Dr. Lauren Francis, Dr. Rawley Fuller, and their experienced dental team provide personalized dental care in Hampstead, NC. At Seaside Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide all your oral health needs in one convenient location. Our warm and friendly office welcomes patients of all ages. We offer everything from pediatric to geriatric care and everything in between.
On this page, you will learn more about what goes into new patients’ first visits to our office, the benefits of routine dental cleanings, resources for patients, and a new patient Q&A. We welcome you to explore our website. Dr. Francis and Dr. Fuller look forward to helping you reach your oral health goals.
Your First Dental Visit
As a new patient, your initial appointment will consist of a:
- Examination and consultation
- Periodontal probing
- Hard and soft tissue evaluation
- Oral cancer screening
- Prophylaxis (dental) cleaning
If you are diagnosed with an oral health problem like gum disease and require more than just a cleaning, we will help schedule a second appointment for you. Patients who require further treatment need further consultations so we can evaluate their smiles and design a customized treatment plan.
Please let our office know if you have medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves, and joints. Also let us know what medications you are taking, including heart medications, aspirin, and blood thinners. Please have your previous dentist send all x-rays to our office before your appointment. If you are unable to obtain the previous x-rays they can be taken in our office.
Learn about Dr. Lauren Francis, our comprehensive dental services, and your options for payment or insurance here:
- Meet Dr. Lauren Francis
- Meet Dr. Rawley Fuller
- Leave a Review
- Types of payments and dental insurance accepted
- Cosmetic Dentistry Services
- General Dentistry Services
- Restorative Dentistry Services
The Benefits of Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings offer multiple benefits to patients of all ages, including plaque removal, brighter teeth, and fresher breath. Our dental hygienists use specialized dental tools and equipment to reach areas of the mouth that are typically hard to clean. These areas are prone to tooth decay or gum disease because plaque can build up on the teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky deposit that builds up above and below the gum line. Dental cleanings help prevent infection by removing plaque.
They can also help remove tooth stains or signs of tooth discoloration. Over time, with the help of regular professional cleanings, the tooth enamel can become whiter and brighter. Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is often caused by poor oral hygiene. Bad breath can also be a sign of tooth or gum infections. Going to the dentist for regular dental cleanings keeps your breath fresh.
New Patient Q&A
Our new patients may have remaining general questions about our practice:
Are you accepting new patients?
Yes, we are currently welcoming new patients from the Hampstead and Wilmington, North Carolina area. Call our dental office or schedule an appointment on our website. We welcome new patients to discuss any current concerns so we can best accommodate you.
How often should I visit the dentist?
Patients should visit our dental office biannually or every six months. Some patients may require more frequent visits if they have oral health problems or require follow-ups for their treatment. We will recommend a schedule to you that fits your specific oral health needs.
Do you treat dental emergencies?
Yes, we provide dental emergency services for new and existing patients. Please call our office if you are experiencing a dental emergency. Excessive bleeding, toothaches, tooth injuries, lost teeth, or damaged dental restorations are just some of the emergencies we treat. Please do not try to solve your dental problems on your own; we’re here to help you.
Are you looking for a new Hampstead, North Carolina dentist? Call Seaside Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for comfortable and comprehensive dental solutions at 910-335-4392. Schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Francis or Dr. Fuller on our website. Please let our team know if you have any questions and they will be glad to help you.