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This second part of our video series explains in general terms why the space inside a tooth might require endodontic therapy and what having treatment accomplishes.

Important points covered in the video -
  • There are a number of situations and conditions that can lead to a need for root canal therapy. But as varied as each of them are, they are all similar by nature of the fact that they will lead to an outcome where the tooth's pulp tissue ("nerve") will ultimately die.
  • It's the removal of this compromised tissue (and associated microorganisms and debris) that's one of the two fundamental objectives of endodontic therapy.

    Accomplishing this step (cleaning and disinfecting the interior of the tooth) is something your body would otherwise be incapable of doing on its own. And as a result, the tooth and surrounding tissues would continue to be adversely affected.

  • That means a key benefit of having root canal is that it can prevent dental emergencies (such as an acute tooth flare-up with pain and swelling). It is also the only way to clear up an infection inside a tooth (short of having this procedure, infected teeth must otherwise be extracted).

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