General Dentistry in the Greater Anchorage Area
The practice of general dentistry is far more than offering someone a basic annual or semi-annual examination and cleaning. As important as those services are, people want to know that their dentist can treat a full range of general dentistry services. And that ability is what places Gregorin Dental at the forefront of dental care for Anchorage residents of all ages.
The dedicated dentists at Gregorin Dental have more than 50 years of combined experience in the handling of primary dental maintenance, in the diagnosing and treating most oral health needs, and in resolving cosmetic dental concerns. Every staff member is educated, licensed, trained, and experienced in their area of professional procedures. Equally important is that every patient coming to the Gregorin Dental office as an individual. There is no cookie-cutter treatment or textbook application of dental care. Each patient is treated according to their personal dental oral health needs.
Because a person’s oral health can directly impact other medical conditions, it is the desire of Drs. Gregorin to help every patient achieve their best dental health condition possible. Good dental care is more than a beautiful smile, it also includes healthy teeth, gums, jaw lines, and the tongue. When someone is looking for total dental devotion, they only need to visit Gregorin Dental once to know that they have found the best.
General Dentistry Services
Without a doubt, the first line of oral wellness is a person’s need for an annual or semi-annual dental examination and cleaning. It is during this time that the family dentist can thoroughly inspect a patient’s oral health, to determine if there are any current dental issues, or if there are any potential situations that have not yet fully surfaced. During this regular visit, the dentist will do an oral cancer check, measure the gum area for any irritations or internal pocket growths under the gum lines. The dental hygienist can also offer valuable home-care advice on the proper flossing and brushing methods.
Periodontal problems begin as gum problems. If left untreated, what was a minor gum irritation or infection can worsen and manifest into infections with connecting tissues and the jawbones. When this happens, it is called periodontitis. This condition can impact other areas such as the teeth, bone loss, and the spread of infections into other parts of the body. The major culprit of periodontal problems is plaque that has accumulated and not been removed. With good at-home dental care and regular dental examinations, plaque can be controlled and removed before it can cause painful damage. Dental disease prevention is another great reason to adhere to regular dental cleanings.
Gregorin Dental uses the most modern, state-of-the-art dental equipment for their patients’ oral health needs that result in less pain and more gain. Current technology includes:
- Anesthesia administered by The Wand, a computer controlled method that slowly and steadily numbs the oral cavity with a local anesthesia needed for cleanings or other dental procedures.
- iTero Digital Scanning totally removes the need for messy mold formations needed for corrective denture prosthetics. The digital images also reduce, or eliminate, the need for adjustments prior to applying the prosthetics.
- Digital X-rays use 80 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays. The images are immediately available for review, which shortens the time the patient needs to be in the dentist’s chair.
- Ultra Sonic Scalers use a vibration motion to break up and remove plaque and tartar that can lead to gum and periodontal diseases.
Children learn at an early age to love or fear a dentist. At Gregorin Dental, young patients receive extra patience and care, they look forward to their appointments, and they leave the office with smiles on their faces. The younger patients are instructed on how to brush, floss, and rinse their teeth. They are taught about the importance of keeping their teeth and gums healthy and gleaming. The pediatric dentist takes the time to answer any question a child may have and to explain what foods are good or bad for keeping his or her mouth beautiful. When emergency pediatric care is needed, one call to the Gregorin Dental office will ensure the child is seen that day. There is never a need for a young child to endure hours, or days, of needless pain.
A family dentist is a general dentist that is dedicated to the oral health needs of everyone in the family. This means attending to the pediatric needs of young children from their first dental visit through their adolescent years, for all the dental needs of adult family members, and for the gentle care needed for senior family members. For families in the greater Anchorage area, the top-quality service provided by Gregorin Dental practice means that they only need to have one dentist to treat everyone. In fact, annual checkups can be scheduled for the entire family during one office visit. That means families can have more quality time together instead of seeing several different dental providers.
One of the most frequent extraction procedures is for the wisdom teeth, the last teeth to emerge through the gum lines. Extraction is a form of dental surgery and several teeth can be removed during one dental visit. While not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed, here are the major reasons that justify wisdom teeth removal:
- Gum infections caused by bacteria growth
- Inflammation or swelling around the teeth
- Trouble sleeping due to constant toothaches and/or headaches
- Difficulty chewing food
- The mouth’s jawline is too small to accommodate the wisdom teeth
- Pressure from the back teeth cause shifting of the neighboring teeth
Unfortunately, not all damaged or infected teeth can be repairs or saved, and the only resolution is to extract the teeth. Before pulling a tooth, a dentist will do everything possible to save the tooth. But, a dentist will not leave an irreparable tooth in someone’s mouth due to the potential danger of additional infection or inflammation spreading to neighboring teeth. Besides needing to remove damaged teeth, there are times when healthy teeth need to be removed. This can be caused by having more teeth than the oral cavity can accommodate and some need to be removed to allow for normal spacing between the remaining teeth. The dentists at Gregorin Dental will thoroughly examine each person’s individual situation before deciding to remove any teeth.
A bridge is an excellent way to replace one or more missing teeth, and it is less expensive than having implants. This dental prosthetic is permanently fitted onto two adjoining, healthy teeth. The finished procedure has the look, feel, and functionality of real teeth. The materials used are strong and durable, and with good at-home dental care, a bridge will last for many years. Daily flossing between the bridge and the gum area will keep the area clean and healthy. Just like real teeth, the dentist will check the condition of a bridge during regularly scheduled dental examinations and cleanings to ensure that the fit remains firm and does not need any adjustments.
Crowns can cover up and resolve many dental problems. Crowns are made from several varied materials to fit different dental needs. The dentist will analyze each patient’s condition and determine the best material for that individual. All crown materials are strong, durable, smooth, and natural looking. Crowns, like natural teeth, require good at-home, daily dental care. Crowns are used for:
- Teeth that have large cavities or cracks
- Attaching bridges between two healthy teeth
- Teeth like coverings over implants
- Reshaping small teeth and misshapen teeth
- Coverings over teeth with naturally stained coloring
The Gregorin Dental practice is very conscience of how cancer than impact a person’s life. That is why every patient will receive an oral cancer check when they come in for an appointment. This non-invasive screening lets the oral specialist check for unusual lumps, discoloration, or anything else that appears abnormal. If anything, unusual is detected, the patient may be referred for specialized testing. The oral specialist will check the entire mouth, including:
- Cheek tissue
- The area under the tongue
- The upper palate in the roof of the mouth
This is the way for anyone who has one or more missing teeth and wants to have a full set of attractive, well formed, and properly functioning teeth. A denture can fill in the space or spaces where someone has lost teeth due to decay, illness, or injury. A denture can be made to fit over the gum lines, and can be constructed as a partial or full prosthetic. While the traditional procedure is for a denture to be removable, today, a patient may have the choice to have a permanently applied denture attached to dental implants. The end results are artificial teeth that look attractive, feel like natural teeth, and effectively correct eating and speaking issues associated with missing teeth.
Too many seniors believe the myth that just because they are older, they will have gum problems and will lose their teeth. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Gregorin Dental practice pays special attention to the signs of oral health changes that are typical for senior citizens and provide preventative dental care to help seniors maintain healthy gums and teeth for a lifetime. If there is a change in someone’s saliva production due to natural aging or the use of certain medications, the dentist may prescribe an oral rinse or a supplement that will correct that issue. At Gregorin Dental, seniors receive the compassion, top quality treatment, and respect they desire.
Welcome to the Gregorin Dental Family!
Regardless of your dental situations, it is easy to schedule an initial appointment or to request a free consultation for known dental repair procedures. Whether someone is new to the Anchorage area or has lived here for a while without a regular dentist, the Gregorin Dental practice is accepting new patients. Gregorin Dental is patient friendly, and completely dedicated to maintaining and obtaining the best oral healthcare for every patient. This leading dental group accepts many dental insurance plans, and if finances are a problem, they help their patients get dental financial assistance. We look forward to serving you and your General Dentistry needs.