Strong Roots, Strong Teeth

The root canal procedure itself is relatively painless for the patient. In fact, root canal therapy can provide most patients with almost instant relief from the often extreme pain that they are experiencing prior to the procedure.

For patients who are faced with tooth pain resulting from a root canal infection, undergoing root canal therapy at Bagenalstown Dental can help to restore a smile, preserve the tooth structure, and help to reduce the pain associated with a root canal infection.

Are you confused?

Defining root canal treatments

What is a root canal treatment? This is a process where your dentist will clean out the nerve from inside the root of a tooth. It is often the only way to relieve the pain from an inflamed nerve.

Why do I need a root canal?  When you have had decay in a tooth, the nerve can be affected by this decay. Sometimes the nerve itself can be infected. Often the only way to fix a damaged nerve is to carry out a root canal treatment. The nerve may show signs of damage after a very deep filling has been placed. Any tooth that has a very deep filling will always have to be closely monitored for nerve damage.

Will my tooth be sore after the root canal?  It is normal for your tooth to be tender afterwards as root canal treatments are a very invasive treatment. This tenderness usually goes away after a few days.

Does root canal treatment always work?  Root canal treatments do NOT always work. It is a very complex and intricate treatment. Your dentist will do everything possible to ensure the success of the root canal. However success can never be guaranteed. The root canal usually has an 80% success rate. This means that 20% of people may have problems with the tooth in the future.  The success rate can drop if there are complications with the tooth, for example if the roots are very curved or if the infection is very bad.

What will happen to the tooth afterwards?  Once the root canal has been completed, your dentist will place a filling on the tooth. If the tooth has had a very deep filling and a root canal treatment, then the tooth can become brittle and slightly weak. If the tooth should fracture in the future, your dentist may put a crown on the tooth which is a protective cover that sits over the tooth.

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  • How do I know that I need root canal treatment?

    Patients may find themselves needing root canal treatment for a number of reasons. Typically, the first major sign that the root canal treatment is necessary is going to be severe pain. Patients may also find that they now have intense tooth sensitivity to both cold and heat.

    Some may experience sporadic pain, which may also lead to experiencing mild to severe headaches.

    The continued decay of the tooth can lead to the death of the tooth. This, in turn, could result in pain during eating, inflammation in the surrounding gum, and an abscess may form.

    Those who have experienced trauma directly to a tooth, potentially as the result of an auto accident or a fall, may need root canal treatment if there has been damage to the tooth nerves. In some situations, the injured tooth may have sustained damage some time ago. Trauma to the tooth may also be caused by previous dental procedures that have resulted in weakness and stress to the structure of the tooth itself.

  • The root canal treatment procedure

    Once the decay has reached the root canals, there are really two courses of treatment that can be pursued. The root canal treatment, and extraction of the tooth if it is warranted. Preserving the natural tooth is often the preferred course of treatment, so root canal therapy is the first consideration.

    The severity of the tooth destruction will determine the exact direction taken during your procedure. X-rays will be taken, to determine the depth and full extend of the infection.

    Prior to the start of the procedure, the area surrounding the affected tooth will be completely numbed using a local anesthesia. Once numbed, the tooth may be isolated using a rubber dam which will help to protect the tooth and site during the procedure.

    An opening will be drilled into the tooth, typically at the top of the tooth. This will allow for the infected pulp to be removed from the inside of the tooth. The tooth’s canals will be disinfected with a cleaning solution to eradicate the infection. The inside of the tooth may be filed so that there is sufficient space for the filling.

    The now cleaned tooth will be filled and sealed to protect it from future destruction. A crown placed over the repaired tooth will offer further protection, and return any lost aesthetics

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What kind of pain can be expected?

Pain is one of the more serious concerns that patients have about treatment for infected root canals. The good news is that there will be little to no discomfort felt during the procedure itself. The tooth and the surrounding gums will be thoroughly numbed throughout the entire procedure.

At most you will feel a pinch when the numbing agent is injected into your gums, but that discomfort will pass quickly. There will be little to no discomfort felt after the procedure, and any that is experienced can be controlled with over the counter pain medication.

General Dental Treatments

  • Hygiene Treatment with Hygienist (30 mins)
    €65
  • Hygiene visit for PRSI patients
    €15-€23
  • Fillings – White
    €90-150
  • Fillings – Silver
    from €90
  • Extraction
    €90-€150
  • Acrylic-based Dentures
    €400-€850
  • Metal-based Dentures
    €900-€1200
  • Root Canal Treatment (tax allowable)
    €390-€700
  • Crowns (tax allowable)
    €700
  • Implant Restoration (tax allowable)
    €1100 per unit

Root-Canal Aftercare

Possible Discomfort

Pain or slight discomfort is one concern that patients have about treatment for infected root canals. The good news is that there will be little to no discomfort felt during the procedure itself. The tooth and the surrounding gums will be thoroughly numbed so you will not feel a thing.

Pain Relief

At most you will feel a pinch when the numbing agent is injected into your gums, but that discomfort will pass quickly. There will be little to no discomfort felt after the procedure, and any that is experienced can be controlled with over the counter pain medication.

Oral Health

After root canal treatment, it is important to maintain your oral health. A treated tooth can still get a cavity, so good oral health is important. Keep up with your post-procedure instructions, and be sure to let us know if you experience anything beyond mild discomfort after your procedure.

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