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Root Canal Treatment: Stopping Your Pain Today

What is Root Canal Treatment (RCT)?

Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is a dental procedure used to treat infected or damaged pulp of a tooth. The pulp is the innermost part of the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues. When this becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause severe pain and discomfort. RCT aims to remove the inflammation, relieve pain and set the stage for restoring the tooth to its functional state.

Root Canal Treatment

Why is Root Canal Treatment needed?

Root canal treatment (RCT) becomes necessary when the tooth’s pulp becomes infected or inflamed due to various factors like deep decay, trauma, or cracks. If left untreated, the infection can spread to surrounding tissues, leading to abscesses, bone loss, and even regional infections. In such cases, RCT nips the problem at the bud within the tooth.

How is Root Canal Treatment performed?

RCT is a multi-step procedure that involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canals, and filling them with a material to prevent future infections. The procedure is typically done under local anaesthesia to ensure minimal discomfort. After cleaning and shaping the canals, they are filled and sealed. Once RCT is completed, the tooth may now be restored with a crown if required.

What are the benefits of RCT?

Pain relief

One of the main benefits of RCT is that it effectively relieves severe pain caused by an infected or inflamed tooth pulp.

Alternative to extraction

Some patients may be medically compromised or be on medications that do not allow them to undergo extractions or implant placement. In others, there may be insufficient bone to support any meaningful replacement after an extraction. In such cases, RCT may be the best option to manage a tooth causing discomfort. 

Signs and Symptoms That Indicate the Need for Root Canal Treatment

Here are some common signs and symptoms that indicate the need for root canal treatment:

  • Severe toothache, especially when biting or applying pressure.
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that lingers even after the stimulus is removed.
  • Swelling and tenderness in the gums near the affected tooth.
  • Discoloration of the tooth.


If you encounter any of these symptoms, an early diagnosis can offer a higher chance of success if root canal treatment is indicated.

Testimonials From Our Patients

  • Avatar Kris Kang ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    I stopped smoking recently and decided to get rid of the unsightly tobacco stains on my teeth.
    My search on social media led me to Toothsmith and the positive reviews I saw helped me decide to go with them.
    To be honest, I am not a big
    … More fan of visiting the dentist. Imagine my huge relief when Dr Shaun put me at ease almost immediately. He was calm, patient and thorough during the process. I am 100% satisfied with the results and will continue with Toothsmith for all my dental needs.
  • Avatar Raman Kaushik ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Highly impressed by Dr. consultation. Doctor was very patient, understanding and took time to explain things and possible conditions. I just had some pain near my wisdom tooth and thought I might have to get it extracted, however Doctor … More explained that it is not a wisdom tooth pain and I Dont need a surgery. His explanation just made a lot of sense and it came as a surprise because the other Dentist outlets pushed me to have a surgery when it is not even needed.Appreciate the honesty and transparency by the Doctor. Kudos to you.
  • Avatar JSherman ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Wonderful and extremely pleasant experience with Dr Shaun and his very friendly and professional staff! I had a filling replaced and Dr Shaun was both attentive and meticulous. He even took the trouble and effort to explain the possible … More future repercussion of the replacement filling due to its position. Thank you once again to Dr Shaun and his staff! 🙂
  • Avatar Ah Kun ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    My wife and I have this running joke every since she asked me the following question on my appointment day:-Her: wa why you ironing your shirt? (ie. why dress so nice)Me: coz I'm seeing Dr Shaun today 😊-----------------Her: wa new … More jeans ah?Me: coz going to see Dr Shaun ☺️-----------------All jokes aside. Thanks dr shaun. Very good technical skills. Altho I shifted house but still coming back on regular basis to this outlet.
  • Avatar Mae Nova ★★★★★ a year ago
    Absolutely amazing dentists and service
  • Avatar Larry Tan ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Just had a scaling/cleaning session done yesterday by Dr Shaun and I must say he is hands down one of the best dentist I've met in so many years of dental experience. He was patient, clear and precise in his explanations of what he … More was doing and also his recommendations of what I needed done in future. I was due for another session today but unfortunately something came up and couldn't make the appointment but I will definitely be back here for my next treatment. Thank you for your professionalism Doctor!
  • Avatar Joel Low ★★★★★ a year ago
    Moved houses a year back but have been returning nonetheless for my regular cleaning.
    Friendly staff, professional demeanor, not pushy with their treatments.
    Only issue can be a slight wait time even with appointment (esp if your appointment
    … More is at the end of the day and patients in the day snowball).
    Give it a try! (or not because my wait time will get longer 😂)
  • Avatar Yew Yong ★★★★★ a year ago
    Have been frequenting Toothsmith for the past 3 years and they have been exceptional with service and professionalism. I just had my Wisdom Tooth Extraction done and it was a pretty seamless, painless experience. Thank you and keep up the … More great service!
  • Avatar Seet Matthew ★★★★★ a year ago
    Decided to visit the clinic for scaling and polishing based on the reviews I've seen, and managed to convince my elderly mum who hasn't been to the dentist for years to do the same.
    We were attended to by the same dentist, Dr.
    … More Shaun Ng Rui, who was extremely professional and friendly. Despite knowing that we were on CHAS subsidies, the personnel at the clinic showed zero prejudice towards us. Dr. Shaun was even kind enough to offer my mum some discounts as she was very reluctant to spend money on certain procedures.
    After returning home, my mum experienced severe pain due to the misunderstanding of some instructions, as well as her reluctance to extract a second tooth (which Dr. Shaun had earlier advised her to extract). We returned to the clinic at about 9pm, and again, she was served by Dr. Shaun and the staff with the same courteous and friendly demeanor (even though they were about to close). Dr. Shaun and his assistant then very patiently explained to my mum and me the reasons why she was experiencing pain. Although not obligated to do so, Dr. Shaun, upon sensing my mum's reluctance to extract the infected tooth, made the decision to extract the tooth and prescribe stronger painkillers for free.
    Then, almost an hour after we returned home, the clinic once again called to advise us regarding the use of the medication.
    All in all, it was a superb experience and I have no regrets taking my mum and myself there for dental care. Would highly recommend it to everyone! Thank you Dr. Shaun and team!
  • Avatar Luke Hewitt ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I will recommend this place for wisdom teeth removal. The doctor is skilful and gentle. Clinic feels clean and modern too.
  • Avatar Md Abdul Halim ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Good time management. Waiting time was brief and treatment was done efficiently.
  • Avatar Danica Kohl ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    The staff are friendly and polite. A happy clinic to visit each time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Modern root canal treatment is relatively painless. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area, ensuring you don’t feel pain during the procedure. After the surgery, some mild discomfort can be expected, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

The duration of a root canal treatment surgery varies based on the complexity of the case. On average, the procedure can take 1 to 2 hours. However, more complex cases might require additional visits for completion.

Yes, alternatives include tooth extraction and replacement.

Yes, you can typically resume normal activities right after the procedure. However, it’s advisable to avoid chewing on the treated tooth until it’s fully restored.

Stop The Pain Today With Root Canal Treatment

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