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November 8, 2019

Why Is Family Dentistry Important?

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It’s no secret that having regular dental care is a critical part of your overall health maintenance. However, as your family grows, family dentistry may help ensure that your entire family receives proper oral care now and in the future. Perhaps you’ve considered having your children go to one location while you go to another. Not only can this approach cost time and money, but it may not be in your family’s best interest.

Let’s take a look at why family dentistry is important and why you should consider going this route for your family. 

Why is Oral Health Important?

Oral health can impact more than just your teeth. In fact, gum disease and other dental infections can lead to a variety of healthcare concerns. Your smile can certainly be a source of confidence or stress, depending on how well you take care of your teeth. Making your dental care a priority will not only save your smile but could help you avoid a number of health problems in the future. 

What is Family Dentistry?

Consider family dentistry as an all-inclusive dental care option. Dentists that specialize in this type of care are familiar with dental issues that may arise from birth all the way into adulthood. This is a more general approach to dentistry, which means that every member of your family, big and small, will get the proper care that they need to keep their smile healthy and strong. 

Dentists who offer this approach have experience working with patients across the spectrum. There’s a certain finesse that comes with working with young children as well as adults. A family dentist knows how to work well with both! 

Why is Family Dentistry Important?

A regular oral healthcare routine is critical. Everybody should maintain their oral health by scheduling maintenance and check-up appointments. Family dentistry can help streamline that process a bit. 

Family dentistry is important because it can include your entire family. Not only is this a more convenient option, but it also allows your family to develop a familiarity with the dentist. As you may know, sometimes people struggle with going to the dentist, and having someone that your family knows really well may help relieve some of that uneasiness. 

Let’s face it; sometimes, life can get in the way of appointments. With a family dentist that you know and trust, it’s much more likely that you’ll be able to get every member of your household scheduled in a fast and convenient way. 

What are the Other Benefits of Family Dentistry?

The benefits don’t stop at convenience. It’s much easier to track your dental history if you’ve always just been with one family dentist. There can be a little confusion in record-keeping when your family jumps from one dentist to the next. Save yourself some trouble by finding a family dentist that works for you. 

Another advantage you may not have considered is that going to the dentist as a family can certainly teach your youngsters a valuable lesson. Your kids will see how you approach your dental care, and then they will be able to learn by example. Seeing your example will have a huge influence on your children and will increase the chances that they continue making their oral health a priority in the future. 

How Do you Choose a Family Dentist?

The first thing you should consider when it comes to picking a family dentist is if your insurance is accepted by them. You should also consider their hours of operation, proximity to your home, work, or school, and whether or not their services meet your needs.

You should also consider the personality of the dentist. Is this someone that your family connects well with? You want to be sure that the staff is warm, inviting, and knowledgeable. Don’t hesitate to take a tour of the facility prior to selecting it. You want to be sure that this is a fit that your entire family will appreciate. 

Why Should You Choose Cornerstone? 

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we understand that family dentistry is a benefit for our patients. We do our best to make sure that everyone who walks through our doors is comfortable and that we answer any questions that they may have. We know that our patients have limited time, and we want to help make the most of it by offering services for the entire family. 

Please contact our office today at (865) 290-1055 to schedule a consultation or to ask more about our family dentistry services. We look forward to hearing from you! 

October 25, 2019

What Are My Options for Tooth Loss?

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If you suffer from tooth loss, then you know all too well how it can impact your entire life. In years past, there have only been a few options when it comes to smile restoration. Bridges and dentures have been the traditional go-to for tooth loss.

However, in recent years, dental implants have been added to the list of potential options. This solution not only looks more natural but is often more comfortable and durable than traditional dentures and bridges. A complete smile can help improve your oral health and self-confidence. If you’ve been considering your options, then read on to learn more about dental implants and whether or not this choice is right for you!

How Can Dental Implants Help With Tooth Loss?

Dental implants are replacement roots where teeth have fallen out. The implant allows for fixed or removable teeth to be placed. The implants look like your natural teeth, and people can’t tell the difference. Typically, people choose this option if they have significant tooth loss, but it can be used for a single tooth as well.

Does Tooth Loss Make Me A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Generally, anyone with good health can get dental implants. Of course, there are some instances in which it may not be a good fit. If you are a chronic smoker or suffer from a disease, then make sure you bring up your entire medical history with your dentist. Certain details about your health may not make you a good candidate for dental implants.

What are the Advantages of Dental Implants for Tooth Loss?

Many people opt for dental implants because they can remedy a variety of concerns. Some of the top advantages of dental implants include:

  • Durability: Implants can last several years with proper care and good oral hygiene practices.
  • Better Speech: Dentures can slip and cause people to slur their words. Patients don’t have to worry about accidentally slipping with dental implants since they remain fixed in place.
  • Better Appearance: A complete smile looks more aesthetically appealing and can help promote better self-esteem in patients.
  • Improved Eating and Speaking: Dental implants allow you to restore your smile and also improve your chewing and speaking ability. Lack of teeth can certainly influence speech and your ability to chew. However, dental implants work just like the rest of your teeth so you can get back to your normal function.
  • Convenient: Dental implants remain in place, so you don’t have to worry about removal or applying adhesive. It’s a simple solution that only requires proper oral hygiene as ongoing maintenance.
  • Comfortable: Many patients agree that dental implants are more comfortable than dentures. They fit like your natural teeth, and you never have to worry about them falling out at an inconvenient time.
  • Quality Oral Health: Nearby teeth don’t have to be altered in any way in order to have dental implants placed. More teeth can remain in place, and there is more access in between each tooth. Overall, this leads to better oral health now and into the future.

How Successful are Dental Implants?

While no procedure will work for everybody every time, dental implants have an incredibly high success rate of 98%. The success rate is determined by how the implants are placed in the jaw. 

However, relying on the expertise of a skilled dentist will go one step further in ensuring success. If done properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Typically, insurance does not cover dental implants. However, there may be options under your medical insurance based on your plan and the underlying cause of tooth loss. Make sure you discuss your options with your insurance provider if you would like insurance to pay for the cost of dental implants.

How Do You Care for Dental Implants?

The good news is that you already have experience with taking care of dental implants. That’s right—you care for them in the same way that you care for your natural teeth. You should brush, floss and mouthwash dental implants the same way that you would your regular teeth. You should also continue regular check-ups with your dentist, too.

What to Expect After Dental Implants?

Patients typically say that dental implants don’t cause much pain. Many people say that it isn’t as painful as tooth extraction. However, it is common for some pain and minor swelling to occur immediately after the procedure. Over-the-counter medication will help reduce slight side effects. Your dentist will inform you about additional follow-up care.

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At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we are committed to providing the best service to our clients. If you are living with tooth loss, then it’s time to evaluate your options. Reach out to us today to learn more! Our nonweldable staff is more than ready to answer your questions and schedule an initial consultation. Give us a call today at (865) 290-1055.

October 11, 2019

New Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery System for Patient Care

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Cornerstone Dental Arts is pleased to announce that it is now offering Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery. This innovative technology assists the dental surgeon with 3D surgical planning and guided surgical placement of dental implants. By combining robotic precision and control with the dental surgeon’s clinical expertise, Yomi in many cases allows for same-day, minimally-invasive flapless dental implant surgery. 

Cornerstone Dental Arts is the first practice in Tennessee to use this advanced surgical platform. This technology further allows Dr. Griffin to provide the highest level standard of dental care. We believe that Yomi is changing implant dentistry by enhancing our dental surgeons’ capabilities and advancing patient care through the latest technology.

Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery features an end-to-end digital surgical experience, including collaborative planning software and surgical guidance through robotic haptics. The dental surgeon is 100% in control during Yomi procedures. 

About Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery

Yomi Robot-Assisted Dental Surgery is the first and only robot-assisted dental surgery system to be commercially available in the United States and is in clinical use with leading dental surgeons. Yomi is cleared by the FDA in the United States as a computerized navigational system intended to provide assistance in both the planning and the surgical phases of dental implantation surgery. Yomi delivers physical guidance through the use of haptic robotic technology, which constrains the drill in position, orientation, and depth. The surgeon is in control of this assistive technology at all times. For more information on Yomi, visit https://www.neocis.com/meet-yomi/.

An Improved Patient Experience

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we always strive to offer the latest in dental technology that will further improve the care we can provide to our patients. By using the Yomi robot system, we are able to offer much quicker dental implant surgery, reducing the patients’ wait time to complete the implant process. The surgery technique that this new system allows us to provide many times offers a less-invasive surgical process, meaning that the patient can enjoy a quicker healing time and less pain in the healing process overall.

If you have any questions regarding Yomi or robot-assisted dental surgery, or if you are interested in scheduling that dental implant surgery you’ve been putting off, contact us at Cornerstone Dental Arts at 865-290-1058. We look forward to hearing from you!

September 27, 2019

The Importance of A Check-up and Cleaning

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You brush and floss regularly and your teeth look and feel great. That means you don’t need to go to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning, right? Wrong! No matter how well you take care of your oral hygiene on your own, there is simply no replacement for a professional exam and cleaning. And if you aren’t particularly terrific about your daily dental care, then check-ups and cleanings are even more essential. 

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Remember, the caring and professional team at Cornerstone Dental Arts isn’t only here in case of emergencies and other dental issues that pop up from time to time. Check-ups and cleanings are just as important as part of a proactive plan to keep your teeth in tip-top shape and your oral health in check. 

We generally recommend two regular check-ups and cleanings per year. This schedule allows us to keep track of your oral health, address any concerns you may have, see how your teeth, gums, and mouth compare to your last appointment, and give you a super deep cleaning that you just can’t achieve at home on your own. We take X-rays, look for cavities, check for signs of oral cancer, and more. Twice a year is all it takes to manage your dental care; you can commit to that, can’t you? 

Here is more you should know about the importance of regular check-ups and cleanings here at Cornerstone Dental Arts. Once you are aware of what we do and why it impacts your dental health, you’ll be more inclined to remain committed to coming in for your twice-yearly appointments. And when your oral health is great year after year, the rewards will speak for themselves.

I Have No Pain Or Any Other Dental/Oral Issues To Speak Of. Can I Skip My Appointment Just This Once?

The world won’t come to an end if you miss an appointment. But waiting an entire year (or longer) to see us could leave you vulnerable to developing a problem that may be quite far along by the next time we see you. You may not feel anything yet, but for all you know, a cavity may be quietly forming. By the time the pain sets in, the issue will be far worse than it would have been if we caught it at the start and dealt with it head-on from its first signs of formation. 

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Perhaps you think your gums are healthy, but then a few months later they are red and puffy. Had you kept your scheduled appointment, we may have noticed signs of early periodontal (gum) disease, something we could have turned around before it got worse. There are many reasons why coming in even when you feel OK is useful. Our trained staff paired with today’s high-tech tools can spot issues that you don’t even see or feel yourself. Early detection can prevent pain and suffering down the road. Being proactive is a positive thing, so do not skip even if you think you are doing fine in the dental department.

Will A Check-Up And Cleaning Help Ward Off Cavities? 

Absolutely. By coming in for a dental check-up and cleaning, we can assess your teeth for signs of cavities and help repair them right away. We will also protect your teeth from getting cavities in the first place. By deep cleaning, we will remove bacteria that can lead to cavity formation. We can also use a protective sealant over the molars that are most susceptible to getting cavities. Our advanced equipment paired with our dental expertise allows us to find even the faintest sign of a cavity beginning to emerge. And when your teeth are already cavity-free, we work hard to keep them that way.

Will You Take X-Rays During My Check-Up And Cleaning?

You may not require X-rays with every appointment, but we do take X-rays regularly to see what’s happening within the teeth, beneath the gum line, and wherever the naked eye can’t see. X-rays allow for a deeper look into the structure of the teeth and jaw, alerting us to potential issues that we can get to immediately for repair and correction if necessary. Don’t worry, X-rays are painless and we will keep you as comfortable as possible, something we consider no matter the procedure. And with digital imaging, the radiation factor is far less than the X-rays you may have experienced in the past. They’re faster too.

Now it is up to you to practice self-care. Let us be part of your overall oral health plans by promising to get regular check-ups and cleanings at Cornerstone Dental Arts. A healthy mouth is a happy mouth, so let’s see that smile shine! To schedule your next appointment, please give us a call at 865-290-1055. We look forward to seeing you.

September 13, 2019

Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

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Missing teeth can be a major concern for those who are living life this way. Not only can this cause a dramatic dip in self-confidence, but dental/oral structure and function can suffer as well. Some people simply give up and give in, deciding to deal with it and make do with the dental condition they were dealt with. But that does not have to be the case when a much better option is available, right here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, in fact. Dental implants are the solution.

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How Do I Fix My Missing Teeth?

Dental implants can change a person’s life. When missing teeth are a major problem affecting a patient’s day-to-day existence, these restorative replacements are not only designed to improve one’s appearance, but also a person’s well-being. Missing teeth are far more concerning than an aesthetic issue alone. The cheeks can sink in, the jaw can become compromised, eating and speaking can become more difficult, and any remaining teeth can shift, loosen, or become damaged due to the empty spaces left behind by missing teeth. That is why considering dental implants is a smart idea, as it provides a solid solution that can remedy all of these problems.

Here is more you should know about the benefits of dental implants, how they can revamp your smile, what the implant process is like, and more. Dental implants have greatly improved the lives of many of our patients – perhaps the next rejuvenated smile will be yours!

Do Dental Implants Really Go Into My Jaw? 

It sounds futuristic, but yes, the dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone. This provides the “root” of the prosthetic tooth and it is strong and stable. Made of rugged titanium, this “root” will take time to fuse to the bone – about 4-6 months. It may seem like a long time when you’re waiting for new teeth, but the process is necessary to ensure that the replacement teeth are connected to a well-implanted structure, something that will last a long time – perhaps a lifetime. This is a procedure we will do right here in the Cornerstone Dental Arts office, and we will keep you as comfortable as can be. During the healing process and fusion, your prosthetic teeth will be crafted to look natural and fit well with your bite, mouth shape, and so on. You will return to the office for them to be placed, and your smile and function will be remarkably restored, with a fit and finish that’s undetectable.

What If I Do Not Want To Wait 4-6 Months To Fix My Missing Teeth? Is There A Speedier Solution?

For those who are missing an entire arch of teeth, there is a type of dental implant called All-on-4 dental implants. These can be placed in just one visit. Four implant posts are used for support, and the entire arch is replaced with natural-looking teeth. We may suggest this option for patients with a thin or brittle jawbone which may not be able to support the other style of titanium posts. We can discuss if you would be a good candidate for All-on-4 during your dental consultation.

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I Only Have One Missing Tooth. Does A Dental Implant Make Sense In My Case?

Dental implants can be used to replace just a single missing tooth. We simply attach a porcelain crown to a post and implant it into the jawbone. We can also do something similar for a series of missing teeth, by way of an implant-retained bridge. There will be a crown implanted on the far teeth of the set of those missing, and in-between there will be a row of prosthetic teeth filling in the rest of the empty space. Both options are natural-looking and result in a beautiful strong smile. 

How Do I Care For My Dental Implants?

Once the dental implants are secure and set, you can treat them as you would your normal teeth. Brush and floss regularly and maintain good overall oral health. Be sure to keep up with your general dental exams and contact our office if you experience any issues with your dental implants. 

Are you missing teeth and think dental implants are right for you? You’ll only know for sure if you come to Cornerstone Dental Arts for a dental consultation and we can assess your situation. Our goal is to help you achieve a smile you are 100% satisfied with. If that means dental implants are in your future, we’ll get you started as soon as possible. Otherwise, we will come up with an alternate plan that you are sure to be just as pleased with.

To get any questions answered or to set up a consultation, please give us a call at 865-290-1055. We look forward to hearing from you and transforming your smile from ear to ear. 

August 23, 2019

What is a Cone Beam 3D?

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Today’s advanced technology means that the dental field has flourished due to the modern machinery that has been invented and perfected in recent years. Here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, we make the most of this new technology, especially when we know it will benefit our patients and make their visits more complete. This is why we use the Cone Beam 3D at Cornerstone Dental Arts.

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One of the high-tech devices we have in the office is the Sirona 3D Cone Beam. The level of precision this 3D scanner can capture is truly remarkable. The machine is revolutionary in the way it can obtain amazingly accurate images of your teeth and surrounding structures in just minutes, while you sit there still with no discomfort to speak of during the process. The machine may look daunting due to its size, but rest assured, it is perfectly designed to collect the needed images without invading your space. It is fast, futuristic, and makes dental appointments more accurate than ever before.

Here is more information about the 3D Cone Beam and why we use it. It is just another way we provide our patients with the latest and greatest technology out there. 

Will You Use the Cone Beam 3D During My Dental Exam?

Not everyone will require the use of the Cone Beam 3D. We certainly do not use them during every dental exam or appointment. We use the Cone Beam 3D for special and specific reasons that require a closer view of the mouth, in three dimensions for superior clarity. Not every appointment requires such a view, such as a general cleaning, whitening, or when we are filling a cavity. If we do believe that using the Cone Beam 3D will give us greater insight into an issue you are dealing with, we then will utilize the device for its power and precise results. Like any other procedure done at Cornerstone Dental Arts, we will let you know what we are doing every step of the way; there are no surprises when you are with us.

What Are Some Reasons You May Use This Technology?

You have surely had “regular” X-rays taken at Cornerstone Dental Arts or at another dental practice you have visited in the past. These days, the results are more accurate than ever, surpassing what at one point we couldn’t have imagined could be possible. Now, with 3D imaging, the images are even more impressive, with a 3D view of the teeth, bones, soft tissues, and other oral structures. When you are suffering from a dental issue that requires a deeper look, or we need to be particularly careful before beginning a procedure or surgery, we will make use of the Cone Beam 3D to get a different and more detailed view of the oral area. Here are some reasons a 3D image is advisable:

  • Root canal – before going through with this procedure, we will have a better look beneath the surface at your nerves and other structures. A 3D image may even alert us that a root canal isn’t needed after all – a relief to you, for sure!
  • Dental implant placement – we can see beneath the gums, into the jaw, etc. so we can implant the restorative dental appliance as precisely and comfortably as possible. 
  • Removal of molars and other tooth extractions – a good look at what is going on gives us a clearer idea of how this procedure will go.
  • TMJ and other jaw conditions – if you believe you are suffering from TMJ, perhaps due to repetitive and ongoing clenching, a 3D scan can see if any damage has been done and how we can reverse, repair, or otherwise treat you. 
  • Breaks and fractures to the teeth or jaw bones – some issues can be minute, so this scan allows us to see every possible angle and plan treatment at once. We certainly do not want a break to worsen, compromising the structure within your mouth.
  • Pain – you may be experiencing oral pain and we cannot figure out why you are suffering. With the Cone Beam 3D, we may find the answer we have been searching for, something a traditional X-ray (and certainly the naked eye) may have missed. 

Exposure to radiation from this machine is low, so there is no need to worry when we use it. Plus, your need for a Cone Beam 3D image will be limited, so it certainly won’t be a common part of your dental appointments. 

If you have questions or concerns about the Cone Beam 3D, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 865-290-1055. Of course, before we sit you down in front of the machine, we will fully detail what the process will be like. And remember, it is quite quick, so the whole thing will go by in a flash. That is possibly the most amazing part – something so snappy delivers results that are so sharp.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Cornerstone Dental Arts…perhaps in 3D!

August 9, 2019

What’s So Special About Intraoral Cameras?

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Getting up close and personal makes your dental exam even more accurate. And the naked eye just can’t see everything that there is to see, no matter how well your dentist passes their eye exam test. It is a fact of life that humans have their limitations, and no matter how precise we strive to be, there will always be the understanding that human eyes will not be able to see it all. Intraoral cameras are designed to help combat this issue.

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Before high-tech devices came into the picture, this concept was universally accepted and well understood. After all, what else could a dentist do with the tools they had? But now, intraoral cameras are changing the game. By being able to selectively scope out those areas that could not be seen well enough before with the naked eye, intraoral cameras are like a second set of eyes – but these can really get deep into the grooves, nooks, crannies, and more, giving dentists a closer view of what is going on in your mouth.

Here is some more valuable information about these special cameras and what you can expect when we use one during your next dental exam at Cornerstone Dental Arts. Intraoral cameras are changing the way we examine your teeth, now better than ever with modern advancements that are aiding dentists dramatically. 

Is the Intraoral Camera Going to Be Uncomfortable While Being Used?

Because the intraoral camera is so small in size, it will not be bothersome at all. The camera portion is at the tip of the wand, so we can direct it towards the areas of the mouth that we need to get a closer look at. The entire device is about the size of an electric toothbrush. If you do not find those to be uncomfortable while using, then you will not find the intraoral camera to be uncomfortable either. 

What Makes Intraoral Cameras So Efficient?

The intraoral camera captures high-resolution images of your teeth and gums as well as other areas of the mouth. These images are clear and well-defined, allowing us to see the specifics of every section. And we do not have to wait for the images to appear; everything is readily available in real time and neatly displayed on a convenient monitor right beside your chair. With less waiting, we can assess any dental issues you may be experiencing and get to a treatment plan right away. Additionally, since the monitor is right there in the office, you can view right along with the dentist and see exactly what they are seeing. You can ask questions along the way, voice your concerns, and better understand the diagnosis and outlook. With this type of transparency, another layer of trust in your dentist is achievable. Nothing is done behind the scenes to give you any doubts or concerns. We can also save all of the images taken by the intraoral camera to your file and add to your dental records to reflect back on exam after exam to note any changes or to keep tabs on an issue that has the potential to worsen if left unchecked or untreated.

Will You Use an Intraoral Camera for Every Dental Appointment?

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Depending upon the reason for your dental visit, we will determine if the use of an intraoral camera is necessary on a case by case basis. Most general dental exams will benefit from using the intraoral camera, and whenever we need a clearer view of a tooth or another area of the mouth, we may utilize the intraoral camera for its precision. It is safe to use, so we make the most of it when required. We will let you know if we intend to use the intraoral camera during your appointment…no surprises. 

Remember, every dental appointment at Cornerstone Dental Arts is geared towards making you feel completely comfortable and well taken care of by our staff. We are here to answer your questions about intraoral cameras, our other in-office tools and technology, or anything else that may be of concern to you. With new and exciting devices and advancements steadily improving the dental field, there is always something sophisticated being used during your dental visits. If you have never experienced an intraoral camera before, prepare yourself for a more modernized dental appointment with results you can rely on. No pain, more precision, and an all-around more perfect appointment. 

Are you due for a checkup? Now that you know more about intraoral cameras, expect an even greater level of excellence during your next dental examination. Check with the front desk if it is time for you to see us again. Give us a call at 865-290-1055. We look forward to seeing you…and your teeth and gums with more precision than ever before thanks to the intraoral camera!

July 26, 2019

Fix Chips and Cracks with Cosmetic Bonding

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Sometimes, there is just a little something that you wish could be improved about your smile. Nothing major, just a simple fix that can be done quickly and effectively to transform your teeth slightly, but significantly, at least in your eyes. From a slight chip to that one tooth that always seemed a bit shorter than the rest, if we can fix it, you’ll feel so much better. And it’s all thanks to the wonders of cosmetic bonding, something we do to make your dental dreams come true. 

Cosmetic bonding is a process we highly recommend at Cornerstone Dental Arts that works quite well in such a situation. This relatively quick and totally pain-free process is an excellent fixer-upper for spacing or small gaps between teeth you’d prefer were closed up, minor chips or cracks that have been bothering you, discoloration or dullness that doesn’t let you smile with that “mega-watt” shine, or slight crookedness that has always shaken up your confidence. Bonding is also useful for minimal reshaping or rebuilding when a veneer or denture is far more work than needed to achieve your goal. 

The layered resin compound which makes up the bonding material will match your natural tooth color flawlessly and finely fill in those less than perfect places you have always wished looked better. When you do not need a total overhaul, something more basic, yet beautifying like bonding is the answer. Here is more information about cosmetic bonding, and why it may just be the dental solution you have been seeking. Suddenly, that slight crack will be history!

How is the Cosmetic Bonding Process Done?

The entire process is straightforward and comparatively simple when you consider other more major dental work one might require. First, we will gently roughen (etch) the surface of your tooth ever so slightly so the bonding material (in liquid form) can best adhere to the tooth. Once it fully hardens and sets in place, we will artfully and carefully shape or sand down the bonded area to perfection and polish it smoothly so it matches the natural tooth as far as shine and texture. The resulting appearance is completely natural. No one will know it’s not part of your natural tooth…unless you tell them. 

The whole cosmetic bonding process can be done during one visit to the office since the bonding agent is formed to your tooth right here. There are no impressions of the teeth or bite to be taken and sent to a lab to create the bonding material. This process is far less involved than other procedures that require follow up visits until final results are accomplished. Bonding is looking better and better!

How Long Will the Bonding Work Last?

Bonding is quite durable, but it is not as strong as your natural teeth. The bonded areas can chip or break, so be extra careful if you tend to clench your teeth, while you are eating hard foods or candy, and definitely do not use your teeth as “tools” to open bottles and things of the sort. Additionally, the bonded areas may stain more readily than natural teeth, so pay attention to what you eat and drink, as well as smoking. That said, the results of cosmetic bonding last an average of 3-5 years, potentially many more when you practice good oral hygiene habits. 

How Do I Care for My Bonded Tooth/Teeth?

Just like natural teeth, practicing good oral hygiene habits every day is a must. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, at least twice per day. And don’t forget to keep up with your regular dental exams here at Cornerstone Dental Arts. Essentially, treat the bonded teeth as you would your other teeth, just pay more attention to their color and connection to the tooth. If you see any staining or discoloration, before whitening on your own, see one of our dentists. The bonded area may not whiten the same as your natural tooth, so we will guide you through the process. Also, you may want to avoid consuming coffee, tea, wine, chocolate, and other foods and drinks known for staining. If you do choose to consume these items, brush completely to avoid allowing the stain to set in. If you believe you grind or clench your teeth at night, this can affect the bonded regions and how long they hold up. We may choose to fit you for a nighttime bite plate to help you with these conditions. 


Are you ready for cosmetic bonding? Before long, your teeth will be more beautiful than ever, done simply and affordably. If you have any questions regarding bonding or want to schedule a consultation with a Cornerstone Dental Arts dentist, please give us a call at 865-290-1058. We look forward to seeing you and perfecting your smile with the benefits of bonding.

July 12, 2019

Get a Movie Star Smile With Porcelain Veneers

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How ‘bout a stunning smile to make your summer even brighter? Of course, a dazzling smile is a year-round reward, but why wait any longer when the perfect smile you have been longing for is no longer out of reach? With porcelain veneers, you can have a smile that you thought only movie stars could flash. They are so natural looking, feel and function like your real teeth, and will give your self-esteem a boost that you just won’t believe. 

Whether you need a minor cosmetic change or something more significant, porcelain veneers will change your smile for the better. Our team of dentists are not only technically savvy, but artfully advanced to make every smile look simply stunning. 

Read on for more information about porcelain veneers, why they could be the clear cosmetic choice for you, and what is involved in the process. You’re probably smiling already! 

What Porcelain Veneers are Made of and How The Process Goes

Porcelain veneers are made of porcelain (obviously), but they are crafted into thin shells that look just like real teeth. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to their creation – each “tooth” is custom-made to fit and feel fabulous for the patient who’ll be wearing them. 

As for placement, it will be a two-visit process to our practice. During your first appointment at Cornerstone Dental Arts, we will prep your teeth by removing a very thin layer of the enamel. This won’t damage the teeth or cause discomfort, but it will allow for room for the porcelain veneers to be placed over top. You do not want the veneer to protrude unnaturally or look too thick, so this minor removal allows for these cosmetic concerns. Once the enamel is carefully removed, we will take impressions of your teeth which will be sent to the lab where the veneers will be designed. While they are being crafted, temporary veneers will be placed over your teeth in the interim. 

Once the veneers are ready (a few weeks at most), you will return to the office for your second (and final) appointment. With a special adhesive process, we will attach them to your teeth for a strong hold that will last for many happy years with proper care (details on care below). They will function just like real teeth, but look so much better. Another perk? They won’t stain! 

Who is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

If you have any of the following situations with your smile that you’d like to correct, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Of course, talk to your dentist to determine if porcelain veneers will correct the condition to your satisfaction. 

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Stained/dull teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth (too crooked may require orthodontic work)
  • Broken teeth
  • Teeth are too long or too short (or mismatched)
  • Bite is off/misalignment
  • Spaces/gaps between teeth

Some patients have a series of teeth that can benefit from the beauty of porcelain veneers while others only have a tooth or two that need work. Every patient has specific needs and desires, and the Cornerstone Dental Arts team is here to hear your goals and recommend a smile-improving solution.

Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers

Just like your natural teeth, teeth with veneers over top need to be taken care of properly. While they are super strong and durable, it does not mean they do not need good care to last to their full capacity. Here are some simple but important tips to follow to help keep your veneers in tip-top condition:

  • Schedule (and keep) your dental cleaning exams. Your teeth need to be checked and cleaned, including your veneers. Plus, if they happen to chip or seem to be faulty in any way, we can figure that out right away before the issue leads to potential further damage. Twice a year is what is generally recommended in terms of regular oral exams.
  • Do not clench or grind your teeth. This will wear away at the porcelain, not to mention the potential it has to affect your other teeth and jaw. If you think you may be clenching or grinding while you sleep, talk to your dentist about wearing a night guard at bedtime to prevent damage.
  • Do not whiten your veneers. They will remain nearly flawless if you practice good oral hygiene habits. They will not whiten like natural teeth and can become discolored due to the bleaching agents in most whiteners. 
  • Brush and floss twice daily as you would regularly for excellent overall oral hygiene.

Are you ready to reveal a brand new smile? Porcelain veneers may be exactly what you need to smile like your favorite celeb. Give us a call at 865-290-1063 for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of the Cornerstone Dental Arts dentists.

June 28, 2019

What is Gum Therapy?

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Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a dire dental situation in the United States with about half of the adult population dealing with it in some capacity and level of severity as per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). One out of two? That could be you!

While some cases of gum disease are quite mild, if left untreated, over time the condition could worsen, leading to far more serious issues that can actually travel throughout the body. From the first indications of redness and swelling to something far more severe, it is unwise and ill-advised for any patient to ignore any signs or symptoms of gum disease they may be experiencing, no matter how small they seem.

But oral care, especially gum therapy, is certainly not something you have to tackle alone. Here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, part of your routine oral exam focuses on the treatment of the gums, how they are currently doing and how they may have changed since your last appointment. Our caring team is always thorough, even if you have no issues to complain of. After all, sometimes the very start of something that could turn serious reveals no signs at all. That’s why a checkup is your first line of dental defense. We are here to nip things in the bud before the situation snowballs. A proactive approach as well as continued oral care management will be the key to keeping your gums healthy and disease free for a long time to come.

Please read on for more information about gum therapy, why it is so very important, and what we at Cornerstone Dental Arts can do to keep your gums in great condition. It’s a must that can affect more than just your mouth.

What Causes Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease) and What Can It Lead To?

Gum disease is essentially an infection that starts when the bacteria and plaque that form on the surface of the teeth begin to creep up to and beneath the gum line. Patients generally see some degree of swelling and redness, perhaps experience tenderness or even pain. As the infection deepens and worsens (which it will if untreated), the gums can recede (pull back/away from the teeth) and patients may experience chronic bad breath (halitosis). Even tooth loss can occur. When gum disease is not treated completely, it can further invade the body, becoming a serious risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and other health conditions. Gum therapy is the proper way to tackle the issue so it can be treated effectively and efficiently.

Gum Restoration – What Is It and How Can It Protect Gums?

As mentioned, one serious effect of gum disease is gum recession. Once the tooth enamel close to the roots become exposed due to this recession, decay is more likely to develop and fester, which can lead to tooth loss. Past treatment for this condition included gum grafts, but this procedure is painful. These days, as modern dental technology has advanced, here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, we can correct gum recession with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. Restoration no longer requires tissue harvesting from other areas of the body, incisions, or pain. Talk to one of the Cornerstone Dental Arts dentists for more detail about this revolutionary restoration process and if your gum therapy may require this procedure.

How Can Plaque and Bacteria Be Eradicated From the Gums?

We clean your teeth during your general oral checkups, but when there is plaque and bacteria along the gum line that appears to have become infected, we trust soft tissue laser technology to vaporize the plaque and bacteria away by using highly-concentrated beams of light. This technique is incredibly precise, so only the diseased areas are treated while the healthy gums are not compromised. The procedure is nearly pain-free and can be done quickly in the office.

Another layer of protection and elimination of bacteria and infection is by way of topical antibiotics. Applied directly to the gums in the office, a medication called Arestin will attack the bacteria and keep it at bay. This is a second course of action that gives you added therapy once the plaque and bacteria are removed, and kills off anything that has been left behind.

Common Signs of Gum Disease to Look Out For:

·       Swollen gums

·       Bleeding gums

·       Red gums

·       Tender gums

·       Painful gums

·       Loose teeth or loss of teeth

·       Receding gums

·       Bad breath (halitosis)

Do you notice any signs of gum disease developing or do you want to learn more about gum therapy at Cornerstone Dental Arts? We are here to answer any questions or to address your concerns. But don’t wait. The longer gum disease lingers, the greater the chance for worsening or complications. Give us a call at 865-290-1063. Great gums lead to even greater smiles.