Swansboro Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We want you to feel confident when you choose Swansboro Family Dentistry for your general dentistry needs. If you have questions, our helpful team is here to help, and you will have plenty of time at your dental exam to discuss any concerns you might have with your dentist.

Here are some of our most common questions, but if yours is not on the list, just give us a call or reach out via our contact page. 

Crowns and Bridges

It can feel frustrating when you break a tooth or have a cavity and assume that a simple filling is all you need to take care of the problem, only to find that your Swansboro dentist recommends a dental crown instead. It is important to remember, however, that our dentists want to give you the type of care they expect for their own families which means dentistry that lasts and is done right the first time.

A dental filling seals the tooth. A filling can repair many cavities, chips, and small breaks while keeping bacteria from re-entering the tooth.

A crown adds support to a compromised tooth. This is particularly important for molars, which absorb most of the force of chewing. Molars often have a greater need for crowns than front teeth, though we make recommendations on a tooth-by-tooth basis.

A dental crown can also rebuild a tooth that has wear due to teeth grinding. This not only improves the appearance of the tooth, but also keeps the bite functioning properly.

We offer tooth-colored crowns at our Swansboro general dentistry practice. In some cases, a porcelain crown reinforced with metal or a full gold crown will work better for patients’ back teeth. We will be happy to discuss your options with you.

Contact Swansboro Family Dentistry to book an evaluation.

Dental Implants

Having a gap in your smile is devastating to self-confidence, but the repercussions of a missing tooth go far beyond just how you look when you smile. If you have a job where you speak regularly, talking with a missing tooth, especially a front one, can impact your speech. If you consider yourself a foodie and don’t want to feel limited in your dietary choices, replacing your tooth is essential.

There are also some health implications for missing teeth that happen behind the scenes. Bone loss and shifting teeth can impact your bite and cause additional tooth loss.

When you lose a tooth, the bone that supports it will diminish because it is no longer needed to support the tooth. When the bone shrinks away, it leads to a sunken appearance in the face and destabilizes the foundation of your smile.

The only tooth replacement option that preserves the bone is dental implants, which is why they are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. Because dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root, they stimulate bone and keep it from disappearing.

If you prefer a non-surgical option to replace teeth, dental bridges and partial dentures will keep remaining teeth in line. 

If you have a missing tooth and want to know your alternatives, contact Swansboro Family Dentistry to book an evaluation.

General Dentistry

For the most part, we focus on the health of our patients’ smiles, but our dentists also understand that having a smile that makes you feel proud of the way you look can benefit you in every situation, which is why we offer cosmetic dentistry services in our Swansboro, NC dental office.

Many of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments are far more affordable than you might think. 

Cosmetic bonding – Bonding is a non-invasive procedure that makes small repairs to the teeth including fixing chips, gaps, and irregularly shaped teeth.

Teeth whitening – We offer both custom teeth whitening trays and disposable trays as teeth whitening options. Professional strength whitening gel works far more effectively than anything over-the-counter.

If it’s a full smile makeover you are looking for, we have many options to recreate your look.

Crowns and veneers – Rebuild worn, damaged, and decayed teeth with dental crowns, or give yourself a Hollywood smile with veneers to restore the length and shape of your teeth. 

Bridges and dental implants – Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious and make it difficult to speak properly. Regain your confidence and your oral health by replacing missing teeth and eat all of the foods you love.

Your Swansboro cosmetic dentists are happy to consult with you about your smile.

Finding a family dentist to look after your family’s smiles can feel complicated with so many choices. At Swansboro Family Dentistry, we welcome your questions because we want you to feel confident in your choice of dentists.

Here are a few points to consider when choosing a dentist for your oral health needs.

  1. Consider the services the dentist provides. If you are looking for comprehensive dental care for each member of your family, Swansboro Family Dentistry welcomes patients of all ages from five to ninety-five and beyond. We have most everything we need in our Swansboro dentist office to care for you without the need for a specialist.
  2. Does your dentist have the latest technology? Digital dental x-rays, intraoral cameras, and panoramic x-rays make treatment more accurate and efficient.
  3. Is the professional and clinical staff well-trained and courteous? You should be treated with respect and integrity at every turn. From your initial exam to your long-term dental care, you are the most important person in our practice, and we will make sure you feel that way.

To learn more about how we care for the families in Swansboro with comprehensive general dentistry, give our team a call.

Our dentists have over 40 years of experience in successfully completing treatments for patients in a pleasant, easy, and efficient manner. Your comfort is always our top priority. Are you feeling a bit nervous? Our good-natured and friendly team does a great job of that, too. When families become part of our dental practice, they feel like friends and family – and we like it that way.

If you have had a past negative experience, let us know. You might be surprised how much a reassuring team can alleviate your fears.

Rest assured that we will not proceed with any treatment until you feel completely numb. Our dentists expertly deliver anesthetic and will check in with you throughout your appointment to make sure you still feel relaxed.

Our safe, clean, and welcoming dental office is a Swansboro gem. Not only do we feature technology that takes the guesswork out of dentistry, but it also makes treatment far more predictable and faster, which means less time in the dental chair for you.

Above all else, we believe that treating patients with respect and integrity goes a long way to forming a long-term professional relationship you can trust. If you are looking for a Swansboro dentist, give us a call to learn more.

Teeth Fillings

It is normal to have some cold sensitivity after a cavity is removed and a filling is placed. This is due to the activity within the tooth near the nerve, possible gum irritation, and pressure caused by removing the cavity. In most cases, mild irritation and sensitivity can be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Tooth sensitivity can last a few days, or sometimes a few weeks. If the sensitivity does not go away, please contact us. In some cases, the filling might need to be adjusted by our dentists because it is too high. While we check the bite for each filling, mild inflammation can cause it to be slightly off. In other cases, the anesthetic makes it difficult to get an accurate bite reading at the time of your appointment. Teeth are quite particular! Even a fraction of a millimeter can cause a tooth to feel sensitive and make it difficult to chew.

Sensitivity following a tooth filling is not usually a cause for concern, but we want you to feel comfortable, so getting in touch with our Swansboro dental office will give us a chance to make those fine adjustments that give you a comfortable filling and bite.

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