Cost Of Root Canal in Australia

Root canal treatments are quite common in dentistry, and they are a necessary procedure to carry out. Root canal treatments help prevent the decay of a tooth from spreading to other parts of the body and reduce pain. 

The price of root canal treatment varies depending on which dentist you visit and the severity of the tooth decay. If you’re thinking about getting one, there are some things to keep in mind before making the decision. This blog post will help explain the cost of root canals and what they entail.

What is a Root Canal?

The centre section of a natural tooth is called the root canal. It houses all the necessary parts for keeping teeth alive, such as nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. However, suppose bacteria gets in between these teeth. In that case, it can cause pain and result in an infection, thus cutting off the blood supply.

Root canals are performed to save your natural teeth and prevent further pain, infection, and damage. The most common reason for performing a root canal is because the nerve inside your tooth structure has been damaged or infected by bacteria that has entered through small cracks in your broken teeth, enamel, or chipped teeth. In order to fix this, the dentist needs to remove the dead nerve tissue and clean out any soft tissue using special instruments while the patient is under anaesthesia. The empty pulp chamber will be filled with biocompatible material once the cleaning procedure is done and the abscess is drained. A root canal filling will be used to seal the opening made at the beginning of the process. However, a dental crown may also be attached to strengthen the weakened teeth.

Learn More: What Is a Root Canal: Everything You Need to Know

Root Canal Cost in Australia

Dental procedures in Australia are pretty expensive. The cost of a process might be determined by the number of root canals required and whether you need a permanent crown to finish the treatment.

According to the 2020 national dental fee survey, the average cost of a root canal procedure without a crown ranges between $2,000 and $3,400. However, if one of the larger molars has three canals, it could cost as much as $2,760 without a crown and around $4,760 when done with a crown.

The following expenses are usually included in the total fee:

  • An endodontist’s evaluation costs between $100 and $200.
  • Root canal therapy costs between $1,700 and $2,700.
  • The permanent filling following root canal therapy costs between $200 and $550.

If a general dentist performs the treatment rather than an endodontist, these expenses will typically be lower. An endodontist will typically charge 20% to 30% more than a general dentist for the same service. When planning your root canal treatment budget, keep in mind that re-treatments can be up to one-third more expensive than first-time treatments.

Does Insurance Cover Root Canals?

If you want to have dental treatments covered in Australia, it is often difficult and expensive. Many insurance companies cover primary dental care like dental check-ups but not other procedures such as root canals or tooth extractions. One way around this problem is to upgrade your policy with a high level of extra cover, including major dental services.

Make sure you understand your dental insurance coverage. If you have questions, call the insurance company. It is also crucial that you verify the accuracy of the records of services received at the time, as this will help to reduce any problems with claims in the future.

If you were able to find a private health insurance firm that covers endodontic therapy. Most of them have an extremely low annual benefit limit of around $400 or $500, so your health insurer will pay for only part of your root canal treatment.

The best way to keep your out-of-pocket expenses as low as possible is to purchase more comprehensive extra coverage. Always examine the annual limits and the amount you may expect to be reimbursed after filing a claim while shopping for a policy.

Factors that Can Affect the Cost of Root Canals Include:

Location of the Infected Tooth

According to the American Association of Endodontists, the location of the sore tooth that needs to be restored is one of the main factors. If the diseased tooth is located in one of your front teeth, it will be less costly to treat. The front teeth only have a single root, whereas the molars have three. As a result, more roots necessitate greater work for your dentist and a higher root canal cost.

Geographical Location

If you reside in a metropolis, the cost of dental treatment might be higher than usual. The region your country is located in will also impact how much it costs to restore your teeth and regain confidence in yourself again.

The Severity of the Tooth Problem

A root canal is more expensive if the cavity was not caught early enough. If you visit your dentist right away when you experience tooth sensitivity. In that case, there will most likely be a minor tooth infection that’s easy for the dental practitioner to make a hole and remove dead tissue and fill up the pulp chamber. However, delayed treatment may cause severely infected pulp or require additional dental procedures, thus increasing the total cost of root canal procedures.

Is It Cheaper to Get a Root Canal or an Extraction?

The most cost-effective method of relieving severe pain caused by a diseased tooth pulp is to have a tooth extraction. Extractions are an affordable dental procedure that dentists offer when saving a tooth is no longer a treatment option. We need all of our natural teeth, except for wisdom teeth. Suppose one of your natural teeth goes missing without a replacement tooth to fill in the gap between all the other adjacent teeth. In that case, they will begin moving towards said gap instead, which could leave you with poorly aligned teeth over time if ignored. 

Tooth extraction is often the most affordable option to relieve tooth pain, but it will cost more in the long run than a root canal. Although an extraction may be the cheapest approach, replacing a tooth with a dental implant or other dental prosthetic will require additional funds. That procedure will set you back considerably more than getting a root canal, and you will not be able to keep your original tooth.

Final Thoughts

The endodontic treatment is not cheap, but it does help save you from other more costly procedures down the line. When you think about the cost of a root canal procedure, it may seem like there’s no way for you to afford such an expensive dental treatment to bring your bright smile back. However, when you consider all of the costs of providing this type of care and compare them with other procedures in your area, we can show that it is possible to receive quality care without breaking the bank. Our in-house payment options and payment plans help you manage your dental expenses.

If you have any questions or concerns at this point, please feel free to contact us today to offer some guidance on how best to move forward. We offer the highest quality of care and are committed to our patients’ satisfaction with their service and treatment plan. We’ll happily provide an honest assessment of what to expect from this procedure so that you can make an informed decision before signing up for anything. 

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Dr. Bailey formerly served on the Australian Dental Association as President, Vice President Treasurer and Country Councillor. He was on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored student dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth.