How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?

Wisdom teeth, sometimes called “third molars,” usually come in between ages 17–26.1 These extra teeth may not cause problems for some people, but for other people, they need to be removed.

Here’s a look at the cost of wisdom teeth removal, why they need to be removed and more.

How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?

Wisdom teeth removal can be similar to a regular tooth extraction. According to the American Dental Association 2020 Survey of Dental Fees, a tooth extraction can cost between $158–$388. The price can depend on whether the tooth is erupted, the root is exposed, bone needs to be removed and more.1

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Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

The reason for wisdom teeth removal can be different for each person. Some common reasons include:

  • Crowding other teeth to make them crooked
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Inflammation or swelling of the gums
  • Infection in the area 
  • Periodontal (gum) disease

Types of wisdom teeth removal

Here are 2 common types of wisdom teeth removal:

Simple extraction

If the tooth is visible and easy to get to, it can be removed with an ordinary tooth extraction. This procedure is usually done with 2 instruments: an elevator and dental forceps. The elevator loosens the tooth and the forceps grab the tooth and pulls it out.

Surgical extraction

If the tooth can’t be accessed easily, oral surgery may be necessary. After making a small incision to open the gums, forceps are used to extract the tooth or tooth fragments. If the intact tooth is impacted (stuck in the gum tissue or bone), it may be broken into pieces for easier extraction.

Factors that can impact cost of wisdom teeth removal

The cost of removal can also be different for many reasons. These factors include:

  • Number of teeth being removed
  • If the teeth are impacted or not
  • If anesthesia is used (and type of anesthesia)
  • Who performs the extraction or surgery
  • Location of the dental office

Does dental insurance cover wisdom teeth removal?

Insurance coverage for wisdom teeth removal will depend on your dental insurance plan. Many plans cover medically necessary procedures, so if your wisdom teeth are affecting your oral health, the removal may be covered. Contact your dental insurance provider for more information. 

How to save money on wisdom teeth removal

If you have dental insurance, make sure you go to a dentist or an oral surgeon in your network. It may also help to shop around to learn which in-network dentists and surgeons offer the lowest price. If you don’t have dental insurance, you could call a local dental clinic or dental school and ask if they offer wisdom teeth removal.

Dental insurance may help cover costs of wisdom teeth removal

If you need to get your wisdom teeth pulled, Humana can help. We offer a broad range of dental plans with varying levels of coverage, many with affordable monthly premiums. To explore plans and prices in your area, check out our Humana dental insurance page.

Frequently asked questions

1. Does supplemental dental insurance cover wisdom teeth removal?

Dental insurance varies from plan to plan. Contact your supplemental dental insurance provider to check if wisdom teeth removal is covered.

2. What are the risks of wisdom teeth removal?

Potential risks of wisdom teeth removal include dry sockets, nerve injuries, infection, bleeding and damage to nearby teeth.


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  1. Dental Fees—Results from the 2020 Survey of Dental Fees,” American Dental Association, last accessed July 1, 2024.