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    Common Cosmetic Issues

    medium_common-cosmetic-issuesThere are many issues that can lead to someone having a less attractive or imperfect smile, from discoloration to missing teeth. Fortunately, there are also several cosmetic dentistry treatments that can repair these issues. At Turnagain Dental, we will go over your concerns and expectations in order to come up with a customized treatment plan that will give you the smile you have always wanted.

    Common Cosmetic Issues

    • Discoloration – The most common complaint people have about their smile is that it is discolored and dull. In-office teeth whitening procedures can help remove stains deep within the enamel to give you a whiter, younger looking smile. For really stubborn stains that do not react to whitening treatments, you can also choose composite bonding or veneers to cover severely discolored teeth.
    • Chips, cracks, and gaps – Though minor, these imperfections can still cause people to be self-conscious of their smile. Composite bonding is a great way to fill in and cover these issues and to reshape teeth. The composite resin used is tooth-colored and strong to give you natural looking and long lasting results. For more severe chips, cracks, and gaps, veneers may be a better option. Veneers are a thin, tooth-colored, cap that is attached to the front of the tooth and can completely change the and enhance the look of your smile.
    • Broken and missing teeth – Breaking or losing a tooth can not only make your smile less aesthetically appealing, but it can also be detrimental to your oral health. Crowns can be used to cover a broken tooth, or, when attached to a dental implant or bridge, can completely replace it. They are similar to veneers, but instead of covering only the front of the tooth, they fit on top of the entire tooth to protect it and make it more functional.

    Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for You?

    With cosmetic dentistry, we can help those in the Anchorage, AK area that are not happy with their smile to obtain a more functional and beautiful smile. If you would like to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry services we provide, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Turnagain Dental at your earliest convenience.


    How to Prepare for Oral Surgery

    medium_how-to-prepare-for-oral-surgeryThough most oral surgery treatments are outpatient procedures, and you are able to return home afterwards, it can still be beneficial to be prepared.  Not only will these early preparations make the day of surgery easier, it can also aid in the healing process as well. Dr. David Green and his team at Turnagain Dental do their best to make each oral surgery procedure less stressful for their patients by going over ways they can prepare for their surgery day and tips for a faster and more comfortable recovery.

    Preparing for Oral Surgery

    • Find a ride – During almost every oral surgery procedure, the patient will need to be put under local anesthesia. In some cases, it can take a while to wear off, so it is important to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
    • Fast – In most cases, your dentist will recommend that you fast before your surgery for roughly eight to ten hours. During this time, you cannot eat or drink anything. Early morning oral surgeries are often more ideal because you can sleep during the time you should be fasting, skip breakfast in the morning, and go straight to your appointment.
    • Fill your prescriptions – Your dentist may give you a prescription that you will need to take after the surgery, so having these filled prior will save you a trip to the pharmacy. If they don’t provide you with the prescription until the day of, this is something your driver may be able to help you with.
    • Stock up on soft foods – For the first few days after the surgery you will need to consume only soft foods such as yogurt, apple sauce, and liquid soups. Making sure you have these items ready to go for when you get home from your surgery can make the recovery process easier and less stressful.

    Aftercare

    Once you have returned home from your oral surgery, it is important to rest and try to get as much sleep as possible. Only consume soft food for the first few days in order to avoid any food particles getting stuck in your gums. It is also best to avoid drinking with straws or sucking on anything, as this can dislodge blood clots and cause dry socket. If you experience severe pain a few days after your surgery, speak to your dentist as soon as possible.

    Schedule a Consultation

    If you are in the Anchorage, AK area and need a dental implant, wisdom tooth removal, or other extraction, please contact our office today to learn more about our oral surgery process and to schedule your consultation.


    What to Expect During Your Oral Surgery Procedure

    medium_how-to-prepare-for-oral-surgeryWhen your dentist tells you that you need oral surgery, it can cause a lot of anxiety. Especially if you need to go to another dental office to have the procedure done. At Turnagain Dental, Dr. David Green performs all of our oral surgery procedures in the same office. This allows our patients the comfort and convenience of having their surgery done by their own dentist in the same office they go to for everything else. We also strive to make sure that all of your questions are answered prior to your oral surgery procedure so you know what to expect.

    What to Expect During Your Oral Surgery Procedure

    • The consultation – During your oral surgery consultation we will conduct an exam and x-rays in order to get a complete picture of the anatomy of your mouth. We will then go over your x-rays with you and describe what we will be doing and why. We will also give you a list of things to do before the surgery such as fasting, taking medication, and wearing comfortable clothing.
    • The day of – When you come in for your surgery, we will answer any questions you have before administrating a numbing shot or local anesthesia. We will then perform the tooth extraction or dental implant procedure. After the extraction or implant, we will place gauze in your mouth to help form blood clots.
    • Aftercare – We will give your driver a list of aftercare instructions and a prescription to fill on your way home. It is important to follow these instructions so you don’t hinder the healing process of your gums. This includes consuming soft foods for the first few days, avoiding using a straw, and how to clean your teeth and mouth without pulling any stitches.

    Why Choose Us?

    It can be hard to find a dental office in the Anchorage, AK area that can provide almost any dental service you need in one office. Dr. David Green has received extra training in performing extractions, dental implants, and bone grafts in order to meet the needs of his patients. If you would like to know more about oral surgery and other services we provide, please contact our office at your earliest convenience.


    Financial Considerations When Choosing a Dentist

    medium_financial-considerations-when-choosing-a-dentistGoing to the dentist can already be an overwhelming experience for some people, and wondering how to pay for it can make it worse. The financial aspect of your dental care, from what your insurance covers to what to do if you don’t have insurance, can be confusing. At Turnagain Dental we will do our best to walk our patients in the Anchorage, AK area through their options before their treatment.

    Financial Considerations when Choosing a Dentist

    Do they take insurance – Most dental offices take insurance but there are many that only take specific types of insurance, accept only certain insurance providers, or have procedures that aren’t covered. This is why it is important when you are searching for a dentist that you ask them if they accept your insurance and what treatments are covered under your plan.

    Do they accept payments – For those without insurance, it can be difficult to pay for your dental needs. It may be beneficial for you to find a dental practice that will offer you a payment plan to make paying for your dental services a little easier.

    Do they offer financing – Whether you don’t have insurance, or the procedure you want isn’t covered, Care Credit can help you finance your dental care. Care Credit is a credit line that will pay for your dental treatment and can be paid back over a certain amount of time. Most of the time, you can get this financing with little to no interest, keeping your monthly payments manageable.

    Do they work with you – It is important to find a dental office that will go over all of your options when it comes to your dental care so you can choose one that will work for you financially. We will explain all the available treatments and their costs with you so you can be informed and comfortable prior to the procedure.

    Dental Care on Your Budget

    Most dental concerns can be treated different ways, making it easier to find an option you can afford. If you would like more information on the insurances we offer and what is covered, or about financing options, please contact our office.


    Everyday Food That Wears Down Your Oral Health

    medium_everyday-food-that-wears-down-your-oral-healthOur teeth are made to last a lifetime, yet there are many reasons why our oral health can begin to decline. One of the main contributors to the wearing down of our teeth are the foods and drinks we consume on a regular basis. While it is best to avoid most of these products, a few can be eaten in moderation and there are certain ways to keep them from causing harm to your teeth. Oral health starts at home, which is why Dr. David Green and his team at Turnagain Dental focus on preventative care.

    Foods to Avoid for Better Oral Health

    Soda and sports drinks – Everyone knows that most sodas are full of sugar, but so are most of the sports drinks we are told are good for us. Drinking these products regularly can be causing major damage to your teeth. When the sugar mixes with acid and bacteria in your mouth it creates plaque, which, if not removed daily can start to eat away at the enamel of your teeth. If you are going to consume these products, it is best to use a straw so they have less contact with your teeth.

    Citrus – Many citrusy fruits are delicious, and seem like a healthy option, yet they contain two of the three things needed to produce tooth decaying plaque: acid and sugar. The juice forms of these fruits such as orange and grapefruit juice are even worse since most have even more added sugar. If you are going to eat citrus fruits, brush your teeth right after and drink lots of water to keep the sugar and acid from sticking to your teeth.

    Ice – It is best to avoid chewing on anything hard, but chewing ice is common and extremely bad for your teeth. Prolonged chewing of ice can cause teeth to crack or chip, making you more prone to tooth decay and wearing down your smile.

    Wine and coffee – Most people know that wine and coffee love to stain and discolor our smiles, yet they can be harmful in other ways as well. Wine is also acidic and can cause damage to your enamel. Coffee doesn’t do much harm besides staining if you drink it black, but when sugar is added, it can also have some negative effect on the health of your teeth as well.

    Poor Diet and Your Smile

    Even with good oral hygiene, a poor diet can cause a lot of damage to your teeth. It can be difficult to determine which foods and drinks are the worst for your oral health, but your dentist can help you know which are the most harmful. If you live in the Anchorage, AK area and would like more information on what foods to avoid, please contact our office today!


    Restorative Dentistry after Extraction

    medium_restorative-dentistry-after-extractionWhen tooth decay spreads to the pulp of your tooth and a root canal can’t save it, an extraction is necessary to stop the spread of the infection into your bone. Yet, what happens after the tooth is pulled? At Turnagain Dental we not only provide in-office extractions, but also offer our patients several restorative dentistry options. Whether you choose dental bridges or implants, we will go over the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision.

    Dental Bridges

    Dental bridges use three attached crowns to fill in the space of a missing tooth. They will make your smile more complete and give you back the function of the missing tooth. To prepare your teeth for the bridge, the two teeth next to the missing one will be filed down so the crowns can fit over them, then the two outer crowns are attached to prepared teeth. These crowns are made from a tooth-colored porcelain material in order to make them look natural, yet are strong enough to endure years of chewing.

    Pros:

    • More affordable than dental implants
    • Doesn’t require surgery
    • Little to no recovery time
    • Lasts up to ten years with good oral hygiene

    Cons:

    • Healthy teeth must be filled in order for the bridge to be stable
    • Doesn’t reduce the risk of bone loss where the missing tooth was

    Dental Implants

    Dental implants use a titanium rod that is surgically implanted directly into the bone where the missing tooth was. Once the implant has healed, a crown will be placed on top of it to make your smile more cohesive. Oral surgery is needed for the implant to put in and there is some recovery time before the crown can be attached.

    Pros:

    • Stops bone degeneration
    • Doesn’t require the damage of healthy teeth
    • Easy to brush and floss
    • Can last fifteen or more years with good oral hygiene

    Cons:

    • Requires surgery and recovery time
    • More expensive than bridges

    Restorative Dentistry

    Extracted teeth can be functionally and aesthetically detrimental. Yet, with restorative dentistry we can replace the tooth through either dental bridges or implants. If you live in the Anchorage, AK area and would like more information on restorative dentistry, please contact our office today!