Our Dental Care

 –Fillings-   – Bridges-   -Crowns-   -Whitening-   -Veneers-

-Root Canals-   -Periodontics-

– Dental Hygiene- 


A dental filling may be necessary to repair the surface of your tooth if it has been damaged by wear, decay, or a fracture. Fillings are used to strengthen teeth when damage has been caught early, before it progresses and requires more intensive dental treatments. The lifespan of a fill can be between 5-12 years, depending on what filling material is used.

The Process

If  Dr. Andersen has determined that a filling is the proper course of action for you, the process will be completed in just one office visit.

  • First, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the necessary area of your mouth.
  • Then  the Doctor will use a variety of tools to remove the decayed or damaged areas from the surface of your tooth.
  • Your tooth will be cleansed and then isolated by a “dental dam” to keep it clean during the rest of the procedure.
  • The  Doctor will choose the proper filling material based on the tooth’s location and the extent of the damage.
  • The chosen filling material will then be applied and shaped to blend effortlessly to the look and feel of your other teeth.
  • Finally, a special hand-held light is held up to the filling material to harden it.



A bridge may be a good choice for you if you have one or more missing teeth that are surrounded by healthy teeth on either side. The bridge itself is a custom-made device with artificial teeth that are attached to a gum-colored plastic base that fills the gap left by missing teeth. Most bridges have a standard life of 10-20 years if they are properly cared for.

Types of Bridges

Bridges come in two forms, removable and fixed. A removable bridge can be removed by the wearer on a daily basis for cleaning, while a fixed bridge is permanently anchored in the mouth and can only be removed by a specialist.

The Process

The process of creating and securing a bridge is two-fold. In the first visit, a local anesthetic is administered so the Dentist can prepare the abutments (a support structure for the bridge) and then a putty-like material is used to create a mold of your teeth so the bridge can be made. The  Doctor will secure a temporary bridge at this point to protect your teeth and gums until your personalized bridge is completed. The second visit is when the Dentist will fit and properly attach your custom bridge.


A crown may be the right choice for you if you need to restore and protect a tooth that is misshaped, decayed, severely discolored, worn, cracked, or broken. Crowns are also used to cover a dental implant or hold a dental bridge in place.

Types of Crowns

There are three types of crowns: full porcelain, full-metal, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. The proper crown for you will be determined by your Dentist. All crowns are permanent and with proper care can last between 5 and 15 years.

  • Full porcelain crowns offer the best match to your teeth’s natural color and are strong, resistant to wear, stable, and attractive. They are unlikely to cause adverse reactions because they are completely void of metal.
  • Full metal crowns are most often used on the back teeth, where the force exerted from chewing is the greatest, as they rarely chip or break. However, these types of crowns can cause allergic reactions and gumline discoloration in some individuals due to their metal construction.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns offer a natural surface color that matches the rest of your teeth with a strong metal substructure, but they require the removal of more tooth structure than other crowns and can cause increased discomfort during the application procedure.

The Process

Metal and porcelain-metal crowns

These types of crowns are created and applied in two visits. During the first visit, the Dentist uses a putty-like material to make a mold of your teeth for the crown to be fabricated from and then applies a temporary crown to protect your tooth/implant and gums. At the second visit, your permanent crown is bonded to your tooth/dental implant and you’re free to go. Porcelain crowns

These crowns are available in two treatment methods: CEREC CAD/CAM and Lava.

CEREC CAD/CAM: This method can be completed in just one office visit. Your unique crown is created in office using CEREC CAD/CAM technology and is applied the same day. Lava: This method can be completed in two office visits. During the first visit, your crown will be designed using our CEREC CAD/CAM technology to guarantee the highest level of natural translucency and a temporary crown will be applied to protect your tooth/gums. When you return for the second visit, your Dentist will fit and permanently bond your custom crown.

Root Canals

A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected due to a serious injury, crack, or decay of a tooth. This should be treated immediately otherwise a tooth abscess (and severe pain) is likely to occur.


Only a qualified Endodontist can perform a root canal. These specialists are Dentists that have completed an additional two years of education and unique training that focuses on the care and treatment of the inner parts of the tooth and the tooth pulp. Your Dentist will usually refer you to an Endodontist for a root canal if you require one.

The Process

If you require a root canal, an Endodontist will perform the actual root canal procedure and then your general Dentist will perform a permanent restoration on the tooth to finish the procedure.

  • First, the Endodontist applies a local anesthetic to the tooth and adjacent area.
  • Then, a dental dam is used to isolate the affected tooth and keep it clean during the procedure.
  • Once the anesthetic has numbed the area, your Endodontist will create an opening in the top of the affected tooth and carefully remove the soft pulp and nerve before shaping the interior of the tooth for filling.
  • Next, a rubber-like biocompatible material is inserted into the cleaned, medicated root canal.
  • The last step for your Endodontist is to place a temporary filling in the tooth.
  • Then your general Dentist will perform a permanent restoration-like a crown for example- to protect and strengthen your tooth.

Wisdom Teeth

The third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the most commonly removed teeth in the mouth as they are unnecessary for good dental health and often cause oral problems due to overcrowding.

If your jaw is too small, as your wisdom teeth erupt they can force your other teeth out of alignment and thus damage your bit. This can cause swelling and discomfort as well as an increased risk of gum disease. Even if your wisdom teeth never erupt through your gums, if they are in an abnormal position, they can impact the roots of your other teeth and force them out of alignment that way.

Oral Surgeons

Dentists who have performed an additional 4-6 years of surgical residencies to receive an advanced education and training for anesthesiology and diagnosis/surgical treatment are known as Oral Surgeons, or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. If oral surgery, such as wisdom tooth removal, is necessary your Dentist will recommend you to an Oral Surgeon for care.

The Process

Wisdom teeth extraction is a common occurrence as they are the last set of permanent teeth to come in and often times force other teeth out of alignment.

After determining if your wisdom teeth qualify for a regular tooth extraction (your teeth have erupted from the gums) or an impacted tooth extraction (your teeth are still under the gumline), your Oral Surgeon will perform the necessary procedure.

Regular Tooth Extraction

  • First, an anesthetic is applied to the necessary area.
  • Then, special tools are used to surround the tooth and rock it back & forth until it separates from the ligament that holds it in place.
  • Sometimes, the tooth needs to be cut into smaller pieces prior to its extraction.
  • Once the necessary teeth have been removed, you may require stitches.
  • Finally, a cotton gauze pad is placed over the wound to help stop any bleeding.

Impacted Tooth Extraction

  • Local anesthetic is first applied to the necessary areas and then the patient is usually sedated as well.
  • Next, an incision is made in the gums in order to remove any bone that may be blocking access to the impacted tooth.
  • Then, the impacted tooth is cut into small sections for removal.
  • After removal is complete, the gums are stitched back into place.
  • Finally, cotton gauze is applied to stop any bleeding.


Whitening your teeth can be done with over-the-counter products or by your Dentist. Before choosing to use either method be sure to discuss it with your Dentist as individuals with certain dental work (such as bridges and crowns), infected gums, and sensitive or discolored teeth may not be good candidates for the teeth whitening procedure. Whitening treatments can last from 4-12 months depending on what you eat/drink and the whitening treatment you choose.

Types of Whiteners

Over-the-Counter whitening kits

  • When choosing a store bought whitening kit, be sure to select one that is approved by the American Dental Association. These types of kits need to be used for 7-30 days to have their full effect on your teeth. Results are not guaranteed and will often vary by person.

Dentist- Supervised

There are two types of Dentist-supervised whitening treatments. These treatments offer more significant tooth whitening results than the store bought options.

  • Option 1: An in-office whitening treatment that takes approximately 45 minutes and generally whitens teeth from 5-10 shades.
  • Option 2: A Dentist quality take-home kit that provides greater whitening results than store-bought kits because of a higher concentration of the whitening agent.

The Process

If an in-office whitening treatment is right for you, the process can be completed by your Dentist in just 45 minutes. The process itself is simple and painless.

  • First, your Dentist will make sure that only your teeth are exposed by covering up your lips and gums.
  • Then the professional-strength whitening gel is applied to your teeth.
  • A special light is then used for 15 minutes to promote the whitening of your teeth.
  • Finally, the application of the gel & 15 minutes of light exposure are repeated two more times.


If you have a tooth that is stained, discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, or irregularly shaped a veneer may be right for you. Veneers have a lifespan of 5-10 years with good oral hygiene and proper care.

The Procedure

A veneer can be applied in just one office visit, with the procedure itself being a fairly quick. The Dentist will use 3-D imaging to design and create your custom veneer.

  • First, your Dentist will numb the proper area of your mouth with a local anesthetic.
  • Next, a place will be made for the veneer by removing a little bit of enamel from the front of the affected tooth.
  • Then, the front of the tooth will be cleaned & polished and the veneer will be permanently affixed to it.
  • Finally, the veneer is hardened with a special hand-held light to complete the procedure.



Periodontal disease is considered a “silent” disease because there is usually no pain associated with this bacterial infection of the gums and tissues. The best way to avoid periodontal disease is to practice good oral hygiene and visit your Dentist regularly.

Individuals that have poor oral hygiene, smoke/chew tobacco, take steroids, have a family history of periodontal disease, are pregnant, have heart disease/diabetes/osteoporosis, or take certain drugs are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease.

Stages of Periodontal Disease

The two major stages of periodontal disease are gingivitis and periodontics.

This is the mild form of periodontal disease as it only affects the gums. If gingivitis is caught early on and properly treated, it can be reversed. However, if left untreated it can turn into periodontics.

This is a more advanced form of periodontal disease. At this point, bacteria have penetrated deeper into your tissues where the bone and membranes support your teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems and tooth loss.


A Dentist with an additional three years of education and specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease is a qualified Periodontist. If you are suffering from periodontal disease your Dentist will refer you to a Periodontist for treatment.

The Process

The treatment process varies depending on the stage of deterioration of the individual’s gums, teeth, supporting tissues, and bone. There are two treatment options for periodontal disease: non-surgical and surgical. After x-rays and a thorough periodontal exam, your Periodontist will discuss your options.

Scaling and root planing is the most common non-surgical treatment for periodontics disease. This procedure removes the plaque, tarter, and harmful bacteria from the roots of your teeth. Good oral hygiene after the procedure helps to prevent the plaque and tarter from returning.

If your periodontics disease is more severe and has produced a bone infection or bone loss, a surgical treatment is necessary to eliminate the infection and regenerate bone. Pocket reduction and bone regeneration are the two most common surgical treatment options.

  • Pocket Reduction: local anesthetic allows the gum tissue to be pulled back to expose the deeper tissues where the bacteria can be removed. If damaged bone is present, it will be smoothed. Then the gum tissue is stitched back into place.
  • Bone Regeneration: local anesthetic is applied so the gum tissue can be pulled back to expose the deeper tissues where harmful bacteria can be removed. To help your body naturally regenerate any necessary bone or tissue that was damaged, membranes, bone grafts, or tissue-simulating proteins are used. Finally, excess gum and bone tissues are reshaped and the gum tissue is stitched back into place.



Dental Hygiene

To keep your teeth and gums healthy, routine dental checkups are essential. Of course, outside of the dentist office you should be brushing your teeth & using antiseptic mouthwash twice a day, as well as flossing & cleaning your tongue daily to minimize plaque and promote fresh breath.

Standard Dental Checkup Procedures

A dental checkup includes 5 parts. The duration and intensity of these steps vary depending on the individual and the state of their oral health.

Step 1: Visual Exam

Your Dentist first checks the lymph nodes of your head, jaw, and neck for flexibility, tenderness, and pain. Then your mouth, lips, gums, tongue, and mucous membranes are inspected for sores, growths, decay.

Step 2: Digital Diagnostics

X-rays provide instant results and can show problems that aren’t obvious during the visual exam. Three-dimensional imaging is used to determine the exact shape and position of teeth.

Step 3: Gingival Pocket Exam

Healthy gums are equally as important as healthy teeth. This exam is used to establish the existence or risk of gum disease in a patient. Your Dentist will use a special hand-held instrument that measures the depth of the pockets between your teeth and gums- the deeper the pocket, the greater risk you have for infection & tooth damage that leads to gum disease.




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