This survey from The Wealthy Dentist asked dictors for specifics about their root canal therapy (RCT) fees, and whether the procedure is profitable.
Fees ranged from $500 to $1200 for an anterior (front) tooth; and $700 to $1500 for a posterior tooth (molar).
The average anterior fee (rounded to the nearest $100) was $800; the average posterior fee was $1000. (For any statistics nerds who may be reading this, the median and mode fee was in the same ballpark.)
A majority (69%) of dentists perform molar root canal procedures themselves; 27% sometimes do it themselves, and 4% always send the molar work out.
We also asked dentists to comment on whether they like doing root canals, and if they are profitable.
Some doctors like performing RCT, but were less than enthusiastic about profitability:
“Some are fun to do and others are nightmares. Money is probably not as good as I’d like.” North Dakota dentist
“I enjoy doing RCT; wish I could get better money for them….” Florida dentist
“It only hurts when I have to accept the insurance fee for the root canal. Which is usually 50% less then my normal fee.” Connecticut dentist
Other doctors enjoy performing root canal treatments and find them financially rewarding, from a dental practice management perspective:
“Yes; profit is higher than many procedures.” Minnesota dentist
“I enjoy root canals and even though quite a bit of materials and instruments are needed to perform one well, I think they are one of the easiest ways to increase production and collections, thus increasing profit.” Texas dentist
“Anteriors and premolars are cost-effective and do not take much time to perform, therefore they make money. Molars are usually exponentially more time consuming for me to make money doing, therefore I refer them out.” Illinois dentist
Do you enjoy root canal therapy cases? Are they profitable for your practice?