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Root canals are implemented to remove damaged pulp from teeth in order to save a tooth. Although the pulp is the foundation of a tooth, it may be possible to increase the longevity of a tooth if the damaged pulp is removed with root canal therapy.


The pulp is important to a tooth because it is a tooth’s life force. This is where a tooth’s connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerve endings all lie. If it is injured or contaminated, it must be removed with a root canal treatment or the entire tooth will eventually fail and die off.

If a tooth infection has taken place, it can be fixed with a root canal. If left untreated, the tooth will need to be removed. Root canals work by cleaning the area around the tooth safely and effectively while delicately removing the damaged pulp. If you are lucky, any oral accidents that may damage your tooth enamel but not your pulp may be corrected without the need for a root canal.

No matter which option for your root canal treatments you choose, Dr. Linh Nguyen and our team at Best Dentistry will make sure that you receive the care and quality your smile requires. If you would like to come visit us at our dentist office in Seattle, Washington, please schedule an appointment at 206-783-3000. Let us help you find your healthy smile.