When it comes time to have your third molars, or wisdom teeth, taken out, price can be an issue – especially if you do not have dental insurance. Wisdom tooth removal costs are determined on several factors: the dentist, your location, how difficult the procedure is, and if you have dental insurance. Keeping all of those factors in mind, your tooth extraction could cost as little as $100 or as much as $400 and that is just per tooth. Most people have all four wisdom teeth removed at once so you can see how the entire procedure can add up.
The first thing to consider when determining wisdom tooth removal costs is what dentist you should use. No one wants to use a dentist who has little to no experience in removing difficult teeth like the third molars. However, if you have no dental insurance or your insurance is not very good, you may have no other choice. The less experienced a dentist is, usually the cheaper they are in price. Also, you need to factor in your location as well. Bigger cities usually have more high-priced dentists than smaller towns. Of course, big cities also have many programs for the poor to help with things like dental procedures that are considered emergencies – which, third molar extraction is considered an emergency because of all the problems they can cause.
The next thing to consider when figuring out wisdom tooth removal costs is how difficult the extraction procedure is. The dentist may quote you a price before he or she actually gets inside your mouth to do the procedure, but that price is usually meant for the best case scenario. In other words, if your teeth are easily removed, you will pay the low price per tooth. If, however, if there is more work involved in removing the teeth, the price will go up. It is really quite simple.
Of course, the wisdom tooth removal costs that you will pay out of pocket will depend on the type of dental insurance you have, if any. Many people have really good dental insurance that will pay most of the cost of third molar extraction. There are, however, many people who do not have any type of dental insurance. That means, you will have to pay for the entire procedure out of pocket and, usually, before the procedure will be performed. So, keep that in mind if you do not have insurance. As third molars can cause many dental problems if left impacted, you really can’t afford not to get them extracted – so, even if you have to take out a small loan, you will need to get the procedure done as soon as possible.