Root Canal:How Long does it Take To Complete?

Root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures. It is usually used to clear the infection in the teeth affected by cavities. The procedure may take 15 minutes to two hours for completion. The completion time depends on the location of the teeth. The teeth in the front are easier to handle than the teeth at the back. The simple  anatomy and less nerve tissue of the front teeth helps in making the procedure faster. Some cases might be so complicated that they require more than one session.

Root Canal Recovery

According to Whitefield dental clinic, the time taken for root canal recovery also depends on your condition. Usually, the condition doesn’t cause much discomfort. The mild discomfort which the patient experiences generally vanishes in a week. However, if the treated tooth had severe inflammation or infection, then the recovery will take longer. It might take up to three weeks for such cases. The resultant pain might be mild or severe. If the pain becomes severe, consult the dentist. He will prescribe some medications which will help speed up the recovery process.

Root Canal Healing 

In case the tooth related to the root canal was infected, the healing will take a period of minimum 6 months and maximum of 2 years. Though the pain might subside, the healing process will only be completed by the above mentioned period. Healing doesn’t only mean decrease in pain, it means the process of getting rid of the unhealthy tissue and replacing it with the healthy tissue.

On the other hand, if the tooth was not infected, the healing process will take around 1-3 weeks. 

Cavity and Root Canal

If you are wondering how long it will take for a cavity to affect your root canal, then the answer probably lies in your genetic makeup. Some cavities could spread within a short span and some could remain dormant over a long period. It is thus difficult to predict the amount of time it will take to spread. Genetic factors may control this aspect and so will your dietary habits and personal hygiene. From the medical point of view, it is ideal to get all the cavities removed as soon as possible. They will only spread, get intense and cause a lot of pain if you neglect them. Handling them early will also help in preventing its spread to the root canal. Of course, you will need more time and money to deal with a root canal treatment as opposed to the process of normal cavity removal. So take care of your precious 32 daily.

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Dr. Priya Verma

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