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What is a reasonable price for a root canal these days? Any recommendations for a good specialist?

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What is a reasonable price for a root canal these days? Any recommendations for a good specialist?

Hi guys

I think I will need a root canal done
Can you please tell me what is a reasonable price for this type of work?
Is there a maximum or average price that is covered by insurance?

This situation is driving me crazy, the dentist I was referred to could not give me a price at first. I insisted and they gave me a code 33131 to provide to my insurer to ask if that is covered
The dentist gave me a price range ($1400-$1600)
First I can't really understand how can they give a price without seeing me
Secondly I can't understand why when I am calling my insurer and I give them that code they tell me that they can't say if that is covered or not

The whole thing sound like each side is hiding something. I can't understand how these guys (both the dentist and the insurer) can conduct business in such a vague terms
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From the look of the code, its a three canal tooth root canal. They can usually tell you the approximate price from knowing which tooth it is. Since it is known how many canals each tooth have " normally" . I said normally cause your body can throw a curve ball where by there can be additional roots and/or canals present which can drive up the cost. On the other hand there could be less. Hence thats one of the reason why the dentist can't give you an exact cost since sometimes the dentist can't tell for certain how many canals are in the tooth till he/she opens it up and get in there.

Specialists also tend to charge more for their services compared to a general dentist. I would say its reasonable to be charged $1400-1600 for a 3 canal root canal on a molar tooth done by a specialist.

The insurance side of things is definitely less transparent. There is usually a maximum price that they'll cover for certain procedures, but what that number is, is a mystery and they don't like telling people.
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Jun 27, 2015
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East York, ON
coilz wrote:
Nov 4th, 2017 4:25 pm
From the look of the code, its a three canal tooth root canal. They can usually tell you the approximate price from knowing which tooth it is. Since it is known how many canals each tooth have " normally" . I said normally cause your body can throw a curve ball where by there can be additional roots and/or canals present which can drive up the cost. On the other hand there could be less. Hence thats one of the reason why the dentist can't give you an exact cost since sometimes the dentist can't tell for certain how many canals are in the tooth till he/she opens it up and get in there.

Specialists also tend to charge more for their services compared to a general dentist. I would say its reasonable to be charged $1400-1600 for a 3 canal root canal on a molar tooth done by a specialist.

The insurance side of things is definitely less transparent. There is usually a maximum price that they'll cover for certain procedures, but what that number is, is a mystery and they don't like telling people.
So what if I don't have money to pay upfront?
Why am I not given the chance to plan my budget and not get in trouble because I might have to pay from my own pocket $800 ?
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CuriousC wrote:
Nov 5th, 2017 8:15 am
So what if I don't have money to pay upfront?
Why am I not given the chance to plan my budget and not get in trouble because I might have to pay from my own pocket $800 ?
Some dentist might let you pay installments ? Totally understand cost is an issue. It's sad sometimes when treatment is dictated by financial reasons rather by what's best for the patient. But that's the reality of the health system we have. Talk to your dentist if cost is a concern, most of them are not heartless and might work something out if you're really in a bind.
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CuriousC wrote:
Nov 4th, 2017 10:56 am
Hi guys

I think I will need a root canal done
Can you please tell me what is a reasonable price for this type of work?
Is there a maximum or average price that is covered by insurance?

This situation is driving me crazy, the dentist I was referred to could not give me a price at first. I insisted and they gave me a code 33131 to provide to my insurer to ask if that is covered
The dentist gave me a price range ($1400-$1600)
First I can't really understand how can they give a price without seeing me
Secondly I can't understand why when I am calling my insurer and I give them that code they tell me that they can't say if that is covered or not

The whole thing sound like each side is hiding something. I can't understand how these guys (both the dentist and the insurer) can conduct business in such a vague terms
sorry to hear that you may need root canal therapy. from what i gather it may be one of your molars that need root canal. 33131 is a code for 3 canal root canal therapy. the reason that there is a price range for this specific instance is because on average the specific tooth may have 3 canals but depending on each person's specific tooth, the anatomy differs. it may have 2 or even 4 rather than the 3 you were quoted; for the codes will be 33121 or 33141 respectively. thus the range is given. unfortunately, some insurance companies do not disclose what they offer. it's just their policy. When it comes to fees, most dentists if not all follow ODA (ontario dental association) fee guide in Ontario.
an advice i could give would be to ask your dentist's reception (not the one you were referred to). they may see a pattern/history of what and how much of the fees were covered.
[OP]
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Jun 27, 2015
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East York, ON
itoothache wrote:
Nov 19th, 2017 3:06 am
sorry to hear that you may need root canal therapy. from what i gather it may be one of your molars that need root canal. 33131 is a code for 3 canal root canal therapy. the reason that there is a price range for this specific instance is because on average the specific tooth may have 3 canals but depending on each person's specific tooth, the anatomy differs. it may have 2 or even 4 rather than the 3 you were quoted; for the codes will be 33121 or 33141 respectively. thus the range is given. unfortunately, some insurance companies do not disclose what they offer. it's just their policy. When it comes to fees, most dentists if not all follow ODA (ontario dental association) fee guide in Ontario.
an advice i could give would be to ask your dentist's reception (not the one you were referred to). they may see a pattern/history of what and how much of the fees were covered.
Yeah we asked around that that was about the price
Charge was 1300, withy ~800 covered by insurance
What sucks here is that since you pay insurance it should be clear like day light what you get for what you pay
I have never seen such a think before, pay me and I will tell you when the time comes if I cover that or not and to what degree. I could have chosen an other insurer if that was clear to me in the beginning

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