(Closed) Cost of wisdom tooth removal

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee

This varies widely by dentist, unfortunately. That may be why your insurance company couldn’t give you an estimate. My Fiance just had another procedure done and we priced out different dentists because his new work insurance hadn’t kicked in yet. We got wildly different estimates that varied by as much as $1,000 for the same procedure and didn’t even assume extra work if they got in there and discovered a larger problem.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you need to get it taken care of ASAP, you can open up a Care Credit account. http://www.carecredit.com/  A lot of dentists will not charge you interest if you pay it off within a year.  I had to use it two years ago when, at the end of the year (and little funds left in my dental account), I had to get a root canal and a crown (not nearly as painful as wisdom, I don’t envy you).  It worked out pretty well.  🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m not going to be much help because I got mine out when i was 15. But I didnt have dental insurance, the guy gave us a 10% discount because my mom paid in cash. I dont know how much she paid though, I know it was over a grand.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I’m going for my wisdom teeth removal consult next Thursday and was wondering the exact same thing – I just want a ballpark # (like, $100 or $2,000??).  No one can seem to give me that info yet.  *sigh* 

I can give you what they estimate the cost to be on Thursday – I’m in the Milwaukee area so it’s close enough to Madison 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Insurance girl here – it sounds like you’re on a PPO plan if you’re talking in-versus-out of network.  With expensive procedures, I ALWAYS recommend find a dentist who’s in-network.  You’ll save lots of money by seeing someone in-network.

Your insurance company should be able to provide a list of dentists who are in the network for you to choose from. 

Once you find a dentist in-network, that dentist can actually submit a “pre-authorization” (also called a “pre-determination”) to your insurance company.  Your insurance company will review the procedure that needs to be done and then send a letter to both you and your dentist outlining what portion they will cover and what portion you’d be responsible for.  This is the best way to understand how much the wisdom teeth removal will cost you.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Can you ask for a referral for an in-network doctor? I just did an estimate for Darling Husband and if he stays in network it will cost us about $300 out of pocket but if it’s out of network it’ll be over a $1,000 out of pocket.

Who doe you have for insurance? Does your carrier have an on-line portal? Sometimes the online portals will have a way to look cost estimates.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I hear they can do it in Mexico cheap….

Sorry you have to have this done – good luck! It wasn’t terribly painful for me, just annoying when I got chunks of food stuck in my gums (yuck!)

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@hisgoosiegirl:  Just saw your post about the nearest in-network dentist being an hour away.  Most dental companies require that you have a provider within 50 miles (or some other random number of miles, depends on the dental insurance company).  If there isn’t an in-network provider close to your home, you can file a request to see an out-of-network provider but get the in-network benefits.  Does that make sense?  You should never be forced to see an out-of-network person – and therefore pay alot more – simply because the in-network dentist(s) are too far away.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

agreed, get a referal in network and constantly call your insurance to double check charges, I just got mine out last month, our insurance had a cost estimator that I used which was fairly close, It said that my 4 wisdom tooth removal with 2  impacted would cost $5000 pre-insurance it ended up costing $4,700 pre insurance and I am still waiting to see what of that they cover. The consultant that I talked to looked up our insurance and told me it shoudln’t be more that $500 out of my own pocket.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

oh yeah… the in network thing… I had to fly 800 miles (thats part of the joys ok AK) to get to an in network dentist, but they paid my airfair and lodging, any chance they will reimburse your mileage?

Also most wisdomtooth extractions especially if impacted will require an oral surgeon, not just a dentist. I can’t immagine there woudlnt’ be one or more of those in Madison.

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