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‘Tis the season to consider the best option for treating your tooth loss.
Remember the song, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth?" Well, if you are an adult who is dealing with tooth loss this holiday season, you may understand this sentiment quite literally. If this is a problem you are facing, why not give yourself the gift of a brand new smile? Our Lansing, MI dentist, Dr. Scott Stone, can help you get a new smile for the New Year with help from dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small metal post or screw that takes the place of your missing tooth roots. The treatment requires our Lansing, MI, general dentist to position the restoration into the jawbone so that the two will fuse together to become one over the course of several months.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
There are many factors involved in determining whether or not your smile is right for dental implants. Some things to consider include:
Your health: This includes both your oral and overall health. We will want to make sure that not only is your mouth healthy enough to support and nurture your implant but also that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. If you have any chronic health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure it’s important that these problems are being properly managed before getting dental implants.
Patience: Getting implants takes time. In fact, it can take up to one year or longer to get your new tooth. Of course, this restoration could just end up lasting the rest of your life, so all that waiting and patience will certainly pay off in the end.
Your budget: While implants can save you money in the long run, we also understand that the upfront cost can be a lot. We will work with our patients to make sure that they are always able to afford the dental care they deserve; however, if you have a more modest budget than there are other options out there that may be better suited to your needs. Let’s talk about it!
Getting surgery: It’s important for patients to understand that in order to get dental implants they will need to undergo surgery. The surgery is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia, so you will be able to go home right after. Of course, even though surgery is minor, we also understand that some patients don’t want to undergo surgery to get a new tooth. This is something to consider before deciding whether implants are right for you.
Are you interested in finding out more about dental implants? Want to find out if this is the best way to replace your missing teeth? If you said “yes” then the next step is to call Smiles by Stone in Lansing, MI, at (517) 482-5546 to schedule a consultation with us. Let us put a smile back on your face!
Are you ready to get a whiter smile with professional teeth whitening?
Hoping to get your pearly whites whiter? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Our Lansing, MI, dentist, Dr. Scott Stone, has helped countless patients get brighter smiles with the help of professional teeth whitening. While DIY whitening remedies may help you, professional teeth whitening offers fast and effective results each and every time.
How does teeth whitening work?
No matter whether you are using an over-the-counter whitening kit or turning to our Lansing, MI, cosmetic dentist for quick chairside whitening treatment, the bleaching gel will contain an active ingredient known to break up stains. Most whitening gels contain either hydrogen peroxide (the same ingredient used to lighten hair) or carbamide peroxide. Both ingredients will penetrate the porous enamel and dentin layers of the tooth to break up and destroy these stain molecules.
Of course, there is a difference between at-home whitening and in-office whitening. Since we have received specialized training to be able to whiten smiles effectively and safely, this means that the whitening gel that we use contains a much higher concentration of the active ingredient. This just means that we won’t have to leave the gel on your teeth nearly as long as you would with over-the-counter products in order to see results. This is how we can get smiles anywhere from 3-9 shades whiter in just a single one-hour whitening session!
Who is a good candidate for professional teeth whitening?
There are several factors to consider when it comes to getting professional teeth whitening in Lansing, MI. First and foremost, your teeth and gums must be healthy and free from disease or decay. If we do detect any of these issues we will need to treat them before you can get teeth whitening.
Another factor to consider is the type of stains you are dealing with. Professional teeth whitening works best on yellowing teeth caused by aging, foods, and drinks. Dark stains, often from smoking, don’t typically respond as effectively to whitening treatment or may require more than one session. Stains that are internal also will not respond to whitening treatment.
Furthermore, patients who have a lot of dental work (e.g. veneers, bonding, crowns or fillings) should be aware that bleaching your smile will not brighten these artificial structures. Professional whitening will only work on natural tooth enamel. This means that some of these restorations may not completely match the shade of your smile after treatment. This is something we can discuss during your consultation.
Here at Smile by Stone in Lansing, MI, we believe that a beautiful smile is easy to achieve with a little help. If you want to brighten that lackluster smile, then it’s time to call us at (517) 482-5546 to find out if professional teeth whitening is right for you!
What your dentist in Lansing wants you to know
Dental crowns offer many benefits that dental fillings just can’t match. In fact, for badly damaged, broken teeth, dental crowns are the best option to help you regain a strong smile. Dr. Scott Stone at Smile by Stone in Lansing, MI, wants to share how dental crowns can benefit you and your smile.
Dental crowns work differently than dental fillings because a dental crown encases the entire visible area of your tooth above the gumline. A crown protects your tooth like a suit-of-armor so that when you bite down, the force and pressure of biting are spread out evenly across the tooth surface. Your tooth is protected against breakage from biting down on foods.
In contrast, a dental filling can weaken your tooth by creating a separation between different sections of your tooth. When you bite down, one area of your tooth can feel the pressure and both the filling and a part of your tooth can break off.
In addition to making your teeth stronger, dental crowns can also make your smile more beautiful. If you have old, ugly, crumbly metal fillings, you should consider replacing them with beautiful porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns enhance your smile because they provide:
- Natural-looking beauty; porcelain is translucent, or light-reflective, just like your tooth enamel, so porcelain crowns look naturally beautiful, just like your teeth.
- Worry-free beauty; porcelain is stain-resistant, so your new porcelain crowns will stay sparkling white for years.
For more information about dental crowns and to view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Stone’s patients, please visit the Dental Crowns section of the website at https://www.smilebystone.com/dental-crowns.html
Why settle for a damaged, broken smile when you can have a strong smile that helps you enjoy the foods you love? Why settle for a smile filled with ugly metal when you can have a beautiful smile that enhances your appearance? The answer is dental crowns made of pure, sparkling porcelain.
To get started on your new smile, all you have to do is pick up your phone and call Dr. Stone at Smile by Stone in Lansing, MI. Find out more about the benefits of dental crowns by calling him today!
Though many cosmetic dental issues have specific procedures designed to help individual problems, such as using teeth whitening to brighten a dull smile or dental bonding to repair a chipped tooth, there are few all-encompassing procedures to truly overhaul your smile. With their ability to completely change the appearance of a tooth, porcelain dental veneers are a powerful cosmetic dentistry tool. Find out more about dental veneers and what they can do for your smile with Dr. Scott Stone at Smile by Stone in Lansing, MI.
What can porcelain dental veneers do for me?
Thanks to their materials, porcelain veneers are highly versatile, allowing you to change the shape, width, length, and color of your tooth. Porcelain is easily color-matched to your surrounding natural teeth and shares similar light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth, ensuring that your veneers blend into your existing teeth seamlessly and become a natural addition to your smile.
Am I a candidate for dental veneers?
A good candidate for dental veneers has a great at-home oral care routine consisting of brushing at least twice daily and flossing once alongside regular visits to their dentist twice a year for routine examinations and cleanings. Additionally, candidates should be free from teeth decay and gum disease and should tend to these issues before considering porcelain veneers.
What can I expect from the procedure for dental veneers?
The procedure for veneers will require at least two dental visits with about two weeks in between. During the wait time between appointments, a dental laboratory will customize each veneer individually. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the teeth to receive the veneers and take an impression of your mouth. The dental laboratory uses this impression to design your veneers. Your second appointment is reserved for fitting and permanently attaching the final veneers to your teeth. Your dentist may suggest wearing temporary veneers over your prepared teeth to protect them until your dentist places the final restorations.
Porcelain Dental Veneers in Lansing, MI
For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Scott Stone at Smile by Stone in Lansing, MI. Call (517) 482-5546 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Stone today!
If your missing teeth are taking a toll on your self-esteem and causing you to have trouble with simple everyday tasks like chewing or eating, it is time to consult with your dentist about teeth replacement options. However, weighing those options can seem like a tedious task. Luckily, you can discover the benefits of dental implants and how they can improve your smile with help from your Lansing, MI, dentist. Find out more about dental implants and what they can do for you with Dr. Scott Stone at Smile By Stone.
The History of Dental Implants
Dental implants have been traced back as far as 2500 BC to the ancient Egyptians. Though they were not as advanced as they are today, the Egyptians used the same general ideas to replace their missing teeth using gold ligature wire. In the 1700s, a dentist began experimenting with transplanting teeth from one living thing to another and observed that a human tooth became firmly embedded into the comb of a rooster after implantation. Modern-day dental implants use the same implantation and osseointegration ideas. Modern dental implants as we know them today began taking shape in the 1980s.
How can dental implants help my smile?
Dental implants replace a missing tooth and its root, allowing you to permanently and efficiently fill the gap in your smile. Unlike dentures or bridges, there is no need for a dental implant to come out of your mouth and they remain permanently in place for a lifetime. Dental implants function like natural teeth, allowing you to clean them using the same techniques. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once coupled with regular trips twice a year to your dentist for examinations and cleanings is enough to keep your natural teeth and implants clean and free from decay-causing plaque and tartar.
Dental Implants in Lansing, MI
With help from your dentist, you can repair your smile and discover the benefits of dental implants. For more information on dental implants and how they can benefit you, please contact Dr. Stone at Smile By Stone in Lansing, MI. Call (517) 482-5546 to schedule your appointment today!