Is a root Canal Needed? More Importantly How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

A visit to the dentist often clogs your mind with images of sitting in a wide chair with your mouth open the widest, a large light shining into your mouth and a gentleman skillfully digging into your teeth armed with steel sickles.

How long does a root canal treatment take?

  • Most often a root canal treatment can be done in about 1- 3 visits of about 1 to 2 hours each. But in case of certain complications listed below it may vary and take you longer than expected.
  • If you considered a visit to the dentist for a root canal treatment and upon diagnosis if your dentist only finds an inflammation around the affected tooth but no infection then he may prescribe some medication and wait to see if the damaged pulp heals by itself and then confirm the necessity for a clear cut root canal treatment.
  • A tooth can have one or more root canals depending on the type of tooth. If you’re considering a root canal for the front teeth which generally have one root canal it is relatively easier for the dentist to accomplish the task with one visit of an hour or maximum extending to two hours. If you take the case of the posterior teeth since they are relatively placed inside it often needs more time to look into it. The patient has to open his mouth wider for longer to enable examination and the procedure. And more over the back teeth generally have more than one root canal up to 5 or 6 making it slightly more complex and may call for about 2 or 3 visits.
  • In case of a severe infection or an advanced tooth anatomy also, your dentist may put you on some medication for the affected tooth first followed by multiple visits to complete the root canal procedure.
  • If you’re considering a root canal treatment for a simple front tooth your regular dentist may very well be able to relieve you within an hour’s time. In case of complexities if an endodontist (root canal specialist) was called upon he may finish it up neatly and more efficiently in a shorter time period owing to his specialized training and improved instrumentation.
  • If your dentist were to use state-of- the-art-equipment combined with relevant experience a root canal in the incisors and premolars can be completed in as early as 30 minutes. New technology has given rise to versatile dental files which assure greater speed and success in the root canal treatment.

Myth about root canal treatment:

If you ever had it in mind that a root canal treatment can instantly soak up the pain you may be chagrined to know you’re wrong.

Undoubtedly post root canal treatment, the patient will notice considerable improvement. But one cannot rule out the fact that the tooth will continue to stay sensitive for a few days and the pain can be effectively managed with the help of prescribed painkillers.

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