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No Dental Insurance Root Canal

Has your dentist recommended you get a root canal because of an infected or decaying tooth? The idea of such treatment may be frightening—although there’s really nothing to worry about—but even more frightening than that might be how you’re going to pay for it with no dental insurance? In this article, we’ll go through what a root canal is, why you would need to get one and how you can pay for it.

How Much Does it Cost to Get a Root Canal?

A root canal itself costs between $900 and $1,600 with no insurance. Below is a list of average prices for the different types of root canals. Keep in mind there may be additional costs associated with a root canal procedure.

Average Cost of a Root Canal
Procedure Cost Without Insurance
Pulp Cap Direct $100
Pulp Cap Indirect $110
Therapeutic Pulpotomy $266
Endodontic Therapy - Anterior Tooth $984
Endodontic Therapy - Bicuspid Tooth $1,107
Endodontic Therapy - Molar $1,349

(All procedures exclude final restoration—which typically means a dental crown.)

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Root canals are needed when a tooth is damaged or the pulp within the tooth becomes infected. This treatment is used to help repair and save the tooth that is infected or has decayed. Dentists may recommend a root canal if:

  • You experience tooth sensitivity with hot or cold temperatures even after what has caused the heat or cold has been removed.
  • Your teeth begin to discolor or darken.
  • You have a severe toothache when you chew or apply pressure.
  • Your gums swell and become tender.
  • You have recurring and persistent pimples on your gums.

Types of Root Canals

While there is really only one type of root canal—although it varies depending on the location of the tooth—there are several preventative techniques associated with endodontics because it aims to prevent decay and infection from reaching the pulp of the tooth. Here are some of those preventative methods, along with a more thorough explanation of the root canal process.

  • Pulp Capping: This is a preventative technique that comes before a root canal. It is used to stop tooth decay from attacking the pulp chamber of the tooth. However, if the pulp has already been infected and the tooth dies, a root canal will be needed.
  • Therapeutic Pulpotomy: Another preventative technique, therapeutic pulpotomy is typically performed on primary teeth to stop decay from reaching the tooth’s pulp.
  • Endodontic Therapy: Also known as root canal therapy, endodontic therapy treats the inside of an infected tooth by removing the infected pulp, cleaning the inside of the tooth and then filling and sealing it with a rubber-like material. Then, a crown is placed over the tooth for protection.

Root Canals and the Careington 500 Series Dental Plan

Fortunately, there are insurance alternatives that can help cut the cost of those prices significantly. For instance, the Careington 500 Series Dental Plan is a nationwide plan that can help people save money. Here are just a few sample price lists for people who live in California, New York and Texas and are in need of a root canal or preventative treatment:

California Careington Members

  • Pulp Cap Direct: $37
  • Pulp Cap Indirect: $37
  • Therapeutic Pulpotomy: $87
  • Endodontic Therapy – Anterior Tooth: $349
  • Endodontic Therapy – Bicuspid Tooth: $419
  • Endodontic Therapy – Molar: $528

(All procedures exclude final restoration)

New York Careington Members

  • Pulp Cap Direct: $30
  • Pulp Cap Indirect: $30
  • Therapeutic Pulpotomy: $73
  • Endodontic Therapy – Anterior Tooth: $366
  • Endodontic Therapy – Bicuspid Tooth: $440
  • Endodontic Therapy – Molar: $557

(All procedures exclude final restoration)

Texas Careington Members

  • Pulp Cap Direct: $23
  • Pulp Cap Indirect: $23
  • Therapeutic Pulpotomy: $55
  • Endodontic Therapy – Anterior Tooth: $294
  • Endodontic Therapy – Bicuspid Tooth: $348
  • Endodontic Therapy – Molar: $438

(All procedures exclude final restoration)

Disclaimer: The prices listed above reflect what you can expect to pay at a general dentist that accepts our Careington Care 500 plan, not at a specialist. Specialists in our Careington Care 500 network have agreed to a flat 20% off their prices, which may vary depending on the specialist you see.

Conclusion

For those of you wanting to save money on root canals, consider discount dental plans. They’ll help cut the cost of a root canal and other dental procedures to make them more affordable for you.

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