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Before you give up on that damaged or inflamed tooth, there’s one more option you might like to consider. Here’s the full story.

We were having a quiet cup of coffee in our local cafe recently – and engaging in our favourite pastime of eavesdropping! Two girls besides us in their early twenties were putting the world through its paces, and covering a wide range of subjects that spanned everything from their preferred taste in music to their disdain for politics.

To be honest, we were only half listening, but our ears pricked up when the topic came around to dentistry. One of the girls confided that she’d been referred for a root canal treatment, and upon hearing this, her young companion uttered a wounded sigh – as if she’d been given news of an impending death!

This little story stayed with us for one particular reason – the huge amount of misinformation that’s out there in the public domain about a root canal treatment. For some bizarre reason, it’s seen as some form of mediaeval torture that your dentist likes to inflict on you.

It’s impossible to say where or when this misconception arose – but let us be absolutely clear in saying that a root canal is NOT some form of torture. Rather, it's one of the most effective tools that your dentist can call on when treating teeth that are badly infected or inflamed.

Okay then – tell us the truth about root canals.

First up, it’s a fact that a root canal procedure will take longer than other treatments that you’ll undergo over the course of a lifetime. But just because you're longer in the dentist’s chair doesn’t mean that it’s more uncomfortable than other forms of dentistry.

Typically, the procedure takes place over two separate visits, and you can normally expect to spend around an hour with us each time. And remember that you are completely anaesthetised during the whole process, so there’s no sense of pain as your dentist goes about his work.

Your dentist will recommend a root canal in the first place if a tooth becomes very badly infected or inflamed – or perhaps becomes cracked or damaged in an accident. It’s also sometimes used when there’s excessive wear and tear on your tooth’s enamel. The problem that this causes is that it exposes the pulp tissue under the enamel – this runs from the crown to the root of the tooth and is made up of nerves and blood vessels.

Are there any warning signs that I might need a root canal?

Yes – quite a few, in fact. The warning signs can be anything from a sudden, sharp pain or a new intolerance to either heat or cold. You might also find yourself suffering from a tenderness of the gums – or perhaps a swelling in the same area. Another sign to look out for is a sudden loss of colour of the tooth.

We should point out, however, that you may not always experience any of these signs. Sometimes, it will be your dentist who spots the problem during a routine dental checkout – yet another reason for dropping into us every six months or so.

Are root canals very expensive?

No – not al all. Root canal treatment in Dublin is very much within the affordability range of the average patient. And here at MyDental, we even give you the option of spreading the payments over 3, 6 or 9 months.

Like to know more about what the treatment entails?

If so, we came upon this very clear and well-written articles on root canals – it’s from the American Association of Endodontists - http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals.aspx