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Within each tooth lies the pulp. The pulp is the central life force of a tooth as it holds all the connective tissues, nerve endings and blood vessels of a tooth. Whether by oral accidents or bacterial infection, if the pulp is damaged, it will need to be removed in order to save the tooth.

This process is called a root canal. For a list of guidelines involving root canal treatments, see the following:

— As is the case with an overload of normal health care services, multiple treatments for a single tooth will eventually wear down a tooth and cause pulp damage, especially if tooth enamel is removed for each procedure.

— In some cases, multiple treatments can open your pulp up to unforeseen damage and diseases, at which point, the pulp must be detached.

— Although teeth are strong, blunt trauma and severe blows to your jaw can easily knock out multiple teeth or even seriously damage them down to the pulp, which oftentimes results in root canal treatments.

— Root canal therapy is necessary if the pulp of a tooth must be removed due to infection, disease, decay, or other damage.

— One of the most typical causes of pulp damage comes in the form of oral accidents and injuries, which require root canals.

If you think you may need a root canal, please call Plainsboro Dental Services so we can get you in to see Dr. Priti Dagli and our team as soon as possible. Our office is located in Plainsboro, New Jersey, and we can be reached at 609-716-7100. We look forward to seeing you smile bright this summer!