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What does a root canal cost and what does it involve?

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Before you give up on a badly damaged tooth and consider an extraction, here’s an effective and affordable alternative to consider. 

A friend of ours has a son in his early twenties who’s heading off to work in the States for a year. The son is hugely excited about it - and full of plans about how to get the last ounce out of this experience of a lifetime.

The parents, on the other hand, are being a lot more pragmatic, giving him advice on how to set up a bank account over there, how to find good value accommodation etc. They’ve also made sure that their son had a complete dental check-up, as dental treatment can be very expensive in the U.S.

The check-up took place over the past couple of weeks, and unearthed one rather serious problem that needed to be addressed before he headed off on his travels. He needed a root canal to help remedy a damaged tooth that went back to a cycling accident a few years ago.

Wrong assumptions about root canal treatment.

When we told the young man what needed to be done, his face clouded over and it was almost as if we had told him he couldn’t go to America? Why? Because he wrongly assumed that this was a really major – and painful – form of treatment. This is one of the most popular myths out there in the whole world of dentistry, and it's one that we’re very happy to refute.

One of our very patient dentists took the time to reassure the young man of a few key points:

  • First of all, he’s lucky that he qualifies for a root canal treatment, as the alternative is losing a tooth. And for a man so young, that would be an absolute crying shame.
  • Secondly, there is no more pain involved than in getting a filling, as the patient is always completely anaesthetized, so the patient feels little or nothing of what's going on.
  • Then there’s the fact that the treatment usually takes place over two visits, so there’s no need to spend an undue length of time in the dentist’s chair in a single sitting.
  • Another important point we made to him was that we were removing a whole world of pain from his life. He’d already started to experience occasional pangs of pain, but these were becoming more frequent – and more intense. If we didn’t carry out the root canal treatment, this would only have got much worse over the coming weeks and months.
  • We also impressed on our young man that this was a very permanent form of solution, and the newly built-up tooth, complete with dental crown, should last him a lifetime.
  • And finally, even though Mum and Dad were paying the dental bill, we impressed upon our young patient that a root canal cost has dropped hugely in recent times, so he wasn’t putting too much of a hole in the family finances.

A root canal treatment in Dublin can also be made even more affordably if you avail of the MyDental 0% Dental Finance Plan, letting you spread the cost over three months, six months or nine months.

The cost of a root canal

If you'd like to know what a root canal will set you back, check out our prices right here right here - http://www.mydental.ie/pricelist/#v_tab5

You’ll also find our prices clearly displayed in and around the surgery, as dictated by the code of practice set down by the Irish Dental Council - http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/displayoffees.php