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Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost


How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?

 
low costSimple Extraction: $75-$200 per toothaverage costSingle Impacted Tooth: $225-$600high costFour Impacted Wisdom Teeth: $1,000-$3,000
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Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the third and last set of teeth to appear in a person's mouth, usually between ages 17 and 25. There are typically four wisdom teeth, two on top and two on the bottom. Teeth that come in at an angle or fail to erupt through the gums are called impacted, and may need to be extracted. Many dentists do relatively straightforward extractions but may refer the removal of an impacted tooth to a specialist called an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Typical costs:

  • A simple wisdom tooth extraction (where the tooth is fully erupted from the gums and has simple roots) using a local anesthetic costs about $75-$200 per tooth, or $300-$800 to have all four wisdom teeth removed as simple, non-surgical extractions.
  • For an impacted tooth, extraction using a local anesthetic can cost $225-$600 per tooth. The use of nitrous oxide to relax the patient typically adds $40-$90; or general anesthetic can add $250-$800 to the total cost. The type of impaction affects the price. Typically, a soft tissue impaction (the tooth is partially erupted through the gum) is the least expensive impaction to remove; a partial bony impaction (some of the tooth that should be above the gum line is encased in the jawbone) is typically more expensive; and a full bony impaction (the wisdom tooth is totally encased in the jawbone) costs the most to extract.
  • Dental insurance might cover 15%-50% of wisdom tooth removal if the procedure is considered medically necessary, and some dental plans only pay an annual maximum of $1,000-$1,500. CostHelper readers without insurance report total costs of $250-$750 for extracting a single impacted wisdom tooth. CostHelper readers with dental insurance report out-of-pocket expenses of $132-$800 for a single impacted tooth, or an average of $416.
  • Many dentists or oral surgeons offer a package deal for extracting all four wisdom teeth at once. In lower-cost regions the total for four extractions plus sedation can be $1,000-$1,650, but nationwide the average cost for removing four wisdom teeth using general anesthetic runs around $1,500-$2,300, and it can be $2,500-$3,000 for extremely complex cases in high-cost regions, with oral surgeons typically charging higher fees than general dentists. CostHelper readers without dental insurance reported paying $720-$2,735 to have all four wisdom teeth removed at once, for an average cost of $1,616. CostHelper readers with dental insurance report out-of-pocket expenses of $190-$994 or an average cost of $641 for extracting all four wisdom teeth.
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What should be included:
  • Wisdom teeth may become impacted if there isn't enough room for them on the jaw. Impacted teeth can get recurring infections, cavities, gum disease or (more rarely) cysts and tumors. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons provides an overview of wisdom teeth[1] .
  • Typically wisdom teeth will be removed in an office, but in some cases the procedure might be done in a hospital (for example, when extracting four extremely impacted teeth or if there is a high risk of complications). Typically the quoted price includes a follow-up office visit to check healing or remove sutures.
  • After numbing the area around the tooth or administering general anesthetic, the oral surgeon or dentist opens the gum tissue above the wisdom tooth and removes any bone covering the tooth; separates the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone; and removes the tooth. The area is closed with stitches, which may dissolve over time or need to be removed after a few days. The patient will need to eat liquid or soft foods for several days. An animated video[2] illustrates the process and WebMD.com provides an overview[3] of the process.
Additional costs:
  • A panoramic X-ray ($60-$150) is typically required before a wisdom tooth is extracted, and in some cases a cone beam CT scan ($250-$600) may be needed. There might also be a separate charge for an initial exam ($50-$350). Ask in advance if these costs are included in the quoted price.
Discounts:
  • Dental school clinics[4] typically offer services by supervised students or faculty at reduced rates.
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research provides tips for finding low-cost dental care[5] .
Shopping for wisdom teeth removal:
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  • WedMD lists things to consider when choosing a dentist[6] .
  • 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[7] or the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons[8] .
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 removal
Amount: $636.00
Posted by: Ava in UNC, NC.Posted: June 22nd, 2015 12:06PM
Which tooth/teeth: All four
I do not have insurance but go to one of the top dental schools in the country for routine work and my dentist (resident) referred me to their surgery dept. I had two wisdom teeth removed one week and the other two removed 3 weeks from that. Total bill was $636.00. I saved hundreds, even thousands of money in the end!
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Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Amount: $2,779.00
Posted by: Daniel Moore in North Andover, MA.Posted: May 18th, 2015 01:05PM
Which tooth/teeth: Remove 4 Teeth
Remove Complete Bony Impaction #1,#16,#17,#32 $690 each=$2,760
$655 for 45 minutes of Anesthesia
Total: #3,415-$635 left of 2015 Insurance
Is this a fair price?
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wisdom tooth removal
Amount: $850.00
Posted by: amy80 in East prov, RI.Posted: April 11th, 2015 05:04PM
Which tooth/teeth: one bottom
It was 80 consultation fee. My dental insurance covered the tooth removal 100%. An my medical picked up the bill for getting put to sleep.
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wisdom teeth
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: a user in New Bedford, MA.Posted: March 31st, 2015 11:03AM
Which tooth/teeth: all4
Receptionist and Dr..both informed me I had owed nothing.Sent me a bill for 2,000.00 My lawyer told me unless you taped the conversation or have it in written ,its my word against there's.He told me to write to dentist saying I would pay 20 a month until balance was paid.I had also seen another surgeon in same area wanted 2000.00 up front.
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wisdom teeth removed
Amount: $2,349.00
Posted by: sg in Dubuque, IA.Posted: February 24th, 2015 02:02AM
Which tooth/teeth: 4 wisdom
All 4 wisdom teeth, one impacted 3 poking through. IV sedation for $427 at oral surgeon. No insurance and have to also pay $320 for consultation and exam. Needed paid half down day of procedure or save 5% if paid in full.
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Wisdom teeth extraction
Amount: $3,100.00
Posted by: a user in Antoch, CA.Posted: February 13th, 2015 06:02AM
Which tooth/teeth: 4 teeth 2 are impacted
Liked the Oral Surgeon, but dang! How do people afford it?
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Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: JT 101 in Columbus, OH.Posted: January 25th, 2015 05:01PM
Which tooth/teeth: All four were completely impacted.
General Anesthesia cost $200, and it was $400 per tooth.
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Wisdom teeth removal
Amount: $241.00
Posted by: Morgan223 in Atlanta, GA.Posted: January 24th, 2015 11:01AM
Which tooth/teeth: All four
I have great dental insurance right now but unfortunately does not cover sedation. I chose laughing gas bc it was $75 vs $500 for an IV. Laughing gas does not help with awareness. It was the worst experience of my life. However, I knew I was lucky because my dental insurance paid nearly $1000 for the procedure.
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Wisdom teeth extraction 2015
Amount: $1,300.00
Posted by: a user in Blackstone, MA.Posted: January 22nd, 2015 06:01AM
Which tooth/teeth: All four
Two erupted, two partial bone impactions with local anesthetic. X-rays were done at General dentist for $150. Total for the procedure was 1300 no insurance.
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Wisdom teeth removal
Amount: $2,150.00
Posted by: Bellamy in Bethseda, MD.Posted: January 14th, 2015 06:01PM
Which tooth/teeth: All
No dental insurance, had all four wisdom teeth removed with general anesthetic. I was told If I didn't go under that I would have been $1,600. Had it done with a plastic surgery surgeon.
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all wisdom teeth removed
Amount: $752.00
Posted by: Milodora in San Antonio, TX.Posted: January 6th, 2015 12:01AM
Which tooth/teeth: All wisdom teeth
Paid for the consultation and xrays ($111) and paid half of the total cost of removal (insurance paid the other half including half of the general anesthetic and IV)
Felt it was a fair price.
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Great mexican doctor
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Adrianne in Tijuana, Mexico, Other.Posted: December 17th, 2014 09:12PM
Which tooth/teeth: 4 wisdom
Two impacted, two erupted. local anesthetic. $150 per tooth. My dentist was an American dentist practicing in Tijuana, Mexico. He used my plasma and injected it into the holes for healing. I have felt great, healing is great. They also gave me two shots for pain, supposed to work for 12 hours. They definitely did help. Overall i think the flu is worse than getting my wisdom teeth out. Do your research and you can find good medical and dental in Mexico. Especially if the Doctors/Dentists are from the U.S.
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Wisdom tooth removal cost
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: Canadian Contributor in London, Ontario Canada, Other.Posted: November 24th, 2014 10:11PM
Which tooth/teeth: bottom right "third molar"
I simply can't afford a regular dentist and so I went to the Dental School at our local university when my Wisdom Tooth broke and became VERY painful. The extraction was $40 and the x-ray, "inspection," and "freezing" needles were $20. Two senior students did the work under the watchful gaze of the presiding Dentist/Teacher and even though it turned out to be more work than initially anticipated (the tooth cracked and it had 3 "stubborn" roots,) the final bill was $60.
If you need this kind of special work done, I advise you to look for a Dental School to see if they have a similar program.
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teeth removal cost
Amount: $551.00
Posted by: marcela soliz in houston, TX.Posted: November 20th, 2014 08:11AM
Which tooth/teeth: 3
insurance paid 1550, the $550 i paid covered general anesthetic and removal of 2 erupted teeth and 1 impacted.
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Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Amount: $936.00
Posted by: Amyk0324@gmail.com in Swansea, MA.Posted: November 18th, 2014 05:11PM
Which tooth/teeth: All 4 wisdom teeth.
3 of the 4 wisdom teeth were already erupted while 1 was a soft tissue impaction (1/2) out. Retail price on 3 erupted were 285.00 a piece, the soft tissue one was 350.00 because it's still somewhat buried so harder to get I guess. After my insurance the 3 ended up being 132.00 per tooth and that difficult one 165.00. After anthestesia and everything it was 936.00 vs 1885.00 without insurance! 50% savings. Wish I had my old provider because they covered 80%...what are you gonna do?
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Wisdom teeth removal
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: a user in Baltimore, MD.Posted: October 9th, 2014 01:10PM
Which tooth/teeth: All 4 third molar
Charged 1100$ for removal of all wisdom teeth including X-ray sedation, paid 20 percent because of insurance
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Wisdom Teeth Removal
Amount: $645.00
Posted by: Penny Lee in Upland, CA.Posted: September 22nd, 2014 02:09PM
Honestly I think dentistry is a complete rip off! Its something you need to have and yet your insurance doesn't pay for anything! My daughter just went to the dentist and HE said that her wisdom teeth needed to come out, so we made an appointment for that and I just received a call that it will cost us $645.00... Dues at time of service! I;m sorry, but if the dentist is requesting the procedure, why wouldn't it be covered???
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Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost
Amount: $296.00
Posted by: A.m.y in Fort Lauderdale, FL.Posted: August 31st, 2014 06:08AM
Which tooth/teeth: bottom left, #17 I think
Had an infection on this particular partially erupted tooth. Got a cleaning & antibiotics because I was too scared to get an extraction done. The wait worked out though because I was able to compare prices and level of care from 5 diff sources. Also by this time my infection had cleared up (desirable for extraction). The price includes initial consultation, sedation and extraction by a well reputed oral surgeon. It would have me cost $250 if I had let my insurance cover some costs and let my hmo dentist handle it. And that is without sedation Yes, it still boggles the mind that my dentist charges two times more! Shop around and check doc backgrounds, you might be surprised.
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wisdom teeth removal
Amount: $2,315.00
Posted by: sb in allentown, PA.Posted: June 30th, 2014 02:06PM
Which tooth/teeth: 4 impacted
4 impacted wisdom teeth..$425 each, general anesthesia $525, IV antibiotics $90 for total cost of $2315
No dental insurance..... this is high cost compared to other oral urgeons
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All four wisdom teeth removal
Amount: $735.00
Posted by: Toya in Portcharlotte, FL.Posted: June 15th, 2014 08:06PM
Which tooth/teeth: All four wisdom teeth
Consultation: 45$ insurance paid for this.General anesthesia:250$ Two surgical extraction:255$ each.Two impact partial bony 335$ each. Total cost:1,370 insurance paid 50% So out of pocket was $700
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Wisdom tooth extraction
Amount: $990.00
Posted by: Peanut in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: May 30th, 2014 01:05PM
Which tooth/teeth: #32 full Impaction
Consultation & pano X-ray $150, tooth was very infected so received antibiotics for 5 days before.
Surgical extraction with local anesthetic by Oral Surgeon $840. No insurance accepted.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.aaoms.org/wisdom_teeth.php
  2.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ucVJkIoTIE
  3.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/wisdom-tooth-extraction
  4.  www.ada.org/267.aspx
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