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Do Home Teeth Whitening Kits Really Work? Dec 5th, 2019

Teeth whitening is one of the most requested services at my practice, beyond regular dental checkups and cleanings, and it’s not surprising. Life can be hard on your teeth, and many of your favorite food and drink choices may conspire against your brightest smile. Coffee, tea, berries, and wine can...

Tips for Helping Your Child Fight Dentist Chair Nerves Oct 31st, 2019

Going to the dentist can be a scary experience for your child. Addressing their fear is an integral part of ensuring that they get the dental care they need.  At Eagle River Dental in Eagle River, Alaska, Dr. Michael Crookston, DDS, specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry. Our team values...

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy After an Extraction Sep 30th, 2019

A tooth extraction can relieve pain, prevent further dental complications, and keep your mouth healthy in the long-run. But caring for your mouth at home is just as important as the extraction itself. Our dentists at Eagle River Dental in Eagle River, Alaska, are experts at performing extractions, and they...

Why Root Canals Don't Deserve Their Bad Rap Aug 31st, 2019

Root canals have been given a bad rap and are often avoided like the plague. But, do they deserve their negative reputation? The thought of having a root canal performed might make you uneasy or even fearful. This is likely due to the misconceptions that root canals and other endodontic...

Why You Should Never Ignore a Missing Tooth Aug 16th, 2019

As a kid, losing a tooth was something you looked forward to. It meant you were going to get a little gift from the Tooth Fairy. It also meant your adult teeth were on their way to fill in the missing spot. But as an adult, losing a tooth doesn’t...

Do You Need a Crown or a Bridge? Jul 9th, 2019

A crowns or a bridge is often necessary when you’ve damaged or lost a tooth. But crowns and bridges are best suited to different situations. Here’s what you need to know about both and when they’re likely to be used. Call the dentists at Eagle River Dental if you feel...

Tips to Maintain Your Teeth-Whitening Results Jun 17th, 2019

Getting your teeth whitened usually produces dazzling results. It’s a great investment in yourself to have brighter, whiter teeth. But unfortunately the results don’t last forever. While you may count on teeth whitening to last for about a year, the benefits can wear off sooner. You can take some important...

How to Help Your Child Prepare for Wisdom Tooth Removal May 13th, 2019

Every year, teens and preteens from across the country visit their dentists to have their wisdom teeth removed. And not surprisingly, those extractions can cause a fair amount of nervousness, even among young people who normally don’t mind visiting their dentist. Wisdom tooth extractions might sound scary, but the fact is,...

Why Regular Dental Check-Ups Are Always Recommended Apr 15th, 2019

Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they look at you. When you aren't proud of your smile, your quality of life suffers. In addition, problems with your teeth can also lead to trouble eating, pain, infection, and other issues. With regular dental check-ups, you can avoid...

How Dental Implants Can Fix Your Smile and Improve Your Oral Health Feb 28th, 2019

Of all the advances in dentistry over the past couple of decades (and there have been quite a few), dental implants have emerged as one of the most popular. Implants provide plenty of men and women with a more comfortable, more secure, and a more natural alternative to dentures and...

5 Ways Parents Can Set Their Children Up for a Lifetime of Healthy Teeth and Gums Feb 4th, 2019

According to the CDC, 20% of elementary age children have untreated tooth decay, and as they age, their risk for oral health problems may grow unless they learn healthy dental habits now. Parents have a huge influence on healthy habit development and largely shape their children's attitude toward their teeth and...

Brighten the New Year With a Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment Jan 14th, 2019

Having a beautiful smile isn’t just about how you look. It’s also about how you feel. Because when you have teeth that look white, bright, and healthy, you feel more confident, more self-assured, and even more relaxed about yourself and your encounters with other people. The thing is, even though...

Don't Let Bad Breath Prevent You From Being the Life of the Holiday Party Dec 21st, 2018

A holiday party is a time to spend with friends and sometimes co-workers, enjoying the joyful music, the decorations, and the hors-d'oeuvres, as well as mingling and networking with people in good cheer. Watching a person turn away from you or wrinkle up their nose when you speak isn't your idea of holiday fun,...

From Gummy Smiles to Misshapen Teeth: Veneers Can Easily Correct a Variety of Smile Flaws Nov 29th, 2018

Having a great-looking smile can certainly make you look more attractive, but knowing your teeth look their best does a lot more than that. Having straight, healthy-looking teeth can do wonders for your own self-confidence and self-esteem, and it can help others view you as more attractive and more confident...

Why Dental Implants Have Such a High Satisfaction Rate Oct 18th, 2018

Whether you have just one missing tooth or need all your teeth replaced, dental implants are an increasingly popular solution for restoring your smile. And a clear majority of individuals who opt for implants are highly satisfied with the results.The dental implant specialists at Eagle River Dental often recommend their...