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A deeply decayed tooth is in serious trouble, and something a regular filling may not fix. You may instead need a root canal, a common tooth-saving procedure performed by general dentists or, in more difficult cases, endodontists (specialists in interior tooth treatment).

Regardless of who performs it, though, the basics are the same: The dentist accesses the tooth's decayed interior by drilling a hole and removing diseased tissue from the pulp and root canals through it. They then fill the empty spaces with a rubber-like substance before sealing the tooth and later crowning it to prevent re-infection.

For most, a root canal gives a decayed tooth a new lease on life that can last for years, if not decades. Occasionally, though, a root canaled tooth may become reinfected from tooth decay. There are a number of possible reasons for this unfortunate outcome.

For one, the decay might not have been caught until it had advanced into root canal filling, resulting in contamination. Although root canal treatment may still be effective, the chances of success are much lower than for a decayed tooth diagnosed before it had advanced this far.

Teeth with multiple roots or complex root canal networks are also difficult to treat. The challenge is to ensure all the root canals within the tooth have been thoroughly treated. These types of situations are usually best undertaken by an endodontist with microscopic equipment and advanced techniques that can better infiltrate intricate root canal networks.

These and other situations could make it more likely a root-canaled tooth is reinfected. Depending on the extent of damage, it may be best to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or other restoration. But it's also possible to repeat the root canal—and the second time may be the charm.

As with many other dental conditions, the best outcome regarding a reinfected tooth after root canal is early detection and treatment. You can increase your chances of this with regular dental visits that include monitoring of any root-canaled teeth. You should also see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice pain or gum swelling associated with the tooth.

Root canals are highly effective at saving decayed teeth. But the rare reinfection is possible—so be on the alert.

If you would like more information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will It Last?

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Mike Tyson made a splash when he faced off against sharks during the Discovery Channel's Shark Week 2020. But there's bigger news for fans of the former undisputed world heavyweight champion: After a 15-year absence, he will enter the ring again for two exhibition matches in the Fall. However, it's not just Tyson's boxing action that made news during his 20-year career. His teeth have also gotten their fair share of press.

Tyson used to be known for two distinctive gold-capped teeth in the front left side of his mouth. He made headlines when he lost one of the shiny caps—not from a blow by a fellow pugilist but from being headbutted by his pet tiger as Tyson leaned in for a kiss. Tyson's teeth again garnered attention when he had his recognizable gold caps replaced with tooth-colored restorations. But the world champion may be best known, dentally at least, for his trademark tooth gap, or “diastema” in dentist-speak. Several years ago, he had the gap closed in a dental makeover, but he soon regretted the move. After all, the gap was a signature look for him, so he had it put back in.

That's one thing about cosmetic dentistry: With today's advanced technology and techniques, you can choose a dental makeover to suit your individual taste and personality.

An obvious example is teeth whitening. This common cosmetic treatment is not a one-size-fits-all option. You can choose whether you want eye-catching Hollywood white or a more natural shade.

If your teeth have chips or other small imperfections, bonding may be the solution for you. In dental bonding, tooth-colored material is placed on your tooth in layers and then hardened with a special light. The material is matched to your other teeth so the repaired tooth fits right in. This procedure can usually be done in just one office visit.

For moderate flaws or severe discoloration, porcelain veneers can dramatically improve your appearance. These thin, tooth-colored shells cover the front surface of the tooth—the side that shows when you smile. Veneers are custom-crafted for the ideal individualized look.

Dental crowns can restore single teeth or replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge. Again, they are manufactured to your specifications. With restorations like crowns and veneers, the smallest detail can be replicated to fit in with your natural teeth—even down to the ridges on the tooth's surface.

And if, like Mike Tyson, you have a gap between your teeth that makes your smile unique, there's no reason to give that up if you opt for a smile makeover. Whether you would like a small cosmetic enhancement or are looking for a more dramatic transformation, we can work with you to devise a treatment plan that is right for you.

If you would like more information about smile-enhancing dental treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change.”

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Even with dedicated daily home care and regular dental cleanings, some children still have problems with cavities. And, that could morph into an even more serious problem in the future: Primary teeth lost prematurely to the disease could cause incoming permanent teeth to erupt out of position and form a poor bite.

To avoid this, parents often need a little extra help protecting their children's teeth from cavities. One way is with a dental sealant applied to larger teeth by their dentist.

A dental sealant is a protective coating of plastic or glass-like material that partially fills in the pits and crevices of the biting surfaces of larger teeth like molars. Even with diligent brushing it can be difficult to clean these surfaces of plaque, thus allowing bacteria to hide out in deep crevices. By "smoothing" out these areas with a sealant, they're easier to rid the teeth of decay-causing plaque.

Your child can undergo a quick and painless sealant application during a routine visit. After applying the liquid form of the sealant to the teeth with a brush, the dentist uses a curing light to harden the coating into a durable defense against decay.

Dentists have been applying sealants for several years now, which begs the question—do they work? At least two major studies say yes.

These independent studies both surveyed thousands of pediatric patients over several years. And, they both concluded that children with sealants experienced significantly fewer cavities than those without sealants. Furthermore, the protection appeared to last at least four years after the application.

A sealant application does involve a modest cost per tooth. But compared to what you'll spend to treat cavities, or even expensive orthodontic treatment later, sealants are well worth the cost.

If your child continues to develop cavities regardless of home and dental care, then talk with your dentist about sealants and other ways to minimize cavities. Taking these extra steps could help prevent a problem now, and a bigger problem in the future.

If you would like more information on dental care for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children.”

By Anderson Dental
December 07, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Checkups  

For all your routine dental exams and teeth cleanings, you can visit a dentist in Fargo, ND. Dr. Jon Anderson, Dr. Brad Anderson, and Dr. Breding of Anderson Dental can help you keep your healthy smile through general dentistry, dental implants, and more. 

Benefits of Regular Dental Checkup

1. Prevent Future Dental Problems

Regular dental checkups can benefit you over the long term. That's because your dentist can see some dental issues that could be a problem in the future. For example, they may detect some signs of gum disease. It can lead to tooth loss if it's not treated.

But your dentist at Anderson Dental can treat the disease before it develops into severe periodontal disease. They could also notice cancer symptoms early and address the problem immediately.

2. Save Your Teeth

Seeing your doctor when you have advanced tooth decay leads to other problems. The dentist may have no option but to pull it out. When you lose some teeth, others will start changing their position. As a result, you'll be uncomfortable smiling. You can save your precious teeth by seeing a dentist in Fargo, ND, often. 

3. Fix other Health Issues

Grinding teeth, for instance, can lead to headaches and sleeping problems. You may not see how your oral health affects other issues in your health until you see your dentist. Regular checkups can uncover health matters you weren't aware of. Your doctor can refer you to another specialist if they can't offer you help.

4. Cure Bad Breath

Another oral health problem that Anderson Dental can spot early and treat is bad breath during your regular visits. The doctors will find out what could be causing the foul breath. The early treatment ensures that you continue enjoying your food and maintaining a healthy smile.

5. Improve Your Well-being

Leaving a dental problem for too long causes unbearable pain, especially at night. It even affects your work. However, you can have peace of mind by seeing your dentist regularly. They can address your dental needs and ensure that you enjoy your life without worrying about pain.

6. Keep a Healthy Smile

A good smile comes from a healthy mouth. Damaged, cracked, and missing or rotten teeth make it hard for you to enjoy fun moments with others. And if your gums are red, irritated, and swollen, or even bleeding, smiling and eating become a challenge. However, you can fix all this through regular dental checkups. 

You can start your dental checkup today with Dr. Anderson, Dr. Anderson, and Dr. Breding by scheduling an appointment with a dentist in Fargo, ND. Call Anderson Dental on (701) 232-1368 for dental cleanings, teeth whitening, and more.

By Anderson Dental
November 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you have a missing tooth, our skilled dentists can fill in the gap with a dental implant and crown. Dental implants are a close match for natural teeth because they replace missing teeth and their roots. In Fargo, ND, dental implants are available at Anderson Dental, where Dr. Jon Anderson & Dr. Brad Anderson can restore function and beauty to your smile.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a metal post that looks similar to a small screw. The implant is inserted directly in the jawbone and functions like a root for a dental crown. Dental implants can also anchor other types of restorations in place, such as a dental bridge or implant-supported dentures. When used in conjunction with bridgework or dentures, several dental implants are needed.

Dental implants are the most secure and longest-lasting tooth replacement method available today. Placing them in the jawbone is the main reason why they are so secure. Over time, the metal implant post gradually fuses together with the bone tissue around it. Fusion is permanent, which means the dental implant will remain fixed in place. Tooth restorations anchored by dental implants do not shift out of place.

Candidates for Dental Implants

While dental implants are quickly becoming a preferred method among patients for replacing missing teeth, not everyone is a candidate. Since dental implants are inserted in the jawbone, to be a candidate you must have sufficient bone tissue. Otherwise, the dental implant cannot successfully fuse with the bone and will not be as secure. The unfortunate reality of tooth loss is that the body naturally reabsorbs bone tissue not supporting teeth. Consequently, bone loss is a common outcome of tooth loss.

It is also helpful for patients to have healthy gums since a small incision must be made in the gum tissue in order to place a dental implant in the jawbone. Candidates should also have a healthy immune system. The experienced dentists at our practice in Fargo, ND, can determine if dental implants are a possibility for you.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants can help your smile in several ways. On top of restoring beauty to your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing, dental implants also restore function by making it easier to bite and chew food. They also reduce many of the negative side effects of tooth loss. Some of the many exciting benefits of dental implants include:

  • Replace missing or extracted teeth
  • Restore natural biting and chewing functions
  • Reduce strain on remaining teeth compensating for missing ones
  • Prevent additional bone loss by stopping the body from reabsorbing it
  • Reduce facial sagging by providing support for muscles in the face
  • Prevent teeth from shifting into gaps caused by tooth loss
  • Improve speech altered by tooth loss

If you have a missing tooth, a dental implant could restore your smile. Our highly skilled dentists can determine if you are a candidate for this exciting tooth replacement method. For dental implants in Fargo, ND, schedule a consultation with Drs. Jon and Brad Anderson by calling Anderson Dental at (701) 232-1368.