Swansea Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Emergencies and Root Canal Treatment

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We want you to feel confident in your choice of dental practices when you choose Swansea Family Dental to care for your family’s smiles.

If you do not see your specific question listed here, you can receive an answer by calling one of our practice locations. Our friendly and professional team is always willing to help.

Dental Emergencies and Root Canal Treatment

We take x-rays in the first visit to be able to diagnose properly. We advised x-rays to be taken every couple of years to detect any decays, bone level changes and to compare to your previous radiographs. 

Each type of x-ray serves a purpose to ensure the health of our patients and to diagnose any oral conditions. While routine dental x-rays every few years are part of our preventive dentistry protocol, some situations warrant additional radiographs.

Emergency dental appointments – A dental emergency or a toothache will require additional x-rays to diagnose the condition.

Dental implants – Planning dental implant surgery requires precise planning and evaluation before embarking on surgical procedures. Individual x-rays along with a panoramic x-ray are part of the treatment planning process.

Crowns and bridges – Ruling out any underlying conditions before proceeding with restorative dentistry provide patients with superior results. We will use digital dental x-rays to rule out bone loss or instances of decay.

Wisdom teeth evaluation – Young adults are candidates for wisdom teeth (third molar) removal if their teeth become symptomatic. Panoramic x-rays show the position and presence of third molars.

At Swansea Family Dental, located in Swansea, we utilise digital dental x-rays, which emit 80 per cent less radiation than film radiographs. Digital x-rays produce high-resolution images for our dentists to use in diagnosis and treatment planning options.

Not usually, as we use a local anaesthetic for all our treatments. The pain associated with root canal treatment is caused by the infection in the root of the tooth, not by the root canal treatment itself.

Our dentists provide gentle treatment for our patients, no matter the procedure they are performing. We understand that some people have more difficulty feeling completely numb than others. We leave adequate time for patients to feel comfortable so that their treatment is completely comfortable and stress-free.

If you begin to experience the signs and symptoms of a root canal that requires treatment, please contact our Swansea dental clinic to book an emergency dental appointment. We reserve time in our daily schedules to treat dental emergencies quickly – often on the same day.

Common symptoms associated with the need for root canal therapy include:

  • Swelling around the tooth or on the face
  • Painful jaw
  • Discoloured tooth
  • Small pimple-like fissure on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot food or beverages

At the emergency dental visit, our team will take an x-ray of the area to assist our dentists in an accurate diagnosis. Root canal treatment typically requires more than one appointment to complete the procedure.

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.