1. Health
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Glossary Definition of Dental Term - Root Canal

By

Updated: June 6, 2007

Definition: Root Canal Therapy or Root Canal Treatment is a dental procedure to fix a tooth by removing the pulp chamber of the tooth and filling it with a suitable filling material. A root canal is usually performed when the tooth cannot be filled or restored any other way because the decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected.
Pronunciation: Root Ca-nal
Also Known As: Endodontic Therapy, Root Canal Therapy, Root Canal Treatment
Related Video
Prepare Siblings for Pregnancy
  1. About.com
  2. Health
  3. Dental Care
  4. Dental Glossary
  5. Root Canal - Glossary Definition of Dental Term - Root Canal

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.