Most root canal procedures take between one and two hours on average, reports Scott E. Lawson, D.D.S. The variance comes with the relative difficulty of the anatomy of the root.
The root canal procedure includes removing, disinfecting and sealing the empty area inside the teeth where, in healthy cases, the nerves and blood vessels sit. The first part of a root canal removes the diseased material before working on the root. While root canals are often associated with pain, recent advancements have sped up the process and make it significantly more comfortable for the patient, notes Scott E. Lawson, D.D.S.