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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.
Most dental plans cover necessary wisdom tooth extractions. The wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth. They 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). Wisdom tooth extractions are considered oral surgery. These services are generally covered up to 80% of the cost. Many people have their wisdom teeth pulled during adolescence or early adulthood due to crowding. Sometimes wisdom teeth are pulled before orthodontics are started to allow more room in the mouth. Wisdom teeth are known to cause pain and become infected (called an abscess). If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, talk to your dentist.
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