One of the most common questions patients ask about root canals is how long the procedure will take. The answer depends on a few factors, including the severity of the infection and the number of teeth involved.
Root canal therapy in our Durham, NC office is usually scheduled for a longer, two-hour appointment and is typically completed in one visit. Longer appointments are necessary to properly remove all of the damaged tissue, remove any infection from the tooth, and allow medications to be appropriately administered and absorbed.
Root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures and has a very high success rate. In fact, many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime. There are several reasons for this. First, the dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, bacteria, and debris from the tooth.
Second, the root canal is filled with material to ensure complete sealing, which helps to prevent reinfection. Finally, the dentist seals the tooth with a crown or filling, which helps to protect it from further damage. As a result, root canal treatment is a highly effective way to save a tooth that would otherwise be lost to decay or infection.
Contact our Durham dental office to learn more.