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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
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Dental Cleanings and Dental Exams From Billings, MT Dentist – Dr. Stuart

At Legacy Smiles, we understand your anxiety about visiting our office even just for dental cleanings and exams. Sometimes it helps to know what to expect. Below, you will find a step by step description about what will happen from the moment you walk in the door until the moment you leave. We want our patients to feel comfortable with our office, staff, equipment, and services before proceeding with treatment or dental cleaning.

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After I have an opportunity to talk to a patient and find out a little bit more about them and their life and their needs and kind of how they think a little bit and some of what they might expect from us, I let them know what they can expect from me. On that first appointment, it is, I'm going to be incredibly comprehensive. I'm going to do an exam, which basically consists of numerous sub-exams. I'm looking literally for everything from cavities to cancer from the neck up. We also do ... Coming down the list of priority in my mind, cancer exam is highest priority. If we find something there, we're going to immediately stop and do what we need to do to address that problem. Then we're looking after ... We look at all the tissues inter-orally.

Next, we're basically looking at gums and bone and health, periodontal health. Believe it or not, that is probably more important than the actual health of the teeth because we've discovered that if the gums and bone are healthy, almost always the teeth are healthy. Then next we'll move into the teeth, you know the actual structure of the teeth. We also are looking at the bite, how things come together. We do some TMJ type of therapies. As dentists, I would have to say that we strive, I think good dentists strive to look beyond teeth. We strive to look at the broader picture of someone's overall health and how we can contribute to enhancing that health and actually getting people back to health.

When you first walk into our office, you will be greeted by a member of our team at the front desk. Before you see anyone else, you will need to check in and fill out the proper paperwork. This will include personal details as well as insurance information. To expedite this sign-in process, please download our new patient forms, fill them out, and bring them with you to your first appointment. You can find them here. This will save time for both you and our office staff as well as to help make sure your appointment gets off to a good start.

Next, you will see one of our dental hygienists. Our hygienist will take full mouth X-rays and perform a couple of screenings. These screenings will consist of a periodontal exam, where we look for signs of gum disease, and a visual oral cancer screening. You will then have your dental cleanings. If necessary, our hygienist will also discuss a treatment plan with you as well as talk to you about how you should be taking care of your oral health at home. Our hygienist’s job is to make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible from a hygiene standpoint as well as help you to prevent future problems.

Our team uses advanced technology like our cone beam imaging to diagnose problems and plan out treatments. We also use advanced cavity detectors — CariVu and DIAGNOdent — to expose and treat cavities not visible to the naked eye or even digital imaging.

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Two years ago I had a young lady come in and I was doing my routine dental exams. She was early 20s, very low risk for cancer, very low. I felt like something wasn't right with her thyroid. Thyroid gland sits right in here alongside the throat. I asked her to please make an appointment with her physician. About a year later, the same young lady is now back in my office. I had totally forgotten that we had sent her to her medical doctor for this condition. She came in and as we chatted and reacquainted ourselves, she informed me that, 'Oh by the way, my doctor says that you probably saved my life because you found this on my thyroid. My brother thanks you, too.'' The most ironic thing is is about three months after she came in for her first visit, I saw another new patient, young man.

Same thing. Throat, thyroid, something's not right. 'Please go see your medical doctor.' Well as it turns out, he had exactly the same condition. I did not make the connection, but it was her brother. Now we have two family members that we had sent to the medical community to help with thyroid cancer that otherwise would have gone undiagnosed and may have had catastrophic consequences had we just not taken the time to do some simple cancer exam that every dentist is taught to do. Quite honestly, that's one of the things that tends to go by the wayside after dental school because we're in a hurry.

The last person you will meet during your initial visit is our Billings, MT dentist, Dr. Stuart. When you meet Dr. Stuart, he will perform a comprehensive dental exams. During dental exams, he will look at your teeth and gums and search for signs of possible dental health issues. He also will be looking for signs of TMD, sleep apnea, and other occlusion problems. He will make sure all of your current problems are addressed and treatment plans are created.

During this meeting, you will also be able to discuss cosmetic treatments, if necessary or desired. We offer a wide variety of cosmetic services including veneers, whitening, all-on-4 dental implants, Invisalign, and cosmetic bonding. We want our patients to look and feel their best. No pressure in having a procedure done that you are not interested in.

Your entire appointment will most likely last only about an hour to an hour and a half. Our staff will make sure you are taken care of. At Legacy Smiles we’ll set you on the right track to a happier, healthier, and more beautiful smile.

If you do not yet have an appointment for your first dental cleanings and exams, you can schedule one by calling our Billings, MT dentist office during business hours at (406) 794-3114. You can also use our online form to send us a message 24 hours a day. A member of our team will get back with you as soon as possible. We can’t wait to meet you.

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