After learning that you need a root canal, the dentist will refer you to a specific endodontist in the area. If you are in Raleigh, North Carolina, your dentist will likely suggest an endodontist they have worked with in the past. Is this the endodontist in which you have to get your root canal done? The answer is no.
It does make it easier to have your dentist send the X-Rays and their professional opinion to an endodontist they have worked with, but this is not the way you have to do it. You can get price quotes for a root canal from other local Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill endodontists and have your dental office send them the information they need. In fact, this is a way you can save quite a bit of money.
A root canal can cost anywhere between $700 and $1500 depending on the procedure. Most endodontists will require you to come in for an initial consultation before they make a final decision. This will cost you another $100 to $150 because they will take an X-Ray and see exactly what is wrong with your tooth and the root. Do not try to get out of this initial consultation. There is no way an endodontist can make a professional opinion until they see your tooth and the X-Ray.
That said, you can price all the services in the Raleigh area. Some feel as if you get what you pay for. If you find an endodontist that is willing to do a root canal for $500 you may have cause for concern. Also note that you do not want a procedure that is going to have to be completed again. A poor endodontist may not kill the complete root and it could cause you pain again in the future.
Like any other financial decision in your life, you do not want to be paying for it years down the road. Pay a little bit of a premium to get the best possible service you can get. This includes when you go back to your family dentist to get a crown.