Dental Services in Gig Harbor, WA

Stadler Family Dentistry offers dental services for patients in Gig Harbor and the surrounding areas. Our caring staff provides comfortable dental care for patients of all ages. Choose us to help you reach your oral health goals.
Read about all of our services below and call us to schedule an appointment today!

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General Dentistry

All procedures and instruments are treated using current infection control protocol and state of the art sterilization.

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Tooth-colored fillings are called composite restorations, and have been used in dentistry for many years. These tooth-colored filings are especially useful when the restoration will be visible when you talk or smile.

When a tooth is prepared (drilled), it becomes weaker, restoring it with a composite restoration will help to strengthen it. Advantages of a composite restoration include a natural finished appearance similar to that of your real teeth and the most conservative restoration in dentistry today. They require only one appointment for completion.

If you have any questions about composite restorations, please feel free to ask us.

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Periodontal disease is an infectious process classified according to how much damage has been done to the structures surrounding the teeth, namely the gums and bone. It is an infection in your mouth! It can happen anytime, around your teeth, affecting some or many of your teeth to varying degrees. There are genetic predisposing factors to periodontal disease, but it is usually related to how well you are able to keep your teeth clean. The better you clean your teeth to remove all the plaque, the less likely you will develop periodontal disease.

By the time you notice that your gums are bleeding, the disease has been present for some time. When the disease has progressed past the bleeding gum stage, you may notice some pain, gum recession, loosening of the teeth, and bad breath. At this point, support for the teeth may be permanently altered and diminished.

Dr. Matthew J. Stadler’s office stresses prevention! Don’t wait for the warning signs of gum disease to occur before you schedule your dental hygiene appointment. You may require a yearly cleaning and exam by the dental hygienist, or a dental office visit three to four times a year. We will let you know what is appropriate for your individual oral condition.

If you have any questions about periodontal disease, please feel free to ask us.

Boy at Dentist

Sometimes brushing is not enough. Everyone has hard-to-reach spots in their mouth and brushing doesn’t always fully clean those difficult places. When that happens, you are at risk of tooth decay. Decay on premolars and molars usually begin in the grooves and fissures that exist on the biting surfaces of these back teeth.

Dental sealants are clear resin coatings that can be placed on the biting and grinding surfaces of back teeth. When sealing a tooth, the grooves of your teeth are filled and the tooth surface becomes smoother and less likely harbor plaque. The sealants will stop the customary progress of tooth destruction. With sealants, tooth brushing becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.

We, at Dr. Matthew J. Stadler’s office, are dedicated to the prevention of oral disease. It is clear that if the initial decay is prevented from the beginning, there is a great savings in time, money, discomfort, and tooth structure.

If you have any questions about preventative dentistry, please feel free to ask us.

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When a tooth has been moderately to extensively destroyed by decay, previous drilling, or fracture, but there is still sufficient enamel remaining, one innovative way it can be restored is with a porcelain inlay or onlay. An inlay is a restoration in which a portion of the biting surface is replaced with porcelain. An onlay will restore a larger portion of the biting surface of the tooth. These are considered very conservative restorations. The porcelain allows an excellent esthetic result.

Advantages include excellent esthetics, high strength, predicted longevity, and a conservative preparation that is less drilling than for a crown.

For those that want the strongest, longest-lasting conservative restoration that closely matches a tooth, porcelain is possibly the best choice. Once an inlay or onlay is finished, the tooth, if cared for properly, should not have to be restored again for years.

If you have any questions about porcelain inlays and onlays, please feel free to give us a call.

Tooth Crowns

Crowns are used to reconstruct a single tooth broken down by tooth decay, or one that has simply fractured. If the tooth was in good alignment before the crown was prepared, the crown will be in good alignment. If the tooth was misaligned before the crown, sometimes the crown may be made to obtain a more ideal shape and position. It is cleaned and flossed just like a natural tooth.

Our goal at Dr. Matthew J. Stadler’s office is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. One of the most esthetic ways to restore teeth today is to use a full cast ceramic or porcelain crown. This type of crown contains no metal, so it approximates the total appearance of an undamaged, natural tooth.

These are beautiful restorations, and they are possibly the most beautiful full coverage restorations available. You can expect them to last for a long time. If you need a full coverage restoration, and aesthetics is of maximum importance to you, porcelain and ceramic crowns should be considered.

If you have any questions about porcelain crowns, please feel free to ask us.

Dentist Scanning Teeth

Our goal at Dr. Matthew J. Stadler’s office is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We are known for the quality of our work and the life changes we make for our patients.

Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology has been revolutionizing industries, including dentistry. Remember when is used to take two separate appointments to get a dental crown? Patients had to endure mouthfuls of messy impression materials and wearing temporaries for weeks at a time. Now, with our Cerec system, that is all a thing of the past.

Dr. Matthew J. Stadler can now complete beautiful restorations like crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers in-office, in only “ONE” appointment. Benefits for our patients:

  • “ONE” visit
  • no impressions
  • no temporaries
  • highly aesthetic
  • long lasting

Our Cerec system allows Dr. Matthew J. Stadler to replace conventional impression methods with a clean, fast digital scan that is obtained in just a few minutes through a series of photographic images taken in the mouth. Combining this scanned date with our advanced software, we’re able to design a custom, permanent restoration. A milling unit then fabricates your restoration design quickly and conveniently, right in our dental office.

Your final result is a natural-looking restoration of superior strength that perfectly matches the surrounding teeth, making your crown, veneer, or filling virtually undetectable. The elimination of impressions, temporaries, and second appointments enhances the entire dental experience for our patients. As an added bonus, many of our patients love watching their new tooth come to life in the milling unit right in front of their eyes!

If you have any questions about Cerec “One Visit” restorations, please feel free to ask us.

Woman with Dentist

When people speak of “bonding” their teeth to make them look better, they are usually referring to porcelain veneers. Veneers cover only the outside portion of the tooth, the part that shows when you smile or talk. Porcelain veneers are placed in order to correct slight or severe defects in tooth alignment, shape, or color. This is done when there is still enough enamel on the tooth to allow the veneer to be placed. The most common use for porcelain veneers is to improve the cosmetic appearance of the patient.

If you have any questions about porcelain veneers, please feel free to ask us.

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Replacing missing front teeth can obviously improve the appearance of your smile. What most people don’t think about is what happens when a missing back tooth is not replaced. Replacing a back tooth will help you regain your normal ability to chew food properly. When a tooth is lost, the other teeth surrounding the space tend to move into the empty space. This contributes to an increased opportunity for decay and gum disease to begin, along with bite problems and a potential for other dental problems. Missing teeth should always be replaced – the sooner the better.

Fixed bridges are one of the possibilities that exist for replacement of one or more missing teeth. The advantages include proven reliability and longevity.

Fixes bridges are crowns that are attached together, suspending the crown portion of a false tooth in or over the space left behind by the missing tooth. With a bridge, the false tooth will most often butt up against the soft tissue ridge where the removed tooth was. Sometimes a bridge is used to splint loose teeth together in order to make the teeth more stable. The bridge teeth can be brushed the same as natural teeth, but since they are attached together, must be flossed differently by using a floss threader or other device.

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support. We will show you how to properly clean it. Frequent examinations are one way to protect your investment and to maintain optimal oral health.

If you have any questions about bridges, feel free to ask us.

Implants Illustration

Thirty-five years ago, if someone described how teeth could be replaced with implants, it might have been called a miracle. Twenty years ago, the use of dental implants to replace missing teeth might have been called astounding. Today, implant procedures are called routine.

Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small abutments are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These abutments provide stable anchors for artificial tooth replacement. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, replace several missing teeth, or provide added retention to a removable dental appliance such as a full denture.

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that the replacement tooth appears natural. In addition, implants can help preserve facial bone, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

If you have any questions about dental implants, feel free to ask us.

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Full dentures replace a full arch of missing teeth to restore chewing and facial appearance. A denture can be constructed to replace missing top teeth, missing bottom teeth, or both. A denture is normally constructed of a plastic base, colored pink to look like the gum tissue it covers. The teeth are either plastic or porcelain. Which type of material to use will be based on Dr. Matthew J. Stadler’s judgement and what the teeth in the opposing arch are. Porcelain goes against porcelain. Acrylic goes against acrylic or natural teeth.

A partial denture is designed to replace one or several missing teeth. You may consider a removable partial denture to replace the missing teeth, if:

  • you have missing teeth
  • the remaining teeth cannot accept a fixed bridge
  • there is not sufficient bone for implants
  • finances are limited

Partial dentures are composed of three different materials. A cast metal base with clasping arms, pink plastic gum tissue, with plastic or porcelain teeth. The clasps are absolutely necessary to hold the partial denture in place. Their location and design are dictated by the shape and position of the remaining teeth and which teeth with be replaced.

If you have a full or partial denture, make sure you remove them daily. Do not sleep with them in. The gums need a chance to have unimpeded circulation of fresh blood. Dentures tend to restrict blood flow. Plaque can accumulate on your denture and on your gum tissue. Use a very soft toothbrush to gently brush your gums. Be sure to keep your dentures clean by brushing them daily with a denture brush and denture cleaner – and be sure to store them in water when they are not being worn.

If you have any questions about full or partial dentures, please feel free to ask us.

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You and Dr. Matthew J. Stadler may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are extremely decayed, others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be restored. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in the preparation of orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, challenges with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, Dr. Matthew J. Stadler will discuss replacement options of the extracted tooth.

If you have any questions about tooth extractions, please feel free to ask us.

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The pulp of your tooth, which contains the nerve and tiny blood vessels, can become infected. The pulp has a limited ability to heal itself. This infection can be caused by a deep cavity that reaches the center of the tooth causing the pulp to die, a traumatic injury to the tooth, or an extensive preparation (drilling) of the tooth. The extensive preparation may have been done to prepare the tooth for a crown or other large preparation for a restoration. The pulp may or may not abscess immediately in these cases. It may take years for a problem to develop. The infected pulp tissue may or may not be painful. It may or may not be visible on a dental radiograph. A tooth with this type of an abscess is not usually extracted because the infection can be treated with root canal therapy on the tooth. A root canal involves removal of the diseased tissue to stop the infection.

Once the root canal therapy has been completed, the tooth is usually restored with a crown. This is done to protect the tooth and prevent it from fracturing. Failure to follow through with restorative procedures after root canal therapy on a previously uncrowned tooth can result in a vertical fracture. Dr. Matthew J. Stadler will discuss with you the exact type of restoration that you will need.

If you have any questions about root canal therapy or the final restoration of the tooth, please feel free to ask us.

Cosmetic Dentistry

The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance, improve, or change the appearance of your teeth. In today’s society appearance is very important. While judgement based solely on appearance may be superficial and not reflective of who you are, it can still affect how people think of you. When you talk, people focus on your face, your eyes, and your teeth. People notice a natural looking mouth, teeth, and smile. An unsightly mouth due to visible cavities, defective fillings, gum disease, or crooked or misshapen teeth is noticed too. People will often form opinions of you based on what they see.

You can get an objective look at how people see you. Get about 18 inches away from a mirror. This is about as close as most people get to you when you speak with them. If any closer to the mirror, the light will not be right and you will not get a true picture of how your teeth look. Smile, talk, laugh, and observe which teeth are visible and what they look like. Then ask yourself, “If I could wave a magic wand over my teeth and change anything I don’t like, what would I change?” Write it down and then consult with Dr. Matthew J. Stadler to see how we can help.

Many people think of dentistry as fixing cavities, root canals, false teeth, caps, and gum disease. You would be fascinated by what we can do to improve your appearance. Here is just a partial list of dental procedures that can improve the way your teeth look:

  • Replace discolored front fillings
  • Whiten teeth to a lighter color
  • Straighten crooked teeth with orthodontics or recontouring your natural enamel
  • Close up spaces between teeth
  • Porcelain or resin veneers to change the shape and alignment of teeth
  • Place tooth colored material in back teeth (instead of silver/mercury fillings)
  • Porcelain or resin inlays or onlays for back teeth
  • Cosmetic periodontal surgery to even our gum tissue that is crooked
  • Restoration of worn and short teeth to their proper shape
  • Fill in tooth brush abrasion notches
  • Cover missing gum tissue due to recession with soft tissue grafts
  • Replace missing teeth with bridges or implants
  • Replace defective and unsightly crowns
  • Cover stained roots
  • Remove stained fracture lines from enamel
  • Restore chipped teeth
  • Make teeth appear longer
  • Make teeth appear shorter

Costs for these cosmetic procedures vary according to the extent of treatment. Tell us how you wish your smile looked. Then we can tell you what we can do, how long it will take, and what it will cost. Most of the time, people are pleasantly surprised to find that the cost is not as much as they thought. If you have dental insurance, you may often find that some of the procedures are also a part of your benefit package.

If you have any questions about improving your appearance by cosmetic dentistry, please feel free to call our office – 253.853.3315

Smile - Before and After Whitening

Having a beautiful smile may be easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure.

It’s hard to imagine anything more appealing than a sparkling white smile. Yet our teeth rarely stay as white as we would like them to without a little help. Fortunately, that help is available right here at the dental office.

Teeth whitening in a professional dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. It’s also perhaps the most economical cosmetic dental procedure.

Professionally supervised whitening will work faster, and protect sensitive gums and tooth root surfaces better than over the counter whitening products. Having an oral exam before you begin the whitening process is an important first step, as we want to make sure your tooth discoloration is not the result of a dental condition in need of treatment.

If you have any questions about teeth whitening, please feel free to ask us.

Tooth Crowns

Crowns are used to reconstruct a single tooth broken down by tooth decay, or one that has simply fractured. If the tooth was in good alignment before the crown was prepared, the crown will be in good alignment. If the tooth was misaligned before the crown, sometimes the crown may be made to obtain a more ideal shape and position. It is cleaned and flossed just like a natural tooth.

Our goal at Dr. Matthew J. Stadler’s office is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. One of the most esthetic ways to restore teeth today is to use a full cast ceramic or porcelain crown. This type of crown contains no metal, so it approximates the total appearance of an undamaged, natural tooth.

These are beautiful restorations, and they are possibly the most beautiful full coverage restorations available. You can expect them to last for a long time. If you need a full coverage restoration, and aesthetics is of maximum importance to you, porcelain and ceramic crowns should be considered.

If you have any questions about porcelain crowns, please feel free to ask us.

Dentist Scanning Teeth

Our goal at Dr. Matthew J. Stadler’s office is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We are known for the quality of our work and the life changes we make for our patients.

Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology has been revolutionizing industries, including dentistry. Remember when is used to take two separate appointments to get a dental crown? Patients had to endure mouthfuls of messy impression materials and wearing temporaries for weeks at a time. Now, with our Cerec system, that is all a thing of the past.

Dr. Matthew J. Stadler can now complete beautiful restorations like crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers in-office, in only “ONE” appointment. Benefits for our patients:

  • “ONE” visit
  • no impressions
  • no temporaries
  • highly aesthetic
  • long lasting

Our Cerec system allows Dr. Matthew J. Stadler to replace conventional impression methods with a clean, fast digital scan that is obtained in just a few minutes through a series of photographic images taken in the mouth. Combining this scanned date with our advanced software, we’re able to design a custom, permanent restoration. A milling unit then fabricates your restoration design quickly and conveniently, right in our dental office.

Your final result is a natural-looking restoration of superior strength that perfectly matches the surrounding teeth, making your crown, veneer, or filling virtually undetectable. The elimination of impressions, temporaries, and second appointments enhances the entire dental experience for our patients. As an added bonus, many of our patients love watching their new tooth come to life in the milling unit right in front of their eyes!

If you have any questions about Cerec “One Visit” restorations, please feel free to ask us.

Woman with Dentist

When people speak of “bonding” their teeth to make them look better, they are usually referring to porcelain veneers. Veneers cover only the outside portion of the tooth, the part that shows when you smile or talk. Porcelain veneers are placed in order to correct slight or severe defects in tooth alignment, shape, or color. This is done when there is still enough enamel on the tooth to allow the veneer to be placed. The most common use for porcelain veneers is to improve the cosmetic appearance of the patient.

If you have any questions about porcelain veneers, please feel free to ask us.

Implants Illustration

Thirty-five years ago, if someone described how teeth could be replaced with implants, it might have been called a miracle. Twenty years ago, the use of dental implants to replace missing teeth might have been called astounding. Today, implant procedures are called routine.

Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small abutments are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These abutments provide stable anchors for artificial tooth replacement. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, replace several missing teeth, or provide added retention to a removable dental appliance such as a full denture.

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that the replacement tooth appears natural. In addition, implants can help preserve facial bone, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

If you have any questions about dental implants, feel free to ask us.

Digital Dentistry

Digital dentistry may be defined as any dental technology or device that incorporates digital or computer-controlled components. In the dental profession, these technologies make dentistry easier, faster, better and most importantly – enjoyable.

Dr. Matthew J. Stadler, with the use of these technologies, can provide better diagnosis and treatment options for his patients. Taking traditional dental problems and giving them upgraded solutions.

Guy in Dental Chair

An intra-oral camera is an advanced innovation in dentistry that takes highly magnified digital photographs of your teeth. The images are displayed on a computer monitor. You can, along with Dr. Matthew J. Stadler, detect problems such as worn or broken fillings, cracked teeth, plaque deposits, areas of decay, and gum disease. Most importantly you become involved in the health of your mouth.

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One of our new digital technologies is digital x-rays, also called digital radiography. It is a form of tooth x-ray imaging, where digital x-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. The advantages of this new technology is greatly reduced radiation exposure, time efficiency, and the images can be enhanced to aid in diagnosis.

Dentist Using laser on Man's Mouth

Our practice philosophy is based on using today’s leading edge technology to provide the best care possible to our patients. Early detection of cavities is critical to maintaining optimal oral health. That’s why we have chosen to use laser technology, an extremely accurate aid in the detection of small and hidden cavities. Many practices still rely on the explorer and x-rays, but these devices only find cavities that are larger. The surface of your tooth has fine grooves that are highly vulnerable to bacteria, which is the gateway for decay. The laser technology allows Dr. Matthew J. Stadler to detect cavities earlier. That means we can prevent tooth loss and larger cavities from developing, which results in less costly treatment.

The laser light is a small, pen-line device which emits a small beam of laser light, similar to a laser pointer but less visible. It is intended for use as an aid in detecting cavities.

Dentist Scanning Teeth

Our goal at Dr. Matthew J. Stadler’s office is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We are known for the quality of our work and the life changes we make for our patients.

Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology has been revolutionizing industries, including dentistry. Remember when is used to take two separate appointments to get a dental crown? Patients had to endure mouthfuls of messy impression materials and wearing temporaries for weeks at a time. Now, with our Cerec system, that is all a thing of the past.

Dr. Matthew J. Stadler can now complete beautiful restorations like crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers in-office, in only “ONE” appointment. Benefits for our patients:

  • “ONE” visit
  • no impressions
  • no temporaries
  • highly aesthetic
  • long lasting

Our Cerec system allows Dr. Matthew J. Stadler to replace conventional impression methods with a clean, fast digital scan that is obtained in just a few minutes through a series of photographic images taken in the mouth. Combining this scanned date with our advanced software, we’re able to design a custom, permanent restoration. A milling unit then fabricates your restoration design quickly and conveniently, right in our dental office.

Your final result is a natural-looking restoration of superior strength that perfectly matches the surrounding teeth, making your crown, veneer, or filling virtually undetectable. The elimination of impressions, temporaries, and second appointments enhances the entire dental experience for our patients. As an added bonus, many of our patients love watching their new tooth come to life in the milling unit right in front of their eyes!

If you have any questions about Cerec “One Visit” restorations, please feel free to ask us.

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5122 Olympic Dr. NW, Suite B204 Gig Harbor, WA 98335
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