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Root Canal Cost

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

low costFront Tooth: $300-$1,500average costBicuspid: $400-$1,800high costMolar: $500-$2,000
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Root canal therapy involves the soft inner core of a tooth, called the pulp. Running like a thread from near the top of the tooth down through its root, the pulp provides the tooth with nutrients and nerves. If the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. Without treatment, the surrounding tissue becomes infected and abscesses can form.

Typical costs:

  • A front tooth typically has one canal while a rear molar may have three or more, so the cost of root canal treatment depends on the number of canals in the tooth, the location of the tooth (ease of access) and the training and experience of the dental professional. Root canals can be done by general dentists or by root canal specialists called endodontists, who typically work on the most difficult cases and charge 30%-50% more than general dentists.
  • Dental insurance might cover 40%-80% of the costs, depending on the terms of the policy. However, many dental plans only pay a maximum of $1,000-$1,500 per year for all covered dental procedures.
  • On a front tooth, root canal treatment can cost $300-$1,500 or more but typically is about $900-$1,100 depending on complexity and whether the work is done by a dentist or an endodontist. For example, CostHelper readers without insurance coverage report paying $960-$1,348 for a front tooth root canal, at an average cost of $1,156. CostHelper readers with insurance report out-of-pocket costs of $243-$1,200, for an average payment of $608.
  • A root canal on a bicuspid or premolar tooth (mid-mouth) can cost $400-$1,800 or more, but typically is about $900-$1,100. CostHelper readers without insurance report paying $600-$1,550, or an average cost of $957. CostHelper readers with insurance report out-of-pocket expenses of $290-$375, or an average cost of $333.
  • Root canal therapy on a back molar can be $500-$2,000 or more, but typically costs about $1,000-$1,300. CostHelper readers without insurance report paying $500-$1,583 at an average cost of $1,184. CostHelper readers with insurance report out-of-pocket expenses of $300-$1,654, with an average payment of $682.
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What should be included:
  • An X-ray is taken to reveal the shape of the canals and any bone infection. Once the area is numb, a rubber sheet isolates the tooth, which is drilled open, cleaned using pin-sized files and suction, filled, sealed and covered. The Mayo Clinic offers a slide show[1] illustrating this process.
  • A root canal is often completed in one appointment, although it can require three or more visits depending on the extent and complexity of the problem, including if it's necessary to let an infection clear up before the canal is sealed. Once the root canal is completed, additional dental appointments will be needed to finish restoring the tooth with a filling or a crown, but this restoration work is not considered part of the root canal process.
  • There are many commonly held beliefs about root canals that are incorrect, like the perception that the procedure itself is painful. The American Association of Edodontists explains common root canal myths[2] .
Additional costs:
  • If the initial consultation determines that the root canal must be done on an emergency basis, there may be a same-day-, next-day- or weekend-procedure fee of $50-$100 or more.
  • After the root canal is done, the tooth is typically topped with a dental crown, which can cost $500-$1,500 or more per tooth for all-porcelain crowns (typically used on front teeth); $800-$2,500 or more for metal (typically used on out-of-sight back molars); or $800-$3,000 or more for porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (which can be used on front or back teeth). Or in a few cases, only a filling is needed, at an additional cost of $90-$300 or more.
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research lists tips for finding low-cost dental care[3] .
  • Dental school clinics[4] may offer reduced rates for services by supervised students or faculty.
Shopping for a root canal:
  • If the patient has dental insurance, the insurance company will provide a list of approved dentists.
  • If the root canal is complicated, most dentists will provide a referral to a local endodontist. Search for a local dentist through the American Dental Association[5] or for an endodontist through the American Association of Endodontists[6] .
  • WedMD lists factors to consider when choosing a dentist[7] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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root canal
Amount: $52.00
Posted by: Sherry Powell in Marietta, GA.Posted: April 7th, 2017 05:04AM
Which Tooth: 41 (bottom rt molarPractitioner: coastal dental
to Dentist, had xrays, not digital told I needed root canal. Was quoted 2300 for root canal. Was in considerable pain. Referred to their endodonist, but couldn't get to me for 10 days. Dentist gave me 10 pills of Tramadol. No antibiotics. Waiting 10 days so long in pain, I asked if anyone could see me sooner. No, but they called another they sometime worked with, & they couldn't see me any sooner except for a consult of $125.00 I could get the next day, but no root canal work any sooner then 10 days!. So, I left dentist with less $ in my pocket with only 10 pain pills & left to find another endodonist. No follow-thru for their patient, but they were paid for what service they did provide. I am now out trying to get quickly to an endodonist.
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Root canal
Amount: $1,372.00
Posted by: Robert Fox in Brentwood, TN.Posted: February 10th, 2017 03:02PM
Which Tooth: BicuspidPractitioner: Dr. Hicks
Very professional. Took about 45 minutes. Some pain as he approached root but additional aenesthetic took care of it.. seems very expensive to me. Took about 45 minutes.. he must make a boatload of $$!
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Root Canal
Amount: $67.00
Posted by: Kammy in Anchorage, AK.Posted: January 13th, 2017 10:01AM
Which Tooth: bottom back toothPractitioner: Glacier Dental, Anchorage, AK
I was in the Army and they give me a filling on the top of the cavities. 3 years later my tooth started to hurts. Went to Glacier Dental got a root canal and Dentist found cavities under the tooth, of course. Luckily I had 2 insurance. I end up paying $67 out of pocket. The staff is so nice. I was there about 2 1/2 hours on January 2017.
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root canal and porcelian ceramic crown
Amount: $2,034.00
Posted by: a user in Scottsdale, AZ.Posted: August 1st, 2016 11:08AM
Which Tooth: 20Practitioner: Sid Stevens
First started with a check up at another dentist who reported a cavity. Had that filled for $285.00. Within a few days started to pain. Was not satisfied with practitioner so went to Dr. Stevens who performed root canal $699 with crown and build up $1335. Not happy about the prior dentist's findings or this outcome since no cavity on #20 reported a few months prior at a cleaning. The dental industry is way out of control in pricing. In an industry where persons should want to help people have a good bite in order to sustain eating and a healthy smile, this is often not the case. Kudos to other geographic locations where pricing is reasonable. Sad to say that I have spent thousands in the past trying to save a tooth, only to lose it a few years later. Nothing like throwing money away especially when you are not a person who can afford to do that.
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Upper Pre-Molar Root Canal: My Very First!
Amount: $393.90
Posted by: Ann H. in Santa Clarita, CA.Posted: September 1st, 2015 01:09PM
Which Tooth: PreMolar Bicuspid-UpperPractitioner: General Dentist
Only one root on this upper tooth so fee was $798 plus $165 for the filling. It was the most simple RC type they said. (This tooth already has a crown so it was drilled into and then resealed) Insurance covered 558.60 for root canal and 115.50 for filling (filling is a separate cost). My share was 30% since this dentist is not in my PPO. He was quick, efficient, and the RC was painless including the injections. RC was performed yesterday at 5:00 p.m. and this morning I felt fantastic. (The dental office phoned me this morning to see how I was doing, and this is a new dentist.) I took 2 ibuprofen before I left the dentist office for impending soreness. Never needed the pain meds prescription they gave me. My cheek area was still numb at 9:00 p.m. yesterday. But I was still able to eat dinner and some tortilla chips!
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Anxiety Gone
Amount: $2,106.00
Posted by: Anxiety Gone in Manhattan Beach, CA.Posted: August 5th, 2015 04:08PM
Which Tooth: #6 and #9Practitioner: Manhattan Dental Esthetics
I had two root canals done. Each one costs $1425 (root canal $1195 and $230 for the buildup). My insurance paid 60% because the office is not part of the "network." However, I only had $744 remaining of my $1000/year insurance. I will go back in a few weeks to add more injury to my wallet when I get the crowns. The crowns for each tooth will cost $1800. That's a total of $3225 per tooth. The procedure was surprisingly painless and even pleasant. The dentist was very gentle and talked the whole time to his assistant about what he was doing next. He made sure I was completely numb before proceeding. I was happy that my veneers on the teeth were left intact.
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root canal
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Herb in Natick, MA.Posted: June 6th, 2015 03:06AM
Which Tooth: 15Practitioner: Wellesley Endodontics
Paid $1,500! for the root canal on tooth 15 and just got estimate from my dentist for another $2.000 for the Crowne which is another 2 visits + another bill for the initial X-ray. I live in Massachusetts but now may want to move to another state over oversea just to get a fair price
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Amount: $276.00
Posted by: KaiKai's Mom in Kailua, O'ahu, HI.Posted: June 2nd, 2015 01:06AM
Which Tooth: 14-Left Upper back molarPractitioner: Dr. Aime Kim
With insurance cost me $276 I was not happy paying it, but after reading about the other costs, guess it wasn't to bad. Procedure was long...more complex then initially thought, it was uncomfortable but bearable. Endo was personable and caring...highly touted in my area for being THE place to get quality root canals! Lol! Next is a dental office quoted around $600-$800...WITH insurance. This is new insurance and I have a year wait period which sucks for the crown. I paid about $170 for a composite (temporary) restoration to the tooth and I hope I save enough for it by then. I also need a dental implant on one of my lower molars, but I think I'll opt for the bridge...if I barely have enough for the crown, I sure won't have enough for the implant over $2000 with insurance.
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Only Root Canal-Bicuspid
Amount: $1,089.00
Posted by: Chief in Moreno Valley, CA.Posted: March 18th, 2015 12:03PM
Which Tooth: #21Practitioner: Moreno Valley Endodontics
Split root was a little longer than most but only took 90 mins. Painless and simple.
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Root Canal Cost
Amount: $995.00
Posted by: Little insurance in Sheldon, IA.Posted: March 17th, 2015 11:03AM
Which Tooth: back molarPractitioner: Sheldon Family Dental Clinic
The procedure itself wasn't horrible, really no pain..took about 90 minutes. I do think the cost is a little high...don't have good insurance. $500 maximum per year and I've already had my checkout come out of that. With the crown, I'm guessing I'll easily have about $1200 out of pocket expense. My tooth wasn't infected...lost the crown with too much tooth attached. Other than pulling the tooth, you really have little choice. Wish dental procedures were included with medical insurance
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Root canal and crown back molar
Amount: $130.00
Posted by: Belinda in mt. kisco, NY.Posted: February 19th, 2015 12:02PM
Which Tooth: 18Practitioner:
I just had a root canal. Out of pocket I paid $130 for the procedure and $640 for the crown.
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Root Canal Costs
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: mimi1964 in cullman, AL.Posted: February 16th, 2015 01:02PM
Which Tooth: #14Practitioner:
I haven't had my root canal yet but I'm going tomorrow at 9:00a.m. As for people complaining about the high cost they have a right to complain. I believe that dentist and doctors far too often charge an outlandish price for what they do. Yes, the cost of living has gone up, while the quality of things remains the same. IE... gas is still made like it was 20 yrs. ago, however we pay far more for it. Quiet a ridiculous amount and it doesn't take any more people to produce said gas than it did 20 yrs. ago. Point taken. People raise prices to pad there pockets but the fact remains you can not take money with you when you leave this old world. It is left here to pay your bills or to your family. So case in point why drive up prices so high that insurance companies do not cover all the cost of the procedure. And yes I can say these things... I am a nurse who hasn't had a raise in over 3 yrs. quiet sad isn't it. I take care of people like you every day.
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root canal through crown
Amount: $1,850.00
Posted by: noel baratta in Naples, NJ.Posted: January 20th, 2015 05:01PM
Which Tooth: #14Practitioner:
4 roots were done through my crown. The crown was filled but will need to be replaced
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Not cheap but I think he did it right!
Amount: $1,345.00
Posted by: Love the Blues in Chicago (Niles), IL.Posted: December 29th, 2014 02:12PM
Which Tooth: 14Practitioner: Dr Brett Gilbert
No insurance - Referred by General Dentist - three appointment process - evaluation, initial procedure (a week ago) & completion (today) after a week of antibiotics to get rid of infection. He was very competent, administered local anesthetic without even feeling the shot, minimal pain until the infection broke out day after 1st procedure but the antibiotic quickly controlleed that. I guess I paid a premium but I think it was woth it to get it done right. Now the crown and more money!
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My root canal...TODAY
Amount: $2,900.00
Posted by: Eryn Arnold in fallbrook, CA.Posted: December 3rd, 2014 01:12PM
Which Tooth: Mid molar upper right sidePractitioner:
Right no pain, ok. I went in at 8am was done at noon. Where are you people going that they finish in 20 minutes? Wow.Insane cost 2,900.00 bucks. My "full coverage" dental insurance paid 2000.00. Hope my kids understand why they will get no gifts for Christmas. How do you wrap a tooth?
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In soo much pain
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Team No Root Canals in South Gate, CA.Posted: September 29th, 2014 06:09PM
Which Tooth: #3 bottom back molarPractitioner: None
I went to what seems like a private dental office- I think !
Why are root canals so expensive!
They quoted me 1,995 with a porcelain crown. With out it would be $800 cheaper.
Still shopping around while in soo much pain! Help!
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Root Canal
Amount: $945.00
Posted by: No longer in Pain in Northbrook, IL.Posted: September 16th, 2014 12:09PM
Which Tooth: #22 Lower JawPractitioner: Dr. Rosenbaum
No visible decay on tooth. Nerve died and abscess was extremely painful.
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root canal
Amount: $229.00
Posted by: jen hanshew in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: September 11th, 2014 08:09AM
Which Tooth: #18Practitioner: Tingey
Total charge was just under 1500 with 229 co pay
nitrus would have been 90.
1500 for less than 40 mins of work including exam /xrays.
shame on these dentist. it s not like they need to jack up prices to compensate for non paying customers like the hosp. do.
They may be despised more than attorneys for such robbery.
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great experience w roots canal (one place endodontics)
Amount: $251.80
Posted by: Adrian K in schamburg, IL.Posted: July 24th, 2014 01:07PM
Which Tooth: 18Practitioner: dr jafarnia
I went to a specialist Dr. Jafania in Schamburg, Il to get my root canal done on tooth 18 (back left lower molar). It began hurting pretty bag and I just put it on the backburner for too long. All of the other dentists wanted to charge me way more - even the ones that were in network with Met Life PPO (my insurance). Anyway, overall great experience - very professional, didn't feel any pain (I did ask for nitrous sedation), and it doesn't hurt today and it's been just 24 hours since I had the procedure.. He also does everything under a microscope and is very upfront, won't try to wax your insurance with unnecessary 'consultations/xrays/etc.' I called them, told them I needed a root canal done, gave them my insurance, they told me the cost to the exact penny, and did a fantastic work. Too bad all he does is root canals because now I need to get a crown. Hopefully I'll find some other dental professional that's just as good.
Highly recommend Dr. Jafania and his staff!!
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root canal
Amount: $875.00
Posted by: evie in St Louis, MO.Posted: May 7th, 2014 06:05PM
Which Tooth: no 22Practitioner: clayton, mo.
i had a root canal this morning at a cost of 875.00 and then i have to get a crown from my regular dentist. i figured if the guy did 4 or 5 a day at that price (i got a discount of about 100.00)the dentist makes about 1 million a year. not a bad profession...for about 6 hrs. work a day.
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Rooot canal and dental costs
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: gunste in Mt.View, CA.Posted: August 6th, 2013 07:08PM
Which Tooth: #23Practitioner:
I am fairly certain that the cost of dental procedures of a specific code is quite constant within a dental association locality. I was once told about a crown:"if you want a better price you have to go to a different location."
My dentist referred me and it cost me $1000 for a 30 minute procedure. It is the problem with the fee for service system that dentists and doctors like to use. Plus using the coding book that seems to allow for a "No competition on price", like a cartel. In industry that calls for anti-trust action.
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Root Canal w/ Crown
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Britney in Upland, PA.Posted: May 10th, 2013 09:05AM
Which Tooth: #10Practitioner: Dentist
Tooth #10 next to my front teeth broke off near the gum line. I have insurance but it does not cover root canals. My crown was $300, post and core was $100, and the endodontic therapy was $200. Prior to getting the procedure I voiced how I had bad credit and could not be accepted for payment plans. The dentist was SO sweet, was very patient with me and accepted installments from me based on my word. The original cost of my treatment plan was $900 and she dropped it down to $600 to fit my budget. I understand I came into a rare situation but I'm so happy now that my smile is perfect again!
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Root Canal
Amount: $990.00
Posted by: RayB in Cortland, OH.Posted: February 13th, 2013 09:02AM
Which Tooth: 31Practitioner: Cortland Dental
My Dentist saw me on short notice with a sudden tooth ache. X-ray provided diagnose of needing a root canal in the lower molar. Prescribed anti-biotic to be taken for a week. Three canal root job done by drilling through existing gold crown. Several x-rays taken during procedure, then composite fill. No pain until I got the bill! Checking this and other sites it appears a low end "normal" price for the work done.
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Root canal/crown
Amount: $444.00
Posted by: doubled in tampa, FL.Posted: February 7th, 2013 12:02PM
Which Tooth: 19-middle botton left molarPractitioner:
Had a filling fall out of molar and didnt go to get it fixed for atleast 3-4 months. The molar then cracked. Had to get a root canal and crown. I have insurance with metlife with a 1500 max, root canal covered 80% and crown 60% ended up costing me 444.33, i was so suprised at how cheap it came out to be and this is not some hole in the wall place. Still have more insurance money for my few cavities.
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Root Canal
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: Gwendolyn Holden in Raleigh, NC.Posted: January 15th, 2013 05:01PM
Which Tooth: BackPractitioner:
I cracked the back of my tooth and was in severe pain the week before Christmas, my dentist suggested to perform a root canal, in order to save the tooth. I completed two sessions, and had no pain none what so ever.Did not have to take any pain pills and I only paid $350.00. By the way, I had no insurance. I don't know if my dentist was in a good mood because it was Christmas or what, all I know he got me out of pain, charge me $350.00 and sent me on my way. I have the best Dentist in the world!! when I return for my second session, NO CHARGE. NO PAIN TALKING ABOUT FAVOR FROM GOD. I Praise God for My Dentist.
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