What are wisdom teeth and why are they removed?
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. They’re called wisdom teeth because they come in at a time when people are considered old enough to be wise. While some people have no problems with their wisdom teeth and they come in just fine. Others have wisdom teeth that grow in at an angle or get stuck underneath the gum line. When this happens, wisdom teeth removal is often recommended.
There are a few reasons why someone might need to have their wisdom teeth removed. One reason is that if the tooth is only partially erupted, it can trap food and bacteria behind it which can cause decay. Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth can crowd other teeth and cause pain or other problems. In some cases, cysts or tumors can form around impacted wisdom teeth, which can damage the jawbone or other nearby teeth. If a patient does have teeth that are only partially erupted, the dentist may clean under the tooth and recommend that the patient brush or floss behind it regularly.
The average cost of wisdom teeth removal
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that many people undergo. The cost of wisdom teeth removal can vary depending on a few factors, such as the number of wisdom teeth being removed, the location of the dentist, and whether or not sedation is used. On average, wisdom teeth removal can cost anywhere from $600 to $1,200 per tooth.
Factors that affect the cost of wisdom teeth removal
There are a few different factors that can affect the cost of wisdom teeth removal. One is whether or not you have insurance. If you have insurance, your policy may cover some or all of the cost of the procedure. Another factor is what type of procedure you need. Some people may only need to have their wisdom teeth extracted, while others may need to have their wisdom teeth removed and their gums surgically repaired. The third factor is where you live. Wisdom teeth removal tends to be more expensive in urban areas than in rural areas.
Dental insurance and coverage for wisdom teeth removal
While most dental insurance plans cover at least a portion of wisdom teeth removal costs, the coverage varies greatly from plan to plan. It’s important to check with your insurer to see what your coverage is before scheduling surgery.
Wisdom teeth removal is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, which means that it’s typically not covered by dental insurance. However, there are some instances where removal may be medically necessary, such as if the wisdom teeth are causing pain or crowding other teeth. In these cases, you may be able to get partial coverage for the procedure.
If you don’t have dental insurance or if your plan doesn’t cover wisdom teeth removal, the cost of the procedure can range anywhere from $75 to $3,000 per tooth.
Ways to save money on wisdom teeth removal
There are a few things you can do to lower the cost of wisdom teeth removal.
One way to save money is to have your wisdom teeth removed by a dental student. Dental schools offer reduced-cost services to patients, and the work is supervised by experienced dentists.
Another way to save money is to have your wisdom teeth removed at a community health center. Community health centers typically charge less for dental services than private practices.
You may also be able to get your wisdom teeth removed for free or at a reduced cost through a clinical trial. Clinical trials are research studies in which new treatments are tested. If you participate in a clinical trial, you may receive free or discounted dental care.
Talk to your dentist about these and other ways you can save money on wisdom teeth removal.
Conclusion: The final cost
Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure. It is typically recommended when the wisdom teeth come in and crowd other teeth, or if they are impacted and not growing in properly. Wisdom teeth removal can be a simple procedure or a more complicated one, depending on the position of the wisdom teeth. The average cost of wisdom teeth removal is $600-$700.
If you’ve got wisdom teeth that need to be removed, call the Costa Mesa office of Newport Bay Dental at (714) 434-7100 today.