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Endodontic Therapy

Endodontic therapy is a sequence of treatments for the pulp of a tooth that results in the elimination of infection and protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. This procedure set is commonly called a “root canal.” Root canals and their associated pulp chamber are the physical hollows within a tooth that are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities. Endodontic therapy involves the removal of these structures, the subsequent shaping, cleaning, and decontamination of the hollows with tiny files and irrigating solutions, and the obturation (filling) of the decontaminated canals with an inert filling such as gutta percha and typically a eugenol-based cement.