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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.

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.

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.