Advanced Family Dentistry
1005 Danby Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: (907) 374-6688
Email: mainoffice@alaskasmiles.com
Fax: 907.374.6689

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am-4:30pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are porcelain veneers, and do they all look the same?

Porcelain veneers are often referred to as “instant orthodontics.” The thin porcelain facings can change the shape, color, size, and spacing of teeth. Veneers differ in the porcelain and crafting, and these attributes depend upon the skill of the technician. Creating a perfect smile requires a blending of porcelain, perfect planning, and an eye for detail. Because they are hand made, veneers have custom shapes. You can choose a smile that is sporty, natural, or has a Hollywood look. Regardless of the shape you choose, Dr. O’Donoghue will ensure that your smile is custom designed and perfect for you. For more information on porcelain veneers, click here.


How important is the dental laboratory and its technicians?

The laboratory chosen by your dentist is extremely important for several reasons. Not all porcelain is the same. The difference in the design of any porcelain restoration depends on the experience and talent of its technicians. Strong communication between your lab and your doctor ensures the highest quality results. We take careful photos, measurements, models, and guides to send to the lab for designing your restorations.

Producing a perfect restoration and a perfect smile is an art, and the outcome must be as unique as a person’s fea­tures. To produce a beautiful smile, attention must be focused on the details of each tooth that affects the results. Often design a wax model prior to treatment, so you can see how your new restorations will look.


What is the difference between an onlay and a crown?

Dr. O’Donoghue believes in preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible. Instead of taking away good tooth structure, we save it. Instead of using a crown, an onlay may be better for you. The edges of onlays end high on the tooth, and this makes plaque removal easy so that you have healthier teeth and gums.


Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Any person missing one or more teeth may be a candidate for implant dentistry. A missing tooth causes a gap in the smile, allows the remaining teeth to shift, and promotes bone deterioration in the jaw. In some cases, missing teeth even cause a patient to slowly lose bite function. Dental implants can restore chewing ability, preserve gum tissue and bone, and let you smile with confidence.

Dental implants can benefit all patients, from teenagers to those in their 80s. A safe and proven option for replacing missing teeth, dental implants provide a stable foundation to sup­port crowns, bridges, or dentures. The process allows the implant to actually form a biological bond with the bone and act as a substitute tooth root.

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1005 Danby Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701 USA
Craig O'Donoghue Fairbanks Alaska Dentist (907) 374-6688 (907) 374-6689 sarah@alaskasmiles.com