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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment


Root canal treatment is concerned with repairing infected or badly-decayed tooth, by disinfecting the root canal and ensuring it is bacteria-free. For most, this treatment instills fear of tremendous pain and discomfort. However, one should know that the treatment itself is painless, and the source of pain is from the infection of the tooth itself. Local anaesthesia is usually applied to numb the surrounding area.

What exactly is a root canal?
Your teeth are no different from any other organs found in your body. They contain nerves and blood vessels, otherwise also known as the “pulp” at the centre of the tooth. The long canals within the tooth that encompasses the pulp are referred to as the root canals.

How is the treatment done?
The treatment consists of 2 stages:

Step 1: Cleaning and disinfecting of the canal (‘cleaning’ and ‘shaping’)
Step 2: Filling of canal with to prevent re-growth of bacteria (‘obturation’)

These 2 steps can be performed in a single or separate session, depending on  the condition of the tooth. After the treatment is completed, the tooth is restored to its original shape by sealing off the canal with a filling or crown.

Treatment Charges
Root Canal Treatment
$500 – $1285 (excludes Crown)
 
If you have any further questions regarding the treatment, please feel free to call 8684 1000 to speak to our patient care associate.Alternatively, you may fill in our online enquiry form here

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is root canal treatment for and is it painful?

Root canal treatment is concerned with repairing infected or badly-decayed tooth, by disinfecting the root canal and ensuring it is bacteria-free. For most, this treatment instills fear of tremendous pain and discomfort. However, one should know that the treatment itself is painless, and the source of pain is from the infection of the tooth itself. Local anaesthesia is usually applied to numb the surrounding area.

2. How long will the root canal treatment take?

Depending on the severity of the tooth, the duration of the treatment varies between 30 and 45 minutes.

3. Will I get an medical certificate (MC) for the root canal treatment?

If you would like to request for MC, kindly raise your concern to your treating doctor and he/she will assess your condition to see if you require medical leave.

Home Care Instructions for Root Canal Treatment

1. What are the side effects of anesthetic?

Before the procedure, you were given an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. This anesthetic typically leaves your lips, teeth and tongue feeling numb after the appointment. For this reason, you should avoid chewing for 2 hours following the surgery, or until the numbness has completely worn off. In some cases, you may also experience numbness on one side of the face, and it will take about 3 hours to regain your muscles control.

2. Must I complete the course of antibiotics medicine?

If you have been given a course of antibiotics to take after your treatment, please ensure that you complete the course.

3. How long will the pain or swelling last?

You may experience pain, swelling, or discomfort for several days, which can be treated with painkillers. There is also a risk of an infection following the treatment, which can be treated with antibiotics. Should the symptoms persist or worsen, please contact the clinic immediately. If the symptoms worsen on the second day with severe pain and fever occurring concurrently, please contact our clinic immediately.

4. What can I eat and should avoid doing after my root canal treatment?

Do not eat or drink anything for the first half an hour after your treatment. The temporary filling in your tooth takes about half an hour to harden.

Also, avoid chewing on the affected site until your tooth is being restored with a permanent restoration. Switching to a softer diet may be necessary but otherwise, you may eat what is comfortable on the opposite side.

5. My wound is still bleeding, do I need to see a dentist immediately?

It is common to have blood oozing from the surgical site for 1-2 days after surgery. Replace the gauze on the bleeding area as needed every 30-60 minutes and bite on the gauze firmly. Keeping your head elevated with pillows can also help to control bleeding. However, if bleeding continues or increases, please call our clinic immediately.

6. My tooth  and the area surrounding it feel tender to touch, is this normal after my root canal treatment?

Your tooth and surrounding gum tissue may be tender or sore for several days, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open for an extended period of time during the treatment.

7. Are there any special oral care instructions I should be aware of after my root canal treatment?

You may brush and floss your teeth as per usual, unless otherwise instructed by your dentist.

8. I have completed my root canal treatment, is the treatment considered done?

Now that your root canal treatment has been completed, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary filling. A definitive restoration (i.e crown) should be placed within 6 weeks after the completion of your root canal treatment. Any delay may cause the tooth to fracture or become reinfected.

9. A temporary filling was placed on my tooth after the root canal treatment, is there anything that I should be aware of?

A temporary filling has been placed in your tooth after the root canal treatment. It is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if the entire filling wears off, please contact our clinic immediately.