Best Dental offers Houston, TX residents affordable wisdom teeth extractions, including impacted third molars. Unfortunately, these teeth cause oral infections, leading to sepsis and spreading to other body areas.
Your initial consultation is complimentary, including your x-rays. Our Oral Surgery team here at Best Dental have removed over 25,000+ wisdom teeth and performed over 5,000 sedations. Our CASH price to remove all four wisdom teeth with sedation is $1,400.
What Is Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Wisdom tooth removal is the extraction of all four permanently situated in the back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth typically grow around the ages of 17-25. However, often they are not able to grow in properly due to the limited jaw space in the back of our mouths. In these cases, they remain entirely, or semi impacted inside the jawbone and are known as impacted wisdom teeth. Oral surgeons surgically remove these teeth to prevent oral health concerns as you get older.
What is the Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Houston, TX?
The average cost to remove all four wisdom teeth in Houston, TX, is $2,500. Expect to pay $500 per wisdom tooth and an additional fee to be sedated for the procedure. Some oral surgeons will charge you more if the wisdom tooth is impacted (under your gum tissue). Dental insurance will usually help lower your expenses. Most plans will cover around 50% of your costs. The following infographic gives detailed breakdown costs of wisdom teeth removal in Houston:
Does Dental Insurance Cover For Wisdom Teeth Extractions?
Most dental insurance plans will cover 50-80% of the costs for wisdom teeth removal. This includes the price for the sedation as well. Plans can vary, so please check with your insurance carrier to see the details of your coverage. If you do not have dental insurance, our cash prices are some of the lowest in the Houston area. We understand how hard you work for your money, and we will do everything we can to help you financially.
Can Houston Residents Afford Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Most Houston residents cannot afford wisdom teeth removal because of the high costs. This is why our team at Best Dental has lowered our prices (without sacrificing our quality); so that Houston residents get the treatment they need at an affordable price. The average cost to have all four wisdom teeth removed in Houston is $2,500. At Best Dental, Dr. Jasmine and her team have lowered this cost to just $1,400. This price includes IV Sedation as well.
For patients who prefer not to be sedated, local anesthesia is an option (the surgical dentist, in this case, numbs the teeth). We will extract all four wisdom teeth for $1,000 if you do not mind being awake for your procedure. That’s $250 per wisdom tooth.
Often, even these prices can still be cumbersome for our patients. So our team offers multiple finance options to Houston residents who require getting their wisdom teeth extracted. We work closely with third-party finance companies like CareCredit® and Lending Club to allow our patients to pay small monthly payments at 0% interest for up to 24 months.
What Problems Can Wisdom Teeth Cause?
There are common problems that wisdom teeth can cause:
- Adjacent tooth cavity: Wisdom teeth can lean into the adjacent teeth and can cause those teeth to decay over time. The decay will need to be treated to prevent the breakdown of that tooth.
- Cyst formation: Wisdom teeth tend to form benign cysts that can slowly erode the surrounding bone tissue in your jawbone. These cysts can lead to a full-fledged infection if not treated accordingly.
- Teeth crowding: Studies have shown that wisdom teeth can lead to teeth crowding in other mouth areas. This is especially important for patients who have recently completed their braces treatment and want to prevent their teeth from shifting again.
- Infection: Over time, wisdom teeth can lead to oral infections, ultimately leading to sepsis. This is why our team recommends getting them removed during your teenage years.
- Sore Throat: Infected wisdom teeth can spread, leading to redness and a sore throat.
What Is The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure?
An oral surgeon or surgical dentist will perform your wisdom teeth removal surgery. Most times, general anesthesia sedation will be used to help you sleep throughout the procedure.
Once the patient is under, the gum tissue around the wisdom teeth is reflected, and the surgeon will use various tools to remove bone tissue around the teeth. The wisdom teeth are then sectioned into pieces and removed.
Once all four wisdom teeth are removed, your surgeon will clean and rinse the sockets and stitch the gum tissue back together. These sutures are commonly dissolvable, meaning you do not need to come back to have them removed. In addition, these stitches aid in the recovery process and help control the bleeding after the wisdom teeth are extracted.
Lastly, your surgical team will place gauze over the wound, so a blood clot can form to control the bleeding further. We usually recommend the patient bite on the gauze for one hour, as pressure stops any excessive bleeding after the treatment has commenced.
How Do You Prepare For Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Early prevention and treatment most always equals a better outcome. Since younger people tend to heal faster, it’s always prudent to have your wisdom teeth removed while you’re younger. Your oral surgeon can help you assess whether or not you need your wisdom teeth extracted through an initial consultation appointment. Then, an oral exam and x-rays will be performed to see what options are best for you. If swelling, pain, or infection happens before wisdom teeth extraction, antibiotics will probably need to be taken to ensure the condition does not get worse. Many times, antibiotics will be prescribed before your surgery. In addition, mouth rinses, and painkillers may be prescribed to lessen the infected tooth pain pre-surgery.
Learn More: How To Prepare For Wisdom Teeth Surgery
How Long Is The Recovery From Wisdom Teeth Removal?
This will vary from person to person, as we heal differently. On average, initial healing takes 1-2 weeks, with complete recovery of the sites occurring at two months. The pain subsides typically after the two-week mark. Make sure you follow your clinician’s instructions to speed up the healing process. Here are some steps you can take:
- Ice packs for the first day to help with the swelling.
- Warm compresses are started on day 2 to help with inflammation.
- Stick with soft foods for the first few days (avoid hard and spicy foods as they can irritate the gum tissue around the surgical sites).
- Take your medications around the clock.
- Brush and floss gently around the surgical sites for the first few weeks.
- Rinse with warm salt water twice a day for faster recovery.
Why Is The Wisdom Tooth Removal Process So Expensive?
Even though we have drastically reduced our prices to help residents of Houston find affordable wisdom teeth removal care, our prices can still be cumbersome for some people. We need to go over why this particular procedure can be so pricey so that you better understand the risks involved with your dental team.
- Supply and material costs: The cost of supplies ranging from IV bags, blades to surgical instruments can be pretty expensive for your surgery team
- Risks involved: It takes great skill and precision to remove wisdom teeth (especially if they are impacted). In addition, the difficulty of the procedure makes the treatment more expensive.
- Chair time: A lot of your dental team’s chair time will be occupied by a sedation procedure, making it less profitable for them if they don’t charge enough
What Finance Options Are Available For Wisdom Teeth Extractions?
At Best Dental, we offer multiple finance options for our patients who need their wisdom teeth removed. Naturally, we want to get your wisdom teeth removed as affordable as possible. However, we also understand that getting your wisdom teeth extracted is not a cheap endeavor, even with our discounts. So, let’s go over some finance options that you have:
- Third-party financing allows for small monthly payments at 0% interest for 24 months. Costs can be as low as $59 a month for those who qualify.
- Dental Savings Plan: Allowing our patients to save 10% off all their dental treatment
- Cash payment: Our cash patients save 5% off their wisdom teeth removal care
Getting your wisdom teeth removed is not anyone’s idea of fun. But unfortunately, it’s a process that most of us have to go through. So let our team at Best Dental give you the quality care you deserve and an affordable price. Call our team today if you are in the greater Houston area and need your wisdom teeth removed!