Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Care | Billings, MT
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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If your kids don’t like to go to the dentist, try Dr. Stuart. Our kids love him and his team. We just visited them yesterday for our 6 month checkup and cleaning, and Brianne was awesome! When I was a kid, the dental hygienist was a lumberjack – but not Brianne, she’s very professional and mindful of each of us. I have sensitive teeth and gums, and my visit with Dr. Stuart and his team was relaxing and easy. And the receptionist Lisa is so great, she always has a smile and positive attitude…so refreshing to have a dentist like Dr. Stuart. We have been going to Dr. Stuart for over 10 years, give him a try; you and your kids will notice the difference.
Our family found the way to Legacy Smiles in the midst of an ongoing yet undiagnosed dental crisis. Fortunately, Dr. Stuart aptly diagnosed the situation and promptly referred me to an oral surgeon to bring immediate relief. Since then, our family continues to be blessed by the genuine empathy and compassion Dr. Stuart has for his patients. He openly addresses any worries or fears we have, always in an informative and respectful manner. We encounter the same high standard of care with all of the staff at Legacy Smiles. Any treatment concerns or financial issues are courteously and promptly addressed and resolved. Dr. Stuart and Legacy Smiles provide the finest professional dental services with incomparable personal care!
Thank you, Dr. Stuart, for the senior discount on the dental work you have done for Vern and me. We’re also sending ‘kudos’ for you as well as your professional and competent staff – Lisa is a gem! It has been a pleasure interacting with all of you through the years. You and Cheryl are a good team… you’re ‘easy on the mouth’!
I wanted to thank you for the excellent service and experience I receive each time I come to your office. I appreciate the warm welcome, the time you spend explaining the procedures, and the personal touch you give. You always go the extra mile and have been a wonderful blessing to my family.
My family and I have been patients of Dr. Stuart for approximately 10 years. First I established dental care, then I quickly realized my children were of age to begin dental care as well. Dr. Stuart and his team have always been amazing to work with. I have 3 children ages 14, 10, and 5. Not one of them is fearful or frightened to go to the dentist. In fact, my 10-year-old just realized this year that she is actually “getting a shot” when she comes in for dental maintenance. She got her first filling at age 4! We are treated professionally, and they are always accommodating to our scheduling needs. I have frequently recommended friends or family to Legacy Smiles and Dr. Stuart only to receive a personal thank you letter and gift as a thank you! Lisa is always on the ball with insurance claims and reminders. I just have to show up! Thank you Dr. Stuart and the team at Legacy Smiles! Your patient care and service has improved our dental health. We love you guys!
Looking for a dentist who will see you in a timely manner? How about listening to you about any fear, be they physical or financial, in a caring, friendly manner? Is taking time to explain a recommended dental procedure important? Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Michael Stuart at Legacy Smiles where you are a valued patient.
I love going to Legacy Smiles! All the staff are so friendly and make the experience a good one! I can’t wait for my next appointment!
I live in So. California and was once visiting Billings and needed to see a dentist. I tried out a few and finally settled on Dr. Stuart. He is simply the best! He extracted a lower wisdom tooth, and when the anesthetic wore off, there was no pain. Zero, zilch, nothing! He and his hygienist are also the only ones who know how to scale and plane my very sensitive mouth with no anesthetic and no pain. And all of them, including the office manager, are very pleasant and accommodating. I highly recommend them. And I, myself, scheduled my dental work for when I was going to be in Helena, MT, then drove 4 hours each way to see this very special dentist. Well worth your while to check him out.