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    Invest In Your Family’s Oral Health With The PFD

    Beginning October 6th, over 643,000 eligible Alaskans will be begin receiving their Permanent Fund Dividend, also known as the PFD. This year, the amount comes out to $1,022 per person. It’s money everyone here in the state looks forward to, and goes a long way in helping individuals and their families. If you haven’t had a chance see the video of the announcement made by Alaska Governor Bill Walker, we’ve included it below.

    What Should I Do With My Check?

    You could save up for a family vacation, put your money into savings, or get an early jump on Christmas. While you wouldn’t be amiss using the money that way, we suggest you invest in yourself and your family.

    Invest In Your Family’s Oral Health

    We’re not arguing that saving for a family trip or putting your money in savings is a bad idea by any means. What we suggest, however, is improving your family’s health by taking a trip to the dentist for a dental cleaning, or, any other treatment you might have been putting off. A simple teeth cleaning isn’t expensive (so you’ll have plenty of money left over), and is important in catching cavities, potential gum disease, and a variety of oral health problems. This is also a perfect opportunity to check for wisdom teeth and discuss potential removal. As always, we treat every patient with special care, and offer sedation dentistry for an easier, stress-free visit. Just give us a call for more information.

    Prevent Problems Down the Line

    There’s a reason the American Dental Association suggests you visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and check up. Left untreated, plaque and tarter buildup can result in a variety of health problems, including:

    • gum disease
    • heart problems
    • diabetes
    • tooth loss
    • chronic bad breath
    • toothaches

    With a cleaning and check up, Dr. Seth Lookhart can identify potential problems and take care of them now so you’re not coming in at a later date with a worsening condition.

    We’re Here to Help

    If you have questions about your insurance, or just want more information about our services, feel free to contact us during business hours. If there’s an emergency, call our emergency line anytime time of day or night.

    How Do I Know If I Have Wisdom Teeth? And Other Common Questions

    wisdom-teeth-clear-creek-dental-akthe vast majority of us suffer or have suffered from impacted molars, also known as wisdom teeth. This extra set of molars just barely break the skin, if breaking the skin at all, and cause minor to major pain. They’re often extracted by a dentist or an oral surgeon to relieve pain and reduce crowding. But does everyone get wisdom teeth? How do I know if I have them? Here are some answers to the most common wisdom teeth questions we get in the office.

    Does Everyone Get Wisdom Teeth?

    The simple answer is no. While most are likely to grow one, and as many as four wisdom teeth, some are lucky and don’t have any. Why is this? Science provides some answers, but the evolution of wisdom teeth is largely unexplained. Research done by the American Association of the Advancement of Science could explain why some ethnic groups, such as the Inuit, lack wisdom teeth, the result of a randomly suppressed mutation from thousands of years ago. The rest of us get them, unfortunately.

    When Do Wisdom Teeth Grow In?

    While there isn’t a set age when wisdom teeth appear, there is an age range in which they cause problems and pain, often between ages 15 and 25. It’s possible for them to grow in earlier than 15, but are unlikely to come in after 25. According to webmd, people older than 30 don’t usually have pain or complications related to wisdom teeth that would require extraction.

    Can Wisdom Teeth Cause Jaw Pain?

    If you’ve ever had pain in the molar area, you understand this true. Not only do wisdom teeth cause jaw pain, they can also cause a variety of symptoms, including:

    • Tooth decay  or gum disease
    • Teeth crowding
    • Infection or swelling of the flap of skin formed over a wisdom tooth
    • Stiffness of the jaw
    • Pain or irritation of a tooth coming at an awkward angle

    How Do I Know if I Have Wisdom Teeth?

    If you’re showing any of the above signs, you likely have wisdom teeth breaking, or almost breaking through the gums. In many cases, impacted molars don’t break the gums, and require an X-rays from a dentist or oral surgeon to determine if you have wisdom teeth, and how many. Your dentist will also let you know if you should remove them. Many have them removed even before symptoms of pain begin.

    Clear Creek Dental handles wisdom teeth extraction with the utmost care. We specialize in sedation dentistry, allowing you to be out during the procedure if need be, and will ensure your comfort throughout the process. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

    Breaking Down the Three Types of Dentures: Complete, Partial and Implant-Supported

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    Missing teeth can destroy confidence in your smile and and make both your home, and work life difficult. You’ve got a lot to do in your everyday life, and worrying about your smile shouldn’t be on your list. Choosing dentures, either partial or full, will get you back to a confident, healthier you.

    We’ll get you back that perfect smile with a complete or partial set of dentures, while helping you adjust to them along the way. Below is a graphic that details the three types: complete, partial, and implant-supported. See our denture placement process in our services.

    Complete Dentures

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    A complete set of braces fill a collapsed mouth cavity with beautiful, white teeth. Not only will it be easier for you to chew, but you’ll have more confidence knowing your teeth match, are pristine white, and function as they should. Complete dentures stay in place by closing fitting to the underlying gum and bone tissue with a thin layer of saliva.

    Partial Dentures

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    Partial dentures can be a less invasive, lest-costly option if you’re missing a few teeth. With two different attachment options, you and your dentist can choose what’s best for you. Filling gummy gaps on your lower jaw can be better than a full set of lower dentures. Many patients find it easier to adapt to partial lower dentures than a complete lower set.

    Implant-Supported Dentures

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    Candidates for implanted-supported dentures must have adequate amount of jawbone in order to insert implants. This type of denture doesn’t shift around as much as as the alternative complete set, and provides more stability. The increased stability of this type of denture leads to more comfort and an easier chewing. However, chewing is not perfect with any kind of denture.

    Good News: You’re Covered with Medicaid

    Clear Creek accepts all insurance, and if you’re uninsured or under-insured, we’ll still work with you to create a plan to get your work done, whether that be a routine dental checkup, dental implants, or dentures. Setting you on the path to a beautiful smile and a more confident you is our goal. Have insurance questions? Call us anytime and we’ll be happy to respond to any concerns.

    Top Reasons Patients Choose Sedation Dentistry

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    Unfortunately, fears of dentistry and dental procedures keep millions from receiving the work they need. For those with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry is often the answer. What are the main reasons people choose it? Here’s a list of the major reasons. Check out our page on the benefits of sedation dentistry.

    Anxiety or Phobia of Dentists

    According to WebMd, between 5 and 8 percent of Americans avoid dentists out of fear. This fear, called dental phobia, keeps many from getting the treatment they need. This fear doesn’t come from previously experienced pain, rather from the lack of control that comes with being at the dentist. Offices will often choose decor that’s non-threatening to help calm nerves and creates a welcoming environment.

    Sensitive Teeth

    It can be hard enough to sit through dental work even without sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth and gums make dental work difficult to get through.

    Gag Reflex

    An active gag reflex is a common reason patients choose sedation dentistry.

    Fear of Needles

    We understand that having a fear of needs can make going to the dentist a nightmare of an experience. General anesthesia is administered most commonly with a needle. If you need to undergo oral surgery or a procedure that requires anesthesia, talk to us about sedation options. We’re happy to discuss options.

    Cannot Sit Still

    A mild sedative can effectively calm a restless patient, and can even make a patient feel as if they are asleep.

    Speed up the Process

    A procedure that takes more than an hour can feel like just minutes with sedation. Sedation is a great answer for patients that want time to pass quicker.

    Cannot Get Numb with other Anesthetics

    Patients sometimes can’t numb with common anesthetics. Some patients don’t respond well to local or general anesthesia and require other sedatives in order to go through dental work pain-free.

    Feel Safe at Clear Creek

    At Clear Creek, we use various levels of sedation, including IV sedation for patients who prefer to be highly sedated. Get your dental work done in a safe, welcoming environment. Contact us today with questions about our sedation practices and for more information.

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