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A root canal treatment is something to be embraced – not feared. Here’s why.

If you live a very quiet life and are a regular reader of our humble blogs, you will know that we’re big TV fans – with a big passion for crime drama.

We love the newer offerings like The Wire, but we also have a real passion for the older classics – especially things like Inspector Morse and the innumerable Agatha Christie mysteries that grace our screens so often.

There’s something lovely about their slow pace and their dependence on dialogue versus car chases. Anyway, over the weekend we happened to catch an Agatha Christie classic called “One Two, Buckle My Shoe”, featuring the unflappable Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.

The drama opened with a dentist being found with a hole below his right temple and a gun nestling beside his outstretched hand. Shortly afterwards, one of his patients is found dead – killed by a lethal dose of anaesthetic.


It seems like a clear case of a murder/suicide, but things are never so clear-cut when Monsieur Poirot is involved. There is a delicious moment in the drama when he appears to be acting like a drunken man, but reassures his colleagues as follows: “No, my friend, I am not drunk. It is that I have been to the dentist and I need not go again for six months. It is a beautiful thought.”


We fully agree. Every day, we have patients who come in to us for a check-up and leave with a clean bill of health and an invitation to come back to us in six months.


But what of the unlucky ones – those who are told that they are in need of urgent treatment such as a root canal treatment, for example?


Typically, they're somewhat upset, and seem to have picked up a mistaken belief that this is some form of ‘dental torture’.


This is absolute nonsense. The truth of the matter is that we make sure our patients are fully anaesthetised throughout their two visits for treatment, so pain or discomfort is simply not an issue.


Also, we reassure them that a root canal is a method of saving a tooth that would otherwise be headed for the scrap heap. So surely it's worth the effort to save the tooth rather than having an unsightly gap in your smile?


Also, we usually point out that the root canal treatment cost has never been lower, thanks to greater streamlining in modern surgeries like MyDental. And bear in mind that the root canal cost must be weighed up on the basis that it will potentially give you a lifetime of use from the salvaged tooth.


Also bear in mind that you can choose to spread your treatment costs over three, six or nine months, thanks to our 0% Dental Finance Plan.


Like to find out more?

If you're curious about the topic of root canals, here's an interesting article American Association of Endodontists - http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals.aspx