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

Reading the headlines in Washington these days is about as fun as getting a root canal. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Obamas Have a Beyoncé Dance Party," 29 July 2018 The skull recovered from the woods had multiple composite fillings and one root canal involving a tooth of the lower jaw, according to FOX5. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "3D model of head released in hopes of identifying remains found in Georgia woods," 19 Sep. 2018 If decay has infiltrated the pulp of your tooth, a root canal may be necessary, Dr. Robles says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It Actually Possible to Get Rid of Cavities Without Fillings?," 17 Oct. 2018 For many sensible people, the idea of packing the family into a car and driving halfway across creation has all the appeal of a root canal without anesthetic. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "‘Don’t Make Me Pull Over!’ Review: Station Wagon Memories," 9 Aug. 2018 After graduation from dental school in 2007, Dr. Carmichael received additional training in root canal therapy, soft tissue laser therapy, implant surgery, and implant restorations. Karlie Brand,, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of root canal

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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