Cosmetic Dentistry in Alaska: The Consequences of Missing Teeth

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Today’s message focuses on missing teeth and bone health. Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the missing teeth can shrink and alter the shape of your face. However, you shouldn’t panic, because with cosmetic dentistry in Alaska, we can save your smile.

Breaking Down Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of our bones as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is continually regenerating itself. This vital process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have a gap in their smile, they may begin to look older because of the bone recession in their face.  This process can sometimes pose serious health risks. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile. With cosmetic dentistry in Alaska, dentists can prevent this process from happening by replacing the missing teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Alaska Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing normal functionality. For patients missing many of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Tooth implants can provide you with a beautiful smile! Schedule a consultation today by calling us or visiting our contact page.

 

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Feel Like A Movie Star With A Beautiful Smile in Alaska

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Most celebrities flash stunning smiles that don’t appear to have any flaws. Some may be natural. Some may be Photoshopped.

Have you ever noticed that some famous men and women with perfect smiles didn’t have the best teeth early in their careers? Those that wanted to improve their smiles took advantage of cosmetic dentistry. Whether it’s porcelain veneers or a complete smile makeover, cosmetic dentistry can give you a beautiful smile in Alaska.

Can ordinary individuals obtain a celebrity-caliber beautiful smile in Alaska? Absolutely!

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the accessibility of state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry. Whether it is a relatively minor alteration, such as teeth whitening, or a more involved procedure such as a complete smile re-design, more and more dentists are giving people just like you the beautiful smile that they have always wanted.

The truly amazing thing about cosmetic dentistry is that it’s one Hollywood perk that is available to almost everyone.

If you are looking for quality restorative and cosmetic dental care, give us a call here at Alaska Premier Dental Group. Ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, and smile makeovers.

Most of us will never star in a movie or walk the red carpet at the Oscars. But all of us can have a beautiful smile in Alaska, every bit as stunning as our favorite actor, singer, or supermodel.

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Take 5: Straight Talk About (Clear) Braces in Alaska

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Wearing braces brings on unique challenges, quite apart from the patience required as your bite is corrected over a period of time. Good dental hygiene is quite unlike what you were accustomed. With clear braces from Alaska Premier Dental Group, it doesn’t have to be.

With traditional metal braces, there are five vital concerns to keep in mind:

1. Be Careful What You Eat
Sweets and extra food stuck in hard-to-notice spaces may lead to plaque and yellowing around the braces. Avoid sweets, juices, sodas, or anything else that will stain your teeth. Also, sticky things like gum and caramel can break the equipment in your mouth.

2. Consider a Mouthguard

Sports are the center of life for many young people with braces. A quality mouthguard provides important protection for both your teeth and braces.

3. Take Time for Gum Health
Maintaining healthy gums requires regular brushing and flossing. Without braces, two minutes of quality brushing is acceptable. Braces are trickier to clean. Take another minute to make sure every nook and cranny is taken care of. Even better, use a water flosser.

4. Check the Mirrors
We humans are quite good at noticing flaws. Check a mirror often  to make sure your braces free of obvious food particles.

5. Smile with Confidence
At first, people will notice the change in your smile. But if you’re relaxed about your new braces, soon your friends will simply look past them without even noticing.

An alternative to traditional metal braces is Invisalign clear braces. For those patients who are good candidates, Invisalign clear braces can correct a misaligned bite. One of the things that makes  them so popular is that they resemble an athlete’s mouth guard, and can be removed at mealtimes and when you brush your teeth.

At Alaska Premier Dental Group, we provide Invisalign clear braces to viable candidates. We also provide general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and a full range of dental procedures.

Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group:

907-290-5452

Posted in Clear braces, Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Invisalign, Oral Health

Good Habits: General Dentistry in Alaska

Developing Good Dental Habits In Anchorage

Benjamin Franklin said it’s easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. This is true for almost everything, including dental care. At Alaska Premier Dental Group, our general dentistry is all about encouraging good habits, and stopping any problems before they get out of hand.

If you wait too long to teach your child how to brush and floss, or if you don’t make sure they are doing it enough, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of work down the road.

It’s hard to convince an older child that they should be spending two or three times longer brushing their teeth each morning and night. But if they’ve done it for as long as they can remember, their habits should be sufficient to avoid excessive decay.

We know that helping children learn proper oral hygiene is a vital indicator of future oral health, and want to help parents teach these habits to their children.

Alaska Premier Dental Group provides general and family dentistry to patients of all ages. We also provide cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening; gum disease treatment; and sedation dentistry for those coping with dental anxiety.

Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group:

907-290-5452

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Sedation dentistry, Teeth whitening

Smile Makeovers: It’s Not Just Cosmetic Dentistry

Alaska Premier Dental Group Smile Makeovers Its Not Just About Your Teeth

At Alaska Premier Dental Group we use cosmetic dentistry to improve the smiles of our patients. We’re please and proud that our value their new smiles – almost as much, we think, as we value their trust.

We view dentistry as more than just a job, and a smile makeover is more than straight, white, beautiful teeth – though that’s a big deal in itself!

Our patients report that their new smiles affect many areas of their lives. Some have noticed increased effectiveness in their professions. Others enjoy a richer social life because they are now able to smile, laugh, and eat without self-consciousness.

One of our Anchorage patients who had been embarrassed by his damaged teeth says his new youthful smile has given him greater confidence and ambition.

At Alaska Premier Dental Group, we provide advanced cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening, dental crowns and bridges, and porcelain veneers.

Of course, we also provide such general and family dentistry essentials as teeth cleanings. Our hygienists perform thorough deep cleanings for our patients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.

Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group for cosmetic dentistry and much more. Visit our smile gallery to see what we can do.

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907-290-5452

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Crowns, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Porcelain veneers, Teeth whitening

What Have Dentists in Alaska Done For You Lately?

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At Alaska Premier Dental Group, everything we do is for the benefit of our patients. We are committed to offering quality, compassionate dentistry tailored to each patient’s needs.

We know that optimum oral health is critical to overall physical health, and dentists we do more that “drill and fill.” Like your primary care doctor, we’re an indispensable member of your family’s team of healthcare providers.

What Has Alaska Premier Dental Group Done Lately?

  • Diagnosis and treatment of gum disease
  • Oral cancer checks
  • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic bad breath
  • Coordinated care with medical doctors for dental patients with cancer or other chronic conditions
  • Guidance on the oral health ramifications of medication side effects
  • Custom night guards for people who grind their teeth
  • Sedation dentistry, patience, and compassion for patients with dental anxiety
  • Specialized care for expectant mothers
  • Pediatric dental guidance for new parents
  • Referrals to and coordination with trusted specialists
  • Teaching of correct dental hygiene
  • Diagnosis of bite abnormalities
  • Replacement of old amalgam fillings
  • Improved confidence for smile redesign recipients
  • Professional teeth whitening

What Can We Do For You?

At Alaska Premier Dental Group, general and family dentistry is more than a category or slogan. Call today to schedule a consultation or an appointment.

Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group:

907-290-5452

Posted in Clear braces, Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Mouthguards, Oral Health, Sedation dentistry, Teeth whitening

Calming Root Canal Fears in Anchorage

A dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful and scary place. This is especially true if you’re getting something more involved than a teeth cleaning. Root canals, in particular, can strike fear into the most courageous of hearts. But at Alaska Premier Dental Group in Anchorage, it doesn’t have to be that way.

A root canal is a procedure that relieves dental pain, and can save an infected tooth. During a root canal, we’ll clean the inside of the tooth by removing bacteria, pulp, decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. Once it’s out, we seal the tooth to prevent further decay, and finish by applying a crown or filling.

This is the process and purpose of a root canal. At Alaska Premier Dental Group, we are committed to providing comfortable and pain-free root canals. The entire area being treated will be anesthetized, so you will feel no pain at all.

For those patients who struggle with dental anxiety, we provide sedation dentistry in the form of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, or  IV sedation.

While the thought of a root canal can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to us about your concerns can relieve much of your anxiety. Root canals are often not painful. For many of our patients, in fact, the pain they have beforehand is worse than any during the procedure.

At Alaska Premier Dental Group in Anchorage, we also provide general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and TMD treatment, among other services.

Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group:

907-290-5452

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Root canal, Sedation dentistry

Fix Your Child’s Crooked Teeth: Clear Braces in Alaska

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All parents want what’s best for their little ones, but some choices can be difficult. If your child has crooked teeth, we encourage you to read this post, and consider clear braces from Alaska Premier Dental Group.

1. A beautiful smile with straight teeth boosts your child’s self-esteem.

Young children with crooked teeth may not notice anything wrong, but eventually they will realize that their teeth don’t look right. Straight teeth make the whole face more pleasing and attractive. If your child is self-conscious about their teeth, he or she may be reluctant to smile.

2. Crooked teeth can affect the bite.

If you suspect that your child’s bite is not aligned, we invite you to make an appointment with Alaska Premier Dental Group. We’ll evaluate your child’s bite and make recommendations.

3. Crooked teeth can influence speech development.

4. Correcting a child’s teeth with braces is faster and easier when the jaw is young and flexible.

5. Crooked teeth can cut down your child’s ability to eat a healthy diet.

Misaligned teeth can make chewing and eating difficult. Children need a variety of foods but may miss out on important nutrients if they can’t chew raw vegetables or meat, for example. If your child only eats soft foods, his/her jaw may not develop normal size and strength.

6. Misaligned teeth can damage the gums and underlying bone.

7. Crooked teeth are a risk factor in TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders).

TMD is a harmful condition affecting the jaw joint.

8. It’s easier to clean teeth when they are straight and uncrowded.

When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes problematic to make critical daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, issues with plaque build-up, cavities, and gum disease generally result.

9. If the child’s crooked teeth are not repaired while they are young, the troubles may compound and become worse with age.

Severely crooked teeth ordinarily influence well-being and quality of life. For example, chewing problems can lead to ulcers, and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.

10. There are many new types of braces.

Ceramic, self-ligating, and clear braces are some of the new options in braces. In some circumstances, clear braces can be just as effective at aligning teeth as the old-school type.

To find out more about clear braces, contact the Alaska Premier Dental Group in Anchorage. We provide general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group:

907-290-5452

Posted in Clear braces, Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Invisalign, Oral Health

Dental Confidence Or Caution? Your Alaska Dentist

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Whether you are one of those who go willingly to the dentist, or are hesitant about getting dental work done, Alaska Premier Dental Group will welcome you to our friendly office.

We want to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Dentists are one of the most common health care providers that Americans see. Not only do we take care of your dental health, we are also oriented toward the prevention of disease. About two-thirds of all dental procedures are either diagnostic or preventative.

As a family dentistry practice, we take care of people of all ages. We also offer a range of services. We’ll have you open wide for cosmetic dentistry if you’d like to beautify your smile. Want whiter teeth? Ask us about your in-office and take-home options.

Maybe you’re thinking about having straightening your teeth. Invisalign clear braces offer a subtle, inconspicuous way of perfecting your bite and smile at the same time. Visit our smile gallery!

Do you have dental anxiety? Sedation dentistry may be for you. We believe that comfort is the key to happy patients.

Interested in an outstanding experience with your Alaska dentist? Call the Alaska Premier Dental Group today to schedule a consultation or appointment.

Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group:

907-290-5452

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

6611 DeBarr Rd, Ste 100 and 200
Anchorage, Alaska
99504

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Invisalign, Sedation dentistry, Teeth whitening

Protect Your Young Athlete’s Teeth: Mouthguards in Anchorage

Do you have a son or daughter playing sports? Soccer, baseball, football, and basketball can be very dangerous for your child’s teeth. At Alaska Premier Dental Group in Anchorage, we provide protective mouth guards.

Football is a violent contact sport, yet has a relatively low rate of teeth injuries compared to other contact sports. Why? That’s an easy one. Football players are required to wear a mouth guard and a helmet.

Make no mistake: we’re big believers in athletics. They teach kids about teamwork, help kids make friends, boost self-esteem – the list of benefits goes on and on. But precautions are essential.

If your child participates in a contact sport and does not currently wear a mouth guard, we strongly recommend that, at very least, you pick one up at an athletic supply store. Even better, give us a call to find out about the custom-fitted mouth guards provided by Alaska Premier Dental Group.

To discuss your child’s dental condition or to learn more about custom-made athletic mouth guards, call Alaska Premier Dental Group for a consultation. We also provide general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening.

Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group:

907-290-5452

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