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Doctors Network
Mar 25, 2023

Major problems arise when we lose natural teeth. Obviously, there are problems with consuming solid foods. Even talking clearly could be a problem. However, the major problem is the loss of mass and density in the jaw. This weakens the jaw, and could even cause a prematurely aged appearance. More importantly, this limits dental implant placement. Additional treatments could be necessary to strengthen the jaw in order to make dental implant placement possible! Fortunately, Doctors Network could help you book an online appointment with a local Tununak oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is in-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and provides this care. In addition, we could also discuss our payment plans to make care affordable!


Ridge preservation is also referred to as ridge augmentation. Essentially this enables the dentist to preserve the ridge in your mandible. Your dentist could employ new tissue from multiple sources. We could take tissue from the back of the jaw or the hip. Donor materials such as bovine bone particles may be recommended too. Others recommend synthetic materials. Through oral surgery, these are applied to the areas of weakened structure in the lower jaw.


Once the area heals, biocompatible dental implants could be placed. The body will accept them as natural roots. As a result, they help prevent any further breakdown in the jaw, allowing long-lasting tooth replacement. Our team can connect you to a dentist or oral surgeon in Tununak, AK who offers ridge augmentation, and also let you know about our dental discount plan to make sure your treatment fits your budget!

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Doctors Network
Mar 22, 2023

When you have a toothache, or a tooth that is chipped, you need treatment. Otherwise, the tooth could develop a decay and infections. Soon, there is a risk of not only tooth loss, but a spread of infection to other teeth. But sometimes, the damage or cavity is beyond the stage to be treated with a restoration. Instead, the tooth could require immediate extraction. At Doctors Network, our team can help you connect with a Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield dentist or oral surgeon in Tununak, AK who can offer a safe tooth extraction as needed.


As we discussed earlier, advanced decay or injury could be why a tooth needs extraction. But a dentist could also remove one that is loosened by periodontitis. Removing a tooth could return balance and chewing function. Extraction could also provide room for correcting misalignment! In many cases, this could prevent complications from wisdom teeth. Removing wisdom teeth prior to eruption helps preserve the balance and overall esthetics. For people with advanced tooth loss, removing the last few teeth essentially paves the way for a full prosthetic. Your Tununak dentist could use the procedure to improve the function, health, and even the beauty of your smile.


Now that you understand why and when a tooth may need to be taken out, how do you seek care for one? Well, as mentioned above Doctors Network can find a great dental practice in the Tununak, AK area. But if you don’t have dental insurance, you may worry about costs. Fortunately, we have a financing option! Our dental membership plan is opened with an initial fee and maintained with a low monthly cost. For some, this could reduce the cost of care by up to 90 percent!

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Doctors Network
Mar 21, 2023

Tooth loss could lead to several problems for your smile. For example, this could impact your nutritional intake, or how clearly you can articulate. But the most severe complication is the break down of structure in the jaw. The body suspends the flow of calcium and phosphate to the areas without roots, which in turn causes bone loss and the loss of youthful facial structure and weakens the structure significantly. Which means you may not be able to receive dental implants to address lost teeth. But Doctors Network can connect you with a dentist in Tununak, AK who can strengthen your smile.


As we’ve discussed in previous posts, a ridge augmentation procedure helps strengthen the mandible, so it can support dental implants. But what about the upper arch? Instead of adding new tissue, your Tununak dentist could perform a sinus lift. Essentially, the dentist will push up the sinus floor to induce the formation of new support structure. The new structure can support one or more implants. Once the new teeth are secured, this stimulates the growth of bone tissue to prevent further breakdowns. Your new teeth can then stay in place for years, possibly even a lifetime.


If you need to strengthen your weakened jawbone to support one or more dental implants, we could help. Our team can connect you with a Tununak, AK dental professional who can offer a sinus lift and takes Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. When your smile is strengthened and ready, dental implants could provide a complete smile again. If you don’t have dental insurance, don’t let this stand between you and good oral health. Instead, talk to our team about our financing option. With a monthly fee, you can have treatments discounted by as much as 90% in some situations. A full smile is in your future!

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Doctors Network
Mar 21, 2023

According to studies by the CDC, over half of adults ages 30 and older suffer from periodontal disease. Without treatment, this disease could lead to painful symptoms, including bleeding gums. The advanced stage, also known as periodontitis, could also cause adult tooth loss. This is why care from a Tununak dental specialist is necessary when you begin to experience sore, red, and bleeding gums. We can help by connecting you to one that accepts Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. After all, your smile is important!


How does the poor gum health come about? The changes to your gum tissue could occur due to improper brushing and flossing. Others could develop it due to severe plaque and tartar buildup, or due to certain medications, tobacco use, inflammation, or even gum disease in other family members. As discussed above, tell-tell signs include discomfort and bleeding in the gums. By seeing a dentist in Tununak, AK you can receive periodontal treatments like pocket reduction surgery to bring relief and improve your oral health. These options could be covered or partially covered with insurance plans.


If you feel concerned, or if you simply have not been to a dentist since the pandemic started, you should book an online appointment. At Doctors Network, we can find the right dentists in Tununak who accept Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Strong periodontal health is always an option, and we can help help you find the help you need!

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Doctors Network
Mar 14, 2023

You probably have lots of friends who have had their wisdom tooth pulled and are eager to describe their experience to you. While this can be helpful, it is still necessary to consult with a professional. If you need these teeth pulled, it is important to have a wide range of information at your disposal. This will help you understand what to expect from the procedure and what you should look for in a dentist. Luckily, Doctors Network can help you connect with a great dentist near you in Tununak, AK that accepts Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.


The third molars are located in the back of your mouth, and there are two on the top and two on the bottom. They most commonly appear between seventeen and twenty-five. Because wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, their appearance can cause problems with your existing ones. They can erupt at unusual angles, only partially erupt, or overcrowd your already-established teeth. When this happens, they are more susceptible to abscess and infections. If any of these conditions take place, it can be very uncomfortable and can damage your teeth. If you think you might have issues with wisdom teeth coming in, it is important to see a Tununak oral surgeon or dentist quickly.


If you in fact need wisdom tooth removal, your oral healthcare professional will determine how they will go about the extraction to ensure everything goes smoothly. They will decide which of your wisdom teeth need to be removed and how complex it will be. They will also determine the appropriate type of sedation and the position of your existing teeth and nerve. Once they ascertain these details, they can plan your wisdom teeth extraction more easily. When you come in for the procedure, you will receive the appropriate sedation option, so you will not feel discomfort. Your dentist will extract your teeth and look after you the entire time to make sure you are ok. Once your wisdom teeth are pulled, you will get post-surgery care instructions. Fortunately, there are many Tununak dentists that accept Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and can skillfully pull your wisdom teeth.

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Doctors Network
Feb 23, 2023

Did you ever notice popping or crackling sound in the jaw? Do you have aching jaw and facial pain? If so, this could be related to two common jaw joint issues. Around 25 million people in the United States suffer from TMD and teeth grinding. Without treatment, these could not only cause pain, but actually damage the teeth too! Fortunately, your friends at Doctors Network can find the right dental office in Tununak, AK who accepts Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.


While very different from one another, one often increases the risk of the other. TMJ disorder develops when the jaw joints undergo excessive strain. This could cause problems when you eat or speak. Common symptoms include pain in the jaw, head, face, and neck. Bruxism means you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep. The pressure could cause jaw pain and headaches. Teeth grinding could also damage teeth. This damage could lead to decayed teeth, infection, and more. Both disorders could be caused by issues that cause bite imbalance, and untreated TMJ disorder could cause bruxism, and vice-versa. When you have chronic pain in your head and neck, you should find help. We can even connect you with a dental professional in Tununak who accepts Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.


Treatment options often vary; for some, relief is possible following crown placement, which improves bite balance. For others, treating misalignment with braces could ease strain and stop symptoms. The most common option offered by most dental professionals is an oral splint, which fits like a mouthguard. If you need to find treatment from a Tununak dentist. then contact our team!

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Doctors Network
Feb 2, 2022
Alaska may be the biggest of all of the United States of America, but its population is the smallest at just under 742,000. The close - knit community is one of the state’ s most appealing aspects, next to its countless natural wonders, unmatched swath of beautiful coastlines, and relatively low cost of living.In the spirit of the state’ s ambience, Doctors Network is proud to provide Alaskans with highly affordable dental health care through our direct dental plans. Families and patients of all ages throughout Alaska can enjoy healthier smiles through unlimited preventive visits, as well as incredible discounts on cosmetic, restorative, and prosthodontic dental procedures.
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Doctors Network
Feb 2, 2022
More than a quarter of Alaska’s residents are under the age of 18, and as they grow, their dental health needs will constantly evolve. Maintaining a regular schedule of preventive dental visits can be costly enough, especially without dental insurance. When more complex dental health needs become apparent, those costs can skyrocket, and dental insurance is not always enough to adequately cover them. With a direct dental plan from Doctors Network and your primary dentist’s office, you can ensure that you and your family will always have access to the personalized, high-quality care that you deserve. For instance, checkups and cleanings are only $25 per visit, and you can enjoy discounts of up to 90% on treatments such as fillings, crowns, teeth-whitening, Invisalign® aligners, and more.
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Doctors Network
Feb 2, 2022
Even if you have dental insurance, a Direct Dental Plan can still help you save on the out-of-pocket costs of dental care for your family. Joining the network only requires a low initial and monthly fee, both of which are set by your primary dentist. To learn more, or to sign up, ask your dentist about Doctors Network during your next visit. If your dentist is not already a part of the network, then you can visit the Doctors Network Website at https://www.doctorsnetwork.com/ and select a provider who is already located in Alaska.
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1. Can I book an appointment with a dentist in Tununak?

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2. Can I find a female dentist in Tununak?

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3. What is the cost of a dental cleaning in Tununak?

The cost of a dental checkup and cleaning varies depending on the dentist you select. However, you can save about 60-90% in most cases by signing up for a Doctors Network dental plan. Under this plan, Checkups and cleanings cost only $25.

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