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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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Wisdom teeth extraction
Amount: $398.00
Posted by: Shae in Glendale, AZ.Posted: June 16th, 2014 10:06PM
Which Tooth: 4 Wisdom Teeth
Insurance covered $1268, I owe $398.
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Molar 18 tooth removed
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: a user in Queens, NY.Posted: May 6th, 2014 07:05AM
Which Tooth: Molar 18
Had to have tooth molar 18 removed. I paid 250 which included the X-Ray exams and local numbing and a tooth removed including a followup to make sure everything is well. In my case, everything is going well with the healing process. I had all of this taken care of at a local oral surgeon office.
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Tooth Extraction
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: Frazier in Greenville, SC.Posted: May 1st, 2014 10:05AM
Which Tooth: Left Front Tooth
X-ray, exam and extraction of left front tooth. It had previously been broken pretty near the gumline, but there was enough for him to grab onto. This was with 1 day's notice, new dentist.
Previous dentist wanted $500 when I called, with no guarantee of being able to pull that tooth. It pays to check around!
This dentist used to be an Army dentist and may be more pragmatic about how to deal with problems. I already wear a bridge so no prosthetic was necessary.
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tooth extraction
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: a user in Douglasville, GA.Posted: March 28th, 2014 07:03AM
Which Tooth: baby tooth
the insurance covered 400.00. I thought just thought that 500.00 was a bit much for a baby tooth being pulled for baby tooth.
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Molar Extraction
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: a user in Sarasota, FL.Posted: January 5th, 2014 04:01PM
Which Tooth: Molar
A co-worker of mine went to an emergency dentist. Originally, he wanted $1000.00 for extraction! One freaking grand. It ended up her costing $700.00. Total highway robbery.
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extraction single tooth in Missisauga Ontario Dental clinic
Amount: $195.00
Posted by: lipton in Mississisauga Ontario, CA.Posted: December 28th, 2013 12:12PM
Which Tooth: extraction single tooth
I had broken tooth and pain so it was emergency appointment
I paid full price $195 without dental insurance
and it included: Emergency examination $37
x ray single film $26
extraction single tooth $132
all in Canadian dollars
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Back molar extraction
Amount: $153.00
Posted by: Lee2112 in Ypsilanti, MI.Posted: October 24th, 2013 03:10AM
My school gave away a coupon for a free office visit with a set of X-rays. My girlfriend had a terribly infected tooth, so she went in to get it checked out. She doesn't have insurance. The dentist was very nice and understanding and gave us a hefty discount. 153$ for an exam, set of X-rays, pain meds and extraction. Totally reasonable. Communicate your financial situation with your dentist, and good ones will be willing to work with you. Especially if it's an emergency! :)
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Last tooth removed prior to dentures
Amount: $85.00
Posted by: SallySu in Harlingen, TX.Posted: September 5th, 2013 09:09PM
Which Tooth: #23
Denture plates $1500 each, including adjustments & follow-ups.
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extraction 1st molar
Amount: $412.00
Posted by: colleen johnston in Knoxville, TN.Posted: June 6th, 2013 12:06PM
Which Tooth: 19th tooth, lower jaw
Extraction with anesthesia was $412. It was a failed root canal that had a crown on it.
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tooth extraction
Amount: $161.60
Posted by: Diana Flannery in Lehigh, FL.Posted: May 26th, 2013 01:05PM
Which Tooth: 31
Painful tooth - dentist wanted to do 2 root canals ASAP...After I came to my senses I agreed to tooth 31 to be extracted. 3 days later still in discomfort. They said tooth next to extraction had cavity under crown. Where do I go in SW Florida for ultra cheap root canal. I have insurance. HELP
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Full Mouth Oral Surgery + Upper & Lower Dentures
Amount: $14,511.00
Posted by: Toothless_Joe in Kingwood, TX.Posted: March 20th, 2013 10:03PM
Which Tooth: All teeth
My moms teeth are in such bad shape, the dentist suggested having them pulled & going with upper & lower dentures.

Upper Dentures $3,000
Lower Dentures $3,000

The oral surgeon confirmed what the general dentist had said about pulling all of the teeth. But of course he would. He only makes money if he removes the teeth and the more he can remove from each patient, the more he makes. So really we were there for a quote.

$1,259 - Intravenous Sedation - 2 hours
$306/per tooth - Surgical Removal of Erupted Tooth #2-#28 (skipping a hand full of teeth that are already gone)
$313 - Removal of Residual Root of Tooth #31
$375 - Alveoloplasty w/extractions LR
$375 - Alveoloplasty w/extractions UL $375 - Alveoloplasty w/extractions UR Alveoloplasty is smoothing the dental bones out after removing the teeth so a denture can be set on a smooth bone surface. _______ $8,511 - Oral Surgeon $3,000 - Upper Denture $3,000 - Lower Denture _______ $14,511 Grand Total
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Teeth Extraction
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: a user in Clayton, MO.Posted: February 27th, 2013 04:02PM
Which Tooth: 4 wisdom teeth
All 4 wisdom teeth pulled while asleep. Insurance paid $1700 and I paid $500.
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big tooth under gum line
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: ToddsterLovesCanada in columbus, OH.Posted: February 19th, 2013 06:02PM
Which Tooth: bottom rear all way back
like 94% of the poopulation i have no insurance so i ravaged the phone book yellow pages,rna local church in columbus ohio with ties to bonafide and legit dentists who volunteer,rni must tell you do NOT go to your local health dept, because they see ''train loads'' of teeming masses of people they often do NOT have time between to STERILIZE their equipment, i made it a point to WATCH THEM with my own two eyeballs clean their tools because i do NOT want to die from somebody elses fatal blood diseases like HIV or malaria fever, or a wild jungle virus, lovely red haired dental nurse girl held my hand i let out a mighty roar that scared them all, tooth came out, i now must eat JeLLo for many weeks, also pudding and ice cream, tooth removed was the quarter size of a golf ball.
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do\\\'s & don\\\'ts after 3 teeth in front have been pulled
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Max Futch in Winter Haven, FL.Posted: February 13th, 2013 09:02PM
Which Tooth: 3 front middle
I'm having work done on my whole mouth.Out of pocket I paid $4,000. 3 abstractions were free to me,but paid by my insurance. I also paid &165.00 for teeth cleaning. Work started Jan.17,2013,abtractions Feb.13,2013. I'm still waiting on my front plate to arrive. I'll be bald mouth for Valentine's Day!!
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2nd Molar Extraction
Amount: $199.00
Posted by: a user in Victoria, TX.Posted: November 26th, 2012 03:11PM
Which Tooth: 31 - right side, lower, 2nd molar
I had dental work done at 21, that consisted of 4 root canals. 10 years later while out eating dinner my tooth broke where the root canal work had been done. Visit a new dentist, who informs me the root canal was never fully completed, my roots still remained there, and the tooth was not salvageable. After missing thanksgiving dinner because of the swelling and pain, I say pull the tooth.rnExam - 57rnX-ray - 22rnExtraction of tooth - 120rnTotal - 199.00rnInsurance paid - 128.00rnLeaving me to pay - 71.00
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6 baby teeth removed
Amount: $918.00
Posted by: SC Mother of 5 in Fountain Inn, SC.Posted: October 18th, 2012 06:10PM
Which Tooth: BABY teeth
I personally think that 918.00 for baby teeth with no roots is excessive.
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Molar extracted
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: a user in Las Cruces, NM.Posted: October 18th, 2012 12:10AM
Which Tooth: Bottom molar
Root canal tooth fractured. Went to gental care dentistry as a university student without dental insurance. $95 out of pocket total with some shots to numb me. Took about 15-20min to extract and barely any bleeding after. Highly recommend. An implant in 6mo will cost about $2000-2500 if I get one
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1 molar pulled
Amount: $176.00
Posted by: jamie381 in mount sterling, KY.Posted: September 21st, 2012 08:09AM
Which Tooth: 4 from back top left
No insurance, went to dentist yesterday, they xrayed, gave a general anesthesia, and extracted. Was given no pain medicine and no antibiotics but told to ice it down and take ibprofin.
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Tooth cut out
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: drizzt in Texarkana, TX.Posted: August 27th, 2012 01:08AM
Which Tooth: #3 from back top left
Im trying to find a cheep dentist to cut out the roots it is broke off at the gum line
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1 molar pulled
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: becki fallen in richmond, VA.Posted: August 9th, 2012 05:08AM
Which Tooth: molar
I went to VCU dental and had an emergency extraction done the only issue i had was the wait but for $100 you cant complain, and that was without insurance.
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4 Premolar Teeth extraction
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: thornbirds in Beijing, Other.Posted: August 4th, 2012 06:08AM
Which Tooth: premolar
Because of the orthodontic treatment needs,I did 4 premolar extraction in Beijing,China.rnIt costs &50 for each;The panaramic X ray costs $30rn The payment of Joinway Dental Clinic is reasonable because they can provide English service. If you go to government hospital,the price is half; But if you go to SOS,the price is 3 times.
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Amount: $1,300.00
Posted by: 269 in Bentonville, AR.Posted: July 27th, 2012 10:07AM
Which Tooth: 4 Wisdom teeth
I haven't gotten mine done yet. They have been hurting for about 3 years. I don't have good credit so I can't get any financing on the extraction. I can't afford insurance or to pay out of pocket. There are no dentists in my area that will do a payment plan, and no dentistry schools either. I don't know what to do and sometimes it's hard to concentrate because of the pain. Maybe I will just pull out 2 easier teeth to make room.
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Single tooth extraction
Amount: $165.00
Posted by: Max Cordone in Boston, MA.Posted: June 30th, 2012 06:06PM
Which Tooth: #30
Absessed, put on antibiotics and had tooth pulled 2 weeks after initial visit. Visit was $85, antibiotic cost $11. Extraction cost $165 plus $3.00 at pharmacy for Rx pain medication. Total cost for entire event was: $264. not bad for Boston area.
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