People that need a non-surgical extraction of a tooth that has erupted completely from the gum usually spend around $50 – $400 depending on the type of tooth, the dentist, the city where they live in and the anesthesia type. If the removal will occur during weekends, late in the evening or in the shortest time as an emergency, then the cost can go up considerably, to about $200-$500.
As you might expect, your dental insurance will cover a big part of the final cost, around $70% or even more, up to a maximum of $85%, but only if it is an emergency and not a cosmetic intervention. This means that having insurance will have a big impact on the money you will get out of your pocket and you might end up paying just $20 to $90.
If you need surgery for tooth extraction, then the prices change considerably. Depending on the living costs of your city, if we’re talking about an emergency or general appointment and based on the anesthesia that will be used, you might end up paying around $200 to $700 or even more. IV anesthesia will usually cost around $200 more than local sedation. If the tooth you need to be removed is broken off just at the base of the gum line, the cost of extraction can be of around $175 to $300 or more, while a tooth that has been damaged partially and requires a soft tissue extraction can cost you more, $230 to $400 or more. You will spend the most on the removal of a tooth that has bone covering it, around $350 to $700 or more. As expected, having insurance will greatly decrease your final expenses, to only around $50 to $400, depending on the type of surgery and the type of insurance.
The third molar (commonly referred to as wisdom tooth) removal will cost $60 to $225 for a simple extraction, while a more complicated surgery intended to remove up to four wisdom teeth in just one run can set you back $1,200 to $3,500 or even more.
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Dentists aren’t the only ones that can perform extractions; oral and maxillofacial surgeons can also help you with tooth removal. A follow-up dentist appointment is usually required and should be included in the final cost of the extraction, to make sure that everything is in order and that you’re going through a normal healing process.
Depending on how strongly the tooth is encased in its bony socket, it might be removed in one pull or might need to be cut and removed part by part.
Don’t expect everything to be normal right after you get out of the clinic. It is still surgery so you should expect swelling, discomfort, and a little pain for the first 1-3 days. If these symptoms don’t pass after 7 days at most, you should contact the dentist and schedule another office visit to make sure everything is ok. The full healing of the bone will take around six to eight months, while the healing of the gum shouldn’t take more than 3-4 weeks.
Should you expect any additional costs?
You should always ask about adjacent costs before surgery. For tooth extraction, you might need a prior office check-up and sometimes a full mouth X-Ray that can cost anywhere from $100 to $300. Some clinics add these costs in the final cost of the surgery, so you should ask if everything is included before booking the extraction.
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Some clinics offer discounts
- Some well-known clinics will offer discounts or coupons to new or returning customers, so be sure to look around before deciding on a clinic
- If you’re looking for the lowest price, try dental schools, because they usually offer the best deals, mainly because the surgery will be performed by a supervised student
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Should the average working Joe pay for a tooth extraction?
Like any other surgery, tooth extraction is a must especially if you’re experiencing a strong pain or to avoid complications like infections. Do your due diligence, ask around and check reviews before booking your surgery, to make sure that you will get the best services at the smallest price. If you have dental insurance, remember to ask the insurance company about the approved dentists and oral surgeons, to make sure the surgery will be covered.