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Sleep Dentistry At Excellence In Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry At Excellence In Dentistry

Dental visits can be extremely stressful and for some Alaska residents, the fear and anxiety associated with a trip to the dentist prevents them from getting the care they need. At Excellence In Dentistry we provide the best oral sedation dentistry available. We will accommodate your needs with minimal, moderate, or deep sedation.

Don’t let dental dread keep you from achieving a perfect smile.

According to a national survey by the American Dental Association, Crest, and Oral B, the smile is the number one physical trait. Don’t let your smile go unnoticed.

In addition to sedation dentistry, at Excellence In Dentistry we offer our Anchorage patients a variety of procedures, including dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, teeth whitening, and sedation dentistry.

At Excellence In Dentistry, our professional staff will provide the best possible care for you and your family. Whether you need preventive care or cosmetic dentistry, the caring team at Excellence In Dentistry will give you something to smile about!

For more information on oral sedation dentistry or any other dental procedure, contact us at 907-349-0022.

We are located at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 Anchorage, Alaska 99515  Call today!

Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

bleeding gums in Anchorage

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for optimal dental health. However, some dental patients in the Anchorage, and Southern Alaska areas worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two after your cleaning, it isn’t really a problem. But, if the bleeding and tenderness lasts longer, you really need to return to your Eagle River dentist and discuss the possibility of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. Avoiding gum disease is just one of the many important goals I have for my Eagle River and Southern Alaska patients. Along with optimum dental health, I also seek to give my patients the beautiful smiles they desire through cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, and teeth whitening.

Our top services here at Excellence In Dentistry include:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
teeth whitening
sedation dentistry

Feel free to look us up on the web or call today.

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

Water Fluoridation In Alaska Prevents Tooth Decay

Water Fluoridation In Alaska Prevents Tooth Decay

Hello! Welcome to our Anchorage family dentistry blog. Today’s message from Excellence In Dentistry concerns fluoride and Alaska children’s dental health. I’m Kirk Johnson and I have been practicing dentistry in Anchorage since 1987.

When I examine a new Anchorage patient for the first time, I can usually tell whether the person drank fluoride-adjusted municipal water while growing up. Generally, their teeth are healthier than people who had lower fluoride levels in their tap water.

Ideally, adequate fluoride intake combined with proper oral hygiene, good nutrition, and regular dental visits keep teeth healthy and free of decay. However, fluoride also helps teeth remineralize if acids have already compromised the enamel. For decay prevention and teeth strengthening, adequate fluoride is indispensable.

If you have children and your Alaska municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, you may want to consider giving your kids a fluoride supplement. The fluoride will strengthen the primary teeth that have already erupted and also the adult teeth that are forming.

The American Dental Association supports water fluoridation:

‘More than 65 years ago, on January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the world’s first city to adjust the level of fluoride in its water supply. Since that time, fluoridation has dramatically improved the oral health of tens of millions of Americans. Community water fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.’

At Excellence In Dentistry, we provide exceptional dental care for all members of the family including general and cosmetic dentistry. We serve the Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska areas. Ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, and short-term braces.

If you are interested in children’s fluoride supplements, call Excellence In Dentistry at 907-349-0022 to schedule a pediatric dental evaluation.

5 Reasons For Southern Alaska Residents To Choose Cosmetic Dentistry

5 Reasons For Southern Alaska Residents To Choose Cosmetic Dentistry

When was the last time you looked into the mirror? Were you totally satisfied by what you saw? If the answer is, “Not really,” then you may want to check out at these 5 great reasons to talk to your Anchorage dentist about cosmetic dentistry procedures.

1. The first reason is that a little cosmetic dentistry goes a long way. Some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as teeth whitening, are simple and easy to do, but they can have dramatic results.

2. Next, cosmetic dentistry is more affordable than you think! Next time you are in the office of your Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska dentist, ask them for a price chart. I am willing to bet that you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

3. Don’t fear the pain, your dentist will keep you comfortable. Many Palmer residents worry that the procedures are painful, but dentists in the Eagle River area are trained to help you stay relaxed and free from discomfort. This is true whether you are getting dental implants, veneers, or a complete smile makeover.

4. You’re never too old! Many mature Eagle River men and women think that cosmetic dentistry procedures are only for the young, but teeth continue to change throughout your life and these procedures may be exactly what is needed. Plus, many satisfied patients say they look years younger after their procedures are complete.

5. Your Southern Alaska cosmetic dentist can treat your particular cosmetic dental problem. Some Southern Alaska residents have been led to believe that they have to live with chipped, cracked, or missing teeth, but today’s dentists have the tools and procedures to fix a wide array of dental problems.

If you are in the Anchorage area and are looking for a dentist, Excellence In Dentistry would love to serve you. My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson and I have been an Anchorage, Alaska dentist since 1987. Please call 907-349-0022 to make an appointment.

Our top services here at Excellence In Dentistry are:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
teeth whitening

 

Developing Good Dental Habits In Anchorage

Benjamin Franklin once said:

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

This holds true for almost everything in life, including dental care. For parents in the Anchorage area, teaching your children good oral hygiene techniques early in life will help them avoid the lifelong consequences.

If you wait too long to teach your child how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

It’s very hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times longer brushing their teeth each morning and night. But, if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, then their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive dental decay or the need for children’s cosmetic dentistry in Anchorage.

I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson, a dentist serving the Anchorage Alaska area. I know that helping children learn proper oral hygiene is a key indicator of future oral health, and I want to help Anchorage parents teach these habits to their children.

If you are looking for quality dental care in Anchorage or the surrounding areas, give us a call here at Excellence In Dentistry. We are currently accepting new patients, and we would love to help you learn how to teach kids good brushing habits or answer questions you have have about cosmetic dentistry or smile makeovers.

Our services include:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
teeth whitening
sedation dentistry

Call today!

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

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!

Invisalign invisible braces
dental implants
teeth whitening
porcelain veneers

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
http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about-us/

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

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

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