Sensitive Teeth

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Some patients experience no problems on a regular basis with their teeth. However, some patients may deal with sensitive teeth. When patients brush and floss their teeth, or eat some of their favorite foods, they may experience sharp, temporary discomfort in one or more of their teeth. In most situations, patients who have sensitive teeth may be dealing with worn enamel on the teeth or exposed tooth roots. However, there are times when this discomfort may be caused by other conditions that require immediate care, such as cavities, broken teeth, worn fillings, or gum disease.

Patients who are struggling with sensitive teeth will first want to visit Broadway Family Dentistry for an evaluation. It is critical that patients ensure that their sensitive teeth are not caused by something that requires immediate care, such as infection of a tooth, a large cavity, or other problem that can be treated with dental care. Those who have sensitive teeth may benefit from the following recommendations:

  • Special toothpaste. Over-the-counter desensitizing toothpastes are available to help patients deal with sensitive teeth. These toothpastes can help relieve discomfort associated with sensitive teeth.
  • Fluoride application. Fluoride can be applied to the natural tooth enamel to offer an extra layer of protection against sensitivity. It can help in strengthening the natural tooth enamel and reduce discomfort.
  • Gum grafting. If sensitivity is caused by the loss or recession of gum tissue over a tooth, it can be improved with gum grafting. This is a specialized procedure during which soft tissues from elsewhere in the mouth can be removed and attached in the affected area. The gum grafting treatment can protect and cover the exposed roots to reduce sensitivity.
  • Root canal. If sensitive teeth are caused by an infection in the tooth, root canal therapy may be recommended. Root canal therapy, or “endodontic treatment,” removes the dental pulp from inside of a tooth and deaden the tooth to eliminate the need for permanent extraction.

Learn more about tooth sensitivity causes today

Call Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND to schedule an appointment with our dentists to discuss your dental needs. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen can be reached by calling (701) 839-1299 and visiting the office at 1839 South Broadway Street. Our practice accepts new patients seeking quality care.

Preparing for your upcoming tooth extraction procedure

When teeth are damaged beyond repair, a dentist may recommend the removal of an adult tooth. Additionally, teeth may be removed to prepare for certain procedures such as orthodontic treatment or the placement of a full denture. While a tooth extraction may sound painful and overwhelming, there are ways for patients to prepare themselves for their upcoming extraction procedure. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND encourage patients to consider the following recommendations for preparing for their treatment.

  • Undergo appropriate x-rays. The dentist will often start with x-rays to check the health of the teeth and gums prior to performing an extraction. These images allow the dentist to decide if extraction is necessary. If not, other procedures may be considered to repair the tooth.
  • Determine if the procedure is surgical or simple. A surgical extraction requires the dentist to cut into the gums and access a tooth that has not erupted through the surface. This is more invasive than a simple extraction, during which a dentist wedges a tooth out from the gums that is visible. The type of extraction will determine the healing and recovery time needed.
  • Take antibiotics prior to surgery if needed. Patients who have a weaken immune system or who have an infection at the time of the surgery may be prescribed antibiotics to take prior to undergoing treatment. It is essential that patients take these medications as prescribed to ensure a healthy and safe procedure.
  • Avoid surgery if sick. Patients who have developed an illness prior to having their procedure done will have to reschedule for another time when they are well.
  • Arrange transportation. In most cases, patients should arrange with a friend or family member to be transported to and from the dental office for their procedure.

Schedule your appointment with Broadway Family Dentistry today

If you reside in Minot, ND and are ready to undergo tooth extraction procedures, we welcome you to request a visit by calling (701) 839-1299 and visiting the practice at 1839 South Broadway Street. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are committed to providing children and adults with the care they need to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile for life. Patients in and around the area are invited to book a visit and get started with their dental health journey!

Cosmetic Dentistry Minot, ND

How Are Porcelain Veneers an Alternative to Traditional Orthodontics?

Imperfections near the front of the smile that are having a negative effect on its appearance are often causing patients to feel self-conscious about socializing with others. These issues can alter how a patient talks, laughs, and interacts with their friends and family. This embarrassment doesn’t have to be a lifelong problem. Instead, patients who have imperfections on their anterior teeth, including misalignment, may want to speak to a cosmetic dentist in Minot, ND about their concerns.

How can I address misalignment?

Some patients have considerable misalignment of their teeth, called malocclusion. In most cases, patients with several teeth out of place or misaligned may be considered an appropriate candidate for orthodontic treatment. However, there are some patients who are better suited for alternative cosmetic solutions such as porcelain veneers. When just one or two teeth near the front of the dental arch are misaligned, the placement of one or two porcelain veneers over these teeth can create the illusion of proper alignment—and avoid the placement of orthodontic appliances such as traditional metal bracket and wire braces.

Porcelain veneers are a wonderful alternative to orthodontic treatment. They can quickly alleviate issues where gaps or spaces have developed from misalignment. These restorations can also cover other imperfections that may impact these teeth, such as permanent staining ,chips, or unusual shapes. These versatile restorations are commonly placed at Broadway Family Dentistry and are often recommended for patients making minor changes to their smiles appearance.

Are porcelain veneers right for me?

Porcelain veneers are best used on anterior teeth. These are the teeth that are located near the front of the smile, sometimes referred to as the “social six.” Veneers are not used on teeth near the back of the mouth, such as molars. Instead, these teeth are better suited for restorations such as dental crowns. They are also made of porcelain, but are thicker and stronger, allowing them to withstand chewing forces without breaking.

Considering veneers instead of orthodontic treatment?

Call Broadway Family Dentistry today at (701) 839-1299 to schedule a consultation appointment with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen. Our dental family is conveniently located in Minot, ND at 1839 South Broadway Street and is always accepting new patients into our advanced dental facility.

Do Children Need Early Preventative Dental Care and Routine Dental Visits?

Dentists often urge adult patients to visit regularly for routine cleanings and examinations, which are important for keeping gum disease and tooth decay at bay. But what about children? Just as their parents do, children need to visit their dentist regularly as well to maintain a healthy smile. Preventative dentistry is essential for patients of all ages, even babies, to ensure a lifetime of beautiful smiles!

When should I bring my child to the dentist?

The first dental visit should occur around the age of one, or as soon as the first baby tooth erupts from the gums. During this first visit, Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Broadway Family Dentistry will take the time to get to know you and your child. This visit will also include an initial examination to monitor the development of the child’s smile. Parents are educated on how to help their baby or child care for their smile until their adult teeth arrive. Once a child is established as a patient at our practice, we strongly recommend routine visits every six months to evaluate the smile and monitor for any potential problems.

Why is a checkup important?

Early detection and intervention of certain dental concerns, including cavities and disease, can help maintain a healthy smile. Children with cavities in their “baby teeth” will still need to undergo treatment to avoid premature tooth loss. The care of the smile in the early stages may also impact the alignment of the teeth as the come through the gum line. Our team will also look for signs of inflammation of the gum tissue, which may indicate the early stages of gum disease. Babies and children diagnosed with dental concerns will need to visit their dentist for treatment as soon as possible to avoid the issue becoming more severe with time.

Interested in getting your children into our practice for dental care?

The team at Broadway Family Dentistry is always accepting new patients and families. Schedule an appointment by calling (701) 839-1299 and visiting the office located at 1839 South Broadway Street in Minot, ND. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are here to assist patients young and old with preventative dentistry solutions!

Teeth Whitening Minot, ND

Methods of Professional Teeth Whitening Available at Broadway Family Dentistry

Patients in the community of Boca Raton, FL that are interested in brightening their smile are often well-aware of the options available to them over-the-counter. However, these products rarely provide the results patients desire—if any at all! This is when Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Broadway Family Dentistry encourage patients to book an appointment at their practice to learn about the advantages of two various types of teeth whitening solutions available in their facility.

Professional teeth whitening options

At Broadway Family Dentistry, we are pleased to offer our patients two solutions to choose from for whitening their smile, including our laser in-office whitening treatment and our at-home teeth whitening kit.

  • Laser in-office whitening – Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are pleased to provide patients with a solution that offers same-day results. When patients visit our practice for same-day whitening, they are excited to learn that their smile can be brightened in less than two hours—and up to eight shades brighter! With the laser in-office whitening, patients start with a thorough cleaning of the teeth. Then, barrier gel is administered onto the gums before bleaching gel is painted by the hygienist onto the visible areas of the teeth. A special laser light is used to activate the ingredients of the bleaching gel and help lift stains from deep within the tooth enamel. The teeth are cleaned once more and the results will shine through!
  • At-home teeth whitening kit – other patients are interested in more gradual whitening results that can be obtained in the privacy of their own home. With the take-home bleaching kit, patients will obtain a custom whitening tray and a professional-strength whitening gel to use within the tray and wear for a specific period of time each day. Within a week or two, the teeth will be brighter and more brilliant than before! Patients can continually whiten as needed with this particular treatment, and can obtain more whitening gel through our practice.

Schedule a visit at Broadway Family Dentistry today!

Professional whitening provides more dramatic improvements in the smile than anything available in the local drugstore. If you are ready for a brilliant and beautiful smile, we encourage you to book a consultation visit with the team at Broadway Family Dentistry to discuss your options. Call (701) 839-1299 and visit our facility in Minot, ND at 1839 South Broadway Street.

Using Nightlase Treatment as a Fix for Chronic Snoring

At Broadway Family Dentistry, we offer a huge selection of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments for children and adults. But many may not be aware that we also provide Minot, ND area patients with solutions for chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Instead of using a CPAP machine, patients can undergo a procedure known as NightLase.

What is NightLase?

NightLase is a revolutionary treatment that can provide a long-term fix for patients who snore due to obstructive sleep apnea or loose tissues in the throat. This procedure involves using a laser light to heat up the soft tissues at the back of the throat. This stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen that holds the tissues together and provides a tightening that eliminates tissue that sags and blocks the throat. This production of collagen ensures that the opening of the throat is clear, therefore reducing chronic snoring problems.

What can I expect from my NightLase treatment?

NightLase treatment does not require any anesthetics and involves not cutting or bleeding. In fact, the only sensation patients feel is that of heat where the laser light is used. It is well-tolerated by all of our patients. With at least three sessions spaced a few weeks apart, patients will notice a gradual improvement in their condition as the collagen development tightens and tones these soft tissues at the back of the throat. While the results are not permanent, they are long-lasting and allow patients to breathe easier through the night without the side effect of snoring for their bed partners!

What other options are available for chronic snoring?

Patients who are not interested in this procedure may instead want to ask about oral appliance therapy. This is the use of a special mouthguard to maintain open airways and is sometimes covered by dental insurance. Otherwise, if patients continue to experience consequences from their obstructive sleep apnea, the use of a CPAP machine is often used instead.

Learn more about NightLase for chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea

Contact the team at Broadway Family Dentistry today to learn about this and other solutions available at our practice for chronic snoring and OSA. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Minot, ND are here to help provide a more permanent consideration. Call the office at (701) 839-1299.

Understanding the Frenectomy Procedure

There are many different types of tissues in the oral cavity that may need attention by a dentist for a healthy smile. At Broadway Family Dentistry, we deal with patients who may have concerns about their frenums. Frenums are bands of tissue that are located either on the top of the smile or the bottom. The upper frenum is called the labial frenum and connect the upper gums to the lip. The lingual frenum is the lower frenum and connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If either of these frenums are abnormally long or wide, they can cause issues for patients. This includes problems with:

  • Swallowing
  • Speaking
  • Movement
  • Ability to drink from a bottle (for infants)

To address these limitations, a doctor or dentist may perform a procedure called a frenectomy which is used to essentially cut this band of tissue to free the mouth and/or tongue for proper functionality and movement.

What happens during a frenectomy?

A frenectomy is actually a very simple and fast procedure that can be done at Broadway Family Dentistry by one of our professionals. The dentist may use either a scalpel with a blade or a dental laser to cut the soft tissues. In just seconds, the dentist will be able to free the frenum bands. There is very little post-operative discomfort and swelling, and most patients are able to enjoy complete changes in just one appointment. Patients can have this procedure done and go about the remainder of their day without any pain.

What should I do after my frenectomy?

This simple procedure requires no post-operative care or attention because the cut in the band will heal quickly. Patients are still urged to visit their dentist for routine visits including cleanings and examinations.

Schedule your visit with our dentists today!

The team of Broadway Family Dentistry is pleased to offer a variety of oral treatments, including frenectomies. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen encourage you to book a consultation appointment to find out if this procedure can be beneficial to you or a household member. Call (701) 839-1299 today to book an appointment at the office, conveniently located at 1839 South Broadway Street in Minot, ND.

Commonly Misunderstood Dental Facts

There are so many untrue ideas about teeth floating around, and we don’t know where they came from. They can occur when people don’t ask questions at the dentist, and make assumptions about what’s going on instead of truly understanding. Other times these ideas can come from other people, blog articles, or even Hollywood movies (which take liberties to make the story more dramatic or interesting). Regardless, it’s time to clear up some misconceptions about teeth.

Baby Teeth Don’t Need To Be Brushed

This is completely not true. Setting your child up with proper dental hygiene and habits before they get their adult teeth is important to future health. Understanding how to keep their teeth healthy is key to your children being able to establish good habits by the time their adult teeth come in. Also, it may be harder for you teach your child quickly enough when they have their adult teeth, which is just going to make it harder to maintain a good routine.

Sugar is Sugar

With Easter in the near past and summery treats upon us, we do have to stress that sugar isn’t good for your teeth. It never will be. So, the less sugar you can eat, the healthier your teeth will have a chance to be. Granted, you still may have some bad intel regarding sugar and cavities.

When you reach for that sugary cookie at a BBQ, think twice about how you’re eating it. That’s right, HOW. When you consume sugar, the bacteria in your mouth take about 20 seconds to convert that sugar to acid, which then stays in your mouth for about 30 minutes. Think about the time the acid stays on the surface of your teeth when snacking. Eating that cookie all at once is actually better for your teeth than a few bites spread out over a few hours. But remember, less sugar will always be better for your teeth.

Sensitive Teeth Mean Cavities

Sensitivities can sometimes indicate cavities or broken teeth, but the chances are good that it could be something else that’s much more harmless. You may just have a sensitivity that requires some sensitive toothpaste and nothing more.

Interested in learning more about teeth, or looking to schedule a visit? Call us today at (701) 839-1299 to schedule an appointment.

NuCalm Dentist North Dakota

Sedation Dentistry vs. NuCalm

Some people worry about seeing the dentist so much that they put off regular appointments, or feel a rush of anxiety when they arrive at the office. You may even be one of those anxiety-ridden people! But, you shouldn’t ignore what’s going on in your mouth, even if you are a little nervous about the dentist. Fear can take over and impact your mind, making you feel like things are worse than they really are. Much like flying, but you wouldn’t let a little anxiety keep you from exploring the world, would you?

And you don’t need us to tell you that ignoring your dental health can negatively impact other aspects of your health. So, sedation dentistry can help you keep in great health while helping control anxiety. But, have you heard of NuCalm and how it is different from the average sedation dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry and NuCalm can help patients relax and can be great for patients who:

  • Require a large amount of dental work
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Have trouble sitting still during a visit
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Have a low pain tolerance

But, how is NuCalm different?

Sedation dentistry often refers to the use of anti-anxiety medication or laughing gas, but NuCalm offers a more holistic approach.

How does it work?

NuCalm helps you reach a state of deep relaxation through four simple steps. NuCalm is administered by our dental team at the beginning of your appointment and takes just a few minutes to apply. While listening to soothing music, NuCalm helps you relax comfortably during your appointment.

  • Step 1 – All-natural dietary supplements containing a proprietary formulation of amino acids go on as cream.
  • Step 2 – Then, an FDA-cleared micro-current stimulation is started. Research shows this helps facilitate the relaxation response.
  • Step 3 – Soothing music is presented through headphones. This is no ordinary music, though. Layered in the music is proprietary neuroacoustic software designed to guide you into deep relaxation.
  • Step 4 – You will wear a light-blocking eye mask or glasses to block visual stimulation and help you maintain a state of relaxation.

NuCalm could be a great option for you if you experience anxiety before or during your dentist appointments. Give us a call today at (701) 839-129 to learn more about how we can help you overcome anxiety about the dentist with NuCalm.

Preventive Dentistry Minot, ND

Checking for Oral Cancer

Though you may think that cigarettes are no longer cool, the truth is many people still smoke. And using chewing tobacco or cigarettes on a regular basis has been linked to oral cancer. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis, we recommend that you perform an oral cancer check often at home, around once a month. A thorough examination should be performed by your dentist during every check-up, too. Keep reading to learn about oral cancer and what to keep an eye out for.

Who is at risk for oral cancer?

Though some people are more at risk of developing oral cancer, the truth is, anyone can be at risk. You should receive regular cancer screenings if you smoke or not. That being said, if you are male, you do run a higher risk of getting oral cancer than if you are female.

Like other cancers, the chances of getting oral cancer rise as you age. If you are above the age of 55, for example, then you are also at an increased risk of developing oral cancer. If you smoke cigarettes, use chewing tobacco, or even consume alcoholic beverages excessively, the chances increase dramatically.

Signs of Oral Cancer

Cancer can look and act differently depending on where it is in the body. Make sure to keep track of any physiological changes in your mouth when examining for oral cancer, like:

  • A lump in your cheek
  • Difficulty eating
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Problems moving your jaw or tongue
  • Changes in your voice
  • Weight loss
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • Loose teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Pain in the mouth

What will happen if my doctor finds oral cancer?

Treatment will vary, depending on your specific situation and what you and your dentist agree on. Medication, radiation, or surgery may be recommended. Your dentist will discuss with you the particular issue and the best treatment options during your consultation.

If you are at a higher risk for oral cancer, we recommend performing monthly checks to take note of changes in your mouth. If you do notice changes, please call us right away at (701) 839-1299 to schedule a consultation. We can help identify oral cancer and help develop a treatment plan.