Affordable Dental Center of Wellington

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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If you are searching for a new dentist in the Royal Palm Beach area, you want to make the right choice. Having questions about the services we provide, cost of treatment, and what you can expect when you visit our dental office makes sense.

If your question is not listed here, we invite you to contact us directly and our friendly team will be happy to help.


Woman Getting A Dental X-RayDr. Bussell can identify a number of oral conditions during your comprehensive dental exam. Because enamel is covering each tooth, he cannot always detect what is happening beneath the surface. A dental x-ray will reveal more than is visible to the naked eye alone.

Why X-Rays Help

Without dental x-rays, a small cavity can spread under the enamel, deteriorating the interior of your tooth and even affecting the nerve. By monitoring your health routinely with x-rays, we can stop this progression. Since we use digital dental x-rays, our patients are receiving the safest and most accurate x-rays available today.

Digital x-rays work very much like a digital camera, delivering a high-resolution image immediately to the treatment room monitor for Dr. Bussell to review and to assist him in diagnosis.

Your Safety & Comfort Is Our Top Priority in Royal Palm Beach

Because they emit up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays, digital dental x-rays are one of the safest medical x-rays used today. You will absorb more radiation by being outside on a sunny afternoon.

We recommend dental x-rays based on the needs of our patients. We will typically take bitewings on a yearly basis and a full-mouth series every 3-5 years, depending on your dental history.

Not all procedures require anesthetic. Dr. Bussell will discuss whether you will feel more comfortable with anesthetic or if it’s possible to have your procedure without it. 

For small fillings, sealants, and bonding, anesthetic may not be required as only the enamel of the teeth require preparation. For deeper decay, crowns, implants, and extractions, we recommend that you opt to be completely numb so that you feel comfortable during your procedure.

Injections can cause minimal discomfort with the proper delivery technique. Dr. Bussell has spent years perfecting his injection technique so that patients can enjoy a pain-free experience.

Girl Covering Her Mouth | Anesthetic DentistryOur Affordable Sedation Methods

Topical numbing agent – Dr. Bussell will numb the tissue before he numbs your tooth. This will practically eliminate discomfort from your injection. Applying a topical anesthetic and waiting for it to take effect will dramatically improve your experience.

Slow anesthetic delivery – Delivering anesthetic slowly reduces discomfort. Since patient comfort is our top priority, Dr. Bussell will take his time, delivering the anesthetic in small doses to make the process more comfortable.

Your Comfort & Care Is Our Priority at our Wellington Dental Office

Don’t let fear or discomfort keep you from seeking the dentistry you need for a healthy smile and gums. Our team at Affordable Dental Center of Wellington will help you have a pain-free experience that is more pleasant than you might expect. Contact our Wellington dental office today to learn more!

Fear of pain is one of the most common reasons patients avoid the dentist and the necessary dental treatment they need to maintain a healthy smile. At Affordable Dental Center of Wellington, we prioritize patient comfort every step of the way and make it possible for patients who have avoided dentistry in the past to attain a healthy smile.

Woman Fearing The Dentist | Pain Free DentistryWe Ensure Your Comfort When Patients Are In The Chair

One of the many reasons that patients choose our dental office is that Dr. Steven Bussell is known for his gentle touch. He delivers injections with minimal discomfort by numbing the area before delivering anesthetic. A topical anesthetic makes the injection process possible with minimal discomfort, and Dr. Bussell allows plenty of time for the anesthetic to take effect before beginning.

He will communicate with you throughout your procedure, making sure you feel completely comfortable.

We believe that all dentistry can be a comfortable experience and will work with you to alleviate your fears and help you feel confident about the care you receive.

Don't Avoid Treatment, Our Team Will Take Care Of You

Avoiding the dentist can lead to serious dental conditions that require more extensive treatment in the future. We invite you to contact us to arrange an appointment with Dr. Steven Bussell in Royal Palm Beach, FL. We look forward to exceeding your expectations in every way and to giving you a comfortable dental experience.

Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crown | Wellington FLEach type of dental restoration has a specific purpose for repairing a tooth. When multiple options exist, Dr. Bussell will present each of them along with the benefits and limitations of each so you can make a choice that fits both your oral health needs and your budget.

The Purpose Of A Dental Filling

Dental fillings seal a tooth after removing a cavity. A dental filling keeps bacteria out of your tooth and restores the shape. Dental fillings work best for small or medium-sized fillings and for filling small chips or irregularities. Dental fillings come in numerous shades to complement your smile.

Why A Crown Is Sometimes The Only Option

In the case of deep decay that compromises the structure of your tooth, additional support from a dental crown will provide the support necessary to protect your tooth while chewing. A dental crown covers the tooth completely, like a protective helmet, and can prevent additional damage.

Other circumstances that may require a dental crown include protecting a root canal-treated tooth, rebuilding a worn bite, improving the appearance of a tooth, and repairing cracked or fractured teeth.

Call Our Royal Palm Beach Dental Office Today

Contact our Royal Palm Beach dental office to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Steven Bussell. He will explain all of your treatment options and answer your questions about your oral health.


man smiling with dental mirror in front of mouthHearing that you need to have a tooth extraction can be devastating news, and we sympathize with your feelings. But we want you to know that we are here for you, starting with the stress-free removal of your tooth through to its replacement with a dental implant, bridge, or dentures.

Dental Extractions in 33411

We know that dental extractions in the 33411 area can be anxiety-producing. You should know that Dr. Bussell is an experienced dentist who is known for his gentle touch and will provide you with the most comfortable procedure possible.

Tooth Replacement Options

After your mouth heals, the next step is to discuss which tooth replacement is right for your needs. A denture bridge or partial denture is an excellent choice if you need to replace one or a few missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all missing teeth in your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both.

Dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement and can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth with the addition of a bridge or denture for stability.

Contact Our Royal Palm Beach Office

If you have been told you need a tooth extraction, call our Royal Palm Beach dental office. We’ll provide a gentle tooth extraction, ensure that the healing process goes smoothly, and help you choose a tooth replacement to restore your smile.

Root Canal Therapy

Diagram of root canal procedureRoot canals are, undoubtedly, one of the least understood and most feared dental treatments out there. 

If you need root canal treatment in Wellington, you probably have tons of questions about the procedure. How long does a root canal take? What happens to my tooth after treatment? Will I have dietary restrictions? 

The question we hear most often from our patients is no doubt on your mind, as well: Will my root canal be painful?

Gentle Dentistry in Wellington

The idea that root canals are painful is a common and widespread misconception. For most patients, root canals are about as painful as an ordinary tooth filling. In other words, root canals should not hurt at all, and you should only feel mild pressure throughout the treatment. 

Root Canal Procedure

If you need a root canal, it means your tooth is severely injured and at-risk for extraction. To save the tooth and prevent extraction, our Wellington dentist will perform root canal treatment on the interior of your tooth. Before we begin treatment, we will numb the area around your tooth. You shouldn’t feel any sensations, including pain. 

Throughout your root canal, Dr. Bussell will use a small dental drill and other specialized instruments to treat your infection. It’s normal to feel pressure associated with these instruments, but the pressure is the only thing you should feel. 

Once your root canal treatment is complete, you will actually be in considerably less pain than you were before your treatment began! 

Man Wondering | Root Canal DentistRoot canal treatment is an effort to save an infected tooth from an extraction. It is highly effective, and when used in conjunction with a dental crown, we can prolong the life of your tooth for years – or even decades.

In some cases, however, patients want an alternative to root canal therapy and opt for a dental extraction.

Why It Is Important To Filling In Missing Areas

Replacing a missing tooth is important because leaving a gap in your smile allows your remaining teeth to shift. This can negatively impact your bite and even expose roots, causing sensitivity and gum disease.

Dental Implants As An Option for Tooth Loss

Dental implants are a popular choice to replace missing teeth because they replace the entire tooth, including the root, and provide a stable, long-term solution that supports healthy bone and blends in with your smile.

Extractions As An Option in 33411

In the case of multiple extractions, we can replace teeth with single dental implants, dental bridges, implant-supported bridges, implant-supported dentures, or conventional partials and dentures.

We Will Do What's In Your Best Interest at our Royal Palm Beach Dental Office

Contact Affordable Dental Center of Wellington to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Steven Bussell. He will diagnose any dental conditions you have and provide you with all of your treatment options so you can make the best choice for the future of your smile

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Couple Smiling | Dentures Wellington FLWhen patients consider dentures, they often feel concerned that they will be required to go without teeth after their extractions. We don't want our patients to deal with this worry, and that's why Dr. Steven Bussell designs immediate dentures for patients to wear as they heal.

Immediate dentures will be designed before your dental extractions occur and will be available for use during the months following your extractions. Regular adjustments throughout the healing process will ensure a good fit as your tissue and bone heal.

Immediate dentures have a soft inner lining to cradle your delicate tissue as it heals. Replacing this lining at regular intervals will keep your immediate denture fit snug yet comfortable.

Benefits Of Immediate Dentures - Available at our Wellington Dental Office

  • Prevent you from having to appear in public without teeth
  • Help you adjust to changes in speech patterns immediately
  • Minimize facial distortions
  • Allow you to chew more effectively
  • Make it easier for you to grow accustomed to denture wear

Maintenance for Dentures

Dr. Bussell will design and create final dentures once the healing process is complete.

It is important to maintain regular dental exams even if you have dentures. Dr. Bussell will monitor bone loss, examine dentures for cracks or damage, perform an oral cancer screening, and make any adjustments to your denture to eliminate sores or improve fit.

Even with meticulous care, most people will need to replace their dentures every 8 to 10 years due to changes in bone.

Get Your Smile Restored At Our Royal Palm Beach, FL Office

Give us a call today if you have any questions, or if you'd like to schedule a consultation with our team!

Dental Emergencies

Woman holding ice pack to jaw | Emergency Dentist Royal Palm BeachWhen you have a dental emergency like a toothache, lost dental crown, or chipped or broken tooth, you need relief, and you need it fast. The first step is to call our emergency dentist in 33411, and we will see you as soon as possible.

Emergency Care for Knocked-Out Tooth

The most critical dental emergency is a knocked-out permanent tooth. We have about two hours in which we have any hope of successfully re-implanting the tooth. Call us right away so we can give you instructions for handling the tooth and prepare for your arrival.

Severe Toothache

Some emergencies require immediate treatment at our Royal Palm Beach dental office, and these usually involve a severe toothache. Tooth pain is always a sign that something needs our attention, and in the case of severe pain, timely treatment can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

We may be able to remove the decay and repair the tooth with a filling. If the decay has advanced to the innermost part of your tooth, a root canal or even tooth extraction may be necessary.

Less Critical Dental Emergencies

Less critical situations usually involve problems like a lost filling, loose dental crown, or broken tooth. These emergencies don’t typically require immediate attention unless you are in pain. But Dr. Bussell needs to see you as soon as possible to investigate the problem and prevent further damage to the tooth.

Contact Your Royal Palm Beach Emergency Dentist

Whatever your dental emergency in 33411 is, call us right away. We’ll ask you about your symptoms to determine how urgent your situation is and schedule your appointment accordingly.

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