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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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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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5 Simple Ways To Avoid A Cracked Tooth In Eagle River

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Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and expensive to repair. Today’s post in the Excellence In Dentistry dental blog contains an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.

1. Avoiding a cracked tooth means avoiding chewing on hard things. Mind-blowing, right? Wasilla and Palmer dental patients should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky. Also be careful with pitted fruits – that peach may be soft but if you bite hard into the stone, you could damage a tooth.

2. It is vital to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where you mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, Southern Alaska rec center flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth protector.

3. Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.

4. Most people know that grinding your teeth is dangerous, but did you know that it can lead to a cracked tooth? If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, speak with your Eagle River dentist so you can address the problem with stress reduction techniques and/or a mouth guard. Frequent headaches or jaw pain can typically be attributed to nighttime teeth grinding.

5. Lastly, make sure that you visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. Your dentist may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. These cracks can then be repaired before further damage or decay occurs.

If you already have a cracked tooth, never fear! Treatment is available for cracks small and large. Veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, inlays/onlays, fillings, and dental implants are all used to repair or replace damaged teeth.

My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson and I provide unmatched dental care in Anchorage. My practice, Excellence In Dentistry, offers the following services:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening

And more! If you live in Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska, and are seeking a friendly, experienced, and gentle dentist, please give us a call at 907-349-0022 to schedule a consultation.

Call today!

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

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3-Tooth Solution For A 1-Tooth Problem?

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Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the different types of restorative dental procedures available?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?

If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is essential to look at the differences between a dental bridge and a tooth implant.

Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of Anchorage dental patients. However, they have some drawbacks:

  • They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem – the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
  • It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
  • A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.

Why does a tooth implant have advantages over a dental bridge?

  • It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
  • It is usually stronger.
  • Will curtail the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
  • It is usually not as difficult to clean as a dental bridge – lower risk of decay.
  • They commonly last longer.
  • Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.

If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your Anchorage dentist about dental financing options.If you pick a dental implant, it will probably be less pricey in the long run.

If you want to learn more about dental implants, I invite you to call Excellence In Dentistry at 907-349-0022. I am Dr. Kirk Johnson, and I am dedicated to restoring smiles for my Eagle River area patients with brilliant permanent restodrations. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation at my Anchorage office.

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5 Cavity Basics For Eagle River

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Some of the most popular dental topics discussed in Wasilla and Anchorage relate to cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening, veneers, and dental implants. However, the desire to avoid cavities is still the main reason Palmer and Southern Alaska residents visit their dentists, so today the Anchorage dental blog is going to highlight the 5 things you need to know about cavities.

1. Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities.

2. Factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

Frequent eating
Consuming sugary beverages
Oral bacteria
Poor dental hygiene

3. Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska dentist today for an appointment.

4. Cavities are more common among children, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t have to take precautions.

5. Avoiding cavities is simple. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat right and avoid snacking, and have regular visits with your dentist.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Anchorage area, give Excellence In Dentistry a call. We have been treating dental patients in and around Eagle River since 1987. We can also answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as gum contouring and smile makeovers.

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

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Discover Why Patients Trust Their Smiles To Excellence In Dentistry

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Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson. Practicing dentistry at Excellence In Dentistry is enjoyable and rewarding. I appreciate the relationships I have formed with my valued patients who trust me to care for their teeth. If you are one of my patients, let me thank you personally for allowing me to serve your dental needs. I know you have many other choices for dentistry in the Eagle River area.

Kudos to my talented dental team and dedicated administrative staff who keep my caring Anchorage practice running smoothly and allow me to focus on what I do best.

If you are visiting this blog for the first time and need an experienced dentist, I hope you will consider my practice. You can learn more about our services and philosophy at http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm or call 907-349-0022 to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

I have been keeping smiles healthy and performing smile makeovers at my Anchorage cosmetic dental practice since 1987. Each one of my Eagle River smile makeover patients values their new smile almost as much as I value their support.

At Excellence In Dentistry, we provide a full array of cutting-edge cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, invisible braces, tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, gum contouring, and crown lengthening. If you don’t make it a point to keep up with the ever-evolving world of dentistry (and who does?), you might not be aware of the procedures that are now available.

There have never been as many effective treatments for crooked teeth, gum disease, discolored teeth, and any other dental malady you can imagine. Ask us about exciting advances in children’s cavity prevention, laser dentistry, cold sore removal, same day restorations, early decay detection, and oral cancer screening.

Again, thanks for visiting our Excellence In Dentistry website. Enjoy your day.

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

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How Much Are Dental Implants In Anchorage, Alaska?

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Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a straight answer can be frustrating. But there is a reason for that.

I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson. Thanks for stopping to read my blog. I know it can be frustrating to look for the cost of getting a dental implant procedure done and finding nothing solid here on the internet. Let me take a moment to explain why most dental websites don’t publish the cost of tooth implants.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Tooth implant dentists here in Anchorage, Alaska, want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a uncomplicated consultation to review dental history, assess needs and determine a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants. See http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the technique won’t be what you thought it was going to be. If your heart is set on implants or if you’ve been told by others in Southern Alaska, Wasilla, or Palmer that’s what you should get, we can help to explain the pros and cons of this path.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee an exact price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can accurately calculate dental implant surgery costs based on current costs when you come in for a consultation.

Please make an appointment to quickly and accurately get these answers. Call Excellence In Dentistry at 907-349-0022 for more information.

Excellence In Dentistry
1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515

We offer comprehensive dental services including:

Invisalign invisible braces
sedation dentistry
dental implants
teeth whitening
porcelain veneers

for your health, beauty and well-being

 

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The Future Of Tooth Decay In Anchorage

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Anchorage

Dental patients in the Eagle River area may wonder what would happen if they didn’t seek quality dental care on a regular basis. The answer isn’t pretty.

A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter.

To avoid unpleasant dental problems like abscesses, have regular visits with your Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska dentist. With daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups and cleanings, you can keep your mouth in peak health.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Anchorage area, come visit us here at Excellence In Dentistry. Dr. Kirk Johnson has been a dentist in Anchorage since 1987.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeover procedures such as dental crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding, gum contouring, and dental implants.

Excellence In Dentistry offers:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening

Call 907-349-0022 to schedule an appointment!

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The Mark Of The Perfect Anchorage Dentist

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If you are fortunate to have dental insurance but do not have a regular dentist, it’s time to elect a dentist in Anchorage, Alaska. And if you haven’t got insurance but have dental needs, perhaps it is time to consider who can meet those needs affordably in Anchorage.

An Educated Dentist

Kirk Johnson, DDS performs awesome work for patients traveling from the Southern Alaska and Wasilla areas. Dr. Johnson’s friendly and professional care combined with continuing education and experience will bring stamina and compassion to your dental chair experience. Education is what you should be looking for. Schedule a consultation to learn for yourself at 907-349-0022.

An Experienced Dentist
Our team of dental professionals have been providing valuable services since 1987. Some of our services include Invisalign invisible braces, sedation dentistry, dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers. Patients will note the ease and skill Dr. Johnson exhibits after performing these procedures successfully many, many times. Experience takes out the guesswork. Visit our website for more information: http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/.

An Affordable Experience
It is not in our best interest to scare patients away with overpriced procedures and debilitating payment plans. We are here to serve our friends and neighbors. Anchorage is our home too. If you are in the market for affordable dental care near Anchorage, Alaska, then call us for prices related to cosmetic dentistry, restoring smiles, or placing dental implants. Compare the bottom line.

Remember, procedures such as restoring smiles or placing dental implants require not only pricey technical equipment but a trained staff to support the proper use and maintenance as well as superb dental expertise by Dr. Johnson. Quality dental care is an investment in your health and its value cannot be overestimated.

At Excellence In Dentistry, it is our desire to charge responsible fees made affordable for our community. Give us a chance to prove our value.

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

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Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth, Eagle River

Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth, Eagle River

Hi, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson, and today in the Anchorage dental blog we will be discussing the often misunderstood subject of wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth are sometimes called the third molars because they are even farther back in the mouth than the two sets of regular molars we all have. These four teeth usually erupt when a person is eighteen or nineteen.

Many dentists in the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska area recommend that wisdom teeth be removed to prevent misplacement in the mouth.

If a wisdom tooth doesn’t fully erupt, it may cause an opening in the gums that can attract bacteria and become infected. Some wisdom teeth are so misplaced that they can actually cause problems with the jaw bone. Both of these conditions can cause severe pain.

If you are in the Eagle River area and are wondering if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, call us today at 907-349-0022 to schedule an appointment. We can assess the condition and placement of your wisdom teeth and discuss a treatment plan.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeovers. Because there are so many quick and effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as invisible braces, veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants, anyone in Eagle River can have a perfect smile. I love giving my Anchorage patients the smiles they’ve always wanted.

Thanks for visiting the Anchorage dental blog, and keep Excellence In Dentistry in mind for your dental needs. We offer:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
teeth whitening

We hope to see you soon!

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