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Damage to a tooth is no excuse for an extraction – when a root canal can solve the problem. Read on for the full story.

You’ve probably guessed it by now if you’re a regular reader of our blog, but the fact of the matter is that we can get very, very defensive when somebody makes even the most innocent of remarks that could be construed as questioning the quality of modern dentistry.

So why do we mention this right now. Well, very simply, we get a tad annoyed when we see ill-informed comments in the media or in popular culture about the process of having a root canal.

We’ve no idea where this misconception started, but the popular version of the story seems to include the fact that it's one of the most terrifying and painful of procedures imaginable.

Let’s put an end to this once and for all, and describe what a root canal is, why it’s sometimes needed, and just how painless it can be for the vast majority of patients.

Why might I need a root canal?

Okay, the simple answer to this question is that there are quite a number of reasons why your dentist may recommend a root canal. You might crack a tooth, for example, in a sporting or other accident. Or perhaps the tooth has become seriously infected or inflamed.

Another reason why your dentist will opt for this treatment is when there is too much
wear and tear on the enamel of the tooth.

As to whether you’ll be aware that you need a root canal, there are a host of warning signs to watch out for, including the following:

  • Sudden sharp pain, or perhaps a newfound sensitivity to extremes of temperature.
  • Tenderness in the gum area, or possibly swelling.
  • An unexplained discolouration of the tooth.

It’s important to note, however, that in certain cases, you may experience no symptoms – but
the need for treatment will be spotted by your dentist at your regular check-up.

What does the root canal treatment involve?

Step one is that your dentist will remove any inflamed or infected pulp. This is achieved by making an opening in the crown of the tooth. After this, your dentist moulds the root canals so that they can be successfully sealed.

A substance called guttapercha is used for the sealing process. At this stage, your dentist can restore the tooth to its former glory by opting for either a filling or a crown – depending on the amount of damage that’s been done to the tooth.

Typically, the treatment takes place over two visits. You will be fully anaesthetised, so you will be aware of very little that’s happening in your mouth. And if there is any mild discomfort after the treatment, a few over-the-counter painkillers will solve the problem quickly and easily.The massive benefit of this form of treatment is that it can save a tooth that would otherwise be doomed for extraction.

Is this an expensive treatment?

No – absolutely not. Root canal cost has dropped very significantly in recent years, and you can make it even more affordable by spreading the payment over three, six or nine months.

So if you're considering a root canal treatment in Dublin, don’t be put off by concerns about price. And equally, don’t be put off by ill-informed comments about the treatment from people who’ve never experienced it.

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