Wisdom tooth extraction costs - Fee estimates for third molar removal:

Erupted teeth. / Impaction cases. / Sedation fees.

Fees by
impaction
type.

Link to types of impactions animation.

The fee you're charged is based on your tooth's extraction classification.

In general, a dentist wants to base their extraction fees on factors such as the expected level of difficulty of the procedure, the amount of appointment time it will take to complete the process, what level of postoperative assistance will need to be provided, etc...

As it turns out, with wisdom teeth these factors tend to vary in accordance with the tooth's positioning in the jaw (erupted vs. partially-erupted vs. fully impacted). And for this reason, fees are typically quoted using the following classifications, all based on the tooth's basic orientation in the jawbone.

A) Wisdom tooth extraction - Soft tissue impaction.1

$232.00 - $420.00

Low fee = Small rural city or town.
High fee = Large metropolitan area.
[How we calculate our cost estimates for procedures.]

1) A "soft tissue" impaction is one where although the tooth has penetrated through the surface of the jaw's bone, at least some portion of the patient's gums still lie over the wisdom tooth (see animation below).

The tooth might be fully covered over by gum tissue. Or it may be "partially erupted," meaning that it has penetrated to some degree through the surface of the gums (the case where you can visualize a portion of the tooth).

The extraction process generally involves making an incision in the gum tissue (so to allow access to the tooth), removing the tooth, and then repositioning and suturing the gums back into place. The fee charged should include all of these services.


B) Wisdom tooth extraction - Partial bony impaction.2

$280.00 - $461.00

2) A "partial bony" impaction is one where at least some aspect of the crown portion of the tooth (the part normally extending above the gum line) is still encased in the jawbone.

Impaction classifications.

Soft tissue and bony impactions.

Definitions of full-bony, partial-bony and soft-tissue impaction classes as they pertain to extraction fees.

In brief, the removal of the tooth will involve making an incision in the overlying gum tissue so to gain access to the tooth and surrounding bone tissue, the removal of bone from around the tooth, the removal of the tooth, and repositioning and suturing the gums back into place.


C) Wisdom tooth extraction - Full bony impaction.3

$334.00 - $510.00

3) A "full bony" impaction is one where the wisdom tooth is totally encased in bone tissue.

During the extraction process, an incision will be made in the gum tissue that lies over the tooth and it will be reflected back. Bone covering over the tooth will then be trimmed away. The tooth will often need to be sectioned (cut into pieces) before it can be taken out. The gum tissue will then be repositioned and sutured back into place.

X-ray of the extraction site remaining from a 'simple' extraction.

X-ray of the surgical site following a "simple" (fully erupted tooth) extraction.

D) Simple wisdom tooth extraction (non-surgical).4

$113.00 - $223.00

4) Not all wisdom teeth pose a significant obstacle to removal. Those third molars that have erupted fully and have a normal positioning can be as straightforward to extract as any other tooth. If so, the cost for removing them should be in line with that charged for other routine tooth extractions (termed "simple" extractions).

More information about routine extraction costs.


Costs for sedation services.

In those cases where the patient opts for the administration of some type of sedation during their extraction process, additional costs will be involved.

Administration of nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
$45.00 - $90.00

Administration of intravenous (conscious) sedation.
$262.00 - $410.00

You should not have to pay any additional fee for you dentist to "numb up" your tooth using a local anesthetic ("Novocaine"). This should already be included in the price of the tooth's extraction. The items above refer to additional medications that may be opted for, primarily as a means of patient management and/or helping the patient to better cope with the extraction process.


To get an exact fee, a consultation will probably be necessary.

Due to the great amount of variability that the process of extracting a third molar can pose, you're unlikely to find any dentist who will quote a fee for your procedure without having an opportunity to examine you first.

This exam will need to include taking dental x-rays, and these can add to its cost. But these are items that you will need no matter who performs your work.

After you've had your consultation, if you decide not to have your treatment performed at that office, or if you simply choose to get a second opinion, you can request that your x-rays be forwarded to another dentist.

 

Update log -

03/04/2019 - Reference link added.

02/12/2019 - Content updated.

 
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Because the procedure estimates we show are developed by different means, you may find the survey of dental fees published by DentistryIQ an interesting independent source: DentistryIQ - 2017 dental fee analysis by region and CDT procedure code

All reference sources for topic Wisdom Teeth.

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