Root Canal Treatment

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What is Root Canal Treatment?

When the inside of the tooth becomes infected, it is necessary to remove the nerve or pulp contained within the inner part of the tooth to save the tooth and stop the infection from spreading.

Infection and inflammation in the middle of the tooth can occur because of decay that spreads through the tooth, a crack or chip, or after multiple dental procedures on that tooth. If the infection is left untreated, it often results in pain and can lead to the formation of an abscess or systemic spread of infection to other areas of the body. Read more on the process of a root canal treatment on this article. 

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What is Root canal?

The root canal is located at the center of each tooth and houses the pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues. These components play vital roles, including supplying nourishment to the tooth and transmitting sensory information related to temperature, pressure and pain.

When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it can cause severe pain and compromise the health of the affected tooth. Root canal treatment is designed to remove the pulp infection, clean the root canals and seal the tooth to prevent further infection or damage.

Why Root Canal Treatment Is Different
At Dental Designs Clinic

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Our dentists possess qualifications from top dental institutions in Australia, the UK, the USA, New Zealand and Singapore. They continuously update their skills by actively participating in dental training programmes.

We prioritise individualised care, taking the time to thoroughly assess each patient's unique needs and tailor their treatment plan accordingly. Rest assured, you're in capable hands at Dental Designs Clinic.

No Hidden Costs. We believe in transparency when it comes to pricing. Before starting any treatment, we provide our patients with a detailed breakdown of costs, ensuring they have a clear understanding of the investment involved in their root canal procedure.

At Dental Designs Clinic, we invest in the latest advancements in dental technology to enhance the accuracy and effectiveness of our treatments. From digital imaging to rotary endodontic instruments, we utilise cutting-edge equipment to ensure optimal outcomes for our patients.

We understand that visiting the dentist can be anxiety-inducing for some patients. That's why we've designed our clinic with your comfort in mind. From soothing décor to comfortable seating, we strive to create a relaxing environment where you can feel at ease.

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Zeiss Microscope Dentistry - Magnification Up to 15x

Utilising this technology allows us to ensure precision while working on the delicate root canals. Research has shown that the use of magnification is associated with an increased likelihood of treatment success.

When performing dental procedures, we are dealing with exceptionally small structures. An average tooth measures between 7-15mm in width, with root canals as narrow as 0.1-0.4mm, roughly the size of a pinhead.

In order to meticulously work on these tiny structures, we use specialised dental loupes and microscopes that can magnify up to 15 times.

Process Of Getting Root Canal Treatment At
Dental Designs in Singapore

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1. Consultation

At your first consultation, your dentist will check your tooth and may take x-rays, photographs and digital 3D scans.

This will provide a full picture of your dental condition, allowing you to visualise and understand what is happening to your tooth, as well as the treatment options that you have available.

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2. Root Canal Treatment (1st Stage)

Under local anaesthesia, your dentist will remove the cavity and access the pulp chamber located within the tooth to remove the infected dental pulp. The root canal system will be vigorously irrigated to disinfect the area.

An antibacterial medicament will then be placed inside, followed by a temporary filling to seal the area. The medicament usually takes about 1 week to be effective.

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3. Assessment Of Healing

During the next appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary filling to assess the healing. There will be a second disinfection of the tooth’s interior to thoroughly wash out any infection that remains.

If more time is needed for healing, our dentists will redress the root canal with more medicament.

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4. Root Canal Treatment (2nd Stage)

After sufficient healing has occurred, your dentist will meticulously cleanse and dry the root canal system before sealing it with an inert material.

Finally, the tooth is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling. In cases where the tooth has sustained significant damage and little healthy tooth structure remains, a supportive post may be inserted into the root canal system to hold the filling.

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5. Crown Placement

After a root canal, it is important to reinforce the damaged tooth with a crown to ensure strength and protection. This is especially crucial for back teeth, which endure strong chewing forces.

Without proper reinforcement, weakened teeth can fracture, potentially exposing the root canal filling and requiring redoing the entire treatment. Therefore, we recommend getting a crown immediately after a root canal for optimal tooth protection.

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6. Review Check

We'll see you about a week after the completion of the treatment to check on how you are doing.

We will check your bite and the stability of the crown, and ensure that you are comfortable with your crown and root canal.

Rotary Instruments - Effectively Removing Infection

Traditionally, root canal treatment is performed using hand files, whereby the infected part of the root canal is removed by small files or picks. This process takes a long time and is prone to human error.

At Dental Designs Clinic, we utilise rotary endodontic instruments from Germany and the USA that efficiently and effectively clean out the root canals. This also means less time in the dental chair.

With advancements in dental techniques and local anaesthesia, root canal treatment is now relatively comfortable and often no more painful than getting a dental filling. Root canal treatment is essential for relieving the severe pain associated with an infected tooth and saving the natural tooth from extraction.

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Protect Your Tooth with A Crown After Root Canal Treatment

Typically, when a tooth requires a root canal, it is already extensively damaged and may have internal cracks. Root canal treatment involves removing the infected parts of the tooth, which can make the tooth even more fragile and vulnerable to fractures. Therefore, we recommend the placement of a crown upon completion of the root canal treatment, to protect the tooth from fracturing and extending its lifespan.

  • After root canal treatment, it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding chewing on hard foods that could damage the restored tooth and scheduling regular dental check ups. 
  • With proper care, a root canal treated tooth can function normally and last a lifetime.
  • It addresses the underlying cause of the infection and restores the tooth's structure and function.

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Cost of Root Canal Treatment in Singapore

The cost of root canal treatment is determined by the individualised treatment plan created by the dentist for the patient, taking into factors such as the tooth’s location in the mouth (front tooth or back tooth), number of canals present in the tooth and any additional treatments that may be needed.

In cases of urgent pain relief, a procedure known as "emergency pulp extirpation" can be performed. This involves accessing the inner part of the tooth to alleviate the infection. It is important to note that this is a temporary solution and should be followed up with a complete root canal treatment for long-term resolution.

The price for root canal treatment on a single-canal tooth starts from $746.65. Back teeth, on the other hand, can have three to four canals that require thorough cleaning. Certain teeth may have a more intricate anatomy, necessitating specialised tools for efficient access and treatment.

During your consultation, your dentist will assess your specific needs and provide you with a detailed breakdown of the costs involved. Alternative treatment options can also be explored, enabling you to make an informed decision about your treatment and budget accordingly.



One canal $746.65
Two canals $973.37
Three canals $1204.45
Four+ canals $1433.35
Emergency pulp extirpation $359.70

*Inclusive of 9% GST

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This dental clinic has very good staff who are well trained and friendly. The dentists are also very good and will explain the treatment in detail before starting treatment. The equipment is very high tech and I believe they are able to do high quality work as I did my crown here and it looks much better than my colleague who also recently did his at another place. The waiting room is also very comfortable. good job!

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This clinic is one of the best I have ever seen. I saw dr Justin for my implant which I did many years ago, the tooth was loose, and other drs told me to remove it as they could not find out what brand it was but dr Justin was able to take 3d xrays and locate the brand and specially ordered the part in. he saved me from having to do a surgery to remove and put a new implant which would have cost me a bomb. the tooth looks even better than the original thanks to the experieced dental technician Katsuya from Japan. 

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my workplace is close by and I had a problem with my tooth for a few days, so I made an appointment to come down. The receptionist who booked my appointment was very helpful and friendly to explain the way to the clinic from my office. I saw Dr Nicholas who was able to do a root canal treatment on the same visit so that I didn't need to come back. I felt safe and comfortable to do my dental treatment here as the dental picks are all wrapped up and sterilized and only opened before each treatment when im inside. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Treatment In Singapore

A tooth may be heavily infected but not cause any pain.

This is because the body’s immune system has localised the infection for the time being. However, in many cases, the infection eventually worsens and will start to cause severe pain. This happens without any warning and it is impossible to predict when the pain will occur.

Therefore, if an infection is detected on your x-ray or by examining the tooth, it is always best to have the root canal treatment done before the situation gets worse.

A root canal treatment allows you to keep your original tooth and avoid extraction, so we will always try our best to help you to keep the tooth whenever possible. It may be tempting to choose extracting the tooth as it is simpler, but losing a tooth will result in a space between your tooth, which has long term consequences. 

In some cases, if the tooth is severely weakened, the tooth may not be able to withstand further treatment or has a poor chance of lasting many years even with treatment. In such cases, you may want to choose tooth extraction. You can replace the tooth with a fixed prosthesis such as implants or bridges. Or, you can also choose a removable option like dentures.

The root canal treatment is typically no more uncomfortable than having a normal filling. The area will be numbed during the treatment, giving you a comfortable experience while the treatment is being carried out. In cases of severe acute infection, you may still feel some sensitivity.

Any discomfort after the procedure can usually be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatories like Panadol or ibuprofen.

Teeth in the front of the mouth have one root and hence one canal; whereas back teeth have two or three roots and generally three or four canals.

Each individual tooth has a unique anatomy and can have different number and shapes of their canals. Costs vary according to the number of root canals, as well as the difficulty involved in treating the tooth.

The tooth can be removed, but it’s always better to try to save it — especially since root canal treatment is a highly predictable procedure and generally has a high success rate (over 90%).

Preserving the tooth is essential to avoid various problems associated with missing teeth. These issues include bite problems arising from teeth shifting positions, challenges with eating and the gradual loss of jawbone volume and density.

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