After you get a root canal, the tooth needs to be “covered” with a crown. Almost all of the time, after getting the root canal from an endodontist, you will have to return to your primary or family dentist to get a crown. Depending on your location and the type of crown, you can pay anywhere from $500 to $1500 for a crown. There are many local dentists that offer CEREC same day crowns in which the crown will be ready in 15 to 20 minutes. They will even let you watch the CEREC machine make the crown.
Also remember that other costs are incurred when getting a crown after a root canal. There are likely charges for putting the crown on and even setting up an appointment. You will not want to go weeks or months with a root canal that does not have a crown.
Financing your crown is also an option. Because you have likely spent $1000 on the root canal and you are now spending another $750 for the crown, you probably don’t have a ton of money left over. Financing is very affordable for dental implants and crowns these days. In fact, you might even be able to get 0% financing to pay off your crown.
To save a little bit of money, you may also want to get other dental services completed when you get your crown. You can get X-Rays and even a cleaning at the same time which will save you the time to schedule your next appointment. Note that the endodontist is going to take a few X-Rays to make certain the root is dead so you can get those X-Rays sent to your dentist.
If you live close to a dental school at a major university you can often get free X-Rays when the dental school students are trying to finish up their schooling.