Posts for: July, 2016

By Sean Stannard, DDS
July 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Find out how this simple tooth-shaped restoration could do wonders for your smile.

While we all hope that the efforts we put into caring for our smile pan out when it comes to maintaining good oral health, there are dental crownssome scenarios that just cannot be predicted. If you are dealing with damaged teeth, then it’s time you discussed with our Waterford, MI dentists Dr. Sean Stannard and Dr. David Studt how dental crowns could benefit you.

Improved Appearance

Obviously, a dental crown is designed to look like a healthy natural tooth. And while a dental crown is often used to cover damaged teeth, it doesn’t mean that they can’t also be an option for those patients looking to make aesthetic changes to their smile, too.

If you are dealing with a tooth that is severely cracked, chipped, stained or malformed, then a dental crown can easily mask all these problems and give you a tooth that looks natural and is definitely more pleasing to look at.

Better Oral Health

A tooth that is weak due to decay or infection is negatively impacting your oral health. These are issues that won’t go away without the proper treatment from your Waterford, MI general dentists. In fact, if you let decay or an infection continue to progress you may end up losing the tooth altogether. By turning to us for treatment as soon as possible you can prevent tooth loss.

Restored Chewing

Having a weak tooth can often make it difficult to chew, particularly if you are also experiencing dental pain. But when you get a dental crown be ready to enjoy all your favorite foods again without worrying about pain or discomfort. Plus, you won’t have to worry that every time you bite into something crunchy or hard that you may damage your tooth further.

A Stronger Tooth

A dental crown is designed not only to restore your tooth’s shape but also its ability to function. While teeth are pretty durable they aren’t impenetrable. A weak tooth needs a strong outer layer to protect it from further deterioration. A dental crown provides that additional protection that your tooth needs to remain strong.

If you have questions about dental crowns or if you just want to find out if they are the restoration for you, then call Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI to schedule your next appointment. Turn to us for general, preventive and cosmetic dentistry.

By Sean Stannard, DDS
July 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”

By Sean Stannard, DDS
July 01, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

Some things in life look worse than they really are. A condition known as “geographic tongue” is a good example: while it may look serious, it’s not a cause for real concern.

If you’ve never heard of geographic tongue it’s because it’s not a common ailment: it only affects one to three percent of the population. The name comes from patches of redness on the top surface of the tongue surrounded by grayish white borders, which gives the red patches a look similar to land masses on a map.

It’s known formally as “benign migratory glossitis,” which tells us more about the condition: “benign” means the patches aren’t cancerous; “migratory” indicates the patches tend to move and take different shapes along the surface of the tongue. In fact, it’s possible for them to appear, disappear, and then reappear over the course of a few days.

The exact causes of geographic tongue haven’t been fully substantiated. Researchers believe emotional stress, psychological problems or hormonal disturbances (especially women during pregnancy or ovulation) could be triggers for its occurrence. Certain dietary deficiencies like zinc or vitamin B, or acidic foods are also believed to be factors.

While geographic tongue isn’t painful, it can leave your tongue feeling more sensitive with a mild burning or stinging sensation. If you’re prone to having geographic tongue, there are some things you can do to reduce the irritation. Try to avoid eating acidic or spicy foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits or mint, as well as astringent substances like alcohol or certain mouthwashes. We may also prescribe anesthetic mouthrinses, antihistamines or steroid ointments to help ease any discomfort.

The good news, though, is that this harmless condition is more irritating than anything else. With a little care and forethought you won’t even know you have it.

If you would like more information on geographic tongue, 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 “Geographic Tongue.”

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