Posts for tag: Dental Implants

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!


Due to financial circumstances, people often have a lost tooth restored with a removable partial denture, an effective appliance that restores function and a degree of aesthetic appearance. Later, though, they may want to improve both function and appearance with a dental implant.

If this describes you, you’re making a great choice. Dental implants are the closest technology we have to a natural tooth. But there may be a roadblock to your implant, especially if a long time has passed since your tooth loss—there may not be enough bone at the site to place an implant.

The heart of an implant is a titanium metal post surgically imbedded in the jawbone. The titanium naturally attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to it to form a solid hold that can support a porcelain crown or other restorations like bridges or dentures. But to achieve a natural appearance it’s important that the implant is placed in the right location. To achieve that requires adequate bone.

But there may not be adequate bone if the tooth has been missing for a while. The forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the jawbone, which stimulates bone growth. If that stimulus is absent because of a missing tooth, new bone cells may not replace older ones at a healthy rate and the total bone volume begins to diminish. A denture can’t compensate and, in fact, accelerates bone loss.

But there may be a solution: bone grafting. With this procedure we place a donor bone graft into the area of bone deficiency some time before implant surgery. The graft serves as a scaffold for new bone cells to grow upon. Hopefully, this will produce enough healthy bone to support an implant. If the bone deficiency is minor, we may place the implant and the bone graft at the same time.

If you have experienced bone loss, we must first determine the amount of bone at the missing tooth site and whether grafting is a viable option. Bone grafting postpones your implant, but the delay will be worth the wait if we’re successful. With increased bone volume you’ll be able to obtain a new tooth that’s superior to your current restoration.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


Dental implants are considered today’s premier method for restoring missing teeth. Obtaining an implant, though, is often a long process and the implants themselves must be surgically placed within the jaw bone. Nothing to worry about, though: implant surgery is a minor to moderate procedure akin to a surgical tooth extraction.

Still like any surgery, this procedure does involve cutting into the soft tissues of the gums and could allow oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream. While most bacteria in the mouth are harmless (and even beneficial) a few strains can cause disease. For some people, especially those with certain heart conditions or joint replacements, this could potentially cause serious issues in other parts of their body that might be highly susceptible to infection.

To guard against this, it’s been a long-standing practice in dentistry to prescribe antibiotics to certain high risk patients before a procedure. Although this departs from the normal use of antibiotics for already occurring infections, due to the circumstances this has been deemed an acceptable measure to prevent disease.

In the past, the categories of patients for which preventive antibiotics were appropriate had been more extensive. In recent years, though, both the American Dental Association and the American Heart Association have adjusted their recommendations. Today, your dental provider may recommend antibiotic pre-treatment if you have a prosthetic (artificial) heart valve, a history of infective endocarditis (inflammation of the inner linings of the heart), a heart transplant or certain congenital heart conditions.

While physicians may still recommend premedication with antibiotics for patients with joint replacements, it’s not as blanket a standard as it might once have been. It’s now only recommended for certain cases, such as patients who’ve received a prosthetic joint within the last two years.

There’s still an ongoing debate about the effectiveness of antibiotic pre-medication. However, there’s evidence medicating before procedures with antibiotics can be beneficial in avoiding infection. If you fall into one of the categories just mentioned or are concerned about infection, feel free to discuss with your dentist if using antibiotics before your implant surgery is wise move for you.

If you would like more information on antibiotic treatment before oral surgery, 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 “Implants & Antibiotics: Lowering Risk of Implant Failure.”

By Sean Stannard, DDS
November 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are state-of-the-art installations that are used to fix gaps in your smile. If you're interested, here at Stannard, Studt & Wolf dental implantsDentistry, Drs. Sean Stannard and David Studt can help provide you with what you need. All you need to do is pay a visit to their office in Waterford, MI.

Dental implants

Dental implants are state-of-the-art installations that are used to fix gaps in your smile. The process of getting a dental implant is straightforward. Your Waterford dentist applies local anesthesia to the problem area and removes any remnants of the old tooth. They will then insert a titanium post into the prepped area.

Afterwards, your dentist will surgically seal the area and give you a temporary crown. The titanium post will need to osseointegrate, which takes three to six months. This process simply means the titanium post will fuse with the bone, therefore giving your support and strength.

When the three to six months pass, you will revisit your dentist so that they can re-open the area and attach an abutment and a permanent crown that matches the rest of your teeth.

Advantages of dental implants

  • A dental implant can restore one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
  • They can restore bite and chewing function.
  • Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place and don't fall out of place.
  • The dental implants can last a lifetime.

Taking care of your dental implants

Like the rest of your teeth, make sure you brush your teeth and floss every day. Also, a change in diet could be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative dentistry.

If you have more questions about dental implants, call your dentists, Drs. Stannard and Studt, at their office in Waterford, MI. Just call (248) 673-7300 today!

By Sean Stannard, DDS
January 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Is your smile missing teeth? Dental implants a popular option to replace missing teeth. Implant dentistry is the most clinically successful dental implantstherapy available to replace one or more missing teeth. Dr. Sean Stannard and Dr. David Studt at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI, offer state-of-the-art dental implants. Read on to learn about the three basic parts of a dental implant.

Dental Implant

The dental implant is a small post which is implanted into the jawbone and sits below the gum line. The dental implant is a replacement tooth root made of titanium. Titanium is used for dental implants because it is biocompatible. The body doesn't reject it, and it bonds easily with bone. The dental implant is screwed into the bone of the jaw providing a fixed platform on which an abutment can be screwed. After the surrounding bone has healed to the dental implant, replacement teeth are secured to the top of the implants. 

Implant Abutment

The abutment connects the fixture to the crown and holds it in place. The abutment is a titanium or ceramic component that ensures a secure fit between the crown and dental implant. The abutment is typically not screwed to the dental implant until after the osseointegration process has taken place. These abutments can be made from a variety of materials, such as surgical stainless steel, titanium and gold. More modern abutments are now also made from zirconia.

Dental Crown

Once the implant and the abutment are in place, your Waterford dentist cements or screws the dental crown onto the abutment. The dental crown adds the finishing touch to your new implant. Dental crowns are made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal and look just like your own teeth. The dental crown is the portion of the implant that you see inside of your mouth. The dental crown provides a functional chewing surface and restores your bite. It allows you to bite and chew comfortably. 

Ready for a smile makeover? If you feel self-conscious about your smile, you should take the steps to improve your appearance and self-esteem. Dental implants will give you back your smile and improve the quality of your life. Call Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry in Waterford, MI, at (248) 673-7300 today to schedule an appointment. Don't you owe it to yourself to get your smile back?

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