How Much Does Root Canal Therapy Cost?
Tooth decay is a common problem that dentist treat every day. When tooth decay spreads to the inside of a tooth, this can infect the dental pulp, resulting in a painful condition known as a root canal infection. The team at our River Edge restorative dentistry practice can perform endodontic treatment (root canal therapy) to address these issues.
Many patients have questions about the nature of root canal therapy and the cost of treatment. Let's take a moment to consider both of these matters.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is performed when the pulp inside of a tooth has become infected. There are a few key steps to root canal therapy. They are as follows:
- Removal of the diseased dental pulp
- Sterilization of the pulp chamber
- Filling the pulp chamber with an inert material
- Capping the treated tooth with a dental crown
By doing all of this, the pain and discomfort associated with an infected tooth is alleviated. Patients will be able to bite and chew again without discomfort.
Average Cost of a Root Canal
The average cost of a root canal can vary a fair amount. Custom care is the nature of root canal treatment, which means that no two root canal procedures are exactly alike.
In terms of national averages, a root canal can range from $600 to $1,400. There's a lot of variables to consider in there, and we don't feel comfortable discussing what your treatment may cost online. If you do need a root canal, we can meet with you in person and assess your situation. As part of the consultation process, we can provide you with a estimated cost of treatment, which will include a breakdown of the costs involved.
Factors That Affect the Cost of a Root Canal
There are many factors that can affect the cost of root canal therapy. Some of these include the following:
- The tooth being treated (treating the front teeth is typically less expensive than treating the molars)
- The complexity of the problem
- The type of dental crown used
- The experience of the dentist
- The geographic location of the dental practice
- Special promotions/discounts specific to a dental practice
Dental Insurance and Root Canal Therapy
Dental insurance can help reduce the total cost of a root canal, and sometimes substantially so. Some dental plans may cut the out-of-pocket cost in half. This can also vary based on a number of factors, the most important of which is the nature of a person's dental plan. Be sure to consult with your insurance provider to learn more about all of these matters.
Financing Options for Dental Care Treatments
If the cost of a root canal proves too much for a patient or household, there are various financing options available that can put the cost of care within reach. These financing plans work much like a traditional loan or credit card. The total cost of care is broken up into monthly installments. Patients will make payments as scheduled, with interest applied to the total amount of care. Many people find these payment options a convenient way to get the dental treatment they need without too much undue financial burden.
Contact Malki Dental
If you would like more information about root canal therapy and how we can help improve your dental health, be sure to contact our advanced family dental care center today. Our team will work with you to answer your questions and address your concerns.