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5 Tools For Tooth Transformations

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Too-small teeth. Misshapen teeth. Cracked teeth. Chipped teeth. Spacing irregularities.

These issues are all too common for Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska dental patients. But now, with the advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are affordable fixes for these vexing tooth problems!

1. Veneers. (Also called dental laminates or porcelain veneers). These extremely thin shells of tooth-colored material are custom made so the size, shape, and color are perfectly matched to your surrounding teeth. The veneers are securely cemented to the front of the teeth to dramatically change your smile.

2. Bonding. This procedure uses a strong tooth-colored resin to close spaces, repair chips and cracks, or change the shape of teeth. The resin is molded into place and then a light is applied to harden the material for secure adherence to the tooth.

3. Recontouring. This procedure is minimally-invasive reshaping of a tooth by removing minuscule bits of enamel to improve the shape or length. This cosmetic dentistry procedure is sometimes called odontoplasty or slenderizing.

4. Crowns. Most people are familiar with this durable, multi-purpose restoration. Natural-looking dental crowns are fabricated in the shape and color of the tooth and cemented into place to fully cover the part of the tooth visible above the gumline.

5. Braces. Patients of all ages are transforming their smiles with industry-leading orthodontia. Before you dismiss this option as too time-consuming or expensive, learn about the new braces now available. Braces are more convenient and discreet than ever before.

Countless Eagle River dental patients have achieved remarkable smiles with a smile transformation from Excellence In Dentistry!

My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. I am committed to to helping my patients have optimum oral health and beautiful smiles. If you have any questions about veneers, bonding, recontouring, or crowns, I invite you call us at 907-349-0022 to make an appointment today.

For your health, beauty and well-being

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

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Danger Zone! 5 Signs Of Gum Disease For Palmer

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Here is some important news for Eagle River residents: Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. Fortunately, this problem is easy to treat if it is caught in the early stages.

So, what should Southern Alaska, Wasilla, and Anchorage dental patients be looking for?

1. Gums that bleed very easily

2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed

3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together

4. Gums that are pulling away from the teeth

5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath

Hopefully, you are not experiencing any of these things. If you are not removing plaque between your teeth, however, your gums are at risk. Brushing alone is not enough – make sure you floss daily.

Regular checkups with your Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska area dentist is another essential weapon in the fight against gum disease.

I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry. My Anchorage practice serves the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have a healthy and attractive 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!

Our practice offers:
Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Dental Crowns

Contact us at 907-349-0022 and a member of our caring staff can schedule a consultation and answer any questions you might have about TMJ treatment, sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, and more.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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

http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://dentistry.about.com/od/toothmouthconditions/a/gum_warnings.htm, accessed on July 25, 2013

No One In Anchorage Will Know You Are Wearing Braces

No One Will Know You Are Wearing Braces In Anchorage

Many Anchorage adults dream of having a celebrity smile, but for some, the thought of enduring months or years with a mouth full of metal thwarts those dreams. If you live in the Anchorage area and don’t want to sport old-school metal braces, we are happy to report that there is a better way.

There are now contemporary, metal-free approaches to straightening crooked teeth. Custom invisible braces that are worn over teeth are now available in Anchorage. When you smile, nobody will know that your teeth are gently being corrected.

Your busy lifestyle will not be hampered, because invisible braces are so simple and convenient.

The comfortable aligners allow you to eat anything you want, and caring for your teeth will not become cumbersome either. Anchorage neighbors will notice your confidence and poise blossoming as your teeth are aligning.

At Excellence In Dentistry we have been creating alluring and appealing smiles in Alaska since 1987. We offer complete smile makeovers. A popular procedure that many Alaska cosmetic dentistry patients depend on is teeth whitening.

Some of the most popular treatments at Excellence In Dentistry include dental implants, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign invisible braces. Whatever your dental needs are, we will create a personalized, custom treatment plan for you.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage Alaska
907-782-4299

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When Style And Oral Health Collide in Anchorage

When Style And Oral Health Collide in Anchorage

Oral piercing is a popular form of body art in Anchorage, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s safe. I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson, a dentist serving the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska areas. When my patients ask me about the safety of oral piercings, I make sure they understand the possible consequences.

First, Eagle River residents should know that infection is always a major concern with any piercing, but because the mouth is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria, oral piercings are especially problematic. Chewing, swallowing, and speaking can also be impaired by an oral piercing.

Oral piercings can lead to an increase in saliva flow and, possibly, excessive drooling, something my Anchorage dental patients generally want to avoid. (I don’t know anyone in Anchorage who thinks drooling is attractive.) Chipped or cracked teeth, damage to dental fillings, and metal sensitivity are other possible results.

Another serious risk associated with piercings that should concern Southern Alaska, Palmer, and Wasilla residents is nerve damage. Many people experience temporary numbness after a piercing, but for some, sensations never return. An injured nerve can also affect facial movements as well as your sense of taste.

Do you really want to risk looking like a stroke victim for the rest of your life?

If you’ve read through this and you’re still sure a tongue bar or lip piercing is for you, please consult your Anchorage area dentist so they can help you make the safest decision possible for your dental health. If you are looking for a dentist around Eagle River, our caring staff here at Dr. Kirk Johnson – Excellence In Dentistry would be happy to schedule an appointment for you. We offer porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, teeth whitening, and more!

We may even convince you that safe, effective cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, veneers, or bonding would be a smarter and safer way to express your personality and boost your confidence. Give us a call today!

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage Alaska
907-349-0022
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Anchorage Dentists Know Simple Problems Can Become Serious

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Today in the Anchorage family dentist blog, we are going to discuss those small irritations in the mouth that have the potential to become big problems.

Injuries, sores, or inflammation in the mouth can be very uncomfortable. These non-specific irritations, called stomatitis, have many different causes. They may be cause by cold sores, gum disease, or biting the inside of your mouth. They may also be cause by the irritation that results from broken teeth or braces.

In fact, any inflammation of the membranes in the mouth can be classified as stomatitis. Stomatitis can affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, and even to fall asleep at night. These pests can really have an impact on the lives of Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska residents!

The good news is that most of these irritations clear up on their own in less than two weeks. However, there is a possibility that a viral or bacterial infection can occur, so it’s important to let your Eagle River dentist know about these sores. Even if there are no complications, your dentist can help you treat the symptoms of stomatitis with pain relievers and at-home remedies such as salt water rinses.

Hi, my name is Dr. Kirk Johnson. I take care of patients in the Eagle River area at my comfortable and friendly Anchorage dental office. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, give us a call at 907-349-0022.

Common cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile makeovers include teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, dental bonding, and dental implants.

We hope to see you in our Anchorage office soon!

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

http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm


The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
“Stomatitis”, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/stomatitis-causes-treatment, accessed on September 11, 2013

Let That Winning Smile Shine In Anchorage, Alaska 99515

Let That Winning Smile Shine In Anchorage, Alaska 99515

Grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth in the 99515 zip code area? Teeth whitening might be the answer.

Such irregularities are usually uncomplicated to repair, reverse or bypass and with few exceptions a smart smile makeover move! Everyone in Anchorage wants a winning smile.

Call for a consultation today! 907-349-0022

A Brighter, Whiter Smile

The caring staff at Excellence In Dentistry have outstanding, professional experience dating back to 1987. Let them review the current state of your smile and guide you to a brighter, whiter look.

Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, restoring smiles, and placing dental implants when you need us. See http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm for more information.

A home tooth whitening kit is certainly a cheap tooth whitening option. Meet with Dr. Kirk Johnson and we’ll work the math with you. How many kits would equal the same results from the dentist? Affordable dentistry is available.

Keep in mind that there’s more to a great smile than just whiter teeth.

Smooth, consistent color
Straighter, uniform positioning
Proportional tooth size
Gum appearance
Lack of chips and cracks

Get clear, manageable answers about veneers, teeth whitening, invisalign braces, tooth implants, crowns and fillings. If you want to know how much dental work will cost, the cost of Invisalign invisible braces, the cost of sedation dentistry, the price for dental implants, teeth whitening or porcelain veneers – just ask the experts at Excellence In Dentistry!

Located at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101, Anchorage, Alaska 99515. We’re happily accepting patients from Eagle River as well as Southern Alaska, Wasilla, and Palmer. For dependable, experienced care, Kirk Johnson DDS is ready. Let’s explore the most effective steps to light up your happy, genuine smile. You deserve to shine.

Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
907-349-0022
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4 Super Tips For Strong Enamel In Palmer

4 Super Tips For Strong Enamel In Palmer

Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! This substance, found on the outer surface of your teeth, truly should last a lifetime. But just because it’s super strong doesn’t mean you don’t have to work to take care of it.

Here are some helpful tips for keeping enamel healthy.

1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks hurt your teeth, and don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time. There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your teeth.

On the flip side, foods with calcium can neutralize acid in your mouth as protect your teeth. So, enjoy your dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt!

2. Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. Also, it’s best to brush about an hour after eating, because foods, especially acidic ones, can soften the enamel, thus making it more prone to damage from brushing. If your teeth are discolored or yellowish, you may feel you need to brush harder. Instead, discuss teeth whitening with your dentist.

3. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so talk to your Wasilla, Anchorage, or Southern Alaska doctor about treatment.

4. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major problem for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure your Eagle River area dentist is aware if you experience either of these issues.

Hi, my name is Dr. Kirk Johnson. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible, and that starts with enamel health. I also love helping my patients get the dazzling smile they want with various cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental bonding, veneers, invisible braces, tooth colored fillings, and dental implants.

My practice, Excellence In Dentistry, is currently accepting new patients, so give us a call at 907-349-0022 to make an appointment!

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

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/tooth-enamel-damage, accessed on September 18, 2013

Excellence In Dentistry Can Make Your Whites Whiter

Excellence In Dentistry Can Make Your Whites Whiter

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson, an experienced Anchorage general dentist serving the greater Eagle River area. One of the most common requests I get from my dental patients is whiter teeth.

I am happy to say that Anchorage dental patients are in luck when it comes to teeth whitening in Alaska, because cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and veneers are safe, effective, and affordable.

Some Anchorage patients might be interested in bleaching their teeth at home. There are many affordable teeth whitening products available at Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska drugstores. Remember that even though you are doing this procedure at home, you should discuss it with your Anchorage dentist and report any sensitivity that may occur.

There are many dentists in the Eagle River area that offer in-office teeth bleaching which can often be done in one visit. Eagle River residents who do in-office bleaching usually appreciate the care that is given to protect the soft tissues of the mouth from the bleaching agent.

Any toothpaste that has an added polishing agent is considered a whitening toothpaste. For my patients, I always tell them to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance when purchasing these.

As you can see, there are a lot of great ways to keep your teeth nice and white here in Eagle River.

If you’re interested in any of these whitening methods or a complete smile makeover, call Excellence In Dentistry at 907-349-0022. Our caring staff will schedule a cosmetic dental consultation at your convenience.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Excellence In Dentistry

10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Excellence In Dentistry

1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue – it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
7. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition. If you have already experienced dental complications related to diabetes, schedule a consultation with Kirk Johnson.
8. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth. Kirk Johnson can help you protect your teeth if you live with this unpleasant condition.
9. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury. Many Anchorage dentists offer custom mouthguards that fit perfectly.
10. If you are looking for an excellent dentist in the Anchorage area, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirk Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry. At Excellence In Dentistry, we provide gentle, quality care for children and adults. Talk to us about preventative, restorative, cosmetic, or children’s dentistry. We look forward to serving you.

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

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.

Relax.

 

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