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Alternatives to endodontic treatment

General information about endodontic treatment

Pulp death and dental abscess.Image taken from http://www.andoverdmd.com/treatment_root_canal.html

Pulp death and dental abscess.Image taken from http://www.andoverdmd.com/treatment_root_canal.html

Endodontic treatment is a common dental procedure that removes damaged living tissue called ‚Äúdental pulp” from inside the root canals of a tooth. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerves. It is often referred to as root canal treatment or root canal therapy.

Sometimes, the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected by bacteria or damaged by a traumatic injury to the tooth. However, the most common cause of pulp death is a fractured or cracked tooth and deep tooth cavity which can expose the pulp to the bacteria found in saliva. This can result in inflammation, infection and, eventually, necrosis (pulp death).

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