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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.

By Dr. Jonathan Stone
March 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cavities   fillings  

Even with the many developments in medical and cosmetic dentistry in recent decades, fillings are still a reliable standard treatment for Dental Filling FAQsmild to moderate cavities and tooth decay, used to save teeth from progressive damage. Like other forms of dental treatment, fillings have evolved to offer modern, aesthetically attractive options to match the look and feel of natural teeth.

Dental Fillings in Wayne, PA

Wayne, PA based dentist Jonathan D. Stone, D.M.D. offers a range of metal (amalgam) and enamel (tooth) colored dental fillings at his dental office in Wayne, PA. Depending on the extent of damage and the patient's particular needs, dental fillings come in a variety of materials:

  • Amalgam (metal)
  • Silver
  • Cast gold

Enamel/tooth colored

  • Composite (mixture of materials)
  • Porcelain
  • Glass Ionomer

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings

Most people will need at least one, often several fillings throughout their lifetime.

What type of dental filling should I get?

Every tooth and cavity is different, and the type of filling used by your dentist depends on several factors, such as the amount of material needed to fill the tooth cavity, the location of the affected tooth, and whether the patient is allergic to any of the materials used to create a dental filling.

Are fillings safe?

Dental fillings have been used for generations to treat cavities and tooth decay. The materials used are safe and approved for oral care and tooth repair. Always speak to your dentist before a procedure about any existing allergies or health and safety concerns.

How long do fillings last?

Metal and composite dental restorations generally last anywhere from seven to ten years depending on the person. Many often last much longer.

Can I replace my old silver fillings with tooth-colored fillings?

Many people opt to replace older silver fillings with tooth-colored composite resin restorations. Speak with your dentist in order to determine whether updating old metallic fillings is an option for you.

Contact Jonathan D. Stone, D.M.D. in Wayne, PA

Healthy teeth and gums start with good oral hygiene habits at home, and regular visits to the dentist. If you are already suffering from a cavity or need a comprehensive dental exam, contact Dr. Jonathan D. Stone at 610-687-0505 to schedule an appointment today.

By Dr. Jonathan Stone
January 07, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Orthodontic treatment can transform your entire face. Braces take your teeth from misaligned and crooked to straight and even. However, does your first thought when you hear the word “braces” go straight to a mouth full of metal? Using traditional braces is no longer necessary to achieve the perfect smile. Invisalign uses clear trays to ensure that your orthodontic treatment takes place discreetly Invisalignand comfortably.

Invisalign: The Clear Alternative to Braces
Invisalign’s revolutionary aligner trays are the center of the Invisalign treatment. The trays are made from clear, sturdy plastic. The custom-made trays in the series are each designed for your mouth, ensuring a perfect fit and maximum comfort. Small tooth-colored bumps may need to be placed onto the teeth to help some teeth move more than others. Rubber bands connected to the trays move the jaw to correct bite issues.

Dentists recommend that you wear Invisalign for 22 hours a day. The extra two hours allow for enough time to remove your trays when you eat and brush. The trays may also be removed for special events or contact sports. However, your results correlate directly to the amount of time spent wearing your trays, making it crucial to your treatment to wear them as much as possible.

Is Invisalign right for me? 
Invisalign treats the following orthodontic issues:

  • misaligned teeth
  • overlapped teeth
  • overcrowding
  • under crowding
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • crossbite
  • open bite

Dentists recommend Invisalign for teens and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic problems. Severe misalignments, crowding or bite issues may need more aggressive orthodontic treatment than Invisalign can provide. Invisalign requires dedication to reach the desired results. Good candidates are willing to commit to wearing their aligner trays. They also have a great at-home oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing twice daily. The only extra care your trays will need is to be rinsed. However, it is important that they stay clean to prevent bacteria build up.

For more information on Invisalign in the Wayne, IN area, please contact Dr. Jonathan Stone, DMD. Call 610-687-0505 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for Invisalign today!



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