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Root canals are saviours – not savages!.

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Forget everything you may have heard about root canals. Here’s the full truth.


If, like us, you're a bit of a nerd, you’ll probably have come across the concept of ‘nominative determinism’. This theory suggests that your name can play a big part in determining your profession – or even your character.


If your name is Baker, therefore, there’s apparently a greater chance that you’ll end up in the bread or cake industry. And if your name is Smiley, the theory claims, you’ll probably be known for your good temper.


What’s got us rabbiting on about this topic, you might ask? Well, it's simply because the topic of today’s blog is root canals, and the thought occurred to us that much of the fear of this treatment could be down to its name!


The vast majority of treatment names are very mild in nature – cap, implant, bridge and so on. But a root canal SOUNDS painful – right?


The thought of someone digging a canal in your mouth, or messing around with the roots of your teeth, sounds like a form of torture rather than a process that’s designed to save a tooth.


So maybe there’s some sort of nominative determinism at play here? People hear a name that sounds a tad sinister, and so they add to the completely unfair legend of the root canal. So whenever something really unappealing lies in front of them, they tend to say, “I’d rather have a root canal”.

And with every iteration of the root canal story, the process seems to become even more daunting. But here’s the truth – a root canal is no more uncomfortable than any other form of dental treatment. And we’ve had a root canal treatment ourselves, so we know what we’re talking about.

The only downside that we can possibly see to a root canal is the fact that it will demand two separate visits to your dentist – each of around an hour in duration. But during this time, you will become completely anaesthetised so talk of pain is absolute rubbish.

And bear in mind that every single one of us has root canals. They are the very centre of the tooth – the place where you’ll find the nerves and the circulatory system. So maybe we should stop talking about root canals – and give it its more technical but less frightening term- endodontic therapy?

That way, we might have a chance of taking the suggestive nature out of the terminology that we use to talk about this vitally important treatment.

And while we’re on the subject of debunking myths, we should also address an incorrect perception of it being an expensive form of treatment. Quite the opposite, in fact. The typical root canal treatment cost will definitely not break the bank, and if you care to lighten the load, remember that you can avail of our 0% Dental Finance Plan.


And bear in mind that your root canal cost is paying for over two hours of your dentist’s time, which makes it seem very reasonable indeed.


If you suspect that you may be heading down the root canal road anytime soon, maybe you should bone up on the topic via the following article - http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals.aspx