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Wisdom Teeth Follow Up

February 25th, 2010 at 03:24 pm

To answer some of the questions regarding the wisdom teeth removal.
Yes I did go to an oral surgeon. They put in an IV for anesthesia, then said ok in about a minute you will fall asleep, I said Ok, and then I woke up in recovery! It was crazy how fast and effective the anesthesia was!

Here is how the bill broke down:
Evaluation $70
Extraction - Surgical $750 (3 teeth)
Extraction - Partial Bony $335 (1 tooth)
Antibiotics $45
Anesthesia $375
Pain Pills $6
Subtotal $1581
5% Discount for paying cash $79
Total $1507

So because 3 of the teeth were already out of the gum line that saved me some money because that was only $250 per tooth instead of $335 a tooth for teeth that are still under the gum line. Plus a little discount for paying cash.
Unfortunately I do not have dental insurance. I did ask them to submit it to my medical, I think the one tooth that was bony impacted, and possibly the anesthesia may be covered by medical.....I still would not get any money back because it would be going to my deductible, but at least that would reduce our deductible some. Will have to wait and see what happens with that part of it.
For now I am just making sure to keep up with the icing of the face and taking my meds. I would say the pain is minimal, more annoying then painful. Just happy to be done with it because they were REALLY killing me the last 2 weeks before I had them out!

5 Responses to “Wisdom Teeth Follow Up”

  1. gamecock43 Says:

    THANK YOU for the update- I am still really scared to get my teeth out, but it helps hearing firsthand from someone going through it.

  2. pjmama Says:

    I also went through it, but just be sure to heed all the advice the surgeon gives you after the surgery. You really dont want drysocket. It is possibly the most painful experience I've ever gone through. I didn't get it from drinking out of a straw or anything, but I did get it and it really was awful.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm glad you did get the a discount! Take care.

    I remember feeling very sleepy within seconds of the iv meds going in. It is fast!

  4. skydivingchic Says:

    Thanks so much for your update. I am scheduled to have mine out in March. They will be knocking me out as well, but I'm certainly not looking forward to any of it. I hope your recovery continues to go well.

  5. campfrugal Says:

    We just had my daughters wisdom teeth looked at yesterday. They are all completely in and giving her no problems. The dentist didn't think she needed to worry about them for awhile.

    The only thing is they are about the quarter of a size of a regular wisdom tooth. They actually have a name, which makes them so easy to extract, if the time comes.

    The dentist and the hygenist have said that they only see these kind of wisdom teeth possibly a couple times a year, if that.

    Plus, after years of chemo and not seeing a dentist for a cleaning in about 10/11 years, she had two very minor cavities, which they are doing all in one sitting.

    He praised her on how well she has taken care of her teeth.

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