As wisdom teeth begin to come in, there are several unknowns about the decision for extraction, the surgery itself and the cost of the procedure. Many people are unaware of when or why they need to extract the extra molars, and what is involved with the surgery.
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Not everyone requires surgery to remove their wisdom teeth. If their mouth has plenty of room and their teeth come in straight, they most likely won't need removal surgery. Because of this, the very first thing you need to do is talk to your dentist. They will take x-rays to see if your teeth are coming in properly. If you feel pain in the back of your mouth or have trouble eating, notify them so they can evaluate your situation properly. Once they have examined your mouth, they will suggest what actions to take.
If not indicated by an x-ray, common symptoms of needing to remove wisdom teeth show up in the form of toothaches, inflamed gums, sinus issues and jaw pain. The teeth cause these issues when they come in crooked or misaligned. If not removed, the extra molars can cause damage to other teeth, the jaw and even cause cavities or gum disease.
Though rare, a person can get their wisdom teeth removed at the dental office - but if their teeth are deeply impacted, as is usually the case, they may need to visit an oral surgeon. The oral professional will numb the mouth and possibly provide a sedative for the pain.
To prepare for any procedure regarding your wisdom teeth, consider the type of anesthesia or sedation needed for the surgery and how to prepare accordingly. Your dentist or oral surgeon will have detailed instructions on how to get ready.
During the procedure, the dentist or oral surgeon will administer a type of anesthesia to relieve any pain. After that, they will begin the extraction process.
Once the extraction surgery begins, your oral surgeon will:
The average price of a simple wisdom tooth extraction done by a general dentist is approximately $200 - $450 (or $800 - $1800 for all four teeth). However, as most individuals who need their wisdom teeth removed require surgery from an oral surgeon, average costs can range from $400 - $750 per tooth (or $1,600 - $3,000 for all four).
One way an individual can save on wisdom teeth removal surgery is by signing up for a Dental Savings Plan. At 1Dental, the Careington Care 500 Plan lowers the cost of simple extractions from a general dentist significantly. If a surgeon is required, add the Dental Access plan (powered by the Aetna Dental Access network) and you can often save more (15-50%). See average costs by area below, along with the savings that the Care 500 plan provides at general dentists:
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- Brittany K, CO
"...I had dental surgery just yesterday and it saved me $402 for the 2 extractions."
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"My wife and I have used the Dental Access Plan for a few years now and saved a tremendous amount! I had 2 wisdom teeth recently and essentially cut my bill in half."
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