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Is A Perfect Smile Possible, Anchorage?

Palmer Cosmetic Dentistry Are you considering a smile makeover in the Wasilla area? Are you skeptical of promises of a ‘perfect smile’ a ‘celebrity smile’ or ‘a dazzling, youthful smile?’ Let’s talk about the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and the results that can be expected.

Composite Veneers
The application of porcelain veneers at Excellence In Dentistry can remedy a multitude of aesthetic dental problems and is often a better cosmetic dental solution for candidates in the Wasilla area than dental bonding. Veneers can correct tooth chips, tooth cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size. Can a porcelain veneer create a perfect tooth? While a veneer cannot fix a decayed tooth, it can turn an unsightly tooth into an aesthetically perfect tooth.

Tooth Bleaching
Tooth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that dramatically improves a smile. However, some Palmer tooth whitening dentists will guarantee fantastic results for any patient that desires a whiter smile. At Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage we only recommend tooth bleaching for patients that are good candidates for the process. If you have all-natural teeth that are dull or stained, tooth whitening will brighten your smile. If you have several crowns in the front of your mouth, or gums that have receded, conventional tooth whitening may not improve your smile.

Call 907-349-0022 to schedule a tooth-whitening consultation.

Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you have a mouth full of metal fillings, you may be interested in tooth-colored fillings. To get an idea of how the inside of your mouth would look without metal, have someone without any fillings open their mouth. Do you remember when your mouth looked like that? Would you like to bring your smile back to its pre-filling appearance? It is possible with tooth-colored fillings at Excellence In Dentistry.

These are just a few of the cosmetic dental solutions that create perfect smiles for our Eagle River patients. You can see a complete list of our services at http://www.AnchorageSmiles.com.

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Test Your Cosmetic Dentistry IQ, Wasilla

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Are you up on the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures offered by your Palmer, Eagle River, or Southern Alaska dentist? Take our quiz and find out!

1. This popular treatment uses a dental composite that resembles enamel. This composite is applied to the surface of the teeth, sculpted, and then hardened and polished.

A. Veneers
B. Flossing
C. Defanging
D. Bonding

The correct answer is D, bonding.

2. This procedure, which can be done by your dentist or at your Anchorage, Alaska area home is very common and its main purpose it to lighten the color of one’s teeth.

A. Teeth Bleaching
B. Teeth Whitening
C. Inlays and Onlays
D. Buffing the ol’ pearly whites

The correct answer is B, teeth whitening, though it is also called teeth bleaching.

3. These thin, porcelain coverings are custom-made for each mouth and are usually used to close gaps or cover discolored teeth.

A. Wax lips
B. Bleaching trays
C. Veneers
D. Tooth socks

The correct answer is C, veneers, although tooth socks do sound cozy!

4. Which dentist serving the Eagle River area can skillfully perform state-of-the-science cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a celebrity-caliber smile?

A. Dr. Kirk Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry
B. Bertha Bicuspid
C. Dr. Leo Spaceman
D. Whitey Toothson

The correct answer is A, Dr. Kirk Johnson.

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. We serve the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska areas with superior experience and care. If you have any questions about our services or about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as tooth whitening or smile makeovers, please contact us today.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-349-0022

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work For Eagle River?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska dental patients pertain to cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening.

Because many dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes say they can whiten your teeth, it’s natural to look at changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This typically results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, plenty of Anchorage dentists offer fast in-office teeth whitening procedures that can commonly illuminate your teeth anywhere from three to eight shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using industry-leading cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, and gum contouring, Eagle River dentists are helping patients get the outstanding look they desire.

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson, an Anchorage dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 907-349-0022.

Here at Excellence In Dentistry, we offer dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, and teeth whitening.

Call for your appointment today!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-349-0022
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/

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The Tea And Teeth Question

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What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea?
Why, Denis, of course.

Joking aside, a common concern for Southern Alaska patients can be stained teeth. I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry. Today, let’s talk a little bit about a common cause of tooth staining: dark beverages including tea.

Over time tea can stain the plaque that may eventually turn into tartar. Plaque can be brushed and flossed away. Thorough daily rituals of oral cleaning are valuable for this. Tartar (which forms if the plaque remains on the teeth for over 24 hours) on the other hand will need to be removed in office during a teeth cleaning appointment. Either way, between cleanings a wise method for avoiding tea staining is to rinse with water after drinking tea or to eat something and then to be sure to brush and floss all surfaces of the teeth at the end of the day.

If the color of your teeth is still unsatisfactory after a professional cleaning, there is always teeth whitening as an option. Our other services include:

Invisalign invisible braces
Sedation dentistry
Dental implants
Teeth whitening
Porcelain veneers

The cost of living is going up in Southern Alaska, Wasilla, and Palmer. Come in Eagle River and let us share our competitive pricing, financial options and superb service with you. Cosmetic dentistry may be less expensive than you think.

Our specialty is cosmetic dentistry. A popular service in our office is restoring smiles. We would love to do placing dental implants if that appeals to you.

Now you know that tea doesn’t have to stain teeth permanently. What’s your next question?

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101

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Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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In today’s Excellence In Dentistry post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling! 1
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2 (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.3 (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.4
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.3

At Excellence In Dentistry, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find trusted dental care and our caring team of dental professionals. Our menu of services includes: dental implants, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign invisible braces. Contact Excellence In Dentistry today at 907-349-0022 to schedule an informative consultation.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022

1Gregory Myers,”10 Weird Facts About Teeth,” ListVerse, January 27, 2014, http://listverse.com/2014/01/27/10-weird-facts-about-teeth/, accessed on November 14, 2014
2Mouth Matters,” Visual.ly, August 28, 2012, http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts, accessed on November 14, 2014
3Chew on This, Fun Tooth Facts for a Healthy Mouth,” Delta Dental, http://www.deltadentalnc.org/MediaLibraries/Global/documents/Delta-Dental-Tooth-Tips-BF.pdf, accessed on November 12, 2014
4“New oral features can be considered unique as a fingerprint,” DentistryiQ, http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/01/new-oral-features-can-be-considered-unique-as-a-fingerprint.html, accessed on November 14, 2014

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Debunking Dental Myths

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Today’s Excellence In Dentistry blog post focuses on three dental-related myths prevalent in the Eagle River area.

All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth
We all know that sugar increases our risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Sugar-based foods that sit on the teeth are more dangerous than those that are swallowed immediately. For example, sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once.

You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will Fall Out Anyway
Healthy primary teeth serve several important purposes. They allow the child to eat and speak properly. They retain proper spacing of teeth. A healthy smile instills confidence and self-esteem. Healthy baby teeth eliminate the pain of decay which disrupts normal daily activity.

Pulling A Tooth Is Just As Good As A Root Canal
We will let the American Associate of Endodontists explain this one:
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.1

At Excellence In Dentistry, we provide accurate answers to all of your dental questions.

If you are interested in dental implants, teeth whitening or sedation dentistry, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/

1“Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain,” American Associate of Endodontists, http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/myths-about-root-canals-and-root-canal-pain.aspx, accessed June 4, 2014

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Worried About Dental Visits In Anchorage, Alaska?

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“How can I deal with anxiety about visiting the dentist for the first time?”

1. Consider what the anxiety stems from. For example: pain, injections, loss of control, personal space invasion, embarrassment about fear of the unknown.
2. Discuss these fears and concerns with your dentist.
3. Expect respectful consideration and open discussion about resolving concerns.

Dr. Kirk Johnson has been helping anxious patients relax and feel comfortable since 1987.

Fear of pain is a natural human response. Not knowing what the process will entail can be formidable. Allowing Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry to professionally address your concerns today makes tomorrow’s visits manageable for both parties.

Located at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101, Anchorage, Alaska, we provide exceptional expertise in many areas of dentistry. Education, training and certifications are important to our office conduct. We would be happy to see patients throughout Wasilla for any procedures needed.

We perform services such as Invisalign invisible braces, sedation dentistry, dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers. If those don’t address your needs there are many more we haven’t mentioned.

We invite you to set up a consultation to discuss any of the following questions:

What is the price of Invisalign invisible braces?
Are braces an option for my tooth crowding?
What is the cost of dental crowns?
Do I have a need for a root canal?
How do dental bridges work?
What is the cost of teeth whitening and stain removal?
What is laser teeth whitening?
What is the price of porcelain veneers?
What is dental bonding?
What are dental implants?

We understand you may be traveling from Eagle River, Southern Alaska, Wasilla, or Palmer to visit our office in Anchorage, Alaska. Please don’t let the unknown keep you from receiving the quality dental care that will ensure a healthy smile. We have answers for your dental questions.

You might be interested in cosmetic dentistry. Even if you are nervous about the procedures, remember, smile makeovers build confidence in the long run. You will enjoy your healthy, beautiful smile long after you forget the anxiety of the dental treatment. Knowledge brings power to anyone afraid of dental care. Dr. Kirk Johnson can educate and provide information valuable to you from your first visit onward.

Call us to set up an informative meeting at 907-349-0022 whether you have urgent problems or simply need an exam and cleaning. Count on Excellence In Dentistry to put you at ease.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022

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4 Reason To Look For The ADA Seal In Eagle River

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When you go to your Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska drugstore or supermarket looking for toothpaste, mouthwash, teeth whitener, or another oral care product, be sure that the product you choose carries the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Today in our Anchorage dental blog, we are going to look at 4 ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for you and your family.

1. Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your money on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.

2. The American Dental Association (or ADA) only places their seal on a product after serious scientific testing. This usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.

3. When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with your Anchorage dentist or dental hygienist right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?

4. The ADA Seal is not an endorsement of one particular product or another, but rather is a verification of the claims made by said product, claims on which savvy consumers can rely.

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in
Anchorage. We also serve the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and, like the ADA, want you to have a healthy, beautiful smile. Many of our patients wonder if a smile makeover is right for them. If you’d like to know, schedule an appointment and we’ll take a look! Even just one procedure such as porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, or teeth whitening can significantly improve your smile.

Our practice offers:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening

Contact us at 907-349-0022 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-349-0022

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/ada-seal-products/, accessed on June 5, 2013

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7 Steps For A Healthy Smile In Eagle River

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 ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’

Benjamin Franklin coined this phrase in the 1730s as advice for fire safety. However, like all timeless quotes, it applies to many more aspects of Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska life, particularly dental health.

Keeping your smile beautiful and healthy is done most effectively with preventative measures. Some of the most important guidelines are highlighted here.

1. Make a habit of brushing your teeth. Do it twice a day for 2 minutes. Be sure to use an ADA approved toothpaste and toothbrush. They can be purchased at any Anchorage, Alaska area drugstore.

2. Don’t forget the floss! Flossing between your teeth daily will do wonders for your teeth and keep your gums healthy too.

3. Wear a protective mouthguard whenever you are engaged in an activity where your mouth could possibly be damaged. This includes many Eagle River recreation league and school sponsored sports.

4. Don’t smoke. As if you needed yet another reason not to!

5. Avoid piercing your lips, tongue, cheek, or any other part of your mouth that someone decided you should shove a metal bar through. Piercings put you at greater risk for chipped teeth, infection and nerve damage. It’s a dangerous Anchorage fashion that you’ll want to avoid.

6. Stay away from snacks that have a lot of sugar or starch.

7. Schedule regular dental visits, of course!

My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson
. Helping my dental patients establish good habits is important to me, and so is helping them achieve the smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, teeth whitening and complete smile makeovers.

Excellence In Dentistry has been serving the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska area since 1987. If you are in the market for an exceptional dentist, we invite you to contact us at 907-349-0022 so we can make an appointment for you.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska
907-349-0022
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/services/


The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/preteens-and-teens/, accessed on Feb. 21, 2013

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Is Eagle River Flossing out of Fear?

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Most Anchorage men and women know that flossing is an important part of oral health. The value of this simple yet important exercise in oral hygiene has been shown time and time again. But does fear have to play a role in Eagle River’s commitment to the practice?

Flossing offers a chance to remove bits and pieces that a toothbrush will undoubtedly miss. But, being afraid of the ‘cavity bugs,’ ‘mouth germies,’ or the ‘dental bogeyman’ may still not compel Anchorage folks to floss regularly. The fear of gingivitis and gum disease or crowns and fillings from cavities work for a week or so after a cleaning, but may not instill a lasting habit between teeth cleanings.

At Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage, we encourage our dental patients to look at flossing as an opportunity to start fresh just as showering and dressing for the day is a positive way to increase motivation and initiate flossing into your established routine.

Flossing can be a positive opportunity to remind yourself to smile and feel happy as you approach your day. Flossing could be a time to think about the foods you are putting into your mouth and consider what improvements could be made to your diet. Living in health-conscious communities such as Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska can also help motivate you to floss regularly. The fresh air you breathe on a short walk will feel smooth as your run your tongue along the ridges of your teeth near the gums.

It doesn’t have to be about fear! Call us at 907-349-0022. The caring dental staff at Excellence In Dentistry knows that flossing can be a concern for their Anchorage dental patients and a brightened patient is always better than a frightened one. At Excellence In Dentistry, we offer many ways to enhance your smile and self-confidence. Make a cosmetic dental appointment today to consider whether dental implants can lighten your look, porcelain veneers can influence your flair, and sedation dentistry or teeth whitening can ease your anxiety. We aim to make it a fantastic experience!

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022
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