If you are prone to cavities, you are certainly not alone. A recent study found that more than 90 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 suffer from tooth decay each and every year. There are times when a dentist may recommend a root canal. The main question is whether or not this procedure will be able to save your natural teeth. Let’s take a closer look.
Root Canal: The First Line of Defence
Root canals are often performed when a tooth suffers a significant amount of damage (such as severe decay or if you have an injury). In many cases, the root is at risk of dying. Dentists will therefore perform root canal surgery in order to remove the root without extracting the entire tooth. In other words, your natural tooth can be saved.
Preventing Future Problems
Once the root canal procedure has been completed, a filling will be applied much like when dealing with a typical cavity. This protects the tooth from threats such as infection and further decay; dramatically extending its lifespan and allowing you to avoid procedures such as artificial implantation.
The good news is that in South Africa, Family Dental Care has clinics in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng, and Cape Town. If you have a painful tooth, you may need a root canal procedure. Putting off a painful tooth will only lead to complications, so it pays to be proactive.
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