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Are Root Canals Expensive?

Man pulling cash out of walletIf your dentist recommends root canal therapy to prevent extraction, don’t worry about a large bill. It’s more affordable to save your tooth than it is to have it removed. Not to mention, the endodontic procedure isn’t as expensive as you might think. You have many solutions to keep your treatment affordable, like using your dental insurance. Here’s how much you can expect to pay if you need a root canal.

Root Canal Therapy is Cheaper Than Extraction

Extraction may be more affordable initially, but it will lead to large dental bills down the road. Every tooth is important for your oral health and general wellness. Losing even one increases your risk of preventable issues, like cavities, gum disease, and additional missing teeth. 

You can lose up to 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year of missing a tooth. It will continue to shrink as more time passes, which can change your facial appearance. Your dentist will recommend a prosthetic to fill the gap, which can get costly over the years because they don’t last forever. 

A root canal will save you from the hassle and expense of dealing with a lost tooth. You’ll preserve your natural smile to invest in a healthy mouth and body while lowering your future oral health expenses.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Root Canals

There’s no flat fee for root canal therapy because every mouth is as unique as fingerprints. Various factors affect the cost, like:

  • Consultation: Your dentist will perform a visual examination and may review X-rays or perform other diagnostic services.
  • Additional Procedures: Root canals can be used along with other procedures, like a crown.
  • Sedation: Some patients may require sedation during their procedure to keep them comfortable.
  • Restoration: It’s not uncommon for a crown to be placed over a tooth after having a root canal. The quality of the materials will also affect the amount you’ll pay.

Your dentist will create a personalized treatment plan and provide you with an estimate during your consultation.

Keeping Root Canal Therapy Affordable

You have multiple options to keep root canal therapy within your budget, like:

  • Dental Insurance: You can use your dental insurance for your consultation and any diagnostic services. Your insurance can pay some of the expenses of your root canal and restoration after meeting your annual deductible. You can use your yearly allowance to lower the amount you will pay.
  • Financing: You can pay any out-of-pocket expenses using a monthly payment plan through a third-party financing company, like CareCredit. You can benefit from little or no interest in financing based on your credit approval.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to save your tooth. Your dentist will help you find the financial solutions you need to keep extraction at bay.

About Dr. Lance Timmerman

Dr. Timmerman achieved his dental degree at Oral Health and Sciences University and has regularly continued his education to provide up-to-date services, like cosmetic dentistry, sleep medicine, and dental implants. He is affiliated with various professional organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call (206) 350-6199.

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