We strive to provide a personalized, comfortable experience for each patient. We are committed to working within your budget to offer you the exceptional care you deserve.
Dr. Stumph is dedicated to delivering exceptional dental care for your whole family. He has over 20 years of experience working with children, adults, and the elderly, and would love to welcome your family to his practice. Unlike most dental offices where many duties are delegated to other team members, Dr. Stumph prefers to deliver all aspects of your restorative care himself, ensuring the work is up to his high standards, and your family is well-cared for.
Composite resin fillings (sometimes erroneously referred to as porcelain fillings) have been successfully used for decades torestore damaged teeth. Early trials with tooth colored fillings placed on back teeth resulted in problems that earned the fillingsa bad reputation in the beginning. Now, improvements in materials have made composite resin fillings the preferred restoration for most situations. Composite resin fillings bond to the walls of the cavity, and this helps to strengthen the rest of the tooth against breakage. Composite resin fillings insulate the inside of the tooth from hot and cold, which usually results in lesstemperature sensitivity after the fillings is placed. Composite fillings fully cure in seconds, so patients do not have to wait hours to eat on newly placed fillings. And because composite resin fillings are tooth colored, they give the teeth a natural look thatpatients love.
Amalgam fillings have been used successfully to restore teeth for over 100 years. Amalgam fillings are made of a mixtureof metals, and one of the metals is mercury, which concerns some people. Studies have shown that the level of mercuryreleased by amalgam fillings poses no health threat, and removal of intact amalgam fillings solely because they contain mercury is not recommended. As amalgam fillings age, the edges where they meet the tooth may start to break down, and the fillings eventually will need replacement. Some patients object to the darker look of silver fillings, even if they are on the back of teeth. Replacing amalgam fillings with newer tooth colored fillings is an option to improve esthetics. If this is a procedure you’re interested in, just ask. We’ll be happy to help.
Implant-Supported Dentures – Dental implants can also be used to support or secure a denture. They are most often used to secure a lower denture, which is by nature more difficult to keep in place than an upper denture. Usually two or more implants are placed in the jawbone, and a denture is fabricated to snap onto the implants.
Complete Dentures – Complete dentures are used to restore chewing surfaces in patients who have lost all of their teeth. Fabrication of complete dentures usually takes multiple visits for the best results. Prior to final fabrication in our office, a “wax” stage is typically used where the dentures can be placed in the mouth and the teeth can be pushed and moved any direction until they are in the perfect spot. Only when they look and fit their best do we proceed to finalprocessing of the denture. Also, the teeth used in our dentures are the most life-like available. There is quite a difference between premium and standard denture teeth, and we love to make patients proud to show their new smile!
Partial Dentures – Partial dentures are used to replace multiple teeth, but use existing healthy teeth for support.Partials used to be made of metal and plastic materials, but now they can be made metal-free. As with completedentures, the quality of the teeth used in the partial denture affects the esthetics to an amazing degree. At StumphDentistry, we only specify the highest quality denture teeth available.
Teeth contain nerve tissue in their innermost portion. This is why teeth often have to be numbed prior to dental work beingperformed. If the nerve on the inside of the tooth is injured, it can begin a process from which it cannot heal. This cansometimes cause severe pain and infection. When a tooth reaches this point, it either must be extracted, or it can often be saved with root canal therapy. During this therapy, the canals where the nerve rests are cleaned, shaped, and disinfected to allow placement of a rubberized filling material. If all the canals can be accessed, disinfected, and filled, there is greater than a 90% chance the symptoms will subside, and the tooth will be saved. Back teeth that receive root canals will need a crown to protect the tooth from future breakage.
Some teeth cannot be saved, and will need to be removed, or in some cases patients prefer to have a tooth extracted rather than save the tooth. If this is the case, we will provide this service for you.
Disease of the gum tissue and bone that supports teeth needs to be detected and treated early. Many effects of the disease are irreversible, and ultimately it can and will cause loss of teeth, and has links to other health problems like cardiovascular disease. Every patient’s periodontal health is carefully examined during every check-up appointment, and required treatments canusually be performed in our office.
Dental implants are also an outstanding tooth-replacement option for many people. A dental implant is surgically implanted into the jawbone by an oral surgeon. After the implant is placed, a crown is manufactured in a dental laboratory to perfectly fit the dental implant and the adjacent teeth. Unlike bridges, implants don’t attach to or affect adjacent teeth, which makes it easierto floss near implants.
Dental sealants are a protective plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent cavities. These coatings seal the naturally occurring grooves and fissures on the chewing surfaces to provide a barrier against the plaque acids and bacteria that cause dental decay. Sealants can reduce the chances of a tooth forming new decay by as much as 70 percent and have become a highly effective and important preventive therapy.