Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost and Procedure
Many people would like to have their wisdom teeth removed but are unsure of what to expect from the procedure and have no idea what the average cost of wisdom teeth removal is or whether it is covered by insurance. We’ve got all the basic info you need here, or drop us a line with any questions you may have!
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
We generally recommend having your wisdom teeth removed as a preventative measure even if they are not causing you any problems. Most of the time, if left in, wisdom teeth will lead to dental issues such as tooth crowding, misalignment, pain, cavities, gingivitis, uncomfortable cysts, and more.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process
If your wisdom teeth are fully erupted, they can be removed the same way as any other tooth, which is a fairly quick and simple process. If, however, your wisdom teeth are impacted, it will be a somewhat lengthier procedure and recovery process.
Here is what you can expect from the wisdom tooth extraction procedure:
- You will be given local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation anesthesia.
- Your dentist will make an incision and remove the tooth (and, if needed, any bone that’s blocking the tooth). They may remove the tooth in pieces if this makes the extraction easier.
- Your dentist cleans the extraction site.
- Gauze is placed over the extraction site to control bleeding and promote clotting.
- Your dentist will give you instructions on what to do during the recovery process.
- You may be required to return for a follow-up appointment if you need to get stitches removed.
Wisdom Tooth Surgery Recovery
Your dentist will give you explicit instructions on how to take care of yourself after your wisdom tooth extraction and how long you can expect the recovery process to take, but here are a few general things you should know for recovery after having your wisdom teeth removed.
There will be some bleeding for a day or so after the surgery. This is normal. Change gauze as directed by your dentist.
If you are experiencing pain, you can manage it using over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol. Many people also find that holding an ice pack against their jaw helps to ease pain post surgery.
You may have some swelling and bruising, and this is nothing to worry about. Swelling should heal within a few days of your wisdom tooth surgery, while bruising usually takes a little longer to heal completely.
Take it easy for at least a day after your wisdom tooth removal surgery. Rest is important for the healing process.
For 24 hours after your surgery, only eat soft foods such as yoghurt, applesauce, and warm (not hot) broth. Avoid hot beverages as well as caffeine and alcohol.
Do not brush your teeth for at least 24 hours after having your wisdom teeth removed. Follow your dentist’s instructions for oral hygiene during your recovery.
How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
Wisdom tooth extraction cost will depend on a few factors, such as how many teeth you want to have removed at once and whether your wisdom teeth are impacted or fully erupted. Depending on your insurance plan, part or all of your wisdom tooth removal will likely be covered.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Cost No Insurance
If you do not have insurance, you will have to pay for wisdom tooth removal out of pocket. Wisdom tooth extraction price will vary depending on whether your wisdom teeth are erupted or impacted and how complicated the extraction will be.
Erupted teeth are easier to remove and therefore cost less. Impacted teeth, on the other hand, are more complicated to remove, so impacted wisdom teeth removal costs more. We follow the BCDA Fee Guide.
For detailed information on your wisdom teeth removal price, get in touch with us today!
Why Choose Tsawwassen Family Dental?
Your oral health is our priority. If you are considering having your wisdom teeth removed, book an appointment with one of our dentists today for an examination and our professional recommendation. We work with all major insurance providers to help make your payment as convenient as possible.