It is a popular belief that tooth ache is one of the worst kinds of aches there are. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a root canal is often dreaded news, especially if you’re not particularly fond of going to the dentist. Contrary to popular belief, the treatment is not painful, at least not physically, though it can lighten your wallet by quite a bit. The only person, who probably enjoys a root canal, is the dentist himself because it helps him earn quite a lot of money. Thanks to modern medicine and anesthesia, a root canal procedure is no more painful than getting a filling.
Root canal costs vary quite a big deal depending on how complicated your individual procedure is. As a rule of thumb, the molars (teeth that you chew with) are harder to get at making the procedure more expensive. The fact that they have more roots and are therefore more difficult to clean also pushes your root canal costs further north.
Sometimes, because of the complexity of your case, your dentist might refer you to an endodontist – somebody who has spent an additional 2 years in medical school, learning how to do things better. An endodontist could very well charge you more than 50% of what the dentist would have.
Of course, as with everywhere else, image counts. If your dentist or endodontist have a fancy office in an upscale district, you can expect to help them pay their higher rents. Root canal costs, therefore, depend a great deal also on where and by whom you get your procedure done.
Another factor that effects root canal costs is how soon after you begin to experience discomfort in your tooth, you seek medical attention. With an infection, a time delay means a more complicated procedure which in turn means rising costs.
After you are done with your procedure, the dentist will seal the hole he has drilled in your tooth with a rubber compound called gutta percha and a sealer, which will work in tandem to seal the area. If this is the case then you could get away with paying as little as $400 to $500. This is a steal as it is a bargain for your root canal cost to be this low.
However, as is commonly the case, you might need a crown to replace the top of the tooth. Expect this to pinch as it can add several hundred dollars to the cost. Another factor that effects root canal costs is whether you are scheduled to visit your dentist for follow ups with each visit costing you more money.
All in all, if you are lucky, a root canal procedure can cost you as much as $1500 to $2000. However, if you’re unlucky and complications occur, you could get a dental bill running into several thousand dollars as you may have to opt for a retreatment if your previous root canal failed.
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