I’m trying to find out how much dental work I can have done at one time? I already know I am in major need of many treatments. I have several cavities, seven root canals, I need a tooth shortened, and I want to get my teeth whitened. It would be really nice to get it all done in one visit. Any advice?
– Jess from Tennessee
Every dentist feels a bit differently about how much work they are comfortable performing at one time. You will need to pose your question to your specific dentist.
Generally speaking, a dentist that offers sedation dentistry would be willing to perform all of the types of procedures you are requesting. I’m sure you can find many good sedation dentists in your area online.
For teeth whitening, you probably don’t need a sedation dentist. A general dentist can most likely do that for you.
If you are not interested in sedation dentistry, then it’s really up to you. How comfortable are you in the chair? Do you get nervous for dental appointments? If you can handle it, a dentist may be willing to schedule a four-hour appointment. And if they are speedy, a lot of it will be taken care of.
The root canals can be completed in one appointment, if they are on your front teeth. If they are in the back and you feel strongly about getting them completed in as few appointments as possible, you may try a root canal specialist – called an endodontist. They can work much more quickly since that is their particular area of expertise. For comparison sake, it may take a general dentist up to two hours for a molar root canal and an endodontist may be able to get everything done in an hour.
I hope this information was helpful.
This post was provided by Lafayette dentist Theriot Family Dental Care.