You only have to do a quick Google search to notice the vast differences in wisdom teeth removal cost. In fact, if you type in something like “How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?” you see a wide variety in pricing.
Finder.com.au, for instance, states that you should allow between $200 -$400 for a basic wisdom tooth extraction. While Smilecom.au (which itself cites the 2017 National Dental fees survey as its guide) states that patients should allow anything between $500 and $3000 per wisdom tooth, for extraction under general anaesthesia.
So why the vast differences in price?
Quite simply because there are many variables that can affect the cost of extracting a single or multiple wisdom teeth. Let’s take a look at some of them…
The complexity of the case
Generally speaking, the more complex your wisdom tooth extraction, the more you can and should expect to pay.
So if you have a non-impacted wisdom tooth (a tooth that has emerged through the gums and grown naturally) that is being removed chairside under a local anaesthetic, then it’s possible to pay around $200.
On the flip side, if you have a severely impacted wisdom tooth or teeth (a tooth that grows at an angle underneath or partially above the gum and undermines other teeth) then understandably, wisdom teeth removal cost is likely to be greater. This is because complex procedures such as this often require hospital admission. As a result, wisdom tooth extraction costs are likely to be in the thousands rather than hundreds of dollars.
Non-regulated professional fees
Another factor that influences wisdom teeth removal cost is professional fees. Although the Australian Dental Association (ADA) does create fee guidelines for many procedures, the fees for wisdom teeth extractions are not regulated. As a result, you can expect a specialist oral surgeon working in private practice to charge more than a general dentist. Likewise, an experienced general dentist who has undertaken many wisdom tooth extractions is likely to charge more than a dentist who as undertaken less than ten.
The final influencer on the cost of a wisdom tooth removal is location. Did you know, for example, that Sydney is just outside the 10 most expensive cities to live in the world (coming in at #11)? It stands to reason therefore that any single-location dental practice in and around Sydney is likely to incur higher overheads such as staffing costs, premises rental etc. In most cases, these costs are passed on to the patient.
Conversely, Tasmania remains the most affordable state in Australia, so any person residing in the capital Hobart can expect to pay considerably less for the same dental treatment.
With all these factors in mind, how is the cost of wisdom teeth removal calculated?
The procedure is usually split into sections and may include one or more of the following:
A cost for an initial examination and x-rays
The hourly fee charged by your dentist. Costs derived from the complexity of the procedure – whether the extraction is carried out chairside or in a hospital setting. The cost of anaesthetic including local, general, or other forms of sedation for nervous or anxious patients. Whether a single or multiple tooth extractions are needed.
As you can see, the good news is that by knowing this, it is possible to roughly calculate how much does wisdom teeth removal cost in any given case.
But what about insurance – Will it cover the cost of wisdom teeth removal?
If your wisdom teeth extraction is carried out in a hospital setting, then it should be covered by your hospital policy. We would, however, strongly advise that you check out the small print on your policy first.
Conversely, any wisdom teeth removals that are carried out chairside under the guidance of your dentist, are usually classed as major dental treatment. This may fall under the category of ‘general treatment extras’ on your policy. Once the dentist has given you a cost estimate, it’s worth checking the amount of cover you have with your insurance provider.
In the modern age wisdom teeth aren’t really necessary and while they are perfectly okay in some people, in others (around 35%) they can and do cause problems. These include:
- Gum infection
- Tooth decay and
- Undermining adjacent teeth (when impacted)
For these reasons, many patients in their late teens and early twenties regularly undergo wisdom teeth removal. As a result, it’s good to have an idea of a rough wisdom teeth removal cost, so that patients can budget accordingly.
Here at No Gaps Dental, we regularly perform wisdom teeth extractions in many of our locations in and around Sydney. For us, what gives us an advantage over our single-location competitors is the fact that because we’re a multi-location dental group, we can afford to keep our prices low across all our clinics. So, as well as offering the convenience of undergoing a comprehensive range of dental treatment (including wisdom teeth extraction), you are guaranteed a competitive price whichever No Gaps Dental clinic you visit.
If you would like to find out more about the cost of wisdom tooth removal or would like to know more about our convenient locations especially in the Chatswood area and what they offer, feel free to contact us on (02) 8007 6727, or alternatively visit our website
On behalf of the No Gaps team, we look forward to welcoming you to one of our locations soon.