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How Much Does Molar Extraction Cost?

By Natasha Gayle

Dental Tools. Molar Tooth Extraction Cost

Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary for the sake of your dental health, as is the amount you have to pay for them. However, you do have options. Here's what you need to know about molar tooth extractions—the procedure, the reason behind it, the cost, etc.

So what are molars? You’ve likely heard of the third molar (your wisdom teeth), but is there more than just that? Yes. Your molars are found in the back of your mouth. They are the largest teeth in your mouth. Everyone has twelve in all—although if you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed then you only have 8.

How Much Does a Molar Tooth Extraction Cost?

The average cost of a molar tooth extraction is between $200 and $345 per tooth without dental insurance. Cost varies based on location and the severity of the extraction.

Here are example tooth extraction prices without dental insurance:

Average Cost of a Tooth Extraction
Procedure Cost without Insurance
Simple extraction $236
Surgical extraction of erupted tooth $366
Removal of impacted tooth - soft tissue $409
Removal of impacted tooth - partially bony $516
Removal of impacted tooth - completely bony $619
Surgical removal of residual tooth roots $407

How Much Does It Cost with a Discount Dental Plan?

Here are the average prices you can expect to pay using the Careington Care 500 discount dental plan. For the most up-to-date treatment prices in your area, please visit the 1Dental fee schedule and enter your zip code.

Tooth Extraction Cost
Dental Treatment Molar Extraction Cost with Careington Care 500 Plan
Simple extraction $67
Surgical extraction of erupted tooth $164
Removal of impacted tooth - soft tissue $141
Removal of impacted tooth - partially bony $182
Removal of impacted tooth - completely bony $239
Surgical removal of residual tooth roots $132

Use our search tool below to find a plan and a dentist near you that offers these great discounts to our members on molar tooth extractions. See if they do molar tooth extractions at their office. Some general dentists may need to refer you to an oral surgeon, but you can still get some kind of discount there using our plan.

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Reasons for Molar Tooth Extraction

There are several reasons why a molar extraction is necessary.

  1. Too crowded - when you need more room in your mouth. Most commonly used in orthodontia.
  2. Tooth infection or impending risk of infection - when infection reaches the root of a tooth and cannot be resolved using a root canal.
  3. Periodontal disease (Gum disease) - when the disease infects the tissues and bones surrounding and supporting the tooth.

The most common of these is when the tooth is too badly damaged from tooth decay or trauma to be corrected.

Tooth Extraction Process

The tooth extraction process may seem frightening, but it's actually a fairly simple procedure, depending on the type of extraction.

  1. Your dentist will numb the affected area
  2. Remove the back molar tooth
  3. Pack with gauze (unless you need stitches)
  4. Take some time to rest and heal

How to Care for a Tooth Extraction

Once you've had a tooth extraction, you'll need to take some time to rest and heal. Also, follow your dentist's post-extraction instructions to prevent dry socket, which include:

  • Replacing the gauze when necessary
  • Using an ice bag if needed to reduce swelling
  • Taking prescribed antibiotics to lessen the pain
  • Limit activity and relax for a couple of days
  • Don't spit forcefully for at least 24 hours
  • Eat soft foods
  • Among other things (Your dentist will give you the instructions you need)

Additionally, make sure you let your dentist know about any serious medical conditions you have or had. This is important information for your dentist to know before the procedure, as they may affect how they do surgery and what they recommend for post-extraction recovery.

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Conclusion

If your dentist has recommended a molar tooth extraction for you, don't wait too long to see that it's done!

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