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Is Gum Disease Genetic?

May 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 2:37 pm

Patient with advanced gum diseaseDid you know cavities aren’t the only threat to your oral health? Gum disease is also a leading cause of tooth loss, despite being preventable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 50% of adults have the oral infection. Recently, researchers have found a genetic component behind gum disease. While you can’t change your DNA, many risk factors are in your control. Here’s how you can keep your gums healthy, even if periodontal disease runs in your family.


Can I Get Invisalign If I Grind My Teeth?

May 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 1:25 pm

Set of clear aligners on blue backgroundInvisalign is the preferred choice in orthodontics because it’s discreet and comfortable. No brackets or wires are needed to fix bite and alignment problems. Instead, clear aligners are worn over the teeth to move them. Many people are candidates for Invisalign, but certain factors can’t make you ineligible, like bruxism. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, you may still benefit from Invisalign, but there are a few things you should know.


My Invisalign Aligner Doesn’t Fit: What Should I Do?

April 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 1:02 pm
a closeup of a patient with an Invisalign aligner

Invisalign is one of the hottest treatment options around—these days, more patients than ever before are taking advantage of these unique clear aligners for various orthodontic needs. However, if you fall into this camp, you might’ve noticed recently that your aligners don’t seem to be fitting as intended—and whether they’re too tight, too loose, or ill-fitting in some other way, this can ultimately affect your treatment’s progress! Here’s more from your dentist about what can possibly cause your aligners to stop fitting correctly, along with what you can do to address the issue and keep your Invisalign journey from experiencing any setbacks.


Why Dental Implants Are a Top-Notch Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

April 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 12:27 pm
a closeup of a dental implant against a blue background

If you’ve heard of dental implants, you probably know that they’re among the several unique options for replacing missing teeth—but did you know that they’re considered the gold standard when it comes to rebuilding a smile with extensive tooth loss? In fact, they can even notably outperform other tried-and-true restorative options like dentures and bridges! Keep reading to learn more about this incredible, innovative solution and what makes it the top choice for lost pearly whites.


5 Habits to Avoid with Dentures

March 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 4:30 pm
a person smiling and holding their dentures

Dentures are removable dental appliances that are used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue to restore the appearance and functionality of the mouth. They are a common option for tooth replacement with full dentures lasting around 5-10 years and partials lasting 5-15 years. But, despite their durability, there are habits that can cause issues you’re your restorations and may even endanger your oral health. Keep reading to learn about five bad habits to avoid if you have dentures.


Why You Need Gum Disease Therapy Before Cosmetic Dental Work

March 16, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 4:25 pm
person speaking with cosmetic dentist about gum disease therapy

If you’re unhappy with your smile due to issues like chipped or stained teeth, cosmetic dentistry can provide a solution. However, it’s important to address any underlying oral health problems before undergoing treatment, such as periodontal disease. Gum disease therapy is crucial because it ensures that the foundation of your teeth is healthy and strong enough to support any cosmetic dental work that you may want in the future. Continue reading as we explain why gum disease therapy is necessary before getting cosmetic dental work.


5 Steps to Follow if You Have a Loose Tooth as an Adult

February 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 1:03 am
a woman being alarmed by a loose tooth

Remember how exciting it was as a child to discover your tooth was becoming wiggly? It meant that the Tooth Fairy and a new permanent pearly white were on their way.  However, as an adult, a loose tooth does not mean good news! Not only does it cause alarm, but it can also be stressful knowing that it could possibly fall out. But there is no need to worry! Read on to learn the next steps to take to keep your smile whole and healthy.


Are Your Gums Swollen? Here’s What to Know About Them!

February 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 10:45 pm
a woman showing her dentist her swollen gums

While caring for your pearly whites is a very important part of your oral health, they shouldn’t be your only focus. Your gums, the anchor place of your teeth, also play a very significant role in how healthy your mouth is. As a matter of fact, they can even affect your overall well-being! If you have noticed that your gums are swollen, inflamed, or red, it’s best to visit your dentist for treatment as soon as possible. Read on to learn about the causes of swollen gums and what you can do to keep them in their best condition!


3 Things That Contribute to the Success of Dental Implants

January 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 9:47 pm
dentist talking to patient about dental implants

Are you looking for a replacement option for missing teeth? Dental implants are a popular option that can fill in the gaps in your smile and give you back your confidence. They are a long-lasting solution and have a 95% success rate. But why is it that dental implants are so successful? Continue reading to learn about three reasons for dental implant success.


Are Dental Implants Considered Safe?

January 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Stutman's Office @ 9:38 pm
patient at dentist holding dental implant model

Whether you lost teeth due to an accident, oral health issues, or other factors, it’s important to have them replaced. Though having gaps in your smile can make you feel self-conscious, it can also lead to oral health issues if you wait too long. That’s where dental implants come in. These titanium screws are the only option that replaces the roots of the teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care. If you’re considering getting dental implants, you may be wondering if they’re safe for you. Keep reading to learn more about this treatment and whether it’s a safe option for your smile.

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