Cost of wisdom teeth removal

In case you decide upon a surgery for your wisdom teeth in addition to the excruciating pain involved you need to shell out some serious money. So even before you step in for the surgery make a note of the cost of wisdom teeth removal in the place you stay.
Here‘s a quick guide to how you can go about making the budget allocation for your surgery:

  • Check with the dentist if a surgery is needed in the first place. If needed proceed with the costs involved in the process. In case you need to get a surgery done for more than one tooth and if the severity of the teeth varies then an oral surgeon might be called upon who will be assisted by your local dentist. Note the involvement of an oral surgeon in the extraction process increases your medical bill up to 2 times over the normal charges for teeth removal.
  • Now if you are going to have a multiple tooth surgery done at once owing to the complexity of the surgery you will be put on a general anesthesia so that you don’t have to go through the torment feeling of having green masked men staring into your mouth for long hours. In case of a conventional surgery you will be given a local anesthesia which may be sufficient to proceed with the surgery. Upon request you may be administered with an additional sedative to control your anxiety.

So depending on the anesthesia given upon request or recommendation of the surgeon the cost will vary. If additional sedatives are used it of course adds up to the cost.

  • The consultation fee charged by the operating doctor varies from place to place. In case you go to a dentist who further calls upon a maxillofacial surgeon who will charge the dentist for the surgery performed then obviously the dentist’s fee includes his fee and that of the summoned surgeon.
  • Also another cost deciding factor is the place of operation. If you get yourself operated in a hospital the price may vary with the amount otherwise spent in a private clinic. However, it also depends on the availability of the doctor, and if he has a private clinic where he prefers to do the surgery depending on the availability of the  equipment needed etc  ( as in some severe cases complex machines and instruments are used in the surgery which are readily available in hospitals)
  • In case you’re smart and posses an insurance cover of your health which pays for oral surgery as well then you can sit back and relax as you can claim back at least 80% of the amount spent depending on the type of policy you have.
  • If you don’t have an insurance coverage and if you sense the dent that the wisdom teeth surgery might leave in your pockets become humble and simply negotiate with the surgeon for a lower fee.  Remember in addition to the surgery fee you will have to bear the expenses of the prescribed antibiotics, topical application gels, special diet, special tooth care products etc.

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