Understanding Root Canal Cost
Typically, the cost of an extraction is less than that of a root canal. However, undergoing root canal therapy can provide invaluable benefits that result in saving your tooth. Dr. Aric Petersen is always committed to providing dental care that serves their best interests, including timely treatment that can help prevent conditions from escalating. However, the cost of a root canal will depend on a variety of factors, including whether sedation is used. To make these vital treatments more affordable, we accept third-party financing at our Scottsdale, AZ, practice.
Why a Root Canal is Recommended over an Extraction
An extraction is usually only recommended in cases where there is no way to save the tooth. Saving your natural tooth structure is always preferred when possible. While a root canal is more costly up front, extracting a tooth can lead to costly future treatments unless replaced with an implant-supported restoration. We recommend that you consider a root canal treatment an investment in the future of your smile.
Factors Affecting Root Canal Cost
Many factors can impact the overall cost of your root canal treatment, including:
Use of Sedation
While the local anesthetic that numbs the treatment area is sufficient to manage most discomfort for patients, you may always request sedation to help you feel more at ease during treatment. We offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and intravenous (IV) sedation. Of these options, IV sedation is typically the most effective, but also the most costly.
Type of Restoration
A dental crown or filling is usually placed over the treated tooth to reinforce it and protect it against reinfection. The type of restoration recommended for you will depend on the stability of the tooth and whether it needs the added strength of a crown. Typically, a dental crown is more expensive than a filling.
Additionally, the material used for your crown or filling also contribute to the cost. Tooth-colored materials are usually recommended for the most natural-looking realistic results, but they are often pricier.
Specifically focusing on endodontic treatment has allowed Dr. Petersen to refine his technique for gentle, quick procedures.
Which Tooth is under Treatment
Because our molars have more roots than teeth at the front of the mouth, they are often more complicated and expensive to treat.
Your Doctor's Experience
As an endodontist, Dr. Peterson has completed additional training and has unique knowledge of endodontic treatment. Specifically focusing on endodontic treatment has allowed him to refine his technique for gentle, quick procedures.
Depending on your insurance, only a portion of your treatment may be covered. For instance, insurance usually does not cover the entirety of tooth-colored restorations. Some insurance providers will also only cover one root canal treatment in a given period of time. If you are seeking retreatment, your procedure may be required to pay out of pocket. Consequently, it is important to reach out to your insurance to ask about coverage so that you know how much you will need to pay beforehand.
During your consultation, Dr. Petersen can discuss these treatment aspects with you to help you plan a treatment tailored to your budget and needs.
Financing Your Treatment
To help make root canal treatment as accessible as possible, we accept financing through CareCredit® and accept major credit cards. Applying for financing is easy and can help you divide the expense of your treatment over several months for more manageable payments.
Your Health is Our Priority
If you are experiencing a toothache, sensitivity, or swelling contact us online or call us at (480) 767-8888 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Petersen can provide gentle, skilled root canal treatment to help you maintain a healthy smile.
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