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How Long Does a Root Canal Treatment Typically Take?

February 29, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — jupiter @ 10:03 pm
A woman thinking about her root canal in Jupiter.

If you are experiencing significant discomfort in your tooth, there’s a possibility that you may need to have a root canal in Jupiter performed. Don’t worry! Root canals have largely become much easier and more comfortable to complete, but it’s understandable if you have questions. For example, you might be wondering how long treatment takes and what the process entails. To learn exactly what goes down and how advancements in dentistry make the procedure more convenient, keep reading!

How Long Does Treatment Actually Take?

Traditionally, most root canal treatments only take one appointment to complete. While this can vary depending on the number of teeth that need care, advancements in technology make it much easier for dentists to perform restorative treatments like these quickly (and virtually pain-free!)

The visit itself may take between 30 and 60 minutes, but more complex cases may take up to 90 minutes or longer. If you need additional help staying calm during treatment, ask the dentist if they offer sedation dentistry.

What Does the Root Canal Process Entail?

Despite what many people might think, root canal therapy is actually a relatively straightforward procedure. The goal is to not only remove pain associated with an oral infection, but also make sure the inner area of the tooth does not become infected again later. The dentist will perform X-rays of your mouth to confirm the location of the infection and begin planning treatment.

After numbing the tooth and surrounding tissue with local anesthetic, a small access hole is created in the top portion of the tooth (the crown) so the dentist can reach the inner area of the tooth where the infection lies. Then, the infected tissue and bacteria are removed and the canal is irrigated. Next, gutta percha is added to the canal in order to replace damaged tissue and prevent future infections. Finally, the tooth is sealed with a dental crown to ensure no bacteria can access the inner area moving forward.

How CEREC Makes the Process Even Easier

In some dental offices, same-day crown technology is offered, making the root canal process even easier to complete. One of the most popular technologies is CEREC, which stands for chairside economical restorations of esthetic ceramics. With it, dentists can not only capture a detailed digital impression of your tooth, but then use that impression to create a permanent crown that is placed the same day as your root canal therapy.

When a permanent crown can be made the same day, that means there’s no need to wear a temporary crown for weeks on end as you wait for a final crown to be fabricated and placed. This also cuts the amount of dental appointments you’d need to make in half (not including the follow-up appointment.)

Root canal therapy doesn’t have to be difficult when you have the right team performing your care. Schedule an appointment with a dentist today to stop your dental discomfort and protect your oral health!

About Jupiter Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry

Not only do Dr. Shane Vaughn and Dr. Amiee Vaughn perform root canal therapies in their office, but they make use of CEREC technology to restore damaged teeth! This minimizes the number of appointments necessary to complete your care, making the overall process even more convenient. To learn more about treatment or schedule an appointment, you can contact them through their website.

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