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Chipped Tooth? No Need To Panic With Excellence In Dentistry

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There are basically two ways to handle a chipped tooth:
1. Panic.
2. See Dr. Kirk Johnson right away and get on with life.

Dr. Kirk Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry can fix a chipped tooth in a jiffy by determining the right solution and expertly preforming the procedure. Decay, missing teeth, braces, even crowns can impact the course of treatment.

Time is often an important factor when it comes to tooth repair so don’t wait, call (720) 306-8057 to schedule an appointment. Our address is:
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515

We’ve been around since 1987 – serving your neighbors in Anchorage  and improving smiles for Wasilla patients.

When Anchorage residents need cosmetic dentistry, we’ve successfully managed their treatment. When Southern Alaska patients have needed restoring smiles, we’ve watched happy, smiling patients leave our office. And when you need placing dental implants, we are excited with the opportunity to make a true believer out of you!

We offer Invisalign invisible braces, sedation dentistry, dental implants and teeth whitening. Trust Dr. Johnson to deliver exceptional results. No panic. No mistakes. No worries.



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Are You Getting Your Dose Of D?

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Most Eagle River people know that vitamin D is important for healthy teeth and bones, but many of us fail to get adequate amounts. Today’s article is a friendly reminder to our patients – especially expectant mothers – about the importance of vitamin D.

Here is a sampling of vitamin D findings from around the web:

“Several recent reports demonstrate a significant association between periodontal health and the intake of vitamin D.” 1

“Researchers who took a second look at a series of clinical trials conducted on 2,000 children in several countries between the 1920s and 1980s determined vitamin D — which we often garner from sunlight — was associated with around a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.”2

“Inadequate vitamin D levels in pregnant women may be associated with dental caries in their children during the first year of life.”3

“The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, but it is hard to quantify how much vitamin D you get from time in the sun and the risk of skin cancer may outweigh the benefits. Food first, says Baylor College of Medicine dietitian Keli Hawthorne. “Supplements can fill in the gaps but it is always better to try to meet your nutritional needs with foods that contain fiber, phytonutrients, and so much more,” Unless you enjoy a diet that includes fatty fish or fish liver oils, it may be hard to get enough vitamin D naturally without eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. “The major dietary source of vitamin D comes from fortified diary, along with some yogurts and cereals,” Hawthorne says. Mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and beef liver contain small amounts.” 4

I’m Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. I encourage all of my patients to practice preventative medicine by eating a healthy diet complete with all vital nutrients. At Excellence In Dentistry, we offer the full complement of dental services in our well-appointed office. Ask us about Invisalign invisible braces, teeth whitening, or porcelain veneers.

We are currently accepting new patients at Excellence In Dentistry. My friendly team of dental professionals would love to serve your family with all of their dental needs. You can schedule an appointment by calling 907-349-0022.

1 SH Stein, DA Tipton, “Vitamin D and its impact on oral health–an update., Spring 2011, NIH,”, accessed on June 23, 2014
2 1University of Washington, “Vitamin D linked to lower rates of tooth decay,” ScienceDaily, November 27, 2012,, accessed on June 23, 2014
3 “Maternal Vitamin D Levels and Early Childhood Caries May be Linked, Researchers Find,”Journal of the American Dental Association, June 1, 2014,, accessed on June 23, 2014
4 “Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?,” WebMD, 2011,, accessed on June 23, 2014

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6 Ways To Prepare For Your Dental Procedure At Excellence In Dentistry

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Scared of dental visits or even Invisalign invisible braces? Let Excellence In Dentistry offer 6 ways to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically before your big dental day.

1. Remember Dr. Kirk Johnson is trained to provide the best care and comfort possible.

2. Take some time to relax and consider what you are anxious about. Take deep breaths in and slowly let them out as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better smile. Remember that many Anchorage folks have been in your shoes and passed with flying colors. Especially all of our visitors who came in for restoring smiles, our most popular service.

3. Know your medical history. You may be asked to fill out a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.

4. Have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we are aware of your dental goals, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, teeth whitening, and sedation dentistry to name just a few.

5. Trust the outstanding staff at Excellence In Dentistry to guide you through the before, during and after process. We’ve been doing this since 1987.

6. Our final and most important suggestion! Ask all the questions that you actually want answered before you have dental tools and gloved hands in your mouth!

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska zip code 99515

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If Only I Had Taken Care Of My Teeth…

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Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups. It will sound so simple when you have dentures.

How many times have you said, “If only!” “If only I had changed my oil,” “If only I had stayed in college,” ‘If only I had worn sunscreen.”

We hope you don’t ever say, “If only I had taken care of my teeth!” If you have neglected your teeth, we invite you to let us help you get back on track to oral health. At Excellence In Dentistry, we are passionate about helping patients establish and maintain dental health. We help all of our patients feel relaxed and comfortable in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere.

We have treated countless Anchorage area patients who avoided the dentist in years past but have recommitted themselves to healthy oral habits. We can promise you that your overall physical health and happiness will increase if you start taking care of your teeth today.

We have an extensive menu of effective treatments for any dental problems you may currently have: cavities, stained teeth, chipped teeth, gum disease, broken crowns, old unsightly fillings, and even missing teeth.

Professional dental treatment is a key investment in your most precious possession – your health. If you are worried about the cost of dental treatment, talk to us about dental financing. If you need extensive dental work, we can develop a treatment plan to get the work done over time and schedule it to fit your budget.

Whatever concerns have kept you from seeing a dentist – fear, finances, or the fact that you are just too busy – we hope you will recommit to your smile. We are here to help.

Call Excellence In Dentistry today at 907-349-0022!

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515

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The Excellence In Dentistry Guide To Veneers

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It’s easy to see why Anchorage smile makeover patients and cosmetic dentists love porcelain veneers. They correct a multitude of cosmetic flaws and deliver celebrity-caliber results for my Eagle River area patients.

If you are considering beautifying your smile with porcelain veneers, you want a trusted dentist with extensive experience performing this treatment. The porcelain veneer procedure is more complicated than many cosmetic dental patients realize.

A porcelain veneer is an extremely thin (about .5mm or 1/64 inch) shell that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. They are custom made for each patient. Veneers cover chips, cracks, and stains. They can also improve the shape, size or length of a tooth.

While preparing a tooth for a veneer is less invasive than preparing a tooth for a crown, it is not a reversible procedure. A microscopically small amount of enamel must be removed to make room for the veneer. Thus, the tooth can never be restored to its original condition.

When performing the multi-step veneer procedure, the dentist must consider the surrounding teeth, the patient’s bite, the gums, the health of the affected teeth, and the patient’s goals and expectations. Most smiles contain varying shades of tooth enamel – sometimes a considerable range – further complicating the color selection process.

The dentist must also work closely with the dental lab technician who fabricates the veneers. The lab technician’s skill level and quality of materials is just as important as the expertise of the cosmetic dentist.

Veneers are usually placed on the most visible teeth –  center stage, so to speak. They are on display every time the patient opens their mouth. This is definitely a procedure you want to get right the first time!

I am Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry. I have been providing general and cosmetic dentistry in Anchorage, Alaska since 1987. If you are wondering if porcelain veneers would give you the smile you desire, I invite you to schedule a consultation by calling my office at 907-349-0022. We can discuss Invisalign invisible braces, dental implants, and any questions you have. I want you to love your smile! -Kirk Johnson DDS

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3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Anchorage, Alaska Dentist

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Looking for the best dentist in Anchorage? You can click around on the computer or watch for postcard ads in your mailbox. Even then, the outcome is shaky at best. Finding the best dentist in Anchorage truly hinges on what you are looking for. Are you looking for consistent, professional evaluation? Are you looking for an honest, straightforward diagnosis and treatment proposal? Are you looking for affordable dental care without a background agenda from a dentist in the Southern Alaska, Wasilla, or Palmer areas?

Don’t let the myriad of dentists throughout Alaska overwhelm you. Today Dr. Kirk Johnson offers 3 reliable steps for finding a dentist who will expertly serve your family’s dental needs in comfort and style.

Step 1
Pick up the phone: 907-349-0022. Contact our caring staff at Excellence In Dentistry for your best appointment of the year, a dental checkup with Dr. Kirk Johnson. Our office offers competitive pricing to go with professional, educated experience. The needs of our patients run the gamut. From Invisalign invisible braces to sedation dentistry, from dental implants to teeth whitening. Providing quality services can make your porcelain veneers experience speedy and manageable.

Step 2

Make the appointment. Researching general and cosmetic dental practices starts with a consultation. An evaluation of what your teeth need, what your smile could use and what your budget can afford are all key pieces of the puzzle. Located here at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 in Anchorage, Alaska zip code 99515 we are equipped and proud to handle cosmetic dentistry, restoring smiles, placing dental implants and everything in between.

Step 3
Meet the good doctor. Dr. Johnson has a friendly and comfortable chair side manner, explains concisely and fully the procedures and possibilities, and performs superb dental work day in and day out. Expect to see the renewal you want. Expect to talk to a professional. Expect distinctive, talented service.

Finding a dentist that will bring a smile to your face and put you at ease is just a click away at

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515

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6 Characteristics Of A Beautiful Smile

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Hello Anchorage! It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, when it comes to teeth, there are some features that are generally considered pleasing:

1. Bright and stain-free
2. No missing teeth
3. Healthy gumline
4. No chips, cracks or excessive wearing
5. Tooth size and length in harmony with facial features
6. Teeth aligned on three planes

Few Anchorage people have naturally perfect smiles, but those that practice proper oral care can avoid many problems that affect oral health and aesthetics. There are many Eagle River men and women, however, who take good care of their teeth but are unsatisfied with their smiles. Perhaps their teeth are crooked, have tetracycline stains, or have yellowed with age.

This article is for the Anchorage residents who fall into this category. The caring team at Excellence In Dentistry wants you to know that cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile. The increased confidence will have a positive impact on both your personal and professional interactions.

Kirk Johnson is an experienced cosmetic dentist who skillfully uses the complete spectrum of cosmetic dental procedures to create the most eye-catching smiles in Alaska.

We offer a full menu of cosmetic dental services including:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
teeth whitening
sedation dentistry

Call 907-349-0022 today to schedule a smile makeover consultation at Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage.

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Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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Hello, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry. Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry from their Anchorage dentist.

Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional troubles. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with severe decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

The dentist explains that these problems need to be addressed before the smile makeover is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to correct all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 907-349-0022. I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515

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6 Ways Dental Crowns Restore Eagle River Smiles

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Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play an important role in Anchorage cosmetic dentistry. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth.

Dental crowns are used for several problems common among Eagle River cosmetic dentistry patients:

An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
A broken tooth
A tooth with extreme decay
A tooth that has had a root canal
A tooth that is too small or misshapen
A tooth that prevents a proper bite

A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. In addition, a dental crown often prevents the need for an extraction and the bone loss that can occur with a missing tooth.

Eagle River cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown should not assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown is susceptible to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break. (Use scissors to open a stubborn plastic package – don’t bite and pull!) Your Anchorage cosmetic dentist can advise you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. Some of our Palmer patients have crowns that are still looking beautiful after ten years.

For information on Eagle River dental crown prices, invisible braces, conscious sedation, or teeth whitening, call Excellence In Dentistry today at 907-349-0022 or visit

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Don’t Let Poor Oral Health Take You Out Of The Game

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It’s hard to win a gold medal if you have a toothache. A recent study cited in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored how poor oral health affects athletic performance at the elite level.

“More than 40% of athletes were bothered by their oral health with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance.”1

The dental problems experienced by Olympians and professional athletes are not any different than those found in the general population: tooth decay, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and inflammation around partially erupted wisdom teeth. It’s critical to note that these problems are largely preventable.

Athletes are also at risk for mouth injuries suffered while competing or training.  Tooth trauma can prevent injured athletes from competing in the short term and cause ongoing complications down the road.

Whether you are an Olympic runner or a busy Anchorage working mom who seems to be running all the time, dental health affects your overall health and quality of life. Don’t let your performance suffer because of poor oral health.

If it has been a while since you have had a dental exam, we invite you to schedule a check-up and cleaning by calling Excellence In Dentistry at 907-349-0022.

Excellence In Dentistry is located at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 in Anchorage, Alaska. We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including restoring smiles and cosmetic dentistry. You can read more about our services at

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515

1Ashley, Di Iorio, Cole, Tanday, Needleman, “Oral health of elite athletes and association with performance: a systematic review,” British Journal of Sports Medicine, November 11, 2014,, accessed on December 19, 2014


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