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General Treatments in Pontypridd

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment (also known as endodontics) is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. This infection may spread through the root canal system and could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be removed.

Root canal therapy involves the following:

  1. First, local anaesthetic will be administered to ensure no discomfort is felt during treatment.
  2. The tooth will be prepared with a drill, allowing access to the root canal system.
  3. The root canal system will be thoroughly cleaned out to remove all infection and nerve tissue.
  4. The root canal system is then filled and the tooth is sealed.
  5. In some cases, the tooth will need to have a crown to prevent it from breaking. This is usually provided at a later visit.

Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and may involve two or more visits.

Life Benefits

  • Preservation of remaining healthy tooth structure.
  • Prevention of infection spreading any further.
  • Restoration of tooth to its natural look and feel.

Emergency Dental Care

If you have chipped or broken a tooth as a result of an accident or injury, it is very important that you see a dentist as soon as possible. The same is true if you have knocked out any teeth. The sooner you are seen by a dentist, the better the chances that the teeth could be saved.

Here are some of the steps an emergency dental appointment will cover:

  1. A thorough examination of the injured area will be undertaken. This will usually include dental x-rays to determine the extent of the damage.
  2. Depending on the injury and any associated pain, the area will be numbed with local anaesthetic.
  3. The injured area will be cleaned to reduce the risk of infection.
  4. The damaged teeth will be restored temporarily or permanently, depending on the case.
  5. In severe cases the affected tooth may require extraction and your treatment options to replace the tooth will be discussed.

If you require emergency dental treatment, you should ask to see a dentist as soon as possible. At our practice, we offer appointments for all dental emergencies. We can help to take care of your injuries to ensure that you heal faster and more effectively, ensuring that you minimise the risk of additional dental problems and complications in the future.

Life Benefits

  • Preservation of remaining tooth structure.
  • Reduced risk of infection.
  • Improved long-term oral health overall.

Extractions & Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is the umbrella term for all dental procedures involving surgery. This term refers to simple extractions as well as more complicated extractions or soft tissue surgery of the mouth.

Teeth may need to be removed for many reasons. For example: pain, decay, infection, advanced gum disease, trauma or in order to facilitate orthodontic treatment. Some patients may also develop impacted wisdom teeth, which may require surgical removal. Many minor oral surgery procedures are carried out in practice. In more complex cases, we will usually refer to a dentist who specialises in oral surgery. It is always important to get the advice of a dental professional if you are worried about any of your teeth. Never attempt to pull out your own tooth at home as this could cause a more serious problem for you.

Tooth extractions typically involve the following:

  1. Before the procedure you may require an x-ray of your teeth.
  2. You will be given a local anaesthetic (injection) to numb the area to be treated.
  3. Dentists have the right equipment and sterile environment to extract teeth with the utmost care and your recovery can be surprisingly quick.
  4. You may have some swelling and discomfort after the procedure. This can be eased with over-the-counter painkillers.

Life Benefits

  • Safe and sterile procedure.
  • Quick recovery and healing time with reduced infection risk.
  • Sustained good oral health.


A crown is a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or contain a very large filling.

Here is how it works:

  1. First, local anaesthetic may be administered to ensure no discomfort is felt during treatment.
  2. The tooth will be shaped with a drill to provide the correct preparation for a crown.
  3. An impression is taken of the tooth.
  4. A crown is made in the dental laboratory to fit the tooth precisely and match the neighbouring teeth.
  5. The crown is fitted securely on top of your tooth.

A crown could be a good solution for you if you have some discoloured fillings and would like to improve their appearance. Crowns can be used to replace these to give you a more appealing smile. Additionally, if you have had root canal treatment you may need a crown to protect or cap the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth.

Life Benefits

  • Strengthens remaining tooth structure.
  • Natural-looking restoration.
  • Functions like a real tooth, so you can bite and chew as usual.
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