8912 Town and Country Cir.
Knoxville, TN 37923

Frequently Asked Questions

The more you know about dentistry, the more informed decisions you will make. We strive to educate all of our patients about the benefits of oral health, as well as the specifics of procedures we recommend. The dentist or a member of our team will ensure you’re comfortable with the proposed treatment before the procedure.  If you have any questions, call our office, and a member of our team will gladly get you the information you need.

Why do you use tooth numbers, and what does it mean?

We use the system that the ADA recommends, which helps with consistency in communication and documentation so that each tooth is identified by a letter or a number.  Click HERE for a tooth chart, or a tooth map that shows which tooth is which.  Within the blue region of the map are incisors and canines, in the pink region are bicuspids, and the yellow region are molars.  Permanent teeth are numbers, and baby teeth are letters.

Will you see my kids and my grandparents?

Yes! We love families and see many of them. Our services are diverse, so we offer dentures for our older patients, as well as sealants for our youngest patients. Call to schedule comprehensive initial exams for everyone in your family – because their smiles are invaluable family assets!

Do you refer patients to specialists?

Our dentists are trained and equipped to handle many dental issues in our office, including sedation dentistry, root canals, dental implant placement, bone grafting and much more. Many patients visit us because they love the convenience of receiving all the care they need in one location. In rare cases, when we feel a specialist would better serve you, we'll refer. Some dental specialists are oral surgeons, periodontists (supporting structures), endodontists (internal tooth problems), orthodontists (for moving teeth), and pedodontists (for children). We refer to only trusted professionals with whom we have a good rapport.

What is neuromuscular dentistry?

Neuromuscular dentistry addresses the complex relationship between the joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves involved in occlusion (bite) and chewing. A neuromuscular dentist focuses on correcting the misalignment of the jaw and TMJ disorder to restore proper function.

What is a cosmetic dentist?

Cosmetic dentistry is not a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association, so any general dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. To choose a good cosmetic dentist, review the doctor’s before-and-after photos of actual cases, ask about his or her postgraduate education in cosmetic dentistry, and make sure that you feel confident and comfortable in the office.

Do you accept dental insurance?

Cornerstone Dental is not contracted with any dental insurance providers. We firmly believe in providing the treatment that’s best for the patient, and we do not allow insurance companies to dictate treatment. As a courtesy to our patients, we will be glad to file claims for you to your insurance policy for your reimbursement. Learn more about dental insurance on our financial information page.

Why is it so important to treat gum disease and inflammation?

Gum disease is not only the MOST common cause of tooth loss among adults, but there is also a growing body of evidence that has linked serious gum disease (or periodontitis) to a number of “systemic” diseases that afflict the body. Gum disease has been linked to increased inflammation in the body and chronic inflammatory diseases.  Research has consistently shown that there is no doubt that having a healthy mouth goes far beyond personal appearance and no cavities.  The mouth is the gateway to the body.  The founders of The Mayo Clinic have stated “A healthy mouth can add ten years to your life”.  It has been suggested by not only the US Surgeon General, but in many investigations that the pathology within the mouth and the chronic inflammation that can be present with periodontal disease can be linked to coronary heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, pregnancy complications, and other health issues. When periodontitis is present, the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth essentially provides an unwanted portal or doorway for microscopic bacteria to access the body.  Periodontitis disrupts disease management by diabetics and doubles their likelihood of heart problems and kidney failure.  Pregnant women with periodontal infection have an increased risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight babies.  Simply “managing” periodontal disease is simply unacceptable, and ineffective.  Our greater responsibility is to cure periodontal inflammation and infection.  Cornerstone Dental’s approach comprehensive allows us to focus on your needs with a new arsenal of weapons.  

8912 Town and Country Cir., Knoxville, TN 37923 USA
Dr. Daniel Anderson Knoxville TN dentist (865) 531-7117 (865) 690-2272