This survey found the average root canal fee is $887 if treatment is performed by a general dentist and $1,500 if done by a specialist, with the majority of dentists surveyed saying they perform root canals.
Fees for different teeth vary only slightly regardless of whether performed by a generalist or a specialist.
At a general practice –
- D3310 – anterior tooth: $745.00
- D3320 – bicuspid tooth: $850.00
- D3330 – molar: $1,013.00
At a specialist practice –
- D3310 – anterior tooth: $1,300.00
- D3320 – bicuspid tooth: $1,195.00
- D3330 – molar: $1,268.00
Root canal therapy costs somewhat more from endodontists than from general dentists, especially on posterior teeth. Of course, an endodontist will perform a difficult root canal, while a general dentist might refer out that endodontic procedure.
Here are some dentist comments about root canals:
- “I don’t do endo in my office any more. With microscopes and all the other technology available in endo offices, I feel my patients are getting a better quality service with the specialist than I can provide.” (General dentist)
- “How about when the root canal needs to be extracted 4 months later and the patient demands a refund and/or free extraction?” (General dentist)
- “Root canals performed by endodontists are a better alternative to tooth extraction.” (Tenessee endodontist)
- “What used to take several long appointments can now be performed in one appointment, but some require more, so it’s better to refer to an endo.” (General dentist)
- “I need to raise my fees.” (Texas dentist)
- “About twenty years ago, the Federal Government prosecuted a small group of dentists who discussed their fees over coffee. The government considered this to be “price fixing” which is against the law. Since then, dentists have been publicly warned not to discuss their fees among themselves or face prosecution.” (California dentist)