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Dr. Michael W. Stuart

Dr. Craig E. Stannebein

2700 Grand Avenue, Suite D. Billings, MT 59102

Monday - Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday by Appointment Only

(406) 794-3114

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Care | Billings, MT

Q: What are the most common dental emergencies you treat in Billings, MT?
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Dr. Stuart has been saving smiles in this community for a long time now. So, we really have helped our patients work through just about every imaginable oral health crisis in our Billings, MT dentist’s office.

That said, Dr. Stuart regularly helps folks with TMJ-issues whose headaches have escalated to an unbearable state. We also see a lot of cases that involve a knocked-out or loose tooth, some sort of infection, or severe issues of decay.

If you have any kind of dental emergency on your hands (or are experiencing pain), contact us online or call us immediately at (406) 794-3114 so that we can work on getting you some relief.

Most dental emergencies are not life threatening, but they can be life-changing if not addressed sooner rather than later!

Q: What is a dental implant?
A:

A dental implant is a restorative option used when a patient is missing a tooth. The dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that is used to replace a natural tooth that has fallen out or was extracted by a dentist. The root is surgically placed through your gum and then fuses with your jawbone to create a secure base for your new replacement tooth.

We offer a few different types of dental implants. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Stuart will perform a thorough examination to determine which type is best for your specific situation. If you are missing a tooth and want to restore your smile to its former glory, please call (406) 794-3114 to schedule a free consultation or use our online form.

Q: What are implant-retained dentures?
A:

Traditional dentures are made to replace some or all of your natural teeth. The prosthetic teeth sit on a plastic piece that is inserted into your mouth and is removable. Implant-retained dentures are secured in the mouth by dental implants. These dental implants are placed into your gums and fused to your bone, creating a solid foundation for your dentures. This type of denture is preferable to traditional dentures because they are more secure and will not move around in your mouth. Visit our service pages to learn more about dental implants and implant-retained dentures.

Q: Which is better? A bridge or an implant?
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A bridge is a common restorative dental procedure that is used to fill the gap left by a lost or extracted tooth. The purpose of an implant is the same. However, the difference in the way they affect your overall oral health is huge. Dental implants are actually placed into your gums and fused to your jawbone, making them a permanent part of your mouth. Bridges are not inserted into your gums. Because implants are fused to your jawbone, they discourage the deterioration of bone tissue and preserve your oral health. Bridges do not do this. They allow the continued degeneration of your jaw bone and can endanger neighboring teeth over time. Which solution you choose may be determined by your current oral health. Contact our office to schedule an examination by Dr. Stuart.

Q: When should my child see the dentist for the first time?
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We encourage parents to bring their child in to see Dr. Stuart for the first time around age 2 or 3. At first, these visits will consist of simple cleanings and polishings, exams, and possibly X-rays. We take these visits at a pace the child and parent are both comfortable with. Learn more about what to expect from your child’s first visit to our office here. Call us today at (406) 794-3114 or use our online form to schedule the visit.

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