By Sean Stannard, DDS
February 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal   Toothache  

ToothacheTooth pain can vary from mild sensitivity when you drink something cold to a throbbing, jaw-aching torture which needs immediate relief. At Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI, Dr. Sean Stannard and Dr. David Studt relieve tooth pain with a variety of restorative procedures. One of the most well-known and effective is root canal therapy. Learn the details here on how it could stop your uncomfortable symptoms.

What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy is a tried and true restorative treatment performed right at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford. The procedure is so named for the slender canals, or chambers, which course down each tooth root. Each root canal (there are up to four) contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, and if exposed to bacteria through injury or decay, they become inflamed and infected.

So, if your dentists confirm a problem with the health of the soft pulp inside a tooth, he may recommend a root canal procedure to open the tooth, to expose the canals and to clean and disinfect them.

Dr. Stannard or Dr. Studt accomplish this by first numbing the tooth and isolating it from the rest of the mouth with a rubber dam. Then, he creates tiny holes in the tooth, and he accesses and debrides the root canals with a series of small files.

He adds some antibiotics and a rubbery putty called gutta-percha to strengthen and seal each canal. A temporary filling tops off the tooth, protecting as it heals for the next week to ten days.

After healing is complete, you return to the office to receive a permanent crown which naturalizes the tooth's function, durability and appearance. Best of all, your tooth will feel more pain, gum or jaw swelling, drainage, or other deleterious symptoms of decay, abscess or fracture.

Keep your tooth

Your dental team at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry sees many people whose teeth are in serious jeopardy. While some patients worry that restorative root canal procedures cause pain, Dr. Stannard and Dr. Studt wish to assure you that a root canal can relieve your tooth pain and return you to good oral health. If you have a toothache, dental sensitivity or other worrisome symptoms, please call our office for an appointment. A root canal may be just what you need to feel better. Call (248) 673-7300.

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.”

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