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General Questions (4)

How long in advance should I book an appointment?
Dr Sykes and his team are incredibly popular and the practice is always very busy. Unless you have an emergency, we suggest calling at least 2 weeks in advance of your required date. We may be able to assist you sooner, but please don't leave it to the last minute.
When should I first bring my young child to the dentist?
How do I prepare my child and myself for the first visit?
How often should I visit the dentist?

Payments (4)

Will my Medical Aid pay for my visit?
We are contracted OUT of medical aid. You will need to settle your account on the day of consultation and claim back from your Medical Aid Provider.
What will it cost?
Do you offer a Payment Plan?
What methods of payment do you accept?

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Tell me about: Root Canal Treatment
Each tooth root contains root canals, and this contains a pulp chamber that houses the living tissue (pulp). These include the nerves and blood vessels, cells and fibres. If the pulp becomes contaminated or is damaged or injured, the tooth will effectively start to die. Once the blood supply has been cut off the tooth is susceptible to infection, which can lead to potential abscesses and tooth pain.
Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a procedure carried out when the living tissue (pulp) in the tooth is damaged or decayed. The procedure involves removing the decayed tissue from the root canals and sealing them to prevent further infection. Root canal treatment can often be used to save decayed teeth. The alternate option to root canal treatment is tooth extraction. If the pulp is infected there is a high risk of further infection, and patients are advised not to leave the tooth without treatment.
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