Swansea Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Preventive and General Dentistry

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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.

Preventive and General Dentistry

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.

We recommend that patients have an appointment at least every six months for a check-up and hygiene appointment. During this appointment, patients will receive an examination of the teeth and gums, as well as an oral cancer screen. 

Your dentist is often the first to notice suspicious lesions or precancerous cells inside the mouth. Oral cancer is highly treatable when detected early. Your oral cancer screening could mean the difference between life and death, which is why we recommend that patients with dentures maintain their twice-yearly check-ups as well.

Our hygienist will evaluate your gums and will do a clean. Every dental clean is designed to meet your oral health needs – whether you are right on schedule with your clean appointment or you have some catching up to do.

Our hygienist is knowledgeable and will share vital information to help you control and prevent gum disease. 

In some cases, we may recommend that patients have more frequent visits to the dental clinic. Patients with medical conditions or prescription medications that increase the risk of developing gum disease or decay can sometimes benefit from dental cleans 3-4 times per year.

At Swansea Family Dental, we always base our recommendations on your current oral health needs.

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