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How Long Does a Root Canal Take?

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Northstar Dental
How Long Does a Root Canal Take?A root canal is a dental procedure that is done to eliminate the damage in the roots of your tooth while conserving your natural tooth. This procedure becomes quite necessary when inflammation or infection develops in the soft tissue inside and around your tooth. This impaired tissue is meticulously removed, followed by the sealing of your tooth to keep bacteria from entering.

A root canal is a very common dental procedure that takes anywhere between 90 minutes and 3 hours. While sometimes it can be handled in one appointment, other times you may need to visit your dentist twice.

How Long Does It Take To Do A Root Canal?

A simple root canal typically takes around 30-60 minutes in cases where a tooth has only one canal. However, you need to prepare yourself to spend at least 90 minutes for your appointment. The reason this procedure requires so much time is because your nerve has to be taken out, rinsed, and disinfected. Also, some teeth also have multiple canals, which need even more time to cater to.

Here are some different type of teeth and the time their root canal procedure takes.


Molars are the cusped teeth with around four canals that are located at the back of your mouth. These teeth are the most time-consuming ones when it comes to a root canal procedure. You can expect to sit in your dentist's chair for about 90 minutes or more for your molar root canal.


Right before your molars lie your premolar teeth that can have one or two roots. Since these teeth have lesser roots, you can expect its root canal procedure to take around an hour or a little more.

Canine and Incisors

Your incisors and canine teeth are located right in the front of your mouth that help you chew your foot. Since these teeth only have a single root, they are quite fast to fill and treat during a root canal. The root canal procedure for these teeth may take you about 45 minutes to an hour.

If you're looking for a clinic to get a root canal procedure or any other dental work, call us at (303) 481-3901 or visit us at Northstar Dental.

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