How much should I expect to pay for root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a very intricate, technique sensitive and labour-intensive procedure. All of the Nickel-Titanium instruments that are used for your procedure can only be used once and only for you before they MUST be discarded (i.e. single use). In total the treatment occupies around 2.5 hours of surgery time. For these reasons it tends to be a relative expensive procedure.
In the private arena the combined cost of excellent treatment and high-quality materials required to produce a well endodontically-treated tooth should range from £350 to £650. The charges for treatment with an endodontic specialist may be more than this, but specialists tend to provide treatment for patients with particularly complex dental needs (your dentist will inform you if a specialist opinion is required).
Remember to clarify costs and obtain an estimate. Once you have carefully discussed your needs and been advised of the options available to you, all good dentists should issue you with a written quote for treatments, usually printed at the reception desk.
Some dental practices will offer 0% finance packages or accept payment through insurance plans.
As with everything in life, it is possible to seek out individuals who are willing to use cost-cutting techniques to offer ‘budget’ options (for those in whom short-term expenditure is the predominant factor influencing choice).
You should always feel comfortable with your dentist and trust them implicitly, so choose your clinician carefully. Speak to family and friends to find out who they would recommend. You can check a dentist’s or doctor’s credentials using the respective governing council websites (General Dental Council and/or General Medical Council registration search).