Differences between Dentists and Specialists
In general, a root canal procedure performed by a specialist, such as an endodontist, may cost more than a procedure performed by a general dentist. This is because endodontists are specifically trained to perform root canal procedures and have a higher level of expertise. Additionally, they may use specialized equipment such as operating microscopes and Cone Beam CT (CBCT) imaging technology, which can make the procedure more efficient and accurate.
The use of operating microscope during the procedure can help the endodontist to have a better visualization of the root canal, which can make the procedure more efficient, accurate and with a higher success rate. Using the microscope, the endodontist can identify and treat more intricate and complex cases that general dentists may not be able to handle.
On the other hand, CBCT is a type of 3D X-ray imaging that provides detailed images of the teeth, jaws and surrounding structures. This technology allows the endodontist to view the entire tooth, including the root canals, in a single scan, providing them with detailed information about the shape, number and curvature of the roots. This technology can also help to identify any potential anatomical variations or complications that may affect the treatment and outcome of the root canal procedure.
Endodontists may also have specialized training to manage patients with special needs, for instance patients with a high level of anxiety or dental phobia, and may use techniques such as sedation to make the procedure more comfortable for the patient.
The additional expertise and specialized equipment used by endodontists can result in a higher success rate for root canal procedures, less pain during the procedure and less failure after the procedure.
The cost difference can range between 20-50% more than general dentists. The average cost for a Specialist root canal in the South Bay on a front tooth is between $1300-1500. The cost for a molar tooth can range from $1300 to $2200. These are approximate figures and can vary depending on the expertise of the providers, the use of special technology, and the case’s complexity.
It’s worth noting that the cost of a root canal procedure can be covered by dental insurance plans, so it’s a good idea to check with your insurance provider and ask if it’s covered or not, and if there are any requirements, co-pays or deductibles to meet. Also, dental school clinics can be a more affordable option, they are run by dental students under the supervision of licensed dentists.
In case you’re struggling to afford the cost of the procedure, it’s important to talk to your dentist and ask about financial assistance, payment plans or alternative treatment options that may be more affordable for you.