If you’ve been told that you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t worry, because understanding wisdom teeth removal cost and how it is calculated can make the procedure go much smoother.
Even though wisdom tooth extractions are one of the most dreaded dental procedures among my patients, they are actually performed quite often, and the majority of cases are without complications.
How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
Ultimately, the cost of your wisdom tooth extraction depends on the complexity of your case, and the specific course of treatment you need.
This makes it difficult to estimate a price without me assessing you, taking x-rays including a full face x-ray called an OPG, or in more difficult cases a CBCT which is a 3D x-ray of your jaws.
I understand that each patient’s case is different. I always offer my patients an honest and transparent conversation about their treatment, as well as a detailed treatment plan that outlines all associated costs.
How Are Wisdom Tooth Extraction Costs Calculated?
There are a number of variables that need to be taken into account before calculating the cost of your wisdom tooth extraction. Some of these include:
How complex is your procedure?
Complex procedures may include impacted wisdom teeth or a procedure to remove all four at once, and these would incur additional costs.
Your individual dentist’s fees
Dental practitioner fees do vary to some degree. Here at Tooth Crusader, I am committed to offering my patients the very best value for money.
The type of health insurance you have
Your health insurance and the level of cover offered by your policy also influence how much you can expect to pay for wisdom teeth extractions.
For a simple extraction, budget for $350 per tooth, but more complex surgical procedures can be a little more and range between $500 to $650.
Do I Need To Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
I don’t suggest extractions without good cause as our motto is “We Fight For Teeth” and, if your wisdom teeth are not presenting with any problems, they should be left alone. However, if you are experiencing problems with them, it is best to have them removed earlier rather than later.
Some of the problems that can warrant the removal of wisdom teeth include:
Impacted wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are impacted when they do not emerge fully from the gums. This can cause damage to surrounding teeth and/or tooth decay.
Infections are more common when wisdom teeth are impacted.
Wisdom teeth that do not grow straight can place pressure on and cause pain to the other teeth in your mouth.
Impacted wisdom teeth can be challenging to keep clean, and this can lead to tooth decay.
Patients who wear braces and Invisalign or clear aligners
If you need braces, Invisalign or clear aligner treatments, I may also recommend wisdom teeth extraction before your braces are put on, as the force they apply could interfere with your orthodontic treatment.
When I assess your mouth, I will take x-rays to see the teeth under the gum, and the angle(s) at which they are emerging. Early intervention is always a good idea, because wisdom teeth that are not growing straight will not self-correct and any problems will worsen over time. Leaving the wisdom teeth alone and dealing with them later will probably also cost you more in the long term.
Would you like to find out more out wisdom teeth removal cost? I have years of experience in wisdom tooth extractions and would love to answer any questions you might have. Please contact Tooth Crusader today for the most convenient appointment: (02) 8203 8750.