Dental Emergencies and Root Canal Treatment
A sudden broken tooth or toothache can consume your thoughts and interrupt work or social plans. At Family Dental Group, we never want patients to wait longer than necessary for emergency dentistry treatment that relieves pain and may even save the tooth.
When Is Tooth Pain an Emergency?
Because decayed and infected teeth do not necessarily show symptoms until they are advanced, tooth pain indicates a serious condition that requires professional attention. Our dentists, Dr Ricardo Paez, Dr Maria Paez, Dr Neville Bo and Dr Jonathan Michael, are experienced in all types of emergency dental treatment and palliative care.
Common emergencies we treat include:
- Avulsed (knocked-out) teeth
- Fractured, cracked or broken teeth
- Broken or lost fillings, crowns, bridges or veneers
- Inflammation near the tooth or face
- Damaged or broken dentures
Having a dental emergency can be overwhelming, but it is important not to panic. We are here to help. We reserve time for emergency dental appointments in our daily schedules at both our New Lambton and Swansea locations to ensure you get the care you need.
In most cases, we will complete treatment on the same day. In some cases, we may arrange a follow-up visit to finalise your restoration or check healing.
Root Canal Treatment
Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat are infections that require root canal therapy. Infections inside the tooth, near the nerve, often result in severe symptoms including swelling, pain, sensitivity and tooth discolouration.
Discomfort may worsen when lying down or trying to chew. While it may feel tempting to put off an emergency dental visit, prompt treatment may mean the difference between saving the tooth or extracting it.
Root canal treatment has an unfair reputation as a painful procedure. At Family Dental Group, we use the latest rotary instruments for efficient and accurate treatment. Patients will feel significant improvement immediately following the root canal procedure.
Our dentists completely anaesthetise the area before cleaning out the canals inside the tooth’s root. Removing the diseased nerve fibres and pulp and placing antibacterial medication will expedite healing.
Our dentists will place a temporary restoration on the affected tooth during the healing process. Patients report some minor sensitivity for a few days after the root canal procedure as the body’s natural healing process takes over. Root canal-treated teeth become brittle due to the lack of nerve fibres and blood supply. We will arrange a follow-up visit to ensure that healing is complete and to place a final crown over the root canal tooth.
We use CEREC same-day crowns for the convenience of our patients. Durable ceramic replaces the tooth’s enamel and absorbs the load of chewing.
Do You Have a Toothache or Dental Pain?
Our dentists never want you to suffer needlessly and are here to help when you need them most. We invite you to get in touch with Family Dental Group at the first sign of trouble. Our conveniently located dental clinics, in both New Lambton and Swansea, welcome new and existing patients who need emergency dentistry.