Root canal procedures remove infected pulp tissue of the tooth and disinfect the root canal system.
Our teeth are filled with nerves and blood vessels in the tooth pulp. In cases of damage or severe tooth decay that infects the pulp, bacteria can spread into the surrounding jaw bone through the tip of the roots, leading to severe swelling, pus, pain and fever.
If you are feeling swelling, tenderness when chewing, and pain that does not go away even with pain-killers, these may be signs that the pulp of your tooth is infected and that you should see our dentist. A root canal treatment can help to save and restore your tooth.
If you have a heavily decayed tooth, identifying the need for root canal treatment early can prevent the infection from spreading and damaging your teeth further.
Our dentist will remove the infected pulp tissue, disinfect the root canal system and seal it with a non-reactive material to prevent further decay. It is followed by a crown to protect and restore the tooth.
Root canal treatments can save your tooth from an extraction, and is less invasive than replacing it with an implant.
Root canal treatment will usually require 1 to 2 visits depending on the complexity of the condition.
At the first visit, our dentist will examine your tooth and take an X-ray to determine whether a root canal treatment is required.
During the root canal treatment itself, our dentist will provide a local anaesthetic to the affected area before removing the infected pulp. He will then disinfect the tooth to remove all bacteria, and shape the inside of your root canal. The cavity is then filled and sealed to prevent future infection.
After the root canal treatment, a crown or other restoration method can be used to protect the tooth and restore it to full function.
Root canal treatments cost between $400 and $800.
Patients holding CHAS, Pioneer Generation or Merdeka Generation Cards will be entitled to the relevant subsidies for root canal treatments:
Visit the CHAS website for a detailed breakdown of the subsidies available.
Corporate discount is not applicable should patient utilise the above subsidy schemes.
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Some signs that you need a root canal treatment include a severe toothache, especially upon biting, a sensitivity or pain to temperatures even after the source has been removed from the mouth, a darkened or discoloured tooth, swelling, tenderness or recurring pimple on the gums.
You can typically resume normal daily activities on the same day. However, please avoid chewing or biting on the treated tooth until it is restored by the dentist.
Root canal treatment is done under local anaesthesia.
The objective of root canal treatment is to relieve the toothache due to inflammation or infection of the tooth pulp.
Just take note that for the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. To manage this, take the medication prescribed by our dentist.
Depending on the severity of the infection in your tooth, a root canal can take between 30 to 90 minutes to complete. The procedure may also require multiple appointments to allow the tooth to dry before disinfecting and filling, which will affect the total length of time required.
In most cases, your root canal-treated tooth will last as long as your other natural teeth.
In rare instances, the tooth may also become painful or infected even after a successful treatment. This usually signifies new decay or leakage. We can perform the root canal treatment again to salvage your tooth.
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