How Long Does a Root Canal Procedure Take?

A root canal is a procedure used to treat a badly infected tooth. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most common types of dental emergencies.

By the time you may need a root canal, the bacteria causing the infection has likely already made its way down the tiny canals of the tooth. This can cause high levels of pain, swelling, and increase your risk of permanent tooth loss. 

When dealing with this amount of pain, it’s natural to wonder how fast a root canal is. Keep reading to find out the answer. 

Average Root Canal Length

In most cases, a root canal procedure can be done in just one visit and can take anywhere between 60-90 minutes on average.

 However, this can depend on several factors, such as:

  • Your anatomy - A root canal procedure involves using special tools to remove all the infected tissue from the narrow chambers of the tooth, known as the canals. Sometimes, the tooth’s natural anatomy may make the procedure more difficult, in which case you could need multiple visits;
  • The size of the infection - If the infection is large and has already started to spread, you may need to take antibiotics for a few days, before the tooth can be properly cleaned and disinfected. Antibiotics may be taken orally, but in some cases, they could be applied directly to the tooth;
  • Existing damage - Once the infected tissue is removed, the tooth has a permanent hole. Sometimes, if the hole isn’t too big, you may get a dental filling to restore the tooth, which can be applied during your initial visit. But, if the damage is severe, you could need a dental crown instead.

How Long Does Root Canal Recovery Take? 

Usually, healing after a root canal is a fairly straightforward process. The procedure is done under local anesthetic or sedation, so you will likely not feel anything for a few hours after your visit. 

Once these effects wear off, you can start feeling a bit of pain and noticing swelling. The symptoms should get gradually better in just a few days.

If your root canal is more complex and you need antibiotics, unfortunately, it’s possible to still experience pain 4-5 days after your initial visit. Your body is still fighting the infection.

What Does Root Canal Aftercare Look Like?

Following a root canal, you should:

  • Continue to brush and floss your teeth;
  • Take any medications you’re prescribed, as indicated;
  • Chew on the other side of your mouth for a few days, until the discomfort disappears;
  • Opt for softer foods like mashed potatoes and yogurt the first day after your treatment.

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