Nowadays, there’s no reason to be afraid of discomfort when it comes to root canal therapy; your endodontist has plenty of ways to minimize the pain you might experience. However, for many patients, the real concern is how much they’ll need to pay. What will your root canal cost? The answer depends on a variety of factors; read below to learn about 3 of the most important ones.
1. Location of the Tooth
Believe it or not, one of the main factors in determining the price of a root canal is the location of the tooth that needs to be treated. Generally speaking, it’s less costly to have a root canal performed on your front teeth than it is to have the same procedure done for your molars. This is because the process is actually much simpler for the front teeth since they typically only have one root while the molars can have as many as three. More roots mean more time spent cleaning the inside of your tooth to make absolutely sure that the infection has been completely removed. This is one of the variables for root canal cost that you’ll have the least control over, so keep it in mind when you first start talking to your endodontist about the financial aspect of your treatment.
2. How Early the Treatment Is Performed
Putting off root canal therapy for too long could end up making the treatment more expensive. The longer the infection stays untreated, the more severe it will become, and the harder it will be to completely remove from the tooth. Worse yet, at some point, root canal therapy may no longer be a viable option, and your tooth will need to be extracted entirely. If that happens, you’ll likely have to pay for a tooth replacement such as an implant in addition to the extraction itself. In other words, if you’re concerned about how a root canal is going to impact your bank account, the truth is that it’s actually one of your less expensive options.
If the infection has occurred in a tooth that already received a root canal in the past, you’ll receive what is known as an endodontic retreatment. This tends to be slightly more extensive than a regular root canal, and you’ll most likely need a crown instead of a simple filling to protect your tooth afterwards. Good oral hygiene can help you lower the risk of retreatment.
There are a few other factors that you’ll likely need to think about, such as the location of the practice itself (since the dentist will set their rates partially based on the cost of living in their area) and whether you have insurance. Be sure to ask your endodontist as many questions as possible during your initial visit so that you don’t have any unwelcome surprises on the day of the treatment. Remember: the price of root canal therapy will be well worth it once you’ve saved your tooth and stopped your toothache!
About the Author
Dr. Gregory C. Gell received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1995. He later received a Certificate in Endodontics from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Dental School in 1998. At his practice, Afton Endodontics, he has helped patients all over the Concord area find relief from tooth pain via root canal therapy, and he always takes the time to explain the costs involved as thoroughly as possible. To schedule a consultation with him about a possible root canal treatment, visit his website or call (704) 784-4625. Insurance is accepted, and financing is available.