How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost With & Without Insurance?

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How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?

Wisdom teeth typically emerge between the late teenage years and early adult years. However, 60 percent of people undergo wisdom teeth removal surgery. Both oral surgeons and general dentists are qualified to remove wisdom teeth. 

In most cases, wisdom teeth are removed before they erupt. Extraction is usually necessary because there is not enough room in the mouth for them to erupt correctly. The improper eruption of a third molar can lead to an infection or an impacted tooth. 

Dental discount plans might save you more than insurance.

For some patients, a dental discount plan could save you more money each year.

Forty percent of people have all four wisdom teeth. Twenty-five percent of people are born with one to three wisdom teeth. 

Risks of Wisdom Teeth Removal

Risks associated with wisdom teeth removal surgery include:

  • Pain near the injection site (for IV sedation) 
  • Bleeding and swelling
  • Jaw and tooth pain
  • Insensitivity of the lower lip
  • Dry socket (when the blood clot dislodges from the extraction site during the healing process)
  • Permanent (rare) or temporary numbness in the mouth

Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost Without Insurance

Even if all four wisdom teeth show no signs of infection, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) will recommend extracting them. If only one wisdom tooth is painful or infected, all four teeth will likely require extraction. However, patients always have the choice to keep their wisdom teeth.

The average cost of wisdom teeth removal is expensive without insurance. This is especially true if you are paying out-of-pocket.

The average total cost of wisdom teeth removal without insurance ranges from:

  • Simple Extraction — $75-$200 (per tooth) $300-$1000 (all four)
  • Surgical Extraction (Soft Tissue Impaction) — $225-$600 (per tooth) $800-$1800 (all four)
  • Surgical Extraction (Bony Impaction) — $250-$500 (per tooth) $1000-$2300 (all four)

Some oral surgeons offer discounts for removing all four wisdom teeth at once. You can save $1,000 or more on wisdom teeth extractions. 

Before surgery, your dentist will check for signs of gum disease and take a panoramic x-ray or CBCT image. General anesthesia and IV sedation (twilight sedation) is available for those who wish to be sedated for the surgery. These medications reduce anxiety and put you to sleep for the duration of the surgery. Dentists often provide “package discounts” on these services if you are getting all four wisdom teeth removed. 

Does Dental Insurance Cover Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Insurance coverage for wisdom teeth removal depends on your dental insurance plan. Most insurance companies cover 80 percent of wisdom tooth extraction costs. 

Although this is a great option, most dental insurance plans have annual limits on how much they payout for all dental care (typically around $1500). Many people split the procedure into two years to get more coverage. 

Two Others Ways to Save Money on Wisdom Tooth

Extractions

Dental insurance can be costly. There are other affordable ways to get your wisdom teeth removed without insurance. 

1. Payment Plans

A payment plan is another way to save money on wisdom teeth removal if you do not have insurance. Some oral surgeons and general dentists may allow you to pay off a portion of the surgery over a few months. You would pay your dentist or surgeon directly instead of using insurance.

2. Discount Dental Plans

Discount dental plans are an excellent way to save money on wisdom teeth removal. There are several discount dental plans available. All of them have similar benefits:

  • Members receive discounts on dental procedures all year long without paying for insurance each month 
  • You pay one low annual fee, rather than monthly
  • You will have access to a network of dentists who offer reduced prices to discount dental plan members
  • No approvals or application forms are required—you will take your ID card to the dentist to save on treatment

Dental Plans is a popular dental discount option that provides 20 to 50 percent savings on dental care costs. Unlike insurance, there is no annual spending limit on dental work. Patients pay one low yearly fee and can use their plan to save on treatments all year.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost: Common Questions & Answers

How much does it cost to have 4 wisdom teeth removed?

Removing all four wisdom teeth at once can cost anywhere between $300 and $2500. The cost depends on whether you have insurance or not and the type of extraction needed. A simple extraction is less expensive than an impacted extraction.

Should I get 2 or 4 wisdom teeth removed?

Even if you only have one or two problematic wisdom teeth, your dentist or oral surgeon will likely recommend removing all four wisdom teeth.

Can you get a wisdom tooth pulled without insurance?

Yes. You can get a wisdom tooth pulled without insurance, but it will be more expensive.

Finally, an insurance alternative that works.

In many cases, dental discount plans can replace dental insurance. It even helps pay for cosmetic procedures.

Resources

“Careington Dental Savings Plans: 20-50% Dental Discounts.” Careington, www.careingtondentalsavings.com/.

Hollins, Carole. Basic Guide to Dental Procedures. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015.

Individual CIGNA Dental Choice. https://www.cigna.com/assets/docs/texas/844097_Dental_Choice.pdf

Koerner, Karl R. Manual of Minor Oral Surgery for the General Dentist. Blackwell Munksgaard, 2006.

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Updated on: November 6, 2020
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