Wisdom teeth removal is a procedure that most people will have to undergo at some time in their lives, typically during the teen or early adult years. While third molars, or wisdom teeth that have plenty of room in the jaw to develop straight and strong don’t require removal, that isn’t the case for most people. More often than not, wisdom teeth cause problems. When wisdom teeth need extraction, cost is often a factor in planning these procedures, especially for patients who are working with a limited budget, like college students, for instance. So what is the cost of wisdom teeth removal in Washington DC?
Wisdom Teeth Removal Washington, DC: Cost
The cost of wisdom teeth removal in Washington DC depends upon the complexity of each procedure, which, in turn, depends upon just what needs to be done to extract your teeth. For instance, a simple extraction of wisdom teeth that are fully emerged involves less time and effort – and therefore less expense – than the removal of wisdom teeth that are impacted.
To estimate the cost of having your wisdom teeth removed, you’ll have to have a general idea of what sort of procedure will be necessary in your case, information that your dental professional should be able to provide. Once you have that information, you can work out a rough estimate of your costs according these average Washington DC prices as compiled by Healthcare Bluebook:
- Tooth removal – $163
- Surgical tooth removal – $277
- Impacted tooth removal (soft tissue) – $315
- Impacted tooth removal (partially bony) – $402
- Impacted tooth removal (completely bony) – $492
- Impacted tooth removal (with complications) – $585
An initial consultation with Drs. Emery or Ryan (Washington DC oral surgeons) can provide a more detailed and accurate estimate of the cost of wisdom teeth removal in your particular case. Comparing that estimate with the average costs listed above can help you decide whether the surgeon you consult is charging reasonable fees. However, it’s important to keep in mind that price isn’t the only factor to consider when you’re choosing an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal. The priority should be factors that can help ensure a smooth, comfortable and complication-free procedure, such as credentials, reputation and experience.
The cost of wisdom teeth removal in Washington DC can be quite substantial for the patient on a tight budget. Unless you’re having acute issues with your wisdom teeth, taking a bit of time to make a financial plan to handle it is perfectly fine. However, it isn’t wise to put it off for too long, since the longer troublesome wisdom teeth are left in place, the more difficult it can be to remove them. Wisdom teeth are easiest to remove before roots are fully developed, and less complicated procedures mean less risk of complications and lower expenses.
Schedule a wisdom teeth removal consultation for the exact price of your surgery. Contact our office in the Washington, DC area at (202) 386-7100.