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I don't know, but my dentist put on something called a "pulp cap" I think, when she drilled a cavity she reached the pulp and she said it's an alternative to a root canal when the pulp is still clean. If your cavity goes all the way there, it's hard to believe the pulp is clean of bacteria, so then I guess a root canal would be a better option.
As I understood it, my "pulp cap" was a rinsing of the pulp and then a type of sealant, and then a filling. It works in about 50% of the cases, my dentist said. It's been in for 2 weeks now, with no problems (infections would likely have started by now).