A major concern for anyone who requires dental treatment is how much will it cost. Patients who are put off by the high costs often wonder if it would be better to avoid the procedure and just hope for the best. This is always a bad course of action, especially when the procedure in question is root canal therapy. Skipping treatment can lead to serious problems, such as tooth loss. Not only will this impact your eating, speaking, and appearance, it will eventually lead to more expensive treatment than root canal therapy.
The Root Canal Procedure
Your dentist will take an X-ray before deciding if root canal therapy is the right course of action. If the pulp in your tooth is diseased or injured, he or she will need to remove it to stop the infection spreading. Your dentist will drill down through your tooth and remove the impacted pulp. Once your tooth has healed, your dentist will need to fill the canal. Later, you will need to return for subsequent appointments to restore your tooth with a filling or crown.
The average cost of root canal therapy is $800, although costs vary according to which tooth is receiving treatment. A front tooth has just one canal, but a molar has three or more. This makes root canal therapy more expensive for back teeth.
In addition to the root canal, you will need to pay for the filling or crown. The total cost for a filling and root canal therapy is between $880 and $1,125, whereas the combined cost of a root canal and crown is between $2,225 and $2,425, depending on the material you choose for the crown. Gold is less expensive than porcelain but is better suited for back teeth only. Finally, you may have to incur a same-day, next-day, or weekend procedure fee in the case you require an emergency root canal.