Comprehensive, Comfortable, Local Payson Dentistry
Our goal at Anderson Dental is to give you and your family stunning, white smiles. Whether you’re in need of preventative services, wish to improve your smile with whitening techniques or require restoration appliances for damaged teeth or dental irregularities, you'll benefit from the fact that Anderson Dental is the premier dentistry office in Payson, AZ for children and adults.
Our friendly and skilled dental technicians are dedicated to fostering long-lasting personal relationships and creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for all patients, so you'll be able to feel empowered and confident about your dental health and gleaming smile. We offer a number of leading services that will give you and your smile the best possible results.
Preventative Services in Payson
Regular preventative check-ups with your dentist are important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many neglect making regular dental appointments, but with regular preventative services scheduled every six months, you can save money and experience improved self-esteem. A healthy mouth also enhances your overall health by reducing your risk of heart disease and weight gain, fostering healthy pregnancies, improving diabetes management and detecting early signs of oral cancers.
What to Expect During the Exam
During a quick dental exam, one of our trained hygenists will take a dental x-ray and thoroughly clean your teeth, removing stains and looking for signs of decay and soft spots. Decay often happens with no physical symptoms like pain or sensitivity. Treating and preventing cavities is much easier during early stages, and they're typically detected during these regular checkups.
Your dental technician will also evaluate your overall risk of developing other oral health problems. They'll assess your gum health, bite, jaw and head and neck for any noticeable irregularities. In addition to teeth cleaning, your hygienist will also:
- Evaluate your oral hygiene and overall health
- Determine your risk of root decay, tooth decay and gum and bone disease
- Find any requirement for tooth restoration or replacement
- Demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques, recommending diet and lifestyle changes as needed to improve overall oral health
X-rays are not typically needed with every dental visit, but when you have a dental x-ray performed, your dentist will get a detailed image of your mouth to check for infection and assess tooth integrity. Various x-ray types are available during your visit, including:
- Bitewing: With these x-rays, you’ll bite on an x-ray film holder. While you do so, an image will be taken that allows your dentist to view the crowns of your upper and lower teeth.
- Periapical: Your dentist will be able to see the entire tooth and surrounding bone with this x-ray type.
- Occlusal: With an occlusal x-ray, your dentist will examine how your lower teeth and corresponding upper teeth fit together when you close your jaw.
- Panoramic: As the name suggests, panoramic x-rays provide a view of your entire mouth.
Evaluating Overall Health
While not something you probably consider, your oral health is affected by health problems and can also affect your overall health. Your dentist or hygienist will ask you about any medications you may be taking. Any medications taken that contribute to dry mouth can increase the probability of tooth decay. Patients who have diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease. If you have arthritis, your dentist will provide you with techniques or product recommendations to make brushing easier.
Used to restore function and integrity of missing tooth structure, tooth restoration procedures typically repair teeth damaged by decay and deterioration from cavities, injuries or tooth fractures. There are several versions of dental restoration procedures available at Anderson Dental of Payson, AZ to repair any issues you may have.
Cavities and Fillings
Cavities are among the most common dental problem we treat — most adults will have a cavity at some point in their life. Typically marked with pain and sensitivity to sweets or cold and hot temperatures, cavities should be addressed quickly after discovery to avoid further decay.
With today’s technology, we can install a new filling in an afternoon. At Anderson Dental, we use the best filling technology available — tooth-colored fillings made from blended resins that resemble a tooth’s dentin. They’re durable and permanent, bonded to the tooth to prevent breakages or loosening, which are both common issues found with silver fillings.
Crowns and Bridges
When a tooth has been damaged by excessive decay that cannot be covered with filling, we place a crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, over the whole tooth to reestablish structure and appearance. At Anderson Dental, we offer a variety of dental crowns:
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal: This crown is a durable option with a natural appearance. It features porcelain placed over metal and can withstand a high bite pressure. It's also stronger than all-ceramic crowns.
- All-porcelain dental crowns: Offering the most natural appearance and ideal for front teeth, all-porcelain crowns are designed to match your tooth color but aren’t as durable as porcelain-fused-to-metal versions.
- Gold dental crowns: The most durable crown option, gold crowns are perfect for less visible teeth in the back of your mouth. They’re malleable for a precise fit and don’t chip like porcelain.
For missing teeth, ask one of our skilled hygienists or dentists about installing a new bridge as a way to fill the space and give you a more natural appearance. With a bridge, the dentist will place a crown over two neighboring teeth, then set a false tooth in the middle, attached to the crowns. Because it's anchored to two neighboring crowns, the false tooth will then be strong, durable and stable.
Surgical Options — Implants and Dentures
<p">When you lose a tooth or have improperly fitting dentures, you may experience pain, discomfort, speech problems or difficulty eating. For missing teeth, we highly recommend a dental implant. They're considered the most functional and comfortable tooth replacement option, look like natural teeth and still support facial muscles. Our implants feature a titanium post that’s placed into the jaw and then fuses to the bone over a period of time — about three to six months. After proper fusing, the dentist will place a post and permanent crown.
If you have lower dentures that aren’t fitted properly or don’t stay securely in place, we can also recommend a dental implant. We understand that many with dentures may desire a more permanent fix, with teeth that better match their remaining teeth. We can place an implant directly into your dentures to secure them in place.
Everyone wants to have a gleaming, white smile to show off to family and friends or in photographs. Over time, it’s natural for our teeth to become yellowed and stain as a result of certain foods and beverages like teas and coffee. With cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and dental veneers, you can easily and painlessly gain a whiter smile.
Whitening and Bleaching
In just one visit with our cosmetic dentist, you can have instantly whiter teeth. During a light-activated whitening session, we’ll use a bleaching agent to remove deep and surface tooth stains. Another low-maintenance option for a whiter smile is using at-home bleaching trays. Our technicians will take an impression of your teeth and create custom-fitted bleaching trays that rest snugly over your teeth. As needed, you’ll apply a whitening agent to the tray and wear it at home.
Dental veneers are another great whitening option — they’re custom-made porcelain that is bonded to your teeth to repair damage, alter tooth shape or change tooth coloring. Veneers are a great option for fixing just one tooth or a section of teeth. With proper maintenance, dental veneers can last 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
At your first appointment, the dentist will gather impressions of your teeth and take photos to ensure veneers are crafted to your tooth’s size, shape and color specifications. During the second visit, the doctor will painlessly bond your new veneers over your teeth.
At Anderson Dental, we understand how inconvenient and painful certain dental emergencies are — like a damaged or knocked out tooth, aches or crowns and fillings that have unexpectedly fallen out. For these dental emergencies, don’t try just applying household adhesives or over-the-counter medications to curb the effects. Instead, allow our skilled Payson, AZ dentists to provide a range of gentle, same-day services so that you’re never inconvenienced or in pain for long.
Friendly, Local Payson Dentistry
At Anderson Dental, we offer the widest range of dental services to the residents of Payson, AZ and its surrounding areas. Since 1971, our dentists and hygienists have made it their goal to establish a safe and comfortable atmosphere for patients, improving dental care, educating about proper oral hygiene and enhancing smiles. We specialize in dentistry for adults and children, including regular preventative dental care, cosmetic dentistry and whitening and periodontitis services.
If you're ever in need of emergency dentistry as a result of a damaged or missing tooth or filling or crown failure, our skilled dentists can perform same-day treatment. For all new patients, we also offer a free consultation, dental exam and x-rays. Schedule an appointment with the friendliest dentist in Payson by completing our online scheduling form or speaking to one of our technicians at 928-474-4581.