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:

Went to Dental designs for scaling & polishing and I could say the cleaning done by Kelly was painless and gentle! Receptionist was friendly and the service is awesome! Highly recommended!
Pee J.
14:23 29 Dec 21
Really love how much care and effort they take to ensure you are comfortable. And of course all the treatments done are pain free. Amazed by their expertise. Totally recommend.
Emmanuel D.
09:41 09 Dec 21
I was experiencing severe toothache and decided to go to Dental Designs as they were able to see me immediately. Greeted by such friendly staff at the front with an amazing watinig area. You will feel at ease once you're in.I was consulted by Dr. Phillip who was very patient and kind with me helping to understand the roots of my issues. (pun intended)I was later attended by Dr. Nicholas who helped me stay calm regardless of all the pain i was going through. He even turned on Netflix to keep me distracted while he proceeded to treat me. Amazing service and I'm truly grateful for the team that attended to me. I have found my new regular dental clinic and I would recommend anyone to visit them.
Raguram R.
03:28 08 Dec 21
Seen Dr Nicholas for my root canal treatment and he was really experience and friendly! Initially, I was referred from another clinic to seek help from a Enthodontist specialist in doing root canal, but the charges stopped me to visit the specialist. So I was surveying in Google and found Dental Designs. They had a lot of great reviews and i decided to give it a try.Oh wow! How lucky was I to find Dr Nicholas! He did a great job to finish the treatment of my difficult curvy root and i was able to save a fortune too!The clinic is so spacious and comfortable and I always find myself sleeping at their louge before the treatment. They also utilized a lot of advance dental technology and really opened my eyes! I loved the super advance microscope machine that Dr Nic used to attend my root canal treatment.Highly recommened! Thank you so much Dental Designs.
Xiuming C.
13:36 02 Dec 21
I have been going to Dental Designs for over two years and my experience has always been pleasant. Dr Tiffany helped me with my wisdom tooth extraction recently and the whole process was a lot quicker and painless than I expected. There’s a lot of care provided pre and post extraction, and Dr Tiffany was gentle and patient throughout which I am very grateful for. It is also very seamless coordinating everything with Dental Designs as the team is very responsive via WhatsApp. Thank you for providing such excellent service and care!
Ru Jih W.
08:45 02 Dec 21
My dental treatment with Dr Wong Jo Ann went so well. She is so gentle and there is no pain or discomfort at all. Even though it was just a simple scaling and maintenance, she went above and beyond. Her bedside manners are exceptional. The before and after pictures showed such a huge difference. A big thank you to Dr Wong Jo Ann and the team at dental designs for taking care of my teeth!
Mich C
07:32 23 Nov 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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