Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services without having to refer you to other specialties. This flexibility saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on complete preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits and continued home oral health routines.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, ceramic, gold, acrylic resin, or a mix of these materials.
This process generally takes two visits over a two week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene is required to maintain healthy teeth, gums, and crowns.
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite and/or jaw problems or to safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal, and replaces it with strengthening filler. A root canal may be necessary due to decay that was left untreated, an abscess, a fractured tooth, or a tooth that was previously injured. A permanent restoration is needed to protect the tooth after a root canal has been completed.
An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has suffered extensive decay or trauma that cannot be repaired. Periodontal disease may require the removal of a tooth if bone or gum loss is severe. Wisdom teeth are many times removed due to lack of space in the jaw.
The grooves and depressions that form on the chewing surface of the back teeth can be extremely difficult to clean of all bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies show that 88% of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.
Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth; molars and premolar areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but need to be checked during regular appointments.
Bonding is a common solution for fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth, reducing gaps and spaces between teeth or hiding discoloration on a tooth’s surface. A composite material or resin is bonded to an existing tooth. The shade can be matched to natural teeth and the procedure typically takes less than an hour. Proper care and daily brushing and flossing will help to reduce staining from coffee, tea, and foods.
Oral Cancer Exam
Oral cancer is one of the most under-discussed but prevalent forms of cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society has released information showing that the occurrences of oral cancers are actually increasing as it its mortality rate.
With proper screening and early diagnosis, the severity of oral cancer drops significantly. But as with most forms of cancer, being able to detect the cancer in an early stage is crucial. We do an oral cancer screening at all hygiene visits and will discuss with you the dangers and warning signs of oral cancer. If you notice a lump, bump or sore that doesn’t heal in your mouth; give our office a call to schedule an appointment.
The “Temporomandibular Joint” more commonly referred to as the “TMJ” or “jaw joint” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain.
During your hygiene visit, we do a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of/or damaged joint tissue with cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. If you are experiencing TMJ pain or symptoms, give our office a call and we can recommend treatment for your needs.
Soft Tissue Laser
We use laser dentistry in our practice for soft tissue procedures. The lasers used are narrow beams of light energy that can penetrate the tissue, producing the ability to vaporize, remove, or shape soft tissues such as the gums, cheeks, and tongue.
Lasers can control the amount of bleeding during treatment and can sometimes remove gum tissue without causing bleeding. In laser dentistry, there may also be less swelling and pain following surgery as the laser can seal blood vessels and nerve endings.
We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography, also known as digital x-rays. A sensor is placed in the mouth and a computer generates an image in 30 seconds. These x-rays can be enhanced on the computer and enlarged. Not only are they friendly to the environment, they are much safer than traditional x-rays. Digital radiographs reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by 90%.
Cosmetic Smile Design
Your smile has seen better days. Over the last few years, your teeth may have gradually become stained, chipped, or crooked, and the flaws have started to affect your self-esteem.
Fortunately, you can restore your smile and improve its overall appearance when you stop by Stone & Johnson at Edinborough Dental in Edina, MN. Our friendly and understanding dental staff offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services that will give you a smile you can feel proud of once more.
Love the Look of Your Smile
No matter if you have yellow stains from your morning coffee or broken teeth from a previous accident, our dentists stand ready to serve you in the following ways:
Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in Edina, MN. In addition to thoroughly cleaning your teeth and scrubbing away lingering food particles, we can remove tough stains through KoR whitening.
KoR whitening uses specially formulated gels and trays to break down pigments trapped in the pores of your teeth, so you’ll enjoy a brighter, more vibrant smile.
If you have large spaces between your teeth or chipped, broken, or discolored teeth, veneers can hide the damage and improve your smile’s appearance.
Veneers consist of thin, porcelain shells that bond to your teeth. Our dentists will carefully match the veneer color to your surrounding teeth, and we’ll carefully shape each veneer so it blends naturally with your smile.
In the past, many dentists relied on silver fillings to restore damaged teeth. Although the silver fillings effectively restored teeth, the grey filling material is not as aesthetically pleasing.
At our office, we’ll only use tooth-colored resin to restore your teeth, so you can enjoy a more natural smile.
Schedule Your Next Appointment
If you feel ready to improve the overall look of your smile (in addition to improving your oral health), contact our Edina, MN dentist at 952-831-1112. We’ll schedule your cosmetic dentistry procedures at a time that best fits your needs.
Many people view a crooked smile as charming, quirky, or engaging. But though your family, friends, or neighbors may love the way some of your teeth overlap, your dentist might not feel the same way.
Crooked teeth prove difficult to clean, increasing the risk of gingivitis. Additionally, crowded teeth lead to premature wear and tear, resulting in eroded enamel and an increased risk of cavities.
Stone & Johnson at Edinborough Dental wants you to reap the benefits of a straighter smile, so we offer Invisalign braces and Six Month Smiles to Edina, MN residents.
Enjoy Straighter Teeth
When you want healthy, straight teeth, you don’t have to limit yourself to conventional metal brackets and wires. At our dental office in Edina, MN, you can choose between two aesthetically pleasing methods to align your smile.
Invisalign braces rely on the latest 3D technology for precision movement. If our dentists decide that you are a viable candidate for treatment, we’ll create a series of custom-made aligners out of a clear plastic material. You’ll wear each aligner for two weeks or so, and you’ll only take them out to brush, floss, and eat. As you move on to a new retainer twice a month, your teeth will slowly move into their proper place.
Six Month Smiles
Traditional braces can take several years to correct your bite and straighten your smile. But you can significantly speed the process when you opt for Six Month Smiles.
Six Month Smiles involve transparent, ceramic braces and tooth-colored wires, so you don’t have to worry about your friends or family focusing on your teeth. Although not comprehensive in treatment, the wires create a gentle, consistent pressure that shifts your teeth into a visibly pleasing position.
Find Out If You’d Be a Good Candidate
Both Invisalign braces and Six Month Smiles require approval from a qualified dentist to guarantee the best results without causing further damage.
If you’d like to know more about either option, call our Edina, MN office at 952-831-1112.
Dental Implant Options
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Implants arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant’s usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including the following:
- Single tooth replacement
- Anterior replacement
- Posterior replacement
- Full upper replacement
If the missing tooth space has no surrounding teeth, the dentist may decide an implant is the most appropriate treatment choice or option.
Post Implant Care
Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant. Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, thus causing gums to swell and jaw bones to gradually recede. Recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary for the implant to be removed. Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants. Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care.
Early Dental Care
Normally, the first tooth erupts between ages 6 to 12 months. Gums are sore, tender, and sometimes irritable until the age of 3. Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon, or a cold, wet cloth helps soothe the gums. Teething rings work well, but avoid teething biscuits—they contain sugar that is not good for baby teeth.
While your baby is teething, it is important to monitor the teeth for signs of baby bottle decay. Examine the teeth, especially on the inside or the tongue side, every two weeks for dull spots (whiter than the tooth surface) or lines. A bottle containing anything other than water and left in an infant’s mouth while sleeping can cause decay. This happens because sugar in the liquid mixes with bacteria in dental plaque, forming acids that attack the tooth enamel. Each time a child drinks liquids containing sugar, acids attack the teeth for about 20 minutes. When awake, saliva carries away the liquid. During sleep, the saliva flow significantly decreases and liquids pool around the child’s teeth for long periods, covering the teeth in acids.
Infant’s New Teeth
The primary, or “baby,” teeth play a crucial role in dental development. Without them, a child cannot chew food properly and has difficulty speaking clearly. Primary teeth are vital to development of the jaws and for guiding the permanent (secondary) teeth into place when they replace the primary teeth around age 6.
Since primary teeth guide the permanent teeth into place, infants with missing primary teeth or infants who prematurely lose primary teeth may require a space maintainer, a device used to hold the natural space open. Without a maintainer, the teeth can tilt toward the empty space and cause permanent teeth to come in crooked. Missing teeth should always be mentioned to your family dentist. The way your child cares for his/her primary teeth plays a critical role in how he/she treats the permanent teeth. Children and adults are equally susceptible to plaque and gum problems—hence, the need for regular care and dental check-ups.
A Child’s First Dental Visit
A child’s first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her first birthday. The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with a doctor and his staff. A pleasant first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. If possible, allow the child to sit in a parent’s lap in the exam room. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
Why Primary Teeth Are Important
Primary teeth are important for several reasons. Good teeth allow a child to eat and maintain good nutrition. Healthy teeth allow for clear pronunciation and speech habits. The self-image that healthy teeth give a child is immeasurable. Primary teeth also guide eruption
of the permanent teeth.
Good Diet and Healthy Teeth
The teeth, bones, and soft tissue of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups helps minimize (and avoid) cavities and other dental problems. Most snacks that children eat cause cavities, so children should only receive healthy foods like vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and cheeses, which promote strong teeth.
Infant Tooth Eruption
A child’s teeth actually start forming before birth. As early as 4 months of age, the primary or “baby” teeth push through the gums—the lower central incisors are first, then the upper central incisors. The remainder of the 20 primary teeth typically erupt by age 3, but the place and order varies.
Permanent teeth begin eruption around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until around age 21. Adults have 28 secondary (permanent) teeth—32 including the third molars (wisdom teeth).
Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or totally prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to breast or bottle-feed. Infants that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water-filled bottle or a pacifier. Our office is dedicated to fighting baby bottle tooth decay. Let us know if you notice any signs of decay or anything unusual in your child’s mouth.
Botox® is a safe, effective FDA-approved medication most commonly used to eliminate facial wrinkles and frown lines by decreasing the movement of the muscles in the troubled areas. It is specially formulated with a purified protein, which relaxes the muscles when injected. Botox® can remove the wrinkles of time or make small improvements in an otherwise perfect face.
Botox® can be used to minimize a “gummy smile” without losing your ability to smile.
Dr. Stone and Johnson also use Botox® for our patients who suffer from TMJ pain or bruxism. The injections relax certain facial muscles which stop the clenching associated with pain; some patients are even able to stop wearing their splints. Botox® is also used in effectively treating patients who suffer from certain types of headaches.
Juvéderm™ is a smooth gel that is made up of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance found in your body. By carefully injecting Juvéderm™ underneath the skin, your skin can be completely rejuvenated, ultimately adding volume and reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds almost immediately following treatment.
If you are interested in in learning more about Botox® or Juvéderm™, please contact us.
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