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By Anderson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
March 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out how dental implants can turn a toothless smile from drab to fab!

Wondering why so many people want to get dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth? Your West Allis, WI dentists Drs. Dental Implants Deanna and Dennis Anderson can tell you why! If you are looking for a tooth replacement option that fits your needs and smile goals then find out what implants can offer you.

Nothing Beats an Implant

It’s true that there is no restoration that can be as ideal has having all your natural teeth but sometimes this isn’t an option. While there are certainly other restorative dentistry options in West Allis an implant mimics the look, feel and even function of a real tooth. This is because the implant is designed to act like tooth roots to securely hold your artificial tooth in place. No other restoration can offer this same realistic quality.

You’ll Enjoy a Lasting Smile

Again, implants aren’t the only option available to you but if you are looking for a tooth replacement that is durable enough to last the rest of your life then implants are the only way to go. Since implants fuse together with the jawbone to become one structure your implant isn’t going anywhere. Even with the proper care, dental bridges and dentures only last a few years before needing to be replaced.

Feel Confident Again

Nothing feels better than being able to smile with a beautiful, full set of teeth. But if you are missing teeth you may feel self-conscious about your how your smile looks to those around you. You may also find that speaking or chewing have become more difficult. But once your implant is placed your smile is fully restored. This means having a full and natural smile that will stay in place as you enjoy your favorite meals or revel in a fun conversation with friends.

Retain Your Natural Face Shape

When you lose teeth the problem doesn’t just end there. It also affects the health of your jawbone, which can deteriorate and recede quickly. Not only that but the rest of your teeth will begin to shift towards the open gap. As a result, you get a crooked, misaligned smile and a face that looks sunken in. But dental implants are the only way to not only prevent the jawbone from deteriorating but also stimulate the bone to produce healthy, new cells.

These are only some of the amazing advantages you’ll experience when you choose to get dental implants in West Allis. If you want to find out if you are a great candidate for implants then it’s time to schedule a consultation at Anderson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today!

By Anderson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
February 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Have you held off on repairing your crooked smile or bite problems because you do not want to wear traditional metal braces? The answer to your concern may be Invisalign. Thanks to its rise in popularity, most people have heard of this clear alternative to braces. But what really happens during Invisalign treatment? Achieving the perfect smile is easy with help from your West Allis, WI dentists.Invisalign

What is Invisalign? 
Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligner trays worn in succession to straighten your teeth. Much like traditional braces, Invisalign trays use pressure applied to the teeth to move them into their desired positions. Tooth colored bumps called attachments affixed to the teeth aid in moving some teeth more than others and provide pinpoint accuracy.

Your West Allis dentists will help you determine if your situation is best treated by Invisalign. Most patients in need of orthodontic treatment benefit from the Invisalign system, though very severe crowding of the teeth or extreme bite problems might benefit more from more aggressive treatment. Candidates for Invisalign include teens ages 12 and older, as well as adults. Patients should also be committed to at-home oral care which includes brushing and flossing twice daily.

Design & Creation
A 3D mold of your teeth allows Invisalign’s laboratory technicians to create your customized aligner trays. The lab sends your dentist a video showing the exact route your teeth will travel on throughout treatment. The lab technician creates the trays after the video is approved by your and your doctor. The completed trays are delivered to your dentist’s office. After a quick lesson in cleaning, removing and inserting your trays, your treatment begins.

Invisalign treatment usually takes anywhere from nine months to two years from start to finish. The next tray in the series replaces your current aligner tray approximately every two weeks. You will need to see your dentist about once every six weeks. This allows your dentist to monitor your treatment and make any necessary adjustments. Your trays are removable and taken out to eat and brush your teeth. Wearing the trays the recommended 22 hours a day is crucial to your end result.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Deanna J. Anderson, DDS and Dennis R. Anderson, DDS at Anderson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in West Allis, WI. Call (414) 545-9090 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!

December 04, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Sedation  

If you have a fear of visiting the dentist, you're not alone. Dental anxiety is thought to affect about 15 percent of the American population - and that's only based off of patients who admit it! Avoiding the dentist's chair, however, can have dire consequences for your health and could result in expensive emergency procedures. Fortunately, the dentists at Anderson Dentistry in West Allis, Wisconsin, Sedation Dentistryunderstand this anxiety, which is why they offer oral sedation to patients who have expressed concern about receiving a filling or other dental procedure. Learn more about oral sedatives here:

What is oral sedation, and why is it needed?

This sedation process, used by your West Allis dentist, involves taking sedative medications by mouth. These pills help to relax you during dental appointments so Dr. Deanna Anderson or Dr. Dennis Anderson can effectively perform necessary procedures.

What medications are used for oral sedation?

Among the most commonly used medications are diazepam, triazolam and lorazepam. Your medical history, the length of your appointment and the extent of your dental anxiety will help you and your West Allis dentist determine which medication will work best for you.

What do oral sedatives do?

Regardless of which oral sedative you use, they all contain anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and amnesiac properties. This means that while you will be conscious during the dental procedure, you will likely not remember much, if any, of what happens during it. The chemicals in these medications stimulate the neurotransmitters in the brain that produce a calming effect; this process temporarily dulls the other neurotransmitters, the ones that can make you feel scared or anxious.

Anderson Dentistry also offers other forms of conscious sedation. To determine which kind is best for you, call us today for a consultation, and let us help you put your dental fears at ease!

By Anderson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
September 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Milk  

It's just smart to eat a healthy diet to keep our bodies strong. Lean meat, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, high-fiber bread and low-fat dairy products--they keep our weight on track and teeth and gums healthy. When we were children, Mom told us to drink our milk Milk and Teethbecause it's good for our bones and teeth. Is that really true, or is it just media hype or a myth?

Milk and Oral Health

Well, it's true. Because milk is high in calcium, it keeps tooth enamel strong. In fact, studies show that milk even helps reverse the decay process because casein, another natural component of milk, attracts calcium to tooth surfaces. Casein is also present in hard cheeses such as sharp cheddar, making it tooth-friendly menu option.

Additionally, the calcium and riboflavin in milk reduce acid in the mouth. Acidity erodes tooth enamel. The Journal of the California Dental Association elaborates that calcium and riboflavin encourage healthy gum tissue.

Sugar and Milk

While beneficial in many ways, milk has a downside: plaque-building sugar. While not as sweet as soda pop, white milk has a fairly high natural sugar content. So, be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily as the American Dental American Dental Association recommends.

Regarding young children and milk, never put a baby or toddler to bed with a bottle containing milk. Inevitably, milk stays in the mouth as the child goes to sleep, pooling at the gum line and coating tooth surfaces. The best way to prevent tooth decay at a really young age is to avoid the bedtime bottle altogether or put water in it.

Deanna Anderson DDS and Dennis R. Anderson DDS

Your West Allis dentists, Drs. Deanna and Dennis R. Anderson, recommend milk as a tooth-friendly, nutritious addition to the daily diet. On dental examination, patients who eat a well-balanced diet generally have less tooth decay and better gum tissue. Milk and other dairy products help keep teeth whiter longer, too.

Nutrition and Dental Health

Learn more about the tooth and food connection by contacting Anderson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in West Allis. The doctors and their staff enjoy teaching both adults and children ways to make their oral health thrive and last for a lifetime. Call today for an appointment, and ask about the West Allis teeth whitening special: (414) 545-9000.


By Anderson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
July 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

VeneersWith so many options for tooth repair, replacement and enhancement these days, choosing the right cosmetic dentistry procedure can be tricky. Veneers from a dentist at Anderson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in West Allis, WI are one fantastic option, but are they the right option for you? Here are a few things to consider as you make your decision.

Signs Veneers May Be Right for You

Thin porcelain shells that attach to the front of your existing teeth, veneers offer a number of benefits and can be used to treat a number of dental imperfections. If any of the following statements describe you, veneers from Anderson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in West Allis, WI may be a great choice for you.

  • You want a beautiful, picture-perfect smile without having to wait months to get it.
  • Your teeth are gapped, misshapen or slightly crooked.
  • Your teeth have small cracks or chips.
  • Your teeth are severely discolored and traditional teeth whitening techniques haven't helped.
  • Your teeth are healthy and strong, but not particularly aesthetically pleasing.
  • You will be able to have your veneers replaced in ten to fifteen years.

Signs Veneers May Not Be Right for You

Unfortunately, however, veneers are not right for everyone. If any of the following statements describe you, veneers from a dentist at Anderson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in West Allis, WI may not be the best choice, and you should speak with Drs. Deanna and Dennis Anderson about the many other cosmetic dentistry options available to you.

  • You need an option that is reversible.
  • You have missing teeth.
  • Your teeth have a great deal of decay, fillings or fractures.
  • Your teeth are extremely crooked.
  • Your grind your teeth.
  • You are not committed to maintaining excellent oral health.

Veneers are a fantastic way to get a beautiful smile you can be proud to show off if you are a good candidate. If you're interested in veneers, call Anderson Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in West Allis, WI to set up an appointment for a consultation today!

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