With over 14 million root canal treatment being performed annually this procedure has become one of the most common procedures performed in Pembroke Pines. Visible injury, swelling, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums are symptoms that may lead to the need of a root canal. This simple treatment can save your natural tooth. In the center of your tooth is pulp (a collection of blood vessels), if infection sets into the pulp due to trauma of the tooth, cracks or chips, deep decay or repeated dental procedures the pulp may need to be removed. The root canal system will then be cleaned and sealed. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, 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. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.