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Root Canal Treatment at Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2

Root canal treatment has long inspired fear and dread in all who hear the words, but here at Pearl Dental, Dubin 2, we don’t believe it should be that way. Prices for RCT start from €450 for simple, routine, single rooted teeth, and reach around €850 for the most complex multi-rooted back teeth. These fees are tax deductable at 20%, and can also be reduced if you are qualified under your PRSI contributions.

All of our dentists are trained in the latest techniques:

  • for anaesthesia before root canal treatment
  • for effective isolation of the tooth during root canal treatment, to ensure optimum sterilisation of the root canals
  • for efficient and rapid cleaning of the root canals 
  • in effective methods of sealing the canals afterwards.

The procedure is quite time consuming, as effective sterilising of root canals takes patience, care and advanced techniques, but the procedure should be ENTIRELY painless, should only need to be undertaken once, assuming that optimum techniques are used, and enables an otherwise doomed tooth to be saved for the longterm.

Root canal treatment is not cheap, due to the time and materials used to undertake the procedure effectively, and if you do require a root canal treatment, use this checklist to see if your dentist is anywhere near up to speed. Remember, a failed root treatment can often lead to loss of the tooth, so you want to ensure that the chances of success are maximised, as follows:

  1. Rubber dam (see other posts on this site for white fillings, ( which shows photos of a rubber dam in place). This is essential in ensuring a sterile environment, and eliminating any leakage of chemicals into the mouth during the procedure.
  2. Magnification. Almost every specialist in root canal therapy will insist that root canal treatment can never be undertaken effectively without magnification to enable maximum visualisation of the root canal system. This is imperative in ensuring that every canal is located and cleaned effectively. We regularly find ourselves undertaking retreatment of a tooth that has previously been root treated elsewhere due to the fact that a canal had been missed. Retreatment is expensive, and you don’t want the job done twice!
  3. Nickel Titanium Files. All of the most recent developments in RCT revolve around the use of these types of specialist files, which make for faster and more accurate cleaning of the canals.
  4. Thermal Filling Materials. It is generally accepted that thermally packed fillers are the most effective method of sealing root canals.
  5. Tooth Seal after RCT. For almost all back teeth, it is recommended that a crown be placed after RCT to strengthen and protect the tooth, which can become brittle after RCT. Your dentist should advise you of this before the procedure begins, as the crown may be more expensive than the RCT, and you should be aware of all the costs before you begin.

The basic procedure for RCT can be found below, and for more information, see our main site www.pearltreatments.ie, call us on 01 679 0625, or e-mail us at reception@pearltreatments.ie.

Emergency Dentist care at Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2

Emergency dentist care at Pearl Dental

We here at Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon on Nassau Street, Dublin 2, take our responsibilities in relation to emergency dental care very seriously. We always try to offer sameday appointments for dental emergencies, be they patients of our practice, another practice or casual patients with no regular dentist. Out of normal working hours, we have an emergency number to allow dental emergency patients to access advice on how to deal with the situation. All of our dentists are trained to deal with any dental emergency that may present itself, and generally we have 2 or 3 dentists available at any one time if second opinions are required for complex cases. As we are able to offer a comprehensive range of dental solutions, we can offer advice on how best to proceed in the longterm with any problem tooth that requires treatment. We can also provide immediate quotes on the full cost of any treatment plan recommended, such that any patients can make appropriate decisions as to which option is most appropriate to them before any treatment is undertaken.

For emergency, or routine appointments, call us on 01 679 0625, or check our website www.pearltreatments.ie for more information on our services.

Emergency Dentist care at Pearl Dental

Tip of the week 5 from Pearl Dental Practice and Beauty Salon, Dublin 2

Check Your Diet…

Much as this may be a surprise to many, tooth decay does not just happen.

For your tooth to rot, it needs to be covered in bacteria (of which millions inhabit every mouth, even the clean ones!), and these then need a regular supply of sugar to do their damage. Those of you with a sweet tooth will know what we’re on about straightaway, but for those of you in denial, check for the number of times you drink tea or coffee with a little sugar added each day. Count how many times you pick up a fizzy drink, a fruit juice or a squash between meals. Incidentally, most fizzy drinks are acidic as well, even the sugar free versions, and are probably one of our biggest business builders! Keep track of the number of little snacks you smuggle in to keep your day at work bearable. And don’t forget the sneaky sugary ones, like flavourings for crisps, sauces on foods or sandwiches, most mints for sucking or chewing, and many chewing gums to name just a few.

Late night snacks are particularly unfavourable for teeth, as the natural defence, saliva, slows down to prevent drowning (or drooling!) when asleep, so that hot chocolate before bed is not a great idea.

Ideally, your teeth should not be exposed to sugar more than 3 or 4 times in an average day, which is generally breakfast, lunch and dinner time, and if you find you’re way over this figure, we’ll probably be seeing you soon!!

For parents out there, kids teeth are much more vulnerable than those of adults, so be obsessive with their diet when young to prevent serious trouble later on. Good habits in childhood tend to last, as do bad ones! More on kids in the next tip of the week.

For more advice, search this blog, ask your dentist or hygienist, or contact us at the surgery on 01 679 062, via e-mail at reception@pearltreatments.ie, or see our main website www.pearltreatments.ie.