Posts for tag: tooth pain

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
January 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
CharlizeTheronBackinActionAfterDentalSurgery

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”



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