Wisdom Teeth Removal Fee Analysis

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Wisdom Teeth: specialist fees 39% higher than general practitioners.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists and specialists what their fee is for removing wisdom teeth.

We found that specialist fees are 39% higher than general practitioners.

Some dentists cited the use of sedation as a reason for the increased cost.

“The fact that sedation is used gives patients the feeling that the higher cost at the oral surgeons is worth it!” pointed out a West Virginia dentist.

But others disagreed. “In my area the GP’s fees are generally higher than the specialists because we take longer to do it,” said one California dentist. Another Colorado dentist said, “Usually our fees are about the same as the oral surgeon.”

In this survey, here’s what dentist respondents revealed:

The average cost at a general practice – $483.00
The average cost at a specialist practice – $791.00

And here are some comments:

“If it’s easy like any old extraction, I use the regular extraction fee and the reg code. There’s no “wisdom teeth extraction” code. $575.00 is as high as I go to include flapping, osseous removal, bone graft (if needed) and sutures, poat op, etc…” (New York dentist)

“Our fee depends on if it’s impacted or not and how is it impacted: soft tissue, partial bony, or full bony.”(California dentist)

“It depends on what kind of third molars. Erupted? Soft tissue, partial or full impaction? It makes a difference on the fee charged. Also, if there is a cyst involved.” (Maryland oral surgeon)

“$239.00 is for erupted 3rds that need surgical extractions and $378.00 for horizontal impactions with unusual complications.” (General dentist)

For more on this survey see: Fees For Wisdom Teeth Removal.

1 in 4 General Dentists Remove Wisdom Teeth (video)

1 in 4 General Dentists Remove Wisdom Teeth (video)General dentists can do wisdom teeth extractions, except when they can’t and need to refer the patient to an oral surgeon.

Some dentists prefer to do these procedures themselves, whereas others still refer the patient out whenever possible.

Said one dentist who refers out all removals, “That’s what oral surgeons are for!” Another general dentist said, “I am glad oral surgeons are there, but most surgical wisdom teeth are very easy.”

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists what percentage of wisdom teeth removal they refer out to an oral surgeonWatch the following video to hear the results of the survey and what other dentists had to say on the subject —

How do you handle wisdom tooth removal?

Do Most Dentists Extract Wisdom Teeth In-House?

Wisdom tooth extractionResults from The Wealthy Dentist dental survey this week report on wisdom tooth extractions: Do doctors enjoy doing them, and how much do they refer out?

Exactly half of our dentists said they don’t like performing wisdom tooth extractions. The other 50% said they enjoy doing them — yet most referred at least some of the work out.

Only 16% of dentists surveyed perform 100% of their wisdom tooth removals in-house.

Here’s how the rest of the responses are distributed:

  • 37% of dentists refer out 100% of their wisdom tooth cases.
  • 21 % refer out in the 75% range.
  • 13 %refer out in the 50% range.
  • 13 %refer out in the 25% range.

Here’s some insight into why so many dentists refer out the work, even though they enjoy it:

“I have been doing the majority of my own extractions since I started my own practice 35 years ago. Most patients are surprised at how easily the procedures go — but I screen to be sure there are no unforeseen problems. I refer out if I don’t think I can do it efficiently, or if the patient wants a general anesthetic.” California General Dentist

Oral surgeons get the really tough teeth and the really tough patients. Otherwise, I am happy to do them.” Illinois General Dentist

“Small, fused, conical roots? SURE. Impacted, flared roots, angled? NOT.” General Dentist in Puerto Rico

“Unless you perform many of them, I feel it’s in the patient’s best interest to refer to a specialist.” Wisconsin General Dentist

“Ugh. This last year I saw 7 cases of permanent paresthesia from wisdom teeth extracted. Every one, without exception, from general dentists who ‘could do it as good as an oral surgeon, only cheaper’…Permanently hurting another human for a few bucks….” Arizona General Dentist

“The key is to know when to refer!” Oklahoma General Dentist

Do you enjoy wisdom tooth extraction cases? How many of them do you perform in-house?

Dental Patient Production for Wisdom Teeth

wisdom tooth patient valueWisdom teeth can be a strong motivator to visit the dentist. A recent dental survey asked dentists about the gross production of a wisdom tooth patient.

There’s considerable variation in the value of a new dental patient for wisdom tooth removal. In this survey, production averaged about $950 per patient.

“Wisdom tooth extraction keeps patients in the practice,” said a Florida dentist. “Toothaches lead to new patients!”

What’s the gross production of a wisdom tooth patient at your practice? Let us know!


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