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When you have no dental insurance, how much would pulling out the wisdom teeth cost you?
My daughter might need to get her wisdom teeth pulled by next year and want to plan my budget accordingly.

If you are going to budget for wisdom teeth extraction, why not purchase insurance instead? I don't know if this would be cost effective for you, but it seems worth looking into.

The cost of the extractions will vary depending on whether she has straight roots and a dentist does it or whether it is more complicated and an oral surgeon is needed.

like $300 per tooth and up or lower depending on your dental guy and the level of pain in the butt you are.

depends if u want to be put to sleep or not for the extraction

I paid around $75/ea, but I only had three and they weren't impacted. Oh, and I didn't get the gas, just local.

way more than $75 each. i think i had 4 pulled around $1200. full anesthesia

miserly said: [Q]way more than $75 each. i think i had 4 pulled around $1200. full anesthesia

wow i didn't know it cost so much, good thing i had them taken out when i still had a mdeical plan (put me to sleep taken all four out) but now that you think about it i think it should cost couple hundred a tooth.

$350 for 1 wisdom tooth this past year.

No way somebody paid $75 for a wisdom tooth.


nyy4life said: [Q]$350 for 1 wisdom tooth this past year.

No way somebody paid $75 for a wisdom tooth.

Ummmm....... yes way. I paid about that much to have mine pulled (maybe a little more, I don't remember exactly). You have to remember, it all depends on where you live. It's much cheaper in the south.

There is no need to have your wisdom teeth pulled out unless they are causing pain or affecting the other teeth.

If an oral surgeon is required it's going to run around $1500.00+ (for all four teeth)due to anesthetic and the specialty. If your dentist can do the procedure it is much cheaper. And of course the prices vary depending on region.

Usually the consult to the oral surgeon is free.

Done't forget to use your flexible spending acct. for these expenses if you have one.

with insurance, i paid $150 for all 4 taken out. general anesthesia too. ugh. it was extremely annoying.

Have her join the military, it's free there. Thats where I got mine pulled.

I dont remember exactly how much the doc quoted last year for extracting wisdom tooth but it was something like 250-300/tooth.

Get recommendations for good pain-free dentists. Mine was awesome with the local anesthetic.

Why does she need her wisdom teeth removed? Lots of dentists do this without good reason, but if those teeth are removed the other teeth won't be braced as well and will be more likely to wobble or even fall out. Also without the wisdom teeth, it may be necessary for lost teeth to be replaced with a full denture rather than with just a bridge.

A bad dentist wanted to remove my wisdom teeth because he said that it would prevent dizziness, ringing in the ears, jaw pain, and gum disease. Another dentist said those teeth were fine. I haven't experienced any of those symptoms in ten years, I still have my wisdom teeth, and I still go to that second dentist.

Mine were impacted and it cost $1400 for 4 with IV.

With insurance and a discount, ended up paying $200. Procedure probably took 30 minutes

If your daughter is young, then I would suggest putting her to sleep for the procedure to spare her the memory of the dentist pulling her tooth out with a dental plier at a great force. It is worth the extra cost.

Mine was covered by insurance. kids in Calif have state insurance, you might check for that...... Only one. THe other ones work fine.

The Dr. said I would just feel a little pressure & that's all....haha yeah righto Doc.

BustaMoo said: [Q]If your daughter is young, then I would suggest putting her to sleep for the procedure to spare her the memory of the dentist pulling her tooth out with a dental plier at a great force. It is worth the extra cost.

wow some people are really quesy..

actually, this sort of operation really only needs local anesthesia (sp?)..
I think it is silly to put yourself at risk to go to sleep for tooth pulling.
If you do still want it, make sure a real anesthesiologist is there, and not just the dentist/oral surgeon who took a two-week class on general anesthesia.. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0>

BustaMoo said: [Q]If your daughter is young, then I would suggest putting her to sleep for the procedure to spare her the memory of the dentist pulling her tooth out with a dental plier at a great force. It is worth the extra cost.

wow some people are really quesy..

actually, this sort of operation really only needs local anesthesia (sp?)..
I think it is silly to put yourself at risk to go to sleep for tooth pulling.
If you do still want it, make sure a real anesthesiologist is there, and not just the dentist/oral surgeon who two a two-week class on general anesthesia.. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0>

you might not wake up!

Like someone mentioned, the cost depends on how difficult it is to remove the wisdom tooth/teeth. If the tooth is impacted (stuck or encased in bone) then you are expected to pay more than if it were normally erupted like your other teeth. For example, if you have a fully impacted tooth, the dentist/oral surgeon needs to cut through more bone to get to it (don't worry, the bone grows back over time <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-disgusted.gif" border=0>.

Here's what it costs at the dental center I visited, using a PPO plan:

Simple Extraction: $161 total, with PPO $83 patient fee, $36.60 patient share (what I paid for deductible)

Full Bony Impaction: $486 total, with PPO $319 patient fee, $185 patient share (deductible)

lalagimp said: [Q]like $300 per tooth and up or lower depending on your dental guy and the level of pain in the butt you are.

This sounds about right.

[Q]There is no need to have your wisdom teeth pulled out unless they are causing pain or affecting the other teeth.
This is true, but mine were decaying and causing recurring bouts of tonsilitis, when I DON'T want that procedure. I seriously was having tonsilitis about 3-5 times/year. Since having my wisdom teeth extracted, ZERO occurrences of tonsilitis.
And yes, I seriously paid only $75/each under local anesthetic. Dentists seem to be a dime/dozen around here. He had them out in less than 15 minutes after the lidocaine kicked in and it was a breeze. Then to my surprise, he prescribed Demerol for the pain after.
PS> The price was out-of-pocket, I had no dental plan at the time. Also, it was a private dentist, not a dental school.

My wife just got hers out last week. $20 per teeth of course with insurance paying the rest of it (I think 80%) so it's about $100 per teeth.

be prepare to not eat for at least 2 weeks.... find some of thoes happy cows..

I had my last remaining one pulled under local anesthetic for around $125 in St. Louis, MO. It was not impacted and came out easily. I was worried about just getting local anesthetic, the whole pliers in the mouth thing <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0> It actually went A LOT better than I thought. There was barely ANY pain, both while it was removed and afterwards, and I didn't have the general anesthesia hangover the rest of the day.

I will admit though, if you have the money, go for general anesthesia. It's fun getting put under <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>

why not try one of those clinical trials and get paid as well? heehhee


larrymoencurly said: [Q]
A bad dentist wanted to remove my wisdom teeth because he said that it would prevent dizziness, ringing in the ears, jaw pain, and gum disease. Another dentist said those teeth were fine. I haven't experienced any of those symptoms in ten years, I still have my wisdom teeth, and I still go to that second dentist.
I've gotten all of those things in the past couple of years, and I still have my wisdom teeth. Maybe it's time I get them pulled. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>

"This is true, but mine were decaying and causing recurring bouts of tonsilitis,"

You could have your tonsils taken out. Very common when I was a kid, I wonder if its still done alot?

[Q]You could have your tonsils taken out. Very common when I was a kid, I wonder if its still done alot?
Not really, only in extreme cases. They've now found that they produce immune cells. Also, I was 25 when I had the wisdom teeth extracted and they say that tonsilectomies tend to be tough on adults.

nyy4life said: [Q]$350 for 1 wisdom tooth this past year.

No way somebody paid $75 for a wisdom tooth.

WAY!

i had one pulled for $60 when i had no insurance. (6 years ago). had a big ole hole in it to the root - ouch! cavity! did it with a shot only. no going under.

obviously it was in straight.

depends on how they grow in and what the trouble is.

One pulled by dentist w/ local...hammer, chisel, lots of drilling, hurt like hell. Dentist decided it was attached to the jaw bone about 5 min. into it.

Three w/ oral surgeon....much better...$900 15 years ago...worth it though...

That CRACK! noise is one you never forget, even if you're wholly numb with local anesthesia.

Aftercare is the most important thing, IMHO. An infected extraction site is supposedly extremely painful.

My take: Ask the dentist why they need to be removed. In my case they were so deep in my gums (though not impacted) that it was going to be nearly impossible to keep them clean. Sooner or later, they would start to decay, leading to abcess. At that point you're talking a heckuva lot more time and trouble to get them out - plus the pain.

Try going to Mexico or Canada. A vacation + dental procedure all at the same cost.

Seriously... last year my wife got a quote for approx $1500. She was considering a vacation to India anyways so she travelled to India and visited the dentist there, who adviced against removing the wisdom teeth, instead just set them in the right direction so that they do not cause pain.

I my case, I went to the dentist and told him about the wisdom tooth. He took a look at it and sent me to an oral surgeon.

When I got there, the doc asked me what happened to my tooth. I explained that after eating my wife's meatloaf one night, I heard a crack. He laughed....pulled it out in about 35 minutes and then discounted my bill for making him laugh so hard.

Hope the wife isn't reading this....shhhhh<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

tbyte said: [Q]larrymoencurly said: [Q]A bad dentist wanted to remove my wisdom teeth because he said that it would prevent dizziness, ringing in the ears, jaw pain, and gum disease. Another dentist said those teeth were fine. I haven't experienced any of those symptoms in ten years, I still have my wisdom teeth, and I still go to that second dentist.I've gotten all of those things in the past couple of years, and I still have my wisdom teeth. Maybe it's time I get them pulled. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>The funny thing about this bad dentist was that I answered "no" to each question about those symptoms, and he replied that pulling my wisdom teeth would eliminate them -- talk about enthusiastic.



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