How to Avoid a Cracked Tooth in Comstock Park

Categories: General Dentistry

cracked toothNo one wants the pain and inconvenience of a cracked tooth so today we are going to focus on ways to prevent this problem.

To avoid a cracked tooth, you should steer clear of chewing on hard.  This includes ice, hard candy, and popcorn.

Also, protect against any impact to the mouth that could be experienced during sporting events. If you are a member of a local basketball, hockey, football or lacrosse league, schedule an appointment for a custom made mouth guard.

Tooth grinding is never a good thing, and it can even lead to a cracked tooth or temporomandibular conditions. Talk to your dentist, about stress reduction techniques to keep your jaw nice and relaxed and see if you would benefit from a custom night time appliance (bitesplint).

Keeping  your regular check-ups with Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull could predispose you to a cracked tooth such as an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. Call our office at 616-827-7311 to schedule a preventative dental consultation and examination at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry.

If you have a cracked tooth, you’ll want to pursue the correct course of treatment and, if needed, explore some cosmetic dentistry procedures to fix any visible damage such as veneers, a porcelain crown, or a dental implant.

Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull
Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry
769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan 49321


Grand Rapids Dentist: Calming Root Canal Fears

Categories: Root Canals

Your Grand Rapids Dentist Calms Root Canal Fears In the Grand Rapids area, a dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful and scary place. Stewart & Hull, located at 769 York Creek Dr NW Comstock Park, Michigan 49321, tries to discourage that image with a very friendly and thorough staff and qualified dentists. However, endodontic therapy, a dental procedure commonly known as a root canal, still carries a strong association with pain that sometimes keeps people from regularly visiting the dentist and tending optimally to their dental health.

When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, a qualified family dentist in Grand Rapids or the surrounding areas, can clean the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the tooth infection from the inside of the tooth. Your dentist will then seal the tooth to prevent further decay and finish by applying a dental crown or filling. This is the process and purpose of a root canal. The process can be completed, typically, in one or two visits to our cosmetic dental and general dental practice. In many cases, a root canal procedure is a better option than removing the infected tooth since it allows you to keep your natural tooth. Your natural tooth supports the surrounding teeth and bone density.

Teeth that are more prone to requiring a root canal procedure are cracked or chipped, have received repeated dental procedures, have been damaged by trauma to the face, or are suffering from deep tooth decay. Wearing a mouth guard can help prevent damage sustained to teeth and practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as daily flossing and brushing, coupled with regular dental visits, can reduce the possibility of needing a root canal.

Though a root canal can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to Dr. Bruce Stewart or Dr. Eric Hull can relieve much of your anxiety. Our patients rarely experience pain during a root canal procedure; their pain comes from the infection experienced before their treatment and is relieved once the treatment is complete.

If you are in the Grand Rapids area, you can give Stewart & Hull a call at 616-827-7019 to see what we can do for your oral health.

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Tooth Restoration in Comstock Park

Dental Crowns In Comstock Park At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we use a variety of techniques to restore damaged teeth. Most family dentistry patients in the Comstock Park and Rockford MI area are familiar with fillings. Traditional fillings are also called ‘direct restorations’ because they are applied to the tooth, shaped and polished in one visit.

Another type of filling is called an ‘indirect restorations’ and is fabricated in a dental lab. There are two types: inlays and onlays.

When a tooth needs more extensive dental restoration, a dental crown is often used. Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull create strong, natural-looking crowns from a variety of materials.

What if the tooth is damaged beyond repair? There are a number of functional replacements for missing teeth. Dentures are not the only option. Talk to us about dental implants.

Call 616-827-7019 to learn about the restoration options available. We have been improving smiles for Rockford MI and Grand Rapids area patients since 1974.

Whether the damage is caused by decay, injury, bite problems, or natural wear; Dr. Bruce Stewart and Dr. Eric Hull will choose the best cosmetic dental treatment plan for your tooth restoration needs. Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry is conveniently located at 769 York Creek Dr NW in Comstock Park. We provide quality dental care for Grand Rapids and Comstock Park families.

Bruce A. Stewart, DDS, FAGD
Eric D. Hull, DDS
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Have A Large Cavity In Your Tooth?

Dental Health Grand Rapids When Dr. Bruce Stewart of Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park repairs a tooth that has decay or damage, the procedure chosen often depends on the location of the problem. (We’re talking tooth-specific locale here; it doesn’t matter whether you live in Grand Rapids, Comstock Park, or Rockford MI.) If there is a chip, crack or cavity on the biting surface of a tooth, an onlay or inlay is often used to restore the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are a type of tooth restoration used successfully at Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry. They are usually bigger than a conventional filling yet smaller than a complete dental crown. An inlay is used to fill an area inside the cusp tips or bumps of a tooth. An onlay covers an area that includes more than one cusp.

At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry, the inlays and onlays we place for our Grand Rapids area general dentistry clients are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. Dr. Bruce Stewart has the finely-honed eye for detail and complete mastery of dental aesthetics to create an exact match.

Bruce A. Stewart, DDS, FAGD inlays and onlays:

  • Are stain resistant
  • Do not cause tooth sensitivity
  • Are beautifully matched to natural teeth
  • When bonded to the tooth, they strengthen the tooth and prevent further decay or damage

Call 616-784-2377 to book a cosmetic dental consultation today.

We’ll help you keep your smile happy and healthy!