The Cost of Wisdom Tooth Extraction

X-ray showing impacted wisdom teeth highlighted red. - Fairfield, CAWisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common dental surgeries in America. Over 10 million Americans have this surgery done every year. Wisdom tooth removal is a procedure that our expert oral surgeons at Fairfield Oral Surgery perform on a routine basis.

One question that you might have after your dentist or oral surgeon recommends you have this surgery is, “how much does it cost to have my wisdom teeth removed?”. 

This is a common question and we here at Fairfield Oral Surgery in Fairfield, CA, are happy to provide you with the exact information that you need so that we can help you to restore your bright and healthy smile!

Call us today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online!

How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?

The cost of a wisdom tooth extraction will usually range from $300-$2,500. There are a few different factors that can affect the price of your wisdom tooth removal cost.

These factors are: whether or not your tooth is impacted, how your tooth is impacted, the number of teeth that you need to be extracted, whether or not you have dental insurance, whether or not you need anesthesia during the surgery, and other additional diagnostic costs. These factors will all be explained in this article.

Different Types of Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Three types of wisdom teeth removal procedures are commonly performed that can influence the price of your procedure. These different extractions are performed based on how your wisdom tooth is positioned in your jaw. These three procedures are listed and explained below:

A Simple Extraction

This is the simplest type of wisdom tooth removal procedure. In this case, the wisdom tooth needing removal might be partially or even fully erupted, which would be a lot easier for your dentist or oral surgeon to extract. This procedure usually costs between $75-$200 per wisdom tooth and $300-$1000 for all four wisdom teeth.

A Surgical Extraction With Soft Tissue Impaction

This procedure will be performed if the tooth is trapped beneath the gums. An oral surgeon would be required to cut and remove the gum tissue before extracting the tooth. 

If left untreated, this type of situation could lead to a condition called pericoronitis, which is an inflammation of the gums surrounding the tooth. This procedure normally costs $225-$600 per wisdom tooth and $800-$1800 for all four wisdom teeth.

A Surgical Extraction With Bony Impaction

In this case, the tooth needing to be removed is encased in the jaw bone. This would require an oral surgeon to cut the bone before extracting the tooth. This procedure would also require the use of general anesthesia. This procedure usually amounts to $250-$500 per wisdom tooth and $1000-$2300 for all four wisdom teeth.

Extractions With Dental Insurance

The amount that your dental insurance will help pay for your wisdom teeth removal depends on what type of dental insurance plan you have.

Usually, dental insurance plans cover about 50%-80% of the cost of the surgery if it is deemed medically necessary by your dental professional. Most insurance companies also limit how much they will cover for your dental care each year. Usually, this amount is $1500 per year.

If you have dental insurance, it is important to check with your insurance provider to see what will be covered before deciding on the surgery. We at Fairfield Oral Surgery accept many different insurance plans, including Cigna, Denti-Cal, Medicare, CCPOA, Aetna, Delta Dental, and many more.

Extractions Without Dental Insurance:

There are many options for those without dental insurance looking for cheap wisdom teeth removal. These options are listed and explained below:

  • Monthly Payment Plans: Many dental offices offer in-house payment plans that allow you to pay the cost of your surgery off at a more reasonable pace.
  • Discount Dental Plans: This plan would allow you to pay an annual fee and receive discounts on dental care within a network of dental professionals throughout the year.
  • Wisdom Teeth Removal Package Deals: It’s common for many dental offices to offer package deals on getting all your wisdom teeth removed at once, which significantly reduces the price.

Anesthesia and Other Additional Costs

There are additional costs that could affect the overall cost of your procedure. Depending on the if and how your wisdom tooth is impacted, your surgery might need to be performed by an oral surgeon who can administer general anesthesia. 

The price of general anesthesia can range depending on what type the surgeon uses. For nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas), it would cost between $40-$90. For general anesthesia, it would range from $250-$800.

Other additional costs can include x-rays, which cost around $150, initial and follow-up exams which cost about $100 per appointment, and purchasing prescriptions your doctor might prescribe you after your surgery.

Conclusion

We here at Fairfield Oral Surgery in Fairfield, CA, are happy to answer all questions you have about the cost of your wisdom teeth removal and inform you about the options available to you so that you can receive the dental services and care that you need.

We accept most insurance plans and are providers such as Cigna, Denti-Cal, Medicare, CCPOA, Aetna, Delta Dental, and many more. Call us or book an appointment online today!

FAQ

Is Extracting Wisdom Teeth Worth the Money?

Yes, although removing wisdom teeth can be expensive, it is a necessary procedure that will benefit you in the long run and prevent other serious and costly problems later, such as severe tooth pain, tooth infection, nerve damage, and gum disease.

What Is An Impacted Wisdom Tooth?

An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that has not fully erupted through the gums and does not have enough room to emerge normally.

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

Having all four of your wisdom teeth removed will normally cost around $600-$1100. 

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