Have you been dealing with a problematic tooth? If infection or severe damage has left you needing a root canal, it’s best to have your tooth treated as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if you’re like 59% of adults, you would rather speak in public than have a root canal. It’s true they have a bad reputation, but modern advancements in dentistry make them virtually pain-free. With the end of the year quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to use your remaining dental benefits to save your tooth. You’ve paid into your coverage all year, so why not use it?
Is a Root Canal the Best Solution?
Root canal therapy is only recommended when there aren’t any other viable treatments to save a compromised tooth from extraction. Although removing it will solve the problem at the source, it opens the door to a new list of complications. Instead, it’s always best to treat your tooth when possible.
Can I Use My Dental Insurance?
Every policy differs, but most dental insurance plans can be used to help offset the cost of the procedure. After reaching your annual deductible, you’re given a yearly allowance to use toward restorative treatments, like root canal therapy. On average, most plans cover 50% to 80% of the cost until hitting your limit. Your dentist will help you maximize your dental insurance coverage to lower the amount you need to pay.
Can I Wait to Have a Root Canal?
If you wait too long to have your tooth treated, your dentist may not be able to save it. Not to mention, the end of the year is only a few weeks away. As a result, your dental insurance is about to expire. If you don’t use all your benefits, you won’t be reimbursed for anything you don’t use, and nothing carries over into the new year. You could end up with a larger bill than you had expected if you don’t have your tooth treated before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. With less than 3% of Americans meeting their annual limits, you likely have coverage you’re about to lose.
How Much Will I Pay for a Root Canal?
There isn’t a set rate for a root canal because the cost is based on various favors, like the complexity of your case. Your dentist will provide you with an estimate and explain your payment options, like using your dental insurance. If there’s any remaining balance, your dental team will help you find the solutions you need to treat your tooth without breaking the bank.
Don’t miss the opportunity to start 2021 with a healthy, beautiful smile. Use your dental insurance to rehabilitate your tooth before your policy expires.
About Dr. Jignesh Patel
Dr. Jignesh Patel strives to provide stress-free dental care to the community. After earning his dental degree at Nova Southeastern University, he moved to Jacksonville to offer his services to the area. If you’re worried about a root canal, he delivers the comfortable, compassionate care you deserve. Contact our office today for an appointment.