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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is an endodontic treatment done to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and protect the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. Root canal treatments in Singapore happens more commonly than one might think.


This usually happens if you have a change in the tooth structure like a cracked tooth from injury or genetics, tooth decay, a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filling.

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What is a Root Canal?


What is a Root Canal?

During this dental procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a sterile rubber filling in its place in your root canal to prevent pain and infection.


Inside your tooth, under the white enamel and dentin, is a pulp tissue. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully-developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.


The pulp, or soft tissues in your natural tooth, is made up of nerves and blood vessels. It can become irreversibly diseased from deep decay or injury. This can often cause severe pain and lead to infection if untreated.

Do I Need a Root Canal?

You may need a root canal treatment in Singapore if you are experiencing:
  • Pain in your tooth, especially when eating;
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food items;
  • Tooth discolouration;
  • Swollen gums;
  • Loose or moving teeth.

Do I Need a Root Canal?


What Does the Procedure Involve?

Stage 1: Consultation

  • Assessment of Condition

Your dentist will perform an X-ray of your tooth root, as well as a pulp vitality test. This is to determine if you indeed require a root canal treatment, and how extensive the procedure will be based on the severity of your condition. 

Stage 3: Post-Operative Care 

It is normal to feel soreness and tenderness around your jaw area following your root canal surgery.  Patients usually take a few days to recover, and in rare cases, 2-3 weeks.


A follow-up appointment to assess recovery will be arranged with your dentist. 

Stage 2: Root Canal Procedure

  • Anaesthesia

Before commencing your root canal treatment, the tooth will be numbed completely with a local anaesthetic, ensuring that you do not feel any pain during the whole procedure.


You may also be placed under prior sedation or general anaesthesia depending on the individualised treatment plan agreed upon. 

  • Tooth Isolation
The specific tooth will then be isolated from the rest of your mouth with a soft, stretchable sheet. This is to protect your mouth from the fine instruments and chemicals we use during the procedure and to increase the success of your root canal treatment.

  • Access
Access to the pulp of your tooth is gained, and its root canal are shaped and cleaned. 

  • Dressing
Depending on your initial symptoms, condition of your pulp, and complexity of the root canal treatment, your root canal may be dressed with a temporary filling and left to settle for 1-2 weeks before proceeding to place the final root canal filling. 

  • Root Canal Filling
Once we ensure that your tooth is symptom-free and ready, we will then place a permanent root canal filling to seal your root canal. An X-ray is usually taken to ensure that the root canal filling is accurately positioned in the root canal before it is sealed in. 

  • Filling, Onlay, or Crown
Thereafter, a well-sealed restoration in the form of a filling, onlay, or crown should be placed over the tooth as soon as possible. This will help to increase the success rates of the root canal treatment.

What Are the Risks Involved?

Root canal treatments are commonly performed and are generally safe. However, due to the delicate nature of the procedure, there are some risks involved. These include:
  • Possible separation of fine instruments within the root canal, which may need to be left;
  • Root canal perforations;
  • Inability to gain access to the full length of a root canal.

These complications may or may not reduce the success rate of the root canal treatment. Your dentist will discuss your individual risk fully with you during your initial consultation. 

What Are the Risks Involved?

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Why Choose Nuffield Dental?

Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre in Singapore. At Nuffield, we put you first. We believe in providing personalised service for each patient.

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Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre. Here at Nuffield Dental, we pride ourselves of our personalised oral care for each and every one of our patients. We need to make sure you get all the help you need to make your dental procedures more comfortable, accessible and seamless.

Root Canal Treatment

Our dentists have specialised in root canal and oral surgery for more than 20 years. We have accredited dental specialists who are skilled in the area of dental implant surgery.

Root Canal Treatment Costs in Singapore?

Please call one of our Nuffield Dental clinics in Singapore for pricing details.

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