People dread the term “root canal” yet the average person is unaware of what this dental procedure is really all about. A root canal refers to either the inner portion of the tooth between the roots and the pulp or the dental procedure performed to eliminate the infected portion of the tooth. Once the infected part of the tooth is removed, the pain dissipates. This fact is contrary to popular opinion that it is the actual root canal procedure itself that causes the pain. Rather, the root canal procedure is meant to eliminate the pain. The truth is root canal procedures have a bad rap. Let's take a closer look at this grossly mischaracterized dental procedure.