The Cost of Wisdom Tooth Extraction

X-ray image of wisdom teeth and extraction- Vallejo, CASome of the first thoughts we have right after our dentist tells us that we need our wisdom teeth removed are  

  • “How much will this wisdom teeth removal cost?” 
  • “Why is it so expensive to remove wisdom teeth?”
  • “Will my insurance cover the cost of my wisdom tooth removal?”
  • “What options do I have if I don’t have dental insurance?”

These are all very common questions that we at Rotary Way Oral clinic in Vallejo, CA are happy to address. We can help you be on your way to achieving a happy and healthy smile. Feel free to call us or book an appointment online today!

How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal  Cost?

There are several factors that could impact the cost of your wisdom teeth removal surgery.

The wisdom teeth removal cost can range anywhere from $300-$2500. Usually, the cost will depend on which of the three following extractions you need:

  • Simple Extraction: In this case, the tooth might be partially or fully erupted and much easier to extract. This could cost between $75-$200 per wisdom tooth and $300-$1000 for all four wisdom teeth.
  • Surgical Extraction (Soft Tissue Impaction): This means that the tooth is trapped beneath the gums. A situation like this could lead to an inflammation of the gums around the wisdom tooth called pericoronitis. An oral surgeon would then be required to cut into the gum tissue and remove it before extracting the tooth. This procedure would then have an average cost of $225-$600 per wisdom tooth and $800-$1800 for all four wisdom teeth.
  • Surgical Extraction (Bony Impaction): In this scenario, one or all wisdom teeth might be fully encased in the jawbone. An oral surgeon would then have to cut into the bone to perform the tooth extraction. This would also require the use of general anesthesia. The cost could amount to  $250-$500 per wisdom tooth and $1000-$2300 for all four wisdom teeth.

Why Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction So Expensive?

The way a tooth is impacted can really affect the price of the procedure.

For instance, if a tooth is impacted within the jawbone, the surgery would take more time and effort than a simple extraction of a partially erupted tooth. That would make the procedure more expensive.

Depending on the type of impaction, the surgery might need to be performed by an oral surgeon instead of a general dentist. Oral surgeons are trained to administer general anesthesia if needed.  

The type of anesthesia used would also affect the overall price. The price for anesthesia would range from $40-$90 for nitrous oxide (otherwise known as laughing gas) to relax the patient and $250-$800 for general anesthesia to put the patient to sleep.

Other additional costs would include digital x-rays which would cost around $150, initial and follow-up exams that cost around $100 per appointment, and aftercare such as the cost of prescriptions if necessary. 

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of My Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

Dental insurance coverage often depends on your dental insurance plan. In most cases, dental insurance companies will cover 50%-80% of the surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. 

Many insurance companies also have limits on how much they will pay for your overall dental care for the year. The limit for this is usually around $1500 per year. 

It is important to check with your insurance provider to see what will be covered before committing to surgery.

What If I Don’t Have Dental Insurance?

Those without insurance have options on how to reduce the wisdom tooth extraction cost.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Package Deals

Many offices offer package deals on getting all your wisdom teeth removed at once. This can significantly reduce the price.

In-House Payment Plan

There is also the option of monthly payment plans. This allows you to pay off the cost of the surgery at a pace more reasonable for you.

Discount Dental Plans

Discount dental plans are another way to save money on tooth removal if you don’t have insurance. These allow you to pay an annual fee and receive discounts on dental care within a network of dentists throughout the year.

We here at Rotary Way Oral Surgery in Vallejo, CA, would be happy to answer your questions and inform you about what options are available to you so that you can receive the dental services and care you need.

We accept most insurance plans and are providers for some networks, including  Cigna, Denti-Cal, Medicare, DeCare Dental, DeltaCare HMO, Delta Dental, MetLife, Dental Benefit Providers of California, Dental Health Alliance, Dentemax Network, First Dental Health Network, and GEHA Network. Call us or book an appointment online today!

FAQ

Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Covered By Medicare?

No, Medicare does not cover the wisdom tooth extraction cost. They do not consider wisdom tooth extraction as an emergency medical procedure.

Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth? 

Yes, although removing wisdom teeth is not inexpensive, it is a necessary procedure that will benefit you in the long run. Removing them now can prevent more serious as well as costly problems later.

How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost Without Insurance? 

Without insurance, wisdom tooth extraction can cost anywhere from $75-$600 per tooth. 

How Much Does It Cost to Have All Four Wisdom Teeth Removed At Once? 

To have all four wisdom teeth removed at once can cost from $300-$2300 depending on if there is impaction.

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