root canal


Definition of root canal 

: the part of the pulp cavity lying in the root of a tooth also : a dental operation to save a tooth by removing the contents of its root canal and filling the cavity with a protective substance

Examples of root canal in a Sentence

I need to have a root canal.

Recent Examples on the Web

Tucker played Game 7, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni revealed, hours after undergoing three root canal procedures. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets' P.J. Tucker played in Game 7 hours after triple root canal," 30 May 2018 Since then, Billings has undergone one root canal procedure to make sure the teeth are secure, with another scheduled for next week. Tom Avril,, "British athlete in Philadelphia: 'if you must have your teeth knocked out, this is the place'," 25 Apr. 2018 If your tooth is cracked, your dentist may try fixing the issue with bonding (putting a substance called resin in the crack) or a root canal to remove the infected tissue. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Reasons Your Teeth Are So Agonizingly Sensitive," 18 Apr. 2018 While a healthy mouth might be prize enough for having to experience a root canal, receiving a tablet or designer purse can make the experience even more rewarding. Karlie Brand,, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 According to news reports, Asemani’s former patients filed multiple civil suits against him for botched dental procedures that ranged from removing three good teeth to a root canal bungled so badly that the patient bled for two weeks. Washington Post, "As he graduates from Wharton, Maryland boy thinks of tragedy," 25 May 2018 Then again, for the best player in the world, perhaps that’s always the bargain: destiny fulfilled or another June root canal. Lee Jenkins,, "Inside Decision 3.0: LeBron James Follows in the Footsteps of Legends," 1 July 2018 Beyond the confines of Hollywood, apologizing is a fact of life—even though the process can sometimes be about as enjoyable as having a root canal or cleaning leaves out of rain gutters. Susan Fales-hill, Town & Country, "How to Say You're Sorry (And Sound Like You Mean It)," 3 Apr. 2017 The top dental terms searched were root canal, crown, implant, orthodontic, and bridge. Robin Gelburd, STAT, "Website offers a living laboratory for examining health care prices and quality," 12 June 2018

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1864, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of root canal

: a dental procedure to save a tooth by removing the diseased or injured tissue in its root

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Medical Definition of root canal 

1 : the part of the pulp cavity lying in the root of a tooth

called also pulp canal

2 : a dental operation to save a tooth by removing the contents of its root canal and filling the cavity with a protective substance (as gutta-percha)

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