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There are several reasons you may need root canal therapy, including:
The idea of a root canal procedure might be frightening to some. However, the cost of dental care can be even more alarming—especially to those who need to get root canal treatment without insurance.
If your dentist has recommended a root canal, it is essential to get treatment. If left untreated, the infection from the tooth can spread to other parts of your body. If it spreads to one of your vital organs, the condition could become life-threatening.
For some patients, a dental discount plan could save you more money each year.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to pay for a root canal, whether you have dental insurance or not.
The average cost of a root canal without insurance ranges from:
The average cost of a root canal with insurance coverage ranges from:
The cost of your root canal will depend on several factors, including:
Molars are the most difficult teeth to treat, so they will cost the most. A front tooth will typically be the least expensive, while bicuspid (mid-mouth) teeth will be between these prices.
Some general dentists perform root canals, while others will refer you to an endodontist. Endodontic treatment will cost more than treatment at a general dentist’s office.
Generally, the more difficult the procedure, the higher the cost. If a general dentist is unable to perform the procedure, they will refer you to a specialist, which will cost more.
You may be charged separately for an x-ray or the dental crown needed to complete the entire dental procedure.
The average root canal cost varies by region and individual dental offices.
Most dental plans will cover at least some part of your root canal. The extent of coverage depends on your specific insurance plan.
Many health insurance policies will cover 100 percent of routine procedures, but only cover a percentage of more invasive procedures. It is common for insurance providers to cover 30 to 50 percent of root canals.
Health plans often have limits, co-pays, deductibles, and waiting periods, which can wind up costing you a lot of money and keep you in pain if you have a toothache.
The easiest way to save money on a root canal (and any other type of dental work) is by joining a dental discount plan.
These programs have created networks of dentists that offer reduced oral health care prices to cardholders. Once you purchase a dental savings card, you’ll gain access to these reduced prices.
At a general dentist, the cost of the procedure will be between $700 - $1,200 for a root canal on a front or mid-mouth tooth and $1200-$1,800 for a molar. Endodontists will charge up to 50% more.
An extraction procedure is cheaper than a root canal. However, if you need an implant to fill the gap, or other follow-up procedures, it could cost you more in the long run.
Unfortunately an infected tooth will not heal itself. If left untreated, the infection can spread to your jaw, brain, blood, and body. You will have to have the tooth treated at some point, either by financing a root canal or extraction procedure.
Before the procedure, your tooth and the surrounding area will be treated with a numbing anesthetic, so there will be little to no pain. There will be some pain and extra sensitivity in the days following the procedure. But overall, root canals will save you from the pain you feel from your affected tooth.
American Association of Endodontists (AAE). Root Canal Treatment. 2 Sept. 2020, www.aae.org/patients/root-canal-treatment/.