Learn more about this quick, painless procedure that can relieve your pain and save your natural tooth.
If your dentist has told you that you need root canal treatment, you're not alone. Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal, or endodontic, treatment. Remember, root canal treatment doesn't cause pain, it relieves it.
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The outer layers of a tooth include the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin. Underneath these is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. Fully developed teeth can survive without the pulp because they continue to be nourished by the tissues surrounding them.
Contrary to common misconception, modern endodontic treatment is simple and virtually painless. It’s actually very similar to having a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for on-going dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.