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Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth that contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. It is generally comfortable treatment that can save your tooth and keep your mouth healthy. During root canal treatment, the diseased pulp is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. A tooth without a nerve can still develop a cavity. After treatment is completed, you should maintain your regular dental hygiene appointments and continue to care for your teeth and gums. This will help with the longevity of your tooth.
If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result and your tooth may have to be extracted.