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By Anderson Dental
October 11, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental bridges  

Dental bridges help restore your whole smile by replacing teeth that are missing. A dental bridge literally bridges the gap between natural teeth by filling in the empty space with artificial teeth called pontics. Once in place, a dental bridge looks and functions like natural teeth. In Fargo, ND, dental bridges are offered at Anderson Dental, where Dr. Jon Anderson and Dr. Brad Anderson can help you restore both function and beauty to your smile.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are often used in conjunction with dental bridges to securely anchor the bridgework in place. In the middle of the bridge are the replacement teeth or pontics. On either side of the pontics are dental crowns. The crowns fit over natural teeth, also referred to as abutment teeth. The function of the crowns is to hold the bridgework so no adhesives are needed. If there is not a natural tooth to place a crown over, then the crown could be attached to a dental implant.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges deliver many benefits beyond replacing missing teeth. They also restore function by providing a full set of teeth for easily biting and chewing food. Many patients also experience a boost in confidence after their smile is restored with bridgework. The experienced dentists at our office in Fargo, ND, can fit you with a dental bridge so you can enjoy a full smile again.

The teeth do more than just help you eat food. For instance, they support the muscles of the face and help guide tongue placement when speaking. By filling the gaps caused by tooth loss, bridges also reduce the side effects that occur when teeth are missing. Additional benefits of having a dental bridge include:

  • Preventing the natural teeth from shifting into gaps
  • Restoring the natural contours of the face
  • Reducing facial sagging and drooping
  • Improving speech affected by gaps from tooth loss
  • Minimizing excess strain on teeth that were compensating for missing ones

A dental bridge can restore function and beauty to your smile, as well as boost confidence so you want to smile more! For dental bridges in Fargo, ND, schedule a consultation with Drs. Jon or Brad Anderson by calling Anderson Dental at (701) 232-1368.

By Anderson Dental
September 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Crown lengthening is a cosmetic procedure for treating a gummy smile. A gummy smile occurs when excess gum tissue conceals more of the teeth than is typical. This can cause the teeth to appear short. Crown lengthening exposes more of the surface of teeth by removing excess gum tissue. Dr. Jon Anderson and Dr. Brad Anderson, the skilled cosmetic dentists at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, perform crown lengthening to treat gummy smiles.

Crown Lengthening Procedure

Crown lengthening is a simple surgical procedure for removing excess gum tissue from around affected teeth to reveal more tooth enamel. In some cases, a small amount of bone tissue might also need to be removed from around each tooth being lengthened. After the procedure teeth will look longer and the patient’s smile will no longer appear “gummy.”

To begin the procedure, local anesthesia is first administered to numb the area being treated. The dentist then makes incisions in the gum tissue around each tooth being lengthened. This makes it possible to pull the gums back from the teeth, which exposes the roots and bone. Excess gum tissue is carefully removed. If enough of the tooth is still not visible, a small amount of bone tissue is also removed. Afterward, the treatment area is cleaned and stitched closed.

Additional Reasons for Crown Lengthening

The most common reason for performing crown lengthening surgery is to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile. However, the procedure can also be helpful when preparing teeth to receive crowns or veneers. Exposing more of the natural tooth surface can aid in performing certain types of cosmetic or restorative dental work, such as placing crowns or veneers. The experienced cosmetic dentists at our Fargo, ND, practice can determine if your smile could benefit from crown lengthening.

Crown lengthening is an effective method for reducing the appearance of a gummy smile. In Fargo, ND, the cosmetic dentists at Anderson Dental treat gummy smiles. To learn more about crown lengthening and to find out if it might be right for you, schedule a consultation with Drs. Jon or Brad Anderson by calling our dental office at (701) 232-1368.

By Anderson Dental
May 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

When your smile is damaged, flawed, or has lost its sparkle, veneers offer a simple way to enhance your appearance. They're one of the many cosmetic dentistry services and treatments offered by your Fargo, ND, dentists, Dr. Jon Anderson, Dr. Brad Anderson, and Dr. Joshua Breding of Anderson Dental.

What are veneers?

Veneers address flaws that are noticeable when you smile or speak. The tooth-shaped shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement and become a permanent part of your smile. Veneers are made of porcelain or plastic and look just like tooth enamel.

Your dentist won't have to make any major changes to your teeth before you receive veneers. In fact, they may only need to remove a tiny amount of enamel to prepare your teeth. Your veneers will be made from an impression of your mouth to ensure a comfortable, natural fit.

Who can benefit from veneers?

Veneers have been made popular by TV and movie actors who wear them to whiten their smiles, but the restorations have many other uses in addition to whitening. Do you have a tooth that looks a little odd? Adding a veneer will make an oddly shaped, crooked, or twisted tooth look more uniform. The restorations can also lengthen short teeth.

If grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep wore them down, your dentist may recommend a nightguard during your appointment at the Fargo, ND, dental office. Nightguards protect your veneers and teeth from damage caused by grinding.

Are you self-conscious about the gap between your front teeth? Once your dentist adds veneers to your teeth, you'll soon forget that space ever existed. Veneers also conceal minor damage and flaws. They're an excellent solution if you have chips, discolorations, shallow cracks, pits, or bumps in your enamel.

Veneers are a popular whitening option because they're available in so many shades of white. In fact, you can choose just how bright your smile will be when you whiten with veneers.

Upgrade your smile with veneers! Call your dentists in Fargo, ND, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Anderson, and Dr. Breding of Anderson Dental, at (701) 232-1368 to schedule your appointment.

By Anderson Dental
March 09, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Is your smile dull, damaged, or unattractive? Your Fargo, ND, cosmetic dentists, Drs. Jon and Brad Anderson of Anderson Dental, can help you conceal a variety of common cosmetic issues with veneers.

Veneers offer a simple way to improve your smile

Even minor tooth imperfections can make you feel a little self-conscious about your smile. If you have a small chip in a tooth, or one of your teeth is discolored, your eyes are immediately drawn to the problem tooth when you look in the mirror. Major tooth issues may require extensive dental work, but that's not the case if you have minor flaws that affect the fronts of your teeth.

Adding veneers to your teeth keeps flaws and imperfections out of sight, improving your smile. Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells, often made of porcelain, that are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth to create an amazing look.

The first step in the veneer process involves a visit to our Fargo dental office. During this visit, your dentist may remove a tiny amount of your tooth enamel, for this ensures a comfortable fit for your veneers. He'll also make an impression of your teeth that a dental laboratory will use to create your veneers. Once the restorations have returned from the lab, your cosmetic dentist bonds them to your teeth, completing your new smile.

How veneers can boost your smile

Do you have a tooth that looks a little odd? Veneers are an excellent choice if you would like to change the shape of a tooth that's twisted, pointed, or oddly shaped. These restorations can also make crooked teeth look perfectly straight and are a good option if one or two of your teeth are crooked.

The restorations can also be used to extend the length of teeth. If you're receiving veneers because your teeth have been worn down due to grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep, you'll need to begin wearing a nightguard to protect your veneers.
 

Interested? Give us a call

Transform your smile with veneers! Call your cosmetic dentists in Fargo, ND, Drs. Jon and Brad Anderson of Anderson Dental, at (701) 232-1368 to schedule your appointment.

By Anderson Dental
January 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you are missing one or multiple teeth, dental implants are a permanent solution for rebuilding your smile and restoring its natural function. Here at Anderson Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Fargo ND, our team of dentists provides implant consultations and treatment plans to start this restorative process. Read on to learn what this treatment can do for you!

Different Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants consist of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. During a consultation at our Fargo office, we will suggest the best type of dental implants to fit your smile goals. Common categories of dental implants include:

  • Endosteal - commonly used as an alternative to dentures or bridgework, this implant type holds one or multiple artificial teeth in place with screws and cylinders.
  • Subperiosteal - these are often suggested for patients who have minimal bone height in the tooth or are unable to wear conventional dentures. Composed of metal framework, this implant is attached under your gum tissue but above your jawbone.

How Dental Implants Can Rebuild Your Smile

By replacing missing teeth, dental implants offer stability and strength to show off your smile, improve eating habits, and better the way you feel about yourself. Improved speech and an enhanced cosmetic appearance can also deliver an upgrade to your overall comfort level. Finally, dental implants resemble your natural teeth, meaning that friends and family won't recognize that you have a restoration unless you share the news.

What to Expect From Treatment

This long-term solution for restoring your smile starts with a dentist performing a minor surgical procedure to directly insert the implant into the jawbone. Following this step, the site is allowed to heal for a few months before the permanent crown is attached. During this time, simple at-home oral care and routine visits to the dentist are necessary for implant success.

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you'd like to explore the benefits of dental implants, schedule a consultation with one of the dentists here at Anderson Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to determine if they are right for you. Call our Fargo, ND, office today at (701) 232-1368.