Health Insurance For Wisdom Teeth Removal 

Wondering if health insurance covers wisdom teeth removal? Compare health cover quotes through Savvy. 

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If you're considering wisdom teeth removal, you may be wondering if your private health insurance can help cover the cost. Wisdom teeth extraction is a common dental procedure, but it can be expensive, especially if you don't have dental cover. That's where buying health insurance can help reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. 

You can quickly compare quotes for private health insurance which includes cover for wisdom teeth removal through Savvy. By answering a few simple questions about the health insurance you’re after, you could have multiple policies to consider side-by-side instantly from our panel of insurers which includes some of Australia’s leading health funds. Get the process started through Savvy today. 

Does private health insurance cover wisdom teeth removal?

There are two types of health insurance that can assist with the cost of wisdom teeth removal. Which type of cover will benefit you most will depend on whether you have your extraction done as an out-patient by a dentist, or in hospital under a general anaesthetic.  

Extras cover 

Extras cover is a type of health insurance plan which covers a range of non-hospital treatments, including dental procedures. If you're going to have your wisdom teeth removed in a dental surgery, having extras cover may help cover a portion of the cost. The amount you can claim back will depend on the level of cover you have.  

More expensive extras policies may allow you to claim back a higher percentage of the cost. For example, with a cheaper policy, you may be able to claim back 50% of the cost, but with a more expensive extras policy you may be able to claim 85% or more. However, in the terms and conditions of your health insurance plan, there may be an annual limit which puts a cap on how much you can claim on your policy per year. 

Hospital cover 

If your wisdom tooth extraction is more complex and needs to be performed under a general anaesthetic in hospital, hospital cover may cover some of its cost if you choose to be treated as a private patient. This could either be in a private hospital, a public hospital or a private dental clinic which has the facilities to perform extractions under general anaesthetic. However, if you’re admitted to hospital for the procedure, you may have to pay an excess (if your policy has one) and possibly a co-payment. 

How do I compare the best health insurance policies to cover wisdom teeth removal?

When choosing a health insurance policy for wisdom teeth removal, consider the following factors: 

  • Cost: look for a policy with a premium which fits within your budget. With hospital insurance, you can choose between silver or gold cover, as both these types of insurance cover dental surgery. Some bronze plus hospital policies may cover major dental procedures, but this is less common. You may also need a more comprehensive extras policy to ensure you have coverage for a major dental procedure, as cheaper policies may only include basic dental costs such as cleaning and general check-ups. 
  • Benefit limits: extras policies often come with policy benefit limits, so compare these limits and check whether they’ll cover the cost of your extraction. Wisdom teeth removal falls under the ‘major dental’ area of extras cover.  
  • Waiting periods: check the waiting periods for wisdom teeth removal cover, as they may vary between extras policies. 
  • Exclusions: be aware of any exclusions or limitations in the policy which may affect how much you can claim back when you have your extraction done. 
  • Special offers: health funds will sometimes try to attract new clients with special offers, such as offering no waiting periods for dental treatments with a new extras policy. You can compare special offers through Savvy.  

Is wisdom teeth removal covered by Medicare?

Medicare doesn’t routinely cover dental treatment. Whether your wisdom tooth removal will be covered by Medicare is not a simple question, as it'll depend on a variety of factors, including: 

  • Urgency – whether the extraction is medically urgent; for instance, if it’s due to a severe gum infection or injury resulting in serious pain 
  • Medical necessity – whether the extraction is medically necessary, or if it’s being done to avoid future cosmetic issues, such as mouth overcrowding or teeth misalignment. If the extraction is medically necessary but not urgent and you choose to be treated as a public patient, waiting lists can be up to two years 
  • Complexity – whether the extraction can be done by a regular dentist or if an oral surgeon or maxillofacial surgeon is required to complete the procedure. How complicated the extraction will be will depend on the way your teeth have developed within the jaw 

If the extraction of a wisdom tooth is medically urgent (due to a serious jaw infection, for example), you may be able to have the procedure done as a priority public patient in a public hospital and Medicare will cover the full cost. 

In most other circumstances, however, you'll have to pay for the cost of the procedure yourself. Having private health insurance can assist you with the cost of the extraction, either at a dental surgery or as an inpatient in hospital if you require a general anaesthetic. 

You can find and compare health insurance policies which include cover for the cost of wisdom teeth removal through Savvy. Start comparing policies through us today.

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Frequently asked questions about health insurance for wisdom teeth removal

How do I know if I need my wisdom teeth removed?

Your dentist can perform an x-ray and evaluate your teeth development in the jaw to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed. 

Can I get health insurance just for wisdom teeth removal?

No – you can't get a standalone health insurance policy just for wisdom teeth removal. However, you can get an extras policy which includes coverage for major dental procedures like wisdom teeth removal, along with many other medical treatments. 

Can private health insurance cover the cost of jaw surgery too?

Yes – if you also require jaw surgery in addition to the removal of your wisdom teeth, your hospital cover health insurance may be able to cover the cost of your jaw surgery too.  

How much will wisdom teeth removal cost if I don’t have private health insurance?

As of April 2023, the extraction of a wisdom tooth performed by a dentist or oral surgeon may cost between $450 and $600 per tooth. If you require a general anaesthetic, the cost may be between $1,500 and $3,000 per tooth.  

How much of the cost does health insurance cover for wisdom teeth removal?

The level of coverage for wisdom teeth removal varies depending on your health insurance policy and the fund you're with, as well as where you have the extraction done. Some extras policies may cover a percentage of the cost of extraction in a dental clinic, while others may offer a set benefit amount per year. It's important to check your policy's terms and conditions to understand your level of coverage before undergoing treatment.

Do I have to buy the most expensive health insurance policy to get cover for wisdom teeth removal?

This will depend on whether you choose to have your wisdom teeth removed in a dental surgery or under a general anaesthetic in hospital and the nature and complexity of the procedure you require. Some of the cheaper health insurance policies offer cover for teeth extraction, but there may be a policy benefit limit. It’s important to check with your health insurer to determine the level of cover you have for wisdom teeth removal and what is and isn’t covered by your policy.

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