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By Anderson Dental
December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Bridge  

Missing teeth create gaps that can be unsightly and embarrassing. They can also irritate the mouth, unease in your bite while increasing mental and emotional distress. At Anderson Dental, our dentist may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile, ability to speak and chew, as well as prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of place. These cosmetic restorations will not only benefit your appearance, but they'll give your oral health an additional boost. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Jon Anderson, Dr. Brad Anderson, or Dr. Breding in our Fargo, ND, office today to get started.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge comes in different types. At Anderson Dental, our dentist will determine the kind that's best for your particular situation after performing an oral examination and taking X-rays. A dental bridge is a fixed artificial tooth that's supported by two crowns on each side to bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. It's also considered an alternative to dental implants.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

One or multiple teeth can devastate self-esteem and make you self-conscious about how others perceive you. One of the benefits of a dental bridge is that the procedure is non-surgical and involves minimal recovery time. They can also last a long time with proper at-home care and annual cleanings in our Fargo, ND, office. A dental bridge is also safe, comfortable, and has a durable reputation. Another advantage is that they prevent further oral problems from developing.

If you're tired of frowning, missing out on your favorite foods, and looking for a solution, consider treatment. You may be a candidate for a dental bridge, and Dr. Jon Anderson or Dr. Brad Anderson will confirm this during your initial visit.

For more information about other services provided at Anderson Dental, visit our website or call (701) 232-1368 for an appointment in our Fargo, ND, office.

By Anderson Dental
December 16, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Your dentists in Fargo, North Dakota can help you keep your teeth white

Did you know you can do a lot at home to keep your smile white? It’s true! In fact, just a few simple tricks and tips can help you keep your smile looking white, bright, and beautiful. Your dentist can help too. Dr. Jon Anderson and Dr. Brad Anderson at Anderson Dental in Fargo, North Dakota offer professional teeth whitening treatments, so you can enjoy a white smile.

One of the main culprits of stains on your teeth is tobacco use. Whether it’s smoking cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, or even chewing tobacco, using tobacco products will lead to a dark, stained smile. The best advice is to quit using tobacco products. They are hard on your teeth and deadly to your body.

Next, try limiting your intake of coffee, tea, and red wine. If you continue to drink these beverages, try to brush your teeth afterward to limit the amount of pigment left on your teeth. You can also switch to white wine instead of red. At the very least, try to rinse your mouth out after drinking these beverages to limit the stains left behind. You can also try drinking through a straw, to keep the liquid off of your teeth.

Highly pigmented foods can also cause stains on your teeth. Healthy foods like blueberries and blackberries can make your teeth dark. Tomato sauce is another food that can cause yellowish stains on your teeth. Again, try to brush or at least rinse your mouth out after eating foods with a high amount of pigment.

It's natural to get stains on your teeth. It’s also natural for your smile to look yellow as you get older. That’s because as you age, your enamel becomes thinner, allowing you to see the layer underneath, called dentin. This dentin layer is naturally yellow, so the more dentin you can see, the yellower your teeth will look.

Your dentist can help you regain your white smile with professional teeth whitening treatment. At Anderson Dental, they offer two highly effective methods to whiten your teeth:

  • An in-office treatment, which is the quickest way to a bright smile, because it takes only about an hour.
  • A take-home treatment, which is a kit containing everything you need to whiten at home.

To find out more about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services, call Dr. Jon Anderson and Dr. Brad Anderson of Anderson Dental in Fargo, North Dakota at (701) 232-1368. Call now, and get started on a beautiful white smile today!

By Anderson Dental
April 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Are you considering some smile changes? Whether you want simple changes or a complete makeover, Dr. Jon Anderson, Dr. Brad Anderson, and Dr. Breding at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, are the cosmetic dentists to see. A great smile is so valuable, and improving yours may be easier than you think.

Cosmetic dentistry is very popular

And, it gets more popular every year, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). American adults see the value of oral health, but also they understand that a smile reflects one's personality and affects others' perceptions.

If you have healthy teeth and gums but feel dissatisfied with how they look, come to Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Tell your dentist how you wish to change your smile, and he'll show you what's possible, realistic, and preferable. After a complete exam and X-rays, your treatment plan will be customized to you and your unique smile. Think about:

  • Small defects, such as chips and cracks
  • Improving deep stains
  • Gaps and crowding
  • Missing teeth
  • Failing restorations, such as crowns and fillings
  • Any missing teeth
  • Tooth size, shape, and alignment

Available cosmetic services

Every cosmetic dentistry service is well-executed, employing only quality materials for natural-looking results that last. Some treatments include:

  • Professional in-office or at-home teeth whitening which improves stains and brightens tooth color by several shades at a time.
  • Porcelain veneers, which are thin laminates of tooth-colored ceramic that disguise defects such as cracks, pits, and deep stains.
  • Porcelain crowns, which are tooth-shaped caps of high-grade ceramic to support and protect teeth damaged by decay, infection, accident, congenital problems or multiple restorations

If you can dream it...

We can help you achieve it. Come see the cosmetic dentists at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, for a consultation: (701) 232-1368.

April 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

If you've ever had a bad toothache, you know how it can take over your life. For long-lasting relief, call Anderson dental in Fargo, ND. Our three dentists respond to dental emergencies quickly and kindly. Dr. Brad Anderson, Dr. Jon Anderson, and Dr. Breding want you to feel good and have your best smile.

What causes toothaches?

Toothaches have several distinct causes, including:

  • Deep dental decay which extends into the interior pulp and beyond
  • Dental sensitivity which hangs on when your tooth is exposed to heat or cold
  • Deteriorating restorations, such as crowns and fillings, and the infiltration of harmful oral bacteria
  • Impacted wisdom teeth (third molars encased in gum tissue and bone)
  • Bone and gum deterioration due to gum disease
  • Dental abscess or infection
  • Fracture of tooth structure from oral trauma
  • Arthritis in the jaw (or other sources of jaw joint dysfunction)
  • Sinus infection
  • Bruxism, or habitual teeth grinding or clenching related to stress
  • Poor dental bite and other smile alignment issues

Solving the problem

If you have a dental emergency—such as intense dental pain and/or injury—contact Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, right away. You'll receive first aid advice to stabilize your condition and relieve your pain. Also, you'll receive a same-day appointment if needed.

Intervention includes a complete oral exam and digital X-ray imaging. This information helps your dentist diagnose your problem and to address it with the right restorative service.

For instance, if you have an abscessed tooth, you may require root canal therapy in which your dentist removes the diseased interior pulp, disinfects and seals each narrow root canal, and crowns the tooth. Root canal therapy relieves toothache symptoms right away and allows you to keep the tooth instead of extracting it, says the American Association of Endodontists.

Prevention is key

To avoid toothaches or other dental emergencies, see your dentist at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND, every six months for a cleaning and check-up. Eat a low-carbohydrate diet, and brush and floss daily. Good home habits significantly reduce the incidence of decay and gum disease.

At Anderson Dental, our professional team offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services to help you achieve your best oral health. Call us if you have a dental emergency: (701) 232-1368.

By Anderson Dental
August 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

woman's tooth painHave you been hoping that your tooth pain will go away? Ignoring tooth pain and other warning signs can affect your oral and general health and increase the risk that you'll need an extensive dental procedure to correct the problem. Fargo, ND, dentists Dr. Jon Anderson, Dr. Brad Anderson, and Dr. Breding of Anderson Dental offer dental emergency care for urgent oral health issues.

Pain can be caused by several dental issues

Pain is a clear indicator of a problem with your tooth. If your pain is due to tooth decay, removing the decayed area and adding a filling will restore your tooth and end your pain. Overlooking a toothache may mean that you'll need a bigger filling. The longer you wait to see the dentist, the greater the chance that the decay will spread.

If decay is severe, it could even affect your tooth pulp. If that happens, you'll need a root canal or you may lose the tooth. Common signs that may indicate you need a root canal include increased pain when you chew or put even the slightest amount of pressure on the tooth, darkening of the tooth, or redness, pain or swelling in the gum around the tooth.

In some cases, tooth pain can be due to a dental abscess in the pulp. The bacterial infection may cause severe pain, fever, and pus around the tooth. Dental abscesses are dental emergencies and require immediate treatment with antibiotics to prevent the infection from spreading.

Pain in a tooth may also occur for other reasons. It may be a sign that you have gum disease, a cracked tooth, a loose filling or other oral health problem. Unlike dental abscesses, these problems don't require emergency treatment but should be evaluated as soon as possible.

Other problems that require emergency appointments

Other potential causes of a dental emergency include:

  • Fractures: Fractured teeth can occur as a result of falls or a blow to the face and warrant an immediate call to your Fargo dentist.
  • Knocked Out or Loose Teeth: It may be possible to reimplant knocked out teeth if you visit the dentist within about an hour after your accident. Loose teeth or teeth that have moved out of position as a result of trauma also require emergency treatment.

Don't let tooth pain jeopardize your smile. Call Fargo, ND, dentists Dr. Jon Anderson, Dr. Brad Anderson, and Dr. Breding of Anderson Dental at (701) 232-1368 if you suffer a dental emergency.