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Frequently Asked Questions

Pursuing important dental care can feel like an overwhelming task at first, especially if you have questions or concerns about what to expect, which service is best for you, and what our specific dental office offers. At Soldotna Dental Arts, we’ve compiled several of our most popular FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and their answers below for added convenience. If you’ve read through this page and still haven’t found the information you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly – our team is here to help!

How often should I be visiting the dentist’s office?

In most cases, Dr. O’Donoghue will recommend that people of all ages plan to attend at least two professional checkups and cleanings every calendar year. By coming in at regular intervals, our team will be better able to pinpoint any concerning changes in your oral health and address damage as early as possible in its development. If outlying circumstances are present, such as gum disease or an oversensitivity to tooth decay, scheduling visits every 3-4 months may result in better long-term oral health for patients in need.

Do you see children?

Soldotna Dental Arts’ doors are open to the whole family! We enjoy helping everyone achieve and maintain excellent oral health, including young patients who are just getting started on their developing smiles.

How long will it take to get a new dental crown?

Our practice is proud to now feature state-of-the-art CEREC technology, which simplifies the age-old process of creating custom-made dental restorations like crowns into a single appointment without sacrificing the quality patients deserve. This means you’ll be able to walk into our practice with a hurting or incomplete tooth and leave with a beautifully durable smile addition – no temporaries required.

Will my new dental crown (or other dental restoration) look unnatural?

Not at all. Dr. O’Donoghue primarily uses metal-free materials that contain 0% potentially harmful mercury for a safer, more confident restorative process. All-ceramic restorations are the ideal blend of functional durability and seamless aesthetic value!

I’m anxious about visiting the dentist’s office. Can you help?

Of course. Here in Soldotna, we can accommodate patients who experience a wide spectrum of dental-related fear, whether it’s relatively mild in nature or more severe. Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) and advanced IV sedation are both available upon request, helping patients maintain a deep state of relaxation throughout the treatment process that leads to them achieving their desired smile improvements smoothly.

Do you see dental emergencies?

Yes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you or a family member is experiencing a serious dental injury and/or pain – Dr. O’Donoghue strives to accommodate emergency situations as soon as possible for fast relief. In many cases, we can even fit in patients on the same day as their initial call here in Soldotna, AK.

What’s the best way to replace missing teeth?

While there can never be one specific service that’s the perfect fit for every single patient, our team strongly recommends dental implants as the premier reconstructive method available today. Not only are they more beneficial for a person’s ongoing health because of the addition of a new “root” in the jawbone, successfully preventing deterioration, but it’s also virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth in look, feel, and function. Dr. O’Donoghue can help you explore this transformative service in greater detail during an initial consultation.

Will I need to see a separate specialist for dental implant placement?

No, you won’t. Dr. O’Donoghue has the advanced specialty training needed to perform every stage of implant treatment right here in-office, including the surgical insertion of the implant(s) into the jawbone.