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How long is a root canal procedure?

I am a 34 year old female who needs a root canal done. How long is a root canal procedure?

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Depends on the tooth that is being treated, the experience of the doctor, the conditions at the time of treatment. 30-60 minutes is a good estimate for most cases. Oral surgeons do not perform root canal therapy. Please see your dentist or an endodontist for a better answer.
30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the number of canals and the skill of the dentist
Typically a root canal takes about an hour and is of course, case specific
They are typically very fast and with one appointment these days. It would be best done by a root canal specialist (Endodontist)
Depending on the tooth we are working on and the complexity of the tooth anatomy, a root canal procedure can take anywhere between 1-2 hours.
Root canal treatment varies between thirty minutes and two hours depending upon the location, age, and shape of the tooth. 

Each tooth may have a 1 or more canals. Essentially the bigger the tooth, the more canals. More canals just means more time. Depending on the dentist's experience with root canals, they can take 1-3 hours.
Time frame for the completion of any dental procedure depends on many parameters:

1) The tooth involved. Most of the time multi-rooted tooth like the molars would normally take a longer time to treat than single rooted tooth like the incisor.
2) The dexterity of the professional. It is expected that a specialist in root canal treatment will be faster and take lesser time.
3) The duration of the pathology. Acute cases takes longer time because of the sensitivity and the excruciating pain that acute cases cause.
4) The psychological preparation of patients plays some roles in the duration for root canal treatment.
Root canal duration depends on a few factors: Which tooth, how fast they can numb you, and how many canals the tooth has. On average, a root canal specialist (endodontist) will need an hour for each session and it might take two sessions.
Root canals can be different lengths of time depending on which tooth it is, the reason you need the root canal, and whether you are seeing a specialist or not. That being said, most root canals are around an hour. Sometimes you have to go back for a second visit which is around 30 minutes. Good Luck!
Great question! Typically, a root canal takes an hour. It also depends on which tooth and the extent of damage.

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Dr. Alexander Ferdkoff
Hi, it depends on what kind of teeth you are doing. Average time with dental anesthesia is from 15 min to 1 hour
The time it takes to complete a root canal procedure can vary depending on the location of the tooth and the complexity. I would say that around 45 minutes would be an average time to complete this type of procedure.
Hello. The length of a root canal procedure varies depending on which tooth is being treated, the condition of the nerve being treated and the expertise of the dentist performing the root canal. Generally speaking an endodontist will perform a root canal in a shorter amount of time compared to a general dentist. In most cases root canal appointments can be anywhere from one hour to three hours.
The time frame for a root canal procedure depends on what tooth needs the treatment - molars usually require more time due to multiple roots. Also it will depend on the complexity of the case, if there is a curvy root involved, calcifications involved etc. I would estimate anywhere from 1 -2 hours.