Is your smile stained, flawed, or damaged? Your Lansing, MI, general dentist, Dr. Scott Stone, offers a variety of services and treatments that help you protect your oral health and look your best.
Deep teeth bleaching
When tooth stains dull your smile, deep teeth bleaching offers an excellent solution. The treatment bleaches away stain-causing pigments in your tooth enamel, dramatically brightening your smile. Unlike other teeth bleaching treatments, deep teeth bleaching can also tackle tetracycline stains.
Combining deep teeth bleaching with simple bonding can completely transform your smile. During bonding, your dentist applies flexible composite resin to your teeth, then bonds it your enamel using a curing light. Bonding closes gaps between teeth, changes the shape or length of teeth, repairs chips, and hides cracks.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are hollow restorations that slip over the top of teeth, covering them completely. The restorations strengthen weak teeth that are in danger of breaking and restore the normal appearance and function of cracked or broken teeth. Crowns can also hide discolored teeth or change the shape or length of teeth. Your teeth must be reduced in size slightly to ensure a proper fit for crowns.
Crowns are combined with artificial teeth called pontics to create bridges used to restore missing teeth. Crowns located at either end of the bridge fit over supporting teeth and firmly anchor the restoration in your mouth.
Checkups and Cleanings
Twice-yearly checkups and cleanings with your Lansing dentist is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile. Plaque and tartar, substances that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, are removed during cleanings. Your dentist will also examine your mouth and teeth and recommend treatment options if cavities or other dental issues are present.
Porcelain veneers are a good choice if you have flaws in the fronts of your teeth. The thin shells are cemented to your tooth enamel and conceal many types of imperfections, including:
- Uneven surfaces
- Slight gaps
- Chips and cracks
- Crooked or oddly shaped teeth
- Short teeth
Veneers can also be used as an alternative to teeth whitening treatment.
Improve your oral health and your appearance with a visit to your general dentist in Lansing, MI, Dr. Scott Stone. Call (517) 482-5546 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Stone at Smile By Stone.
Get the answers you need to make the right decisions to improve your smile. Dr. Scott Stone of Smile by Stone is happy to answer any questions you may have about getting crowns, bridges, or both installed in the Lansing, MI, area.
FAQs about crowns and bridges from your Lansing dentist
Why do I need a crown?
Perhaps your tooth was severely cracked or decayed. You may have already had a crown placed before, but it is time to get a new one.
Will others be able to detect my dental work?
Today’s cosmetic dentistry has incorporated new techniques and tools to bring patients the most natural smile possible. Most individuals would not be able to tell you had dental work unless you told them.
How do I take care of my crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are relatively simple to maintain. Once these are on the natural teeth, patients can conduct their daily oral health routine as usual.
How long do dental crowns and bridges last?
Crowns and bridges from your Lansing dentist last between 5 and 15 years if well maintained.
What is the proper maintenance of a crown or a bridge?
Dental work like crowns and bridges do not generally need more than usual oral hygiene, that is, brushing and flossing twice a day.
What should I do if I have a problem with my crown or bridge?
If you are experiencing complications with your newly installed crown or bridge, do not hesitate to see your dentist. He or she will be able to assist you in deciding what to do next.
Why does my crown show a dark line?
Some crowns are porcelain fused to metal, and the metal shows underneath the top layer. The appearance of this metal will not change the function of dental work in any way.
Have more questions? If you are in the Lansing, MI, area, visit Dr. Scott Stone at his practice, Smile by Stone. Contact (517) 482-5546 today to schedule a consultation.
After a long hiatus, school athletes are gearing up for another sports year. Given the pandemic, they may be modifying some of their usual habits and practices. But one thing probably won't change: These young athletes will be looking for every way possible to improve their sports performance. And a new research study offers one possible, and surprising, avenue—beefing up their oral hygiene practice.
That's the conclusion of the study published in BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, a sister publication of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Working with a group of about 60 elite athletes, a research group in the U.K. found that improving oral health through better hygiene practices might also boost overall sports performance.
Because there's some evidence that over 50% of athletes have some form of tooth decay or gum disease, the study's researchers wanted to know if there was a link between athletes' sports performance and their dental problems caused by neglected oral hygiene. And if so, they wanted to see if better hygiene might improve sports performance as well as oral health.
Their first step was to establish an initial baseline for the participants with an oral health screening, finding that only around 1 in 10 of the study's participants regularly brushed with fluoride toothpaste or flossed. They then administered a detailed questionnaire developed by the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC) to gauge the athletes' perception of how their current oral health affected their sports performance.
After some basic hygiene training, the athletes were given kits containing a toothbrush, prescription fluoride toothpaste and floss picks. They were then instructed to clean their teeth twice a day. Four months later, researchers found the number of participants who regularly brushed increased to 80%, and flossing more than doubled. What's more, a second OSTRC questionnaire found significant improvement overall in the athletes' perception of their sports performance.
As scientific research, these findings still need further testing and validation. But the study does raise the possibility that proper dental care could benefit other areas of your life, including sports participation.
Athlete or not, instituting some basic dental care can make a big difference in maintaining a healthy mouth:
- Brush twice and floss once every day to remove accumulated dental plaque, the main source of dental disease;
- Get a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year to remove stubborn plaque and tartar;
- See us if you notice tooth pain or swollen or bleeding gums to stay ahead of developing dental disease.
Improving your dental care just might benefit other areas of your life, perhaps even athletic pursuits. We guarantee it will make a healthy difference for your teeth and gums.
Miley Cyrus's rise to fame began when she was cast in the Disney series Hannah Montana. She played the title character, Hannah Montana, a famous singing star hiding her true identity, ordinary girl, Miley Stewart. In her real life at the time, Miley Cyrus had her own little secret—she was undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten her smile.
Like many teenagers (as well as many adults), Cyrus's dental bite wasn't in proper alignment. She could have gone the traditional way by straightening her smile with braces fixed to the front of her teeth. It's an effective treatment, but the metallic hardware can overwhelm a person's appearance.
With her various roles in the public spotlight, Cyrus and her family wanted an effective but out-of-sight method for moving her teeth. They chose a relatively new one called lingual braces. Unlike traditional braces, the hardware for lingual braces is fixed on the back of the teeth (or the tongue side, hence the term “lingual”).
Lingual braces can correct any bite problem labial (“lip”) braces can, just through different mechanics of movement. Its main appeal is that the hardware is hidden behind the teeth, so only you and your orthodontist need know you're wearing braces.
There is also less risk of damage to the mouth or the braces themselves if you're in a sport or profession where you're at high risk for facial blows. And unlike patients with traditional braces, you'll have an unobstructed view of your progress over the course of treatment.
Lingual braces do tend to cost more than traditional braces. Some patients also have difficulty at first with speaking and tongue comfort, though most grow accustomed to the braces within a couple of weeks. Because lingual braces are relatively new, there's been a limited number of orthodontists offering it.
But lingual braces are just one of the ways to straighten teeth. Modern dentistry offers several ways to give you your dream smile. If you have dental problems or would like to improve the look of your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation, and we can discuss your options. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Lingual Braces” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
Canker sores, known medically as aphthous ulcers, are fairly common among people. Lasting for about a week or so, these mouth sores are usually more irritating than painful. But about a quarter of the population, especially women, frequently suffer from an acute form that doesn't often respond well to over-the-counter remedies.
A typical canker sore is usually round with a yellow-gray center ringed by a reddened "halo." They can be preceded by tingling or painful sensations at the site a few hours or so before breaking out. Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) is the more severe form of canker sore, often with outbreaks of multiple painful sores. While the more common sore is usually less than a centimeter in diameter, RAS sores are often much larger.
Canker sores often arise during periods of stress or anxiety, and seem to be connected with eating certain acidic foods like tomato sauce, citrus fruits or spicy dishes. RAS also seems to be related to underlying systemic conditions like vitamin deficiencies, anemia or digestive disorders. Besides managing diet and stress, people with regular canker sores and milder cases of RAS can often find relief with non-prescription numbing agents often found in stores and pharmacies.
For more severe RAS, though, you may need the help of your dentist or physician with treatments like prescription steroids or other medications that come in gel or rinse form or through injections. The goal of any treatment approach is to decrease pain severity and shorten healing times after an outbreak.
While most mouth sores, including RAS, aren't dangerous to your health, you should still take any sore seriously. You should especially seek medical evaluation if a sore doesn't heal after a couple of weeks, if they seem to come more frequently and are more severe, or if you don't seem to ever be without a sore in your mouth. These could indicate a serious underlying problem that needs to be addressed.
One thing's for sure: there are ways to ease your suffering if you have frequent bouts with regular canker sores or even RAS. Talk to your dentist about ways to minimize your discomfort from these irritating mouth sores.
If you would like more information on aphthous ulcers or canker sores, 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 “Mouth Sores.”
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