely extracted, allowing the surgeon to close up the surgical site then.
Some surgeons may use dissolving stitches, while others may use standard stitches that will require removal after a few days following the surgery. Patients are advised to only eat liquid food and soft foods for at least the first few days. They are also further advised to avoid using a straw for drinking as this can dislodge a blood clot. Many doctors recommend rinsing several times per day with a mixture of warm water and salt as a way to facilitate and aid in the healing process.
Breaking Down The Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your wisdom teeth are located in the back of your mouth, behind your other molars. They are often cramped, and sometimes don’t emerge all the way out of the gums. When it comes to having them removed, complications can make certain extractions more expensive than others. Let’s take a look at the average costs:
Simple Extraction — $75-$200 per tooth/$300-$800 for all four
This is the simplest wisdom tooth situation. In this case, your wisdom tooth has erupted from your gums. Its normal positioning and location means that it won’t be quite as intensive as some of the other procedures. Because of the relative simplicity of the surgery, this is the least costly of all the categories, ranging from $75- $200 per tooth. For all four to be extracted, it will probably be in the range of $300 – $800.
Surgical Extraction (Soft Tissue Impaction) — $225- $400 per tooth/$800-1,500 for all four
In cases where your wisdom tooth is fully or partially emerged in your gum, it’s going to be pricier than a simple extraction. Because it’s still partially enclosed in your gum tissue, it’s a slightly more complicated and intensive procedure. In this case, your oral surgeon is going to have to cut into your gums to remove the impacted tooth. This will cost approximately $225- $400 for one tooth, and $800-1,500 for all four.
Surgical Extraction (Bony Impaction) — $275 – $500 per tooth/$1000-$1,800 for all four
Bony impaction of your wisdom teeth requires the most extensive surgery. Basically, this means that all or part of your wisdom tooth is still lodged in your jaw bone. To access and remove the teeth, they will have to remove small pieces of your jaw in addition to the wisdom tooth.
Because of the higher degree of difficulty, this is the priciest type of wisdom teeth removal. For a single tooth, it could cost $275 – $500 (but could go up to $900). For all four to be removed with a bony impaction, it could be $1000-$1,800. In some cases, it could cost up to $3,000 for all four.
Will Insurance Help Cover Any of The Cost?
Though it depends on the dental insurance plan you have, you might be able to save around 80% on your wisdom tooth procedure. Just keep in mind that some dental insurance plans have yearly limits for how much they payout. This means that you might want to split your procedures into two years. So, if you’re getting two impacted wisdom teeth removed, and your dental insurance company has a yearly limit of $1,500, you could postpone completing the surgery until your benefits start over.
You can also consider options like dental discount plans, and don’t forget to talk to your dentistry team before you get started. They can help guide you and break down some of the costs so you can clearly see your options. Some dental practices will set you up with financing and payment plans to help you handle the cost.
If you don’t have dental insurance, we offer a couple of different payment plans to help our patients with their dental procedures. Talk with one of our treatment coordinators or make an appointment to the consulate with one of our surgeons to learn more about wisdom tooth removal.
Symptoms of Wisdom Tooth Issues
It’s important to take regular trips to your dentist, as it might not always be clear when you have an impacted wisdom tooth. However, you might experience some of the following symptoms if you get an infection:
- Bad breath
- Swollen Gums
- Strange taste in the mouth
- Bleeding gums
If you’re having any of these symptoms, it’s important to schedule an appointment to talk to an oral health professional about your options.