All Tooth Stains Are Not Created Equal

Anchorage Teeth Bleaching Will an of our locally advertised Anchorage teeth whitening options remove the stains from your teeth?

The effectiveness of teeth bleaching in Anchorage depends partly on the types of stains.

Extrinsic tooth stains are the easiest to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages like blueberries, carrots, coffee, red wine, and cola. And nicotine is no better for your smile than it is for your lungs.

Unfortunately, even if you avoid these common teeth stainers, your teeth will become discolored over time. Like gray hair, wrinkles, and memory lapses, a dull smile is an inevitable part of aging for Wasilla men and women.

Intrinsic tooth stains develop from the inside out. Tooth injury and tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove completely, but it is possible to lighten them with professional tooth whitening available at your Wasilla cosmetic dental office.

If your teeth are stained, whether from coffee, tetracycline, or excessive fluoride, call Alaska Premier Dental Group at 907-290-5452. We have treated many Eagle River patients with extreme tooth discoloration.

It is never too late or too early to brighten your smile.

Anchorage seniors can take years off their appearance by restoring the youthful white smile they once enjoyed. Wasilla teens and young adults with surface stains can prevent them from becoming intrinsic stains with Anchorage tooth bleaching.

Speaking of the younger set, did you know that people who drink energy drinks are at risk for many dental problems?

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Let Us Ease Your Dental Anxiety

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Are you worried about seeing the dentist? Are you troubled about discussing your smile? Settling into the reality of what you are prepared to discuss with your dentist is the first step to relief.

1. Talk To Us:
Whether you want to have dental implants or Invisalign done, call now to schedule a consultation. If you’re nervous about family dentistry or in denial about the need for sedation dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, the reality is that we have been meeting with patients since 1997 in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Premier Dental Group has been here and will continue to be here for you when you’re ready. 907-290-5452

2. Choose a Dentist:

The next step is making a choice. As you sift through the choices and select the right dentist in Anchorage, Alaska keep in mind that Alaska Premier Dental Group offers competitive pricing and affordable options. The reality is that we service the Eagle River, Anchorage, Wasilla areas with pleasure and look forward to treating your dental concerns with accuracy, gentleness and care.

3. Go Forward with Confidence:
The final step to relief is just smiling. We’d like to take care of dental implants or cosmetic dentistry or general dentistry for you. And we are convinced you’ll walk out the door smiling.

Taking Care of Your Way Beyond Your Smile -Alaska Premier Dental Group

 

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Anchorage’s Noteworthy Dental Experience

Wasilla Cosmetic Dentistry

Here at Alaska Premier Dental Group we see patients for anything from fillings to cosmetic dentistry to cleaning requests. Having your teeth cleaned can be just as vital as addressing cavities and taking care of cosmetic dentistry needs. Our dentists treat every patient like a celebrity to be esteemed for just being themselves and doing their best with oral hygiene.

Well versed in dental implants, Invisalign, family dentistry, sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and all things dental, we’ll answer your questions about veneers, bridges, crowns, braces, and anything else you want to throw at us. Please visit our website http://www.smilealaska.com/ to learn more.

We are easy to reach and are convinced you won’t regret your visit.

Our outstanding staff work very hard to keep our reputation as world class, clean and friendly, untarnished and outstanding. We don’t just walk away after our procedure is handled. We follow through with special instructions, follow up appointments and careful monitoring. Your experience deserves to be pleasant.

Botched dental implants or cosmetic dentistry could be painful or harmful and preventing complications is a top priority. Hopefully this blog impacts your choice in which dental practice to contact at 907-290-5452. We know you won’t regret it.

 

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Be Glad Your Dentist Has X-Ray Vision

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It’s not extremely enjoyable. You have to put on the heavy apron, hold an awkward piece of film in your mouth and sit really, really still while your dentist’s assistant takes x-rays. Is it really required? Absolutely! No question about it.

Your dentist can’t see everything that is going on with your teeth, bone, and surrounding tissue without x-rays.

What Hidden Problems Do Dental X-rays Detect?

  • Cavities underneath existing bridgework, crowns, or other restorations
  • Abscesses, cysts, and infections
  • Cavities between teeth just beneath where adjacent teeth touch (interproximal cavities)
  • The position of wisdom teeth

How Often Should X-rays Be Taken?
This depends on the patient. A patient with no history of cavities, no existing tooth decay, no braces, and no existing crowns, veneers, or bridgework is at low risk for cavities. A high-risk patient is in the opposite situation and may have one or more of the following: earlier cavities, existing restorations, braces, thin enamel, chipped or cracked teeth. In addition, patients with an eating disorder or other medical condition may be considered high risk. People who haven’t had their wisdom teeth taken out also need to be checked with x-rays more frequently.

If you are a patient of Alaska Premier Dental Group, our friendly staff will counsel you on the frequency of x-rays when your treatment plan is discussed. If you are not a current patient and are seeking an experienced, friendly dentist in the Anchorage area, we invite you to contact us at 907-290-5452 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you.

 

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The Future Of Tooth Decay In Anchorage

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Anchorage

Dental patients in the Wasilla 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 Anchorage, Wasilla, or Eagle River 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 Alaska Premier Dental Group.

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.

Alaska Premier Dental Group offers:

family dentistry
cosmetic dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry

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Is Your Smile In A World Of Hurt?

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Do you have severe tooth damage, bone loss, or few or no teeth still intact? This post is for Wasilla area residents whose mouths are in a world of hurt.

First off, we feel for you. We understand how severe dental problems impact you every day of your life.

Whatever the cause of the condition – chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, extreme mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health – there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, pleasing smile or give you the stunning smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally. How would that impact your life?

Replacing missing teeth and adding bone through grafting restores underlying facial structure, improving or preventing that “sunk-in” look that ensues when teeth are gone and the jawbone recedes.

Full mouth reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a term which refers to a combination of dental procedures that restore a smile for people with numerous damaged or missing teeth. Treatment may include any combination of the following procedures: crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, white filling replacement, tooth implants, porcelain veneers, implant-anchored dentures, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, and tooth whitening.

Dental implants are frequently the best tooth replacement for Alaska Premier Dental Group patients with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. If there is not enough bone to anchor an implant, bone grafting may be performed to augment existing bone. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the abutment and beautiful crown. Dental implants are indistinguishable from previous teeth in both form and function.

If you currently have dentures, speak with us about implant-anchored full or partial dentures. Significant improvements can be made even if you only get two or three tooth implants.

Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used when there is enough viable tooth structure that the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured. A crown can correct a bite misalignment and is usually required after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Alaska Premier Dental Group offers a full menu of cosmetic dental services including total mouth reconstruction. Cosmetic dentistry may be more affordable than you think. Talk to us about financing or a multi-procedure treatment schedule that allows you to pay as you go. Restoring a healthy smile may be the best investment you ever make.

 

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Has Your Child Visited A Dentist?

Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry

Hello Alaska! Today’s Alaska Premier Dental Group blog is for new Anchorage, Anchorage, Wasilla, and Eagle River parents. We know that your child’s health and safety is your top priority. That’s why you baby-proof your home, serve healthy foods, and buckle them tightly in their car seat before you pull out of your driveway.

We want to remind Anchorage parents that oral health is an intrinsic component of overall health. Teeth and gum condition can affect speech development, nutrition, and self-confidence. From birth, there are important things parents can do to promote healthy teeth – even before your son’s or daughter’s first tooth erupts.

At Alaska Premier Dental Group, we maintain a kid-friendly environment so our youngest patients look forward to dental check-ups and never develop the fear of dentists that was more common in generations past. We love working with you and your child to ensure a healthy smile for life and can assure you that our professional staff will help your child have a positive experience.

We recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the visit, we can discuss pediatric dental issues such as fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, orthodontia, and dental sealants. Dental sealants are composed of a plastic material that is applied to children’s teeth. The sealants bond to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures and protects the enamel against acids and plaque.

Anchorage children’s dentists also advise Alaska parents about pacifier use, thumb-sucking and other habits that can affect your child’s tooth development and oral health. Remember to call us immediately at 907-290-5452 if your child (or any member of your family) experiences a tooth injury.

 

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Anchorage Dental News: Poor Oral Health And Heart Disease

Top Anchorage Family Dentists Attention dental patients: brushing twice daily may help reduce your risk of heart disease. Scientists, dentists, and cardiologists have known for many years that there is a link between inflammation in the mouth (gum disease) and heart problems, However, a recent study evaluated oral health habits and heart disease risk. Science Daily reported on the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.

I quote from the Science Daily article:

“The authors, led by Professor Richard Watt from University College London, analyzed data from over 11,000 adults who took part in a Scottish Health Survey. The research team analyzed data about lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, physical activity, and oral health routines.”

“Once the data was adjusted for established cardio risk factors, the researchers found that participants who reported less frequent toothbrushing had a 70 percent extra risk of heart disease compared to individuals who brushed their teeth twice a day.”

The Scottish survey is one of many that validates the link between oral health and overall stamina. Simply put: you aren’t healthy unless your gums and teeth are healthy.

It doesn’t matter if you are a lean distance runner with a pulse of fifteen beats a minute and a blood pressure of 100 over 60. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan who has eaten a nutritionally balanced, low-fat diet for the past five years. If you have inflamed gums and dental caries, you are at risk for detrimental issues in other areas of the body.

The phone number for Alaska Premier Dental Group is 907-290-5452. If you have concerns about your oral health, we invite you to schedule an examination today.

Perhaps your teeth and gums are healthy but you wish your smile was more attractive. We can help you there also with a smile transformation. Porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays/onlays, and orthodontia are all available to solve any cosmetic problems you wish to have repaired.

If you have a small child who has not yet visited a dentist, it is critical to schedule an exam today. Our professional and caring staff will help keep your child’s smile beautiful for life.

To read the entire Science Daily article, see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100527204227.htm

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Crown Or Veneer?

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Alaska Premier Dental Group offers multiple cosmetic dental procedures for creating beautiful smiles. Two of the most popular procedures are dental crowns and porcelain veneers. Many patients don’t understand the difference between the two. Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements.

A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of extremely strong ceramic laminate. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold. Both crowns and veneers are affixed to the tooth with special adhesive. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but dental crowns are typically a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can fix the shape of a tooth, fix a minor crack, cover stains, or straighten the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.

The success of a crown or veneer procedure depends on experienced professionals at the lab and in the dentist’s office. Your cosmetic dentist must prep the tooth, create a precision mold, and submit an accurate order to the lab.

The role of the Anchorage dental lab technician is equally critical.  Highly skilled lab technicians fabricate custom dental crowns and veneers to the specifications of the cosmetic dentist. They must have the competence to meet the precise standards needed for successful restorations.

Consider the myriad characteristics of a restoration: the precise shape, the precise size, the precise color, and the proper placement in the mouth. This is a case of all or nothing – each variable must be right on the mark or it must be redone.

The team at Alaska Premier Dental Group and the marvelous staff at our dental lab work together to provide the highest quality dental restorations for our valued patients.

If you would like more useful details about crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures, I invite you to contact us to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. I can help you achieve a smile that is both healthy and stunning. Call 907-290-5452 today!

 

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Are Floss Picks As Good As Regular Dental Floss?

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Floss picks vs regular floss? While it’s better to floss with a floss pick than to not floss at all, it’s important to note that floss picks can only clean a part of the tooth’s surface. At Smile Alaska, we recommend traditional floss or dental tape. Here’s why:

A floss pick holds just a small segment of floss stretched in a straight line. Looking down, a tooth is shaped somewhat round or oval, with occasional irregularities. A straight segment of floss just doesn’t make sense geometrically because it doesn’t conform to the contours of the tooth as well as traditional floss used properly. By wrapping the floss completely around the circumference of a tooth, you can more efficiently clean that all-important area around and just below the gumline. And your fingers are much more agile than a piece of plastic.

We have seen patients who are vigilant floss pick users who developed decay due to a a hairline crack the floss pick missed day after day.

Here is a guide to appropriate flossing:

  • Cut a piece of floss about 18 inches long and securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  • Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  • Thread the floss between two teeth.
  • Hold the floss firmly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s critical to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  • Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface – especially those that your brush can’t reach. You can use a “shoeshine” method if you like. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean length for each tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new segment.
  • Some people find it simpler to commence on one end of the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side, and then repeat for the lower arch. Whatever method you pick, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the rear molars.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding typically stops within a week or two.

We are here to help with your dental needs including cleanings, teeth whitening and cosmetic smile makeovers.

 

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