As of March 2015, a root canal usually costs between $300 and $2,000. The price of this procedure can vary depending on the tooth involved. For a front tooth, it may be $300 to $1,500, for a bicuspid, $400 to $1,800, and for a molar, $500 to $2,000.
Front teeth typically have fewer canals than rear teeth, which accounts for some of the price difference. A dentist encounters more difficulty when accessing rear teeth, which adds to the complexity and cost of a root canal. Root canal prices can also run significantly higher when performed by an endodontist rather than a dentist. Endodontists, who pursue education beyond dental school and specialize in the treatment of dental pulp, often charge more because of the extra training that they bring to the procedure.