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Although you may be dreading your root canal treatment, the good news is that the treatment is not as painful as most people assume. Did you know that it’s the infection that causes the pain and not the procedure itself?
The treatment works to get rid of pain and preserve the integrity of your tooth. Dentists at Vita Dental Spring are skilled and well equipped to complete the procedure within the shortest time possible and get your mouth back to normal.
Knowing the Basics of a Root Canal
Poor oral hygiene, chipped, or broken tooth can cause bacteria to accumulate in the mouth or erode the tooth enamel. If the bacteria go unaddressed, the tooth starts to decay, and with time, the infection deepens until it reaches the tooth roots and causes pain.
What starts as a small cavity can quickly rise to become a significant oral health risk that requires a root canal.
How Long Will The Root Canal Procedure Take?
In regards to how long the treatment will take, there are several factors involved. The type of tooth and location can have a more significant impact on the amount of time required to complete the process. You may be wondering why this is so.
For instance, teeth like incisors, canines (eyeteeth, cuspids) and premolars (bicuspids) have single canals, and it could take about thirty minutes to complete the whole process. On the other hand, teeth having multiple roots such as the molars and some premolars could take about an hour or more. It is because; these teeth require ample time to remove the blood supply along the tooth’s nerve.
The type of technology applied during the root canal can determine the time spent at the dentist’s office. For example, modern and advanced treatment options such as laser root canal are faster and effective at eliminating bacteria and infections.
Your comfort and well-being is our priority at Vita Dental Spring. That is why our dentist uses local anesthesiato numb the area around the affected tooth before commencing on the treatment. You will only feel minor physical sensations that subside in a matter of seconds.
Using a drill, as well as other highly sterilized dental tools, the dentist proceed to remove the infected tooth pulp. Next, he/she fills in the inner portion of the tooth with a temporary filling. The process does not end here as more time will be required to install a crown that will protect the tooth as much as possible. A dental crown is essential at this point since the affected tooth is not able to access blood supply. Inadequate blood supply can cause the tooth to become brittle and crack.
Will You Need A Second Appointment?
A root canal is necessary to avoid having to surgically remove the teeth. At Vita Dental Spring, a root canal will be performed in the dentist’s treatment room and is likely to be a same-day procedure that will involve a minimal invasion.
Depending on an individual’s case, it may be possible that a second appointment is needed. If that’s the case, the first appointment will be to clean and shape the root canal system of the affected tooth. During the next appointment, the dentist will fill and seal the tooth.
Usually, the sessions are scheduled a week apart to eliminate the chances of potential infection outbreaks. It’s also an opportunity for your Vita Dental Spring dentist to monitor the progress of your tooth’s healing.
However, due to advancements in technology, it has now become possible to complete the whole process in a single sitting without compromising on the quality of service.
Can You Opt For Shorter Appointments?
If you prefer or need a comparatively shorter appointment for a root canal, you should understand that you will need to schedule more of them. Shorter sessions are beneficial for people who have TMJ (jaw joint) problems, pregnant women or people who cannot sit for an extended period.
Whatever choices you make, your overall treatment time can moderately increase because multiple visits are now involved.
There are also steps taken before your root canal appointment that can help ensure that you get to spend less time on the dentist’s chair.
- Taking prescribed oral antibiotics, a week before treatment can help control acute infections. The presence of disease can inhibit the effectiveness of a local anesthetic.
- Before the appointment for endodontic therapy, the dentist can “open” a tooth to create access through which pus from the infected tooth can vent. Once the infection has subsided, the dentist will close it by placing a temporary filling, days before the actual treatment.
Dentists recommend that dental work in expectant women should be carried out during the second trimester. However, emergency dental work like a root canal is necessary as soon as possible. Contact your dental care provider at Vita Dental Spring for a checkup and to learn more about root canals.
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