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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.


IfaRootCanalWontWorkThisProcedureMightSaveYourTooth

Root canal treatments are the go-to procedures dentists use to treat a tooth with advanced internal decay that has resulted in the pulp (nerve) dying. And for good reason: root canals are responsible for saving millions of teeth that would otherwise be lost.

In the basic root canal procedure, dentists make access into a tooth's interior with a small hole drilled into the crown. They then remove all diseased tissue within the pulp chamber and root canals. These now empty spaces are then filled, and the tooth is sealed and crowned to prevent further infection.

This is usually a straightforward affair, although it can be complicated by an intricate root canal network. In those cases, the skills and microscopic equipment of an endodontist, a specialist in root canals, may be needed to successfully perform the procedure.

But there are also occasional cases where it may be inadvisable to use a conventional root canal procedure to treat an endodontic infection. For example, it may be difficult to retreat a root canal on a restored tooth with a crown and supporting post in place. To do conventional root canal therapy, it would be necessary to take the restoration apart for clear access, which could further weaken or damage the remaining tooth's structure.

In this and similar situations, a dentist might use a different type of procedure called an apicoectomy. Rather than access the source of infection through the tooth's crown, an endodontist approaches the infection through the gums. This is a minor surgical procedure that can be performed with local anesthesia.

Making an incision through the gums at the level of the affected root, the endodontist can then remove any infected tissue around the root, along with a small portion of the root tip. They then place a small filling and, if necessary, grafting material to encourage bone growth around the area. The gums are then sutured in place and the area allowed to heal.

An apicoectomy is another way to attempt saving a tooth that's well on its way to demise. Without it or an attempt at a conventional root canal treatment, you might lose your tooth.

If you would like more information on treating advanced tooth decay, 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 “Apicoectomy: A Surgical Option When Root Canal Treatment Fails.”


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.


WhatYouCanDoAboutBadBreathUnlessYoureaFamousActressPrankingYourCo-Star

Hollywood superstar Jennifer Lawrence is a highly paid actress, Oscar winner, successful producer and…merry prankster. She's the latter, at least with co-star Liam Hemsworth: It seems Lawrence deliberately ate tuna fish, garlic or other malodorous foods right before their kissing scenes while filming The Hunger Games.

It was all in good fun, of course—and her punked co-star seemed to take it in good humor. In most situations, though, our mouth breath isn't something we take lightly. It can definitely be an unpleasant experience being on the receiving end of halitosis (bad breath). And when we're worried about our own breath, it can cause us to be timid and self-conscious around others.

So, here's what you can do if you're concerned about bad breath (unless you're trying to prank your co-star!).

Brush and floss daily. Bad breath often stems from leftover food particles that form a film on teeth called dental plaque. Add in bacteria, which thrive in plaque, and you have the makings for smelly breath. Thorough brushing and flossing can clear away plaque and the potential breath smell. You should also clean your dentures daily if you wear them to avoid similar breath issues.

Scrape your tongue. Some people can build up a bacterial coating on the back surface of the tongue. This coating may then emit volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) that give breath that distinct rotten egg smell. You can remove this coating by brushing the tongue surface with your toothbrush or using a tongue scraper (we can show you how).

See your dentist. Some cases of chronic bad breath could be related to oral problems like tooth decay, gum disease or broken dental work. Treating these could help curb your bad breath, as can removing the third molars (wisdom teeth) that are prone to trapped food debris. It's also possible for bad breath to be a symptom of a systemic condition like diabetes that may require medical treatment.

Quit smoking. Tobacco can leave your breath smelly all on its own. But a smoking habit could also dry your mouth, creating the optimum conditions for bacteria to multiply. Besides increasing your disease risk, this can also contribute to chronic bad breath. Better breath is just one of the many benefits of quitting the habit.

We didn't mention mouthrinses, mints or other popular ways to freshen breath. While these can help out in a pinch, they may cover up the real causes of halitosis. Following the above suggestions, especially dental visits to uncover and treat dental problems, could solve your breath problem for good.

If you would like more information about ways to treat bad breath, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More Than Just Embarrassing.”