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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.

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.

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.


Treat Yourself this Holiday Season with Zoom! Teeth Whitening from Lovell Dental

December 22, 2014

SAMSUNG CSCAre You Tired of Teeth Whitening Products That Don’t Work? Our teeth can stain and discolor naturally over time. Our highly acidic diets are usually the catalyst. Everyday beverages like coffee, tea, and soda can wreak havoc on your enamel. It can be difficult to remove this discoloration with store bought products. Many patients have expressed frustration with teeth whitening products that over claim and under deliver. But you don’t have to give up and hide your smile this holiday season. You can schedule a professional teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Anderson to get rid of the staining and discoloration before the New Year. Dr. Anderson can help you get the teeth whitening results you’ve always wanted. Lovell Dental proudly restores smiles daily throughout Lovell, WY, Sheridan, Powell, Worland, Cody, and the surrounding communities.

What are Your Teeth Whitening Options?

  • Teeth Whitening Toothpaste: Many patients are opting to use toothpastes which claim to have teeth whitening However, these claims are unfounded. Most whitening toothpastes don’t contain the bleaching agents necessary to actually change the color of the enamel. They can only polish away shallow surface staining.
  • Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening: There are many rinses, strips, gels, and other branded products on the market that claim to be able to whiten your teeth. However, many patients fail to realize that it can take several weeks of daily use before you are able to see any significant whitening results. Additionally, there’s a high risk for gum irritation with these kinds of products.
  • Professional Teeth Whitening: Your best choice is always to opt for a professional teeth whitening Dr. Anderson offers the Zoom! professional teeth whitening system. Zoom! can whiten your teeth by several shades in just one short office visit. Dr. Anderson will also ensure that your teeth and gums are fully protected from irritation.

Holiday Teeth Whitening Appointments in Lovell, WY

You can make this holiday, a season to remember, by upgrading your smile with professional teeth whitening from Lovell Dental. The holidays are fast approaching, so make your holiday teeth whitening appointment with Lovell Dental today. Dr. Anderson offers complete and reliable teeth whitening results. Lovell Dental proudly serves families throughout Lovell, WY, Sheridan, Powell, Worland, Cody, and nearby areas.



Dr. Anderson Offers Comprehensive Family Emergency Dental Care in Lovell, WY

November 14, 2014

131579330Whether you or someone in your family is suffering from a broken tooth, a lost tooth filling, broken dentures, or a painful toothache, Dr. Anderson and his compassionate team at Lovell Dental can help. Dr. Anderson is a highly qualified family and restorative dentist, specializing in family dental emergencies. For an immediate appointment to see Dr. Anderson you can call his DENTAL EMERGENCY LINE at (307) 271-5910. Lovell Dental proudly serves patients of all ages throughout Lovell, WY, Sheridan, Powell, Worland, Cody, and the surrounding communities.

When Do You Need Emergency Dental Care?

  • Knocked Out Tooth: When a tooth exits the mouth, the tissues, nerves, and blood vessels become damaged. If the tooth can be placed back into its socket within an hour, there is a good chance the tissues will grow back to support the tooth again.
  • Broken Filling or Crown: Dental crowns can become loose because the tooth beneath is decaying, which causes shape changes in the teeth. Once it is out of the mouth, the affected tooth may be incredibly sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.
  • Cracked, Chipped or Broken Tooth: If the fracture or crack extends down into the root, it is likely to be extremely painful. If a tooth has been fractured or cracked, there is no alternative but to see the dentist as quickly as possible.
  • Toothache Pain/Sensitivity: Toothache pain should never be ignored or tolerated, as it is usually an indication of a serious infection inside your tooth.
  • Broken Dentures or Bridges: Dr. Anderson offers same-day denture repair and emergency denture care and dental bridge services.

Extraordinary Emergency Dental Care in Lovell, WY

Immediate Emergency Appointments Available: When someone in your family has a dental emergency, you can make an immediate appointment to see Dr. Anderson and his helpful and friendly team at Lovell Dental. You can reach Dr. Anderson immediately, anytime day or night, on his DENTAL EMERGENCY LINE at (307) 271-5910. Lovell Dental proudly restores smiles daily for families throughout Lovell, WY, Sheridan, Powell, Worland, Cody, and nearby areas.

Your 82431 Dentist

October 21, 2014

lovell_wyoming_powell_cody_82431 _dentistDr. Lance Anderson is a restorative, general, and cosmetic dentist in Lovell, WY, providing families in 82431 with exceptional dentistry tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs. Combining a patient-centered approach, today’s latest technology, and a genuine passion for dentistry, Dr. Anderson is Lovell’s your premier destination for everything your smile needs to look and feel its best every day.

Complete Dental Solutions for the 82431 Area

Finding a good dentist in 82431 doesn’t have to be difficult. You need a dental office that features all of the oral healthcare services your family needs under one convenient roof. At Lovell Dental, Dr. Anderson provides exactly that. With a comprehensive selection of restorative, cosmetic, and general family dentistry solutions, our team is equipped to handle any dental concern you may encounter. Our extensive menu of services includes:

  • Thorough exams and cleanings for adults and children
  • Treatment for cavities and gum disease
  • Cosmetic dentistry
    • Teeth whitening
    • Anterior crowns
    • Porcelain veneers
    • Bonded (composite) veneers
    • Microabrasion treatment
    • Bite reclamation
  • Restorative dentistry
    • Dental implants
    • Implant-retained dentures
    • Root canal therapy
    • Tooth-colored fillings
    • Crown and bridgework

Dr. Lance Anderson emphasizes the importance of continuing education in order to keep his skills honed, and he regularly attends courses in implant dentistry to stay abreast of the latest technological advancements in the industry. He says that his patients are and always will be his number one priority, a commitment that is apparent in the comprehensive care he provides to the people of his community every day. Dr. Anderson is also a member of the Wyoming Dental Association, the Nebraska Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

An 82431 Dentist for All of Your Family’s Needs

If you are searching for a dentist in 82431 or in nearby communities, we invite you to experience the difference a personal touch and exceptional skill can truly make. Contact us today to schedule your visit with Dr. Anderson and our caring team at Lovell Dental. We sincerely look forward to becoming your trusted partners as you and your family follow the path toward optimal oral health. Our beautiful Lovell, WY dental practice proudly serves the oral health needs of families from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Sheridan, Powell, Worland, Cody, and more.