SCF Dental Operations Concentrating on Emergency Dental Care

To support national efforts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Southcentral Foundation Dental is taking the following steps to assure the health and well-being of the Native Community:

  • The following directives and recommendations, from the American Dental Association, the State of Alaska, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are being implemented to limit customer-owner and employee exposure to this virus.
  • The health of customer-owners and employees matters to us. Therefore, all non-emergency dental care is suspended until further notice.
  • Customer-owners will be seen only for emergency dental needs.

When to make an appointment:

  • Bleeding that doesn’t stop in the mouth or gums
  • Painful swelling in or around the mouth, neck, or jaw
  • Uncontrolled pain that prevents eating or sleeping
  • Difficulty opening the mouth due to pain or swelling

Please call ahead to be seen for a dental emergency.

Anchorage Dental Services
(907) 729-2000
Dr. Katherine Gottlieb and Dr. Kevin Gottlieb Building
4441 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Dental Services
(907) 631-7690
Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center Dental Clinic
1001 Knik Goose Bay Road
Wasilla, Alaska 99654

Concentrating on emergency dental care until further notice will allow dentists and their teams to care for customer-owners with urgent dental needs. This will also reduce the burden of dental emergencies in the hospital emergency departments.

The primary concern continues to be the safety and well-being of customer-owners and employees. SCF Dental will monitor the status of COVID-19 nationally and in Alaska.

Please watch for updates regarding plans to reopen for regular dental services.

Contact Us

Southcentral Foundation Dental Clinic
4441 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

(907) 729-2000

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday – Friday

VNPCC Dental
1001 Knik-Goose Bay Road
Wasilla, AK 99654

(907) 631-7690

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday- Friday

SCF General Dental Tips and Tricks

Chipped Tooth or Lost Filling

A sharp broken tooth can be smoothed with a nail file. You may notice food getting caught more often in or around the broken tooth and it may require extra brushing and flossing until it can be taken care of by a dentist. If it is in between your teeth, then temporary filling material can be used to fill in the gap. Most pharmacy stores carry temporary dental filling; follow the directions included with the product. Broken teeth are generally not painful unless the nerve is involved; let your dentist know if you are experiencing pain, swelling, or a pimple on your gums as the tooth may require more immediate treatment. 

Loose Crown

If you can feel that a crown is loose, try to gently remove it and then follow the directions below. You may be able to grab it with your fingers and lift off, if that doesn’t work then flossing can sometimes remove it. If you are unable to take the crown off, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and keep the area clean until a dentist can be consulted.

Dislodged Crown

To re-glue the crown, individuals can purchase crown cement from a pharmacy store. If this is not an option, toothpaste or denture adhesive can also be used. Clean the underside of the crown and tooth. Place the crown over the tooth to make sure you know which direction it needs to be to fit in place. Gently bite your teeth together to make sure that your bite feels normal. Place a small amount of adhesive on the underside of the crown, place it on the correct tooth and wait a few minutes for the material to set. Adhesive purchased at most pharmacy stores, will have detailed directions included that should be followed.

Cracked or Broken Denture

Denture chip / irritating area – If a small part of the denture has broken off and causing irritation to the mouth, a nail file or sandpaper can be used to smooth the sharp edges.

Denture breaks in half – Please do not attempt to repair at home since the pieces could improperly align and not be usable. Denture adhesive tape, which can be used to temporarily bind the two halves together, can be purchased at most pharmacy stores.

Denture Tooth Broken Off

Emergency denture repair kits are available at many pharmacies. Follow directions to fix a tooth or small break.

Untreated Cavities

Remove any food or debris that may get stuck in the cavity. Keep area clean with good oral hygiene, brush two times per day, and floss once per day.

Sore Gums or Bleeding Gums while Brushing Teeth

Continue to brush and floss the area gently. Use warm saltwater rinses twice per day. Areas of trauma and irritation in the mouth typically heal in 7-10 days. If the area looks like a pimple on your gums or if it has not resolved in 7-10 days, call your dentist.


Southcentral Foundation Dental Clinic
4441 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

(907) 729-2000