How to save a cracked tooth

Accidents happen. This is especially true when it come to the smile. If you have experienced a cracked or chipped tooth, do not panic! Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND can assist. Their practice is equipped with solutions for a wide range of dental concerns, including the restoration of broken teeth.

What to do about a cracked tooth

There are many reasons why a patient might experience a cracked tooth. They may have experienced trauma to the mouth during high-impact sports due to not wearing a mouthguard. Maybe the individual was chewing on a hard object such as ice or candy that has caused the cracked. In some situations, patients who have bruxism, which causes clenching and grinding, may also experience damage to the natural tooth. Regardless of how the tooth was impacted, it is important that patients book a consultation visit with a dentist to discuss their dental emergency. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are dentists at Broadways Family Dentistry that can help you when problems arise.

What restorations are used for repairing a cracked or broken tooth?

There are many ways in which a dentist might restore a smile that has been impacted by damage. The severity of the damage will determine which solution is chosen. Some options may include:

  • Composite resin bonding (or “dental bonding”)
  • Dental veneers, often made of composite or porcelain
  • Dental crowns

When a tooth has been damaged, the dentist will do a series of diagnostic tests to determine how the crack affects the tooth, and then make an educated decision in repairing it accordingly.

Are you interested in care for a cracked or broken tooth?

Calling a dentist is the first step in taking care of your damaged tooth. At Broadway Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing the care needed to restore the tooth and help patients regain the confidence they have in their smiles! Call (701) 839-1299 to request an appointment at the office, located at 1839 South Broadway Street. We are open to new patients and families in the community of Minot, ND and beyond!

Excellent cosmetic dentistry services available at Broadway Family Dentistry

Do you have gaps between your teeth or misalignment that impacts the smile’s appearance? Are you unhappy with the color, shape, or size of the teeth near the front of your smile? Have you experienced injury or trauma that has negatively affected the way your smile looks—while also reducing your self-confidence? If you have imperfections of the smile that make you feel self-conscious about how you look, it may be time to speak to a professional at Broadway Family Dentistry to ask about cosmetic dentistry solutions.

Cosmetic dentistry options

Our team is pleased to offer a range of cosmetic procedures that are used for smile enhancement. Below is just a sample of some of the treatments we provide for new and established patients at Broadway Family Dentistry:

  • Dental bonding. Dental bonding is achieved with a material called composite resin. It is shaped onto a tooth and filed down to change the appearance or fix a chip or crack in the tooth’s enamel. It can last many years with proper care.
  • Porcelain veneers. Covering imperfections can be done with the use of porcelain veneers, which are thin shells of ceramic that are bonded onto the front of a tooth to change its appearance. Veneers last longer than dental bonding and are stain-resistant.
  • Dental implants. Missing teeth can be restored with dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that are used as the foundation for a false tooth to restore function and appearance after tooth loss.
  • Gum contouring. Patients with a gummy smile or uneven gumline caused by periodontal disease may benefit from laser gum contouring.
  • Fillings. Areas of tooth decay can be resolved with fillings. Our team provides tooth-colored fillings achieved with composite resin materials that blend in with the smile.
  • Professional whitening. Tired of spending money on over-the-counter whitening products that fail to work? Ask about our laser whitening treatments that ensure same-day results, or consider asking about our professional take-home kits.

Ready to make a change?

Whether you have a simple imperfection in your smile or are seeking a complete smile transformation, the team at Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND can assist. Contact Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen for an initial evaluation and consultation appointment at (701) 839-1299, and visit them personally at 1839 S. Broadway Street. We are dedicated to helping patients feel more confident in their smiles with cosmetic dentistry solutions.

Common questions about flossing

During your routine dental visits every six months, your dental hygienist will clean your teeth before a full evaluation. When doing so, he or she may educate you on the importance of flossing. While most patients brush their teeth daily, others avoid flossing. It can be difficult for some patients to maintain a healthy habit of flossing their teeth each day, not realizing that it can be just as important as brushing. Below are a few of the more common questions we hear from our patients at Broadway Family Dentistry regarding flossing.

What type of floss do I use?

Always use a floss that is approved by the American Dental Association and has the ADA seal on the packaging. This ensures that you are using a quality floss that will be effective at removing food particles between the teeth.

How do I floss?

Flossing is done by using floss manipulated by the fingers and moving them between the teeth. Patients should floss with the thread in a C shape to scrape the side of each tooth. Patients should never use the same section of floss twice for other areas of the teeth as it can spread bacteria throughout the smile and wedge debris back in-between other teeth.

How do I floss around restorations?

Certain restorations, such as bridges and dental implants, require special flossing techniques to ensure food particles and bacteria do not develop underneath them or between the teeth and gums. Ask your hygienist to show you the best way to work around these restorations while ensuring they get the attention they need.

Should I use a water flosser?

While traditional dental floss is the most desirable option, others with dexterity issues may find that floss sticks, water flosser, and waterpiks are viable alternatives.

Call Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen today

Broadway Family Dentistry is a family dental practice serving patients in and around the community of Minot, North Dakota. Our priority is to provide you with the best possible care to assist you in achieving and maintaining  your oral health and wellness. If you would like to learn more about ways to keep your smile healthy and find out if you are flossing properly, contact our practice today by calling (701) 839-1299. We are conveniently located at 1839 South Broadway Street and accept new patients and families into our state-of-the-art facility. 

Learn about Nightlase snoring treatment available at Broadway Family Dentistry

 

If you or someone you love deals with chronic snoring, you understand how disturbing it can be to getting a good night’s rest. However, there are solutions available to help patients who snore regularly, including treatments such as the Nightlase treatment available at Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, North Dakota.

What is the Fotona Nightlase?

Patients who are considering a snoring solution that eliminates the need for an oral appliance might be interested in learning more about the Fotona Nightlase procedure. This treatment is a therapy that utilizes a non-invasive laser to improve the quality of an individual’s sleep when dealing with snoring or even obstructive sleep apnea. It not only reduces the symptoms of sleep apnea, but it can soften the sound of snoring. The laser light from the Fotona Nightlase device uses laser light to tighten the tissues in the mouth and improve collagen production for noticeable results! This procedure continues to be a popular way to reduce the sound of snoring while ensuring a deeper level of sleep that improves one’s quality of life.

How many treatments do I need?

Nightlase is not a “one and done” solution. It is recommended that patients undergo a series of three treatments to start. These treatments last approximately 20 minutes and are spread out over a 6 week period. The final results of treatment typically last anywhere from six to 12 months, though regular Nightlase treatments can be performed to maintain the results for an extended period of time. We strongly encourage patients to speak to one of our providers to determine the number of treatments needed based on the severity of their condition. We can make a recommendation after an evaluation and help you achieve your goals.

Contact Broadway Family Dentistry today

If you deal with snoring, it is time to put an end to it! Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Minot, North Dakota can assist with laser treatment called Nightlase. Call the office at (701) 839-1299 to book a consultation appointment at 1839 South Broadway Street and get started learning more about this option for you or your sleeping partner. 

Root canal therapy as a way to treat severe tooth decay

It is normal to have bacteria present in the mouth, but certain types of bacteria can cause serious problems. This includes the development of periodontal disease and cavities. Cavities are tooth decay that burrow into the natural enamel of a tooth and can become large and extremely deep. When this happens, it can result in an access point to the dental pulp within the tooth. Bacteria can enter and result in an infection that causes a severe toothache. In situations such as this, a filling alone cannot help. Instead, patients will need to treat the severe tooth decay with root canal therapy.

What is root canal therapy?

Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen describe root canal therapy, or “endodontic treatment,” as a procedure during which the dentist will access the inner areas of the tooth canals to remove the dental pulp. After this has been completed, the area is thoroughly disinfected to ensure no bacteria remains. Then the tooth is filled with gutta percha and composite resin bonding to seal it off. In most cases, our dentist may also place a dental crown over the tooth, as it can become weak, brittle, and susceptible to damage. This gives the tooth another layer of protection and strength to avoid future problems.

What happens if root canal therapy doesn’t work?

When done correctly, root canal therapy can be extremely effective in saving a tooth. However, there are situations in which it may fail, or root canal therapy will not be enough to save the tooth due to extreme damage. This situation may call for permanent extraction and replacement of the tooth.

Save your tooth with endodontic treatment

When a tooth suffers from internal decay, it doesn’t mean that extraction is the only fix. If you want to learn more about how to treat a tooth to save it with root canal therapy, contact the team at  Broadway Family Dentistry. Minot, ND area patients can obtain the best possible care with our dentists, Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen. Call our office at (701) 839-1299 to request a visit at our office, conveniently located at 1839 South Broadway Street.

Root canals myths debunked

In the past, the mention of “root canal” made patients anxious and worried about a painful experience. However, there are myths that surround this procedure. Root canal therapy, also called endodontic treatment, is a procedure used to address infected teeth. It is often pain that brings patients into the office for treatment, not what causes them to have a bad visit with the dental staff. At Broadway Family Dentistry, Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen provide root canal therapy in a comfortable and pain-free manner to ensure patients maintain healthy smiles!

What is root canal therapy?

This procedure is performed by our team to maintain a natural tooth in place in a situation where the tooth may otherwise be permanently extracted. The dentist performing the procedure will access the inner canals of the tooth and remove the dental pulp, which is a mass of tissues that can become infected. Once removed, the canals are disinfected and the tooth is filled with gutta percha and composite resin bonding. The final step often includes the creation and placement of a dental crown over the tooth to protect and strengthen it.

Does root canal therapy hurt?

Absolutely not! Our team utilizes local anesthetics and sedation to ensure patients are comfortable from start to finish. This is a common misconception that the procedure is painful! We want our patients to know what to expect when they have their procedure performed, so we encourage individuals to ask any questions they may have prior to undergoing their treatment. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen will ensure patients have a pain-free experience by utilizing anesthetics, sedation, and special techniques.

Why do I need root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is the only option available for saving a tooth that has become infected. Without root canal therapy, patients will need to consider removal of the tooth and replacement options with their dental provider.

Call Broadway Family Dentistry today

Minot, ND patients considering comprehensive dental care with our team of dedicated providers are encouraged to book a consultation visit with our staff by calling (701) 839-1299. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen are located at 1839 South Broadway Street and accept new and current patients.

Six tips for a healthier smile

A beautiful smile is the goal of most of our patients. When patients have a smile that is healthy and looks great, it can give them the self-confidence they need to interview for their dream job or approach that significant other once and for all! At Broadway Family Dentistry, Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Minot, ND provide recommendations for keeping the smile healthy and beautiful between dental recall visits:

  • Brush your teeth. Brushing the teeth after every meal with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush is one of the best ways to keep the teeth healthy and avoid the development of periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Flossing. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen recommend flossing at least once a day. This removes food particles from between the teeth that can break down into acids and sugars the contribute to cavities.
  • Visit the dentist every six months. Recall appointment and routine evaluations are essential to monitoring a patient’s oral health and wellness. Conditions such as periodontal disease and cavities can be spotted early on for successful intervention.
  • Drink water. Fluoridated water is a much better choice for the smile than drinking sodas, teas, and coffees, which not only can be unhealthy for you, but can stain the natural tooth enamel. Fluoridated water helps strengthen natural tooth enamel while washing away food particles and bacteria between meals.
  • Stop smoking or chewing tobacco. Cigarettes and chewing tobacco can lead to serious staining on the teeth, while also significantly increasing your risk for conditions such as oral cancer.
  • Watch what you eat. Foods that are high in sugars, carbs, and acids can be detrimental to the smile. If you consume candy, soda, or highly-acidic fruits such as grapefruits or lemons, make sure to brush and floss the teeth immediately after.

Request a visit with Broadway Family Dentistry today!

If you reside in the area of Minot, ND and want to speak to a professional about the health of your smile, connect with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Broadway Family Dentistry today! Call (701) 839-1299 to schedule an appointment at 1839 South Broadway Street and educate yourself further on the ways to a healthier smile!

What are the wisdom teeth?

During oral examinations at Broadway Family Dentistry, our dentists can evaluate a patient and determine the positioning of the wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are teeth that have the potential to become problematic for many of our patients. The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt through the gumline, and often make their appearance in the late teens or early adulthood. When they develop, they can either become impacted underneath the gums and cause extreme pain, or they can erupt and cause misalignment or increase the risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay. In many situations, Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen may recommend removal.

Why remove the wisdom teeth?

The wisdom teeth can become extremely troublesome if patients are not prepared for them. Patients who have had orthodontic work done to straighten their smile may want to ask their dentist about proactively extracting the wisdom teeth. This may be done to keep them from coming through the gumline and cause misalignment. Additionally, those who have their wisdom teeth in place may find them difficult to brush and floss because of their positioning. This can make them at a higher risk of developing cavities or periodontal disease. For many of our patients, removal of the wisdom teeth is often a recommended course of action.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

There are two ways in which the wisdom teeth can be extracted from the smile. Teeth that have come through the gumline may require simple extraction, which is fast and done quickly in the dental chair. However, if the teeth are impacted or have not come through the gumline yet, surgical extraction may be recommended. Surgical extraction is more invasive, but allows patients to be proactive in removing these teeth and keeping further issues from arising with time. Both procedures are done with proper sedation and anesthetics to ensure comfort.

Should I have my wisdom teeth extracted?

The best way to answer this question is to request a consultation appointment with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Minot, North Dakota. Call (701) 839-1299 to speak to the front office team at Broadway Family Dentistry to schedule your visit and ask about this and other dental treatments available at 1839 South Broadway Street.

How plaque and tartar affect the health of the smile

As part of aging, many patients believe that tooth loss is commonplace over time. However, this is not the case! Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and with proper steps in keeping the smile healthy and free from plaque, tartar, and disease, most patients will be able to avoid the need for tooth replacement options down the road, including dentures. By knowing how plaque and tartar affect the health of the smile, many patients in the area of Minot, ND can maintain better oral health and wellness for life!

What is plaque and tartar?

Plaque is a film that can develop on the teeth and along the gum line after eating and drinking without proper brushing and flossing. It contains bacteria that can contribute to the development of cavities as well as gum disease, or “periodontal disease.” Additionally, if not brushed off of the teeth, it can harden over time and calcify. This calcification attaches to the enamel of the teeth and can only be addressed with the help of a dental professional.

What can be done for treating plaque and tartar?

First and foremost, patients are encouraged to schedule a visit to their dentist’s office. During this visit, the dental hygienist can remove as much plaque and tartar as possible to clean all the surfaces of the teeth. Our professionals will also evaluate the smile to look for cavities or indications of periodontal disease. Once the cleaning has been performed, Drs. Stanley Hirst or Bethany Jensen will evaluate the patient’s oral health and make recommendations regarding home care. This often includes brushing and flossing after every meal to keep plaque and tartar from recurring. Visiting the dentist every six month for a cleaning and evaluation also assists patients in maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile for life!

Call Broadway Family Dentistry today!

Minot, ND area patients who want to achieve healthier smiles are encouraged to book a consultation appointment with Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen of Broadway Family Dentistry. Our facility is located at 1839 South Broadway Street and is always accepting new patients and families seeking comprehensive care. Call (701) 839-1299 to request a visit.

What to expect during your first visit to Broadway Family Dentistry

First impressions are always important, especially when it comes to visiting a new dentist. At Broadway Family Dentistry, we service patients in and around the area of Minot, ND and offer a selection of quality solutions for patients. When patients book their first evaluation with our team, we can walk them through what to expect during their visit.

How should I prepare for my visit?

It is a good idea for patients to come to their appointment with a list of any questions they may have. These questions can be about our facility, our technology, or about specific treatments that you might be considering. At Broadway Family Dentistry, we offer a wide range of solutions for the smile, and encourage patients to learn more about offerings that will benefit their smiles. Patients should also have a list of any medications they are currently taking, any family history concerns that are related to dental health, and expect to undergo x-rays during the first appointment to evaluate the health of the smile.

What can I expect when I arrive?

When you enter Broadway Family Dentistry, you will immediately feel comfortable and at ease with our friendly front office staff and welcoming waiting room. Our team will check you in and call you to the back when the team is ready. We will evaluate your smile, take x-rays, and perform a cleaning prior to the dentist examining the smile. If you are interested in any specific dental work or want to learn more about our treatments, just ask! We want this appointment to be informative for you and help you take care of your smile now and into the future.

Dental insurance

Additionally, we encourage patients to bring any dental insurance plan information they have so our front office team can determine the benefits available that can reduce or even eliminate your out-of-pocket expenses for this and other appointments at our practice.

Contact Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen

The team of Broadway Family Dentistry offers many dental services, including general, cosmetic, and restorative care. To learn more about the practice or schedule your first appointment, call (701) 839-1299. The office is conveniently located in Minot, ND at 1839 South Broadway Street.