General Dentistry Care in Lancing, Michigan – Dr. Scott Stone
Dr. Scott Stone is pleased to provide patients in Lancing, Michigan with a wide range of general dentistry procedures, at his family dental practice. Our wide range of dental treatments are designed to offer every member of your family the dental care that is necessary in order to achieve and maintain a healthy smile.
- Our general dental treatments consist of:
- Oral Exams and Cleanings
- Children’s Dentistry
- Emergency Dental Care
- Dental Sealants
- Root Canal Therapy
- Tooth Extractions
- Periodontal Care
- TMJ Treatment
Oral Exams and Cleanings
The one of most valuable dental treatments that you can receive is much simpler than you may think. Oral examinations are necessary in order to diagnose any adverse conditions that may be occurring in your mouth. What many people don’t realize is many conditions go unnoticed, until they reach a state of no return – meaning that once the problem is detected and diagnosed, the treatment necessary to mend the problem becomes very extensive or the problem becomes untreatable. Oral examinations are used to detect more than just tooth decay. Oral examinations allow Dr. Stone to diagnose:
- Oral cancer and cancers of the face and neck
- Sleep Apnea
- Eating Disorders
- Gum Disease
- TMJ Disorders
Dr. Stone will recommend how often you should visit our office for a complete oral examination. In most cases, patients will be advised to receive an oral examination twice per year.
When plaque calcifies on the teeth, it turns in to a substance called calculus. Calculus is a hard substance that is not easily removed from the surface of the teeth. Only professionally designed dental tools are designed to safely remove this calcified substance. When calculus sits on the surface of the teeth for extended periods, it begins to affect the gum tissue, resulting in the first stages of gum disease.
Our professional trained hygiene team will evaluate your mouth in order to create a personalized treatment plan. Some patients may require more frequent cleanings, others will only require cleanings every six or on a yearly basis.
Dr. Stone is a firm believer in providing his adolescent patients with a friendly, warm, and safe environment during their dental treatments. Most dental fears that adult patients experience are a result of a poor experience they had as a child. Dr. Stone’s commitment to providing his adolescent patients the best dental experience brings him the most joy.
Children have unique dental care needs and what surprises many patients are when children should begin dental examinations. When your children first begin to develop their teeth is the perfect time to start introducing them to Dr. Stone and our team. The more comfortable they become with us grants them with the confidence to obtain regular dental cleanings and oral examinations.
In addition to regular cleanings and preventative care, we take the time to stress the importance of good dental habits, such as brushing and flossing. We will demonstrate the correct brushing and flossing method, and at each appointment we will evaluate how your child uses a toothbrush and floss, and reinforce the correct methods in a positive and fun manner. We aim to create an enjoyable and educational dental experience that will afford your child with the skills necessary in order to maintain a healthy mouth for a lifetime of smiles.
Emergency Dental Care
Dental emergencies can happen at any time and anywhere. Most dental emergencies take place when you least expect it, and during the most inconvenient times. When a dental emergency arises, Dr. Stone is here to provide you with emergency dental care. We are never too busy to treat a dental emergency because when left untreated, a patient may develop complications that can cause infection or tooth loss.
If you experience a dental emergency, contact Dr. Stone at our Lancing, Michigan dental practice area and we will make arrangements to treat your dental emergency. Even outside of our regular office hours, we encourage you to contact our practice with your emergency so that we can provide you with information and perform the necessary treatment. If you have experienced a serious injury that is more than just a dental care emergency, we urge you to seek medical attention right away.
Brushing and flossing everyday are essential ways to prevent cavities from forming, but there is an even more effective option to consider. That option is called dental sealants. The biting surface of your tooth consists of deep grooves and not even the most expensive toothbrush will not reach deep into these grooves to remove food particles and plaque.
A dental sealant is made of a layer of tooth-colored composite resin. The sealant material is placed over the grooves of the teeth and is cured so it is durable and strong. Dental sealants will prevent food and bacteria from entering these grooves which will cause tooth decay. Dental sealants are especially ideal for the surfaces of the back portions of teeth that may have deep cracks or grooves that are vulnerable to decay.
Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth is cracked or severely decayed, there is a chance that the pulp within the tooth can become infected. If infected, this can result in pain and much more serious dental problems. In serious cases, the infection may spread to the tooth root, the jawbone, and other areas. Hence it’s important that the dental pulp be removed in a procedure known as a root canal.
During a root canal, the infected pulp within the tooth is extracted. The pulp chamber within the tooth is cleaned to ensure all bacteria is removed and then sealed off. Tooth pain and jaw pain is alleviated, and more serious health issues are prevented from occurring.
Dr. Scott Stone is committed to helping you save your natural teeth, for a lifetime of use. There are times when a tooth is not salvageable, and requires an extraction.
Tooth extractions can also be performed for other reasons apart from decay or damage. Severe impaction may be a cause for tooth extraction, for instance. Dr. Stone will discuss why your tooth requires extraction, during your visit to our Lancing, Michigan.
Your gum tissue is perhaps one of the most important tissues in your body and when it becomes affected by one of the various forms of gum disease, the health implications are astounding.
Gum disease is linked to a number of adverse health concerns, such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, and even preterm birth. The health and appearance of your gums is just as important as the health and appearance of your teeth.
Gum disease can become a major health problem. In its early stages, known as gingivitis, your gums may bleed and be acutely sensitive. The gums may also appear red or swollen. If gingivitis goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis, these symptoms can become much worse, and the results could be major infections of the soft tissues in the mouth and tooth loss.
The above is essentially why Dr. Stone offers his patients the latest in periodontal care, including advanced treatments for gum disease. Dr. Stone will monitor the health of your gums closely at every appointment in order to stop gum disease from progressing in to more serious dental concerns.
Many people suffer from disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and don’t realize it. A disorder of the TMJ refers to the popping, locking, and clicking of the jaw, and can result in headaches, earaches, and jaw pain. In many cases, tooth grinding causes TMJ disorders because grinding your teeth places a great deal of strain on the jaw joint.
There are numerous treatments for TMJ disorders that Dr. Stone offers at his Lancing, Michigan family dental practice. These treatments range from splint therapy and nocturnal bite guards to surgical treatments. Ideally, Dr. Stone wants to address the root cause of the problem, for the most effective possible treatment. It is for that reason alone that Dr. Stone prefers to see you for a full examination in order to help you manage the pain associated with TMJ disorders.
Learn More About Your General Dentistry Options
Whatever dental problem you’re facing and whatever your age, the entire team here can help you. For more information about general dental care, contact Dr. Scott Stone in Lancing, Michigan today. Dr. Stone and his team look forward to discussing all of your general treatment options with you in more detail.