By Natasha Gayle
There are two parts to wisdom teeth removal: the procedure and recovery. This treatment has almost become a rite of passage. Most everyone goes through it.
If you need your wisdom teeth extracted, consider the cost. Is there such a thing as cheap wisdom teeth removal? Fortunately, there is.
$200 to $600 per tooth without dental insurance. Expect to pay close to $1,000 for the removal of four wisdom teeth.
Using a discount dental plan, you can reduce that cost to just $60 to $275 a tooth, respectively, depending on the type of extraction you need.
Your most affordable wisdom teeth removal option will be found at a general dentist. But even if you have to visit a dental specialist, there are some great options to save more money at your visit for you and your family.
Our dental savings plans offer significant savings on wisdom teeth removal at dental offices near you. The plan you choose will depend on the type of dentist you need. If you need to see a specialist (or oral surgeon) to remove your wisdom teeth, choose our Dental Access Plan powered by the Aetna Dental Network. If you plan to see a general dentist, select our Careington Care 500 plan for maximum savings.
Wisdom teeth extraction with our Careington Care 500 plan would reduce the cost of the extraction from between $200 and $600 a tooth without dental insurance to $60 and $200 a tooth, depending on the type of extraction needed and the state in which you live. Just search our providers to find a general dentist or oral surgeon near you who does wisdom teeth removal.
See how much your dental insurance can save you on this procedure. That will help you plan accordingly. Make sure to take note of any annual maximums. Typically, once these maximums are reached, the patient will need to pay out-of-pocket for the rest. (Check with your provider to find out more!). If this is the case, consider using a discount dental plan (mentioned above) once you have reached your annual maximum to help reduce the remaining cost. These plans can work well together.
A lot of companies offer employees a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). If you haven’t already used it this year, you can put some of that money toward this procedure.
Although this wouldn’t make it any less money for you, talking to your dentist or oral surgeon about a payment plan can make the cost more manageable for you or your family. Instead of paying for the procedure all at once, your dentist may be willing to break up the payment over several months to help you.
Sometimes health insurance will cover wisdom teeth removal - in whole or in part - if it is considered a medical necessity. For instance, impacted teeth are typically determined a medical necessity for removal. Check with your health insurance provider for more information.
Removing your wisdom teeth is totally up to you. We'd recommend heeding the advice of your dentist based on your particular situation. There are some people who keep their wisdom teeth, but there are also a lot of people who have their wisdom teeth removed. Most of the time the risk of these incoming teeth overcrowding or causing problems for other teeth in the mouth require removal.
To understand the debate between whether you should remove or keep your wisdom teeth, be sure to check out our article on the wisdom teeth controversy. You'll also discover some more reasons to consider removing your wisdom teeth in this article.
The recovery stage is going to be mostly up to you—how well you follow your dentist’s instructions, how much rest you get and how you enjoy your time at home. With those in mind, here are three key ways to affordably hasten your recovery after wisdom tooth extraction:
To experience cheap dental recovery and the least amount of pain, listen to and follow your dentist's post-care instructions. You may feel lingering numbness or pain for a few days after the procedure. Your dentist may recommend you:
As you rest, your body can recuperate from the extraction. You may be dizzy and tired for the first few days after your extraction—a 2- to 3-day recovery period is average. If you try to get back to your routine too quickly, however, you may be stuck at home much longer! Try not to put extra stress on your body in any way, especially by talking. The less you talk, the quicker your recovery time.
Take time to enjoy your time off. Watch TV, spend time with family or start reading that book you've been wanting to read. If you spend your recovery time grudgingly, you may return to your normal life already tired and slightly cranky. One of the best ways to survive having your wisdom teeth out is to enjoy your little break from the daily grind!
Following your dentist's instructions and choosing to relax adds up to a quick and easy recovery, allowing you to step right back into the regular flow of your daily life. If you want to survive having your wisdom teeth out and return to life relaxed and refreshed, follow these three simple steps—they can turn your experience from painful to enjoyable.