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Forget those scare stories about root canals. It's a brilliant form of treatment that can save your tooth. Here's how.

We had reason, recently, to take the DART to Bray for a social occasion we were looking forward to. It's never a hardship to take the DART – partly because it's such a reliable and predictable form of public transport.

The other reason, of course, is that it's a great place to eavesdrop on ordinary people.  We’re huge fans of eavesdropping, and are completely unashamed about earwigging on our neighbours in the DART carriage.

Paul Howard, the author of the Ross O’Carroll Kelly books and articles, has freely admitted that he developed the character based on conversations he’d overhead on the ‘Dort’ – a certain sub-species of south-siders who have their own particularly view of the world.

Anyway, on the night in question, the conversation that we eavesdropped on was root canal procedure. A young lady in her mid-twenties was telling her friend that she had an appointment for this procedure, and was deeply worried about it.

We confidently expected the friend to put her mind at ease, but instead, she rowed in with a number of scare stories that she had heard about root canals – most of them involving ‘a friend of a friend’.

We came very close to interjecting that this was far from the truth, but reckoned that we might have freaked our two young ladies by butting in on a conversation that was nothing to do with us.

If we HAD interjected, however, it would have been to explain that all those horror stories you sometimes hear about root canals are a load of absolute rubbish. And we know what we're talking about, as we’ve undergone the process ourselves over the last year or two.

One of the reasons for the bad press that root canals get is due to the length of time the patient spends in the chair. Because it's quite a complex procedure, the patient usually pays two visits to the dentist, each of about an hour’s duration.

But time does not equate to pain – and remember that your dentist will give you as much anaesthetic as you need to make sure that it is a completely painless procedure.

You should also remember that the entire purpose of a root canal is to salvage a tooth that would otherwise be heading to extraction, so surely it's worth two hours of your life to prevent this course of action?

We would also have assured our young friend that the treatment would very definitely not break the bank. When it comes to root canal cost Ireland is a great place to have your treatment, as it offers low-cost care, allied to a great level of professional service.

And here at MyDental, there’s the added bonus of being able to avail of our 0% Dental Finance Plan, which lets you spread the cost over three months, six months or nine months – all without attracting a penny in interest fees.

The bottom line is that when it comes to root canal treatment cost Ireland is a great place to live, so relax if you're heading for root canal treatment – it wont hurt your mouth and it won’t hurt your pocket.

If you'd like to find out a bit more about root canals, here's a great article, courtesy of the American Association of Endodontists - http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals.aspx