root canal

noun

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 And indeed enduring Mondale's root canal wouldn't have been a picnic. Virginia Heffernan Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Takamura paints a broad landscape but also dives deep into every aspect of her story, lavishing attention on topics as varied as the details of performing a root canal and the entanglements of corporate Japan and organized crime. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2021 There’s no reason why paying for a root canal should be more complicated than paying for a steak dinner. Eliza Haverstock, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 In the days since, the Twins center fielder has undergone root canal and had a crown placed over the old tooth, relatively routine procedures that have kept him in a dental chair instead of center field. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 Picking against Tom Brady in the Super Bowl is like a root canal procedure without local anesthesia: highly uncomfortable. Dallas News, 5 Feb. 2021 But keeping up with therapy is extremely important, more like a root canal than a wart removal, and even more so at a moment when the United States is seeing a surge in mental-health issues. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 25 Nov. 2020 The United States is in need of a root canal, according to Democratic strategist James Carville. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, 19 Aug. 2020 Should Koval have chosen to delay treatment and risk a root canal—or worse, a tooth extraction? Jill U. Adams, Scientific American, 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of root canal

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Root canal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/root%20canal. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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root canal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of root canal

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

root canal

noun

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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