How Much is a Root Canal?

How Much is a Root Canal?

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A root canal is a frequently performed dental procedure. It can often save a tooth that is infected or at risk. If you have a tooth that is in need of a root canal, you may be wondering how much it will cost. There are many factors that affect the cost of a root canal, but here’s a general idea of what to expect.

Average Cost of a Root Canal

A root canal may cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500. If you do not have dental insurance, your out of pocket cost can be more.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure that restores the health of a tooth by removing the dental pulp, the soft tissue at the center of each tooth. The dental pulp contains blood vessels and nerves that are necessary for the development of the tooth. However, once the tooth is fully developed it can live without it. During the procedure the root canal is thoroughly cleaned out and disinfected, then filled with a replacement material that is resistant to infection. In most cases a crown is placed over the tooth following a root canal.

Factors That Affect The Cost of a Root Canal

The actual cost of a root canal depends on a number of factors:

  • Your insurance. If you have dental insurance that includes coverage for root canals, your out of pocket cost will be less.
  • The size and type of tooth. Larger teeth have more complex root canal systems that take more time to clean out and refill, which increases the total cost of the procedure.
  • Where the tooth is located. The easier a tooth is to access, the lower the cost of a root canal for that particular tooth.
  • Whether or not you get a crown, and the type. In most cases a crown will be placed over the tooth after a root canal to provide protection for the remaining tooth material and root. The type of crown you get will also affect the cost. Porcelain crowns cost more than metal, but they provide the most natural look.
  • The location of your endodontist’s office. Location affects cost of living, which in turn affects the cost of services. The higher the cost of living in the area where your endodontist is located, the higher the cost of a root canal in many cases.

Benefits of Root Canal

Why should you opt for a root canal? Consider the following benefits:

  • Saves the natural tooth. A root canal can save the natural tooth, allowing it to remain in place in your mouth. This prevents the need for extraction and replacement with a dental prosthetic.
  • Can prevent an infection. A tooth that is at-risk for infection due to a deep cavity or crack can be treated with a root canal to prevent the tooth from becoming infected.
  • Prevents the spread of infection. An infection in a tooth can quickly spread to the nearby teeth and oral tissues. A root canal eliminates the infection before it can spread.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Treatment

Is a root canal worth it or should I just have the tooth pulled?

We always recommend treating a tooth if it can be saved rather than having it extracted. Keeping your natural tooth in place allows it to function naturally and keeps your other teeth in proper alignment for improved oral health and a complete smile.

What are my options for paying for a root canal?

After insurance the remaining balance can be paid via credit card or financed through CareCredit for affordable monthly payments.

Why Choose Eagle Endodontics?

An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating teeth that are infected or at risk. Eagle Endodontics provides root canal treatment using advanced technology that offers the best chance of saving your natural teeth.

Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.