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Cost To Kill Tooth Nerve

The average cost to kill a tooth nerve with a root canal is $1100 if you don't have any dental insurance but if you do, it should cover half of it. Alternatively, you can also kill the nerve with an extraction instead and that would cost significantly less.


Big cavity with tooth nerve pain
Big cavity with tooth nerve pain

So, have you decided which procedure you want to go with? If not, we'll explain all of the costs involved so it'll give you a better idea of what to expect and which one to choose.


Table of contents:


Cost to remove nerve from tooth

The average cost to kill a tooth nerve with a root canal is about $1100 and that is without any dental insurance.


The exact cost for you will differ depending on which tooth needs treatment and also the cost of living in your area.

  • Tooth type affects cost because posterior teeth will have more nerves while anterior teeth will have less nerves. More nerves to be killed equates to a higher cost.

  • A low cost of living (LCOL) area will cost less while a high cost of living (HCOL) area will cost more.


Tooth Type

Average Cost

LCOL

HCOL

Anterior teeth

$900

$700

$1300

Premolars

$1100

$800

$1400

Molars

$1300

$1000

$1700


What to expect for procedure:

  1. Local anesthesia to numb the tooth.

  2. Place rubber dam for protection and isolation.

  3. Drill an access opening to reach the pulp.

  4. Kill the tooth nerve by removing it with endo files.

  5. Disinfect the canals.

  6. Place root canal filling material.

  7. Insert temporary filling.


Tooth with completed root canal
Tooth with completed root canal

Don't forget that after the root canal is completed you still need to get a core build up and a crown to protect it. Those are additional costs which you should factor in.


Cost with insurance

The average cost for a root canal with dental insurance is $220 and that is if you have 80% coverage for endodontic procedures. Typically, most PPO dental insurances do cover root canals at 80%.


However, your plan may cover more or it may also cover less. If you want to be sure you should check with your dentist or give your insurance a call to find out.


 

Cost to remove nerve along with tooth

The average cost to kill a tooth nerve with an extraction is $350 without any dental insurance. The precise cost will differ depending on the cost of living in your area.

  • A low cost of living (LCOL) area will cost less

  • A high cost of living (HCOL) area will cost more.



Procedure

Average Cost

LCOL

HCOL

Tooth Extraction

$350

$250

$450


What to expect for procedure:

  1. Numb the tooth with local anesthesia.

  2. Severe the tooth ligaments (PDL).

  3. Luxate the tooth by elevating it.

  4. Remove the tooth from mouth with forceps.

  5. Bite on gauze until it stops bleeding.


Extraction socket
Extraction socket

After the tooth has been removed you should consider replacement options. You can get a dental bridge, implants, or even a partial denture.


Cost with insurance

On average, dental PPO insurances should cover about 80% of this surgical procedure. That means you can expect to pay approximately $70 if you have insurance.

Some insurance plans may cover more while others may cover less, it all depends on your specific plan.


 

Root canal vs Extraction

Perhaps you're having trouble deciding between the two so we've put together a comparison table. That way you can see all of the pros and cons laid out in front of you.


Attributes

Root Canal

Tooth Extraction

Average cost

$1100

$350

Recovery time

1 day

3-5 days

Pain

Minimal post-op pain

5-7 days of discomfort

Insurance coverage

80%

80%

Reversible

No

No

Type of procedure

Saving teeth

Taking out teeth


Other alternatives

Unfortunately there aren't any other alternatives that can permanently kill the nerve of your tooth. A root canal and an extraction are the only two dental procedures which can do it.


Well I suppose you could also just wait for the tooth to die on its own naturally. However, that could be a very painful and long drawn out process. Most people can't bear through the pain and seek treatment before they get to that stage.


Home remedies

A less expensive option to temporarily alleviate a toothache is to use home remedies. They may be able to numb the tooth nerve momentarily but the pain will return because the remedies are not a permanent treatment. Only your dentist can eliminate the pain permanently.


That's everything that our dentists in Long Island City have to say!

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About the author: Dr David Chen, DDS

Hello, I'm Dr Chen and I'm an actively practicing dentist in Long Island City, NY. I graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2016 but prior to going to dental school I was already working in the dental field. It's been more than a decade since I first got to know dentistry and let me tell you, time flies by quickly. Since then I've developed a fondness for writing, which is how this all got started!

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Medical Disclaimer:

This blog is purely meant for information purposes and should not be used as medical advice. Each situation in your mouth is unique and complex. It is not possible to give advice nor diagnose any oral conditions based on text nor virtual consultations. The best thing to do is to go in person to see your dentist for an examination and consultation so that you can receive the best care possible.

The purpose of all of this oral health information is to encourage you to see your dentist and to inform you of what you may expect during your visit. Due to the unfortunate nature of dentistry, there isn't really any true home remedies that will get rid of dental problems. Roughly 99.99% of them require in-person intervention by a healthcare professional.

Hint: That is the reason why you can't eliminate seeing dentists in your life!

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