Restorative Family Dentistry in Lancing, Michigan - Dr. Scott Stone
Restoring decayed and damaged teeth is the cornerstone for achieving a health mouth. The health of your mouth affects every aspect of your health. Serious dental concerns will do more than just affect the appearance of your smile. Chipped, cracked, and decayed teeth can all lead to severe dental pain, discomfort, and ultimately poor dental health.
Dr. Scott Stone’s Lancing, Michigan family dental practice offers a wide range of restorative dental treatments for every member of your family. Each treatment listed below addresses a specific dental concern. Dr. Stone is pleased to offer the following restorative dental services:
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Root Canal Therapy
Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have very large fillings and/or teeth that have had a root canal. Dental crowns are “caps” that cover the entire tooth, in order to provide a stable restoration. When the dental filling material is larger than the remaining natural tooth structure on a severely damaged or decayed tooth, the risk for that tooth fracturing increases. With a dental crown in place, it will protect the natural tooth from further harm, restore function to that tooth and provide an esthetically pleasing restoration.
The procedure for preparing and placing a dental crown is rather quite simple. Dr. Stone will begin by carefully prepared the tooth for the dental crown. This means that the removal of any decayed or damaged tooth structure is necessary. Once this step is complete, an impression is made of the prepared tooth. This impression is sent to a dental lab, which will fabricate the dental crown accordingly. Dr. Stone will take a custom shade of your surrounding teeth, in order to create a natural result. During the time spent waiting for the permanent crown to be made, you will wear a temporary dental crown until the permanent restoration is complete.
When Dr. Stone receives the permanent crown, you will return to our office. The crown is bonded to your tooth with a strong bonding material that is designed to prevent any contaminates from entering the space between the natural tooth and the crown. Dr. Stone will adjust the crown so that you teeth bite together naturally. After 24 hours, you are able to enjoy your favorite foods once again.
Dental bridges are used replace missing teeth, in the same area of your mouth. If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you are fully aware of just how much a missing tooth can affect the overall appearance of your smile and your enjoyment of food.
A dental bridge has two distinctive parts: one or more crowns that anchor the bridge to the teeth and one or more pontic’s which are used to replace the teeth that are missing.
The dental bridge procedure is very similar to the dental crown procedure. The anchor teeth are prepared for the crown portion of the bridge, and an impression is taken and then sent to the dental laboratory. Dr. Stone will also take a custom shade of your teeth in order to achieve a perfect match for the most natural results. While the bridge is at the lab, the technician will construct the bridge to fit the prepared teeth, and will design the pontics to replace the missing teeth. The end result is a naturally beautiful bridge that is durable and esthetically pleasing.
Dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of teeth, or a large group of teeth in the same arch when there are still healthy natural teeth that remain. Dr. Stone will consult with you in order to determine the best type of dentures for your specific situation.
Dr. Stone also pleased to offer patients with denture repair and reline services. Ill-fitting dentures affect not only your ability to eat comfortable, the esthetics of your dentures are also affected. Dr. Stone will take the accurate impressions that are necessary in order to correctly reline or repair your dentures, and send them to his trusted dental laboratory where they will craft your current dentures in to ones that are comfortable and esthetically pleasing at the same time.
While traditional removable dental restorations such as complete and partial dentures or fixed dental restorations such as dental bridges are considered effective solutions for replacing missing teeth, dental implants provide an extremely secure and esthetically pleasing option for replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants consist of a titanium anchor that essentially replicates your natural tooth’s root and a porcelain dental crown that is affixed to the anchor and replaces the natural crown of the tooth. Together, they create a “bionic tooth” that is surgically fused into your bone directly in the area of the missing tooth. Dental implants quickly becoming the preferable option to removable dental restorations, for a number of reasons. The most obvious benefit is the strength and durability that dental implants provide. They also offer a much more secure hold compared to a traditional dental bridge. In addition, dental implants prevent bone loss and gum recession from occurring in the area of the tooth gap.
The process for obtaining dental implants is strategically planned in order to allow sufficient healing time, but the greater length in time is a necessary to give you the best results. During the oral surgery portion of the procedure, the dental implants will be implanted directly into the bone in the area of the missing tooth. In the months after surgery, a process known as osseointegration will take place. This essentially means that the dental implants will become fused with your jawbone as the bone regenerated and secures itself to the implant. The gum tissue begins to form around the outer area of the implant the way it did when the natural tooth was present. Essentially the dental implant becomes another part of your mouth. Once the area is fully healed, a dental crown is placed onto the anchor, providing you with the most esthetically pleasing dental restoration available today.
Dental implants are also used for patients with partial or complete dentures that are having a difficult time achieving a tight and secure fit. Dental implants are used to “clip” a denture into place, providing our denture patients with the highest quality dentures available.
Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy is performed on a tooth that has a dead or dying nerve. In order to save the tooth for a life time of future use, the nerve inside the tooth needs to be completely removed by Dr. Stone. The procedure to remove the nerve is called root canal therapy.
Many patients fear the root canal therapy appointment but in essence, Dr. Stone preforms the root canal therapy in order to alleviate the pain associated with a damaged or infected tooth. When asked, most patients admit that their treatment was painless. The perception that root canal therapy is painful likely originated because of the heightened response to sensation when you have a very painful toothache. Even the slightest touch may send a great deal amount of pain through the tooth. Dr. Stone utilizes techniques that reduce the amount of pain and discomfort typical with a severely infected tooth.
Learn More About Your Family Restorative Dentistry Options
Dr. Stone’s commitment to providing patients in Lancing, Michigan with a wide range of dental services will allow every member of your family the ability to enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Contact Dr. Stone
to book a consultation that is designed to assess your current dental situation and devise a plan that will effectively treat all of your dental issues, in one convenient location.