Root canals and the search for perfect teeth!
If you’ve got a damaged or discoloured tooth, don't even think of extraction before you’ve first thought about a root canal. Read on for full details.
We were talking to a neighbour recently about the topic of recycling. She was proudly telling us that she recycled up to 80% of her household waste, and was rightly chuffed about how she was minimising her imprint on our delicate environment.
There’s no doubt about it, we’re all very conscious these days of avoiding waste. The rise in ‘upcycling’ is another example of how this eco-friendly movement is growing in pace and power.
We’re all for it, of course, and we even go a step further. We also think that you should look to ‘upcycle’ damaged or discoloured teeth rather than ‘waste’ them by having them extracted.
How do root canals work?
And of all the treatments that contribute to this upcycling process, the root canal is one of the most important. But how do they work, and what sort of patients are they appropriate for?
First of all, a root canal is normally recommended by your dentist in cases where a tooth has become seriously inflamed or infected. It might also be recommended if you had cracked a tooth accidentally – perhaps in a sporting accident.
Your dentist may also opt for a root canal if there are signs of excessive wear to the enamel part of your tooth. What happens in this case is that the pulp tissues beneath the enamel become exposed – it’s made up of blood vessels and nerves.
Are there any warning signs?
Yes – quite a few of them, in fact. It could be a sharp pain, or perhaps a new sensitivity – whether to heat or cold. Another sign is tenderness or swelling around the gum, while discolouration is another warning. You may not always spot these signs yourself. Sometimes it's your dentist who will spot something amiss at your regular check-up.
Once your dentist has decided that a root canal is required, the first part of the operation is to get rid of any infected or inflamed pulp. This is achieved by making a small opening in the tooth crown, after which he moulds the root canals to allow them to be properly and effectively sealed.
He uses a substance called gutta percha to carry out the seal, and then he’s ready to restore the tooth either by using a crown or a filling – depending on the specific circumstances and whether the tooth would hold the size of filling required.
Is this a very expensive treatment?
Definitely not. The root canal cost has dropped to a very large extent in recnent years. Even better, if you’re thinking of having a root canal treatment in Dublin, you can drop into MyDental and opt to spread the cost over three to nine months with our 0% Dental Finance Plan.
You can check out our pricelist for root canal treatment right here - http://www.mydental.ie/pricelist/#v_tab5
You’ll also find our prices on display in a clear and transparent fashion in the surgery, in accordance with the code of practice of the Irish Dental Council - http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/displayoffees.php