Root Canal Treatment Toronto

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Have tooth pain in Toronto and think you need root canal treatment? Book online for same day exam and treatment.

If you are having tooth pain and are in need of emergency root canal treatment in Toronto, contact us at Atlas Dental for a free phone consultation and same day root canal treatment. Read more below to learn about the how much root canal treatment costs.

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How much does Root Canal Treatment cost?

A common question is how much Root Canal Treatment costs. Depending on a number of factors, the cost of root canal treatment can range between $562-1307.

These cost factors include:

  • Where you live,
  • Number of canals that require treatment,
  • Difficulty of accessing the tooth,
  • Is a general dentist or an endodontic specialist (endodontist) treating your tooth,
  • Type of Restoration
  • Whether you have dental insurance.

Our service prices are consistent with the Ontario Dental Association’s Suggested Fee Guide.

Where you live cost factor

Each geographical region uses a different fee guide.

In Toronto, Ontario, most general dentists will Root Canal Treatment services consistent with the Ontario Dental Association’s Suggested Fee Guide. This Fee Guide is suggested, meaning that dentists can go above or below the suggested fee, but generally dentists will follow the recommended fee for basic services (Root Canal Treatment included) to ensure fair and competitive treatment cost. At Atlas Dental, we are at fee guide for basic services, such as Root Canal Treatment.

Number of canals in the tooth

The more canals that are present, the higher the cost of treatment.

The number of canals in each tooth will have a big impact on cost. The prices quoted below are according to the Ontario Dental Association fee guide in 2021:

  • One root canal can range from $562 to $710
  • Two root canals can range from $702 to $850
  • Three root canals can range from $940 to $1162
  • Four or more root canals can range from $1084 to $1307

Difficulty of accessing the tooth

Teeth with unusual anatomy or difficult access will cost more to treat.

One reason you will see a range in prices for any number of root canals is because no two root canal systems are the same. Some root canals are more difficult to treat than others and will therefore cost more. For example, the access into the root canal system may be difficulty (the dentist or endodontist may have to drill through a dental crown), unexpected anatomic variations may be present, the canals may be calcified, or the root canal system may have been previously treated before by a dentist or endodontist and requires retreatment. The more difficult the procedure, the more you can expect it to cost.

Location of the tooth is a minor cost factor. Teeth in the front of the mouth are easier to access and treat, whereas molar teeth in the back of the mouth may be more difficult to access and therefore may cost a little more to treat.

Qualifications of the dentist

Treatment by an Endodontist costs more than a general dentist.

In most cases, a general dentist would be able to perform your root canal treatment.

However, if your tooth has been previously root canal treated, or if there are special considerations with your tooth, the dentist may have to send you to a root canal specialist, also known as an Endodontist. Treatment with an endodontist may be more expensive, since dental specialists follow a special fee guide that reflects the difficulty of their work and additional training involved in achieving their specialty status.

Type of restoration

Your tooth will need a permanent filling and possibly a dental crown afterwards.

The tooth being root canal treated will also require a large filling to fill the hole drilled by the dentist. It may also require a dental crown. Dental are for cases where the tooth is a premolar or molar and sustains heavy biting force, is heavily restored, or has a crack. You therefore should budget money for the dental filling and/or dental crown. You can expect the dental filling to cost around $330 and the dental crown to cost around $1200.

Whether you have dental insurance

Having dental insurance will help cover a part, if not all, of the cost of your treatment.

Dental examinations, x-rays, and root canal treatments are basic services. Therefore, dental insurance will almost always cover them. The amount of insurance coverage will vary from plan to plan, so find out from your insurance carrier how much you are eligible for before starting your denture treatment. Your dentist should be able to help you to send insurance pre-determinations.

Root Canal Treatment Toronto FAQ's

You may have told you that you need Root Canal Treatment, but what is it? Root Canal Treatment is a way of eliminating tooth pain and saving teeth. It is an excellent way of saving a tooth that would otherwise require removal. 

There are situations when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the root canal system) becomes infected, due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip that has entered the space of the pulp. Injury or trauma to the tooth may also cause the tooth to become inflamed or even die. If left untreated, the infected or dead nerve space can cause infection to spread to surrounding areas of bone, causing a lot of pain and swelling.

Also known as Root Canal Therapy or Endodontic Treatment, Root Canal Treatment is a process in which the infected nerve tissue inside a tooth is removed, cleaned, disinfected and replaced with a biologically safe filling material called Gutta percha. This eliminates tooth pain, and will protect the tooth from future bacterial infection.

Root Canal Treatment is generally done in one or two appointments.

If you require sedation to feel more relaxed during the procedure, the dentist will administer sedation to you, using a sedative pill or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). The dentist will then administer local anaesthesia (freezing) to numb the area. Afterwards, you will not feel any pain.

A rubber barrier known as a rubber dam sits over the tooth. This rubber dam isolates the operating field, protects the patient, and also protects the dentist.

The dentist will then make an opening through the top of the tooth. Very fine instruments clean the inside of the tooth and a solution of bleach disinfects and washes the inside of the tooth. Afterwards, a special root canal filler and sealant closes off the tooth.

Finally, the dentist will place a temporary filling over the tooth, to be later replaced by a permanent filling with or without a dental crown.

Sometimes, you may require a second visit to adequately clean out the tiny canals that are difficult to instrument and clean. In between visits, your dentist will place special calcium-containing medicament into the canals to kill bacteria and strengthen the root.

You may already be coming to the dental office with tooth pain and have heard horror stories about how Root Canal Treatment is the worst pain imaginable.

In our office, our goal is for you to have a comfortable experience with minimal pain. When our dentist performs Root Canal Treatment, we always use local anaesthetic (freezing) to numb the tooth. Even before the administration of the local anaesthetic needle, we use a numbing cream on the gum surface to ensure you feel as little of the needle as possible.

Sometimes if the tooth is already infected or inflamed for a long period, it may be difficult to freeze the tooth. This is because the infected tissues around the tooth does not allow the anaesthetic solution to penetrate effectively. This is a reason why it is important to seek a dentist before dental pain becomes very bad.

For the first few days after Root Canal Treatment, some patients experience sensitivity, swelling, or inflammation, while others experience an uneven bite or a reaction to the medication provided by the dentist or endodontist. Regardless of symptoms, a follow-up courtesy call or appointment is almost always needed.

At Atlas Dental, we do everything we can to ensure you have a pain-free and comfortable experience. If you have any questions about pain associated with Root Canal Treatment, ask our dentist.

You may need a root canal if you feel any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Tooth pain is very sharp and intense, or dull and constant, or constantly throbbing.
  • Tooth is very sensitive on hot or cold stimulus
  • Severe pain when biting on the tooth
  • Tooth pain gets worse when lying down
  • Tooth pain occurs spontaneously
  • Pain medications do not relieve the pain
  • Swelling or tenderness in the gum area near the symptomatic tooth
  • You notice a dental abscess (or pimple) forming on the gum next to the affected tooth. This pimple may pop and drain a white, bad tasting pus.

The dentist will identify the tooth causing you pain and determine whether it is a good candidate for Root Canal Treatment.

Using a combination of clinical examination, tests, and x-rays, your dentist would be able to recommend Root Canal Treatment if necessary. The tooth may also require additional procedures such as crown lengthening, a filling, post, and/or crown. Each situation is different, and your dentist will carefully assess your tooth for if it needs a crown.

The short answer is yes, Root Canal Treatment can fail. Our dentist and endodontist do everything we can to maximize the success of treatment, however, the results are never guaranteed.

In spite of our best effects to clean and disinfect the canal systems, infection may persist in and around the tooth. The internal anatomy of teeth can be notoriously complex, especially in molars, that include extra canals, recesses, fins, isthmuses and accessory canals that provide a hiding spot for bacteria to reside and continue to grow.

In such situations, the dentist may refer you to a root canal specialist, also known as an endodontist, for continued care.

The dentist can save most with Root Canal Treatment. Occasionally, a tooth requires removal because the root canals are not accessible, the tooth is severely cracked or broken, or the tooth doesn’t have enough bone support. However, advances in endodontics are making it possible to save teeth that even a few years ago would require removal. When endodontic treatment is not effective, endodontic surgery may be able to save the tooth. This could involve surgically removing the tip of a tooth root.

Generally speaking, most dentists and endodontists choose local anaesthetic for Root Canal Treatment, meaning that only the area being operated upon gets numb and you will not feel any pain or discomfort. The dentist can also give you sedation to make you feel more relaxed and comfortable during treatment. If you are feeling anxious or scared about Root Canal Treatment, talk to our knowledgeable and friendly dentist to know your sedation options.

If you are able to eat on the side of the mouth that did not have Root Canal Treatment, you can have a fairly normal diet.

Definitely avoid chewing on the tooth that had the Root Canal Treatment, because until the tooth gets a permanent filling and crown, the tooth is fragile and can break. You will want to favor soft foods such as porridge, apple sauce, smoothies, yogurt, scrambled eggs, and rice.

Unless told otherwise by your dentist or endodontist, brush and floss as you regularly would after a Root Canal Treatment.

The only alternative to Root Canal Treatment is to have the tooth extracted and replaced with a dental bridge, dental implant or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.

Losing a tooth is usually considered a last resort for the dentist. After all, our mission is to save teeth. There are various reasons why you may want to remove a tooth instead of saving it, such as costs, length of treatment and difficulty of treatment.

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