Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Experiencing dental pain or has your dentist told you that you need a root canal?

Infected tooth before root canal treatment
Infected tooth before root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is an often straightforward procedure to relieve dental pain and save your teeth. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. During root canal treatment, an endodontist who specializes in such treatment carefully removes the pulp inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects and shapes the root canals, and places a filling to seal the space.

To learn more about what happens during root canal treatment, visit our Root Canal Explained page that walks you step-by-step through the procedure.

Recommended Patient Education Videos for Root Canal Treatment


Need a root canal? Don’t be anxious. This informative video will walk you step-by-step through the procedure and explain how endodontists, the root canal specialists, can save your teeth.


Concerned about the safety of root canal treatment? Watch this informative video to learn how endodontists perform millions of root canal treatments every year, safely, effectively and comfortably.

For more information about root canals and other endodontic treatment, visit the patient section of the American Association of Endodontists website.


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MedlinePlus: “Dental Health.”

Academy of General Dentistry: “Glossary of Dental Terms.”

American Dental Association: “Glossary of Dental Clinical and Administrative Terms.”


Dr. Rustom Appoo on January 25, 2020


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