The cost of pulling a wisdom tooth varies significantly, with the average cost falling somewhere between $75 and $600. In calculating your precise price, the dentist will consider a range of factors, including how the tooth is positioned and whether there are any signs of infection that demand treatment. When you consider the out-of-pocket cost, you’ll need to factor in insurance coverage and your state’s guidelines on wisdom tooth extraction.
If you’re bothered by an impacted wisdom tooth or a wisdom tooth with a cavity, it’s best you seek treatment as soon as possible. These sorts of issues don’t resolve on their own, and they tend to get worse with time.
Here’s what you need to know before you book your wisdom tooth removal:
Wisdom teeth are susceptible to all sorts of issues, including eruption and growth problems and cavities.
When there’s not enough space for a wisdom tooth to grow in the right direction, it can grow sideways or get stuck inside the gums. When a third molar is growing sideways or unable to erupt fully, dentists say it’s “impacted”. An impacted wisdom tooth, if left untreated, can cause pain, infections, cavities, and gum disease.
Extracting an impacted wisdom tooth is more complicated than a standard extraction, and it generally carries a higher cost:
Your dentist may recommend extracting two or four wisdom teeth at once to save money and time.
It usually takes around four to seven days to recover from having a wisdom tooth pulled. Your dentist will provide detailed after-care guidelines to facilitate healing and prevent infection.
If you or your child feels the nagging discomfort that’s commonly associated with an erupting wisdom tooth, a Kool Smiles Kids Club partner dentist can help. Our partner dentists accept Medicaid, TRICARE, CHIP (formerly SCHIP), and most insurance policies. If you’re uninsured or underinsured, our partners accept cash, credit, and CareCredit.