Many teeth that are badly damaged by deep decay or trauma can be saved with root canal therapy. The pulp (nerve tissue) within the canals of the root or roots of the tooth is cleaned out and medicated. With the infection eliminated, the canals are then filled and sealed to prevent re-introduction of infection. Not all teeth can be saved with root canals. A heroic effort to save a weak, badly broken tooth is not always a great idea, but when indicated, root canal therapy to save a tooth is often more desirable and more cost effective than an implant or bridge.

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