We are very fortunate to have Dr Heinrich Dippenaar on our team who is a specialized dentist in Endodontics (Root Canal treatments).
By using only the best equipment and technology during his treatments, Dr Dippenaar can do root canals on an immensely high and specialized level.
When do you need a Root Canal?
Root canals, also known as endodontic therapy, are performed when the nerve or pulp of the tooth becomes infected and inflammed due to dental decay, a cracked or broken tooth or an injury to the tooth, according to the American Dental Association. During the procedure, a dentist uses a drill to remove both the nerve and pulp and seals up the tooth to protect against further damage. Here are a few possible symptoms of the need for a root canal and some steps for dealing with them.
General Possible Symptoms:
The most common symptom that may indicate the need for a root canal is tooth pain, according to the American Association of Endodontists. The intensity of the pain can range from mild to severe; it may lessen or intensify throughout the day, or it may get worse only when you bite down on the tooth. Some patients experience prolonged sensitivity to hot food or liquids. Your gums may also feel tender and swollen near the problem area.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, give our practice a call or come in for a consultation to establish if a root canal is the necessary next step.