“Root canals are the most predictable and profitable procedure in dentistry,” said one. “Dentists who do not do endodontics lose on the average $90,000.”
Root canal therapy costs somewhat more from endodontists than from general dentists, especially on posterior teeth. Of course, an endodontist is will perform a difficult root canal, while a general dentist might refer out that endodontic procedure.
How much a root canal costs depends on where you live; dentists in the Pacific states reported charging the most.
In fact, a simple root canal on a front tooth may cost more in the Pacific than a more difficult molar root canal in many other areas, including the Northeast.
Here are some dentist comment about root canals:
- “I’ve been a DDS full time for 25 years and I have not done a root canal in over 14 years… I have never been happier than since I was told by a dental consultant: what would you rather do on a Saturday morning, play golf or do a root canal?” (Utah dentist)
- “More GPs should do their own endo.” (Florida dentist)
- “Root canal therapy is a big money maker. It’s a great way to beef up the bottom line.” (California dentist)
- “Root canals are the most predictable and profitable procedure in dentistry. Dentists who do not do endo lose on the average $90,000.” (Virginia dentist)
- “Your fee should represent what it would cost to replace the tooth if it were lost.” (Maryland dentist)
- “Natural teeth are better than fake ones (dentures or implants).” (West Virginia endodontist)