Tooth extraction: What you can expect to pay

Tooth extraction can be extremely expensive. In today's economy, it's common for many...

Tooth extraction can be extremely expensive. In today's economy, it's common for many people to have no health or dental insurance. In years past, such plans were often provided by employers as part of a standard health benefits package. But for individuals who work for smaller businesses or are self-employed, that's frequently not an option.

Do you need to pay out-of-pocket? There's a silver lining: tooth extraction can be less costly than other dental procedures. Here's a price range of what you can expect in terms of potential expense.

Pulling a single tooth

A simple tooth extraction for a fully exposed tooth that is not broken beneath the gumline generally ranges from $50 to $250 depending on where you go and the kind of anesthesia required. If you go in on an emergency call with a notice of less than a day, expect to pay a premium to alleviate your pain: as much as $500.

When more complicated procedures are required

More complex surgical dental work can range from $200 to $700 or more. A tooth broken off at the gumline will cost you somewhere in the range of $200 to $400. The extraction of an impacted tooth beneath the gum can cost $200 to $500. A tooth that is partially impacted, with some limited enamel exposed, generally falls in the same price range.

Dental insurance vs. no dental insurance

Various reports indicate that some dentists will charge a patient who has insurance a higher rate than one who does not. For example, patients without dental coverage generally pay up to $600 for some of the more complicated extractions mentioned here, while those with insurance have reported costs for the same procedures as high as $800 or more.

Removing wisdom teeth

The much dreaded extraction of wisdom teeth, or third molars, can cost between $75 to $200 per tooth--if it is a standard, uncomplicated pulling of a fully exposed tooth. But if the molar is impacted, it can cost around $200 to as much as $600. If you opt to pull all four of your wisdom teeth at once, and they are fully impacted, watch out. It can cost an average of $1,000 to $3,000, if not more.

Proactive dental healthcare is always best, but if that's not financially feasible, try your best to seek qualified care with a local Atlanta dentist at the earliest sign of potential dental problems.

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