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Wisdom Teeth Extraction Scheduled

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I had a consultation with an oral surgeon nearby and found out some interesting news. My bottom two teeth are impacted as I had seen in the x-rays but the surgeon was a little apprehensive about having them extracted. The roots of one of the wisdom teeth is curled and touching a nerve, so unless it’s really painful, he would prefer not to extract it because there could be complications involving permanent numbness, etc. That being said, I’m scheduled to have the top two removed next Monday (they’re pushing the rest of my teeth and messing up my million dollar smile) and the estimated cost to me will be $264.00.

My friend claimed his was $198 for four teeth and in thinking about it some more, that doesn’t sound right. He said his original bill was for $2,000 so a straight 20% of that would already be $400 not counting a deductible of $50. Regardless, here is the breakdown for my operation:

One tooth will cost $300 (partially erupted) and the second tooth will be $375. The general anesthesia will run $230. 20% of that total is $181. Add in $20 for meds and a $50 deductible and we’re talking a total of $251.00. They added on a $13 consultation fee.

Grand Total: $264.00 (estimated)

With the procedure numbers, I’ll be able to call up my dental insurer and get an absolute co-payment value instead of this estimate by the secretary. One trade off I considered was to get local instead of general anesthesia but I have no idea how much money that would save (plus I’d only be saving 20% of that). Since I’m only paying $46 for the anesthesia, the motivation for not going under wouldn’t be financial.

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2 Responses to “Wisdom Teeth Extraction Scheduled”

  1. Flexo says:

    Excellent, we’ll both be in pain and on drugs around the same time. I just did my wisdom teeth extraction cost evaluation as well, but I’m paying about $650 to have all four extracted.

  2. Novellus says:

    Hey… Two weeks ago now, (April 16th, 2009), I had three wisdom teeth puled (I and one pulled in my late twenties). I’m 50 now, and was having problems with my lower left wisdom tooth, so I asked my dentist if he’d pull all three, and he agreed.. so I went for it..

    I showed up for a 2:30 p.m. appointment, and was given a local anesthetic…

    At 3:10 p.m. I left the Dentist’s office, and drove myself home…

    After the local anesthetic was given to me, I felt NOTHING of all three extractions… NOTHING…. He pulled my upper right first, followed by my upper left, and then my lower left…

    He struggled for a brief time with my lower left, but it came out as expected….

    At 4:00 p.m., I followed instructions, and stopped using gauze.

    From 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., I spent the time outside, mowing the lawn with my wife.

    At 6:00 p.m., I took two vicadins (which were prescribed), to ensure that as the “local anesthetic” wore down, I had some pain killer in action….

    I still did not feel any pain at all.

    At 12:00 a.m. I took two more Vicadin’s, just before bed, to ensure that I would not have pain during the night…

    I woke up the next morning, pain free… and did not take any more Vicadin’s or any other pain killers of any type…

    It’s been two weeks now, and still no pain… only on occasion when I drink a very cold liquid.

    Otherwise, the holes are now slowly shrinking… and I rarely get any food caught in them… the lower left is the exception.. I have to keep checking and cleaning it…

    Brushing, and Listerine mouthwash are no problems at this point…

    Total cost to me for the etractions was $240.00 – insurance paid the rest…

    I’m so glad that this is over with…

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