Having a wisdom tooth extracted is quite common. Most people will experience some type of problem with their wisdom teeth that requires having them removed. It’s almost a right of passage, as the procedure is often done following high school graduation or at some point in college, which is the common age when wisdom teeth might come in.
Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars that usually make their appearance in the late teen years or early adulthood. Sometimes they come in properly, but many times they come in at the wrong angle or they don’t come in at all and become impacted. When they don’t come in properly, extraction is the best solution if there is a concern after a consultation.
If you or your child need wisdom tooth extraction, you are probably wondering how much you can expect to pay for the procedure. On average, removal of a wisdom tooth falls somewhere in the range of $500 to $800. But the actual cost depends on a few different factors.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth removal does not cost the same amount for every patient as the price of the procedure varies based on a few key points, such as;
- Individual patient’s case. Each patient is different, and the individual needs of each patient factor into the cost of the procedure. If the wisdom teeth came completely in through the gums it will typically cost less to have them removed than if they are impacted underneath the gums. The level of difficulty involved in removing them will affect the cost.
- Dental insurance. If you have dental insurance, your plan will usually cover part of the cost of a wisdom tooth extraction, as long as the procedure is deemed medically necessary. Depending on your coverage and the deductible, if there is one, insurance may cover up to 80% of the procedure.
- Type of anesthesia used. Local anesthesia can be used in some cases of wisdom teeth removal, but if the teeth are impacted under the gums, it may be necessary or more comfortable for the patient to go under general anesthesia. Local anesthesia involves numbing the nerves in the area of the wisdom teeth and extracting the teeth while the patient is awake. General anesthesia puts the patient in a drowsy state so that they are still able to respond to commands, but may not remember anything about the procedure. The use of general anesthesia will increase the cost.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction at Midtown Dental Care Associates
If you or your child are in need of wisdom teeth extraction, Midtown Dental Care Associates handles a wide range of oral surgery procedures in NYC. If cost is a concern for you, we will discuss your options and find a way to make the procedure more affordable. Wisdom teeth can be a problem for many patients, potentially causing long-term damage to the healthy teeth and jaw if they are not removed. Don’t let the cost of the procedure prevent you or your child from getting necessary dental care.
Call 212.685.4730 today to schedule a wisdom teeth consultation. We look forward to helping you preserve your long-term dental health.