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General Treatments (Scroll Down For Cosmetic)

Teeth Cleanings

   It is recommended to schedule teeth cleaning semi-annually, or every six months.
  • During this visit, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can't reach, such as underneath the gum line and in-between teeth.
  • We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office. Fluoride is a relatively recent but important advancement in dental and oral health. Studies consistently show that a moderate but consistent exposure of teeth to fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, and helps prevent future decay.
  • If you are due for your semi-annual dental cleaning, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

  • Fillings

       The dental term "filling" means to replace a portion of your tooth that is decayed or damaged with an appropriate hard, durable material. The material allows the dentist to return the tooth to its original form and function. The material that is chosen must have specific requirements and qualities to ensure comfortable and predictable long-term results.
       There are multiple materials that can be chosen from. Two of the choices are the silver filling and the white composite or plastic filling. Each material option has its strengths and weaknesses and the doctor would be happy to discuss them with each patient.

    Dental Implants

       Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Implants arose from the patient's need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant's usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:
  • Single Tooth Replacement
  • Anterior Replacement
  • Posterior Replacement
  • Full Upper Replacement

  • Types of Implants
       There are three main types of implants:
  • The root implant
  • The plate form implant
  • The subperiosteal implant
  •    The root implant—by far, the most popular—is the most effective because it mirrors the size and shape of a patient's natural tooth. This implant is often as strong as the patient's original tooth. The implant or artificial root is placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia, then allowed to heal and integrate with the bone. Once the healing process is completed and the jawbone is attached to the implant, the patient returns to the dental office where the implant is fitted with the new tooth. This process generally takes anywhere from three to eight months.
       The plate form implant is ideal in situations where the jawbone is not wide enough to properly support a root implant. The plate form implant is long and thin, unlike the root implant, and anchors into thin jawbones. It is inserted the same way as a root implant. In certain cases, the plate form implant is immediately fitted with the restoration without waiting for the healing process to run its course. The subperiosteal implant is used when the jawbone has receded to the point where it can no longer support an implant.
    Post-Implant Care
       Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant.
  • Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, thus causing gums to swell and jaw bones to gradually recede.
  • Recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary for the implant to be removed.
  • Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants.
  • Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care.

  • Mouthguards

       We are pleased to offer our patients custom-fabricated mouthguards for sports activities. Unlike stock mouthguards, which fit loosely because they are designed to accommodate many possible wearers, our sports mouthguards are tailored to fit your exact dental profile, providing the highest attainable level of comfort and security in a mouthguard.
  • The first step in fabricating these mouthguards is to take an impression of your teeth.
  • We then use that impression and fabricate the mouthguard using special professional-grade materials.
  • The perfect fit of these custom-fabricated mouthguards ensures that not only will your mouthguards fit comfortably, they will also offer the most protection and will interfere the least with speech or breathing.

  • Cosmetic Treatments

    Teeth Whitening

       Over time, the color of your teeth will change. They get stained and even darken due to consumption of different drinks and foods. Other factors that can cause teeth discoloration are childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene.
       Teeth whitening is a very unique and popular service; it is one of the most requested services offered by our practice. The Alaska Dental Group Whitening Team’s priority is to restore your natural while smile. They are trained professionals who only used industry-approved methods that are more effective than over-the-counter whitening products. Every patient’s needs are different, but we are equipped with a variety of treatments that can accommodate your specific needs. We aim to have you natural color restored in one visit.

    Veneers

       Veneers are thin, semi-translucent porcelain “shells” typically bonded to your teeth. This material is customized and typically attached to your front teeth.
       They are used to solve problems like:
  • Spaces between teeth.
  • Broken, chipped or worn down teeth.
  • Stained or discolored teeth.
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth.
  •    Veneers are a great solution to improving your smile while avoiding orthodontic treatment. Application of veneers can be completed in only two office visits. After this treatment, chewing becomes easier and smiling comes more naturally.

    Crowns

       A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked and made of different materials like porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mixture of these.
       Initially, receiving a crown may involve, numbing of the decayed tooth and re-sculpting of broken teeth. From there, impressions of your teeth are made for your custom-made crown. While awaiting your custom-made crown, a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth. Once your custom crown carries, the temporary crown will be removed and be replaced with the custom-made one. If it fits properly, the dentist will cement it into place.
       Benefits of having crowns:
  • Protects damaged teeth.
  • More comfortable.
  • Improves speech.
  • Stain resistant.

  • Bridges

       A bridge is a dental device used to gill a space that a tooth previously occupied. One common issue they are used to prevent are shifting of teeth. There are different types of bridges: traditional bridge, the “Maryland” bridge and cantilever bridge.
       A traditional bridge is the most common type of bridge. It involves creating a crown for the tooth or an implant on either side of the missing tooth. Maryland bonded bridges are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. The metal wings of the framework are bonded to your existing teeth. A cantilever bridge is implemented when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
       Benefits of getting bridges:
  • Helps avoid bite problems.
  • Keeps existing teeth safe and healthy.
  • Restores your smile.
  • Improves ability to chew and speak.

  • Dentures and Partials

       If you are missing teeth or if you chipped a tooth, we have a solution! Dentures! A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when you have missing teeth and partials are used when you only have some of your natural teeth.
       Complete dentures are either conventional or immediate. Dentures made after the removal of teeth are classified as conventional where as immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. Immediate dentures are typically a temporary solution until conventional dentures are made for you. Although you would not go without teeth during the healing period if you opt to get immediate dentures, you may have to come in for more adjustments because there may be some complications with the healing process since bones and gums can shrink over time.
       Partial dentures or bridges consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored base connected by a metal framework that holds it in place and fill in spaces caused by missing teeth. There are two types of partial dentures: fixed and removable. Fixed partial dentures are permanently attached directly to the jaw with a dental crown or under the gum tissue with dental implants. A removable partial denture fills gaps between teeth and consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base and are held into place by a metal framework. Some benefits of partial dentures are:
  • Helps maintain the shape of your face.
  • Risk of periodontal disease decreases.
  • Lessens shifting of other teeth.
  • Ease the stress of your jaw.

  • After getting dentures, it may take some time to adjust. Speaking and eating may feel different at first, but in no time at all, it will all feel normal again.