Root Canal Treatment

Why is root canal treatment necessary?

When the inside of the tooth becomes infected, it is necessary to remove the nerve or pulp contained within the inner part of the tooth in order to save the tooth and stop the infection from spreading.

Infection and inflammation in the middle of the tooth can occur because of decay that spreads through the tooth, a crack or chip, or after multiple dental procedures on that tooth. If the infection is left untreated, it often results in pain and can lead to the formation of an abscess or systemic spread of infection to other areas of the body.

Root Canal Treatment X Dental Designs Clinic

The Dental Designs Difference

Use of Magnification up to 15x

When we do dental treatement, we are working with very tiny objects. An average tooth is 7-15mm wide. The root canals in the tooth are about 0.1-0.4mm wide, comparable to the size of a pin head.

For such precision work, instead of using our normal vision, we use a specialised dental microscope that goes up to 15 times magnification. This allows us to work with more accuracy on the tiny root canals in the tooth.


Rotary Instruments – For more effective removal of infection

Traditionally, root canal treatment is performed using hand files, whereby the infected part of the root canal is removed by small picks. This takes a very long time, and has a greater chance of human error. At Dental Designs Clinic, we utilise rotary endodontic instruments from Germany and the USA that efficiently and effectively clean out the root canals. This also means less time in the dental chair.

Here’s what our patients feel about us:

I have been seeing Dr Nicholas as my dentist for a number of years, he has been most patient and meticulous. The experience of having him as my dentist is painless, joyful and most important, professional.
Don T.
07:43 13 Oct 21
It's by far the most professional dental care experience that I've had. Thanks Dr. Rares Ispas for the gentle, speedy and zero pain tooth extraction. 🙏😀
Paul Regin Ian C.
06:27 12 Oct 21
Would like to recommend Dr. Hani for her tooth extractions as her skills was excellent! it was without complications or infections. Dr. Hani minimizes pain and takes full precautions against virus/bacteria. Her Teeth Cleaning is also good and she was gentle as well.Additionally, the front desk lady was cheerful and polite. She was dedicated in her work. The way she enunciate on my dental appointment and handles my next follow-up was splendid. She was knowledgeable in her work and portrait very good standard of public relations. She makes patient really welcome and left me with an good experience with Dental Designs. Overall I am very pleased with my visit. It was pivotal in my view when I first enter the clinic to determine if my visit will be good, and I felt welcoming, this determine that dental designs have trained their staff well as they portray the image of the clinic at the front line.
Kaleny I.
07:01 11 Oct 21
Thanks heaps to Dr Philip!I am suffering from severe jaw pain and Dr Philip made the cleaning process painless for me with great patience ! His advice on pain management is greatly appreciate! Thanks once again!
Leong D.
02:53 09 Oct 21
My experience with Dr. Nicholas Ng at Dental Designs has been extremely positive. Have done extensive treatments with Dr. Ng from wisdom tooth extraction and surgery, a root canal and crown replacements. He is meticulous, careful, and answers all questions in detail, helping the patient be assured of the procedures and why they are needed. He takes care to walk you through his approach and treatment plan ahead of time to make sure you have clarity every step of the way. Additionally, he always makes an effort to ensure you are comfortable and that the treatment is painless. Would highly recommend him to anyone who is keen to know the ins-and-outs of their dental treatment, and looking for a pain-free experience.
Ketaki C.
06:04 06 Oct 21
My 4th time visit here, still it’s very great professional treatment by Dr Hani. First time extract my tooth also done by Dr Hani, didn’t feel pain at all, she is friendly and the Best Dentist so far I met.She makes me feel good and comfort.The staffs were friendly as well. Highly recommend this place for dental service.
bsheela B.
12:17 13 Sep 21
Superb service and highly recommended. Special mention to my doctor who attended me, dr. Rares, very professional, treat me so well, and never experienced any pain during the process 🤙🤙🤙 keep it up!!! Better look for him. Salute!!!
12:06 17 Aug 21
It was a great experience! Dr Tiffany and Ms Kelly have changed my view about dental visits being painful and scary. They are both very professional, personable and took great care of my teeth. The scaling/polishing service was also a smooth and absolutely painless process.
Judy L.
10:27 13 Aug 21
I had an overnight dental issue, and came across Dental Designs via Google search. Seeing the urgency, they kindly accommodated my last minute appt request.Dr. Phillip attended to me. Wow, this was the most conscientious and meticulous dental experience I’ve ever had. He and the team made sure I had a pain-free and comfortable experience while solving my issue perfectly.Highly recommend!
Nicholas T.
07:57 12 Aug 21
Went for my first Wisdom Teeth Surgery on 12 July. Before this, I had heard horror stories from my peers that they suffer from pain after the surgery, which makes me scare hahaha. But on that day, Dr Noah had made the whole session not as tension as I thought it would be like, he is funny and make the effort to prompt questions to you so that you can be more chillax. The pre and post procedure was explained super clearly also by Dr Noah so that you know what to expect and what to do or not to do. The whole procedure was not painful at all (THANKFULLY YAY). Just that you will feel a lot of pressure and the sounds from the drilling might make you scare a bit. But maybe can try to wear a noise cancellation sound ear buds if you think you cannot tahan the sounds. The next day after the surgery, I also did not feel any pain, just a bit sore at the surgery area that is about it. Medications and mouth rinse will be assigned to you as well. Now I am really looking forward to next wisdom teeth surgery for my right side with Dr Noah again. Cheers!
Angie Y.
05:25 13 Jul 21
Had dental appointment with Dr. Philip and it was the best dental treatment ever. Dr. Philip had a very though check of the overall condition of my teeth and suggested cleaning and filling. The teeth cleaning procedure is painless and the filling was done with extra care. No hard sell. Will definitely come back for my half yearly check up!
Surong M.
03:32 18 Jun 21
Been to many clinics and since I went here I never changed clinic and doctor. Doc Justin is the best! So patient and so skilled he really knows what he's doing. Their hyginiest Kelly is very good too, no pain everytime. Thumbs up services!
Maria B.
07:38 31 May 21
Visited Dr Rares for my pain tooth and I really lucky that I’ve met him and now my toothache has gone after rood kanal ? (sorry if i spell it wrong!) treatment with him. He is very experienced and caring, keep asking me if I were doing fine during the treatment, making me feel extra safe. Will stick to him in the future! The receptionist at Dental designs are all very friendly and caring as well, unlike other dental clinic which were kinda rude to me when i was just trying to find out their treatment charges etc... 🤷‍♀️Anyway, thank you Dr Rares and thank you Dental Designs!!100% will recommend to my friends to visit Dental Designs👍👍
Aaron C.
06:39 11 May 21
Pleasant experience with Dr Chong Wei Ling. So painless and enjoyable that I almost dozed off 👍
06:37 10 Mar 21
I had my wisdom tooth extraction here at Dental Designs - and for someone who hates the pain (and dental clinics in general) I did it flawlessly all thanks to Dr Rares who patiently made sure it was painless and quick. The process took less than 15 mins and was done seamlessly. For me, it’s going to be nowhere else but Dental Designs!
Raudah Y.
06:41 21 Jan 21
I'd just visited the clinic 2nd time today, first for scaling and this time for wisdom tooth extraction. All 4 in one go. I highly reccomend this clinic as the doctors and specialist are at their best as professionals and they take good care of you. My specialist Dr Noah knows his job very well and executed minor surgery as I was required to do for my 2 wisdom teeth, without pain and a smooth one at that. Dr Joann then took over for general extraction also with ease. I am very pleased and I was well taken care off.
13:28 04 Jan 21

What Happens During the Root Canal Treatment?

What happens during the root canal treatment?

After numbing the area, we access the pulp chamber and canals. The infected pulp is removed and the internal area is disinfected, including the canal(s) all the way to the root end(s). Each tooth can have different shapes and numbers of canals, and it takes time to locate and clean each canal individually. Medication is placed into the root canal system to target the infection within the root system. At the next appointment, we will fill those canals and the pulp chamber with an inert, biocompatible material, and seal it permanently with adhesive cement. The access hole will have a temporary filling to seal off the area after each visit, until the completion of the root canal procedure, where a permanent restoration such as a crown is normally required.

Why do I need to have a crown after my root canal treatment?

Usually when the tooth needs a root canal, it is already badly broken down and can already have internal cracks. Root canal treatment involves removing the pulp and infected tissues from the inside of your tooth and the roots, which makes the tooth more brittle and prone to fracture. In such cases, we do strongly recommend a crown to be done on completion of your root canal treatment as an unprotected tooth can break any time.


Frequently Asked Questions on Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal vs Tooth Extraction

A root canal treatment allows you to keep your original tooth and avoid extraction, so we will always try our best to help you to keep the tooth whenever possible.

In some cases, if the tooth is severely weakened, the tooth may not be able to withstand further treatment or has a poor chance of lasting many years even with treatment. In such cases, you may want to choose tooth extraction. You can replace the tooth with a dental prostheses which is permanently fixed and appears just like a natural tooth, such as bridges, implants. You can also choose a removable option like dentures.

I have no pain, do I still need root canal treatment?

A tooth may be infected but not causing any pain. This is because the body’s immune system has localised the infection. However, in many cases, the infection eventually worsens and starts to cause severe pain. This happens without any warning, and it is impossible to predict when the infection will cause pain. Therefore, if an infection is detected on your x-ray or by examining the tooth, it is always best to have the root canal treatment done before the situation gets worse.

I’m afraid of pain, Are root canal treatments painful?

 The root canal treatment is typically no more uncomfortable than having a normal filling. The local area will be numbed during the treatment, giving you a pain-free experience while the work is done. Sometimes, if the infection is severe, it may block the tooth from becoming fully numb. Any discomfort after the procedure can usually be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatories like Panadol or ibuprofen.

Is Root Canal Expensive? How much does root canal treatment cost?

Teeth in the front of the mouth have one root and generally one canal; back teeth have two or three roots and generally three or four canals. However, each individual tooth has a unique anatomy and can have different numbers of canals. Costs vary according to the number of root canals the tooth has and the difficulty involved in treating the tooth.

What other alternatives are there to root canal treatment?

We could remove the whole tooth, but it’s always better to try to save it — especially since root canal treatment is a highly predictable procedure and has a very high success rate (over 90%). Saving the tooth will prevent other issues due to having a missing tooth, such as bite problems from teeth shifting position, difficulty eating, and loss of jawbone volume and density.

If you are experiencing any pain or issues with your teeth, please contact us

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