This page lists a brief description of the services we provide, it is not all inclusive, more of a brief overview.
Comprehensive Dental Hygiene:
Periodic exams are performed regularly on patients to determine if they have had a change in dental health since their last evaluation. These exams include checks for tooth decay, gum health and oral cancer screenings.
Preventive & Non-surgical Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal disease can have systemic effects on the body. As a first line of defense, we use preventive and non-surgical treatments to eliminate gum infections and plaque buildup.
Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surface of teeth, especially the chewing surfaces on back teeth. Food and bacteria build up in these crevices, making the teeth in danger of eventual tooth decay. Sealants “seal out” the food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of long-term tooth decay.
Fluoride treatments help prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acidic attacks from plaque, bacteria and sugar.
Fillings (Simple Restorative):
The most common way to restore a tooth that has decay that has led to the development of a cavity, or small hole, in the tooth.
Fillings. We will remove all areas of decay, and replace with a filling made of silver (amalgam) or composite resin. Composite resin fillings have surged in popularity because their appearance perfectly matches the natural appearance of teeth.
Crowns (Fixed Prosthesis):
A crown is a restoration that covers a tooth in order to strengthen and restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown may be placed to support a large filling when there is little remaining tooth structure, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, protect root canaled teeth from splitting or restore fractured teeth.
Bridges (Fixed Prosthesis):
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Partial and Full Dentures (Removable Prosthesis):
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. There are two basic types of dentures, complete or partial.
Complete dentures cover your entire upper or lower jaw.
Partial dentures replace one or few teeth. Complete dentures can also be “conventional” or “immediate”. A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about 3 to 5 weeks after all the teeth are removed to allow the gum tissue to heal, in contrast an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed.
Reasons for Dentures:
- Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch.
- Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch.
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
What is the process for getting a denture?:
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures
Losing teeth can be detrimental not only to your health, but also your social self-confidence. If you are facing the hurdles that an incomplete set of teeth can pose to your day-to-day life, consider dental implants. This revolutionary tooth-replacement solution provides the most lifelike, longest-lasting result available.
What are dental implants?
Dental implant posts provide a strong foundation with which Dr. Andersen replaces missing teeth. Coupled with restorations that look and function like your natural teeth, dental implants are designed to blend seamlessly with your smile. Implants are made of biocompatible metal, and directly attached or implanted into the jaw bone, resulting in a replacement that closely resembles natural teeth. Dental implants offer superior strength, reduce bone loss, and don’t compromise surrounding healthy teeth, as other types of restorations do. Whether replacing a single tooth or a complete arch, implants offer many benefits over other tooth replacement options.
The dental implant process
Dr. Andersen works with experienced oral surgeons, coordinating your care through each step of the process. Once the surgeon has placed the implant or implants, Dr. Andersen can top it with an artistically fabricated restoration, like a single crown, a bridge, or even a full denture.
If you’re unhappy with your current bridge, denture or partial, ask us how dental implants can firmly secure your restoration and give you back the freedom to smile, laugh, and eat what you like. Experience the freedom that you enjoyed with natural teeth!
Nothing is better than a healthy set of teeth, and many advances in dentistry allow us to save teeth that we could not previously, but sometimes an extraction is necessary.
Dr. Andersen offer’s limited extractions on teeth she feels she can safely extract without possible complications that would require an oral surgeon.
Please note, some cases including many molar extractions may be referred to our Oral Surgeon.
Reasons for an extraction are:
- Advanced Gum Disease. This is the #1 reason adults loose their teeth!
- An abscessed tooth that cannot be saved
- A tooth with decay too deep to save the tooth
- A tooth that is poorly positioned and causing bone loss of neighboring teeth
- A tooth that has broken at the gum line and cannot be saved
- Impacted tooth (typically a "Wisdom Tooth")
Limited Root Canals (Endodontics):
In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, you may save that tooth.
Inside each tooth is both the pulp and the nerve. The nerve is the vestige of the tissue that originally formed the tooth. Once the tooth has been in the mouth for a time, the functioning of the nerve is no longer necessary.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp. Germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming a "pus-pocket" called an abscess. An abscess can cause the pulp tissue to die. When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Certain by-products of the infection can injure your jawbones and your overall health. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
Treatment often involves from one to three visits. During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems of the pulp) removes the diseased pulp. Next the pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are cleaned and sealed. Often posterior teeth that have endodontic treatment should have a cast crown placed in order to strengthen the remaining structure. Then, as long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups so that the root(s) of the restored tooth are nourished by the surrounding tissues, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
Most of the time a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!
NIGHTGUARDS / BITE PROTECTION
Protecting your Teeth
Nightguards (or mouth splints) are custom-fitted plastic appliances that are worn over the teeth to protect them from damage due to clenching or grinding - a condition known as Bruxism.
Bruxism is usually associated with stress, but can be related to sleep disorders, poor bite or jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD).
Because it usually occurs during sleep, bruxism can go unnoticed for years. Common symptoms of bruxism include headaches, tired or sore facial muscles and cracked or sensitive teeth.
Extensive grinding can cause severe wear of tooth enamel, making the teeth appear shorter and flattened. Left untreated, bruxism can eventually result in serious damage to the teeth that may require extensive restorative procedures to repair.
Nightguards are often recommended as part of treatment of dysfunctional jaw joint movement, or TMJ/TMD.
Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ), or “jaw joints,” are the hinged joints on either side of the jaw that are responsible for opening and closing the mouth.
Some patients suffer from a condition known as "Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction" (TMD) in which one or both joints do not move in a smooth, fluid manner.
In some cases, a therapeutic approach using a nightguard to protect the jaw joints from bruxism or clenching can help manage more chronic symptoms. The long-term effects of TMJ disorders can lead to serious dental problems and pain management issues if not addressed.
As part of your complete dental examination, Dr. Andersen will evaluate both jaw joints (TMJ) and each tooth surface to observe for signs of distress and address any problems as needed to keep to your teeth and jaw joints healthy and pain-free.