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Updated on December 16, 2022
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How Much Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost?

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In areas with typically lower costs, removing four wisdom teeth, including sedation, can range from $1,000 to $1,650. For complex cases in high-cost areas, the cost can rise to approximately $2,500 to $3,000. 

Removing all four wisdom teeth can cost anywhere from $600 to $3,000. The type of procedure also affects the total cost:

  • Simple extraction — $135 to $300 per tooth or $540 to $1,200 for all four
  • Impacted extraction — $225 to $600 per tooth or $900 to $2,400 for all four

Factor that Affects The Cost of Wisdom Tooth Removal

The cost of wisdom tooth removal depends on the complexity of the procedure. The procedure is typically more expensive if the tooth is impacted

The overall cost depends on these factors:

  • Whether you have a simple or surgical extraction
  • The difficulty of the extraction
  • Location of the practice
  • The dentist or surgeon's personal costs

Can Wisdom Tooth Removal Have Additional Costs?

When you remove your wisdom teeth, there are other costs to consider. These additional expenses ensure the procedure is successful and help reduce discomfort.

Additional costs for wisdom tooth removal include:

  • Anesthesia $220 to $700 per tooth
  • Nitrous oxide — $40 to $150 to the cost of extraction
  • General anesthesia — $250 to $800 for the total cost
  • X-ray — around $150
  • Follow-up exams — about $100 per appointment
  • Cleaning — can range from $70 to $200

Fortunately, most dentists do not charge for local anesthetic. Across the U.S., the average price for removing four wisdom teeth at once using general anesthesia is around $1,500 to $2,300. 

Why Are All Four Wisdom Teeth Removed at Once?

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.

Most dentists or oral surgeons offer a package deal for all four wisdom teeth extraction at once.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Dental insurance can cover 15 to 50 percent of wisdom tooth extraction if medically necessary.

Depending on the company, some dental insurance plans only pay an annual maximum of between $1,000 to $1,500. Many people split the procedure into two years to get more coverage.

Cost of Wisdom Tooth Extraction With Dental Insurance

Type of Extraction Average Cost*
Simple Extraction $135-$300 per tooth
Surgical Extraction $220-$700 per tooth

*According to the American Dental Association's Survey of Dental Fees 2020

Other Ways To Pay For Wisdom Tooth Removal

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

If you don’t have dental insurance, there are other ways to pay for dental care. These resources include:

  • Discount dental plans — A dental discount card that you can use to get lower prices on services
  • Medicaid and CHIP — State-run programs that offer medical benefits to eligible individuals and families
  • Medicare — A federal health insurance plan for people aged 65 and older
  • Dental schools — Most dental schools have clinics offering care at a reduced fee
  • State and local resources — Local programs in your region that offer free or cost-reduced dental care
  • Payment plans — Installment payments that help you pay the overall bill in more manageable increments.

Summary

Removing all four wisdom teeth can cost anywhere from $600 to $3,000. This price can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure.

The location and the dentist’s personal costs can also affect the price of a wisdom tooth removal. There are also additional costs, such as anesthesia, x-rays, and appointment fees.

Dental insurance can cover the cost of removal if it is medically necessary. However, there are other alternatives to paying for the procedure without insurance.

Last updated on December 16, 2022
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Last updated on December 16, 2022
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