Sometimes, in order to save a tooth, a root canal procedure is performed. This is often a misunderstood procedure. Please read the questions and answers below to help you.
Underneath your tooth’s outer enamel and within the dentin is an area of soft tissue called the pulp, which carries the tooth’s nerves, veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Root canals are very small, thin divisions that branch off from the top pulp chamber down to the tip of the root. A tooth has at least one but no more than four root canals.
Below is the sequence of events:
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