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A root canal is the space within the root of a tooth.
It is part of a naturally occurring space within a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber (within the coronal part of the tooth), the main canal(s), and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root. Root canal is also a colloquial term for a dental operation, endodontic therapy, wherein the pulp is cleaned out, the space disinfected and then filled. For many people who experience tooth pain or discomfort, a root canal treatment may be recommended, and a dentist should be consulted in a timely manner.