Not anymore. Years before a root canal was done by hand with small instruments that the dentist had to carefully manipulate. Sometimes the technique was so long that the dental assistant fell asleep!
Nowadays, with mechanically rotary instruments, root canal treatment may take between one and two hours in one single appointment. The length of an appointment depends on the condition of the tooth and the number of canals it has. Nevertheless if there are complications, additional appointments might be needed.
In cases where we have severe infection, your dentist or endodontist might chose to place a drug inside your tooth to help disinfect the interior of the roots, and then finish the root canal treatment a few days later. But if there is no infection or no complications, the procedure can be completed in one single appointment.
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