Your wisdom teeth are a third set of molars and while they serve a purpose as a “back up” set, in many cases they need to be removed because of problems they can cause. At Randwick Smiles we are committed to providing you with a transparent wisdom teeth removal cost before you move forward with treatment. Let’s take a closer look at the factors that will influence the cost of your wisdom teeth removal.
Why Do My Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?
For many people wisdom teeth are not necessary, and they tend to cause problems such as gum infection, tooth decay and discomfort if they become impacted. It is very important that you do have your wisdom teeth extracted if they start to present with problems as the issues will not resolve without removing the tooth.
Most procedures can be performed in-chair, with local anaesthetic administered by injection. Anxious patients may want nitrous oxide or laughing gas to help them relax.
What Affects Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
In general, the more complex your case, the more you can expect to pay for your wisdom teeth removal. If it is possible to do the extraction in-chair, the procedure will cost less than if you need to be put under general anaesthesia.
If your procedure is complex, your dentist will recommend hospital admission. This will also increase the cost of your procedure.
Your professional fees also play a role in the total cost. Your dentist can set his or her own pricing, because while the Australian Dental Association does create guidelines, the fees for wisdom tooth extractions are not regulated.
Your location also impacts the cost of your procedure and will affect the rates charged by your dentist.
How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
The cost of extracting your wisdom teeth will depend on the factors above, and no two procedures are the same. There are some averages that have been drawn up though, and which create a starting point for you to start to budget.
Finder.com.au says you can budget between $150 and $200 per wisdom tooth extraction for a straightforward procedure. An in-chair extraction that requires local anaesthetic could cost up to $400 per tooth.
Dental Guide Australia says that a simple extraction could cost as little as $130 per tooth, up to $200 per tooth, while more complex procedures will come in between $295 and $400 per tooth.
According to smile.com.au, which cites the outcomes of the 2017 National Dental Fee survey, in-chair wisdom tooth extractions can cost from $500 per wisdom tooth to between $1500 and $3000 for an extraction under general anaesthesia. Smile also says that the removal of all four wisdoms, in a simple procedure costs an average of $2322 per procedure.
Will My Insurance Cover My Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
In the event that your wisdom tooth is removed in hospital, it will be covered by your hospital policy.
In-chair wisdom tooth removals are usually classified under general treatment extras as it is a major dental treatment. Once your dentist has given you a cost estimate you can check what cover you will have with your health insurance provider.
How Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost Calculated?
Your total cost for wisdom tooth removal usually includes a fee for your initial oral examination and x-rays, as well as the fees charged by your dentist. Surgical wisdom tooth extractions will also include a fee for anaesthesia.
Do you have more questions about wisdom teeth removal cost or what to expect from the procedure? It’s always best to speak to a professional. Contact our practice today: 02 8188 4625.