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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 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.

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 Treatment?

You may need a Root Canal Treatment in Singapore if you are experiencing:
  • Pain in your tooth. The pain associated with the inflammation of the pulp tissue might be severe and continuous, and this may affect your day to day activities.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food items. This could render consuming certain food products (E.g Ice-Cream, Hot Coffee) difficult.
  • Tooth discolouration. This could lead to a drop in self-esteem and affect your quality if life as a result. 
  • Swollen gums. The pain from the swelling of gums could be intense than the pain from the affected tooth.
  • Loose or moving teeth. The affected tooth may fall out if treatment is not sought in time due to the infection.

Do I Need A Root Canal Treatment?


What Does Root Canal Treatment 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 2: Root Canal Procedure
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 to the pulp of your tooth is gained, and its root canal are shaped and cleaned. 

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 exactly 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(also known as an inlay 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.
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.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment 

  • Saves your tooth from extraction. This is always the best possible option that your dentist would advise upon.
  • Gets rid of pain. From inflammation in the pulp of the tooth.
  • Reduces infection rate in the mouth. A Root Canal Treatment will help reduce the risks of infection in your mouth as any abscess is removed.
  • Visually appealing result. A Root Canal Treatment would allow you to smile comfortably and confidently.
  • Efficient and cost-effective. Rather than having to replace your natural teeth from an extraction surgery, this would solve your problems in the long run.

Risks of Root Canal Treatment

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.
  • Root canal perforations.
  • Inability to gain access to the full length of a root canal.



Cost Of Root Canal Treatment In Singapore


Cost Of Root Canal Treatment In Singapore

Root Canal Treatment Cost

The price varies according to the unique treatment prescribed to each individual patient. For example, if a root canal treatment is require for more than one root, the cost would go up as well. However, saving the tooth with a Root Canal treatment is relatively cost-efficient in the long run. 


A Root Canal Treatment procedure in Singapore's price ranges from S$500 - S$1700. However, the price may or may not include the crowning of the tooth and consultation charges. Average consultation prices of dental services in Singapore ranges from S$75- S$200. 

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

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Root Canal Treatment FAQs

Is a Root Canal Treatment procedure painful?


  • The entire procedure will be done under local anaesthesia, so it will not be painful than getting your tooth filled or a wisdom tooth surgery. However, the affected area may cause discomfort and be slightly sore post-surgery but it goes away after a few days. 

  • If the pain persists, please consult our doctor immediately. You can reach us at +65 9839 7363.

    Can I go about my day to day activities after a Root Canal Treatment? 

  • Most patients are able to return to school or work the next day following a Root Canal Treatment. However, it is advised against eating immediately post-surgery as there may be numbness in the affected area. 

What are the side effects of a Root Canal Treatment?

  • The side effects of a Root Canal Treatment differs with each individual. Some people may experience pain or a slight soreness post-surgery, and some people may experience little to no pain at all. This also applies to certain patients experiencing a measured amount of sensitivity associated to cold or heat when consuming food or beverages. 

What is the aftercare for a Root Canal Treatment? 


  • As a Root Canal Treatment is considered a restorative procedure, the after-care is deemed crucial to experience lasting effects. After your procedure, your dentist will send you home with pain-killers to counter the soreness you may feel when the anaesthesia wears off. It is also strongly advised against the consumption of food until the numbness wears off. Brushing and flossing daily is encouraged to keep the area clean and this in turn would prevent infection. Upon completing any follow-up appointments for the Root Canal Treatment, you may be required to return to the dentist for a final crown to fully restore the tooth. A properly treated and restored tooth can last as long as your natural teeth. 

Can a Root Canal Treatment be unsuccessful? 


  • A Root Canal Treatment has a 90% success rate of fully restoring your tooth. However. failure to fully restore your tooth can occur if there is a loose crown, tooth fracture or decay. Undetected canal branches or an obstruction that causes the cleaning difficulties may also cause a Root Canal Procedure to fail. Should your Root Canal Treatment be unsuccessful, explore options with Nuffield's panel of experienced dentists for possible solutions. 


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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 comfortable, accessible and seamless.

Root Canal Treatment

Our dentists have been accredited in root canal and oral surgery for 20+ years. We have accredited dental providers who are skilled in the area of dental implant surgery.


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