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The majority of anesthesia
offered at our office is local anesthetic.
This means the anesthesia is given as an injection in the area
of the mouth where work is being done. Prior to
administering local anesthetic, we apply a topical anesthetic
to the gum to numb the area where the injection will be
given. This is standard procedure at our office.
We also offer Nitrous Oxide anesthesia, also
known as "laughing gas." This anesthesia is
very useful in relaxing the patient. The patient can
elect to choose Nitrous Oxide, but there is an additional fee.
is adding tooth-colored material to a tooth in order to fill in
spaces between front teeth or fix chipped teeth. It is a
popular cosmetic dentistry procedure which takes little
time. It is a less expensive alternative to
or crowns in some
Braces are bonded brackets,
arch wires and elastic bands that move teeth into a normal
position. We offer
metal or clear brackets and colored or clear rubber bands.
also do "invisible braces" -
Please visit our special "Orthodontics" page.
bridge is a permanent dental restoration. This means
it is cemented into place and cannot be removed. It is
used to replace a missing tooth/teeth. A bridge involves
preparing healthy teeth on either side of the area of the
missing tooth/teeth. These prepared teeth serve as
anchors for the permanent bridge. Most bridges are made
of a base metal covered by a tooth colored porcelain made to
look like natural teeth. In order to properly maintain a
bridge, a special type of flossing apparatus is required known
as a floss-threader. It is very easy to use and the
dentist or hygienist will go over it with you.
A dental cleaning is often referred
to as a prophylaxis. This procedure is usually performed
by the dental hygienist or in many cases, by the dentist
himself. A cleaning at our office generally consists
of a gentle scaling of the teeth above the gum line, flossing
between all teeth and polishing the surfaces of the teeth in
order to remove stains. For younger patients, at or
below the age of 17, we also administer
Crowns are sometimes referred to as
"caps". Crowns are placed on teeth for a
number of reasons. On our back teeth or molars, crowns
are indicated for teeth that are brittle or broken down, teeth
that have very large fillings, and teeth that have previously
been treated with root canal therapy. Crowns are used
for the same reasons on our front teeth and in addition may be
used for cosmetic reasons like covering intrinsic staining
(i.e. tetracycline), closing large gaps and covering teeth
that may be misaligned. On our back teeth the crowns are
almost always made of a metal substructure covered by
tooth colored porcelain and made to look like a natural
tooth. In some cases, on our front teeth all- porcelain
crowns may be indicated. These all -porcelain crowns are
more translucent and therefore give a more natural looking
Crown lengthening is a surgical
procedure which adjusts the position of the gum around the
affected tooth. It provides a more solid tooth on which to
anchor the restoration of choice, usually a crown.
|A Complete Denture takes the
place of all the patient's natural teeth.
attaches to the roots. The roots serve as an anchor
|A Partial Denture
replaces only a few missing teeth and remaining teeth
An extraction is the
term used for the removal of a tooth from the
Extractions are only indicated as a "last resort"
for teeth that have no other remedy. In our office
patients are given detailed instructions after the
actual extraction is performed. These instructions are
Do not rinse or gargle. This will damage the blood clot that
has formed in the tooth socket. The clot is nature's bandage
and protects everything below itself. But, for the first three
days the blood clot is like a very weak piece of jelly. It can
be easily lost by rinsing or gargling. The danger with this,
is when the clot is lost, another will not form. Therefore,
there is no protection from food, germs, and saliva getting
down into the socket and causing a jaw infection. If the blood
protected this will not happen.
Do not smoke for three days. The smoke is not the problem. But
taking the "drag" causes suction on the clot and the
clot can be lost as a result. Again, this means no protection
for the socket and jaw.
and relax today. No running up and down stairs, no bowling,
dancing, etc. or other physical activity. Tomorrow you can
start to get gradually back into your normal activities.
regular diet is okay. But eat smaller bites and eat on the
opposite side. Only one caution — No hot liquids for three
days. No coffee, tea, soup or cocoa. Hot liquids can dissolve
the clot. You should go on a soft food diet only if you
find that your regular food is difficult to handle.
clean the tongue, lips, cheeks and other teeth to keep the
mouth fresh. Use a toothbrush and a mouthwash. No Toothpaste!
Toothpaste thickens the saliva. Your natural reaction is to
rinse, but remember—rinsing can damage the blood clot. So
use Mouthwash, and not toothpaste.
pain may be experienced after the anesthetic wears off. Tylenol
handles this sensitivity well. Do not use Aspirin. Aspirin
promotes bleeding. If you need any stronger medication, we
will give you a prescription.
on the gauze for one and a half hours. A small amount of
post-op bleeding can be expected. This is seepage. An
extraction creates an open wound and seepage from it is
common. Seepage is very different than hemorrhage. A
hemorrhage is gross uncontrolled blood flow and it is
is not uncommon and need not cause alarm. To limit any
swelling apply an ice bag or zip-lock baggie filled with
cracked ice over the affected area on and off every ten
minutes for five hours only.
patients do not want to disturb us at home for their needs.
Please do not feel this way. Call for any need. This
office does not give medals to heroes.
you have any questions or concerns outside office hours,
please call us at home. A one or two minute phone
can save hours of unnecessary worry.
Fillings are one of the most
common procedures done at a dental office. A filling is necessary
once decay (a cavity) is present in a tooth. The
procedure consists of the dentist gently removing the decay or
an old filling with decay around it, then placing a new
filling. This is usually done with the help of a dental assistant.
The majority of fillings done today are composed of tooth
colored resin composite. In addition to looking natural,
these resin fillings are bonded to the tooth which provides
Fluoride treatment is necessary
and essential for children and adolescents with developing
adult dentition. This treatment is usually administered
by the dental hygienist or dentist and consists of gently
biting into a soft foam tray, lined with a flavored fluoride
solution, for just one minute. The patient is instructed
not to eat or drink for thirty minutes following the treatment.
It is recommended that everyone at or below the age of
seventeen have a fluoride treatment every six months.
Fluoride is the only element known to man that actually
prevents tooth decay.
implant is a titanium post that is surgically
placed in the jaw. Most dental implants
require a period of approximtely 3
months to osseointegrate with the
patient's bone. After this period,
an artificial tooth(crown)
or teeth is then affixed to the post. Implants are
used either as an artificial root or as
an anchor for a fixed or removable
denture. Dr. Anderson has
received specialized training for the
surgical placement and restoration of
many benefits of Implants.
They are used as a
substitute for bridges or dentures.
Implants replace single or multiple
teeth without having to use other teeth
for support. Implants help
preserve a patient's alveolar bone. Implants don't
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Our office is equipped with state of the
art sterilization equipment. We thoroughly disinfect
each operatory before and after each patient is seated.
All of our staff wear the proper infection control attire when
dealing first hand with the patients.
official site states: Invisalign® can
give you the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted.
It works through a series of invisible, removable,
and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're
wearing. So you can smile more during treatment as well as
Anderson is a leading local provider of Invisalign.
According to the
the mini-dental implant system consists of a miniature titanium
implant that acts like the root of your tooth. The head of the
implant is shaped like a ball and holds the denture in place.
When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue.
Dr. Anderson is one of the few IMTEC certified dentists in the
New Orleans area.
Night Guard -
worn at night to prevent damage caused to teeth by
"bruxism" or grinding and clenching.
Sport Mouth Guard
- worn to prevent tooth damage during physical activity.
Dr. Anderson is a member of the Academy of Sports Dentistry.
A partial denture is a removable
appliance that is indicated when a patient is missing one or
more teeth. A partial is able to stay in the mouth by
attaching to other anchor teeth in the same arch. These
anchor teeth have to be healthy
because they provide the majority of the support for the
partial. A traditional partial denture is made of a
metal substructure covered by acrylic made to look like
natural gums with the teeth set in place. In our office,
the majority of the partials are made of a light, translucent,
flexible material known as Valplast (pictured on the
right). Valplast partials have no metal, therefore, they
look more natural when seated in the mouth. A partial
denture is the least expensive procedure to replace a missing
tooth or teeth.
Snap-On Smile is a less
invasive alternative to a partial.
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Dr. Anderson is a leading local provider of Snap-On Smile.
A post, in some
cases, is a necessary support for a tooth that has had
root canal treatment and requires a crown. When
there is not enough natural tooth structure available
above the gum line, a core build up will serve
as the central support on which a crown will
Root canal therapy is performed
on teeth where the nerve has become infected. There are
a number of things that may lead to the infection of the nerve
of a tooth. Some of them are: a deep cavity, a deep
existing filling, a cracked tooth and direct trauma to the
Root canal treatment consists of
removing the nerve tissue from the root(s), cleaning and
disinfecting the root(s), and then filling and sealing off the
root preventing it from becoming infected again. In most
cases, a crown is recommended on a tooth that has had root
Scaling and root planing is also referred
to as a "deep
cleaning". This procedure is necessary to remove
calcified plaque and build up below the gum line, known as
calculus. In most cases, local anesthesia is administered
before scaling and root planing is preformed. Patients
who require this procedure are recommended to return to the
dentist every three months for a periodontal maintenance appointment.
device is worn during sleep. It helps bring the lower
jaw forward, which in turn, opens the soft palate. This
allows air to flow freely in the pharynx without vibrating the
soft palate (snoring).
Nite® - graphic is a
"Silent Nite" mouth piece from Glidewell labs.
TMJ is temporomandibular
joint - the jaw joint.
TMD is temporomandibular
In our office we
provide a thorough examination to determine if you have TMJ
problems. Most of these problems can be treated without
having to see a specialist. Many times a simple
appliance like a splint or a jaw repositioning appliance can relieve
great stress and sometimes pain placed on the tissues
surrounding the temporomandibular joint. In more
complicated cases, these appliances are used in conjunction
with warm compresses, medication and physical therapy.
Veneers are a very popular and
rather conservative cosmetic procedure in dentistry
today. A veneer is a thin veil of porcelain which is
cemented to the front surface of front teeth. This
procedure is conservative because it requires minimal
preparation of the teeth by the dentist. Veneers are
used to mask teeth that are misaligned, hide gaps between
front teeth, and/or cover teeth that have intrinsic
Whitening is the most popular
cosmetic dental procedure available to the public today.
In our office we use the one-hour, in-office Sapphire/Lumibrite
Whitening System. Our team is highly trained in
assisting with the procedure as well as giving pre and post
operative instructions so that patients may achieve the best
The Sapphire/Lumibrite system differs from ZOOM
Whitening in that a plasma arch curing light is used instead of
a UV curing light. This light is much safer to patients'
extra-oral areas, mainly the skin and lips.