Dr. Lauren Francis and Dr. Rawley Fuller provide comprehensive general dental services to patients at Seaside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Francis and Dr. Fuller are dentists in Hampstead, NC that provides high standards of care for patients of all ages. Whether you require emergency dental care or a routine checkup, our team will be with you throughout every step of your treatment.
General dentistry is a preventative method of caring for the teeth and may stop dental problems before they fully develop.
Routine Dental Care for Common Dental Problems
Common dental problems many adults are prone to include dry mouth, tooth sensitivity, gum disease, and missing teeth. Not visiting the dentist on a regular basis allows these problems to further develop and worsen. At routine dental visits, we may take x-rays of the mouth to look for signs of dysfunction.
Visiting our office biannually allows us to keep track of your concerns. Our dental care team uses advanced technology to make your visit more pleasant and improve care. We use the Airflow Prophylaxis system when cleaning your teeth and gums. This advanced technology minimizes or eliminates the need for dental picks and scraping tools when removing plaque and tartar.
Our general dental treatments act as preventative solutions to common oral health problems:
Our endodontists provide treatments for decayed and injured teeth to restore the function and health of the smile. Endodontic dental care can treat dental infections, damage, cavities, and abscesses.
A root canal treatment removes infected dental pulp to preserve the tooth. Removing infected pulp prevents the spread of decay and prevents tooth loss. After removing an infection from teeth, we fill teeth with dental fillings. We will also recommend dental crowns to cover and strengthen teeth.
Patients who play contact sports like football, lacrosse, baseball, and soccer need professional sports mouthguards. Our sports mouthguards are custom-made using impressions of your smile. Store-bought sports mouthguards do not offer the custom fit of professional mouthguards.
Properly fitting mouthguards make it easy to speak and have a lesser chance of falling out during a game. Some over-the-counter mouthguards may not fit comfortably or properly, which can lead to tooth damage from an injury.
Emergency Dental Care
Our office can treat dental emergencies immediately to help save teeth, stop tooth and gum pain, and restore broken restorations. Call our office as soon as possible following a dental emergency and we will help you get the care you need as soon as possible. We provide cosmetic and restorative treatments that help replace missing teeth, restore cosmetic damage, and remove pain and infection.
Are you looking for a family dentist in Hampstead? Dr. Francis and her professional dental team offer dental care for the whole family. From pediatric and geriatric care to everything in between, Dr. Francis can help patients restore the health of their smile or undergo preventative treatments to stop complex dental problems. All members of your family can receive treatment under one roof. Our dentists can help patients learn to care for their child’s teeth, and as they grow, teach children the importance of their own oral health.
Impacted, infected, or severely damaged or overcrowded teeth may be removed by a dental professional. Tooth extractions are needed to improve the health and balance of the smile. We use local anesthetic and dental sedation so our patients feel comfortable during the extraction procedure. Many patients may think that tooth extractions are painful, but they actually relieve pain caused by infected or damaged teeth.
General Dentistry FAQ
Are tooth extractions painful?
Tooth extractions are usually not painful. The dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic and then use specialized instruments to remove the tooth. Some patients may experience discomfort and soreness afterward, but the dentist can usually treat any pain with over-the-counter pain medication.
How many times a year should I see a family dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting a family dentist every six months for a preventive dental check-up and cleaning. However, your dentist may recommend more or fewer check-ups depending on your individual oral health needs.
What are the main services a family dentist offers?
A family dentist typically offers preventive care, such as dental cleanings and dental exams, as well as treatments for cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. Your family dentist will provide dental X-rays. There are family dentists that also offer pediatric dentistry services and some cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Can the ER help with tooth problems?
No. Most doctors do not have the training to assess dental emergencies or concerns. The only thing ER doctors will do is give you pain medication and antibiotics to control the pain and swelling until you seek help from a dentist that can fix your problem.
Should I go to the ER for unbearable tooth pain?
Yes. If the pain is so severe that you can’t do anything else, you can go to the ER. Keep in mind that ER doctors and nurses will only be able to give you pain medication and antibiotics. You need to visit an emergency dentist as soon as you can. The ER is only an option if you can’t get to a dentist.
How long do custom mouthguards last?
A custom mouthguard made with high-quality materials will last up to 5 years approximately. However, the custom mouthguard’s longevity will depend on the patient’s care and its usage. If you wear your mouthguard frequently, it is normal for the materials to wear down faster. Additionally, if you clean it with abrasive cleaners, or don’t store it properly whenever you are not using it, it can deform faster.
What is included in general dentistry?
A general dentist performs visual examinations and assessments of the condition of the teeth and gums. They do X-rays of the teeth, sleep apnea therapy, tooth sealants, and minor dental operations such as cavity fillings, root canals, dental crowns, and cleanings.
Contact our dental office today! Our preventative general dental solutions help patients maintain their dental health. If you have a dental concern, call Dr. Francis and Dr. Fuller at 910-335-4392. Schedule a dental appointment with us on our website. Please ask us any questions about our dental services or any current oral health concerns. We will be glad to help you get the answers you need.