How Long Does a Root Canal Take?
A root canal is a procedure that removes dead or infected tissue from the root canals of the tooth, while preserving the overall structural integrity and function of the tooth. You may need a root canal if your tooth is abscessed, badly decayed, damaged or otherwise compromised. The actual procedure usually takes anywhere from one to two visits, but can take more time depending on the case.
At the first visit, we will carefully clean the infected tissue from the root canal system and shape the canals. Once the infection has been removed, the tooth will be sealed and filled. This can be performed at a single visit, but sometimes you will need to wait one to two weeks after the initial root canal treatment to have the tooth sealed and filled. Medication will be put in the root canals to promote healing between these visits. A final visit may be needed to place a crown over the tooth.
If the procedure is performed in a single appointment, it can take up to 90 minutes to completely clean and seal each root to complete the treatment. However, the process can take less time depending on your needs. Jaw rests, sedation and other options are available to ensure you comfort. Once your root canal treatment is completed, you will have the tooth restored. This is usually done at a separate appointment.
Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in root canal surgery in Los Angeles.
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