How Much Does It Cost to Have a Tooth Extracted?

by Sandy Hess
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Tooth extractions are some of the most common dental procedures performed each year. While dentists prefer to save your original tooth when possible, sometimes removal of one or more teeth is necessary.

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The cost of a tooth extraction can vary greatly based on the location and condition of the tooth. If you need a tooth extraction, it’s important to understand what costs are associated with this procedure.

What Factors Influence the Cost of a Tooth Extraction?

According to data from Humana, the average tooth extraction costs range from $75 to $800 (CAD 102 to CAD 1,086) per tooth. That said, there are several factors that influence the costs of a tooth extraction.

Condition of Tooth

The condition of the tooth makes a big difference when it comes to costs. For example, if the tooth has erupted, or showing above the gum, it can be easier to pull out than teeth that are still impacted.

Type of Extraction

The type of tooth extraction procedure also impacts the overall costs involved. There are three basic types of tooth extractions.

Simple Tooth Extraction

A simple extraction is one where the tooth is fully erupted above the gums and is not severely broken or decayed. These procedures are fairly simple and the quickest type of tooth extraction to complete. Therefore, these are also the most affordable type. Average costs for simple tooth extractions range from $75 to $250 (CAD 102 to CAD 340) per tooth.

Surgical Tooth Extraction

Teeth that are partially or fully impacted or have severe damage or decay often require surgical extraction procedures. Due to the increased difficulty required with this type of tooth extraction, average costs are typically higher than simple extractions. Average costs of surgical tooth extractions range from $180 to $550 (CAD 245 to CAD 747) per tooth.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

If there’s not enough room for your wisdom teeth to grow properly, your dentist may recommend extracting one or more of them. Due to the location of the wisdom teeth and the difficulty of pulling out impacted teeth, these extractions can be more costly. Average costs for wisdom teeth extractions range from $120 to $800 (CAD 163 to CAD 1,086) per tooth.

Dental Professional Performing the Procedure

Tooth extraction costs also vary based on whether a dentist or an oral surgeon performs the procedure.

How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost by the Dentist?

Most dentists can perform simple tooth extractions and some less serious wisdom teeth extractions. Some dentists may also be able to perform certain types of surgical tooth extractions. Costs for a tooth extraction by a dentist tend to be near the lower end of the cost ranges listed above.

How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost by an Oral Surgeon?

Oral surgeons are specialty dentists with the skills and experience to handle the most difficult tooth extractions. If your dentist can't perform the necessary procedure, they may refer you to an oral surgeon. Because these surgeons tend to handle the most severe types of tooth extractions, costs for these services can range as high as $800 (CAD 1,086) per tooth or more.

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Insurance Vs. Without Insurance

If you have dental insurance, it may cover some of the fees associated with a tooth extraction. However, you may be required to pay a deductible first. Additionally, some dental insurance plans have a waiting period in place for more serious dental procedures such as a tooth extraction.

How Much Does a Tooth Extraction Cost without Insurance?

If you don’t have dental insurance, you're responsible for paying the total amount out of pocket. This can be quite expensive, especially if you need multiple tooth extractions.

Don’t let these high costs prevent you from getting the care you need. There are several options available to help make these costs more affordable.

  • Your dentist may let you set up a payment plan so you can take several months to pay it off.
  • If you live near a dental school, you may be able to have these students perform the procedure at a discounted rate.
  • Some HSAs allow you to pay for dental care out of these funds.

If you’re having tooth pain or your dentist has recommended a tooth extraction, don’t delay. These issues can be painful and impact your overall health. Instead, explore your options and get the care you need.

All CAD conversions are based on the exchange rate on the date of publication.

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