No, a root canal is not the removal of the roots of your tooth. Quite the opposite, actually! If we removed the roots, that means we most likely took the whole tooth out. By going through root canal therapy, we are able to save the tooth so you can use it to continue properly chewing. Root canal therapy is a procedure that, by removing dead or dying nerve tissue, infection and pain from an infected nerve is relieved and a tooth is able to be saved.