Going to the dentist can be a hassle even if you’re not someone who finds it very uncomfortable. If you have to take off work, hire a babysitter, or squeeze an appointment between other appointments, it can be difficult to manage. That gets even worse if you’re someone who dislikes the dentist. Knowing what you’re getting into can help you plan ahead; it can also reduce anxiety because you know what to expect. Here are some general time allowances for a few of the more common procedures that patients tend to worry about.
When it comes to routine procedures at the dentist, most of them take less than an hour. That doesn’t include wait times; the amount of time you have to wait will depend on your dentist office and the time of day. Our Meridian dental office prides itself on keeping wait times to a minimum!
A standard teeth cleaning often involves an x-ray, examining the teeth and gums, reviewing prior dental history and finally the actual cleaning itself. All of that takes about forty-five minutes to one hour. A teeth whitening procedure will generally take about the same amount of time. In many cases, the teeth have to be cleaned before the whitening procedure; so, you should be aware of that. A standard teeth whitening will get your teeth several shades whiter in about an hour. If they use a laser to speed up the whitening process, it could be done even faster. Again, these are just general guidelines.
A root canal procedure is the dreaded procedure at any dentist, but it’s not actually that bad. Also, it only takes about ninety minutes or so. However, some teeth have multiple roots. If the tooth has multiple roots, it could take ninety minutes per root. You may have to come back for multiple appointments depending on the situation.
Dental implants generally only take about an hour to ninety minutes to complete; however, it may require multiple appointments. There is a lot of work to be done preparing the bone, the implant, etc. Be sure to ask your dental implant provider for specific timelines during your initial appointment.