Root Canal Fees: General Dentist Vs Endodontist

root canal feesThis 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)

Read more: Fees for a Root Canal Average $887 – $1,195 and Root Canals: Who Needs an Endodontist?

Dental Care: The High Cost of Avoiding the Dentist

Dental Care:  The High Cost of Avoiding the DentistAccording to a recent report from the Pew Center on the States, in 2009 there were more than 800,000 visits to the ER for toothaches and other preventable dental problems and this number continues to increase in the U.S.

One of the conclusions of the Pew report was that a major driver of dental-related hospital visits is a failure by states to ensure that disadvantaged people have access to routine preventative care from dentists and other providers.

Another factor is that roughly 47 million Americans live in areas that are federally designated as having a shortage of dentists.

The Florida Public Health Institute reported that 315 patients a day seek dental care in Florida’s hospital emergency rooms producing charges that exceeded $88 million.

To put these numbers into perspective, the website, Frugal Dad, put together an infographic explaining the costs and causes of this overall decline in preventative dental care –

Dental Care: the high cost of emergency room dental careSource:
Dentists, why do you think dental patients are seeking dental treatment in hospital emergency rooms?

Do you believe that there is a shortage of dentists in some areas?

Cost Is the Main Reason People Skip the Dentist

Cost Is the Main Reason People Skip DentistThe ADA is reporting on the results of the Oral Health Status and Access to Oral Health Care for U.S. Adults Aged 18-64 Survey and found that cost is the main reason people forgo a visit to the dentist for an oral health problem.

42% of the survey respondents said they could not afford dental treatment, or did not have dental insurance.

The purpose of the survey was to develop and expand oral health outcome measures, and to produce estimates for the U.S. population as a whole that could be used to study the impact of the initiatives to improve oral health.

Overall, 16% of the dentate adults had an unmet dental care needs due to cost in the past 12 months prior to the survey.

The report further reveals that among dentate adults with one or more mouth or teeth problems, more than one-half of those who were uninsured had unmet dental need due to cost; one-third of those with Medicaid had unmet dental need compared with almost one-quarter of those with private health insurance, but no dental coverage, and more than one-tenth of those with private health insurance with dental coverage. (Source: ADA)

If public health insurance is supposed to help with health care, the survey revealed that adults with Medicaid (19%) were almost five times as likely as adults with private health insurance (4%) to have poor oral health.

17,000 men and women from all walks of life were solicited for this survey survey called upon by the Surgeon General to provide information about the status of the U.S. population’s oral health and the ability to access care.

To read the full results from this survey, see: Oral Health Status Measured in National Survey


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