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How much does a Root Canal cost in Australia?

In Australia, root canal can cost several thousand dollars without private health insurance.

What you need to know

  • Root canal is a major dental procedure, and in Australia it can be very expensive.
  • Because Medicare does not cover root canal, treatment can end up costing thousands if you are not careful.
  • However, private health insurance can cover root canal from around $3 a week.

How much does root canal cost in Australia?

The average cost of a root canal without a crown in Australia ranges from $2,000 to $3,400, according to the 2017 national dental fee survey. The cost of root canals with a crown are even higher. This total fee generally comprises the following expenses:

  • Assessment by an endodontist: $100 - $200
  • Root canal therapy: $1,700 - $2,700
  • Filling of the tooth after root canal therapy: $200 - $550

These costs will usually be reduced if a general dentist rather than an endodontist performs the procedure. On average, an endodontist will charge 20% to 30% more than a general dentist. It's also worth pointing out that re-treatment could cost up to one-third more than first-time root canal treatment, so keep this in mind when budgeting for the cost of the procedure.

Is root canal therapy covered by health insurance?

Private health insurance can cover the cost of root canal - you'll find root canal included in 'major dental' when you look through your extras cover. While it can be found in some cheaper policies, many of them come with very low annual benefit limits of around $400 or $500, so your private health insurer will only pay for some of your root canal treatment.

If you want to keep out of pocket expenses to a minimum, your best bet is to go for a more comprehensive extras policy. When shopping for a policy, always look at the annual limits and the amount you can expect to get back after a claim. The table below compares some policies that will cover root canal therapy, from as little as $3 a week. To compare even more policies, use the free tool at the bottom of this page. All prices are based on a single individual with less than $93,000 income and living in Sydney.

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Name Product Treatments Price Apply
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +6 other treatments covered
$46.63
per month
Flex 50
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +3 other treatments covered
$36.57
per month
Flex 60
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +3 other treatments covered
$55.34
per month
HCF MID EXTRAS
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +2 other treatments covered
$35.06
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +1 other treatments covered
$12.97
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +4 other treatments covered
$38.04
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +6 other treatments covered
$76.64
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +3 other treatments covered
$35.40
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +3 other treatments covered
$43.12
per month
Simple Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +4 other treatments covered
$41.96
per month
Essential Extras
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +5 other treatments covered
$51.87
per month
Complete 60
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +6 other treatments covered
$65.48
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +6 other treatments covered
$70.38
per month
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +4 other treatments covered
$49.53
per month
Dental Boost
Extras cover
  • General Dental
  • Major Dental
  • Optical
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Psychology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Hearing aids
  • +3 other treatments covered
$42.30
per month
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  • Basic: $116
  • Bronze: $143
  • Silver: $168
  • Gold: $209
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Response75+ yrs65-74 yrs55-64 yrs45-54 yrs35-44 yrs25-34 yrs18-24 yrs
Root canals6.82%2.91%2.48%1.18%2.7%2.11%1.18%
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