If you are needing your wisdom teeth removed, one of the first questions that pops up is how much the procedure will cost. Are prices for wisdom teeth removal going to go up in 2021? In this article we will tackle what wisdom teeth are, how much they cost to have extracted, and if you can expect expenses to go up in 2021.
Factors determining wisdom teeth removal costs
Impacted or erupted wisdom teeth
The #1 factor that determines the price of wisdom tooth removal is whether it’s erupted or not. For example, an erupted wisdom tooth that can be seen completely inside the mouth will cost between $100-300 to remove. Teeth that are embedded within the jawbone (also known as impacted wisdom teeth) will cost more to remove. Here’s a breakdown of costs depending on the level of impaction. Please note that these prices is the cost to remove a single wisdom tooth under local anesthesia.
- Erupted wisdom tooth: $150-300 to remove
- Soft tissue wisdom tooth (impacted): $200-$400 to remove
- Partial bony wisdom tooth (impacted): $250-500 to remove
- Full bony wisdom tooth (impacted): $400-$600 to remove
Whether or not sedation dentistry is used
The above prices mentioned does not include the cost of sedation dentistry. If you decide to be sedated with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) add around $50-100 to your procedure. Some dentists and oral surgeons will decide that IV Sedation or general anesthesia would be a preferable option to have your wisdom teeth removed. If this is the case, expect to pay an additional $400-$1,000 for your surgery.
Will the price of wisdom teeth removal go up in 2021?
Based on the latest trends seen in dentistry, expect costs of wisdom teeth removal to go up about 5% in 2021. Inflation rates and the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has also increased dental costs making it more expensive to have these types of surgeries. Fortunately, many dentists across the nation provide packages to have your wisdom teeth extracted at a lower bundled cost. At Best Dental, we offer a $1,200 special to have all four wisdom teeth removed with complimentary IV Sedation.
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) are the last teeth to erupt inside the mouth. Often times, they remain embedded inside of your jawbone where the are affectionately called “impacted wisdom teeth.” Wisdom tooth removal is often an essential procedure for most teenagers given the myriad of oral health problems that wisdom teeth can cause:
- Pericoronitis (swelling of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom tooth)
- Oral infections
- Jaw cysts
- Trismus (difficulty opening and closing of the mouth)
- Dental caries
- Adjacent tooth damage
- Teeth crowding
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Bleeding Gums
- Bad Breath
If you begin feeling any of the above symptoms, then it may be time to have your wisdom teeth removed. Getting this treatment completed earlier in life can speed up healing time, and save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary dental treatment to correct what the wisdom teeth have damaged.
Wisdom teeth often times remain impacted within the jaw because of the lack of space for them to properly erupt. Even if these teeth remain impacted, most oral surgery teams can remove them in an outpatient setting. Just make sure a highly qualified dentist or oral surgeon is taking on your case.
The actual wisdom teeth removal procedure involves a series of steps that includes the numbing of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth, and the possible application of general anesthesia. Next, the surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue next to the wisdom tooth. The gum tissue will be reflected, and the wisdom tooth can now be completely visualized. The surgery team may remove bone tissue surrounding the wisdom tooth to make room for it to be properly extracted. The wisdom tooth itself may also be sectioned into multiple parts prior to its removal. Once the wisdom tooth is safely extracted, the surgery team will close up the wound with dis-solvable stitches. A few surgeons may end up using sutures that don’t dissolve, in which case you will return in a few weeks to have them taken out.
Soft foods and liquids are recommended for the first few days after your surgery. There will also be a list of post-op instructions given, which will include avoiding the use of straws, and spitting to prevent a dry socket from forming. Most clinicians will also advise patients to rinse with warm salt water to accelerate the healing process in the areas.
Wisdom tooth removal cost breakdown
When it comes to removing wisdom teeth, not all of them are created equal. As mentioned earlier, some wisdom teeth are located further within the jawbones making them more difficult to extraction. Obviously, these third molars end up being more expensive to remove. Let’s look at the average cost of wisdom tooth removal:
Simple Extraction: $150-300 Per Tooth / $600-$1,200 for all four
A simple wisdom tooth extraction means that no incisions, or bone had to be removed to extract the entirety of the third molar. These wisdom teeth are fully erupted in the mouth, and often times the easiest and simplest teeth to remove. Because of the simplicity of the procedure they also tend to be the least expensive wisdom teeth to remove with prices ranging from $150-300 per tooth.
Surgical Extraction: A surgical extraction involves both the reflection of gum tissue and the removal of bone tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth can be completely impacted under your gum tissue (known as soft tissue impacted wisdom teeth), or they can be embedded within your jawbone (known as bony impacted wisdom teeth). Let’s look to see how much these are to remove:
- Surgical Extraction (Soft Tissue Impaction): $200-$400 Per Tooth / $800-$1,600 for all four
- Surgical Extraction (Bony Impaction): $250-600 Per Tooth / $1,000-$2,400 for all four
Ultimately, bony impactions are the most difficult teeth for your oral surgery team to take out making them more expensive to remove than the others mentioned. A portion of your jawbone will need to be removed by the surgeon in order to access the tooth for its removal. Because of the high degree of skill and difficulty of the procedure expect to pay at least $1,000 to have all four removed (this will not include the cost of the sedation methods that will be recommended). Some oral surgeons may even end up charging more for these cases (sometimes in the ballpark of $4,000).
Will dental insurance help lower the cost of wisdom teeth removal?
Although it depends on your particular dental insurance plan, the majority of carriers will help you cover a portion of your treatment. Some insurance plans may even cover up to as much as 80% of your treatment. Keep in mind that most dental insurances have yearly limits on how much dental coverage you have. This may mean you can save money by removing two wisdom teeth, and waiting for your benefits to renew in the next calendar year to remove the other two wisdom teeth. Some plans have higher yearly maximums which will allow you to remove all four wisdom teeth in one setting. Your dental team will let you know how to best work with your benefits during your initial consultation appointment.
You can also consider a dental savings plan if your dental team offers that option. For a small annual fee, you can save up to 25% off any dental treatment that you need. This will allow you to save quite a bit of your hard-earned dollars while getting those wisdom teeth removed at the same time.
If you do not have dental insurance, Best Dental offers some of the best prices in the greater Houston area. We have a $1,200 special that includes the removal of all four wisdom teeth with complimentary IV Sedation. It does not matter if your teeth are erupted or impacted, this price remains the same. You will be hard-pressed to find a better deal anywhere across the nation.
It is very important that you do not neglect your oral health by putting off wisdom teeth removal. Contact a dental health provider today for a consultation so that a trained team can give you your options.