As prices continue to surge all across the country due to continued inflation, it is expected that dental procedures like root canal therapy are also getting more expensive. This is bad news for so many patients with toothaches that need root canal treatment but can’t afford them. Many patients often think about what the cost of root canals currently are, and how those prices will change in the near future. How will insurance coverage and plans help my family pay for such an expensive treatment? Keeping one’s natural teeth is of utmost importance because as we stress here at Best Dental, nothing can replace mother nature. Moving forward into the 2020s, the average cost of Root Canal is $850. Prices can vary depending on the dentist or endodontist that is performing the procedure, if any additional procedures will be needed, and which tooth is needing the root canal treatment (molars are slightly more expensive).
Average Cost of Root Canal Treatment in Houston, TX
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Factors determining root canal costs
Which tooth needs a root canal?
Perhaps the number one determining factor when it comes to Root Canal costs is which tooth is needing to have a root canal performed. There are a variety of different teeth with their own complexities. The more complex and difficult the treatment, the longer your dentist will need to complete the case. Some cases are simpler than others. The biggest determining factor is which tooth in the arch is being worked on. Molars have come complicated anatomy, and will cost more to complete their root canal treatment versus anterior teeth in the front of your mouth. A highly qualified root canal expert needs to study the case very carefully, as treatment planning is probably the most important step in getting your Root Canal Treatment done properly. Choosing just any dentist may lead to failed root canals, which will likely need to be retreated.
The different types of root canals
- Anterior Root Canals – These are root canals that are performed on your front teeth. Normally, these teeth have less complexities than your back teeth, and the price to get a root canal performed on these teeth is less.
- Premolar Root Canals — These are the middle teeth in between your back teeth and your front teeth. They will have slightly come complexities than your front teeth, and they will usually cost a but more to perform a root canal on than your anterior teeth.
- Molar Root Canals — These teeth are your back teeth, and are usually the more difficult teeth to get root canal treatment performed on. They will also have the greatest cost for your root canal treatment in comparison to the other teeth in your mouth.
The number of additional procedures you may need
This is another huge factor when determining your overall costs. The more cases or procedures that you need, the more expensive your treatment will end up being. It is always good to see an experienced clinician that has a lot of training under their belt. This will not only save you time and money, but it will assure you that your dentist has the necessary skill to complete the treatment correctly the first time around.
Some of the additional procedures that may be needed in addition to your root canal treatment include crown lengthening, and dental crown treatment.
Fortunately, at Best Dental, we have affordable pricing and have an array of financing options that can help you pay for your root canal treatment. At the same time, the quality of our work is something that we care deeply about, so rest assured that you are in good hands. We charge a flat fee of $800 for our Molar root canal treatment. This price is not including any additional procedures that may be needed.
Your dental insurance plan is certainly going to help you with the burden of the costs when it comes to getting your Root Canal treatment. There are many plans out there when it comes to dental insurance. Some may cover the entire course of your treatment while other may only cover a portion of it. Check with your dentist to see exactly what your plan covers, and what your out of pocket expenses will be. Many times, the prices that you pay alongside your insurance plan are much lower than what you would have to pay if you did not have the insurance to begin with.
Whether a family dentist or an endodontist is performing your procedure
Endodontists are specialists in root canal therapy, and they tend to charge more for root canals than a traditional general dentist. These root canal experts tend to handle more difficult cases than dentists refer to them. They are truly a master at their craft.
Root Canal Treatment in Houston, TX
If you are looking for high quality root canal treatment in Houston, TX come see our expert team at Best Dental. Our exams are complimentary and we have some of the best prices seen in all of Houston. So if you are in need of root canal treatment, call us today. Below we have answered some frequently asked questions about root canal therapy. We hope it helps answer any lingering questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals
What Happens If My Root Canal Fails?
If a root canal fails, which in rare cases does occur, the tooth will need to be retreated by your dentist, or certified root canal specialist. Sometimes, an additional surgery may be needed to completely remove the infected tooth.
What Happens If Tooth Breaks After My Root Canal?
If the fracture is severe, the tooth will need to be removed. If the fracture is minimal, then your dentist will recommend placing a cap or a dental crown to protect your tooth structure.
How Long Do Root Canals Usually Last?
Around 10 years. After that the root canal may need to be retreated. There are some cases that the root canal fails after 10 years.
Are Root Canals Painful?
This is a myth that has become folklore throughout our culture. Contrary to public belief, a root canal is not a painful procedure if proper local anesthesia is administered. If a tooth happens to be infected, there is a chance that your clinician may not be able to properly to numb it prior to your root canal procedure. If this is the case, an antibiotic may be recommended prior to your treatment.
Why do some root canals take two visits?
Sometimes, when your dentist attempts to do your root canal, he or she recognizes that the tooth is infected. If this happens to be the case, your dentist will clean the inside canals of your tooth and place you on an antibiotic afterwards. They will then bring you back a week later once the infection has subsided to properly complete your root canal treatment.
How long does a root canal procedure take?
Most root canal procedures can take up to one hour to complete. Front teeth that are needing root canals take a shorter time to complete in comparison to molars. If it is deemed that your root canal needs to take more than one appointment to complete, then it may take longer to properly finish the procedure.
Are you awake for a root canal procedure?
Most root canals are completed under local anesthesia meaning that you will be awake for the procedure. If you have high dental phobia, then it may be prudent to find a dentist or endodontist that can perform IV sedation therapy to sedate you during root canal therapy.
Can I drive home after a root canal?
If only a local anesthetic is used for your procedure, then yes, you can drive home after your root canal is completed. If IV Sedation is used, then you will need someone to drive you back home.
What can I eat after a root canal?
You can return to your regular diet after a root canal is completed. Most times, if your tooth has not been prepared for a dental crown, it is wise to avoid hard foods that can potentially fracture the tooth. This is why it is prudent to place a cap on the tooth after root canal treatment to prevent the breakdown of the tooth structure.
Will you need antibiotics after a root canal?
In most cases, a dose of antibiotics is given after a root canal to prevent any subsequent infections from occurring. The most common antibiotics prescribed include Amoxicillin and Clindamycin after root canal therapy.
Do you have to miss work after root canal therapy?
In most cases, you can return to work immediately after your root canal treatment is completed. If any form of sedation is used during your procedure, then you will need to take the day off to recover.
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