The Anatomy of a Root Canal

With more than 14 million performed each year, root canals are one of the most common dental procedures.

At the center of each of your teeth is pulp, a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth and keep the tooth alive. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. If the pulp becomes severely infected, a root canal can save your natural tooth and prevent the need of dental implants and bridges.