The limiting factor for a lot of people when considering a wisdom tooth extraction is the cost. Dental procedures can be expensive, but wisdom tooth removal is a critical one that a dentist must address before complications arise.
This guide will talk about why someone would need a wisdom tooth extraction and talk about how much it costs on average.
Why Would You Need a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth are also known as the 3rd molars and are the furthest teeth inside your mouth. Generally sprouting between 15 and 25, they shouldn’t cause problems when they do come out. However, it’s pretty common for them to cause problems, erupting at an awkward angle and becoming impacted.
An impacted wisdom tooth can cause pain and swelling. A partially erupted tooth can trap food particles, causing tooth decay or even infection. It may also collide with and push against bone or soft oral tissues, causing damage to the bone or a cyst to form around the affected tooth.
If you notice any of the above symptoms, you should consult a dentist about wisdom tooth extraction.
When Should I Have A Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
You should immediately contact a dentist if you need a wisdom tooth extraction, as they’re in the best position to evaluate whether it’s necessary. The dentist will look at the progression of any swelling, the number of teeth the wisdom tooth has affected, and how complicated the extraction will be.
Cost Information and Complexity
Wisdom tooth extraction cost is directly related to how much work the dentist has to perform. For example, if your wisdom tooth is a relatively straightforward job, you can look forward to a lower cost.
However, if your wisdom tooth has impacted against bone or another tooth, the procedure is more complex, and the cost will likely rise.
Some average cost information is as follows:
- Single tooth extractions range from $75 – $225 per tooth.
- Impacted tooth extractions can be $225 – $625 per tooth.
- X-Rays and IV Sedation will add to these costs.
Some oral and maxillofacial surgeons will recommend the extraction of all four wisdom teeth to prevent problems. Some dentists also offer discount “packages” for these procedures, so it might be worth considering. This is especially true if you’ve had an extraction or two in the past and want to avoid future problems.
A second factor that changes cost is whether your insurance covers the procedure. Your copay will depend on your insurance provider, so be sure to check with them, as well as the dentist’s office, to avoid any surprises.
The Takeaway: See a Dentist ASAP
At Hermosa Dentistry, we care about having you achieve a confident and beautiful smile. With 13 years of combined experience, we’re available to answer any of your questions. In addition, we’re also open on weekends and accept Medicaid, Medicare, and most PPO insurance plans.
We look forward to hearing from you!