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Explaining Each Part of Your Wisdom Tooth Surgery Bill

Oral surgery can be quite expensive, and wisdom tooth surgery is no exception. If you’re wondering what each part of your surgery bill covers, read on to learn more. We’ll explain what determines the cost of surgery and if insurance will cover it. By understanding where your bill is coming from, you can feel more prepared to discuss it with your oral surgeon and make decisions about your dental care.

How Much Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost?

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Wisdom tooth removal is a standard procedure that many people go through. There are many reasons why people have their wisdom teeth removed. For some, it’s because their wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning they’re growing in at an angle and pressing against other teeth. For others, wisdom teeth removal is recommended to prevent future problems. 

Wisdom tooth removal costs can vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of extraction and the credentials of the provider you are seeing. Below, let’s explain some factors that can affect the price of removing a wisdom tooth.

Type Of Extraction

There are two main types of extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extractions typically involve removing the wisdom tooth by applying pressure to it with forceps. Surgical extractions are more complex and can include making an incision to remove the tooth. Surgical extractions are generally more expensive than simple extractions due to the amount of work involved.

Type Of Anesthesia

The type of anesthesia used during the procedure will also determine the cost. Local anesthesia numbs the area around the tooth that is being removed. General anesthesia puts you to sleep during the procedure. General anesthesia is more expensive than local anesthesia, but it may be necessary if you are having a surgical extraction.

Credentials Of Your Provider

The credentials of your provider can also affect the cost of wisdom tooth removal. Wisdom tooth removal often requires the expertise of a specialist, such as an oral surgeon. While this can affect cost, it is vital to ensure you are seeing the appropriate professional for the level of care you need. 

Elements of Your Wisdom Tooth Removal Bill

The basic costs of wisdom tooth removal will vary depending on the type of procedure, as mentioned above. The foundation of your wisdom tooth removal bill will consist of the following:

  • The basic fee for extracting the tooth
  • Additional cost per extra tooth that needs to be removed
  • Anesthesia if needed
  • Nitrous oxide
  • If the wisdom tooth is impacted, then it will cost more to remove

Your geographical location will also influence your bill, with some areas being more expensive than others. Aside from the actual removal of the tooth, you may need other dental treatments to prepare for the procedure. These can include:

  • Dental X-rays
  • Dental cleanings
  • Dental exams

The cost of these additional treatments will be factored into the total cost of your wisdom tooth removal and should be taken into consideration.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Dental insurance typically covers at least a portion of the costs associated with wisdom tooth removal. Still, it is important to check with your specific insurer to determine precisely what is covered. In general, insurance will cover the majority of the cost of the procedure if it is considered medically necessary. However, if you choose to have your wisdom teeth removed for cosmetic reasons, you may have to pay more out-of-pocket.

What Are Ways to Save Money on Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

Wisdom tooth extractions can be expensive, but there are ways to save money. Here are some ways to cut down on costs:

Discount Dental Plans

The first is to join a discount dental plan. These plans offer 10-60% discounts on dental procedures, including wisdom teeth extractions. Many dental insurance plans do not cover wisdom teeth extractions entirely, so a discount dental plan can be a great way to save money on the procedure.

Payment Plans

Another way to save money on wisdom teeth extractions is to ask your oral surgeon about payment plans. Many providers offer financing options that allow you to spread the cost of the procedure over time. This can make wisdom teeth removal more affordable for those who don’t have dental insurance or who have high deductibles.

Dental Schools

Dental schools offer affordable services for those who need wisdom tooth extractions and other oral surgery. In addition, they often have a sliding scale for patients who cannot afford the full price of the procedure. This means that you can get your wisdom tooth extracted at a fraction of the cost.

When Should I Contact an Oral Surgeon About Wisdom Teeth Removal?

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) states that nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. They usually come up during the “age of wisdom” (between 17 and 25). However, some people may need to have their wisdom teeth removed sooner. Here are some signs that you should contact an oral surgeon about wisdom teeth removal:

  • You experience pain in your mouth or jaw
  • You have difficulty opening your mouth
  • You notice swelling around your mouth or jaw
  • You have problems biting or chewing food
  • Your teeth are overcrowded or crooked

The cost of oral surgery can add up, however, there are ways to save money. By understanding each part of your bill, you can make the most informed decision about how to proceed with your wisdom teeth removal. If you have any questions about wisdom tooth extraction or the bill it incurs, please get in touch with Oral Surgery DC today. We are happy to help!

Worth the Cost: How Oral Surgery Helps Avoid Emergencies in the Long Run

Welcome to our first article discussing the benefits of oral surgery and how it can prevent serious dental issues further down the line. Fears and anxieties around surgical procedures may deter some people from making an appointment with their oral surgeon, which could save them so much hardship in the long run. We hope that by increasing the understanding of how oral surgery works to halt dental issues in their tracks, we can help empower people to take that all-important step of booking a procedure they need.

Oral surgery is essential for dealing with many dental concerns, from wisdom tooth removal to surgery to realign your jaw. Delaying these issues doesn’t just mean the problem will continue — it all but guarantees the problem will get worse. Let’s explore the benefits of booking an appointment to get your dental issues dealt with right away.

Reduced Pain

Anxiety ahead of any surgery is normal. Various studies worldwide show that surgery is closely linked to increased anxiety levels due to a fear of increased pain, concerns about recovery time, and even a fear that a procedure might not go as planned.

The main point to remember if your oral surgeon recommends that you undergo a surgical procedure is that they are trying to reduce your level of pain. For example, an impacted wisdom tooth can be incredibly painful. It can push on other teeth, make your jaw ache, and even leave you reliant on daily painkillers — which can be detrimental to your health in different ways. Wisdom tooth removal is an oral surgical procedure with a possible recovery time of 1-2 weeks, during which time you may experience swelling, mild bruising, and stiffness in the jaw. But once that stiffness and swelling go away, you will be pain-free. Beyond that, you avoid the risk of further complications that could lead to you needing even more involved procedures in the future.

Fewer Complications

When you book an appointment with your oral surgeon for an essential procedure, you’re saving yourself from the risk of a whole range of additional complications. Let’s go back to the example of wisdom tooth removal. Leaving your wisdom tooth trapped under the gum or partially erupted will cause you ongoing pain. But did you know you also put yourself at risk of infection? Because impacted teeth can damage the gums, surrounding teeth, and even your jaw, they can create small wounds that allow bacteria to take hold. Those bacteria can lead to painful infections or even a serious form of gum disease called pericoronitis.

Dealing with severe gum disease can be a much more complex and lengthy process than oral surgery. It often calls for repeated appointments for gum scaling and root planing, a procedure where tools are used to physically smooth away the surface of your teeth under the gums. You may also need one or more courses of antibiotics, and if you don’t remove the wisdom tooth causing the problem, there is no guarantee the issues won’t return.

Another possible result of impacted wisdom teeth is that you can develop a cyst or even a tumor in your jaw. If this happens, you can require far more extensive oral surgery, even to the point of having part of your jawbone removed.

It’s clear that the much more efficient and straightforward wisdom tooth removal procedure is safer and far more beneficial for your overall health.

A Financial Consideration

One of the other factors that can stop people from choosing oral surgery is the potential cost. For example, if you’re playing sports and take a blow to the mouth that cracks one of your teeth, it can be tempting to leave it if you’re worried about the financial implications. But that cracked tooth can become a highway for infection to enter your body. The exposed inner tooth pulp is vulnerable to bacteria, and if the crack worsens, the tooth could even break completely. This can lead to pain, facial swelling, and even dental abscesses. Whatever the cost of your initial procedure, you will undoubtedly spend more money on dealing with the secondary complications of what was initially a relatively simple procedure.

Always discuss any financial conwith your oral surgeon or their team. They’ll be able to let you know what the best way forward is and compare the cost of a single procedure now with the potential future expense should you elect not to undergo surgery.

It’s important to note that your oral surgeon will only ever recommend a surgical procedure when it’s absolutely necessary. They will talk you through the process and what to expect so you can be as calm and prepared as possible. If you’ve been suffering from tooth pain or inflamed or bleeding gums, or if you have a dental emergency such as a cracked or broken tooth, talk to an oral surgeon and find out their expert recommendation. Contact Oral Surgery DC for more information.

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The Why’s and How’s of Adult Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to come in. For most people, they don’t make an appearance until the late teenage years or even into your 20’s. If everything goes correctly, erupted wisdom can last a lifetime with proper care. However, it is not usuals for many people to experience problems with the wisdom teeth many years after they erupt. Research shows that 90% of people suffer from at least one impacted wisdom tooth and 12% of wisdom teeth will eventually cause infection in the gums if they’re not removed.

 

Do You Need to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

If wisdom teeth are not bothering you, and your general dentist can not find any evidence of wisdom teeth contributing towards disease in the mouth, then there is usually no need to consider removal of your wisdom teeth. However, it is possible for wisdom teeth to develop issues years after they erupt.

Wisdom teeth that have fully erupted and can be reached for proper cleaning may not require removal. As long as they are correctly positioned, these teeth can be used for chewing and biting at the back of your mouth. Eventually, though, most people will need wisdom tooth extraction in addition to regular dental care.

 

Partially Erupted Wisdom Teeth

Since there is limited space in the mouth for your teeth, wisdom teeth may not have enough space to come in properly. This may result in the teeth coming in on an angle.

Decay is common in wisdom teeth, as they are so far back in the mouth that it is challenging to clean them properly. It’s also quite difficult to remove the food particles or plaque that can collect in pockets formed by partially erupted teeth. The result may be an infection that can destroy both teeth and gum tissue. Pericoronitis, an inflammatory gum disease, is also a risk in these circumstances.

 

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

An impacted wisdom tooth is a more complicated situation than a completely erupted wisdom tooth. Impaction simply means the tooth has grown at an angle that makes it impossible to fully break through the gums. An impacted wisdom tooth can stay symptom-free and remain under the surface of the gums for some time, but if the tooth becomes infected or begins to put pressure on nerves or other teeth, you may notice:

  • Bleeding or sensitive gums in the area of the tooth
  • Pain and swelling in the jaw
  • Swollen or reddened gums
  • A bitter or rotten taste
  • Pain when opening your mouth
  • Bad breath

The pressure from the wisdom tooth is not only painful but can shift your other teeth. This may undo years of orthodontic treatments, or it can push otherwise perfect teeth into odd positions. When teeth are pressed too closely together, it’s difficult to clean properly between the teeth, which may result in more cavities forming.

Finally, it’s possible for cysts to develop due to the sac where wisdom teeth form. This sac normally ruptures as the tooth erupts through the gums, but it may fill with fluid in some cases. This isn’t usually dangerous in itself, but it can cause damage to the surrounding nerves and jawbone. It may even end up creating a non-cancerous tumor that requires removal. This sort of cyst or tumor can damage surrounding tissue and bone, which is a very good reason to talk to an oral surgeon for any type of complex wisdom tooth removal.

 

When to See an Oral Surgeon

You should have regular checkups with a general dentist to ensure any problems are caught early. If you are between visits and notice any of the above symptoms or pain at the very back of your mouth where the wisdom tooth is erupting, talk to your dentist to get a referral to an oral surgeon.

Adult wisdom tooth extraction requires specialty dental care. An oral surgeon is necessary to ensure the problematic tooth is removed safely and without further impact to the other teeth. As you’ve seen previously in this article, some serious complications may occur and oral surgeons are trained to treat such issues.

An oral surgeon will let you know if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, and if they do recommend. It is usually a good idea to start with an initial consult appointment with your oral surgeon. At this time, the surgeon will review your x-ray and medical history to determine if the procedure should be done while sedated. This treatment plan will detail all the dental codes recommended for the procedure. This allows our insurance team to check with your insurance provider for coverage and determine if there is a co-pay. Many insurance plans offer pre-authorization and our office is more than happy to submit on behalf of the patient. For patients with dental anxiety it is also possible to provide pre-medication to start taking the night before.

Oral Surgery offices perform many extraction procedures everyday so with proper planning, your extraction appointment should be rather route, allowing you to get back home and start the healing process.

 

What to Expect From Adult Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Many people have their wisdom teeth extracted when they first erupt, usually at the end of the teenage years because the tooth may have erupted, but the tooth roots have yet to fully develop into the jawbone, a process that can take several years. Thus, it is easier to extract under-develped tooth roots with minimal damage to surrounding tissue, though this procedure still needs to be done by an oral surgeon. If you aren’t having any issues you can wait to have the teeth extracted, though your oral surgeon may suggest removal before problems occur to prevent any pain and irritation you may face later on.

As mentioned, a patient’s medical background determines the type of anesthesia to use during the extraction. IV General Sedation is sometimes recommended for complex cases or where the patient might not be able to keep still. Numbing medication is applied to the site, and the actual extraction takes place.

You will likely have sutures in the area where the tooth was removed. Typical healing period for wisdom teeth extraction is 3-5 days. If needed, we are more than happy to provide a school or work note for days missed.

No one wants to deal with the excruciating pain that comes with a toothache. If your wisdom teeth are causing you any pain or discomfort, make sure to contact Oral Surgery DC and schedule an appointment immediately.