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Smile Makeover Questions Answered At Excellence In Dentistry

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Some Anchorage people with top notch oral health want to improve specific components of their smile. Though proper brushing is critical for healthy teeth, it won’t re-contour a gumline or repair a chipped tooth. A cavity-free mouth may still have stained or slightly misaligned teeth.

If you want to correct the smile elements that can’t be improved with diligent oral hygiene, call 907-349-0022 to schedule a smile makeover consultation with Dr. Kirk Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry. During your consultation, we will meet with you about:

Cost
Each smile makeover is completely unique, therefore the price varies from patient to patient depending on the specific procedures performed. During your consultation, Dr. Johnson will give you an estimate for your smile makeover.

Function
Proper function is priority one. Your smile makeover will maintain or improve your ability to talk, eat, and smile.

Beauty
This is probably the main reason you are choosing to transform your smile. Dr. Johnson will describe the cosmetic improvements you can expect and the technical details about the procedures.

Sedation
If your cosmetic dental smile makeover requires several hours of treatment, or if you have dental anxiety, you may want to think about sedation. Dr. Johnson will explain your sedation options and the associated costs.

Health
If you have existing tooth decay or gum disease, these issues need to be addressed prior to your cosmetic concerns. It may be possible to combine needed restorative procedures with your cosmetic work.

If you are interested in learning more about smile transformations, call us today at 907-349-0022.

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Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

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With many Anchorage residents looking to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a celebrated option in the Alaska cosmetic dental community. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very substantial porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and perfect new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.

To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have skill in cosmetic procedures. You should look at what you do not like about your smile and determine how you want it improved. Veneers may not be prime for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the characteristics you wish to change.

Porcelain veneers can correct many minor to moderate problems, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your beautiful smile.

Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: “traditional” and “prepless.” Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this treatment plan is irreversible.

The second method is called “no-prep” or “prepless.” With this type, enamel removal is frequently not needed. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this protocol has specific criteria.

Furthermore, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

Your dentist will help you evaluate your unique needs and guide you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as discussed.

If you do not have a cosmetic dentist, we invite you to visit our distinctive practice at 1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101 in Anchorage. Kirk Johnson is a consummate smile makeover artist. Experience is a key consideration. Call 907-349-0022 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

 

Contact Excellence In Dentistry:

907-349-0022

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101
Anchorage, AK
99515

 

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No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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At Excellence In Dentistry, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in an intriguing field of research: genetic dentistry.

“About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

Enamel Strength
Your genes play an essential role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

Sugar Cravings
Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

Chemical Composition of Saliva

Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes important minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes impact your saliva’s power to prevent decay.

Immune Response to Bacteria
We don’t like to think about the dangerous bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The stability of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a key role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

The purpose of this article is not to encourage Excellence In Dentistry patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

Proper oral hygiene is important for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the power to be forward thinking about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry, call Excellence In Dentistry at 907-349-0022 to schedule a consultation.

1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015

 

Contact Excellence In Dentistry:

907-349-0022

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101
Anchorage, AK
99515

 

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Peace Begins With A Smile

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Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” Perhaps that peace should start with the person who is smiling. How do you feel about your smile? Are you at peace with it? Are you proud to flash a wide, happy grin? Do you believe it is beautiful? Does it express your best self? Let’s talk about your smile.

Bright eyes and bright smiles are best served clear and clean. Regular check ups with your local dental provider can prevent runaway decay and costly corrections. Stay at peace with your smile by scheduling regular dental visits to avoid any future oral problems.

Rest assured that there are ways to redo what nature has given you or cosmetically remedy problems that have affected your once-pleasant smile. Talk to a cosmetic dentist to learn how you can achieve a smile you can be at peace with. For information about veneers, bridges, dental implants, invisalign braces, visit http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm.

I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson with Excellence In Dentistry located in Anchorage at 1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101. Just like Mother Teresa said, I believe peace can begin with a smile. If you are not content with the appearance or condition of your teeth, gums, or bite, call 907-349-0022 to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

I have years of experience providing my Anchorage area patients with cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers and total mouth reconstruction. I fix bite issues, seal children’s molars, remove decay, contour gums, mend cracks, bridge gaps, and reconstruct after tooth injury.

We are your local, experienced dental practice and provide quality service and products. We are committed to creating the best dental experience possible. If dental visits make you feel the exact opposite of peaceful, let’s talk about oral conscious sedation. With a little help, you can get through your treatment with minimal anxiety and be at peace with your smile for years to come.

We’ve been providing services such as cosmetic dentistry, restoring smiles, and placing dental implants since 1987 to Anchorage and nearby communities such as Southern Alaska, Wasilla, and Palmer. Even patients from Eagle River have found value in traveling to see us. Our caring, competent staff can schedule and discuss any of our top services such as Invisalign invisible braces, sedation dentistry, dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers.

for your health, beauty and well-being- Kirk Johnson DDS

 

Contact Excellence In Dentistry:

907-349-0022

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101
Anchorage, AK
99515

 

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You, Only Better

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If you’re looking for the brightest, whitest smile possible but insist that you want it to look natural, Dr. Kirk Johnson can sit down with you and show you how to achieve it. 907-349-0022

Here at Excellence In Dentistry we use effective, cost sensitive, cutting-edge methods and tools as we create the best smile for each individual.

Many professionals and public figures in Alaska are taking advantage of modern cosmetic dentistry to improve their appearance and enhance their natural attractiveness. Perhaps you have noticed men and women in the local media with smiles that seem extremely bright and beautiful for people of their age.

You, too, can have a smile that is extremely bright and beautiful, regardless of your age. Whether you are in your fifties, sixties, seventies or beyond, we can provide an anti-aging treatment that doesn’t offer empty promises. Our smile makeovers deliver dramatic results as promised!

You have probably heard of porcelain veneers, dental implants, orthodontics, crown restoration, and teeth whitening. Some lesser-known procedures include laser gum contouring, silver filling replacement, and implant anchore dentures. Gum countoring can remedy a gumline that is not aesthetically pleasing. We can replace old amalgam (silver) fillings with composites that are matched to your tooth color. Denture wearers can improve not only their smile but their eating ability with implant-anchored dentures.

Let’s do this together. If you have other issues that need to be reviewed first, rest assured that Dr. Johnson has been offering cosmetic dentistry, restoring smiles, and placing dental implants since 1987. You can be confident that Dr. Johnson has the expertise and high standards you deserve.

Our caring staff is waiting to schedule an appointment for you at Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. Let us enhance your natural beauty with a smile makeover.

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Gap-Tooth Smiles Aren’t Quite As Adorable Anymore

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Have you lost teeth? It’s a lot different than when you lost your baby teeth way back in the day. Unfortunately, these don’t grow back. (And a gap-toothed smile doesn’t look as cute as it did when you were in kindergarten.)

If you have had teeth extracted or if your teeth are compromised by staining, decay, chipping, or brittle aging, then it’s time to visit with Dr. Kirk Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry. Since 1987, Dr. Johnson has built a practice teeming with experience, filled with kindness, flowing with a gentle touch, and carrying all the wisdom of expert professionals.

When it comes to the prospect of losing your adult teeth, the preference is always to preserve your natural teeth. If this is not possible, we offer several ways to maintain your ability to eat, drink, speak, laugh, and smile in selfies.

Dental Veneers
If you still have your teeth, but are unhappy with them, these might be your answer. Stunning porcelain veneers offer an affordable approach to cosmetic adjustments – uneven color, size, or shape. These are very thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth. They upgrade unsightly, but structually sound teeth.

Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is used where a tooth is missing. It “bridges” a gap between teeth. It is a restoration with a false tooth (or teeth) attached to the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges have been used with success for generations of dental patients who have lost teeth for various reasons.

Dental Implant
A dental implant is a more extensive replacement for a missing tooth. An implant consists of an artificial tooth PLUS an artificial root (usually biocompatible titanium). With local anesthesia, the artificial root is actually inserted into the jaw bone where it integrates with the bone tissue. There are three parts to a dental implant: the artificial root, the connecting abutment, and the final crown or denture. An implant is often the prime restoration as it offers beauty, strength, natural function, and protection from bone recession that often s at the site of a missing tooth.

Dentures
Most Anchorage residents have heard of dentures: a plate holding artificial teeth that can be removed by the wearer. These are individually-constructed and can contain varying numbers of teeth. Sometimes the entire set of upper and lower teeth have to be pulled and a denture created. Modern dentistry offers a myriad of custom dental implant-denture combinations to restore missing teeth.

Don’t worry about losing your grip on the adult teeth you’ve been enjoying all these years. We have experience and training in many critical services to meet your dental needs including Invisalign invisible braces, dental implants, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers.

Schedule your initial consultation at 907-349-0022 to visit us at 1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101 in Anchorage, Alaska. We are perfectly situated for our neighbors throughout the Eagle River area.

Your consultation will include a customized treatment plan for restoring teeth, an outline of the cost of desired procedures and a schedule for completing the work. Come with questions and leave with answers.

 

Contact Excellence In Dentistry:

907-349-0022

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101
Anchorage, AK
99515

 

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Makeovers For Busy Wasilla Smiles

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Have you been considering sprucing up your smile with cosmetic dentistry but are afraid you can’t fit it into your hectic schedule? Let Excellence In Dentistry put your mind at ease.

Cosmetic dentistry at Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage is speedier than you think. Some care such as teeth bleaching can be done in just one visit to our comfortable office.

If you are one of the many Anchorage folks who wants to have their teeth corrected, check out the new orthodontic options including 6-month braces, invisible braces, and adult braces.

A porcelain veneer is a well-liked minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure. Veneers can fix chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and slightly misshapen teeth.

If you replace your old silver fillings with tooth colored fillings, you can open wide without flashing any silver. Your rear molars will look like they did before you had any cavities filled. (How long ago was that?)

At Excellence In Dentistry, we create unforgettable smiles every day. It’s your turn! Call us today at 907-349-0022!

for your health, beauty and well-being

 

Contact Excellence In Dentistry:

907-349-0022

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101
Anchorage, AK
99515

 

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Why Sports Drinks Put Teeth At Risk In Southern Alaska

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Most health-conscious individuals in the Wasilla, Palmer, and Eagle River area exercise regularly, and many turn to sports drinks for hydration.

While it’s true that they help maintain electrolyte levels in the body (and pose fewer health risks than energy drinks), the acidity in sports drinks can erode tooth enamel. And when tooth enamel erodes, those pearly whites are more susceptible to staining, discoloration, and decay.

Nobody wants stained teeth, so next time you’re at your Southern Alaska or Palmer gym, try substituting water for sports drinks.

If you have already experienced staining and tooth discoloration and would like to know more about porcelain veneers and teeth whitening in Anchorage, give Excellence In Dentistry a call at 907-349-0022.

We are a superior Anchorage, Alaska dental practice that offers:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces

Dr. Kirk Johnson has been treating dental patients in the Eagle River area since 1987. The caring staff here can answer any questions you have about preventative oral care and cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, gum contouring, invisible braces, tooth-colored fillings and smile makeovers.

Call us today for an appointment!

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

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Use Five Fingers For Quick And Healthy Flossing In Anchorage, Alaska

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5 flossing steps made so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time thanks to Excellence In Dentistry, on the web at http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm.

Thumbkin: Thumb to Chest Reminder
Thumb to chest can remind me that this isn’t for my friends. Brushing the goobers off so I don’t gross them out. Rinsing with mouthwash for fresh breath as I speak. That is for friends. Flossing is for me, myself and I. I want healthy gums, therefore I floss.

Pointer: Pointer Fingers Measure
How much floss will I need to floss my 32 teeth? The American Dental Association suggests you start with about 18 inches. About 6 lengths of your pointer finger should suffice.

Tall Man: Wrap the Middle Fingers
This is a team effort. With the middle fingers wound up in the floss, the thumb and forefinger can grip and guide the floss into place. After curving the floss around the tooth into a “C” shape, and the up and down motions have wiped away plaque, then “unspool” the floss for a new section for the next tooth’s edges.

Ring Man: The Smell Test
Many a long term relationship has been cut short due to not-so-fresh breath. Smell floss before going between teeth. Smell it after. Bad smell? Brushing is not cleaning away that bacteria well enough. Hurray for floss! This smell test says the brushing needs to be adjusted. Be gentle with your gums. Keep those spots at the base of your teeth bacteria free.

Pinky: Time to Promise
Make the commitment now. Every time you look at your pinky, remember that you pinky promised to keep those gums free from disease. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about removing dental plaque. Plaque causes tooth decay and inflamed gums. Periodontal disease eventually leads to tooth loss. Tooth neglect is a slippery slope.

I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson at Excellence In Dentistry. I encourage you to take care of your oral health needs for a happier, healthier life.

Use those fingers to dial our number for a consultation: 907-349-0022 or meet us online http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm.

Whether you need a bi-annual cleaning or cosmetic dentistry, Excellence In Dentistry helps with a variety ways with your dental needs.

  • Invisalign invisible braces
  • sedation dentistry
  • dental implants
  • teeth whitening
  • porcelain veneers


One of our specialties is cosmetic dentistry. If you need restoring smiles or placing dental implants, then we are your best friends. Our staff members are trained to be courteous, responsible, respectful and focused.

Currently accepting patients from all over: Eagle River, Southern Alaska, Wasilla, as well as Palmer.

 

 

Contact Excellence In Dentistry:

907-349-0022

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101
Anchorage, AK
99515

 

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Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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If you are the parent of a child, you may already have some concerns about your child’s well-being. As young men and women progress toward complete independence, some make questionable choices when it comes to health.

You may know Anchorage teens that skip meals and others that eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some teenagers spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and impair a smile.

Dental problems manifesting in the adolescent years can affect teeth for life. Let’s explore some vital dental issues for adolescents.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually erupt between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth issues include bite misalignment, dental caries, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is essential to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the guidance of your dentist.

Eating Disorders
Parents who notice their daughter or son abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing problematic. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help youth with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any Alaska high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. (Perhaps we adults are setting a bad example.) While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can damage enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some adolescents who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as essential for youth as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit adolescents in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

We encourage Anchorage parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral issues develop unnoticed. To schedule an intensive examination and cleaning, call Excellence In Dentistry at 907-349-0022.

 

Contact Excellence In Dentistry:

907-349-0022

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1000 E O’Malley Rd Ste 101
Anchorage, AK
99515

 

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