Need a Root Canal?

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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 without dental insurance vs. using 1Dental’s Care 500 plan.

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

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

Learn more about the best savings at general dentists and see exact pricing in your area with the Care 500 plan. Or see the best savings at specialists with the Dental Access Plan (powered by the Aetna Dental Access network).

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 Dental Savings Plans

For instance, the Dental Access plan (powered by the Aetna Dental Access network) provides 15-50% savings at endodontists, other specialists and general dentists. The Careington Care 500 plan is a nationwide plan that helps you save 20-60% at general dentists and 20% at specialists.

Conclusion

For those of you wanting to save money on root canals, consider dental savings plans. They’ll help cut the cost of a root canal and other dental procedures to make them more affordable for you. While the greatest savings on root canals are at general dentists, it’s sometime required to see a specialist, which is why we recommend our Preferred Plan that gives you the best savings with both options.

Summary – Why is the Preferred plan our best seller for root canals?

  • Best savings at general dentists AND specialists
  • Exact procedure prices online with Care 500
  • Largest list of dentists with Dental Access
  • Millions of members, in business since 1979
  • At an everyday low price – no gimmicks

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What members are saying:

"They told me I would need a root canal plus a crown. The savings on those 2 procedures was around $1,500!"

- Clinton C, CA


"Yes I just saved around $600 on a root canal!"

- Gina T, FL


"1Dental has saved me over $2,000.00 in root canal work and crown replacements."

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