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?

Root Canal Treatment a Favorite Procedure, Dentists Say

Root Canal Treatment a Favorite Procedure, Dentists SayIt is estimated that almost 60 million root canal treatments are performed each year and that number continues to climb as aging baby boomers work to save their teeth.

Root canals might be something dental patients dread, but it’s a dental procedure a lot of dentists seem to love doing.

With the demand for root canals growing, The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists if they treat root canals, or refer them out.

On dentist replied, “I love doing root canal treatments. It’s most pleasing to me personally. It keeps me motivated and challenged.”

Not all dentists are so eager to perform root canals and prefer to refer them out to an endodontist for treatment.

To hear what dentists had to say about performing root canals, Click on Play —

Do you enjoy performing root canals, or do you refer them out?

Root Canal Referrals: Not All Dentists Are Doing It

When we asked dentists if they treat root canals or refer them out to endodontists, we saw lots of variation.

One out of four said they do virtually all root canals in-house, and another 31% only refer out about one-quarter of root canal treatments. On the other hand, 17% of dentists refer out all root canals to endodontists.

“Actually, I refer only the ones I don’t want to do… maybe 5-10% of cases,” explained one general dentist.

Root Canal ReferralsRural dentists are distinctly more likely to treat root canals themselves. Urban and suburban doctors are more apt to refer out to an endodontist.

Here’s a sampling of what else dentists had to say on the subject:

  • “I only refer out those cases where the prognosis is poor.” (Texas dentist)
  • “I love doing root canal treatments. It is most pleasing to me personally. It keeps me motivated and challenged.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “If every dentist could spend 1 week in my endodontic practice, they would all stop doing endodontics. It is an absolute tragedy… The quality of work is terrible… GPs should stop doing endo… That is the bottom line.” (Nevada endodontist)
  • “I feel that dentists can easily get in over their heads when doing molar root canals!!!” (Alabama dentist)
  • “I am doing more now than before for monetary reasons.” (Florida dentist)
  • “Specialists are made for small mouths, tough patients, and tough teeth. With insurance companies keeping my fee low, there’s no gain for the pain.” (Michigan dentist)
  • “I do not want my patients to associate the need for their root canal with my need to make money. I feel that patients are more likely to accept root canal treatment with referrals to a specialist I have used for my own dental needs.” (Florida dentist)
  • “Thank god for endodontists.” (New York prosthodontist)

Read more: Dentists Don’t Always Refer Root Canals to an Endodontist


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