Root canal treatment
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Treatment at the root of the problem to relieve your pain
If you experience pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discolouration of the tooth, swelling, tenderness of gums or a bad taste in the mouth, the nerve in your tooth may be inflamed or infected. If left untreated, this can lead to the loss of the tooth. Other conditions, such as deep decay, a faulty crown, a crack or chip in the tooth, or even repeated dental procedures on the same tooth can cause problems.
To nip the problem in the bud, you will need to undergo root canal treatment. The procedure is designed to help eliminate bacteria from your infected root canal. The inflamed or infected pulp will be removed before disinfection and cleaning of the inside of the tooth is carried out.
Once that is done, our patients are better positioned in preventing reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth itself.
By saving their natural tooth, patients are more likely able to maintain their natural smile, keep eating their favourite foods and limit the need for future dental work. With proper maintenance and care, your root canal treatment at Specialist Dental Group Singapore may even last for a lifetime.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the inflamed or infected root. The inflamed or infected root will be removed, before cleaning and disinfecting is done for the inside of the tooth.
The tooth is then filled with an inert material and subsequently restored. This treatment saves the tooth that would otherwise have been extracted.
What is involved in root canal treatment?
Our dental specialists/ dentists will find out the details of your medical and dental history, go through a consultation and examination, and take an x-ray of your teeth and jaws, to ascertain if you are suitable for root canal treatment. Thereafter our dentists will discuss with you to recommend the most appropriate solution for your needs.
Inside a tooth is a soft, living tissue called the pulp (also called the “nerve”). The pulp contains blood vessels, fibres and nerves. A root canal treatment is needed when the nerve of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected.
A local anaesthetic will be administered at the site of the tooth to be treated. An opening will be made in the top of the tooth and the infected pulp or nerve will be cleaned from the root canals and the pulp chamber. The space will also be sterilized and shaped for filling. Biocompatible material will then be used to fill the root canal. Adhesive cement is placed to seal the root canals completely. A temporary filling will be used.
This process can be completed in 1 or 2 visits (usually 1 week apart if 2 visits are required).
As the structure of the tooth is compromised, in some cases, a dental crown will be recommended. A foundation build-up will be placed, followed by the crown to protect it and restore it to full function. The restored tooth looks, feels and functions like your other teeth.
For more information on crowns, please refer to our Crowns Page.
For the first few days after treatment, in rare cases, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with pain relief medication.
Most root canal-treated teeth last as long as your natural teeth and require the same maintenance. This includes flossing, brushing and regular 6 monthly dental check-ups.
In a few cases, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal or the pain continues. Further treatment (e.g. root end surgery) may be necessary.
Occasionally, the tooth may become painful months or even years after successful treatment usually due to new decay and/or leakage problems. When this occurs, there may be a need to re-do the endodontic procedure to save the tooth.
Root canal treatment fees
Wondering if Medisave can be used for this procedure?
Medisave does not apply to root canal treatment. However, should you require surgical procedures, this procedure may be covered.
For more details on Medisave coverage, please visit our Medisave Page.
|Consultation||$80 – 200|
|Root canal treatment||$1500 onwards per tooth|
|Core||$600 – 900 per tooth|
|Crown (if required)||$2,500 – 3,000 per tooth|
*All fees are subject to prevailing Singapore Goods and Services Tax.
*All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
The information provided above is of a general nature only as you would need to be examined by our dental specialists/ dentists in order to confirm the best treatment option for you. A more detailed estimate of the fees involved can be confirmed after the initial consultation.
Meet our endodontist, Dr Irene Sim
Dr Irene Sim is an Endodontist with Specialist Dental Group®. She received her specialty training in Endodontics from the National University of Singapore. Dr Sim has a special interest in dental traumatology, revascularisation, apexification, non-vital bleaching & cracked teeth management.
Other than our resident Endodontist (root canal treatment specialist), Dr Irene Sim, we have a team of dental specialists that carry out root canal treatment as well.
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