At one point in life, even with excellent dental hygiene, you may find yourself in need of a tooth extraction. A tooth extraction might be necessary if you have a severe case of fractured, broken, cracked, chipped or impacted tooth. No matter the reason, the cost of a tooth extraction is surprisingly high just like many other dental procedures. Having a great dental plan may seem cost-effective, it can greatly reduce the overall cost of dental care.
Before the extraction procedure, the surgeon will be there to evaluate your mouth and give you a detailed guide on the costs and the processes involved. The purpose of this article is to provide you with estimated costs of the procedures involved in tooth extraction.
Factors that can affect tooth extraction costs
There are numerous factors that will affect your budget. The factors that can determine the cost of tooth extractions includes:
- Location: the prices may vary depending on the country or the state where the extraction will be carried out. The cost of tooth removal is extremely low in some countries around the world.
- The type of extraction: there are different types of extractions, the prices vary depending on the type of extraction needed.
- The number of teeth to be removed may affect the price.
- The type of anesthetic or sedative needed.
- Whether the tooth is erupted or impacted. Removal of impacted tooth costs more.
At the day of the extraction, the dentist will have to carry out necessary dental evaluation on the affected tooth. Common check-up and cleaning costs also varies, depending on your situation and where you live. In most places, an average check-up costs about $288, which covers an exam, x-rays, and cleaning. (1)
How much does tooth extraction cost?
The average cost of a tooth extraction ranges between $106-$220 per tooth depending on the number of factors that I listed earlier. According to a study, it was reported that the cost of tooth extraction can fall between $75 and $200 per tooth depending on anesthesia. The costs are significantly higher if the tooth to be removed is impacted. Here are different types of tooth extraction procedures and their estimated costs:
Cost of baby’s tooth extraction
The removal of the baby tooth may seem to be unnecessary, since the baby teeth eventually fall out on their own. However, for some certain reasons, there may be need to remove the baby tooth. The removal of a baby teeth involves a simple extraction procedure, which costs between $50-$100 per tooth.
Costs of non-surgical extraction
A non-surgical tooth extraction procedure is usually recommended for the removal of tooth that has fully erupted from the gum. The prices vary depending on the nature of the tooth, the type of anesthesia, the dentist and the local cost of living. The total cost of a non-surgical tooth extraction procedure falls between $75-$500. The cost includes x-rays, anesthetic, stitches, and any other necessary aftercare treatments. However, the total cost may be higher ranging between $300-$450 per tooth if the appointment is on an emergency basis.
Costs of surgical tooth extraction
Surgical extraction procedure is much more complex, the procedures requires more time and technical skill. It’s usually recommended if the tooth to be removed is impacted. The surgeon will make some incisions in order to remove the impacted tooth, it may require gum or bone removal. The total cost of a surgical teeth extraction falls between $150-$900 per tooth. The cost may be more depending on the type of anesthesia used, the local cost of living and the skill of the surgeon to perform the surgery. If a tooth is broken off at the gum line, it can also be removed via surgical extraction which costs around $150-$300 or more.
Costs of wisdom tooth extraction
The wisdom teeth are the last three or four molars that grows in during early adulthood, mostly at early 20s. Wisdom tooth extraction can be simple or surgical depending on the nature of the tooth. Some grow out erupted while others may be impacted. In most cases, the dentist may recommend to remove the four wisdom teeth at once in a single appointment. Simple extraction of the wisdom teeth costs between $300-$3,000 ($75-$750 for each tooth). If the teeth are severely impacted, they can be extracted surgically at the cost of $1,000-$3,000 or more.
Costs of tooth extraction with dental insurance
Dental insurance typically covers 60%-70% of standard costs if the extraction is considered medically necessary and not done just for cosmetic reasons. (2) As long as you have dental insurance, you won’t have to pay full price. Picking the right dental insurance plan will help to lower the cost of tooth removal, provided that the extraction is medically necessary. Although, it’s not everyone that wants to pay for insurance coverage, but having one can greatly reduce your overall cost of the care.
A typical standard dental insurance plan have yearly limits of $1,000 or $1,500. Depending on the type of plan that you choose, it’s possible that you could receive up to 60% discounts on any dental procedure.