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By Dr. Jonathan Stone
June 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

If your teeth are out of place, you may benefit from a cosmetic treatment called Invisalign. It’s one of the orthodontic options available at invisalignthe Wayne, PA office of Dr. Jonathan Stone. It's always good to know a little bit about a procedure you’re interested in before visiting your dentist, so take a minute to learn how Invisalign works and how it can make your smile look better in a matter of months.

How It Works
Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic system that uses multiple clear plastic trays to align your teeth. The shape of each tray gently forces your teeth into the more favorable position as determined by your dentist over a period of time. Computer imaging technology is used to take impressions of your teeth and design your custom trays. Each time you wear a new tray, the position of your teeth changes until your spacing or crowding issues are fixed.

How Long It Takes
You'll probably want to talk to your Wayne dentist about Invisalign when you learn how much time you can shave off your treatment plan compared to wearing standard braces. Whereas regular braces may take two years to better your smile, Invisalign takes a matter of months (many treatments span between six to 12 months). You’ll switch trays every two weeks or so and you must wear them for at least 20 to 22 hours per day.

A Preferred Alternative to Regular Braces
Metal braces are unsightly, painful and make it very difficult to eat all of your favorite foods (such as corn on the cob). They force your teeth to change position using tight tension bands, wires and brackets that cause some patients to complain of headaches. With Invisalign, your “braces” are almost invisible, the trays are comfortable to wear and you can take them out whenever you’d like at home or at the office.

Consult Your Orthodontist
You can have your first Invisalign plastic aligner tray very soon after your first visit with Dr. Stone. Call (610) 687-0505 today to schedule an appointment at his Wayne, PA dental office.

By Dr. Jonathan Stone
March 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Dental crowns are caps for the teeth that can be used to conceal a variety of cosmetic flaws. They can also be used to strengthen teeth dental crownsthat have been worn down and weakened. Dental crowns fit comfortably over the top of your existing teeth and blend right in since they are made to look like natural teeth. Dr. Jonathan Stone, your dentist in Wayne, PA, installs dental crowns and can help you determine if they are right for you.

Installation of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, resin or metal. The crowns are custom created for each individual tooth that needs one by creating a mold of the teeth. This ensures that the crown will fit perfectly over the problem tooth. Once the crowns have been created, they can be color matched to your existing teeth for the most natural look possible. Your Wayne area dentist will then place the crowns over the teeth using a dental cement for permanent installation.

How Dental Crowns Help

A dental crown acts as a protective shell that wraps around an entire tooth, including the top and sides, to conceal or correct problems. For teeth that have become worn down or weakened, dental crowns can strengthen them and make it easier to perform routine functions, like biting and chewing, again. Dental crowns can also serve cosmetic purposes by concealing imperfections, such as chips or cracks. Some of the reasons why dental crowns might be installed include:

  • Covering a cracked tooth
  • Concealing a discolored tooth
  • Covering a misshaped tooth
  • Covering a tooth following a root canal
  • Replacing teeth in conjunction with dental implants
  • Holding a dental bridge in place

Dental crowns can dramatically improve the appearance of less than perfect-looking teeth, as well as improve functioning in weakened teeth. In short, crowns can improve the appearance and strength of your teeth. For installation of dental crowns by an experienced dentist in Wayne, PA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stone by calling (610) 687-0505.

By Dr. Jonathan Stone
December 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Don’t ignore your tooth loss. Fix it once and for all with dental implants.

It can feel pretty stressful to face tooth loss. Just know that you aren’t alone. Millions of Americans also suffer from one or more missing dental implantsteeth. The most important thing is that you seek the proper treatment you need to replace your teeth and prevent further complications from ruining your smile. From the office of our Wayne, PA, dentist, Dr. Jonathan Stone, find out how dental implants can replace your missing teeth for life.

When you think of a tooth you may only think about the crown, but this is only the portion of the tooth that you see. There is so much more to a tooth that is hidden under the gum line. The roots, which you can’t see, are an essential part of the tooth. When a tooth is extracted or falls out, the roots of the tooth are no longer part of the jawbone. Since the roots of this tooth are no longer able to stimulate the jawbone, this can cause bone loss over time. What a dental implant does is take the place of these roots.

A dental implant is a metal post that functions just like tooth roots and, just like natural roots, our Wayne, PA, dental implant specialist will place the implant into the jawbone. What happens from there is truly amazing. Over time, as your mouth begins to heal, the bone and tissue will begin to grow around the implant. Now the implant is a permanent part of the bone, just like a real tooth’s roots!

Once this is complete, your implant is now ready to support a dental restoration. We will open up the gums to then place an abutment over the implant. An abutment serves to connect the implant with the restoration. Once the gums have healed we will secure a dental crown to the top of your implant to give you a brand new tooth.

Of course, implants aren’t just designed to replace a single tooth. Multiple implants can also be placed along the jawbone to support dental bridges or full dentures. Dental implants are an amazingly versatile restoration that is designed to replace teeth for many decades.

Don’t dental implants sound like an amazing restoration? They truly are! If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for treatment, then it’s time you called our Wayne, PA, dental office today to schedule your no-risk consultation.

By Dr. Jonathan Stone
September 06, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

Toothaches are hard to ignore. When your mouth throbs, it's hard to think about anything else. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce your pain until you can see your dentist. Dr. Jonathan Stone, your Wayne, PA dentist, shares a few tips that will help you deal with toothache pain.

Try a saltwater rinseToothaches

Combine eight ounces of warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stir well. Take a sip of the mixture and swish it around your mouth before spitting it out. The rinse may help temporarily reduce your pain.

Take a pain reliever

Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium and aspirin can help relieve toothache pain. You may have heard the old wives' tale that claims that placing an aspirin next to your tooth will relieve toothache pain. Unfortunately, putting an aspirin against your tooth won't help your pain and will probably burn your cheeks and gums. Swallowing the aspirin is a much better idea.

Get numb

Buy an over-the-counter product designed to numb toothache and teething pain. These products are applied directly to the gum around your tooth and provide temporary relief.

Use ice and cold compresses

Cold compresses and ice can help reduce pain and swelling caused by a toothache. If your toothache is accompanied by a swollen cheek or jaw, redness, fever, swollen glands, sensitivity to hot and cold, or a pimple on the gum next to your tooth, you may have an abscess. It's important to see your Wayne dentist as soon as possible if you have these symptoms, as an abscess won't go away without treatment.

Buy oil of cloves

Applying oil of cloves to your gums will help numb the area around your tooth naturally. You can find the oil in the oral care aisle in drugstores and supermarkets. Soak a cotton ball in the clove oil and place it against your tooth.

Avoid hot and cold foods and beverages

Drinking or eating hot or cold beverages can increase toothache pain. Cavities occur when acids destroy part of your tooth enamel, exposing the dentin underneath. Without the protective layer of enamel, your tooth may throb every time you eat or drink something hot or cold.

Are you worried that you may have a cavity? Call Dr. Stone, your Wayne, PA dentist, at (610) 687-0505 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Jonathan Stone
May 31, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

The jaw is a sliding hinge joint, which allows for seamless movement when we open and close our mouths to speak, yawn, and chew jaw painfood (the building blocks of human life). Known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the jaw, like any joint, is susceptible to inflammation and wear and tear that can cause pain, stiffness, clicking, and even locking. Pain can develop for a number of reasons, the most common being trauma or a prolonged teeth grinding habit. When pain and stiffness in the jaw persist over a period of time, along with clicking, popping, or locking when trying to open and close the mouth, it can be a sign of Temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

TMJ Symptoms and Treatment in Wayne, PA

An occasional click or crack of the jaw from time to time without other lasting symptoms is most likely not a sign of TMJ/TMD. Dr. Jonathan D. Stone, your Wayne, PA based dentist, treats TMD associated chronic jaw pain, and advises patients to pay attention to symptoms and pain that do not resolve on their own, such as:

  • Pain/stiffness in the jaw
  • Pain/ache in the ear
  • Pain/discomfort while chewing
  • Facial aches and pains
  • Clicking, popping, locking of the jaw

In most cases, conservative treatments can help to relieve the underlying causes of strain and stress to the jaw. Chronic teeth grinders may benefit from behavior modification techniques to help alleviate stress, or dental treatment like night guards or orthodontics for significant misalignment of the teeth. Dental restorations like crowns and bridges are also sometimes sufficient to ease stress on the jaw.

Contact your Dentist in Wayne, PA

If you are experiencing persistent pain, stiffness, and locking of the jaw, you may be suffering from TMD. For a precise diagnosis and more information on treatment options, contact Dr. Jonathan D. Stone by calling (610) 687-0505 to schedule an appointment today.

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