Root canals effective for inflamed or infected teeth.
Root canals provide effective and affordable treatment for patients whose teeth are severely damaged. Find out more here.
There’s quite a variance between the variance treatments we carry out here at MyDental in terms of the time you’ll spend in the dentist’s chair. If you’ve just dropped in for a check-up – and you’ve been really good in terms of your dental care regime – you’ll be in and out in no time.
If you need a root canal procedure, however, the time you’ll need to spend with us is considerably longer. Normally carried out in two distinct sessions, these can last for up to an hour each.
And perhaps this is the reason why root canals have such a bad reputation among the general public. In popular culture, a root canal is seen as the last word in dental pain – and something which you should avoid at all costs.
This is completely untrue. And having had a root canal myself recently, I know what I’m talking about. Yes – it did take quite a long time, but the process was no more uncomfortable than any other dental procedure. And remember that you're completely anaesthetised, so you feel nothing of what's going on in your mouth during the process.
What exactly is a root canal?
A root canal is a form of treatment that your dentist may recommend when a tooth gets badly inflamed or infected. It’s also used where the tooth may have been cracked in an accident.
Another reason for recommending a root canal is when there is excessive wear on the enamel part of your tooth. This has the effect of exposing the pulp tissues beneath the enamel, which contains a combination of nerves and blood vessels – it runs from the crown down to the roots of the tooth.
The warning signs that you may need a root canal treatment include a sharp pain, or sudden and unexpected intolerance to cold or heat. You may also be suffering from tenderness or swelling of the gums, or perhaps a sudden discolouration of the tooth in question.
Sometimes, however, you may experience none of these warning signs, but your dentist will spot the need for a root canal during your normal check- up – or when you're being treated for another condition.
How does your dentist clean out the root canals?
Step one of a successful root canal treatment is removing any inflamed or infected pulp. To get at this, your dentist has to drill an opening in the crown of the tooth. After he has cleaned out the root canals, he will then mould them into a shape which makes for easy sealing.
The next part of the process involves sealing the canals with ‘gutta-percha’, and after this is complete, the tooth is restored to its initial shape and size by using either a filling or a dental crown.. This depends on how much of the original tooth is left, and whether it will hold a filling.
The big benefit of a root canal is that it avoids the need to extract an otherwise healthy tooth. This is important for many people, as it removes the need for an implant or a denture – or worse still, it avoids leaving a gap in your teeth if you don't opt for replacement treatment.
Root canal treatment in Dublin is highly affordable, and here at MyDental, we even allow you to spread the cost over three, six or nine months with our 0% Dental Finance Plan.
If you’d like to learn more about root canals, there’s a very informative article on the topic on the website of the American Association of Endodontists - http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals.aspx