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Root Canal treatment in dublin

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root Canal treatment in dublin

The root canal of a tooth is the middle part that houses the blood vessels and the nerve tissues. It is also referred to as the pulp and is located deep inside the crown and root of the tooth.

Cavities on your tooth can cause decay. In most cases, it is easily removed, and the space filled with a rubbery substance. However, if left unchecked, the tooth decay can spread deep inside the crown and causes infection of the nerves and blood vessels in the pulp. At this stage, the infected nerves get painful due to pulpitis.

Traditionally, such a case would mean getting rid of the tooth by extraction, which leaves you with a big ugly gap. Today, dentists can save your tooth through root canal treatment. Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal treatment is a dental procedure that involves removing that part of the decayed pulp and infected tissue and filling the void.

What Causes Root and Tissue Damage?

Tissue damage in the root canal can be caused by either of the following:

Untreated Tooth Decay

Cavities can be hard to spot, especially if you do not feel any pain in the tooth. Bacteria penetrate the more vulnerable pulp, causing tooth decay and infection on both the nerve tissues and the blood vessels.

Gum Disease

This is an inflammatory condition of the gum tissues. It causes the gums to swell up, turn red, and even start bleeding. This leads to loss of teeth and gum abscess (puss), which makes chewing painful. When the gum separates from the tooth, it leaves gaps known as periodontal pockets. Bacteria gets inside the roots of the gum through the periodontal pockets and cause infection.

A lot of people wince at the thought of getting a root canal. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the most misunderstood dental procedures. A vast majority of the public associate the treatment with a lot of pain. This would have been the case two decades ago. Fortunately, modern medical practices have greatly improved the procedure. Currently, root canal treatment is one of the most recommended procedures by dentists as a viable alternative to solving the persistent pain in your tooth.

Botched Dental Procedures

Complications arising from earlier dental procedures can cause infection of the gum holding the tooth. This may spread to the root and cause tissue damage.


​Injury to the jaw can loosen the teeth. Bacteria finds its way into the root of the teeth through periodontal pockets and eventually cause infection.

Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?

The surest way to determine if you need a root canal is by scheduling a dentist appointment and having an X-ray taken. Visit your local dentist if you experience the following symptoms:

i. Increased sensitivity when taking hot or cold substances.
ii. Severe toothache.
iii. Discomfort when biting or chewing.
iv. Tender or swollen gums around a particular tooth.
v. Darkening of the tooth.
vi. Recurring pimples around the gum.
vii. Oozing puss from a particular tooth.
viii. Facial swelling.

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How Getting a Root Canal Helps You

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It Gets Rid of the Infection

If bacteria infect a tooth, it puts the adjacent teeth in danger of being infected as well. Root canal therapy rids the bacteria from the infected tooth. Moreover, the dentist can prescribe antibiotics to prevent the surrounding gum tissue from contracting the infection.

You Save Your Tooth

​Root canal treatment removes the part of the tooth that is infected. Therefore, it saves you from losing the tooth to decay. Besides, losing a tooth could mean incurring extra expenses for a dental implant or dentures.

Relief from Pain and Sensitivity

​If bacteria infect a tooth, it puts the adjacent teeth in danger of being infected as well. Root canal therapy rids the bacteria from the infected tooth. Moreover, the dentist can prescribe antibiotics to prevent the surrounding gum tissue from contracting the infection.

Eliminates Swelling of the Gum

​Infected root canals often develop gum abscess. When the infected nerve is removed, dentists prescribe antibiotics to rid the gums from swelling and oozing puss.

What Are the Dangers of Avoiding a Root Canal?

If an infected tooth is not treated through root canal therapy, the infection spreads, and the tooth becomes too loose and decayed to salvage. At this stage, dentists recommend pulling the tooth out. This leaves you with a gap that could affect chewing. Losing a tooth could also force you to opt for a tooth implant.

Treatment Process


A root canal treatment is a delicate procedure that is only performed by a professional dental surgeon known as an endodontist. The dentist, however, only performs the procedure after getting the results of your X-ray.

They start by administering local anesthesia, which numbs your gum and tooth so that you do not feel pain. Secondly, the endodontist drills a tiny incision on the exterior of the tooth to remove the infected portion of the pulp and disinfects the canal.

With the infected pulp removed, the tooth can still survive as it receives nourishment from the underlying periodontal membrane. It will, however, not be as strong as before, which is why the void is filled with a special rubber-like substance and finally sealed with adhesive cement.

In most cases, one session is enough for the entire procedure. Complicated cases could, however, require additional appointments as deemed fit by the dentist.

You don’t have to lose your tooth when you can easily salvage it through root canal treatment. The local anesthesia and post-treatment medication help to manage the pain. Schedule an appointment with us today and enjoy the best dental care in Ireland!

How Much Does It Cost?

Getting a root canal costs about €350 to €600 depending on the tooth itself. It is a reasonable bargain compared to losing a tooth and having to opt for the more expensive tooth replacement procedures such as dental implants and dentures.

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