Root Canal

Root canals are cavaties in the teeth

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: October 11, 2011

Root Canal

Root canals are dental procedures that remove infected tissue from inside the tooth. Teeth have several canals that lead down to the root. If this area gets infected, the inner tissues also become diseased and removal is necessary to alleviate pain and prevent further spread of infection.

What is a Root Canal?

Root canal procedures treat cavities that develop inside a tooth. Root canals are canals within teeth that connect a tooth's center to the root. Root canal procedures are carried out by dental specialists called endodontists, who remove the infected tissue within a tooth and thoroughly clean the canal before applying a dental crown or filling to the area. 

Symptoms of a Root Canal

The symptoms of a root canal include pain, soreness, or tenderness in the gums. The symptoms are generally obvious and encourage patients to seek treatment.

Root Canal Procedure

Root canal procedures are carried out by dental specialists called endodontists. Endodontists remove the infected tissue and clean the canal before applying a dental crown of filling to the area.

Cost of Root Canal

The cost of treatment for a root canal ranges from a couple hundred dollars to over one thousand dollars. The extent of the infection influence the cost as well as the material used to fill the canal.

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