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The segment of this video we've selected shows what a dentist first sees as they "open" a necrotic tooth in preparation for performing its root canal treatment.

As mentioned on the page underneath, once a tooth's "nerve" has died the space it occupied simply exists as a pulp hollow chamber and root canals, filled with assorted debris and bacteria.

Points to notice in this video -
  • This video begins at a point where the dentist's drill has already begun to penetrate through the tooth's deteriorated filling and decay.
  • Even at this point you can already see hints of the tooth's pulp chamber. And as the dentist drills further and further, more of the tooth's internal anatomy becomes visible, including the openings of its root canals.
  • Once full access has been made to the pulp chamber, it's obvious in this video that this tooth is necrotic (meaning it's "nerve" has died).

    Signs: 1) No pulp tissue is visible. 2) There is no bleeding from the tooth... 3) If you were present in the room, you would likely smell a foul odor coming from this tooth.

    All that this empty chamber contains is assorted debris resulting from the breakdown of the tooth's pulp tissue. And while not visible, bacteria are no doubt present too.

  • Necrotic teeth require root canal treatment because the debris and bacteria they harbor leak out of the tooth's root, leaving them at some level of persistent inflammation.

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