Dentist Tooth Extraction Cost
Before you see your dentist for a tooth extraction, it is helpful to know how much it will likely cost. The average cost of a tooth extraction ranges from around $75 to $450, but dental procedures overall vary by location.
Like most dental procedures, however, the cost of getting a tooth pulled can vary depending on a lot of other factors, like the extent of the work you need, your dentist (or oral surgeon), and whether you have dental insurance.
A Closer Look at Tooth Removal Costs
According to recent estimates, these are the average costs of tooth extraction:
- $75–$300 for a simple tooth extraction. This is a routine extraction involving just a local anesthetic and the work of your dentist.
- $150–$650 for a surgical extraction. This type of procedure is necessary to remove a tooth that requires a little more work by an oral surgeon. Sometimes the bone surrounding the tooth needs to be trimmed away or the tooth must be cut and removed in sections. This procedure can involve local or general anesthesia, depending on your situation.
Full-bony or partial-bony impactions describe teeth that your oral surgeon will need to work through bone to access. Soft-tissue impactions describe teeth that need to be removed from under your gums but not from under bone. Soft-tissue impactions tend to be less expensive to extract.
- $75–$600 for wisdom tooth extraction. Removing your “third molars” is a fairly common procedure that also requires anesthesia and the careful work of an oral surgeon, as well as thoughtful aftercare. Impacted wisdom teeth extractions can be more expensive depending on their location in your mouth.
- $51–$94 for the extraction of a baby tooth. While baby teeth eventually fall out on their own, one that needs to be removed before it’s ready to come out naturally will require a little bit of work to remove. Adults may also have fragments of baby teeth they need to remove—a procedure that can cost around $200 depending on your area.
Factors Affecting Treatment Costs
There are several things that can affect the cost of a tooth extraction, including:
- Your location—Costs will often be higher in large cities when compared to more rural areas. This graphic shows fluctuations in dental fees by zip code.
- The barriers to extracting the tooth—Soft tissue impacted teeth are slightly less expensive to extract than full-bony or partial-bony impacted teeth (those covered by bone in your mouth).
- What’s included—The total cost of the tooth extraction will include the following when necessary:
- Local anesthetic (numbing medicine)
- General anesthesia
- The necessary extras—The examination ($70–200) and X-rays ($20–$250) that your dentist uses to diagnose tooth problems can add to the cost of getting them resolved. Cleanings without insurance during your visit can also be pricey.
- Aftercare—Medications to prevent infection and keep you comfortable after a procedure are important to plan for, as are follow-up visits to your dentist. Related antibiotics can run you around $150–$200 without insurance (depending on your zipcode).
- Follow-up work—Tooth removal for overcrowding might require braces to realign the teeth, while extractions in highly visible locations might require implant crowns or tooth replacements. If teeth are being removed because of infection or decay, these conditions might need treatment beyond the extraction.