We provide complete family dental care in your hometown.
Our family reception area provides a pleasant area to wait for your appointment.
Below are some of the services we provide.
We work hard to prevent dental problems before they occur. Here are some details about some of our preventative services.
Caries (Cavity) Examination
During this visual examination, Dr. Anderson locates areas of decay both on chewing surfaces and between the teeth. Dr. Anderson uses both a clinical exam and radiographic findings to determine the most conservative treatment plan for your oral needs.
Children and adults should receive this every 6 months. Almost any patient can benefit from this application immediately after your cleaning in our office.
The forces of your bite can sometimes affect the positioning of the jaw and teeth. Through minor polishing of the enamel surfaces or fillings, of the teeth, Dr. Anderson can help redistribute and redirect the biting forces. Adjustments to chewing surfaces can often eliminate headaches that occur as a result of irregular biting patterns.
Oral Cancer Screening
If you are a tobacco or a smokeless tobacco user, you are in primary danger of oral cancer. More than 8,000 deaths were attributed to oral cancer in the past year. We are committed to the prevention of oral cancer through early detection of pre-cancerous lesions. We provide an oral cancer screening at each preventive care appointment.
Using a measuring instrument, Dr. Anderson will examine your pocket depth between each tooth. Pocket depth is the length between the top of the gum and where the gum attaches itself to the tooth. Pocket depths that extend beyond the normal ranges of good oral health may require surgical or non-surgical therapy (scaling and root planing), an excellent home care regimen on the part of the patient, and/or any additional treatment as indicated by Dr. Anderson.
Oral hygiene visits are vital to maintaining healthy teeth and surrounding bone. Dr. Anderson cleans between teeth and beneath the gums where the tooth brush cannot reach and removes plaque and calculus (tartar) so that gums can remain in proper health.
Scaling and Root Planning
When plaque extends below the gum line, gingivitis can deteriorate into a condition known as periodontitis, which is an inflammation that can erode the ligament and bone beneath your gums, creating deep pockets that foster the growth of destructive bacteria. Treatment may include the use of antibiotics and root planing (deep scaling of the bacteria-filled pockets).
Sealants for Children
We can provide a special sealant for children's teeth that flows onto their "biting" surface. This can significantly reduce the potential for dental caries in young people.
Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Examination
TMJ is a condition that afflicts thousands of people. Frequent indicators of TMJ include popping and clicking of the jaw, limited jaw function, pain in the neck, shoulder, and upper back, and pain and pressure in the face and ears. We provide conservative therapies that can eliminate this painful and frustrating problem.
Fluoride is also helpful to adults to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by exposed root surfaces (receding gums). Fluoride eliminates root sensitivity through application of regular fluoride treatments. Our patients have found it helpful to have a series of fluoride treatments, followed by routine fluoride treatments at regularly scheduled appointments, to reduce their sensitivity. Fluoride as a preventive measure is recommended for all adults.
X-rays assist in the detection of cavities that are unobservable between the teeth. Cavities that are just beginning can be detected early on an x-ray so that your treatment becomes less invasive and costly. Only necessary x-rays will be taken. Our digital radiography system allows excellent x-ray images with a minimum of power.
If problems occur with your teeth, our modern dental techniques can restore them to nearly new.
Bonding is a process in which tooth-colored material is applied to tooth surfaces, sculpted into shape, and polished to match surrounding teeth. With this procedure, we can close gaps, repair chipped or fractured teeth, and disguise discolored teeth. Bonding usually requires one appointment visit to the office and no anesthetic. Bonding placement is the choice of treatment for patients who desire immediate results.
Home Bleaching Tooth Whitening
Our tooth whitening procedures offer patients with stained, discolored, or dull teeth an easy, affordable opportunity to have a whiter, brighter smile. Tooth whitening significantly reduces external surface stains caused by food and beverage. We provide an at-home whitening system, which is comfortable and affordable, in conjunction with an office procedure. We take impressions of your mouth to prepare your custom fitted trays. A whitening program is specifically selected for you, and the process is completed in the comfort of your own home.
These are made of tooth-colored material we call a composite filling used to restore the teeth's natural beauty. Composite fillings are matched closely to your natural tooth color and are virtually indistinguishable from non-restored teeth. Composites are excellent options for front teeth as well as the back teeth. Composites have been proven to be extremely durable and stain-resistant.
We have complete equipment and facilities to take care of nearly every major dental treatment that you may require.
A fixed bridge, usually made of gold, is used to replace missing teeth. A bridge helps to create a normal bite, prevent stress on the dental arch, prevent the drifting arch, prevent the drifting and tilt of adjacent teeth, inhibit decay in abnormal areas, and slow the onset of periodontal disease.
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, or restore fractured teeth. A tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy will require a crown following treatment to provide strength and support to the tooth. We only use materials for our crown that will provide the longest lasting benefits to our patients.
Full dentures are used if there are not any teeth left for support. The full denture covers more of the jaw than a partial denture and is partly held in place by a vacuum created upon insertion. New hidden clasp or clasp-less dentures are available as well as duplicate dentures and denture repairs.
The replacement of missing teeth can be accomplished in several different ways. Implants are one of these. The implant is placed in the bone to provide anchorage or stabilization to teeth or to a prosthesis and then left to heal for 4 to 6 months. Then it is uncovered and the process of making a new crown begins. This takes 3 to 4 appointments.
When you are not in need of a full crown, onlays may be the solution. The onlay procedure is a restoration in which composite, porcelain, or gold is applied to a tooth surface to provide support as a conservative treatment option.
Partial dentures are indicated if some serviceable teeth are present for support in conjunction with the gums and jawbone. A partial denture, though removable, provides form and function replacement for missing teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is needed if your tooth's pulp is irreversibly damaged. We offer no-pain, single appointment treatment. The damaged nerve is removed and filling material is placed into the canal. A crown subsequently follows to insure stabilization of the total tooth structure. Dr. Anderson's procedure can save teeth that would otherwise require extraction.
Usually customized from porcelain, veneers are thin, semi-translucent facings bonded to the fronts of teeth. Veneers are durable, stain resistant, and natural-looking. They conceal broken, chipped, discolored, crooked, and misshapen teeth, and provide you with the winning smile you have always wanted.