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 His girlfriend was getting a root canal at a dentist’s office nearby, and Freddie wasn’t allowed in the waiting room. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "San Antonio heat breaks two records but few people show at cooling centers," 13 July 2020 But some of his dentists have been performing emergency procedures, such as tooth extractions and root canals. Mitchell Schnurman, Dallas News, "Amid a global pandemic, how do Dallas doctors get patients to want to come back?," 24 Apr. 2020 Michael Griesmer said the preschooler needed root canals — seven of them. Indianapolis Star, "'Drilling perfectly healthy teeth': Some Indiana dentists pressured to profit, insiders say," 19 Mar. 2020 For example, a dentist can perform a root canal only at an office, a bus driver must drive a bus and a longshoreman must travel to a port. Fynnwin Prager, The Conversation, "Telecommuting could curb the coronavirus epidemic," 17 Mar. 2020 The 425-pound predator, named Kuzma, was anesthetized for a four-and-a-half-hour root canal on one of his large fangs, during which he was tended to by a team of 13 dentists, veterinarians and zoo-keepers, according to SWNS. Fox News, "Giant 425-pound Siberian tiger undergoes hours-long root canal surgery, incredible images show," 10 Jan. 2020 But rather than gutting the interior to make the obligatory architectural root canal, the architects have retained several distinctive spaces. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, "An Education in Sarasota Styles," 25 Jan. 2020 That would be worse than watching the Pistons for a year with root canal Reggie. Andrew Sharp And Ben Golliver,, "USA Basketball Needs To Build Around Zion Williamson," 23 Sep. 2019 But since the event began, their services have expanded to doing root canals, crowns and dentures. Ethan Schmidt, azcentral, "Free 2-day dental clinic prepared to assist thousands in Phoenix," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of root canal

1864, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jul 2020

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“Root canal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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