Tag: dental health

How Receiving a Dental Crown Can Improve Your Smile

If you are looking for a dental restoration that can improve your smile, you may find that a dental crown is just right for a tooth that is damaged or discolored. The design of dental crowns can enable them to last decades and may repair significant dental damage for greater strength and dental support.

Our dental team is happy to provide further information on what you can expect from a dental crown and why it might be needed. One of the main uses of dental crowns is to provide protection and a more aesthetic appearance for a compromised tooth by completely covering the visible portion above the gum line.

Our dentist may recommend dental crowns for patients of all ages, even children–who typically experience a greater risk of tooth decay due to high sugar diets. You can also receive a dental crown to support a dental filling that doesn’t have enough tooth enamel to keep it secure, as the dental crown can bond the filling and tooth together for several years. Other uses of dental crowns are to complete the functions of additional dental restorations such as root canal treatment and dental bridges and implants.

We invite you to contact us at 804-781-1919 today if you would like to receive a dental crown in Mechanicsville, Virginia, and are interested in discussing your options with Drs. Paul and Brant Stranovick.

Laser Dentistry is No Longer Science Fiction

While laser dentistry is becoming more and more prevalent among dentists, the technology is still somewhat new and not yet commonplace in all dental offices.

The benefits of laser use in dentistry are manifold. The intense beam of light can cut like a sharp knife, sterilize, and cauterize the wound at the same time. Lasers can remove oral tissue or reshape it. Lasers are even used to whiten teeth.

There are different laser instruments used for different dental operations. The same laser tool that is used for surgery is not the appropriate kind to use for teeth whitening. Below are some other procedures where dentists use lasers:

-Uncovering wisdom teeth that only emerge part way.

-Prepping a tooth for a filling by burning away decay.

-Removing bacteria growing on teeth and around gums when you have periodontitis.

Laser dentistry is completely safe. When properly trained, a dentist will use a laser the same way he would other dental instruments.

There are many advantages that laser dentistry has over more traditional methods. Anesthesia is not always needed when using lasers as many procedures are completely painless. With lasers sealing the wound, bleeding is much reduced. Also, dentists can be more accurate with a laser than a drill or other instruments.

Of course, laser instruments are not always the right choice for all dental operations. So, confer with your dentist to find out whether lasers are the best option.

If you are interested in laser dentistry, call Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick for more information. Please contact Paul R. Stanovick, DDS to make an appointment at: 804-781-1919, or come by our office in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Keeping Ahead of COVID-19

Providing a safe environment for treatment and control for infectious disease is always a priority at Paul Stanovick DDS. Our expansive reception area and large outdoor deck provides space to easily support regulations surrounding social distancing. The treatment rooms provide an extra layer of protection as they are sanitized between each patient and provide clean air through air purifiers located in each room. We encourage that all patients schedule for their essential or ongoing treatment. Proactively treating your dental needs will benefit both your health and reduce the need for corrective treatment over time. We do ask that any high-risk patients postpone any elective dental treatment at this time. You will see some changes during your next appointment as we have added precautions to protect patients and staff. All patients will be asked to fill out a COVID-19 screening form as well as have their temperature taken. You will be asked to enter the building with use of facial protection and asked to wear it until you are in the treatment room. Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the whole building for your use. You may notice that our magazine and children’s books have been removed from the reception area as they are harder to disinfect. We have installed plexiglass around our front reception area for added distancing between front staff and patients waiting for appointments. Air purifiers have been placed in every operatory with two larger purifiers in the front and back of the office. We have provided face shields, lab jackets and barrier gowns for all clinical staff. Our hours of operation will still remain Monday -Friday 8am-5pm. We are trying our best to re-appoint patients that missed March 2020 & April 2020 dental appointments. We are looking forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about treatment and the safety precautions we are taking here at the practice. If you would like to make an appointment you can give us a call or text 804.781.1919. Thank you for your patience during these changing times and for your trust in us with taking care of your dental needs. Sincerely, Dr. Paul Stanovick, Dr. Brant Stanovick, and Staff.