Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often need to be removed due to their potential to cause various dental problems, such as crowding, impaction, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth. However, cost is an important factor to consider when it comes to the procedure. That is why, in this article, we will help you navigate wisdom tooth removal costs in Melbourne.

What does a wisdom tooth removal typically cost in Melbourne?

Wisdom teeth removal costs in Melbourne can range from $200-$400 per tooth for a simple extraction at a private clinic to $500-$1,000 per tooth for surgical extraction with IV sedation. For all four wisdom teeth removed under general anaesthetic in a hospital, the total cost is typically $1,000-$2,500 or higher. 

Costs incurred during a wisdom tooth removal

There are several potential costs incurred during a wisdom tooth removal procedure:

  • Dental/Oral Surgeon Fees: This is the fee charged by the dentist or oral surgeon performing the extraction. The fee can vary based on the complexity of the case, the surgeon’s experience level, and geographic location.
  • Anaesthesia Fees: Depending on the type of anaesthesia used, there may be additional costs. Local anaesthesia is typically included in the surgeon’s fee, but IV sedation or general anaesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist will incur separate charges.
  • Facility Fees: If the procedure is performed in a hospital or surgical centre rather than a dental office, there will be facility fees to cover the use of the operating room and equipment.
  • Imaging Tests: X-rays or other imaging tests like CT scans may be required before the procedure to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth, which adds to the overall cost.
  • Medications: Prescription medications for pain relief and preventing infection after the procedure will likely be an out-of-pocket expense.
  • Follow-up Appointments: Any necessary follow-up visits with the surgeon to monitor healing and remove stitches can incur additional costs.

However, note that an exact estimate is difficult to provide, as many factors influence the cost of wisdom tooth removal.

Factors that influence the cost of wisdom tooth removal

Complexity of the procedure

The complexity of the wisdom tooth removal procedure greatly affects the cost. Simple extractions cost less, while surgical removals for impacted wisdom teeth are more expensive. Having multiple wisdom teeth removed also increases the total cost.

Type of anaesthesia

Local anaesthesia incurs lower fees compared to IV sedation or general anaesthesia administered in a hospital setting, which requires an anesthesiologist and results in higher costs.

Provider and facility

Private dental clinics generally have lower rates than procedures done in hospital surgical facilities. Oral surgeons may charge more than general dentists for complex extractions.

Insurance coverage

Dental insurance can help cover some or all wisdom tooth removal costs. Without private insurance, out-of-pocket expenses are significantly higher. In Australia, dental services are not covered by Medicare.

Additional treatments

If a wisdom tooth is severely impacted or infected, any additional surgical work or tooth splitting needed will drive up the total cost.

Why would I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?

There are several common reasons why wisdom teeth removal may be recommended:

  • Impaction: Wisdom teeth often don’t have enough room to properly emerge or grow in normally. When they become impacted or stuck against the tooth in front, it can cause pain, swelling, and increase the risk of infection.
  • Crowding: Since wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in, there is often not enough space left in the mouth to accommodate them. This can crowd the other teeth and cause bite issues or crookedness.
  • Difficulty cleaning: The location of wisdom teeth in the back of the mouth makes them harder to clean effectively. This puts them at greater risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and infection.
  • Cyst formation: Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to the formation of cysts or fluid-filled sacs within the jawbone, which can damage bone and tooth roots.
  • Bite changes: As wisdom teeth try to erupt, they can cause other teeth to shift, changing the bite and leading to pain or discomfort when chewing.
  • Sinus issues: Upper wisdom teeth that become impacted can create sinus problems and pain in some cases.
  • Inflamed gums: Partially erupted wisdom teeth create gum flaps that are prone to swelling, infection, and trapped food particles.

Removing wisdom teeth, especially when impacted, aims to prevent these oral health issues and future dental problems. Many dental professionals recommend extraction as a preventive measure.

How can Greenvale Dental Group help with the cost of my wisdom teeth removal?

At Greenvale Dental Group, we aim to make dental procedures accessible through affordable payment options. We accept major credit/debit cards and insurance plans, offering more rebates as a preferred provider for BUPA, Medibank, and HCF.

For those needing financial assistance, we facilitate low-interest MacCredit or TLC loans designed specifically for medical and dental treatments. The online application and approval process is simple.

During your consultation, we’ll provide an itemised quote and treatment plan outlining the expected dental implant costs. We understand the financial burden and are happy to spread out appointments as needed. Feel free to discuss your preferred payment options with us.

How should I reach out for an affordable wisdom tooth removal in Melbourne?

Contact us, as we strive to make this essential treatment accessible through affordable pricing and flexible payment options tailored to our patients’ needs. Our team of experienced oral surgeons uses the latest techniques to perform wisdom teeth extractions efficiently while prioritising patient comfort, safety and affordability.