If you're like most people, the thought of a root canal and the whirring sounds of dental tools makes you wince. Today's root canal procedures may surprise you, though. Expose the root of your knowledge in our ultimate root canal quiz.
Question 1 of 21
Which of the following is part of the inside of your tooth?
Question 2 of 21
Which part of the tooth is removed during a root canal procedure?
Question 3 of 21
What type of problem can develop if bacteria and debris are able to get inside a tooth?
Question 4 of 21
Which is not a sign that you may need a root canal?
Question 5 of 21
Which branch of dentistry specializes in treating the inside of the tooth?
Question 6 of 21
What is the first step in a root canal procedure?
Question 7 of 21
True or false: Tooth extraction is a viable alternative to a root canal.
Question 8 of 21
Which of the following is used to fill the empty canal once the pulp has been removed from the inside of the tooth?
Question 9 of 21
In addition to its use in root canals, gutta-percha has also been used in which of the following?
Question 10 of 21
What material does gutta-percha turn into when it's heated?
Question 11 of 21
True or false: A pimple or small sore on the gums may be a symptom of a tooth infection.
Question 12 of 21
How many root canals are performed in the U.S. annually?
Question 13 of 21
How many canals does a molar have?
Question 14 of 21
With what tool does a dentist measure the size of a root canal?
Question 15 of 21
Which of the following is NOT known to cause infection and inflammation of the tooth pulp?
Question 16 of 21
True or false: Dentists normally would rather pull a tooth than perform a root canal.
Question 17 of 21
Which of the following tools shoots a mild electrical current through a tooth?
Question 18 of 21
How long does a root canal take?
Question 19 of 21
True or false: After a root canal the tooth is dead.
Question 20 of 21
Which will not prevent the need for a root canal?
Question 21 of 21