Ever wanted the lowdown on root canal procedure?
Whatever you’ve heard on the street about root canals, most of it is probably wrong. And here’s why.
One of our favourite things to do when the kids have gone to bed and things have calmed down is to sit down in front of our favourite TV channel – which happens to be the History Channel. We’re particularly interested in the history of the Second World War, and would like to believe that history might go some way towards helping us avoid the same mistakes again in the future.
The great lie about root canals
One of the most famous quotes attribute to Goebbels is that “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”. When we heard this line during the documentary, our mind immediately jumped to one of the ‘great lies’ of our own time in the area of dental treatment, i.e. that a root canal is one of the most gruelling procedures you’ll ever undergo.
The truth about root canals
It’s not that long ago since your humble author underwent this very procedure, so let us spell out in detail what’s involved – and why you should never fear it.
- A sudden sharp pain
- A new intolerance to either heat or cold
- Swelling around the gum area
- Tenderness around the gums
- Unexplained discolouration of the tooth
What your dentist actually does
First up, your dentist will remove any inflamed or infected pulp – this is achieved by drilling an opening into the crown of the tooth. He then moulds the canals into shape, so that he can seal them more easily.
What’s the cost of a root canal procedure?
You might assume that you’d pay top dollar for such a treatment that takes up over two hours of your dentist’s time. The truth, however, is that root canal treatment in Dublin is very affordable – and particularly so here at MyDental, where our exceptionally keen prices are supported by a 0% Dental Finance Plan.
What about going abroad for treatment?
You’ve probably heard or seen those ads for so-called cheap dental treatment abroad. But take it from the experts – when it comes to root canal cost Ireland is very competitive, particularly when you factor in cost of flights, accommodation etc. if you go for the overseas option.
Here’s some more helpful info on root canals
If you want to bone up on this topic a little further, here’s a nice articles from the American Association of Endodontists - http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals.aspx