What Is the Cost of Root Canal Treatment?
There are many factors that affect the cost of root canal treatment. Each patient and tooth presents a different set of circumstances. Generally, the cost of root canal treatment is directly related to the chair time necessary to perform the treatment as well as to the costs of the staff, training, and technology that the dentist has available when performing the procedure. There are many factors that influence the amount of chair time necessary to treat any particular tooth:
- The position of the tooth in the mouth
- The number of roots and the number of canals within these roots
- Root curvatures and the length of the roots
- The presence or absence of calcifications within the root canal space
- Special dental considerations. For example, it may be more difficult for the dentist to work through an existing crown or a bridge than to work on a tooth with only a small previous filling. Also, some teeth may have been severely broken down by past dental disease and these may have to be "built-up" before root canal treatment can even be started so that an aseptic field can be established and maintained during treatment.