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: