Root Canal Costs
Root canals cost a lot of money. The reasons are that some of the files and drills required are
diamond head and cost $100+ each. You pay for the specialized equipment, time and expertise of the
A molar root canal can cost $800 to $1000 or more depending upon where you live and the tooth being
treated. Front teeth are less expensive than back molar teeth because they contain less roots, therefore less
work and treatment time.
Prices vary from city to city and dentist to dentist. You can ask your dentist for an actual
For example, in my city, these are the current price ranges:
| Anterior tooth
||$ 550 - $800
| Bicuspid tooth
||$ 650 - $900
| Molar tooth
||$ 800 - $1150
Some dentist have a standard fee, and some charge depending upon how many roots are in the
Root canal therapy is covered by most dental insurances. Most dental insurance consider it a ‘basic’
service and cover it at 50% to 80% of Usual and Customary charges. You can call your insurance company and
see what kind of coverage you have.
The ADA (American Dental Association) dental insurance code for root canal therapy is as follows (as
|A front anterior tooth
|A side bicuspid tooth
|A back molar tooth
It sometimes helps to know the tooth number when talking to your insurance company
about the price.
(Teeth are numbered 1-32, with #1 being the top right wisdom tooth, going toward the front to #
2-16, dropping down to the lower left wisdom tooth as # 17 across the front to # 32 wisdom tooth on lower
You can ask the dentist or Endodontist how much the charge is and your insurance company can tell
you if it falls within the ‘reasonable and customary’ amount for your insurance. They can also tell you your
percentage of coverage.
Please note that Endodontists usually have their own payment policies that can differ from your
general dentist, such as payment required at time of treatment. Ask questions before your appointment if this
is a concern.
Root canal cost is high, but it is less than getting the tooth
pulled and having a replacement crown, bridge, or dental implant installed in the vacant spot of the pulled tooth,
which is explained in the aritcle, "Root Canal