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    Dublin, Dublin 6

What is Root Canal Treatment?

A simple tooth filling is insufficient once tooth decay extends up to the central canal of the tooth called as pulp. Root canal treatment is a procedure to relieve tooth pain and save your teeth. During root canal treatment, the dentist carefully removes the infected pulp tissue, cleans and disinfects the canal, and places a permanent filling to seal the space.

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— Dr Thomas Munroe
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Why you need a Root Canal Treatment?

Do I need a Root Canal?

It is best to get a check-up if you feel any pain or discomfort.  We offer emergency appointments for serious cases.  If you notice one or more of  of these symptoms, you may need a root canal.

  • Extensive tooth decay as seen in your routine dental check-up radiographs
  • If you feel sharp pain confined in a tooth
  • You experience severe tooth sensitivity when drinking cold beverages
  • If tooth pain intensifies when lying down
  • If you notice a tooth to be greyish which indicates death of tooth tissues
  • Pimple-like bumps in your gums with or without pus

If you think you may need one, contact us as soon as possible, early treatment can save the tooth and prevent you loosing the tooth.

What happens if you don’t act now?

The danger of doing nothing

The earlier the dentist to diagnose the infection and perform a root canal treatment, the higher the success rate will be.

Also, as you delay having root canal treatment, the infection progresses into a more advanced stage of developing an abscess and cyst at the root tip which needs an extensive treatment or removal of the tooth.

At worst, the infection can spread to other parts of the body since root canal is composed of blood vessels and nerves. Several researchers have linked the bacteria found in the root canal to be the same bacteria damaging the heart tissues which can cause heart diseases.


Root Canal Procedure

Radio-graphs will be taken to check the extent of infection inside the tooth. The dentist will administer local anaesthesia to numb the teeth and gums. A small shield or rubber sheet is placed to isolate the tooth from saliva.

An opening is made through the crown of the tooth through drilling to facilitate the use of small instruments in removing the infected tissues of the canal. Then, antimicrobial fluid will be placed into the canal to kill bacteria and rinse out debris. Once the root canal/s have been cleaned and shaped, the dentist will use a filling material to seal the tooth.

In cases where there is little healthy tooth structure left, a crown is required. Fabrication of crown usually takes a week or more, so, the dentist will place a temporary filling or a temporary crown at the end of your treatment. You will then be requested to come back for the placement of your permanent crown.


Recovering from a Root Canal

A root canal treatment is a procedure to eliminate pain and not to induce more pain. The root canal procedure itself is painless. Though, you may feel a numbing sensation as the local anaesthesia wears off completely. Also, there might be some slight discomfort after the procedure but usually diminishes after a day.

A root canal treated tooth has a 92% success rate and can last a lifetime with proper care. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a day. Visit the dentist regularly for routine dental check-ups and cleanings.

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After-effects of Tooth Filling

Slight tooth sensitivity may be felt after having your tooth filled. Usually, tooth sensitivity will resolve on its own and won’t need any pain relievers. Tooth sensitivity usually wears off after a day or two.

If the dentist administered local anaesthesia, numbing sensation might be felt as the effectiveness of anaesthesia wears off.

Benefits of a Tooth Filling

Benefits of getting a Root Canal

Root canal treatment is an efficient way to repair a damaged or infected tooth. Removal of the whole tooth is irreversible unless you get a prosthesis. An extracted tooth may limit function and changes in the mouth may occur such as drifting of teeth.

Saving the whole tooth by having a root canal treatment while preserving the normal function of the tooth in the mouth (normal biting force and sensation). Also, the spread of infection to other parts of the mouth is prevented. Most especially, aesthetically it looks better than a prosthesis.


Other Possible Treatments

There are some cases where a full root canal treatment isn’t necessary. Our dentist/specialists use diagnostic tools to examine an infected tooth, and the possible treatment approaches.

Pulp Capping

If the dentist diagnosed that decay is too close to the nerve without infecting the whole canal, pulp capping is the best alternative to root canal treatment. It is a less invasive way to preserve the tooth.

Pulp capping procedure starts with removing the decayed part of the tooth and a small part of the canal tissue (pulp). Then, a medicament will be placed to protect the pulp from being infected. This medicament will also stimulate the second layer of the tooth (dentin) to develop reparative dentin that will protect the pulp.

Once the pulp is capped with a medicament, the dentist will place a permanent filling in the tooth. This procedure requires follow-up appointments after several weeks to see if dentin is developing.


The dentist might opt to extract a badly-broken tooth if the infection has progressed extensively in the bone. This type of infection will most likely not respond to root canal treatment. Tooth extracted can be replaced with a fixed bridge.

31% of adults have tooth decay.

  • Have Tooth Decay
  • Have healthy teeth

15 million root canals are performed every year around the world.

  • 15 Million Root Canals performed every year

General Dentistry pricing

Restorative Treatments

  • White Filling one surface
  • White Filling two surface
  • Large Filling with core
  • Root canal front tooth
    from €300
  • Root canal premolars
    from €400
  • Scale and polish including exam (PRSI)
  • Private scale and polish with exam

General Dental Treatments

  • Simple X-ray
  • OPG full mouth scan
  • Dental exam including X-rays
  • Periodontal root planing per arch
    from €90
  • Extraction
    from €130
  • Surgical Extraction
    from €90

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  • Our Location

    Dublin 6

    Our State of the art clinic is located in the heart of Dublin, in the Dublin 6 region.  There is ample parking available and the clinic is in a beautiful location.

    For example we are located only 15 minutes from Stephens Green, and 9 minutes from University College Dublin.

  • Opening Times

    • Business Hours

      Monday, Wed, Thursday: 8:30 – 5:30
      Tuesday, Friday: 8:30am – 1pm

    Emergency Dental Service

    As stated above, we are open Monday 8.30am-5.30pm, Tuesday 8.30am-1pm, Wednesday 8.30am-5.30pm, Thursday 8.30am-5.30pm, Friday 8.30am-1pm.  Adding to that, if you have a dental emergency, please call our emergency number on 086-8012940
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    Affordable Root Canal Treatment Dublin

    Whether you are new to Dublin, just moved to the Dublin 6 area, or have lived here all you life, you are welcome as a new patient at Milltown Dental Clinic.  Getting a Root Canal is a common practice, and we are here to help.  Our focus is to ensure we do our best to restore and save your teeth, by fillings, root canals or whatever other method necessary.  We constantly analyse our prices to make sure that they are affordable for everyone with our family and friend referral schemes.