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What Does Wisdom Tooth Extraction Cost?

Congratulations, your wisdom teeth have arrived! Unfortunately, many times these wisdom teeth— also known as third molars — need to be removed. The way these teeth grow can cause all kinds of complications, so getting rid of them early may be a smart decision over the long term. The price of a wisdom tooth extraction can become an obstacle to a healthier smile, so learn more about the estimated costs and the factors that might affect your final bill.

Why Do You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

If your wisdom teeth fully erupt at proper alignment, you may not need a tooth extraction. However, wisdom teeth often present themselves as impacted under the bone and gum tissue. The impaction positions them with the inability to breach the gumline and puts them at greater risk for developing cysts or tumours. Others begin to erupt and stop partially in place, allowing bacteria to grow around the tooth and under the gums. Still, others may crowd and damage neighbouring teeth if there is not enough room to erupt. Misplaced wisdom teeth can also trap food or be difficult to floss, giving cavity-causing bacteria a place to grow. If your wisdom teeth need to go, it's best to have them taken out as a young adult. The roots have not fully developed at this age, increasing chances for a more successful procedure and a quicker healing process.

What Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?

An oral maxillofacial surgeon will usually perform a wisdom tooth extraction. These dental specialists have undergone additional training and are certified to administer general anaesthesia if needed. Several factors may affect the cost of your procedure, including the existence and type of tooth impaction, whether anaesthesia is required and where you live. Practo explains that cost of tooth extraction can vary depending upon the city/locality, clinic/hospital type & amenities, experience of the provider, number & type of teeth for extraction, medications used etc. Typically, the cost of tooth extraction in India may range from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 8,000.

Medifee explains that dental X rays are also known as dental radiographs, which on average cost between 200 to 1000 in most of the cities. Your initial and follow-up exams may also come with a price tag, for which you can discuss with your dentist.

How to Pay for Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction

You can always pay for the extraction out of pocket, but if you are concerned about costs, consider these other options: 

  • Packages and payment plans - Many oral surgeons offer package deals for having all four wisdom teeth removed simultaneously. Your oral surgeon may also allow for a payment plan, breaking down the surgery's overall cost into smaller chunks over time.
  • Discount dental plans - Several discount dental plans also exist, allowing you to pay one annual fee and receive discounts on dental procedures within a network of dentists all year long. Talk to your dental professional to see if a discount plan is available.

If you're concerned about the cost of wisdom teeth removal, talk to your dental professional and insurance agency about your options. Though it seems like a high price to pay, removing your wisdom teeth now may prevent more serious — and more costly — problems later.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.