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Root canals can save a tooth – so why do they have such a painful reputation?

Like most of the population of Ireland, we over-indulged in TV movies over the Christmas period. We have to admit that we watched them all, from sloppy rom-coms to action adventure movies – and pretty much everything in between.

And with kids in the house, it was inevitable that we’d watch more than our fair share of movies aimed at the younger members of the population.

The undoubted star of these child-centred movies was Wallace and Gromit. Why? Well because those massive gnashers of Wallace always fascinate us. They’re part of the comic creation that makes this pair so loveable and so watchable.

They may be a tad on the large side, but they certainly look well cared for, and we like to fantasise that Wallace has a very good dental care regime. He’s not the type to need major treatment such as a dental crown or root canal procedure, for example.

These forms of treatment – especially root canals – tend to be something of a last resort for your dentist, and are used primarily when the overall tooth is at risk. You'd think, therefore, that root canals would be the star of the dental world, but bizarrely, they still seem to enjoy a reputation as being a source of pain and distress.

Trust us when we tell you that this is very definitely not the case. And we’re talking from personal experience when we tell you that a root canal is no more painful than a filling or a cleaning. You will be fully anaesthetised throughout the procedure, so you’ll feel little or nothing that’s going on in your mouth.


What does the procedure involve?

A root canal involves longer in the chair than some other procedures, so maybe this is why people associate it with discomfort? But the truth of the matter is that the treatment is spread over two visits, which makes it much easier for patients.

Each of the visits lasted about an hour, and the only pain we experienced was a slight tenderness around the gums for the first day or so afterwards. This was easily sorted, however, with some over-the-counter painkillers.


Are root canals very expensive?

We mentioned that you will be in the dentist’s chair for around two hours in total, so you might expect a large bill at the end of it. The good news, however, is that when it comes to root canal cost Ireland is an excellent place to have your treatment. Apart from the great quality care on offer, including after-care, costs have tumbled in recent years due to greater streamlining and greater competition.

And here at MyDental, they're even more affordable thanks to our 0% Dental Finance Plan, which lets you spread the cost over a number of months, You're free to choose from three months, six months or nine months.

With that in mind, it’s hard to see why people would possibly consider going abroad for a root canal or other forms of dental care. We can assure you that if you're worried about root canal treatment cost Ireland is as affordable as anywhere.

You have to remember that, if you opt for treatment abroad, you’ll have to factor in the costs of flights, accommodation, subsistence etc., so the real cost of treatment suddenly escalates.


Want to know more about root canals?

Here’s a very clear and concise article from the American Association of Endodontists. It’s an excellent starting point if you’d like to find out a little more about root canals - http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals.aspx