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Does dental insurance cover wisdom teeth removal?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    Typically, a dental specialist called an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will remove your wisdom teeth. Since the procedure can be fairly involved sometimes, it may or may not be covered by your plan. It all depends on what type you have. So if your dentist recommends that you should have these third molars removed, call up your benefits office, your dental benefits plan membership person, or both to figure out whether they cover.
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  • AUnitedHealthcare answered
    Most dental plans cover necessary wisdom tooth extractions. Because wisdom tooth extractions are oral surgery, services are generally covered up to 80 percent of the cost.  The wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth and are sometimes referred to as the "third molars." The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt and oftentimes do not even break the skin (impacted). Many people have their wisdom teeth pulled during adolescence or young adulthood because of crowding of the mouth.  Sometimes wisdom teeth are pulled before orthodontics are started to allow more room in the mouth for correction. Wisdom teeth are known to cause pain and become infected (called an abscess) because they are the last teeth to be cleaned or flossed. If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, talk to your dentist.
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