What happens when infected dental pulp is not removed?

When infected dental pulp (the soft tissue of a tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue) is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Certain byproducts of the infection can injure your jaw bones. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.

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