General Dentistry

For over 30 years, Dr. John Stanford has been taking exceptional care of families in Manchester, MO. He focuses on providing personalized dental care that is tailored to each patient’s individual needs, and he loves welcoming patients of all ages into his Manchester, MO dental office. This includes everyone from children to senior citizens.

While he practices with a conservative approach to dentistry known as microdentistry, he also takes into consideration how your oral health affects your overall health and well-being. For this reason, he provides every patient with a comprehensive treatment plan, if needed, which is designed to help you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our top Manchester, MO dentist, get in touch with us today at (636) 256-3559. Also contact us if you have any questions.

Meanwhile, check out some of the questions below that we most often hear from patients just like you!

What is general dentistry?

General dentistry picks up after preventive dentistry.

With preventive dentistry, which is a partnership between patient and dentist, we concentrate on best practices to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

For patients, this means brushing and flossing regularly.

For our dentist, it means examining your teeth and gums twice per year, periodic x-rays, and regular dental cleanings with our hygienist. For kids, we may suggest fluoride rinses and sealants to help keep their teeth strong and protect against cavities.

General dentistry, on the other hand, is about maintenance and refers to the wide range of services provided by our Manchester, MO dentist, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Periodontal care
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Crowns
  • Cancer screenings
  • Treatment plans
  • Dental bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Emergency care such as root canal therapy
  • Adult orthodontic care

Whether you need to restore a tooth, it's time for your next dental exam, or you would like to enhance your smile, Dr. Stanford can meet your needs.

What is microdentistry?

Helping patients maintain their natural teeth for a lifetime is a top priority at Stanford Dental.

In order to best achieve this goal, Dr. Stanford makes his diagnosis with the philosophy of microdentistry in mind. This means that he is striving to detect decay very early on so it can be treated as soon as possible.

Being proactive about treatment achieves two goals:

  • It eliminates decay before it spreads and creates bigger problems. This benefits our patients because we are able to utilize smaller restorations that require the loss of less tooth structure while maintaining more of your own healthy teeth. 
  • Using smaller restorations means a less costly and less time-consuming procedure for you.

What should I expect during my first appointment?

Dr. Stanford and his team truly value our patients and the relationships we build with them. We know that establishing trust between patient and dentist is an essential part of dentistry.

For our new patients, we offer a full interview process and tour of the office. During your specialized 90-minute new patient appointment, you will get a full set of digital x-rays and a VELscope oral cancer screening. Dr. Stanford will also examine each tooth using Diagnodent laser cavity detection and his two-times magnification loupes. This allows him to assess your current level of health and determine if any additional treatment is needed.

He will also use his intraoral camera to take full-color pictures of your mouth and teeth and assess your gums to determine what type of cleaning you will need when you return. He will also share these images with you. When you come back for your second appointment, you will get a cleaning that is specific for your needs as well as a private consultation with Dr. Stanford. Together, you will review each x-ray and picture taken, and he will help you to better understand your dental needs or why a treatment or procedure has been recommended.

Most patients are happily surprised by the amount of time and attention Dr. Stanford gives them as they haven’t experienced this level of service before.

What types of technology do you use?

Your comfort is always a focus at our practice.

Dr. Stanford combines his extensive training and knowledge with the latest dental technology to provide an experience for patients that is more comfortable and efficient.

For example, laser cavity detection allows him to pinpoint tooth decay in its earliest stages, while air abrasion helps him treat patients without the use of the drill or dental anesthetics. Digital impressions provide a more accurate image of your tooth and eliminate the need for the uncomfortable and messy impressions used in the past.

Will my dentistry be painful?

Dr. Stanford relies on a few trade secrets and techniques to keep his patients relaxed and comfortable during their treatments and procedures. Additionally, he always makes sure you are thoroughly numbed before beginning any dental work.

If you do have an issue during your treatment or procedure, simply raise your hand and we will take care of the issue.

For those who need a little extra, we also offer nitrous oxide. This safe gas, administered by nasal mask, allows you to relax and breeze through your dental treatments and procedures at Stanford Dental. This gas wears off when your mask is removed so you can drive yourself home.

Do you treat dental emergencies?

Our top emergency dentist in Manchester, MO is so committed to patient care that he sees those who are experiencing a dental emergency even if they have never been to his office. Dr. Stanford understands how painful and scary dental emergencies can be and how they can sideline your plans.

Our policy is to do everything we can to get you seen as soon as possible. Our goals are to ease your pain and save your smile.

Dental emergencies may include one or more of the following:

  • Toothache
  • Bleeding
  • Face or jaw swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Broken tooth
  • Lost tooth
  • Broken restoration

If you’re not sure whether your situation is an emergency, get in touch with us. Our staff can make the determination based on your symptoms. However, if you’ve been involved in a trauma, we recommend visiting the ER and calling us from there!

I am busy during the day. Do you offer any evening hours?

Our top Manchester, MO dentist understands that patients have jobs, families, school, and social lives. This is why he offers evening hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesdays we are open until 7:30 pm. On Wednesdays, we are here until 6:00 p.m.

Do you accept my insurance?

We accept most insurance plans at Stanford Dental. Simply call us to learn whether we accept your plan.

Additionally, we accept CareCredit—a health credit card that allows you to get the services you need and pay over time. Generally, CareCredit offers interest-free plans and easy payment terms.

Also, we offer discounts for services paid in advance. Contact our office to learn more about this discount plan and how it’s applied.  

How can I schedule an appointment or learn more?

Our patients are pleasantly surprised by the personalized attention they receive and the time that Dr. Stanford spends with them during their visits – most haven’t experienced this level of service before.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the services Stanford Dental has to offer, we encourage you to call us today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to building a relationship with you and serving you for many years to come!