Welcome to Seaside Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our state-of-the-art Hampstead, NC dentist office. Dr. Lauren Francis, Dr. Rawley Fuller, and their professional dental team aim to provide the highest quality of care for patients of any age.
Our goal is to make our patients feel right at home when they visit our office. Using our comprehensive dental services, we treat patients with effective dental care that helps address the root causes of their oral health problems.
What Makes Our Dentist Office Different?
Our office is a soothing and relaxing space that feels more like a spa than a dental office. The gentle environment helps set the tone for your visit. Dr. Francis and Dr. Fuller take the time to discuss the concerns of each patient and accommodate their needs.
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Why Are Regular Dental Appointments Important?
Routine dental care allows us to keep track of developing dental problems. Visiting the dentist regularly helps reinforce good dental hygiene to improve long-term physical and oral health. Catching common dental problems like gum disease or cavities can help prevent the risk of overall health problems. For example, gum inflammation can put patients’ heart health at risk.
Bacteria that cause gum disease and inflame the gums can enter the bloodstream and increase a patient’s risk of heart attacks, disease, and strokes. Patients who already have heart problems need to be aware of the link between oral health and heart health so they can be proactive in preventing increased problems. Our team is here to help educate patients on the link.
Modern Dental Technology
Our office uses the latest technology to help diagnose and treat our patients. These effective tools assist our team in taking a closer look at problem areas in the mouth and providing an accurate impression of the teeth and gums:
Digital x-rays: Digital x-rays create detailed images of the teeth and gums so that we can easily diagnose dental problems. Because these x-rays are digital, we can easily share them with oral surgeons or specialists. They are also safer than traditional methods as they give off 80% less radiation.
Intraoral cameras: Small intraoral cameras allow our team to view different angles of the mouth so we can get a better view of each patient’s dental problems. These images are projected on a monitor so we can show them to our patients in real-time. Intraoral cameras are a key aspect of patient education.
Digital impressions: Traditional dental impressions are made of a thick putty material that is messy and uncomfortable to use. Digital impressions are an alternative for patients that uses a handheld scanning camera to capture digital impressions. Like digital x-rays, these impressions can be saved and shared with local dental labs or surgeons.
Common Dental FAQs
Our patients may have these common questions about our dental practice:
What treatments are covered by dental insurance?
If a dental procedure is deemed necessary for your health, it is more likely to be covered by dental insurance. Routine and restorative dental treatments are often at least partially covered by dental insurance. However, most cosmetic treatments are not covered.
What is preventative dental care?
Preventative dental care includes dental cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatment, and dental sealants. These treatments are used, usually at routine dental exams, to help prevent common dental problems like gum disease or cavities. Receiving preventative dental care every six months helps keep oral health issues at bay.
Contact our dental office today! Do you need a new Hampstead, North Carolina dentist? Call Dr. Francis today at 910-335-4392. You may also request an appointment online.