A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, with more than 14 million completed every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges. Dr. Matt may recommend a root canal if he detects an abscess (severe infection), severely decayed, fractured or cracked tooth. Root canals are used to repair and save your tooth instead of removing it. With a demonstrated success rate of well over 90%, root canal procedures remain the most effective way of saving and retaining a tooth that has been severely compromised by dental decay or injury.