Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure. Though, the cost can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure. This can make it difficult to provide an accurate estimate without understanding your specific situation.
The following information will give you a better idea of what to expect, however please keep in mind this is only a general guide and it is recommended that you visit your dentist for a detailed invoice based on your circumstances.
What Factors Impact the Complexity of the Extraction?
You should first look at the issues that could increase the difficulty of your wisdom teeth removal:
- The type of impaction – soft tissue impaction, partial bony impaction, or a complete bony impaction
- The level that your wisdom teeth are submerged at – fully erupted, partially covered by gum tissue, or completely submerged
- The presence of fully formed roots – more common with older patients
Who Will Complete the Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure?
Typically, a surgeon that specialises in oral and maxillofacial surgery will complete the procedure. This is especially true if the removal is expected to be a complex process. Though, these are not the only qualified individuals.
There are three groups of specialists and trained professionals that may perform your wisdom tooth extraction. This includes:
- The oral and maxillofacial surgeons
- Dental board-registered specialists that specialise in the field of jaw and mouth surgery
- General dentists
The person that performs your wisdom teeth removal will also play a role in the final cost of your procedure. For example, if you get treatment from an oral surgeon, you might pay up to 35% more than you would with a general dentist.
How Does the Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure Work?
The first step in a wisdom tooth removal is an initial consultation. A general dentist can help determine what course of action is best, in relation to the factors discussed. They will also perform x-rays and/or OPG and examine your dental and medical history.
The x-ray will help give a closer look at the position of your wisdom teeth and whether they have erupted or are impacted.
If surgery is required, your dentist will make recommendations. From there, you will schedule the procedure, either with your general dentist or with a specialist. After the removal of your wisdom teeth, your treatment is not over. A post-operative follow-up may be required to help with pain management and to ensure you haven’t developed any infections at the site of the surgery.
It should be mentioned that there are also details that may impact the cost of your surgery. This includes the use of a general anesthetic. Also, you need to consider whether your insurance will cover all or some of the costs.
Prices for Wisdom Tooth Removal
Now that you have a better idea of what goes into the cost of wisdom tooth removal, here are a few estimates.
|Wisdom Teeth Treatments||Costs|
|X-Rays||$35 - $40|
|Simple Wisdom Tooth Removal||$200 - $250 (per tooth)|
|Surgical Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost||$250 - $400 (per tooth)|
Keep in mind that these are just estimates and that the actual cost will vary depending on the issues discussed. You need to consider the complexity of the surgery, the specialist performing the procedure, and the amount covered by your private health insurance.
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