January 15, 2019
Between the ages of 16 and 25, the third set of molars erupts, called the wisdom teeth. Unfortunately, it often occurs with complications. In some cases, the molars may not erupt correctly or there may not be enough room in your mouth to accommodate them. This can lead to painful oral health problems. To resolve the issues, your dentist may recommend their removal. It is normal to be concerned about the cost of the extractions for your wisdom teeth in Denver, but you have nothing to fear. Often, you can use your dental insurance to pay for a portion of the cost.
Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Over time, our jaws naturally become narrower, so there often is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to erupt correctly. As they try to push through the gum tissue, they can place pressure on your teeth, causing overcrowding. In some cases, the adjacent teeth may break. It is not uncommon for the molars to be partially or fully trapped under the gums, called an impaction. If the issues are not resolved, it can lead to pain and tenderness in the gingival tissue and jaw. It can even cause cysts and infections.
It is best to have your wisdom teeth removed if they do not erupt correctly to prevent additional damage to your oral health. Depending on your individual needs, you may require a surgical or simple extraction. Both procedures are now considered routine, so many insurance companies will pay for the treatment.
How Can I Use My Insurance?
Over 10 million wisdom teeth are removed annually; however, it is not an inexpensive procedure if you pay out-of-pocket. On average, a simple extraction under local anesthetic costs about $800 to have all 4 teeth removed. If the teeth need to be taken out surgically, it can add another $250 to $800 to the overall cost of the treatment.
Thankfully, many insurance carriers now cover the treatment. Depending on your specific policy, your insurance can pay for as much as half of the procedure. Certain policies will cover the entire cost until you reach your annual limit after you have paid your yearly deductible.
Your oral surgeon in Denver works on your behalf with the insurance company to decrease the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. To cover any remaining balance, there are several payment options available, like CareCredit. Based on your credit’s approval, you are given the funds you need. You then repay the balance using a payment plan that accommodates your budget.
Save Your Smile Today!
If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, your insurance allows you to get the treatment you need for affordable rates. You can stop your pain and save your smile without any unnecessary financial burden.
About Dr. Brian Fangman
Dr. Brian Fangman is specially trained in oral and maxillofacial surgery to safely remove the wisdom teeth. He is in-network with many insurance carriers to keep your treatment affordable. If you need your wisdom teeth extracted, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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