How much does a root canal treatment cost? – Forbes Health


The cost of a root canal treatment depends on a number of factors, including the tooth involved and the type of dental office you go to for the treatment. Check whether your procedure will be performed in a general or specialist practice and what type of insurance you have, if any. (Specialists may charge more than general dentists.)

Root canal costs with insurance

The total cost to insured individuals depends on additional factors such as location, their specific insurance coverage, and whether the dentist is an in-network provider, says Steffan Scherer, DDS and endodontist at Full Smile Endodontics in Amarillo, Texas. An in-network provider has contracted with your insurance company to provide medical care, often at negotiated or discounted rates.

Root canals often require multiple appointments. The duration of the procedure depends on the severity of the infection, according to Ghaznia Khan, DDS, a general dentist in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Usually we can go into the tooth and clean the nerve with a range of drugs to kill the fibers and remove infectious bacteria,” she says. “It’s a minimal drilling and pressure process. You really shouldn’t feel any pain after the anesthetic is administered.”

Depending on your insurance situation, you may be able to claim a co-payment as a percentage of your total bill depending on your insurance plan. With the insurance you can count on the following rates:

  • Front tooth: $200 to $1,100
  • Premolar (middle of the mouth): $200 to $1,250
  • Molar: $300-$1,472

“Total costs can range from $500 to more than $1,000 depending on the situation,” says Ryan Tyng, DMD, of Crossroads Family Dentistry in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Root canal costs without insurance

If you don’t have dental insurance, you can expect to pay a lot more for a root canal treatment. The costs without insurance vary depending on the extent of the procedure. According to the ADA Survey of Dental Fees, the average cost of a root canal without insurance can range from:

  • Front tooth: $620 to $1,100
  • Premolar (middle of the mouth): $705 to $1,250
  • Molar: $870 to $1,472

Other factors such as your location may also play a role. For example, if you live in New York City, you may pay more for your root canal than someone in a rural town in Iowa. Additional costs may also apply, such as B. X-rays or a dental crown needed to complete the procedure. Many root canals require a crown to protect the tooth, increasing the overall cost.


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