Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure. The majority of people need to have them removed due to various complications. Wisdom teeth can come in crooked, sideways, or not at all. Impacted wisdom teeth push against the roots of your back molars rather than erupting through the gums as they should. This can cause severe damage below the surface that only an X-Ray can show.
If your dentist has recommended wisdom teeth removal, you may be wondering how much it costs. Here’s what you can expect to help you prepare for this procedure.
Average Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal
The cost of wisdom teeth removal varies based on a variety of factors. But the average cost could range anywhere from $200-$1,100 per tooth. Most people have 4 wisdom teeth that need to be removed, and it is usually best to have them all extracted at once.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal
The cost of wisdom teeth removal varies based on the following factors:
- Location. Where you have your wisdom teeth removed will factor into the cost. The cost of living in your area will play a part in the cost of dental services. And prices vary from one dental practice to another based on experience and reputation in the community.
- Number of teeth being extracted. In most cases dentists recommend removing all of your wisdom teeth at once. But in specific cases you may only need one or two removed rather than all 4. Each additional tooth adds to the total cost of extraction.
- Impacted vs erupted teeth. If your teeth have come in through the gums they are easier to remove than impacted teeth that are stuck below the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth cost more to remove due to the complexity of the procedure.
- Type of anesthesia required. Wisdom teeth that have fully erupted through the gums can usually be removed with just local anesthesia. But wisdom teeth that are impacted may require sedation. The deeper the level of sedation required, the higher the cost.
- Insurance. Dental insurance will typically cover a portion of wisdom teeth removal, as long as it is deemed medically necessary. That would be if they are impacted or causing some other dental or oral health issue.
- Age. Wisdom teeth are easier to remove when you’re younger. Most people have it done in their late teens or early 20s. As you age the wisdom teeth often become more difficult to remove, which could increase the cost of the procedure.
Why Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
It is more common for wisdom teeth to be a problem than to come in correctly. Most people don’t have room in their mouth for another molar behind their 12 year molars, or the second molars. The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, don’t fully form until you’re between the ages of 15 and 18. If the wisdom teeth don’t come in, they are considered to be impacted, which is typically due to the fact that they are stuck behind and slightly under the second molars. This can cause damage to the roots and crown of the second molars.
What is the Best Age to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Most dentists recommend getting your wisdom teeth removed before they become impacted and start causing problems. This is usually between the ages of 18 and 24. This is why it is common for teenagers to get their wisdom teeth removed towards the end of high school or after.
Bellissimi Dental Makes Wisdom Teeth Removal Affordable
We are in-network with and accept most major dental insurance plans. If you don’t have insurance, we recommend CareCredit for financing. We would be happy to discuss payment options with you if the cost of wisdom teeth removal is a concern.