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Dental Crown Or Porcelain Veneer?

Anchorage cosmetic dentistry offers multiple procedures for improving smiles. Two of the most popular procedures in the  Anchorage area are dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

A dental crown covers the entire portion of the tooth that is above the gumline. A veneer is a wafer-thin, covering for just the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of ceramic laminate. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Both crowns and veneers are cemented in place. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but porcelain crowns are usually a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can perfect the shape of a tooth, repair a minor crack, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.

It takes a team of experienced Alaska dental professionals to create durable, natural-looking and perfectly functioning crowns and veneers. Your Anchorage cosmetic dentist must prep the tooth, create a precision mold, and communicate to the lab technician exactly what is needed. The role of the Anchorage dental lab technician is equally important. He/she must meet the precise standards necessary for successful restorations: the perfect shape, the perfect size, color that blends seamlessly with surrounding teeth, and the proper placement in the mouth. The team at Excellence In Dentistry provides the highest quality cosmetic dental services and restorations.

I am Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry. If you would like more information about crowns, veneers, and additional cosmetic dental procedures, I invite you to come in for a no-pressure cosmetic dental consultation. I can help you achieve a smile that is both healthy and celebrity-caliber. Call 907-782-4300 today!

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dental implants
teeth whitening
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How Is Your Smile, Anchorage?

Hello Anchorage! Welcome to Excellence In Dentistry, and we have been here serving the Anchorage area since 1987. We are constantly striving to cater to the oral health needs of our patients, and we hope that you might be one of these patients soon!

One innovative way that we keep our patients and others informed is by this blog, the Excellence In Dentistry blog. We want to keep residents of Anchorage informed about how they can have a healthy, beautiful smile.

A central goal of this blog is to encourage everyone to develop more effective oral health habits, such as proper brushing and flossing. We also want to promote the use of quality dental products.

Cosmetic dentistry is another important topic that we like to address. We offer a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services. Ask us about dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and gum contouring. We hope to educate Anchorage residents on what these procedures are and how they can help you to get the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted.

If you have any questions, please call us at 907-782-4300 and a member of our caring staff can schedule an appointment for you. Whether you want to know more about in-office teeth whitening, problems such as dry mouth, dental implants, or invisible braces, we can help.

Call today!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-782-4300
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/

What Does Your Anchorage Dentist Need To Know?

For optimal dental health, all Anchorage Alaska residents should be visiting their dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and exams. This is a good time to make sure that you are brushing and flossing properly. It is also key that you discuss issues related to dental health.

Make sure to tell your Anchorage dentist about any medications that you are taking. If you are using any tobacco products, you should inform your dentist. Your dentist might be able to offer you a program that can help you stop. Let your dentist know if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you have any type of eating disorder, you should also discuss this with your dentist. Ditto if you have a special health issue such as a heart condition. Oral health is an integral part of your overall physical health and cannot be isolated.

Your regular check up is also the perfect opportunity to inquire about Anchorage cosmetic dentistry procedures. Many dentists in the Anchorage area combine multiple procedures to give you a total smile makeover. If you have ever wondered what a new smile could do for you, now is the time to find out!

Hello. I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry. At my Anchorage dental practice, we offer:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
teeth whitening

And so much more! Thank you for visiting our Anchorage dental blog. Please contact us today for all your dental needs!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-782-4300
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5 Ways To Floss Daily In Anchorage

Fight Anchorage Gum Disease With Floss

Hello Wasilla! If you want to floss regularly but are too tired at night, this post is for you. In our Excellence In Dentistry blog, we want to give you a few ideas for unique times to floss and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

1. If you’re an early riser, try flossing in the morning right after you brush.

2. Try just after lunch, but before you go back to work.

3. Before or after you exercise. Your oral health is just as important as your physical fitness. Keep some floss in your gym bag and give your teeth and gums some attention along with the rest of your body.

4. During the nightly news.

5. While taking a bath. Any task is more enjoyable if it can be done while relaxing in a warm tub. Light some scented candles, play some soothing music and turn off your cell phone for an at-home spa experience.

Flossing is essential for anyone in Anchorage or Eagle River who wants to have a healthy smile. I hope this gives you some ideas to help you make flossing part of your daily routine. Just before bedtime, however, is still the best choice. Food particles left on teeth can turn to plaque while you sleep. The bacteria in plaque erodes enamel, creates cavities, and adversely affects gum tissue.

If you want to improve your smile, look into cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, invisible braces or porcelain veneers.

My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson. My practice is located in Anchorage. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, as well as helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, porcelain crowns, and complete smile makeovers.

We are currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 907-782-4300 to make an appointment!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-782-4300
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Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

Alaska Cosmetic Dentistry

Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any Anchorage mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving Anchorage resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.

The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.) This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

A fabulous smile with fabulous teeth isn’t always the reality for Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska folks. Trying to improve your appearance and to present a clean, tidy, well-groomed face can be a challenge. We encourage everyone in the Eagle River area to consider the extensive benefits of a smile makeover. Dental restoration can be pricey but the truth of just how much it will cost for veneers, braces, dental implants and even teeth whitening may surprise you. At our Anchorage cosmetic dentistry office you can expect to learn about dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry and any number of other dental services. We specialize in cosmetic dentistry and find that our Anchorage dental patients come to us for restoring smiles often.

Excellence In Dentistry
prides itself in serving the Anchorage area since 1987. We find that our cosmetic dental patients will make it over to 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 from Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska. Sometimes we might even see friends from Eagle River make the short drive. Let us improve your smile. Call 907-782-4300 to schedule a consultation.

Hurry before that plaque hardens and turns to tartar!

 

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska zip code 99515
907-782-4300
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Whitening vs Bleaching At Excellence In Dentistry In Anchorage

Tooth Whitening vs Bleaching At Excellence In Dentistry In Anchorage

Eagle River teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dentistry service that Excellence In Dentistry provides in-office or through a take home kit. Results vary, but most patients experience significant lightening that lasts up to a year. Our Anchorage and Wasilla teeth whitening clients affirm that a whiter smile boosts self confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away to reveal a brighter smile.

Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, however, mean two different things in Alaska cosmetic dentistry. Surface cracks and stains occur on tooth enamel, exposing the yellower dentin below the surface. Discoloration can be the result of the natural aging process, illness, genetics, or dark colored food or drink. Foods and beverages that are both dark colored and acidic – like wine, coffee, and tomato sauce  – have even greater staining power.

Teeth whitener can refer to any product used to remove stains from tooth enamel: toothpaste, do it yourself strips, and certain mouthwashes are safe and inexpensive and can turn teeth whiter with continued, regular use.
The extent of whitening varies, and it takes dedicated, consistent use to see results.

Whitening products that do not contain bleach can usually make teeth two to four shades lighter. These are a good choice for Eagle River men and women with sensitive teeth and gums that can react to products containing harsher whitening chemicals. For pregnant or nursing mothers, the non-bleach whitening products are the safer choice.

Teeth bleaching is used to describe a tooth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, in varying concentrations. For best results, Eagle River teeth bleaching should done in-office by your Alaska cosmetic dentist. Bleaching can achieve more noticeable results, sometimes up to seven shades lighter. Intrinsic stains on the dentin, as well as surface stains can be effectively lightened under an experienced Eagle River dentist’s supervision.

Kirk Johnson specializes in teeth whitening, teeth bleaching, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and complete smile redesign. Call the caring team at Excellence In Dentistry to schedule a consultation! Bright, sparkling teeth make you want to smile all the time.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
Providing advanced general and cosmetic dentistry since 1987
http://www.AnchorageSmiles.com

Why Do Anchorage Dentists Like Potatoes?

Anchorage Porcelain Veneers

The reason dentists like potatoes is because they are so “filling” ba-dum ching.

Lame joke, I know. But seriously, the wiser our patients in Southern Alaska and Wasilla are about what they eat, the easier it will be to care for their dear old teeth.

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It doesn’t have to be potatoes, but the mouth does request that we take a good look at what can be damaging and upsetting.

The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to attack the enamel on the teeth and get the decay process started for Southern Alaska people of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really no-no’s. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies.

Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize the acidic effects. Wasilla folks are wise to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will support tooth remineralization.

Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be tempered by choosing healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.

I hope this blog aids in keeping you on the path to a healthy mouth and gives you something to think about if you’re interested in oral health or a smile makeover in Eagle River or Anchorage, Alaska 99515.

I’m Kirk Johnson DDS at Excellence In Dentistry. If cosmetic dentistry, including the cost of veneers, the cost of implants, teeth whitening and the like interest you, call 907-782-4300 to set up a consultation. We can discuss anything from cosmetic dentistry to placing dental implants. Our caring staff is ready to make you comfortable.

We can offer our friends from Wasilla Invisalign invisible braces or sedation dentistry if they want it. We can schedule patients from Southern Alaska for dental implants or teeth whitening right here in our office. Anchorage customers are always welcome to check into porcelain veneers. Don’t hesitate to make the call.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska zip code 99515
907-782-4300
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm

6 Reasons To Ditch Your Dentures For Dental Implants

Dental Implants To Anchor Your Anchorage Dentures

For thousands of years, dentures have been allowing people to chew foods harder than mashed bananas and flash some teeth when they smile. However, Anchorage denture wearers know how unstable, irritating, embarrassing, and inconvenient they can be.

Today, Eagle River folks with missing teeth are fortunate to have a tooth replacement choice that is far better than both traditional dentures and dental bridges. A tooth implant provides the total package, so to speak. An implant replaces the visible part of the tooth and – this is key – also the root.

The dental implant process works like this: A super-strong titanium post is anchored directly into the jawbone. An abutment is then attached to the post. Finally, a crown or denture is attached to the abutment. Tooth implants provide the following benefits:

Stability – Implants don’t move around in your mouth.  This permits normal chewing, swallowing, and speech.
Bone Retention – The post prevents the bone loss that almost always occurs after a tooth is extracted
Dental implants prevent jaw muscle dysfunction that can occur when remaining teeth are forced to compensate for missing teeth
Tooth implants eliminate gum irritation caused by dentures
No need for denture relines
No denture adhesive needed (Remember, they are anchored in your jawbone just like natural teeth!)

Anchorage dental implant patients with one or two missing teeth can replace each missing tooth with a permanent implant. Anchorage folks with significant tooth loss are usually best served with an implant-anchored denture.

If you want more information about tooth implant costs in Anchorage or cosmetic dental financing, call Excellence In Dentistry at 907-782-4300. Excellence In Dentistry is a full-service general and cosmetic dental practice dedicated to preventative dental care. We offer:

Invisalign invisible braces
dental implants
teeth whitening
porcelain veneers

Is Mouthwash A Must In Eagle River?

Tips About Mouthwash From Your Anchorage Cosmetic DentistMany folks in the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska area wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two habits that have the greatest impact on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash necessary?

If you’ve ever walked the aisles of any Anchorage, Alaska drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others brag of fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they make or break your dental health?

I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. When my dental patients ask about mouthwash, I usually tell them that as long as they follow the directions on the bottle, mouthwash can only benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as advertised.

For people suffering from bad breath (and the friends, family, and co-workers who are suffering with them) mouthwash can be a very effective breath freshener and can bring relief to everyone in their social circle.

Thank you for visiting the Anchorage Dental Health Blog. We like to tackle important issues such as dental products, cosmetic dentistry procedures, over-the-counter teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, invisible braces, pediatric dentistry, oral care habits, and more!

My practice, Excellence In Dentistry, is currently accepting new patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us at 907-782-4300. A caring member of our staff can also answer any questions you have about dental implants, veneers, gum contouring, or smile makeovers.

Call today!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-782-4300
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm

4 Teeth All In A Row For Alaska

Alaska Dental Implant Services

Perhaps getting everything lined up for a breathtaking smile can take a bit of finagling. Maybe you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry. At Excellence In Dentistry, Dr. Kirk Johnson is commonly seen working miracles on all types of smiles.

Just the unknown cost of dental implants or the price of invisible braces can paralyze a person from making the move to improve. Ask us about these and the price of dental restorations in general. Call today for a consultation and discussion about restoring your genuine smile of confidence. We’ll plan with you and recommend the best and most manageable path forward.

Here are 4 ways to get all your ducks (or teeth) in a row for your new smile:

Tooth #1 The Two Front Teeth
Knowing how to get to us will be critical. Find our own “two front doors” at Anchorage, Alaska zip code 99515. Jot it down; put it in your phone or GPS; do whatever you have to do. Especially if you’re out in Eagle River. We look forward to seeing our patients coming from the Southern Alaska, Wasilla, and Palmer areas.

Tooth #2 The Wisdom Tooth
Do a little research. Image search for before and after smiles and see what’s possible. A little wisdom will go a long way. But, no worries, we’ll take care of educating you about the possibilities if the research is out of your reach. We want our patients wise about the care they can receive.

Tooth #3 The Canine Tooth
Rest assured you are not barking up the wrong tree. Just as a sampling, we offer these services: Invisalign invisible braces, sedation dentistry, dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers. It’s likely we are just who you need. We’re looking to provide dental implant services, call us today.

Tooth #4 The Sweet Tooth
Talking with our sweet and caring staff will be a superb experience. Let them set you up. 907-782-4300

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With all your teeth in a row you are prepared! We hope you’ll opt for our practice, Excellence In Dentistry. See you soon.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska zip code 99515
907-782-4300
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm

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