Root canal treatment in Vietnam

What is a Root Canal?

“Root canal” describes the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber which contains the tooth’s nerve is the soft area within the root canal. When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber causing infection or even abscessed tooth and bone loss.

How to know you need a root canal treatment?

Root Canal Treatment (Endodontic Treatment) is needed when the pulp and the soft tissue inside your root canal inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection has multiple causes, you can either got a deep decay that has affected the root canal or you have a little crack, or chip, creating the chance for bacteria to get into the root canal.

Notice these symptoms so you know when to reach out to the dentist are:

  • Severe pain if chewing or biting
  • Pimples appearing on gum
  • The tooth is chipped or cracked
  • The tooth is sensitive to hot and cold, even after removing the sensation
  • Gums are swollen and tender
  • Deep decay / Gum darkening

What Happens During a Root Canal treatment in Vietnam?

When you choose a Root canal treatment package in a dental clinic in Vietnam, the procedure may contain two or more appointments. It depends on your tooth situation and the severity of the infection.

1st appointment:

The first appointment is for examination and consultation. You will go through the dental x-ray to see the root canals’ shape and determine if there are any signs of infection in a surrounding bone. If the problem is simple enough, all of the infected tissues should be removed in this session. Dentists will remove the pulp along with bacteria, the decayed nerve tissue, and related debris, and clean the canal with Sodium Hypochlorite. If medication might be put inside the root canal to prevent infection, you might wait for several days to two weeks for your tooth to heal.

2nd appointment:

At the next appointment, the dentist fills the interior space of the root canal with gutta-percha and the exterior access hole with filling. Further restoration might be needed if the access hole is too large which weakens the tooth structure. A dental crown is commonly used to protect the tooth. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth to make a prosthesis or dental filling. That might take one more appointment to finish the prosthesis.

How Successful Are Root Canals?

Root canal treatment is highly successful; the procedure has more than a 95% success rate. Many teeth fixed with a root canal can last a lifetime.

Recovering from root canal treatment

What Should One Expect After the Root Canal?

It is normal to feel some tenderness in the root canal area over the next few days as your body undergoes the natural healing process. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open for an extended period of time. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medications.

How do you care for your tooth afterward?

Your root canal tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, contact our office immediately.

  • Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until a permanent crown restores it.
  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would do.
  • If dentists use temporary filling material to restore the opening in your tooth, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, contact our office.

Contact our office right away if you develop any of the following:

  • Visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth
  • Allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction)
  • Return of original symptoms
  • Significant pain
  • The bite feels high or uneven

Complications of a Root Canal

Side effects of root canal treatment

Despite your dentist’s best efforts to clean and seal a tooth, new infections might emerge after a root canal. Among the likely reasons for this include:

  • More than the normally anticipated number of root canals in a tooth (leaving one of them uncleaned)
  • An undetected crack in the root of a tooth
  • A defective or inadequate dental restoration that has allowed bacteria to get past the restoration into the inner aspects of the tooth and recontaminate the area
  • A breakdown of the inner sealing material over time, allowing bacteria to recontaminate the inner aspects of the tooth

Retreating a root canal with infection

Sometimes retreatment can be successful, other times dentists perform endodontic surgery in order to save the tooth. The most common endodontic surgical procedure is an apicoectomy or root-end resection. This procedure relieves the inflammation or infection in the bony area around the end of your tooth that continues after endodontic treatment. In this procedure, the dentist will open your gum tissue, remove the infected tissue, and sometimes remove the very end of the root. In the end, they might place a small filling to seal the root canal.

Root Canal Treatment Packages in Vietnam

What is the cost of root canal treatment in Vietnam?

The cost of a root canal treatment in Vietnam varies from $43 to $125 depending on the position of the treated tooth and the severity of the infection. In Australia, root canal treatment costs $600 for a tooth with single canal, and costs up to $1,800 for a tooth with multiple canals, making it a saving of 90% getting root canal treatment in Vietnam. 

The quote of root canal in Vietnam does not include the medicine, x-ray, and is not applied for unconventional cases, such as abscess removal or wisdom tooth canal treatment. There are no extra charges for service, sterilization, instruments.

If your tooth needs restoration, the cost of a dental crown in Vietnam varies from US $52 (Chrome-Cobalt crown) to $647 (4S cosmetic porcelain crown). Depending on your situation, the dentist will recommend the appropriate crown for you. Take a quick look of the root canal treatment cost breakdown in a top-quality dental clinic in Vietnam, in which a dental crown is used to protect the tooth after root canal procedure:

DescriptionCost (VND)Cost (AUD)
Digital Xray (if necessary)300.000$19
Root canal treatment2.000.000$125
Dental crown (Emax ceramic crown – if necessary)6.000.000$374

Check out some root canal treatment dental travel packages.

Warranty of the dental crown

The duration of the warranty could last from 5 to 20 years, depending on the package of root canal treatment and the type and brand of crown you choose. The warranty conditions might include the terms that Porcelain teeth are cracked, broken, dropped or deformed naturally (not due to external forces such as falls, playing sports, biting tough, hard food …). 

Payment methods

Payment could be done by cash, bank transfer, credit card or Paypal, Transferwise, Western Union.

Dental insurance claims

If you plan to claim insurances, please do kindly inform our front line counter staff for a receipt, medical certificate or treatment expense report. 

If your insurance company requires specific forms to be filled in, please do kindly hand them in advance to our front line counter staff in allowing sufficient timings for processing of the forms.

For overseas insurance claims, you are able to check with your insurance companies on specific forms required. Teeth numbering systems for the USA and Europe differ and procedure coding may differ. If your insurance company requires treatment details, please kindly inform us in advance.

Alternatives to a Root Canal Treatment

The alternative to a root canal procedure is having a tooth extraction and replace the space with a prosthesis such as:

  • Bridge, 
  • Implant, or 
  • Acrylic partial denture

to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. 

Nonetheless, these alternatives not only are more expensive than a root canal procedure but require more treatment time and additional procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues. Moreover, these treatments require the removal of your natural teeth and are the last option you should think of when your tooth can not be cured. 

Top 10 Vietnamese dental clinics specialized in root canal treatment

Elite Dental Vietnam

Hochiminh, Vietnam

I-dent Dental Clinic

Hochiminh, Vietnam

Paris Dental Clinic

Hanoi, Danang, Hochiminh

Nhan Tam Dental Clinic

Hochiminh, Vietnam

Starlight Dental Clinic

Hochiminh, Vietnam

Home Dental Clinic

Hanoi, Vietnam

Rose Dental Clinic

Hochiminh, Vietnam

Platinum Dental Group

Hochiminh, Vietnam