Do I really need a root canal and crown and what is it going to cost?

Woman holding cheek with toothache in chair at dentist

So, your dentist told you that you need a root canal… but do you really? Root canals and crowns are not something people typically look forward to, however, they are important to prevent pain, tooth decay and even tooth extraction. Let’s learn more about root canals, crowns, and costs.

What is a root canal and crown?

A root canal is often needed because of injury, decay, or infection. A root canal is when the affected part of the root in your tooth is removed, the space is cleaned and shaped and finally filled. The crown is then placed on the tooth to ensure that your tooth is protected.

Should I get a root canal and crown?

If your dentist recommends that you get a root canal/crown, it is in your best interest to get one. Root canals and crowns relieve tooth pain that is typically caused by an infection or abscess. They also prevent the infection from spreading further, minimize pain, and save your tooth from having to be extracted.

What does a root canal and crown cost?

The cost associated with a root canal/crown can vary based upon your insurance. Typically, they cost between $620-$1,500, depending on which tooth the procedure is on. Although this may seem like a hefty fee, it is better to address the issue now, rather than paying more money down the line to treat the additional damage. Another note of caution, for anyone looking a “cheap root canal,” as this is definitely a procedure you want a trusted dentist to perform. The good news is that Patriot Health offers Dental Savings Plans that can reduce your out-of-pocket expenses on a root canal and crown.

What happens if I don’t get a root canal?

If you decide to not get a root canal when it is recommended to you, then you are putting yourself at risk for additional pain, infection and even tooth extraction. Infection can also spread to other areas of your mouth, requiring even more treatment than was initially needed. The only alternative to a root canal is to remove your tooth, so your best bet is to avoid the additional pain and discomfort and follow doctor’s orders!

Although a root canal can be intimidating, it will prevent you from future issues. Take care of your oral health and get a root canal and crown when it is recommended. If you have insurance, you can check with your provider to see the estimated cost of service before receiving treatment, and you can save even more money with a Dental Savings Plan from Patriot Health.