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Root canal treatment is a common procedure that many people undergo to save their natural teeth. It can happen for various reasons, such as a cavity, trauma to the tooth, or deep decay. A root canal treatment is necessary when pulp inflammation is inside the tooth. If left untreated, the pulp infection can spread and cause serious health problems. This post will discuss root canal treatment, how it is performed, what to expect, and the benefits of a root canal procedure!

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What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment procedure involves removing dead infected pulp tissue from the inside of a tooth. The dental pulp comprises nerves, connective tissues and blood vessels. It is necessary when the pulp inside the tooth has become infected or dead due to various causes. These can include deep decay, trauma to the tooth, or repeated dental procedures on the same tooth. Some underlying health conditions and medications can also increase your risk of needing root canal treatment.

The common signs and symptoms of tooth decay and infection that may require a root canal procedure include severe pain, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, swelling, tenderness in the gums and jaw, a foul taste in the mouth, pus coming from the infected area, and discolouration of the affected tooth.
During root canal treatment, the dentist will open the top of the tooth pulp to access the inner pulp chamber where the dental pulp resides. Once this has been done, the dentist will remove the infected pulp tissue, clean out the area and then put a permanent filling in it with a special material to seal off any remaining bacteria.

How do I know if I need a Root Canal Treatment?

You must visit your dentist immediately for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan if you need a root canal treatment. There will be a recommendation for root canal treatment if an inflamed or infected pulp is due to tooth decay, trauma, gum disease or other causes. Symptoms include:

  • Severe toothache that persists for days

  • Tooth sensitivity to sweets and hot or cold food

  • Swelling in the gums near the aching tooth

  • A tender or swollen gums near the aching tooth

  • Affected tooth discolouration

  • Bad breath or taste in the mouth

  • Pain while biting or chewing food

  • Chipped or cracked tooth

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment procedure

Root canal treatment offers many benefits. The benefits of undergoing a root canal treatment procedures include:

  1. Relief from pain and discomfort.

  2. Preserving the tooth and restoring its strength, allowing it to remain functional and healthy.

  3. Preventing the spread of infection that could affect other teeth or even organs in your body.

  4. Improving your oral health and eliminating the need for future, expensive treatments.

  5. Protecting adjacent natural teeth from the strain caused by missing or damaged teeth.

  6. Enhancing your smile and restoring a natural-looking appearance.

  7. Helping you maintain your overall health and well-being.

Root canal treatment can also help to save money in the long run. It can help to preserve a damaged tooth that would otherwise be extracted and replaced with an artificial one. Extracting a damaged tooth and replacing it with an artificial one can be costly than treating the underlying problem with root canal treatment. As a result, root canal treatment can often provide significant savings compared to other treatments for damaged or badly decayed teeth. By helping to prevent further damage or infection, root canal treatment may reduce the need for additional dental procedures that may be required if a condition is left untreated. Finally, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and health, ensuring that the teeth remain healthy for many years.

What to Expect During a Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal treatment is a procedure that involves cleaning out the infected pulp tissue from within the tooth and then filling and sealing it to prevent further damage. When you undergo root canal treatment, it usually requires single or multiple visits. During the initial visit, your dentist will assess the situation and provide consultation and examination. Your dentist will thoroughly analyse the affected area, taking X-rays to determine the extent of damage and decay. During this stage, you will likely discuss any concerns or questions about the root canal treatment.

When preparing for the procedure, your dentist will numb the area of treatment and make a small hole in your tooth to gain access to the infected root canal system. The root canal space is cleaned using tiny instruments, and remove any infected pulp tissue. Afterwards, the space is filled with a special permanent filling material called gutta-percha. Finally, the opening in your tooth may be sealed with a dental crown or temporary filling material.

Aftercare and Recovery

Root canal treatment typically causes minimal discomfort, and your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to minimise pain. After the procedure, some mild soreness in the treated area may occur, but this should subside after a few days with over-the-counter painkillers.

Here are some post-treatment instructions for optimal healing after a root canal:

  • Refrain from drinking or eating for at least 4 hours following the procedure.

  • Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until it has healed and been restored with a dental crown, root canal filling, or other restoration.

  • Maintain good oral hygiene habits by brushing and flossing regularly, using an antiseptic mouthwash, and scheduling regular check-ups with your dentist.

  • Avoid eating hard or chewy foods for several days.

  • Refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

  • Take any medication prescribed antibiotics as directed.

It is important to have a follow-up appointment with your dentist for regular check-ups and exams to ensure your tooth has healed properly. Your dentist may recommend x-rays to monitor healing and ensure the root canal is successful. Additionally, it is important to continue practising optimal oral hygiene habits, like brushing twice daily and flossing regularly. It is also important to attend regular dental exams and cleanings. It will help keep your oral health in top condition and reduce the risk of future infection or decay.

Why Casa Dental?

Casa Dental provides a range of dental treatments focusing on progressive dental services to local and expatriate patients from young to old. It comprises a team of dedicated and experienced dental professionals that provide patients with optimal dental health and a beautiful smile.

Casa Dental addresses dental health concerns by providing services for customer satisfaction. The treatments, flexible payment, and branches throughout Singapore for accessibility help you achieve a natural, healthier and brighter smile.

Root Canal Treatment FAQs

How many years does a root canal last?

The longevity of a root canal depends on the individual and their oral hygiene habits. Generally, a successful root canal can last up to 15 years or higher with proper care. It includes brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once daily, and having regular dental check-ups. Additionally, avoiding chewing hard or sticky foods is important as they can put extra strain on the tooth. If you are diligent about your oral care, a root canal can continue to protect and preserve your natural tooth for many years to come.

However, due to normal wear and tear, decay or other damage may still occur. If this happens, retreatment of the root canal may be necessary. Dental crowns may also be recommendable to strengthen the tooth and protect against future damage. Ultimately, following your dentist's recommendations and taking good care of your teeth can help you maintain the longevity of your root canal treatment for many years.

Do I need a crown after a root canal?

Dental crowns are usually necessary after a root canal to protect the remaining tooth structure and restore it to its original shape, size, and function. It may be optional when the existing natural tooth structure is strong enough to withstand normal biting and chewing forces. However, a lot of dentists recommend placing dental crowns after root canal therapy to ensure the tooth's longevity and prevent future damage or decay. The type of crown selected will depend on individual circumstances, such as the extent of damage and the tooth's location. Your dentist can discuss all your options to choose a material that suits your needs.

Can I use MediSave for root canal treatment?

Medisave cannot fund non-surgical root canal treatment according to MOH guidelines.

How much does root canal treatment cost?

The cost of root canal treatment ranges from $350-$900, depending on:
Complexity of case
Which tooth it is – anterior, premolar, or molar
Your dentist will advise you of the total cost at the time of assessment.

Can the treatment be subsidised under Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS)?

Yes, partial claim only.

There is subsidy from CHAS depending on which tier you belong to:

Blue Tier – Anterior 164, Premolar 210, Molar 256.50
Orange Tier – Anterior 109.50, Premolar 140.00, Molar 170.50
PG – Anterior 174, Premolar 220, Molar 266.5

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