Dental Services

Emergency Dentistry in Anchorage

Family Medical Dental Center is experienced with nearly any type of dentistry you need, from dental implants to tooth removal. We handle all aspects of dental care, including emergency services. Please learn more about the individual offerings we have below, and contact us with any questions, or to make an appointment for a consultation.

Preventive Services

Examinations

Comprehensive

As a new patient, your records will be initiated with a comprehensive examination to establish an extensive evaluation and recording of all extraoral, intraoral and soft tissues. During this examination the doctor will determine your treatment needs, provide you with answers to your questions, and establish a treatment plan.

Periodic

After initiating your record with a comprehensive examination, the dentist will monitor your oral health status with periodic examinations every six months. The purpose of this examination is to detect and prevent new cavities, reassess previous treatment, monitor gum or bone recession, and screen for oral cancer.

Emergency

In the event of an emergency, the providers welcome new and current patients alike. You are welcome to call to schedule an appointment or walk-in and they will do there best to see you immediately. If the office is closed, please seek treatment from the nearest emergency room.

Radiographs

Panoramic

Commonly used for evaluating surgery and orthodontic cases, the panoramic radiograph is a single image on which the supportive structures of the lower half of the face and a full view of the entire dentition is depicted.

Full Mouth Series

When completing a comprehensive exam it is necessary to utilize radiographs as a diagnostic aid. The most common is the full mouth series of which is comprised of a complete set of single images that the dentist uses to determine the health of the teeth within a patients mouth.

Bitewings

Often utilized during periodic examinations, bitewings are a set of four single images that provide an overview of the teeth of which assist the doctor in determining if there is any decay or abnormalities since the patient’s last visit.

Prophylaxis

The experienced hygiene staff is dedicated to improving your oral health by reducing excessive plaque buildup and removing calcified plaque (tartar buildup). This is accomplished by the use of electric scalers, hand instruments, and oral health instruction. In addition, to maintain diminished levels of plaque buildup, semiannual examinations and cleanings are recommended.

Additional Services

Restorative

Restorative dentistry can help bring back teeth that have issues, such as extensive decay, broken teeth, and more. Our restorative services include crowns, bridges, implant surgery, periodontics, orthodontics, and composite and amalgam restorations.

Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is the surgical treatment of diseases, defects or injuries of the oral cavity and facial structures. Exodontics or commonly known as the extraction of teeth, is used when the following indications for oral surgery are present:
  • Third molar (wisdom teeth) removal
  • Non-Restorable carious teeth
  • Non-Vital teeth from which endodontic treatment would have no effect
  • Lack of bone support to maintain secure retention for teeth
  • Teeth removal to provide space in the arch for orthodontic treatment

Dental Anesthesia

The use of various types of dental anesthesia can be of some assistance to patients that have anxiety about getting dental work performed. Please ask us for more information. We'll be glad to walk you through the options.

Implants

Dental implants provide support for a fixed or removable prosthesis by serving as a foundation placed within the tissue of the maxilla or mandible. Two types of prosthesis are available, removable and fixed. These types of implants are used primarily to replace severely damaged or missing teeth.

Periodontics

Periodontics involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supportive structures of the teeth, such as your gums. The primary focus of this field is the treatment of periodontal disease of which is caused by the accumulation of bacteria buildup in the gums. Periodontal disease can lead to bone loss, degenerative changes in the gingiva, exposure of the root, and ultimately increase the susceptibility to acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG). We are able to treat the underlying causes of these issues.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

The average mouth holds 28 teeth comfortably. The four extra teeth are known as your third molars, or “wisdom teeth.” Many people have issues with these teeth coming in, and in a wide variety of cases, they must be removed.

The independent practitioners at Family Medical Dental Center offer IV Sedation, oral sedation, or nitrous oxide for your comfort with wisdom teeth extractions.

Dental Anesthesia

Oral Premedication

Used mostly on young children, oral premedication helps reduce apprehension by prescription of anti anxiety and sedative drugs. Prescribed medication is to be taken orally the night before or several hours before the appointment as directed by the provider. Local anesthesia is then delivered upon arrival to the appointment to eliminate any discomfort during treatment.

Local Anesthesia    

Commonly used in restorative procedures, local anesthesia reduces discomfort by penetrating the nerve cell membrane and blocking the transmission of nerve impulses from sensory receptors. It is common for most procedures to require two or more injections of local anesthetic.

Nitrous Oxide

Inhalation conscious sedation, commonly known as laughing gas, is a controlled delivery of nitrous oxide and oxygen combined from which produces a state of pleasant relaxation accompanied by analgesia and euphoria. Rapid onset and recovery time are the primary factors that contribute to its widespread use in the dental industry.

Intravenous Sedation

By injecting sedatives directly into the bloodstream, intravenous sedation (IV) is considered to be the most efficient form of conscious sedation. While IV sedation is used in conjunction with local anesthesia, patients experience immediate analgesia within a minute or less of delivery. Discomfort management at this level is considered for patients who do not wish to be aware during treatment.
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