During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove the damage from your tooth’s roots and preserves its natural contents. If you notice the development of infection or inflammation in the pulp and surrounding your teeth, this is an alarm that you need to undergo a root canal treatment.
About 15 million root canal procedures occur in the US every year, proving that root canal is a very common procedure. Your dentist will remove the infected tissue and seal the area so new bacteria cannot enter in anymore.
Who Performs A Root Canal Procedure?
Your dentist or endodontist will perform your root canal procedure. Endodontists are specialists in the field of root canal treatment. But if the clinic you visit doesn’t have an endodontist, your dentist will be well equipped to make sure he/she can handle your root canal procedure.
What Takes Place During A Root Canal Procedure?
Here is what you should expect if you are going in for a root canal procedure.
- Your dentist will be using local anesthesia to numb the treatment area.
- Your dentist will use sterilized equipment and drill a small hole in your damaged tooth. He will then clean the damaged tissue and infection, rinse the area, and apply some antibiotic medicine on the wound.
- If you require a dental crown, you will need to do one more visit, and your dentist will fill the hole and complete the procedure before placing the crown.
During your follow up, the dentist will place the crown and end the procedure.
So How Long Does A Root Canal Procedure Take?
Be prepared to spend about 60 – 90 minutes in the dentist’s chair if you’re visiting for a root canal treatment. It is not just the treatment, but pre-procedure activities, anesthesia, etc., require several minutes.
- Molars: Your molars are at the back of your mouth and have up to four canals each. These are the most time-consuming when it comes to a root canal.
- Premolars: Premolars are behind the anterior teeth but before your molars. These have one or two roots. A root canal in premolars takes more time depending on your tooth anatomy.
- Canine and Incisors: Your front teeth are the incisors and canines. These help you tear and cut food as you chew and have only one root. This means that their procedure is the quickest but can still take about 45 minutes to an hour.