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Topic # 191167 26-Jan-2016 15:44
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I had been experiencing pain in my wisdom tooth on the left side of my lower jaw for two days. Today I went to the dentist (located in the CBD) and he said that it would probably need extracting and took a panoramic x-ray. According to the x-ray, the nerve running along the jawline is very close to the tooth needing to be extracted and he was not willing to run the risk of proceeding to extract the tooth and and potentially damage the nerve. He said that he would have to refer to a specialist which can cost a lot more. In the meantime, he cleaned it out and got rid of the extra pus and bacteria that was building up in the gum.


However, he said it was just a temporary fix and it would need extracting in the future by a specialist who would put me under during the process.


I was wondering how much (estimate) will this procedure cost in most clinics in Auckland?


I'm not a big earner (less than 35000) a year and have next to no savings. I recently obtained health insurance last month but they said they aren't going to pay out because there is a 12 month stand down period from when you first joined.


A little about me if it helps: I am female, 23 years old. No major medical history or chronic illness. No allergies. The only medications I take are for hayfever PRN.


I really want to get rid of this pain because it is really bothersome and I can't even really eat. its hurts so much when I bite down on hard foods.


How much do you think this will cost. Any and all answers are much appreciated :)

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  Reply # 1479118 26-Jan-2016 15:48
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About 10 years ago I had all 4 removed. 1 sounded very similar to yours, I had to choose to keep or remove as there was a risk nerve damage during the process may have made part of my face numb forever. It didn't, yay, and cost about $1500 though that was under IV sedation not general anaesthetic.

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  Reply # 1479127 26-Jan-2016 16:04
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My daughter had 4 teeth removed approximately 7 years ago under general anaesthetic. It cost around $4000. 

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  Reply # 1479129 26-Jan-2016 16:07
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I can't say - and neither could anyone without examining you I imagine - but as a comparison, I broke a tooth. It cannot be crowned and needs removing and replacing with a prosthetic.


Due to a variety of issues that I have which I hope you don't (heart condition etc) it would have to be done in a hospital and under general anaesthetic.


I was told a ballpark for that of $10,000.


What you are describing would be simpler in that no replacement etc is required. I would say that anything involving general anaesthesia is going to be $2000 + though. After all, there is always risk with that and you want them to look after you properly.


Best solution is go along for a consultation and get a quote.

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  Reply # 1479130 26-Jan-2016 16:08
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I don't think anybody is really going to have an accurate answer because everybody is different but a base price for wisdom tooth removal under IV sedation is around $1500 then extra for each tooth on top of that.



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  Reply # 1479165 26-Jan-2016 17:00
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scottjpalmer: About 10 years ago I had all 4 removed. 1 sounded very similar to yours, I had to choose to keep or remove as there was a risk nerve damage during the process may have made part of my face numb forever. It didn't, yay, and cost about $1500 though that was under IV sedation not general anaesthetic.


I was told of the same risk and was lucky. If permanently severing a nerve is a possible outcome then it needs to be done with the greatest skill available even if you have a tight budget.

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  Reply # 1479179 26-Jan-2016 17:12
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I don't have directly comparable experience but I did recently have a delicate root canal done by a specialist (rather than my own much cheaper dentist) and it cost $1500.


What I would say as a general principle: Good specialists will probably charge similar prices, though you may find some differences without compromising quality if you shop around. With something like this, and at your age, I would urge you to do everything possible to get the best possible care. It just isn't worth compromising on. Take out a loan if you have to (and you can), or see if you can work out some kind of payment plan. Don't compromise with your teeth. You will regret it later.



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  Reply # 1479292 26-Jan-2016 19:04
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I can recommend The Tooth Company as good dentists who don't charge the earth. I recently had a large filling, a small filling, and a porcelain overlay (like a partial crown) done under IV sedation for under $2000. Most companies will let you do a payment plan if you can't pay it all up front.

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