A root canal is a type of dental procedure used to repair a tooth without having to remove it.
When a tooth becomes severely damaged or decayed, the soft tissue inside of the tooth (pulp) can become inflamed or infected. This can happen when you have:
- a very deep cavity
- a tooth that’s been cracked, broken, or injured
- a history of multiple dental procedures on a tooth
In a root canal, the pulp is removed from the tooth. The inside of the tooth, including the root canals, is then cleaned and disinfected to remove bacteria. After this has been done,