Posts for: July, 2017

By Sean Stannard, DDS
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Thanks to dental crowns, there's no need to live with a damaged tooth. Our Waterford, MI, dentists, Dr. Sean Stannard and Dr. David Studtdental crowns of Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry, explain how crowns can improve and protect your smile.

What do crowns do?

Crowns help keep fragile teeth from falling apart and restore the appearance and function of damaged teeth. Crowns, or caps as they're commonly called, are an excellent option when a tooth is damaged. The restorations slip on top of damaged teeth, encasing them completely in porcelain, resin or other tough and durable materials.

Dental crowns are a good choice if you've broken a tooth

Crowns are ideal for restoring broken teeth. Although ignoring a broken tooth is certainly an option, breaks in teeth can cause extreme sensitivity. Every time a blast of air passes over the tooth, or you eat or drink something hot or cold, you may experience a jolt of pain. It's also much more difficult to chew and bite foods with a broken tooth. Adding a crown to the tooth improves its appearance and allows you to use it once again for eating. Because dental crowns are made from an impression of your mouth, they fit the gap in your smile perfectly.

Crowns protect at-risk teeth

Crowns also prevent damage from occurring. They're often used to:

  • Prevent Cracks and Breaks: Large fillings and root canals remove decayed, inflamed or infected portions of your teeth. Although these procedures are very beneficial, they weaken teeth. Weak teeth may also be a trait you've inherited from your parents. If brittle teeth run in your family, we may recommend a crown when you visit our Waterford office. Crowns strengthen fragile teeth and prevent them from cracking or breaking.
  • Stop Cracks from Growing: Cracks don't usually stay the same size. Even if you try to avoid chewing on a cracked tooth, sooner or later, it may fracture. Crowns protect your cracked teeth and decrease the likelihood that they'll break.

Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for a crown? Make an appointment with Dr. Stannard and Dr. Studt of Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI.


There are a number of ways to improve unsightly teeth. You can, of course, replace them with dental implants — but not if they're still viable. You can crown them: however, you'll have to significantly reduce their structure for the crowns to fit over them.

There is another less invasive option for teeth with mild to moderate imperfections — you can cover them with porcelain veneers. As the name implies, a veneer is a thin covering of dental porcelain bonded to the outside surface of a tooth. They literally put a “new face” on chipped, stained or slightly gapped teeth.

You'll first need a dental examination to ensure your teeth are reasonably healthy and that you don't have any significant dental problems that could interfere with the veneers. We can then design your veneers' shape and color to achieve the look you desire. We can also create a temporary “trial smile” with acrylic replicas of your proposed veneers to give you a realistic impression of your future smile.

The next step is the possibility the teeth need to be prepared for the veneers. Although quite thin, veneers can still make the teeth look larger or bulky. To compensate, we remove some of the tooth enamel. Although much less than for a crown, this alteration is still permanent: your teeth will need some form of restoration from now on. There are also “no-prep” veneers, which require no tooth surface reduction.  Ask us if this is an option.

We then make an impression of the teeth, which with other information will guide a technician at a dental laboratory to manually create your new veneers. This can take several weeks and requires a high degree of artistry to produce a custom product that will match your teeth.

Once they've arrived, we'll use a permanent bonding process to precisely attach them to your teeth.  It will then be up to you to care for your veneers, especially not biting down on anything hard that could chip or crack them. You should also maintain regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene to keep your smile as bright and attractive as possible.

Although small in size, veneers can make a big impression. They can restore the smile you once had — or give you the look you've always wanted.

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: Strength & Beauty as Never Before.”

By Sean Stannard, DDS
July 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  

So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”

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