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What is Root Canal?

The pulp of your tooth, which contains the nerve and tiny blood vessels, has a limited ability to heal itself and can easily become infected. This infection can be caused by a deep cavity that reaches the center of the tooth causing the pulp to die, or a traumatic injury to the tooth, or a previous extensive preparation (drilling) of the tooth. The extensive preparation may have been done to prepare the tooth for a crown (cap) or even a large filling. The pulp may or may not abscess immediately in these cases. It may take years for a problem to develop.

The infected pulp tissue is not always painful, and may or may not be visible on a dental radiograph. A tooth with this type of an abscess is not usually extracted because the infection can be treated with endodontic therapy on the tooth. This routine procedure can save the tooth and enable you to avoid the harmful effects of tooth loss. It is successful in more than 90% of the teeth in which the treatment is completed.

Endodontic treatment can take from one to three appointments to complete. Teeth can have one to four canals that need to be treated.  An opening is created to access the nerve, and the abscessed nerve is removed from the root or roots. The canals where the nerves had been located are then cleaned and shaped and a medication may be placed in the canal to promote better healing. When it has been determined that the canals are free of infection, they are filled with a special rubber-like material and sealed with a cementing medium.

You may have had no discomfort from the tooth prior to the root canal treatment or have been unaware that you even had an abscess. Whilst the procedure is entirely pain free, it is not unusual to experience discomfort immediately after treatment. The abscessed area associated with the tooth may take several months before healing is completed and for the tooth to become asymptomatic, that is, for all soreness in the area to disappear.

Once the endodontic therapy has been completed, the tooth is usually restored with a cast crown or onlay. This is done to protect the tooth and prevent it from fracturing. Failure to follow through with this after endodontic therapy  can result in a vertical fracture. If there is very little tooth structure remaining, we may also advise the use of a post and core to further help the tooth retain its final restoration.

If you have any questions about the root canal procedure or the final restoration of the tooth, please feel free to ask us.

Fee Guide
Private
Routine maintenance
New patient examination (what’s included) *From December 1st 2013 we will refund the cost of your consultation on all extensive treatment plans (all plans over €1000) €60-€95
X-rays (small) €10
X-Rays (panoral – full mouth) €65
Hygienist Packages
Intensive hygienist appointment
(New patient package)
€75
Extensive hygienist appointment
(Treatment of periodontal disease)
€98
Implants (eligible for further 20% reduction from MED II tax relief)
Single implant (including crown, without bone graft) from €2090
Surgical placement of single titanium implant
from €1170
Restoration of implant / Placement of porcelain crown
from €920
Multiple implants from €1750 per tooth
Intra Venous Sedation €260
Orthodontic Braces
Inman Aligner
(Eligible for Med 2 Tax Relief)
€1700 per arch
Six Month Smiles
(Eligible for Med 2 Tax Relief) Note – fee includes all orthodontics, as well as additional treatment to the value of €625; including fixed and removable retainers, an extensive hygienist appointment, and free upper and lower teeth whitening.
€2200 one arch
€2995 both arches
Restorations
Silver amalgam fillings €75 – €99
White composite fillings (front) €88 – €165
(back) €90 – €165
Root treatments (eligible for further 20% reduction from MED II tax relief)
Root canal treatment (front) from €360
(back) €420 – €590
Tooth whitening
Airflow (Ideal for surface staining) from €42
Slow release tooth bleaching €299
Crowns & Veneers (eligible for further 20% reduction from MED II tax relief)
All-porcelain cosmetic crown
(usually most suitable for front teeth)
from €790
Tooth coloured crown, metal inside (the best combination of strength and appearance) €748
Cerec one visit crowns and inlays €748
Bridge (dependent on design) from €900
Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers €720
Lumineers €760
Da Vinci Porcelain Veneers €850
Dentures
There are still circumstances in which a removable plate is the best option. Newer materials make them stronger and less obtrusive. Sometimes they can be held in tightly by using a press stud technique to hold them to suitable remaining roots.
Complete set – upper and lower from €800
Chrome cobalt partial denture (upper or
lower)
from €850
Partial acrylic denture from €280
Valplast flexible partial denture from €580