7 Things to Know About Root Canals
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If you’ve been told you need a root canal, you may be more than a little anxious. Root canals—the removal of infected soft tissue inside a tooth, called pulp—have a bad reputation. And it may be tempting to delay the procedure. But take heart: root canals aren’t as scary as you might think. Here’s what you should know before the procedure.

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