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How Much Does Tooth Extraction Cost?

 
low costSimple Extraction: $75-$450average costSurgical Extraction: $150-$650+high cost4 Impacted Wisdom Teeth: $1,000-$3,000+
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  Typical costs:
  • A non-surgical extraction for a tooth that is fully erupted from the gum can cost $75-$300 depending on the tooth, the type of anesthesia, the dentist and the local cost of living. If the appointment is on an emergency basis (evenings, weekends, or same-day or next-day scheduling) the total cost can be $300-$450 or more.
  • Dental insurance typically covers 70%-80% of standard costs if the extraction is considered medically necessary and not done just for cosmetic reasons. For example, CostHelper readers with dental insurance report paying $90-$465 for a simple extraction, at an average cost of $230. CostHelper readers with insurance report out-of-pocket expenses of $26-$145 for a simple extraction, with an average cost of $87.
  • Surgical extraction of a tooth can cost $150-$650 or more, depending on the type of anesthesia used (IV sedation typically costs $250-$500 more than local anesthesia), the local cost of living, whether the appointment is on an emergency basis and the type of extraction. A basic surgical extraction, such as when a tooth is broken off at the gum line, typically costs $150-$300 or more; a soft tissue extraction of a partially impacted tooth[1] (the tooth has not completed erupted from the gum) can cost $200 -$350 or more; and a partial bony extraction (the tooth has some bone covering it) can cost $300-$600 or more. CostHelper readers without insurance report paying $185-$600 for these more complicated extractions, at an average cost of $334. CostHelper readers with insurance report out-of-pocket expenses of $60-$885, for an average cost of $401.
  • Extracting a wisdom tooth, also called a third molar, can cost $75-$200 per tooth for a simple extraction of an erupted tooth; $225-$600 per impacted tooth; and $1,000-$3,000 or more to pull four impacted wisdom teeth in one appointment.
Related articles: Dental Implants, Root Canal, Dental Crown, Wisdom Teeth Removal, Teeth Cleaning

What should be included:
  • Tooth extractions may be performed by a dentist or a specialist known as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Often the cost of pulling a tooth includes a follow-up office visit to check healing or remove sutures.
  • Normally a tooth is firmly encased in a bony socket and attached by a ligament. To extract the tooth, the socket needs to be gently widened. Sometimes a tooth is so firmly anchored that it must be removed in sections.
  • Swelling and discomfort are common for the first 24-48 hours after a tooth extraction, and should subside completely in four to seven days. Complete healing typically takes three to four weeks for the gum tissue and six to eight months for bone.
Additional costs:
  • An extraction typically requires an initial exam ($50-$350) and X-Rays ($20-$250). Ask in advance if these costs are included in the quoted price.
Discounts:
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research provides tips for finding low-cost dental care[2] .
  • Dental school clinics[3] typically offer services by supervised students or faculty at reduced rates.
Shopping for tooth extraction:
  • A dentist or oral surgeon will need to examine the patient's mouth before giving an opinion about the need to extract a tooth, and whether to use local anesthetic or sedation. If possible, get more than one opinion and price quote.
  • WedMD lists factors to consider when choosing a dentist[4] .
  • If the patient has dental insurance, the insurance company will provide a list of approved dentists and oral surgeons. Or search for local members of the American Dental Association[5] or the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons[6] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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extraction
Amount: $739.00
Posted by: Dental mess in Sebastian, FL.Posted: April 4th, 2018 02:04PM
Which Tooth: #20, #21, and #14
Had 3 extractions yesterday. The cost was 304.00 each extraction but with some kind of insurance plan you could get 30% off. The plan was 75.00 annually and came at a huge savings on the work as my final cost with the plan was 814.00 saved me almost 100.00 and since I have to have 2 more extractions will save me much more in the end. The dentist was great although I thought it was very pircy.
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Dental
Amount: $427.00
Posted by: April D in My Dora, FL.Posted: February 26th, 2018 08:02PM
Which Tooth: Mixed
Had three teeth pulled and a partial to fill the eight empty spaces $427.00 total! “ NO INSURANCE” Paid Cash at Sexton dental in South Carolina, ALL there prices are listed on their website! No sticker shock surprises check them out! By the way I live in Florida and it was well worth the trip as I had two teeth pulled here for $500 in 2010 and they wanted a $1000 for the partial to fill the gaps, told them No I’ll learn to chew without them!
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Tooth Extraction With Sedation
Amount: $594.00
Posted by: Rutledge in Myrtle Beach, SC.Posted: August 19th, 2017 07:08AM
Which Tooth: #28
I had a lower crowned tooth extracted yesterday. I was first given nitrous oxide as a calming effect and then the oral surgeon put me to sleep. I went into a very deep sleep as he then used a local numbing agent which helped with any pain after the procedure. The tooth was abscessed and needed to be removed. The surgeon removed the tooth, drained, cleaned, and stitched me up. Everything went extremely well and I would tell anyone in need and who can afford it to have it done this way. It will take all your stress away and you won't know or remember anything about it! The charge for anesthesia was $175 for each 15 minute unit and around $149 for the extraction. It was well worth it. But please go to a trained Oral Surgeon and NOT to a "regular" dentist.
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Top Two Wisdom Teeth Removed
Amount: $1,465.00
Posted by: a user in Atlanta, GA.Posted: April 2nd, 2017 02:04AM
Which Tooth: #1, #16
Only top two removed as only ones I had. $210 for consultation and x-rays covered by dental insurance at 100%. $1255 for extraction of two teeth including general anesthesia billed at $180 per 15 min (45 minutes total). Insurance covered at 60%. Paid $449 out of pocket as I only had ~700 out of $1000 left of coverage. Did not include prescriptions for pain meds and antibiotics which added another $82.
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Simple extractio
Amount: $256.80
Posted by: Sharlene Chan in Austin, TX.Posted: September 20th, 2016 10:09AM
Which Tooth: 5,12,21,28
Insurance covered 71.20.
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4 wisdom teeth pulled
Amount: $2,300.00
Posted by: itsmetwo in NYC, NY.Posted: July 12th, 2016 09:07AM
Which Tooth: wisdom teeth
Had my (4) wisdom teeth pulled; went under
with IV during the procedure.
$2,300 total; $800 out of pocket.
If i need to loose teeth in the future, will get drunk and get into a bar fight.
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full upper dentures,full lower with implants
Amount: $10,515.00
Posted by: Sticker 😭 shock in Tucson, AZ.Posted: June 9th, 2016 08:06AM
Which Tooth: 17 were pulled
$235 per tooth $4900 for 2 implants. In all $10515!
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Total rip off
Amount: $2,800.00
Posted by: zombi in Fredericksburg, VA.Posted: April 29th, 2016 10:04PM
Which Tooth: All 4 wisdom teeth
3 of the 4 were fully erupted. The 4th was just barely impacted. No insurance. Quoted me 2800 for all 4 or 2 for 1900.
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Student Clinic Extraction
Amount: $121.00
Posted by: Hillarybilbo in Chapel Hill, NC.Posted: March 9th, 2016 06:03AM
Which Tooth: Furthest back molar, bottom
Took a while on a waiting list at UNC Dental School student clinic (5 months or so), but yesterday the simple extraction was completed for $121 and removed infected tissue below. Initially xrays and screening were $85 for 1 visit. Generally student clinics are apparently more affordable and has been my experience so far although you must be patient. No details yet on how much it will cost to potentially get a bridge/implant/etc. or if I can just do nothing.
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Tooth extraction
Amount: $173.00
Posted by: Ulan. in Amarillo, TX.Posted: February 26th, 2016 10:02AM
Which Tooth: Lower right side tooth (not wisdom)
Greet doctor! (Dr. Lamb) Fast, didn'fill nothing.
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Oral Surgeon extracted my bottom #31 tooth due to abscess plus bone graft
Amount: $2,055.00
Posted by: Susan D in Grayslake, IL.Posted: February 25th, 2016 05:02PM
Which Tooth: # 31
Date of dental work: 1/27/16
I was overcharged by $1300!
How do I know?
My husband had the exact same extraction with bone graft and his oral surgeon charged only $700.
I checked around and again I was told I went to a self serving money hungry oral surgeon who does not care about his patients, but only cares about money!!!
I feel violated and cheated out of $1300 that I don't have! I live off of a very modest fixed income and I had to charge this outrageous dental expense on a credit card. Will be paying it off for a long time.😡
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Need Help Finding a Cheap extraction ASAP or Free, Like Today
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Dillon walker in peoria, AZ.Posted: February 15th, 2016 10:02AM
Which Tooth: bottom left moller
im in pain and dont have insurance just accchs which i shouldnt have since i just started work this week , dont get paid for like 3 weeks and am flat broke and my mouth is starting to flare up and swell. i do not want a bill , nore can afford it since im already in debt, im so stubborn that i will let it go till im in the hospital which is dumb to say, and if your thinking about me looking up free clinics in PHX AZ ,, then ill tell you this, their are some to none,,, their is a waiting list and others are done by a lottery system.. fml please help me if you can thanks email me at [email protected]
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One molar pulled
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Bob C in Birmingham, AL.Posted: February 5th, 2016 10:02AM
Which Tooth: Upper rear
My dentist sent me to an oral surgeon. He said tooth appeared to be cracked.He took a lateral X-ray to send to the surgeon.
Surgeon took another X-ray said he did not get the X-ray from the dentist. My insurance would not pay for the second same X-ray. That was 100..00 out of pocket. Insurance paid 250.00
And the pulling took about 1 second .
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Tooth extraction pricing
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: octavia in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: December 31st, 2015 06:12PM
Which Tooth: lower right tooth by wisdom tooth
I had a major tooth ache due to not getting a root canal when needed. The pain kicked in the. O knee it was time to re,I've the decaying tooth nearest my bottom wisdom tooth( which was already removed). I had NO insurance and qualified for $1000 dental credit , but the tooth extraction was really $1,200 . The dental office gave me a break. I received a Bone graft to go on the gum socket, Xrays, Extraction, Numbing needles (which didn't work), And then laughing gas. I have a follow 1 week post op & I think the $1000 was fair pricing . My tooth removed was at a down town Brooklyn location (very expensive nrroklyn area). I'm sure that contributed to the price. I also have 12 months to pay off the $1000 for my extraction .
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Low income, no insurance
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Ann Lee in Greenville, SC.Posted: December 13th, 2015 06:12PM
Which Tooth: Molar on lower jaw
I went to a free clinic in my area because my tooth had cracked and I was in extreme pain. I was seen that day, and had the tooth pulled that evening. The office personnel and dentist could not have been nicer. I did not get a prescription for painkillers, so after the Novocain wore off, it was pretty painful. Next day I was fine.
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Infected upper right molar. Sliding cost based on income.
Amount: $42.50
Posted by: Carlos Izquierdo in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: November 25th, 2015 05:11PM
Which Tooth: upper right molar
I had an exam, rays, and given amoxcicillin for the infection and ibuprofen for pain. The pain is awful when food particles try to get in the broken tooth. There's an upcoming surgical extraction in two weeks, for an additional $100 with Local Anesthesia, here in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Tooth Extraction
Amount: $340.00
Posted by: Nickole C. in Canton, OH.Posted: November 22nd, 2015 01:11PM
Which Tooth: #19
My tooth was broken for some time, but there was no pain, so I did nothing. Last week it started hurting so I got in for an emergency appointment at American Dental Center. I had coupons for the visit and the x-rays, but had to pay cash for the extraction. He said it was complicated and they would have to cut it out, which would take awhile and, of course, cost a lot. It seriously took him minutes to pull it out. Started at 1:25 pm and the tooth was out and I was sitting up by 1:34 and out the door before 1:45 after paying the $340 for those 9 minutes of work he did. Insane how much they charge!
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Insurance
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Marti1984 in St Clair Shores, MI.Posted: November 17th, 2015 08:11AM
Which Tooth: second molar
To the person claiming to have the best dental insurance int he country - your sales rep lied to you. I have mediocre dental insurance with a $50.00 deductible and an 80/20 cost split. Might be time to start shopping around...
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Dental robbery
Amount: $4,005.00
Posted by: Victim of dental rapist in Orlando, FL.Posted: September 9th, 2015 02:09PM
Which Tooth: lower last molar
cavity at the online as well as under. replacement of erupted molar and bone graft with subsequent implant crown
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Molar extraction
Amount: $276.00
Posted by: John Molar Bowler in East Wareham, MA.Posted: August 19th, 2015 01:08PM
Which Tooth: Molar 15
276 didn't include consult cost of 119.00. I think I should have bought some pliers and a sewing kit and done it myself. Seriously it was better than a root canal at 1375 + who knows what other costs.
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It all depends on who you see
Amount: $1,250.00
Posted by: Athens in Binghamton, PA.Posted: July 12th, 2015 06:07PM
Which Tooth: Wisdom
I had my bottom two out that were impacted and chose to be put under which was $500 alone.I also made the decision to not go to some kind of back alley doctor to have it done which adds to the cost. If you don't have insurance choose the pill and gas option, you'll be fine. I don't regret my choice.
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Four wisdom teeth removed
Amount: $846.00
Posted by: Amy_157 in Southern Ontario, Canada, Other.Posted: May 24th, 2015 06:05PM
When I needed to have my wisdom teeth removed, I didn't have dental insurance. The total cost was over $800 and that included all four wisdom teeth(one had to be split in half) and general anesthetic.
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Article is way off
Amount: $950.00
Posted by: tboe in Charlotte, NC.Posted: May 2nd, 2015 05:05PM
Which Tooth: wisdom and molar
This article is way off. I personally contacted over 40 dental surgeons across the US and gum-line wisdom extractions were $800-$1200 per-tooth, and gum-line molar extractions were $500-800 per tooth. That's without complications like impacts too. That was with AND without insurance.
Also, I have "the best" dental insurance in the country and it only covers 50% of a procedure tops after a $1,800 deductible..
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1 back tooth extrated, bone graft, + sedation
Amount: $1,950.00
Posted by: a user in New York, NY in New York, NY.Posted: March 25th, 2015 03:03PM
Which Tooth: Next to wisdom tooth on the bottom left
Tooth extracted on the bottom left, close to wisdom tooth. There wasn't enough bone to support an implant, therefore the oral surgeon planted bone graft in the mentioned area. The whole procedure took about 45 mins all under sedation.
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tooth extraction
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: jack556 in vancouver, CA.Posted: February 3rd, 2015 01:02AM
Try being a dog. How can a vet justify charging one thousand two hundred dollars to remove a very easy tooth - loc. antis. -- from a 17 Lb. dog ?
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Check Insurance and Itemize
Amount: $759.00
Posted by: Ouchless in VALENCIA, CA.Posted: January 21st, 2015 05:01PM
Which Tooth: 15 & 16
My insurance covered extraction with co-pay of 28 dollars per tooth. (15 cracked, 16 was impacted wisdom tooth in the way). $56 for extraction and $700 for bone graft and and covering membrane. Insurance covered nothing for those items which seem usual and common to me. I'll see if insurance can reimburse at all.
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