By Sean Stannard, DDS
December 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implants SmileAdvertisements for dental implants are everywhere now – on television, in magazines, even on billboards. There’s a good reason why they’re getting so much attention; they are the only tooth restoration that’s designed to be permanent and require no adjustments or removal to care for them. Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI, is proud to offer dental implants at their practice. They explain the benefits in this post.


Why are dental implants so popular?

There are several reasons why dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred method for replacing missing teeth for both patients and dentists alike. The first is their stability; with a tiny titanium post that your Waterford dentist implants in the jawbone, they will not shift out of place like dentures or simply hide a gap from view. Furthermore, they’re low maintenance. They do not need to be removed for cleaning or replaced every few years—they can simply be brushed and flossed just like your normal teeth. Proper care can mean that your dental implants will remain stable for several decades, even a lifetime.


Are dental implants right for me?

The only way to know for sure if dental implants will work for you is by scheduling a consultation with one of our dentists at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI. However, you should know that there are certain conditions and issues that may need to be addressed first. For example, good bone density is essential, as is healthy gum tissue. If these issues arise, you may need to undergo treatment for your conditions before implant treatment can begin. Likewise, it's important to discuss your medical history with our staff, as we want to ensure your safety and comfort during and after your procedure.

To make an appointment with one of our skilled, caring dentists, contact Stannard & Studt & Wolf in Waterford, MI, today, at (248) 673-7300 to ask for a dental implant consultation!

By Sean Stannard, DDS
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings   tooth pain   Crater  

Dental Filling ProcedureOne of the goals of oral hygiene and preventive dental care is to avoid tooth decay and lower the risk of developing gum disease. But the reality is that over 90% of American adults will develop at least one cavity in their lifetime according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Sean Stannard and Dr. David Studt offer general and cosmetic dentistry services for children and adults in Waterford, MI.

Dental Fillings in Waterford, MI

The best way to avoid cavities is to thoroughly brush and floss every day, visit the dentist every six months for a checkup and professional dental cleaning, and eat a healthy diet. But things happen, and cavities are a way of life for many Americans. Here are a few common signs that you may need a dental filling:

  • Pain/toothache
  • Dark spots on a tooth
  • Visible hole or crater
  • Food regularly gets stuck in a specific tooth

Dental fillings are usually very durable and meant to last for a long time, but they can crack or wear down and may need to be replaced from time to time even if the tooth has already been treated for a cavity in the past. In some cases, cavities are not detectable right away or may not present symptoms until the cavity has progressed.

Composite dental fillings can also be used to repair fractures, or teeth that have been worn down by grinding or even the normal wear and tear of the aging process over time. Keeping up with your oral hygiene and preventive dental care is the best way to protect yourself from tooth decay and gum disease.

Find a Dentist in Waterford, MI

For more information about dental fillings and other restorative or cosmetic dentistry options, contact Stannard & Studt Dentistry by calling (248) 673-7300 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stannard or Dr. Studt today.

By Sean Stannard, DDS
July 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Oral HygieneYou look at your teeth every day in the mirror, and everything probably seems okay, but you still might wonder if you’re keeping good oral hygiene habits. Good oral hygiene is key if you want to keep your teeth for life and avoid infections. It requires more than just a little occasional brushing. You must commit to daily maintenance and regular visits with a dentist at Stannard & Studt Dentistry in Waterford, MI.

The Consequences of Neglecting Your Oral Hygiene
The approximately 178 million Americans who have at least one missing tooth according to the American College of Prosthodontists most likely compromised their dental health by neglecting good oral hygiene habits. Poor hygiene causes an imbalance of bacteria in the mouth that could eventually lead to dental or gum diseases. Not caring for your teeth can also cause cosmetic problems, like discoloration, tooth weakness, and small cracks in the enamel.

Best Practices for Oral Hygiene
If you’re having oral health challenges, you can turn things around by sticking with a new daily hygiene plan. Here are some best practices to remember:

- When you brush spend at least 30 seconds in each quadrant. Be sure to brush all surfaces, including the sides and the pits and fissures of your molars.
- Floss every day, preferably after meals. Flossing is the single most useful activity that you can perform to avoid gum disease.
- Rinse leftover particles from the mouth using a hydrogen peroxide-based mouthwash suggested by your Waterford dentist. It helps neutralize the presence of bad bacteria.

Better Dental Visits, Better Oral Health
Many people avoid going to the dentist because they’re afraid of the news that they’ll get. By taking better care of your teeth at home each day, you’ll increase the chance that you’ll have a positive experience the next time you visit for a checkup. Good oral hygiene is a key element of preventive dental care.

Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
It is easy to keep your mouth healthy—just reserve a few minutes per day for your oral hygiene routine. You should also see a dentist for a professional cleaning and checkup as soon as possible. Call (248) 673-7300 today to schedule an appointment at Stannard & Studt Dentistry in Waterford, MI, with Dr. Sean Stannard or Dr. David Studt.


With exciting innovations in cosmetic dentistry over the last few decades, we can now transform nearly any unattractive smile. One of the best and most cost-effective of these is the porcelain veneer. These thin layers of dental porcelain are bonded over the front of chipped, slightly misaligned or stained teeth to create an entirely new look.

Veneers have evolved over time, especially with the materials they contain that give them their beauty and life-likeness. The first veneers were made mainly of feldspathic porcelain, a mineral composition known for its similarity in color and translucence to natural teeth.

But because this early porcelain had a high amount of silica (in essence, glass), and because they were created through overlaying several thin layers that weren’t as strong as a single piece, they were prone to shattering. This made them problematic for teeth subject to heavy biting forces or patients with clenching or grinding habits.

The situation changed dramatically in the 1990s, when dental labs began adding Leucite, a sturdier glass-like mineral that didn’t diminish the porcelain’s translucence. Not only did Leucite make veneers more shatter-resistant, it also enabled dental technicians to fashion most of the veneer in one piece to further strengthen it.

More recent veneers may now incorporate an even stronger material called lithium disilicate. Because lithium disilicate has twice the strength of Leucite, veneers made with it can be as thin as 0.3 millimeters. Not only does this blend together the most desirable qualities expected of a veneer—strength, aesthetic appeal and easy fabrication—it allows for a broader range of situations and uses.

Both of these materials can be pressed or milled to assume the exact shape necessary to fit a particular tooth. The manufacturing process also allows for creating smaller veneers that can then be overlaid with porcelain for the most life-like appearance possible.

Thanks to these stronger materials enhancing the natural beauty of porcelain, we now have a wider creative palate for transforming your smile.  

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better Than Ever.”

By Sean Stannard, DDS
May 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign trayInterested in getting a healthy, beautiful smile? Not interested in uncomfortable and ugly metal braces? Invisalign clear aligners from Stannard & Studt Dentistry in Waterford, MI, could solve the problem. Dr. Sean Stannard and Dr. David Studt use these clear orthodontic aligners to promote optimal oral health and dramatically improve smile aesthetics. Plus, the aligners are comfortable, easy to take care of, and practically unnoticeable.

Your Invisalign smile

Invisalign clear aligners look a lot like professional teeth whitening trays. Customized for a snug fit, these acrylic appliances move teeth--just as traditional braces do. However, unlike metal, lingual, or ceramic braces, there are no irritating wires or brackets, no lengthy oral hygiene requirements, and no off-limits foods. Simply put, Invisalign aligners are easier to live with, very discreet, and 100 percent removable.

With their amazing benefits comes treatment applications for a wide variety of orthodontic issues such as:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Underbite
  • Tooth rotation and tipping
  • Protruding front teeth

While dentists still employ conventional braces for complicated smile alignment problems, Invisalign works for a wide array of mild to moderate problems. Plus, treatment takes just nine to 18 months--not the two to two and a half years or more typical of metal braces.

Walking the Invisalign path

Dr. Stannard or Dr. Studt in Waterford will guide you through your treatment with Invisalign. You'll receive a complete examination, X-rays, oral impressions, and a special three-dimensional scan. With this information, the Invisalign lab will craft your aligner pairs.

Typically, patients wear 18 to 30 pairs for two weeks each. You may remove them for meals, brushing, and flossing, and while the aligners are very discreet, some patients elect to take them out for special events such as weddings and professional presentations.

Throughout your treatment, you'll visit Stannard & Studt Dentistry every month to six weeks for progress checks. These appointments are quick and easy because there are no wires to adjust or rubber bands to replace.

After your Invisalign treatment is completed, you'll wear a retainer. This removable or bonded on appliance keeps your beautiful, straight smile perfectly aligned for years.

Join the millions

Invisalign has helped about about 5 million adults and older teens over the past twenty-one years. If you're interested in a new smile, why not contact Stannard & Studt Dentistry in Waterford, MI, for an appointment to learn more. Call our office team at (248) 673-7300.

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