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The Most Affordable Cosmetic Dental Procedures In Anchorage

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At Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage, our smile makeover patients believe that life-changing cosmetic dentistry is a worthwhile investment. Indeed, for most people, the value of a healthy, attractive smile cannot be measured in dollars. We acknowledge, however, that cosmetic dentistry is not cheap.

Do you have to spend thousands of dollars to improve your smile? Actually, no. Today’s post focuses on the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures.

Dental Bonding
In many cases, dental bonding can be used to repair a tooth that has been chipped. Dental bonding material is a resin that Kirk Johnson applies to the damaged tooth.

When Kirk Johnson repairs a tooth with dental bonding, a pliable resin material is applied to the tooth. Dr. Johnson expertly molds the material to create the desired shape. The resin is then hardened using a special light. After hardening, Dr. Johnson performs any necessary trimming and shaping followed by a final polishing.

Dental bonding is usually less pricey than porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Call us at 907-349-0022 to discuss cosmetic dental financing options.

Beware of brand-new Eagle River area practices that advertise extremely low prices for dental bonding, veneers or dental implants. The precision and artistic ability required to achieve minuscule tolerances should not be undertaken by a beginner. Thoroughly research any new cosmetic dentist you are considering for any cosmetic dental procedures or complete cosmetic dental smile makeover.

Tooth Whitening
Most Anchorage people are aware that there are several different tooth whitening methods. Kirk Johnson recommends scheduling a tooth whitening consultation to discuss your options. Even inexpensive OTC tooth bleaching systems can be misused and result in tooth sensitivity, damage to tooth enamel, and irregular coloration.

Regarding the cost of teeth whitening: if you opt for an at-home system from a drugstore, you may have to buy several packages to achieve even a slight whitening. In-office whitening or a take home system from our office may be less expensive in the long run.

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How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

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Eagle River endodontists, oral surgeons, and general dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
2. Porcelain fused to metal
3. Gold alloys
4. Base metal alloys

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are: the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many Anchorage dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

At Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage, we provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In addition to dental crowns, we offer dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers

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

1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

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Floss Pick Facts For Eagle River

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Dental patients who live in the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska area want to keep their mouths as healthy and clean as possible. However, they are also looking for convenience, and that’s why many of them turn to floss picks instead of old-fashioned dental floss.

These little tools are quite handy. They usually have a handle that is pointed and can double as a toothpick, and a length of floss strung in a U-shaped groove. They are inexpensive and can be used more discreetly than floss.

While this may seem like a dream come true for those hoping to make flossing a more regular part of their oral health routine, floss picks are still a step below actual floss in effectiveness.

The American Dental Association has only approved dental floss for cleaning in between teeth. One issue is that floss picks can’t curve and form the angles needed for superior cleaning.

So, what is a responsible dental patient to do? The first thing is to talk to your Anchorage, Alaska dentist and see what their opinion is. If you love floss picks, continue to use them when convenient, but still try to use regular dental floss daily.

If you are in the process of looking for a new dentist, we hope that you consider Excellence In Dentistry. We have been serving the Eagle River area since 1987 from our Anchorage practice.

Our caring staff would love to consider any critical questions you have regarding flossing and other dental health concerns, as well as questions about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers.

Call 907-349-0022 today to schedule an exam or consultation.

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.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/product-category-information/floss-and-other-interdental-cleaners, accessed on August 1, 2014

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Excellence In Dentistry Tooth Tips For Traveling

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If you live in the Eagle River area and are planning to take a vacation or business trip soon, I recommend you coordinate your dental care with your travel schedule. It’s always a good idea to have a checkup with your Anchorage dentist prior to leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to developing areas without good dental care options. This quick checkup will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.

Another vital consideration: if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, discuss it with your Anchorage dentist. A large number of dental procedures are actually surgical procedures. This means that your body may need more time to heal than you may realize.

Also, if you’re leaving the Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska area by plane, you should be aware that changes in the cabin pressure of the airplane may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. In addition, make sure you are aware of any necessary follow-up appointments with your Anchorage dentist or orthodontist before you schedule a vacation.

I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson. My Anchorage practice offers first rate dental care to my valued patients.

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening
Sedation dentistry

If you are looking for general dental care or quality cosmetic dentistry in the Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska areas, please call us today and communicate with our caring staff to schedule a consultation or examination.

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

The following online article was used as source material for this blog: “Tourism (Dental Care Away from Home)”, ADA.org, http://www.ada.org/3029.aspx?currentTab=1, accessed on Nov. 28, 2011

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Making The Cost Of Dental Treatment Palatable

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A healthy smile is priceless and superior dental care is a worthwhile investment in your quality of life. But the cost for treatment and precision restorations can sometimes be prohibitive. Knowing what to expect price-wise can make your dental visit more palatable.

Obviously, the cost of some procedures such as crowns versus fillings are dependent upon unknown factors. X-rays can show the basic problem but sometimes the extent of the damage isn’t clear until we get in there. Our caring staff works to offer estimates based on best-case and worst-case scenarios.

Nailing down the cost is much easier once the overall treatment plan is established. Dr. Kirk Johnson performs an oral exam, reviews the patient’s dental history, and consults with the patient before creating an estimate. The price is influenced by the patient’s current condition, cosmetic goals, and long-term functionality.

Usually, the cost of treatments such as teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers, denture fittings, and the price of cosmetic dentistry can be explained at the initial consultation with Dr. Johnson. We encourage our patients to take some time to review the options before they elect which elective procedures to pursue. We never pressure our patients to make a quick decision about something as important as dental treatment.

Here at Excellence In Dentistry, we are committed to customized patient-focused care. Often the treatment plan will be extended over several visits to allow healing and adjustment in the mouth before doing more work.

With restorations, the most conservative treatment is always preferred. The cost is weighed with priority for adequate eating and speaking functionality. Personal confidence in appearance is also taken into account and given priority.

Dr. Johnson has been practicing caring dentistry since 1987. If you are in the market for teeth whitening or porcelain veneers but are worried about how much it will set you back or whether your insurance company covers the procedure, then call 907-349-0022 today and let us look into it for you.

Feel free to shop around and compare our affordable prices to other dentists in the area – but be wary of bargain-basement dental advertisements. Many ads present a false picture of the actual cost of the treatment. And, do you really want to trust your smile to the lowest bidder?

Thank you for visiting our blog.

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

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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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Teeth Whitening: Do It Right

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As the years go by, our teeth naturally lose their luster. Dark colored foods and drinks speed up the process, but even people who avoid coffee, wine and cola are not immune to yellow or gray teeth. Want to brighten up your smile? Have you considered tooth whitening? Teeth whitening at Excellence In Dentistry is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to look younger and more attractive.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Though some Excellence In Dentistry teeth whitening patients experience a little short-term sensitivity, most experience no pain at all.

There are several different methods for whitening teeth but each uses a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have accumulated in the microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

DIY Whitening Products
First of all, strips, mouthwashes and paint-on whiteners use a lower concentration of whitening agent than in-office methods. They rarely remove all of the stains on your enamel. If you have gum disease, cavities, crowns, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers, Dr. Kirk Johnson recommends first visiting your dentist for a teeth whitening consultation. You are always better off having teeth whitening performed by a professional. This will protect your existing restorations and ensure the best possible results.

Don’t assume that tooth whitening offered at Eagle River mall kiosks is risk-free. The industry is largely unregulated and the staff often have little dental training. Do you really want to take chances with your smile?

At Excellence In Dentistry, we are currently accepting new patients at our Anchorage office. My friendly team of skilled dental professionals would love to serve you with dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, teeth whitening, or sedation dentistry. You can schedule an appointment by calling 907-349-0022. For your health, beauty and well-being.

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

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How To Avoid A Cracked Tooth In Palmer

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Ouch! No Eagle River dental patient wants the pain and inconvenience of a cracked tooth, so today in the Excellence In Dentistry dental blog we are going to focus on how to avoid this preventable problem.

The first thing to remember is that avoiding a cracked tooth is not rocket science; you should steer clear of chewing on hard things if you don’t want a cracked tooth! This includes ice, hard candy, and (sorry Southern Alaska cinephiles) popcorn.

Also, protect against any impact to the mouth that could be experienced during sporting events. If you are a member of a local Wasilla or Palmer rec center basketball, ultimate frisbee, or flag football league, pick up a mouth guard at a Eagle River area sporting goods store.

Tooth grinding is never a good thing, and it can even lead to a cracked tooth or temporomandibular conditions. Talk to your dentist, doctor, or physical therapist and try some stress reduction techniques to keep your jaw nice and relaxed.

Be sure to keep your regular check-ups with your Southern Alaska dentist because your dentist can spot possible problems that could predispose you to a cracked tooth such as an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth.

If you have a cracked tooth, you’ll want to pursue the correct course of treatment and, if needed, explore some cosmetic dentistry procedures to fix any visible damage such as veneers, a porcelain crown, or a dental implant.

Hi. I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Anchorage. I practice general and cosmetic dentistry. My practice, Excellence In Dentistry, offers the following services:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening

If you are in the Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska area and are in need of dental care or have questions about teeth whitening or smile makeovers please give us a call at 907-349-0022.

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Less Is More In Dentistry

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There are significant new developments in Alaska dentistry: stronger, natural-looking materials; improved techniques; more effective diagnostic methods; and more precise instruments. Combine these with the experience and expertise of Dr. Kirk Johnson and you’re left with less of what used to make people dread going to the dentist.

Less Pain
Improved painkillers, lasers, and revolutionary techniques take the pain out of dental procedures.

Less Inconvenience
Laser dentistry, which employs powerful beams of light, has significantly reduced the time required to complete dental treatment.

Less Time Needed To Heal
Laser dentistry helps alleviate recovery times for procedures such as dental implants, root canals, smile transformations, and other types of oral surgery.

Less Risk
The overall success rate of many dental procedures, including dental implants, has increased.

Less Loss of Healthy Tooth Structure
Dental procedures such as decay removal, inlays, porcelain veneers, and crown restoration can be performed with less loss of healthy tooth structure.

Excellence In Dentistry, an outstanding local practice, is located 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 in Anchorage. We are currently accepting new Eagle River area patients to our state-of-the-art facility. We offer advanced general and cosmetic dental procedures. Ask us about teeth whitening, Invisalign invisible braces, dental implants and porcelain veneers. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 907-349-0022 to schedule an exam, cleaning, or consultation.

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What Can Excellence In Dentistry Do For You, Anchorage?

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Hello, and welcome to the Eagle River dental health blog. My name is Dr. Kirk Johnson and I want to tell you about our Anchorage practice, Excellence In Dentistry. We work hard to keep our patients satisfied. Our most popular services are:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
Teeth whitening
Sedation dentistry

We serve residents in the Wasilla, Palmer, and Southern Alaska area from ages 20 to 70. Our caring staff is there to help you get the healthiest teeth possible.

Along with healthy teeth, many of our Wasilla and Palmer patients want to know more about popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, gum contouring, and more!

A combination of cosmetic dental treatments can remedy every problem to achieve your dazzling smile!

If you live in the Eagle River area and would like to see what Excellence In Dentistry has to offer, give us a call at 907-349-0022. We are currently accepting new dental patients!

We are located at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 in Anchorage, Alaska, and we have been serving the dental patients of the Palmer and Southern Alaska area since 1987. We can’t wait to make you our next satisfied patient.

Contact us 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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