The Cost of Tooth Extraction

Dentist explaining tooth extraction procedure and cost- Vallejo, CAAlthough no one wants to have a tooth extraction, they are common dental procedures to treat advanced cavities, tooth infection, gum disease, and impacted teeth. 

In fact, most people will have a tooth extracted at some point in their lives—even if it’s just their wisdom teeth. But how much should you expect to pay?

Although having a tooth extracted is the least expensive type of extractive surgery, it can still be expensive if you don’t have insurance. The total cost, however, will depend on the circumstances of your procedure and your dentist.

Before you start panicking about tooth extraction costs, let’s go through a few of the main points and explore what will change the price and how the procedure might affect your budget.

Are tooth extractions always necessary?

Truth be told, you may not always need to have a tooth pulled. Your dentist may first attempt a root canal or another less-invasive procedure if they can avoid pulling the tooth outright.

If your dentist or oral surgeon determines that you do indeed need a tooth extracted, it’s best to get on with it.

Medical conditions caused by an impacted tooth 

Leaving an infected or impacted tooth for too long can cause the following medical conditions:

  • Jaw inflammation
  • Severe pain
  • Other teeth to migrate
  • Teeth infections
  • Problems chewing your food
  • Poor oral health

Avoid these issues by seeking dental care immediately.

Two types of tooth extraction procedures 

Your dentist will recommend either a simple or surgical tooth extraction.

Any general dentist can perform a simple tooth extraction. However, you may be referred to an oral surgeon if you require complicated surgical extractions, such as wisdom teeth extraction.

If you can get away with a simple extraction, you will likely pay less but if you have to have a tooth surgically removed, the price can get expensive.

How much should you expect to pay?

As long as you have dental insurance, you shouldn’t expect to pay too much. Your insurance should cover nearly all of the cost of a medically necessary extraction. 

 The amount you pay will depend entirely on your dental plans and the total cost of tooth extraction.

This could range from zero cost to a few hundred dollars.

For example: 

  •  The average cost of a simple extraction in California ranges from $150-$300 without insurance 
  • whereas a surgical procedure can cost as much as $2,500 without insurance.

Additional tooth extraction cost 

The tooth extraction cost shown above doesn’t include anesthesia:

  • For a simple extraction, you will likely receive local anesthesia at the extraction site.
  • If you are going in for a surgical extraction, expect to pay for general anesthesia or intravenous anesthesia as well.

If you don’t have insurance coverage, you will have to foot these costs yourself.

Fortunately, though, our dental practice in Vallejo, CA, works with and accepts insurance from many of the top insurers, including Cigna, Denti-Cal, Medicare, CCPOA, Aetna, and Delta Dental. This way you can trust that you’ll get the best service possible when you need it.

What if you don’t have insurance? 

If you don’t have dental insurance, finding out that you need to have a tooth removal may seem financially devastating. Hope is not all lost, though. There may still be ways you can pay for your procedure without breaking the bank:

Speak with your dentist

Your dentist may be able to help you out by putting you on a payment plan. Over the course of a year, you can slowly pay off the cost of a tooth extraction with a small premium added for interest.

Dental schools

If you can’t afford to have your tooth extracted by a licensed dentist, you can always have your teeth removed at dental schools or academic research institutions. Although it may seem like it has a few risks, dental students gain experience as they are supervised by an instructor.

Dental schools must all be approved by the American Dental Association, so you can even save up to 70% on your procedure while still having your tooth extraction medically reviewed by a professional.

Public dental services

Depending on where you live, you may have access to a dental clinic funded by taxpayer money. Public dental clinics charge low fixed rates and accept government services such as Medicare and Medicaid. They also offer a full range of services, including:

  • x-rays
  • root canals
  • wisdom tooth extraction

Even without insurance, you can still find access to quality dentistry. Rest assured that, if you need teeth extracted, you can find a qualified professional to do it for you.

Conclusion

The total cost of tooth extraction will depend on your insurance plan and the nature of the procedure. If you need a surgical extraction, expect to pay more for a high-cost tooth extraction. However, we do work with most major insurers to help you cover the costs.

If you don’t have insurance, you can still get the quality treatment you need! Call or make an appointment online with the expert oral surgeons at Vallejo Oral Surgery to keep your mouth healthy.

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