Sometimes wisdom teeth erupt without any complications, but for many patients, wisdom teeth removal is necessary. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain and compromise the health of adjacent teeth, while even fully erupted wisdom teeth can cause issues with crowding and oral hygiene. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we hear about wisdom teeth, including how much wisdom teeth removal costs in Germantown, MD.
What does wisdom teeth removal cost in Germantown?
When we talk about wisdom teeth removal, we’re talking about two very different types of procedures: simple extraction and surgical extraction.
Simple extraction is a non-surgical procedure that involves loosening a tooth with a tool called an elevator and then removing it with forceps. This is applicable to single rooted teeth(front teeth) and also to teeth with multiple roots( molars and premolars) affected by gum disease that end up chewing away on the supporting bone making teeth loose.
A surgical extraction is needed when teeth are firmly anchored in bone and especially when there is more than one root on the tooth(wisdom teeth). Sometimes single rooted teeth are also deemed as surgical extractions especially in older patients and/or when the teeth have had root canals which make them almost fused to the bone. Wisdom teeth are usually fully or partially impacted—in other words, if they’re stuck below the gum line or coming in at an angle that allows them to only partly emerge through the gum tissue. This can cost between $400 and $600 per tooth, depending on the extent of the impaction and therefore the effort in taking the tooth out.
Is getting your wisdom teeth removed covered by insurance?
Yes, if you have dental insurance, wisdom tooth extraction is typically covered.
Should I get two or four wisdom teeth removed?
Every patient is different, so we’ll want to see you in person before we make any recommendations. Even if some of your wisdom teeth seem to have erupted without causing any problems, we might have concerns that would make us recommend having all four removed to prevent future problems.
Are you asleep during wisdom teeth removal?
Most patients opt to go to sleep. One wakes up feeling very relaxed with no recall of having had wisdom teeth removed or even feeling the needles in the mouth. Typically 10-20min after the end of the procedure, you are able to walk to the car to be driven home.
Is wisdom teeth removal painful?
Even if you choose to stay awake for your wisdom tooth extraction, you won’t feel any pain—we use local anesthesia to numb the area where we’re working, so you will feel pressure and movement but no sharp pain. Afterwards, especially after a surgical extraction, you will experience pain and swelling, but we will provide you with instructions to help you manage your pain.
Is it safe to remove all four wisdom teeth at once?
Yes, not only is it safe to remove all four wisdom teeth at once, it’s also recommended. You’ll only need anesthesia and sedation once, you’ll only have to make one appointment, and you’ll only have to take time off of work and school to recover once. In addition to saving you time, it also saves you money to schedule all of your extractions for the same appointment.