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What Is a Root Canal?

To better understand what root canal therapy is and why it is a necessary treatment we need to cover some basic tooth anatomy. Teeth are essentially made of three layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp.  Enamel is the protective, external layer.  In fact, enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.  Dentin is the middle layer which is softer than enamel and is similar to bone in composition. The innermost layer, the pulp, is made of soft tissues, including blood vessels and the nerve of the tooth.

Technically speaking a root canal is the space in the root of a tooth through which nerves and blood vessels travel to provide nutrients ...

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