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Why Dentistry Isn’t Covered by Medical Insurance

November 6, 2017

Woman with toothbrush and dental insurance signIf you have cataracts, your cataract surgery is covered by medical insurance, not vision insurance. If you need oral surgery, your medical insurance provider will not likely provide any benefits. Instead, you’ll need to rely on your dental insurance coverage, which will not likely cover the cost of these more advanced treatments. Many patients don’t understand why dental care does not receive serious consideration by medical insurance providers. Keep reading to learn more about dental treatments and how you can do your part to make sure medical insurance providers take oral health seriously.

Fast, Stable, Affordable: All-on-4 Dental Implants Lovell, WY

December 3, 2015

dental implants lovell wyIf you’re missing a whole row of top or bottom teeth, you need an excellent solution to complete your smile. But if you have yet to find a stable replacement option — one that doesn’t cause you unnecessary stress or discomfort — you should learn about All-on-4 dental implants in Lovell, WY. Keep reading for more from Dr. Lance Anderson, your trusted dental implants expert in Wyoming.


Use It or Lose It: Tips for Using Your Dental Insurance at Lovell, WY

November 12, 2015

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With the end of the year approaching, your dental insurance benefits are about to expire. If you’re fortunate to have dental insurance, then you need to know that this coverage is quite different from medical coverage. Unlike medical insurance which is designed to cover an illness or accident after it occurs, dental insurance is set up to encourage you to be proactive and see you dentist in order to avoid dental problems. With this in mind, Dr. Lance Anderson and the team at Lovell Dental in Lovell, WY, have a few ideas for how you can take advantage of your benefits between now and end of the year.

Transform Your Look With Veneers & More in Big Horn County

October 30, 2015

veneers big horn countyIf there’s one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about in the midst of weekday meetings, long front porch chats and weekend fun, it’s whether or not your smile looks its best. At Anderson Family Dental, we firmly believe everyone deserves a smile they feel great about flaunting, every single day. That’s why we’re proud to offer cosmetic makeovers to our neighbors who feel like their smile could use a little spruce-up. Learn more about what we can do with cosmetic dentistry services like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and more in Big Horn county today!


24/7 Emergency Dentist in Lovell, WY

June 23, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-484815493Emergencies don’t happen at convenient times. When’s the last time you needed stitches while you were on your way to see your doctor for a regular visit? That’s why there are emergency rooms for round the clock medical treatment. Most dental practices don’t offer the same convenience, but Dr. Lance Anderson and the dedicated team at Lovell Dental are here to help when you need us. Any time you experience a dental emergency, call our emergency help line to get help day or night. We are committed to providing superior service for our patients, and that means we are available to help you when you need us. Call our conveniently located Lovell, WY office to find out more today.

When is it an Emergency?

At our office we consider any dental injury that is extremely painful, excessively bleeding, or requires tooth replacement an emergency. When you call our convenient emergency number at any time of day, Dr. Anderson will discuss the emergency situation with you, help you with any at home care that may be beneficial, and determine how quickly you need to get to the office. Even though many dental practices do not offer emergency services, dental emergencies can be extremely time sensitive. We strive to maintain and restore natural teeth whenever possible to achieve optimal oral health for our patients, but if your tooth is lost or extruded, it is essential that you receive treatment within an hour of injury.

How Can I Prepare?

We may not know when or where dental disaster will strike or what kind of injury we’ll sustain, but knowing some basic aid skills will make any emergency less stressful. In fact, you’ll only need to remember two things: clean and cold. Any abscessed, chipped, cracked, broken teeth, or soft tissue injuries can be easily treated by cleaning with warm water and a cool, damp compress to stop or slow bleeding. Warm water is sufficient to clean foreign matter from any open wounds. It’s not necessary to use mouthwash or toothpaste to clean the wound before coming to see us. To slow or stop bleeding, apply a cool, damp compress to the affected area to slow blood flow and reduce swelling. Ice can also be used if blood flow is very heavy.

In case of a lost or dislodged tooth it is essential that you see us immediately as there is a very short window for us to restore your natural tooth which is preferable to other restoration options. If you have lost your tooth, clean it with warm water and slow or stop blood flow in the socket as indicated above. Tooth loss does require a few extra care instructions: always handle the tooth by the top and avoid touching roots, if you can replace the tooth in the socket do so quickly, and if the tooth cannot be replaced hold it between your cheek and gums or store in a glass of whole milk until you reach our office.

Restoration and Cosmetic Dentistry Services

The bright side of dental emergencies is that innovation in oral care has made it possible for dentists to restore almost any damage. Dr. Anderson is a skilled in restoration and cosmetic dentistry, and can help you determine the best treatment plan following any emergency. When dental disaster strikes, remember we are here to help put a smile back on your face after any accident.

Find Out More

Next time dental disaster strikes, there’s no need to panic. Call the knowledgeable staff at Lovell Dental day or night. We are here to help restore your smile whenever a dental emergency occurs. If you would like to schedule a regular dental appointment, or find out more about any of our oral health care services, contact us today. Our convenient Big Horn County location is accessible to patients in Lovell, Byron, Cowley, Deaver, Garland and beyond.

Dr. Anderson Is Your Go-To Dentist in Powell, WY

May 29, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-man oral examThe phrase “best around” gets tossed around a lot. But, when it comes to offering Powell, WY with the best dentistry services, Dr. Lance Anderson in Lovell, WY truly is the best around. He does what a lot of other dentists simply can’t, by offering new-patient specials and 24/7 dental emergency assistance. Lovell Dental truly is the cream of the dentistry crop.


We Offer Convenient 24/7 Emergency Dental Service

Emergencies can happen suddenly and unexpectedly. We understand this, which is why we offer emergency dental service. When you call, the only voice you will hear answering is Dr. Anderson’s. That’s right – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – Dr. Anderson places his patients’ care above all else. No pre-recorded messages, no non-humans on the other line – Dr. Anderson will personally walk you through any emergency that may arise.

If a tooth or several teeth have been knocked out, it’s best to see Dr. Anderson within a 30-minute period. While waiting for your emergency appointment, heed these steps to preserve the tooth:

  • Handle the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the root
  • Gently rinse the tooth to ensure that it’s clean
  • Try to place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place while gently biting down
  • If you can’t place the tooth in its socket, put it in a cup of milk and head for Dr. Anderson’s office

Additional dental emergencies may include a loose or misaligned tooth, a severely cracked or fractured tooth, and any type of serious tissue injury affecting the lips, mouth, teeth or gums. If any problem requires saving a tooth, stopping continuous bleeding or relieving severe pain, you most likely have a dental emergency on your hands. Give us a call when any dental emergency arises.


A Special Promotion for New Patients

We love adding new members to our dental family, and we’d love for you to be our newest one. Right now, Dr. Anderson is offering a fantastic deal: Cleaning, x-ray and bleaching service for only $79. Our friendly staff is always available for questions so please don’t hesitate to contact them or Dr. Anderson for more helpful information.


Schedule An Appointment

To make an appointment or speak with our staff in Lovell, WY, give us a call. We also offer services to the surrounding communities of Byron, Cowley, Deaver, Garland and beyond.

Root Canal Therapy in Big Horn County

April 28, 2015

480377293No one wants to hear they have a tooth that needs a root canal. However, when you consider the alternatives—infection, pain, possibly losing a tooth—then a root canal becomes the solution to a serious dental concern. And with today’s modern dental techniques and advanced anesthesia, a root canal is nothing like the false reputation that precedes it. Dr. Lance Anderson at Lovell Dental in Lovell, WY, has taken advanced coursework necessary to conveniently provide root canal therapy for Big Horn County.

To understand what makes a root canal necessary, let’s first look at the construction of a tooth. The outside layer, or enamel, is hard and protective. Dentin is the next layer and it is sensitive. Finally, at the core of each tooth is the dental pulp. Here are the tooth’s nerve and lymph tissues as well as blood vessels. If bacteria reaches this pulp chamber whether by way of severe decay or a serious tooth fracture, then the tooth becomes infected. Signs that a tooth is infected include acute pain, swollen gum tissue around the tooth, sudden discoloration of a tooth and bad breath.

Root Canal Therapy Big Horn County Trusts

Once Dr. Anderson is certain you’re comfortable, he will access your infected tooth and completely remove all signs of infection in the pulp chamber and the connected root canals. Then, the chamber is disinfected and filled with an anti-bacterial and biocompatible material. To protect the tooth, Dr. Anderson will likely recommend a natural looking porcelain crown. He will prepare the tooth for this permanent crown and place a temporary in the meantime. When your permanent crown is ready, you’ll return to Lovell Dental to have Dr. Anderson adhesively bond the crown into place. Your tooth will be restored to good health and function.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you are experiencing any of the above mentioned signs that can indicate the need for a root canal, then call Lovell Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anderson. We serve patients in Lovell, WY, as well as the Big Horn County cities of Greybull, Basin, Cowley, Deaver, Frannie, Manderson, Burlington, and Byron, the Park County cities of Powell and Cody, and neighboring areas.

Botox Therapy for TMJ in Lovell, WY

March 28, 2015

151019092Temporomandibular joint disorder, better known as TMJ, has a number of causes ranging from bruxism or teeth grinding and clenching, traumatic injury to the jaw and even arthritis. The condition affects the muscles and joints situated on either side of your face just in front of your ears. It is these muscles and joints that allow you to open and close your mouth. With TMJ, however, that otherwise simple movement can be mildly uncomfortable to indescribably painful. Fortunately, there is treatment. One of the more recently discovered treatments is the same one that some people use to reduce wrinkles caused by aging. Botox injections are now being used to treat TMJ. Dr. Lance Anderson at Lovell Dental in Lovell, WY, recently completed continuing education courses from the American Academy of Facial Esthetics that qualify him to safely and effectively provide Botox therapy for TMJ relief as well as for cosmetic purposes.

Aside from pain, the symptoms of TMJ include:

  • A popping sound when you open or close your mouth
  • The feeling of an earache in the absence of infection
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • The feeling of a locked jaw
  • Changes to your bite

What is Botox?

Botox is a brand name for Botulinum toxin, which is a protein produced by a particular bacterium that causes muscle paralysis. By paralyzing specific facial muscles, Botox relaxes wrinkles, thereby reducing the visual effects of aging. For TMJ, Botox works similarly in that it relaxes the muscles that tighten and put undue pressure on the joints. Although Botox does not treat the underlying causes of TMJ, it does seem to provide relief from painful and annoying symptoms.

Currently, Botox is not an FDA-approved treatment for TMJ, so it is considered “off-label.” This simply means that more research is required for Botox to gain the FDA’s approval.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you would like to talk to Dr. Anderson about how Botox might relieve your TMJ symptoms, then call our office today. We serve patients in Lovell, WY, as well as the Big Horn County cities of Greybull, Basin, Cowley, Deaver, Frannie, Manderson, Burlington, and Byron, the Park County cities of Powell and Cody, and neighboring areas.

Restore Confidence, Health, and Quality of Life with New Dental Implants in Lovell, WY

February 6, 2015

176821818If missing teeth are causing you to miss out on life, you should consider tooth loss treatment with new dental implants. Missing teeth, worn down bridgework, and ill fitting dentures can significantly impact your quality of life. But dental implant restorations offer new hope for tooth loss patients who are seeking a better way to replace the natural form and function of missing teeth. These small biocompatible titanium posts can fully restore your confident smile while protecting your long term dental and overall health. No other tooth replacement method can make these claims. If you care about your long term appearance and health, schedule a dental implants consultation with Dr. Anderson at Lovell Dental today. Dr. Anderson is an experienced implant dentist, now delivering quality care daily throughout Lovell, WY, the Big Horn County cities of Greybull, Basin, Cowley, Deaver, Frannie, Manderson, Burlington, Byron, the Park County cities of Powell and Cody, and the surrounding communities.

Tooth Loss Leads to Bone Loss

Tooth loss has consequences that go far beyond the appearance of your smile. The jaw bone and bones that support your facial structures need stimulation to maintain their form and density. Bone resorption is a normal and inevitable process in which bone is lost when it is no longer supporting or connected to teeth. The alveolar bone which directly surrounds and supports your teeth operates this way. When a tooth is lost the lack of stimulation causes loss of alveolar bone. In fact, there is a 25% decrease in bone width almost immediately. Therefore, the more teeth you lose the more bone you lose. Bone loss in the face can cause premature aging, a sunken in facial appearance, decreased bite force, and bite misalignment among many other oral health problems.

Dental Implants Preserve Healthy Bone

The primary reason to choose dental implants, instead of bridgework or dentures, is because only dental implants can replace your missing teeth and preserve healthy bone structures. Because dental implants can fully fuse to your bone, they stabilize it and prevent any further loss. Only dental implants can stop the bone resorption process and protect your natural appearance and dental health.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Absolutely. Titanium dental implants have been placed extensively since the 1970’s. Titanium is used because of its biocompatibility, light weight, and strength. It is in fact the most widely used material of all orthopedic joint replacement surgeries, and titanium dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.

Lovell Dental Implant Consultations

To protect your long-term health and preserve your youthful facial features, schedule a dental implants consultation with Dr. Anderson at Lovell Dental today. Dr. Anderson is a highly qualified implant dentist, now proudly restoring smiles daily throughout Lovell, WY, the Big Horn County cities of Greybull, Basin, Cowley, Deaver, Frannie, Manderson, Burlington, Byron, the Park County cities of Powell and Cody, and the neighboring areas.

Start 2015 with a Healthy Smile: Make Your Dental Checkup Appointment with Dr. Anderson Today!

January 6, 2015

181626949Even if your teeth and gums look and feel healthy, you still need to see a dentist regularly. Dr. Anderson can check for the dental problems that you may not be able to see or feel. Many oral health issues progress quietly and don’t become visible or cause any pain until they have already caused significant damage to your dental and overall health. You can protect yourself from these silent forces with a convenient dental checkup from Lovell Dental today. Scheduling a dental checkup appointment with Dr. Anderson is easy. Dr. Anderson is an experienced and gentle family dentist. Lovell Dental delivers high quality dental care daily to patients throughout Lovell, WY, the Big Horn County cities of Greybull, Basin, Cowley, Deaver, Frannie, Manderson, Burlington, Byron, the Park County cities of Powell and Cody, and the surrounding communities.

What Happens During a Dental Checkup?

  • Dental Cleaning: First, Dr. Anderson will use a small hand scaler or ultrasonic instrument to gently remove tartar buildup from your teeth. Then he will gently polish your teeth to remove any remaining plaque or staining.
  • Dental Hygiene Education: Next, Dr. Anderson will discuss any dental hygiene problems, and show you how to brush and floss more effectively if necessary.
  • Dental Exam: Then, Dr. Anderson will carefully examine your teeth, gums, and mouth, to look for signs of cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. During the exam, Dr. Anderson may also measure the pockets between your teeth and gums to determine if any cavities are present. Dr. Anderson will also recommend an appropriate treatment if any problems are found.
  • Dental X-rays: If it’s your first visit with Lovell DentalDr. Anderson may also need to take x-rays to look for decay, gum disease, and other potential problems.

Lovell Dental Checkup Appointments

Semi- annual dental checkups can help you maintain a healthy smile. If you see him regularly, Dr. Anderson will be able to focus on preventing dental problems rather than fixing them. Skipping out on your regular dental checkups will only lead to bigger health issues and larger dental bills in the  future. Start your year off on the right foot. Make an appointment with Dr. Anderson for the dental checkup you need today. Lovell Dental proudly restores smiles daily throughout Lovell, WY, the Big Horn County cities of Greybull, Basin, Cowley, Deaver, Frannie, Manderson, Burlington, Byron, the Park County cities of Powell and Cody, and neighboring areas.


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