First off, another root canal is gonna be horrendously expensive. Even with insurance, a root canal procedure is a huge money maker for the endodontist.
I had a problem tooth. It was the rearmost molar on the lower left side. We were in a very money-challenged time in our lives, and even with insurance, I was in for an expensive ride. When I complained of pain, the general dentistry clinic referred me to an endo.
EVEN WITH MY INSURANCE COVERAGE, the endo wanted $2000 to do the root canal. And AFTER the RC, I needed to get a crown.
Endo’s office manager said, “Oh, we’ve got an excellent credit plan.” I laughed in her face and said, “Good luck! I’m credit poison, since I have a foreclosure.”
Of COURSE the credit company denied me. The endo cut his fees so my portion reduced to $200. I was so broke, I had to borrow the money from my daughter.
Now, I’ve had many root canals in the past. But the “modern” root canal is done in A SINGLE VISIT. The dentist drills everything out, then packs the craters with cement, and sends you home with a prescription for Motrin and an antibiotic.
Jesus Christ, I hurt. I had originally gone to get help because of tooth pain. And I paid money I did not have to get a HELLUVA LOT MORE tooth pain.
And it just never went away.
Hubster and I finally went to the nearby School of Dentistry. I was examined by my student, X-rays were taken, tests were done, and I had several professors walk around in my mouth. EVERYTHING about that tooth was checked out.
Verdict: the tooth itself was busted. There was nothing that could be done, it needed to be pulled.
Furthermore, since it was the tooth ALL THE WAY in the back, I was assured any drifting by the other teeth would be minimal. If I WANTED to invest in a replacement, I could get the actual implant from the School for nothing.
I had the tooth pulled five years ago. And it was blissful relief IMMEDIATELY. I think the tooth had been contributing to a TMJ problem I’d suffered for decades. I did not get the implant, and I’ve had no real noticeable drifting.
Hubster and I have had ALL our work done by the School of Dentistry since. We have been delighted with the work done, and the savings have been blissful. The business office does bill our insurance, and because of the reduced fees charged by the School, our out-of-pocket expenses are probably only 25% of what they’d been if we’d been going to a private dentist.
With your problem tooth, I’d seriously consider finding a School of Dentistry. Explain your pain (graphically!) and you can probably be squeezed in as an emergency.
Good luck. I totally understand your pain!