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.

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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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The Family Dental Care Group was established in 2010 and is a sophisticated branded group of dental practices that provide high quality specialised and general dental treatment, at affordable rates.

The key to our success is a simple patient-centric approach. We pride ourselves in putting the patient first by providing them with the best care, by the best dentists, using the best materials and equipment but still accepting medical aids as well as offering very reasonable cash rates.

At Family Dental Care, we understand that visiting a dentist is an experience that people, young and old, generally dread so every possible effort has been made to ensure a pleasant and comfortable experience every time.

Our policy is to accept most medical aids as well as offer very reasonable cash rates- making our brand accessible to a larger audience.

When drawing up treatment plans, our dentists have been professionally trained to treat patients holistically to solve their dental problems.

Above all, our uniqueness is our care and concern for the patient. All aspects of their experience – staff, treatment, equipment and surgeries are only the very best – and we make it as affordable as possible!

In house laboratory allows us to have better quality control and able to save our patients time and money.

Our specialities: paediatric, holistic, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry. The 8 practices in our group are located in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng and Cape Town. We welcome new patients.