How Long Does A Root Canal Take?

How Long Does A Root Canal Take?

Team Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment has gotten a bad rap, but the truth is that they’re relatively painless and can usually be completed in just one visit. This article will explain what root canals are, why you may need one, and how long they take to complete.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure in which the tissues inside your tooth, called the pulp, are removed to treat infection or injury. When infected, this tissue can cause pain and result in an abscessed tooth—which causes pus to build up around the root.

The goal of root canal treatment is to remove any infection in your mouth and prevent it from spreading to other parts of your body.

Why do I need a root canal?

A root canal is often needed when a tooth's pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Bacteria can spread to the pulp and cause an infection, which causes swelling and pain. If this infection isn't treated, it can cause more serious damage to the tooth and even lead to its eventual removal.

Root canal treatment generally involves removing all or part of a diseased tooth's nerve by opening the tooth, removing the infected tissue, then replacing that area with a rubber-like material called gutta percha. The procedure usually takes only one visit.

What are the signs I may need a root canal?

If you're experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms, you may need a root canal:

  • Pain when chewing, biting, or clenching your teeth. This is typically caused by inflammation in the pulp inside the tooth.
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold. This can be a sign of infection in your tooth's nerve.
  • Swelling of your face and jaw. This is often caused by an abscess (pus pocket) forming around the root tip.
  • A bad taste in your mouth. This can be caused by bacteria that have entered your tooth's roots through cracks in its structure.

How long does a root canal take?

The time it takes to perform a root canal depends on the complexity of the procedure.

In most cases, your dentist will need to remove the nerve and pulp, fill the canal with a rubber-like material, seal it, and place a crown on top of your tooth. This can take anywhere from one hour to two hours.

How long until my tooth feels normal after a root canal?

The root canal can take up to three weeks to heal completely. You may need to take over-the-counter pain medication for the first few days after the procedure and avoid biting down on the tooth until it has healed.

Root Canals at Paramount Dental Arts

A root canal is a very effective procedure for relieving pain and preserving your tooth, allowing it to last many more years. The Paramount Dental Arts team is here to diagnose and treat your infected tooth.

To learn more about root canals or to schedule an appointment, contact the Paramount Dental Arts team at 973-777-1772. Or request an appointment online.