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Why do I need endodontic treatment?

Your natural teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Sometimes our teeth can become injured
or decayed, requiring them to be saved through a specialized dental procedure known as endodontic or root canal treatment.

Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic treatment is the removal of the tooth's pulp, a small, thread-like tissue in the
center of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining
space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure seals off the root canal. Years ago,
teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed. Today, root canal treatment saves
many teeth that would otherwise be lost.

The most common causes of pulp damage or death are:
• A cracked tooth
• A deep cavity
• An injury to a tooth, such as a severe knock to the tooth, either recent or in the past

Once the pulp is infected or dead, if left untreated, pus can build up at the root tip in
the jawbone, forming an abscess. An abscess can destroy the bone surrounding the
tooth and cause pain.

Sean P. Hart D.D.S ,M.S.D., P.C.
1533 Kossuth St. Lafayette Indiana 47905
p: 765-742-8792