How Much Would Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
Updated: Nov 11, 2021
All your teeth play a crucial role in your well-being. The last set of molars are called wisdom teeth. They chew and grind food. However, most people only think of their wisdom teeth when there is a problem. You'll need to remove impacted, decayed, or misaligned wisdom tooth. Why? And how much would it cost?
At what age do you get wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last molars to emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. These adult teeth grow in the back of your mouth. If you don't have enough space on your jaw, congestion may impact wisdom tooth growth. Impacted wisdom teeth are trapped in the jawbone and don't break through the gums. They can also emerge at the wrong angle and press against adjacent teeth. All these dental problems undermine overall oral health and function. To protect your dental health, have the misaligned or impacted wisdom teeth removed.
What happens if you never get your wisdom teeth pulled out?
Whether your wisdom tooth is impacted, misaligned, or decayed, you'll need to pull it out as soon as possible. These dental issues worsen over time and have far-reaching consequences.
Damage teeth, bone, and gums: A misaligned wisdom tooth presses and rubs against other teeth. If you don't extract it, the affected tooth will erode and damage healthy teeth. It also increases the risk of developing a cyst. Cysts can damage bone and gum tissue.
Pain: Infected wisdom teeth symptoms include inflamed gums, swelling, tooth pain, and fever. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, you can experience headaches and recurring pain. Both dental problems undermine the quality of life.
Gum disease: Wisdom teeth emerge in the hard-to-reach area far back in your mouth. Your toothbrush may not reach and clean impacted wisdom teeth. It undermines oral health and increases the risk of gingivitis and gum disease.
Pericoronitis: Partially erupted wisdom teeth are susceptible to bacterial infection. The infection can worsen over time, leading to pericoronitis.
Tooth decay: If you don't remove a wisdom tooth with cavities, it can lead to widespread dental decay. Tooth decay increases the risk of bacterial infection.
Removing impacted, decayed, or misaligned wisdom teeth can eliminate these risks. To improve oral health and protect your well-being, get wisdom teeth extraction.
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
The cost of wisdom teeth extraction varies depending on the level of impact and complexity. On average, wisdom tooth removal costs $200-$850/tooth. If you don't have enough room in the mouth, your dentist can perform a simple wisdom teeth extraction for $300. However, removing impacted wisdom teeth stuck in your gums will require surgical extraction. This procedure can cost $600 per tooth or more. Note that there are two types of impacted wisdom teeth – soft tissue and bony impaction. Removing teeth with bony impaction is more labour-intensive and costs more than soft tissue impaction.
Some patients require the extraction of all four wisdom teeth. To reduce your tooth removal cost, ask your dentist for all-inclusive pricing instead of per-tooth pricing. You can pay $500-$1000 for simple extraction of all four wisdom teeth. Surgical extraction of all four teeth costs $1000-$2000. Fortunately, most dental insurance plans cover up to 80% of wisdom tooth extraction costs. So you can use your dental insurance to lighten the burden.
Is wisdom teeth removal very painful?
No, wisdom teeth removal is not painful! Your Toronto dentist will administer local anesthesia before extracting the tooth to guarantee a pain-free procedure. You'll regain feeling in your mouth after the surgery once the anesthetic wears off. However, some patients experience mild pains and swelling after wisdom teeth extraction. Use an ice pack to reduce swelling and take prescribed pain relievers. Eating sugarless ice cream can help soothe the wound. For more information check our blog post.
What are the possible complications of wisdom teeth removal?
All surgical procedures come with some risks. Some side effects of surgical wisdom tooth extraction include dry socket, bleeding, swelling, jaw pain, and insensitivity on the lower lip. A dry socket occurs when the blood clot is dislodged from the extraction site. It can disrupt the healing process. Follow your dentist's instructions, including oral hygiene routine and what to eat after wisdom teeth removal. Avoid hard or sticky foods that can dislodge blood clots. The best foods to eat after your surgery include pasta, rice, and soup. To reduce swelling and pain, place an ice pack on the extraction site.
How many days off do you need for wisdom teeth?
You can recover from wisdom tooth surgery and return to work in 3-4 days. However, you'll be back to your old self within 48-96 hours. A 4-day off from work or school will be enough. To hasten the healing process, follow your dentist's recommendations. Don't brush your teeth in the first 24 hours after your surgery, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid smoking and gum chewing.
Dr. Johnson Ozgur is a Toronto Dentist with a Master's Degree in Oral Surgery. You can rely on Dr. Johnson’s years of experience to extract misaligned, infected, or impacted wisdom teeth. For safe wisdom teeth removal and quick wisdom teeth removal recovery, contact us today! At Toronto Smile Design Clinic, we use fully digitally guided dentistry approach to guarantee your satisfaction.