Why does the pulp need to be removed in the root canal process?

The pulp, or tissue that provides nerves and nutrients to your tooth, needs to be removed during a root canal to save your tooth. When your pulp gets damaged, it must be taken out to keep infection and disease from spreading to your tooth. If caught early, your dentist can safely remove the pulp, clean and seal your root canal, and cover your tooth with a crown.

During a root canal, the pulp of the tooth must be removed because the pulp's tissue has died and if it's not removed, the tooth could become infected. After the pulp is removed, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it.

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