Matthew J Cavendish, DDS, PLCC
A Great Dentist

Why is a root canal called that?

A root canal is a procedure where the nerve needs to be removed from the tooth because it is infected, or not acting properly. Every tooth has 1, or multiple roots to anchor it to the jaw. These nerves live inside a hollow area in the root called the canal. So when a root canal is performed, that nerve is removed from that canal, leaving the root intact to continue to anchor the tooth.

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