In some cases, root canal treatment may require multiple dental visits.
Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure that can go a long way in repairing damaged teeth and restoring one’s oral health. But how long does the process actually take? The exact duration of a root canal procedure can vary depending on the individual case, but typically it will take one or two appointments. Here we will provide an overview of the root canal process and what to expect from your appointment.
What is root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is a procedure in which the pulp of the tooth is removed. The pulp, which is located at the centre of the tooth, is comprised of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. When this part of the tooth becomes infected, injured, or inflamed, root canal therapy is often recommended in order to prevent further damage and alleviate uncomfortable symptoms.
The pulp of the tooth can be damaged by a number of factors, including untreated tooth decay; chips or cracks in the tooth; an injury that affects the pulp of the tooth; and multiple dental treatments performed on the same tooth, which can weaken the structure over time.
What are the symptoms of damaged pulp?
If the pulp of your tooth is infected or damaged in some way, you are likely to experience some pain in the affected tooth. You may also notice some swelling in your gums, or a visible spot on the gums.
If you experience any tooth pain or swelling of the gums, it is advisable that you see your dentist as soon as possible. They will locate the area of concern and take an x-ray in order to see the roots of the tooth and determine the location and extent of the decay.
How long does the process take?
The duration of your root canal treatment will depend on the location and severity of the damage, and each patient is different. The procedure can take anywhere between 90 minutes and three hours to complete, and in some cases two appointments are required.
The procedure itself is performed under anaesthetic so you won’t feel any discomfort. Your dentist will make an opening in the top of the affected tooth and carefully remove the damaged pulp. When all of the root canals have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, the tooth will be filled and sealed. Your dentist may place a temporary filling to prevent further damage.
If a second appointment is necessary, your temporary filling will be removed and your dentist will clean out your canals again. The tooth will then be sealed and a permanent filling will be placed. If your tooth needs to be strengthened, your dentist may recommend that a crown is placed for support.
If you need a root canal treatment and would like to know how long you can expect to be in your dentist’s chair, as well as how many appointments you will need, be sure to raise these questions at your initial consultation. Your dentist will give you an idea of how long your particular treatment will take based on the extent of the damage.
How can we help?
At Access Dental Care, we offer a range of restorative treatments, including root canal therapy. If you are suffering from persistent and/or severe tooth pain, it could be a sign that you need root canal therapy. We encourage you to come in and see us as soon as possible so that we can diagnose the issue and advise you on the best course of action. By performing root canal therapy, we are often able to save a decayed or damaged tooth from extraction and improve one’s overall oral health considerably.
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