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The Excellence In Dentistry Guide To Veneers

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It’s easy to see why Anchorage smile makeover patients and cosmetic dentists love porcelain veneers. They correct a multitude of cosmetic flaws and deliver celebrity-caliber results for my Eagle River area patients.

If you are considering beautifying your smile with porcelain veneers, you want a trusted dentist with extensive experience performing this treatment. The porcelain veneer procedure is more complicated than many cosmetic dental patients realize.

A porcelain veneer is an extremely thin (about .5mm or 1/64 inch) shell that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. They are custom made for each patient. Veneers cover chips, cracks, and stains. They can also improve the shape, size or length of a tooth.

While preparing a tooth for a veneer is less invasive than preparing a tooth for a crown, it is not a reversible procedure. A microscopically small amount of enamel must be removed to make room for the veneer. Thus, the tooth can never be restored to its original condition.

When performing the multi-step veneer procedure, the dentist must consider the surrounding teeth, the patient’s bite, the gums, the health of the affected teeth, and the patient’s goals and expectations. Most smiles contain varying shades of tooth enamel – sometimes a considerable range – further complicating the color selection process.

The dentist must also work closely with the dental lab technician who fabricates the veneers. The lab technician’s skill level and quality of materials is just as important as the expertise of the cosmetic dentist.

Veneers are usually placed on the most visible teeth –  center stage, so to speak. They are on display every time the patient opens their mouth. This is definitely a procedure you want to get right the first time!

I am Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry. I have been providing general and cosmetic dentistry in Anchorage, Alaska since 1987. If you are wondering if porcelain veneers would give you the smile you desire, I invite you to schedule a consultation by calling my office at 907-349-0022. We can discuss Invisalign invisible braces, dental implants, and any questions you have. I want you to love your smile! -Kirk Johnson DDS

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3 Reliable Steps To Find The Best Anchorage, Alaska Dentist

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Looking for the best dentist in Anchorage? You can click around on the computer or watch for postcard ads in your mailbox. Even then, the outcome is shaky at best. Finding the best dentist in Anchorage truly hinges on what you are looking for. Are you looking for consistent, professional evaluation? Are you looking for an honest, straightforward diagnosis and treatment proposal? Are you looking for affordable dental care without a background agenda from a dentist in the Southern Alaska, Wasilla, or Palmer areas?

Don’t let the myriad of dentists throughout Alaska overwhelm you. Today Dr. Kirk Johnson offers 3 reliable steps for finding a dentist who will expertly serve your family’s dental needs in comfort and style.

Step 1
Pick up the phone: 907-349-0022. Contact our caring staff at Excellence In Dentistry for your best appointment of the year, a dental checkup with Dr. Kirk Johnson. Our office offers competitive pricing to go with professional, educated experience. The needs of our patients run the gamut. From Invisalign invisible braces to sedation dentistry, from dental implants to teeth whitening. Providing quality services can make your porcelain veneers experience speedy and manageable.

Step 2

Make the appointment. Researching general and cosmetic dental practices starts with a consultation. An evaluation of what your teeth need, what your smile could use and what your budget can afford are all key pieces of the puzzle. Located here at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 in Anchorage, Alaska zip code 99515 we are equipped and proud to handle cosmetic dentistry, restoring smiles, placing dental implants and everything in between.

Step 3
Meet the good doctor. Dr. Johnson has a friendly and comfortable chair side manner, explains concisely and fully the procedures and possibilities, and performs superb dental work day in and day out. Expect to see the renewal you want. Expect to talk to a professional. Expect distinctive, talented service.

Finding a dentist that will bring a smile to your face and put you at ease is just a click away at http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm.

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

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6 Characteristics Of A Beautiful Smile

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Hello Anchorage! It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, when it comes to teeth, there are some features that are generally considered pleasing:

1. Bright and stain-free
2. No missing teeth
3. Healthy gumline
4. No chips, cracks or excessive wearing
5. Tooth size and length in harmony with facial features
6. Teeth aligned on three planes

Few Anchorage people have naturally perfect smiles, but those that practice proper oral care can avoid many problems that affect oral health and aesthetics. There are many Eagle River men and women, however, who take good care of their teeth but are unsatisfied with their smiles. Perhaps their teeth are crooked, have tetracycline stains, or have yellowed with age.

This article is for the Anchorage residents who fall into this category. The caring team at Excellence In Dentistry wants you to know that cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile. The increased confidence will have a positive impact on both your personal and professional interactions.

Kirk Johnson is an experienced cosmetic dentist who skillfully uses the complete spectrum of cosmetic dental procedures to create the most eye-catching smiles in Alaska.

We offer a full menu of cosmetic dental services including:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
Invisalign invisible braces
teeth whitening
sedation dentistry

Call 907-349-0022 today to schedule a smile makeover consultation at Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage.

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Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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Hello, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry. Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry from their Anchorage dentist.

Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional troubles. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with severe decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

The dentist explains that these problems need to be addressed before the smile makeover is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to correct all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 907-349-0022. I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.

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

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6 Ways Dental Crowns Restore Eagle River Smiles

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Dental crowns have been around a long time, but they continue to play an important role in Anchorage cosmetic dentistry. A dental crown, often called a cap, covers the visible part of the tooth.

Dental crowns are used for several problems common among Eagle River cosmetic dentistry patients:

An old crown that is damaged or ill-fitting
A broken tooth
A tooth with extreme decay
A tooth that has had a root canal
A tooth that is too small or misshapen
A tooth that prevents a proper bite

A dental crown serves both structural and aesthetic purposes. It protects a natural tooth from additional decay and damage while permitting normal function. In addition, a dental crown often prevents the need for an extraction and the bone loss that can occur with a missing tooth.

Eagle River cosmetic dentistry patients who get a dental crown should not assume that the tooth is now invincible. Crowns need daily cleaning and flossing just like natural teeth. The remaining tooth structure just around the gumline could still become decayed and the soft tissue around the crown is susceptible to gum disease. Chewing hard foods or using your teeth as a tool can cause a crown to crack or break. (Use scissors to open a stubborn plastic package – don’t bite and pull!) Your Anchorage cosmetic dentist can advise you on caring for your new crown so that it will last as long as possible. Some of our Palmer patients have crowns that are still looking beautiful after ten years.

For information on Eagle River dental crown prices, invisible braces, conscious sedation, or teeth whitening, call Excellence In Dentistry today at 907-349-0022 or visit http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm.

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Don’t Let Poor Oral Health Take You Out Of The Game

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It’s hard to win a gold medal if you have a toothache. A recent study cited in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored how poor oral health affects athletic performance at the elite level.

“More than 40% of athletes were bothered by their oral health with 28% reporting an impact on quality of life and 18% on training and performance.”1

The dental problems experienced by Olympians and professional athletes are not any different than those found in the general population: tooth decay, dental erosion, periodontal disease, and inflammation around partially erupted wisdom teeth. It’s critical to note that these problems are largely preventable.

Athletes are also at risk for mouth injuries suffered while competing or training.  Tooth trauma can prevent injured athletes from competing in the short term and cause ongoing complications down the road.

Whether you are an Olympic runner or a busy Anchorage working mom who seems to be running all the time, dental health affects your overall health and quality of life. Don’t let your performance suffer because of poor oral health.

If it has been a while since you have had a dental exam, we invite you to schedule a check-up and cleaning by calling Excellence In Dentistry at 907-349-0022.

Excellence In Dentistry is located at 1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101 in Anchorage, Alaska. We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including restoring smiles and cosmetic dentistry. You can read more about our services at http://www.anchoragesmiles.com/about.htm.

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

1Ashley, Di Iorio, Cole, Tanday, Needleman, “Oral health of elite athletes and association with performance: a systematic review,” British Journal of Sports Medicine, November 11, 2014, http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2014/11/11/bjsports-2014-093617.full?g=w_bjsm_open_tab, accessed on December 19, 2014

 

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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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