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The core of the tooth is a hollow chamber housing a bundle of blood vessels and nerve fibres (dental pulp) which nourish the tooth structure.
Depending on the tooth type, the number of roots ranges from one to four, or sometimes more. Some are spread apart and some are fused together. The blood vessels and nerve fibres enter from the tip of each root and join together in a space inside the crown, where all the roots and root canals of the tooth are connected. This space is called a Pulp Chamber.
The role of dental pulp is to regulate the nutrition, growth and development of the tooth. The tooth also gets nutrition from the tissues surrounding the root. Therefore, a tooth can function without its pulp. After root canal treatment the tooth is pulpless, but it is not a dead tooth.
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