Root canals should be embraced, not feared.

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Nov
01

The root canal is the last chance saloon for a dodgy tooth. Here’s the full lowdown.

We were at it again last week. By ‘at it’, of course, we mean eavesdropping. Our regular readers will know by now that we love to listen in to private conversations – especially when the topic comes around to dental matters.

We were heading into town one evening last week on the DART, and found ourselves sitting opposite a female couple who turned out to be a mother and daughter. The daughter was around 25, and was pouring out a tale of grief to her Mum.

She’s been to her dentist and had been told that she would need a root canal. She was so crestfallen that you'd almost suspect she’d been given a death sentence.

We were upset by her reaction – but not at all surprised. For whatever reason, root canals have an absolutely terrible reputation among dental treatments – and completely without foundation.

The root cause of this, of course, is ignorance. People believe the myth of the root canal – without knowing anything about root canal treatment, what it's used for, how long it takes etc.

 The bottom line is that your dentist will never recommend a root canal on a whim. It's normally something of a last chance saloon for a tooth that would otherwise be heading for extraction. So the truth of the matter is that we should be thankful for root canals – not fearful.

And in case you suspect that we’re talking through our hat, let us assure you that we had this procedure ourselves some time ago and it really is no big deal. Admittedly, it takes two visits to the dentist, each of around an hour’s duration.

But remember that you are fully anaesthetized throughout the whole procedure, so you simply won’t feel a thing. Many of our patients while way the hour by listening to music on their iPods, or simply relax in the chair for a well-earned rest.

Another bit of good news is that the typical root canal cost is highly affordable these days, so there’s no need to worry that your wallet will take a hammering. And remember that here at MyDental, we offer the option of spreading your dental care costs over three months, six months or nine months – thanks to our 0% Dental Finance Plan.

This means that your root canal treatment cost will not cost you a red cent in interest if you choose to spread the c0st. This can be [particularly helpful at times of the year when outgoings tend to outrun income (like at Christmas, for example).

Getting back to our mother and daughter on the DART, we could hold our tongues no longer and eventually leaned over and said a few reassuring words to the young girl. After she’d got over the shock of finding that someone had been eavesdropping on her, she was eventually thankful for what we told her about her impending root canal. That’s another good deed done!

If you want to find out more about the topic of root canals, may we suggest that you read the following article from the American Association of Endodontists - http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals.aspx