Looking for free wisdom teeth removal? Insurance companies may cover part of wisdom teeth removal but it usually costs you out-of-pocket also. What if you could get paid to get your wisdom teeth removed? It is totally possible! We found some ways you can get it for free—and even some ways you can get paid for having them removed!
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Wait—what are wisdom teeth again?
Wisdom teeth are the molars in the very back of your mouth. They can be on both sides and both the top and bottom. Wisdom teeth normally aren’t a problem in youth but start to come in around ages 17 to 25. Then they can cause pain and tenderness in your gums, jaw pain, and/or swollen gums. Some people don’t have any problems, or any wisdom teeth! But most people, about 85%, need to have their wisdom teeth removed.
Often insurance companies only will pay for about $1,000 a year in dental work. Basic wisdom teeth removal can cost up to $800! However, in some cases based on the location of the teeth, type of extraction, and type of dentist, it can cost upwards of $3,000 dollars to remove your wisdom teeth! Here’s how to remove wisdom teeth on a budget.
Get Free Wisdom Teeth Removal
Some programs offer free wisdom teeth removal. This was a big issue for my family because my brother’s wisdom teeth removal cost over $3,000 and insurance would only pay $1,000 of it! So, we did some research and he ended up getting paid $300 to get his wisdom teeth removed!
Dr. Wisdom Teeth offers wisdom teeth removal for $899, or as low as $0 with insurance! They also offer a pair of movie tickets FREE with your surgery! You can schedule a free consultation. However, they only have locations in Utah.
Free Dental Care is a nationwide database of free and cheap dental care, so like Low Income Relief, but just for dental care! You can find programs nationwide and in all 50 states, local free dentail programs for you and your children, find free dental care for the elderly, disabled, and the handicapped, and find the government assistance you need.
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Optimal Research Center will provide free wisdom teeth removal and more free dental care for research studies. They have several locations including Austin, Texas; Rockville, Maryland; San Diego, California; Peoria, Illinois; Hunstville, Alabama; and Melbourne, Florida. Visit their site and contact each location to find out if they have any openings for a study near you.
Get Paid to have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Jean Brown Research allows any healthy person between 18 and 40 years old to participate. They include free medical care and pain medication. They provide free services (and sometimes pay patients) because they are a clinical research study. This means that they prepare medications to go to the general market. But don’t worry—the doctors are board certified oral surgeons and operate in a state of the art facility. If you aren’t sure if you need your wisdom teeth removed, they will give you a free x-ray to see if you need them removed. However, the one catch is you must be able to travel to their office.
Lotus Clinical Research has free wisdom teeth removal for research participants. You must be 18 to 40 and meet the study criteria, but you do not need to have any insurance. Best of all, you can also recieve compensation for your time and travel, but the slots are limited. They are located in Pasadena, California.
Get Cheap Wisdom Teeth Removal
Some dentists offer a payment plan that allow you to make payments on wisdom teeth removal with little to no interest. Emergency Dentists USA has a list of dentists in every major city in the United States who offer such payment plans.
You can get a Discount Dental plan which allows you to get quality dental work for very cheap prices. A plan with Discount Dental would reduce the cost from $200 to $600 a tooth to $60 yo $200 a tooth. It’s just $99 a year per person for a membership which gives you up to 60% off any dental visits you need. On their site, it says these plans are best for those who do not have coverage through an employer, have immediate dental needs, and want to save on dental work.
Springville Dentistry in Utah offers wisdom teeth removal for a flat $995.
If the other options for paid, cheap, or free wisdom teeth removal won’t work for you then I suggest talking with your dentist about a payment plan. You will still have to pay the balance after insurance, but you will be able ot pay over a period of time so that it is more affordable.
A Quick Note About Recovery
Recovery can last from a few days to two weeks. You probably will be unable to work the first few days, so keep that in mind when you schedule your appointment. But hey—you will have a great excuse to eat lots of ice cream! You will want to eat mostly liquid or smooth foods like soup, applesauce, and yogurt and avoid straws. The best thing to do is to follow the advice of the oral surgeon, since they know your teeth and they know what they’re talking about! More info about recovery here.