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What damages a tooth's pulp in the first place?

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A tooth's pulp can become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.

From: An Overview of Root Canals WebMD Medical Reference

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American Dental Association: "Endodontic Treatment."

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Root Canal From Start to Finish."

MedlinePlus: "Root canal."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: "Endodontic Treatment."

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Root Canal From Start to Finish."

MedlinePlus: "Root canal."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on June 1, 2018

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