How much does it cost to remove wisdom teeth? That depends on a variety of factors. Most oral surgeons will perform wisdom teeth extractions for anywhere from $300 to $700 per tooth.
Will Insurance Pay for Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
In most cases, insurance will pay for all or part of the cost of the procedure. Most wisdom teeth extractions are not cosmetic — they are done out of medical necessity. If your dentist or maxillofacial surgeon maintains that removing your wisdom teeth is critical to your dental health, the procedure will be covered by insurance.
The exact amount of coverage will depend on the quality of your insurance plan. We can speak to your insurance company to see how much will be covered. Keep in mind that most insurance plans will cap coverage at a certain amount. Because of this, it’s important to plan expensive procedures like wisdom teeth removal around a time you aren’t getting other costly treatments done. This will ensure that your insurance coverage is able to pay for a greater portion of the wisdom teeth removal cost.
The Good News — We Dramatically Lower the Cost to Remove Wisdom Teeth
If you noticed our wording above, we said “most oral surgeons” when we estimated the average cost to remove wisdom teeth. The good news is Dr. Puckett is better than most — for a number of reasons. Our affordable cost and gentler approach to oral surgery is why so many people are willing to make the drive from Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus. We make it worth their effort.
Compared to other maxillofacial surgeons, we can save our patients $600 to $1,000 on the price to remove wisdom teeth, depending on the location of the teeth and if the teeth are impacted.
We do this by taking a careful approach to surgery and insurance stipulations. We’re able to provide as good if not better quality of treatment for less because we care. We’ve taken the time to lower the cost.
First, we only charge for the anesthesia time required. Most oral surgeons will charge for the ‘insurance allowed’ anesthesia time (60 minutes in four 15-minute increments), even when the procedure usually takes far fewer than 60 minutes.
Second, we only code for the actual position of the teeth — we’ll never code to a higher level. This alone can save you up to $100 per tooth. It’s all about fairness. We like to treat our patients right.
Third, we base our fees on a fair and reasonable understanding of our costs and value of the service provided. We do not base our fees on the recommended amounts listed in the ‘Fee Schedule’ book which most oral surgery and dental offices use.
Finally, we don’t allow the insurance company to dictate your needs. This is your mouth, your dental care after all. We advocate with your priorities in mind. Dr. Puckett won’t let the insurance companies push you around.
We do everything we can to lower the cost to remove wisdom teeth. You get the care you need for less than nearly anywhere else!
The Longer You Put Off Wisdom Teeth — the More It Costs!
Unless a dentist or oral surgeon specifically tells you that you don’t need your wisdom teeth removed, you should plan to have them out as soon as possible. While it’s true you can have your wisdom teeth extracted at any age, the older you get the more complicated and expensive the procedure becomes. That’s why we recommend having your wisdom teeth removed in your early 20s. This will cause less damage to your surrounding teeth and fewer problems with your jawbone.
That being said, some lucky individuals don’t need to have their wisdom teeth removed. The new teeth don’t crowd the surrounding teeth, and they are coming in at a healthy angle. It’s best to have your wisdom teeth inspected by a dentist or oral surgeon overtime to see if you are developing any problems and will need to have them taken out.