Root Canal Dublin
What is a Root Canal?
Root Canal treatment may be required to save a tooth when the infection of the tooth has reached the pulp (soft tissue in the middle of your tooth) and is too deep for a filling to resolve. Human teeth have one to four root canals. This depends on the anatomy of the tooth; incisors have one canal, premolars have one to two root canals and molars have two to four canals.
Why is Root Canal Treatment needed?
Tooth decay can be very severe and after damaging the tooth enamel, it can start affecting the inner structures of the tooth and eventually the pulp. When the pulp is infected by the tooth decay, it can cause excruciating pain and throbbing. Removing the pulp from the tooth to give relief to the patient from the pain is the only option left in such situations.
When a tooth becomes damaged, fractured, chipped or broken due to physical trauma,? the inner nerves of the tooth become easily exposed, this condition can then be very painful for the patient. Since the tooth will not grow back, the pulp of the tooth can be removed, leaving the tooth as it is, but without feeling or pain.
Sometimes a tooth might be dying slowly. This can be due to old age or due to physical trauma which did not require an endodontic treatment at the time of the trauma. In this situation, root canal treatment can be performed as well.
Does it hurt?
No root canal treatment doesn’t hurt. A local anaesthetic is used and it will feel no different than having an ordinary filling done.
What does it involve?
The root canal treatment involves a number of procedures. First of all, the tooth is numbed by applying local anaesthesia. This would make the root canal treatment painless for the patient. After applying the local anesthesia, the following procedures is performed:
- An x-ray would be taken of the tooth.
- A rubber dam is placed in the mouth so that the area of treatment remains free of saliva and completely dry.
- Tiny files are then used by the dentist to extract the nerve from the tooth.
- After removing the pulp tissue completely, a filling would be used to fill the space created. This filling is usually gutta percha, which is a kind of rubber material which is used widely for sealing the inside of the tooth.
- Usually, the dentist also places a dental crown on the particular tooth. This is done because the tooth becomes brittle over time, since the tooth lacks blood and nerve supply, and this can crack the tooth. The dental crown prevents the cracking of the tooth later on.
Root Canal treatment is typically carried out over out over two or more appointments and may be carried out by your dentist or by a root canal specialist.
How much does Root Canal treatment cost?
The fee for Root Canal at Dun Laoghaire Dental starts from €400 depending on the tooth and the time involved in your treatment.