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January 10, 2020

It’s 2020, It’s Time To Take Oral Care Seriously!

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New Year’s resolutions don’t diminish as the year moves along. When you vow to make your upcoming year your best yet, do not forget your promises to yourself once January 1st has come and gone. You have the strength and stamina to make those rewarding resolutions last, and taking oral care (and your overall health) seriously should be your top priority.

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Oral care is a big concern. If you have not thought about your overall oral health as you tackle 2020, it’s time to get down to business. Your oral health and hygiene is crucial when it comes to your entire body’s benefit. It is essentially up to you to be proactive and persistent, from regular at-home hygiene practices to scheduling dental cleanings twice-yearly. Naturally, the team at Cornerstone Dental Arts is always on your side, supporting your mission to have optimal oral health, not only in 2020 but for the years to come as well.

Here are some simple, yet smart ways to stick to a satisfactory oral care routine that will result in a healthy and happy smile, as well as prevent you from suffering from more pressing health problems down the road. This is not going to be a major adjustment to your already-busy schedule, as oral care can be easy if you work it into your everyday to-dos. With your fresh breath, sparkling smile, and pain-free teeth and gums, you will be glad you’ve decided to step-up your oral care routine and give yourself a boost for the betterment of your whole body. 

Brush And Floss Often And Well 

By now we all know that brushing and flossing is a must-do. We have been told this since we were sitting in the dentist’s chair as young kids. But how much, how often, and does it all really matter that much? At least twice per day is ideal. If you feel the need to brush mid-day after a particularly gooey snack or flavorsome meal, by all means, do so. And if you’ve got something wedged between your teeth, for heaven’s sake, don’t leave it stuck there. Bacteria can grow and lead to painful and problematic gum disease. Whip out some floss and remove that rubbish before something starts to swell…or spread. 

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Use a good toothpaste as recommended by your dentist. You do not have to spend a fortune to find a decent brand that is ADA-approved. Use the amount as directed on the tube and brush all areas of your teeth and tongue. Spend a few minutes each time being mindful of every nook and cranny, rinse your mouth out well, and redo it if you don’t feel quite fresh enough. As for flossing, get in between all your teeth, move the floss back and forth tenderly and carefully. Toss away the used piece of floss and use a fresh piece the next time around. If you are unsure how to floss your teeth correctly, we can go through the process the next time you are in for a cleaning. It is simple and nothing to be scared of. You may need a little time to get used to the unusual sensation, but the feeling will become just fine after some practice.

Book Your Dental Cleanings Twice A Year

You may look and feel great, but your dental checkups are a must. A thorough evaluation will give you the peace of mind that everything is perfect, and we will find issues that are just at the cusp of becoming a concern. It is better to be safe than sorry, so book that appointment and know you are doing all you can for your oral health.

When you come in for your dental checkup, we will do a deep cleaning and flossing, plaque removal, take X-rays, and more. Expect a head and neck exam for cavity detection and as an oral cancer screening. We go above and beyond to be sure your oral health is up to par, and if there is anything we are concerned about, we will address it immediately. If treatment is necessary, we will discuss your options and proceed accordingly. Hopefully, everything is going just fine, and in that case, you’ll leave our office with a squeaky clean smile and a clean bill of health. 

We recommend two general exams yearly unless otherwise specified based on your circumstances. To book your next appointment with Cornerstone Dental Arts, give us a call at (865) 290-1055. We look forward to seeing you.

Make 2020 your year to be overly-cautious about your oral health. It’s so vital to do so, as gum disease can spread and cause heart problems, stroke, and other health issues that could have been nipped in the bud had you been more mindful. There is no time like the present to treat yourself better. Start with your smile!

December 27, 2019

What Are My Options for Getting Straight Teeth?

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You can’t deny the effects of a dazzling straight smile. Not only does it enhance your appearance and provide a boost to your self-esteem, but it may correct a variety of dental issues as well. However, as people will quickly realize, there is more than one option when it comes to achieving straight teeth. Here, we will discuss two of the most common options: traditional braces and Invisalign. 

Understanding what each option is and what it can offer for your smile will help patients identify which solution may be right for them. Your smile is as unique as you are, and Cornerstone Dental Arts is dedicated to making sure the appropriate method is selected! 

Understanding the Orthodontics Process

The orthodontics process starts with an initial evaluation. At this time, the orthodontist will examine your teeth and determine which steps should be taken to correct alignment. You may need additional x-rays and possibly teeth removal to make room for your new smile. No matter which course of action is chosen, patients should expect to have impressions made of their teeth. The patient’s age, condition of their teeth, and long-term goals are considered in order to determine the best course of action moving forward. 

Why You Should See a Specialist

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we want our patients to have the peace of mind they deserve. We are specialized in orthodontics, and we offer a background of experience focused specifically on this type of dental care. If you are considering your options for straight teeth, turn to the professionals you can count on. Specialists not only have years of experience, but they stay abreast of the latest technology and options, so you are sure to receive the best care possible. 

Straight Teeth is More than a Cosmetic Issue 

It’s certainly true that many people simply want their smile to look better. However, make no mistake that crooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue. Not only can improper alignment cause jaw pain and tension, but it could make it difficult to chew, smile, or speak.
Additionally, crooked teeth may make it harder to clean during brushing properly. Improper oral care can lead to a host of problems, including cavities, gingivitis, and other dental diseases.

Alignment issues may also create bad habits, such as grinding. Over time, the repetition of grinding can significantly wear down teeth and lead to the need for even more dental work down the line. 

Not to mention, a crooked smile can wreak havoc on a person’s self-esteem. We often underestimate how much our smile matters in social situations. It can be especially difficult around the workplace, or even when communicating with our family and friends. If your smile is less than perfect, you may find yourself avoiding certain activities. If you want a better smile that can save your confidence and your health, then you’ll want to check out a couple of our straightening options! 

Traditional Braces

When it comes to choices, traditional braces are usually what first comes to people’s minds. This method is well-known, trusted, and the most durable option out there. Modern metal braces options aren’t as noticeable, but they are just as reliable as the traditional braces from years past.

Generally, younger patients are offered traditional braces simply because they are cost-effective and can handle a certain level of neglect that is common with children. Special care should be given to cleaning around metal brackets and bands to ensure that the smile remains healthy throughout the treatment process. Children tend to appreciate the numerous vibrant rubber bands that allow them to customize their smiles a little bit more. 

Invisalign 

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Invisalign is a terrific option for people who want a virtually invisible treatment plan. Adults and teens typically prefer this method because it is a less noticeable option that still yields incredible results. This method allows us to slowly transform the smile over time without the need for obvious metal braces, which may offer peace of mind to the hesitant patient.

The series of plastic metal trays slowly align the teeth allowing correction to occur in a series of weeks and months. Patients simply have to remove the trays when eating or brushing their teeth. Wear time varies based on the existing condition of the teeth. Typically, patients should expect to wear the trays for at least six months. Patients appreciate the subtle appearance and dramatic results! 

Overview 

Straight teeth can transform a person’s look and attitude. If you’ve noticed that your smile has impacted the way that you live, then perhaps you should consider orthodontic treatment. 

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we understand that each patient is unique and requires a customized approach. Fortunately, we offer a variety of orthodontic solutions to meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more at (865) 290-1055!

December 13, 2019

Achieve the White Smile of Your Dreams

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Everybody wants a straight, white smile. Not only can a flawless smile make you look more friendly and approachable, but it also gives you a self-esteem boost. If you’ve been suffering from a less than perfect smile, then it’s time to do something about it. 

We understand that imperfections with your teeth can have a lasting impact on a person. That’s why we’re here to help! Let’s discuss teeth whitening options as well as a variety of additional services that can help you get back the smile that you deserve! 

What Are the Options for Getting a White Smile?

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we understand that a white smile can leave a lasting impression. That is why we offer KOR Teeth Whitening as an in-office treatment. In a single treatment, we can remove years of stains and blemishes so that your teeth look as white as possible. 

However, if you prefer an in-home whitening system, we offer that as well. While the market may be saturated with take-home teeth-whitening systems, our system actually works. In as little as two weeks, your teeth could be up to eight shades brighter! 

Deciding between the two options may take some time. Most people prefer to use the in-office treatment and then follow up with the in-home system as maintenance care. 

What Are the Pros and Cons of Whitening? 

Of course, as with any treatment, there are a few pros and cons that you should keep in mind. 

The pros are:

  • You will have a whiter and brighter smile
  • It’s fast and convenient
  • It’s affordable

The cons are:

  • Some people experience teeth sensitivity
  • Stains can come back without proper care
  • You will have to do maintenance whitening treatments 

Be sure to talk with your dentist about the pros and cons that may impact your exact situation. It’s always best to be as informed as possible when making dental decisions. 

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dentistry in which the procedures are done to enhance a person’s appearance. Many people elect a variety of cosmetic treatments in order to regain their confidence and look and feel their absolute best. 

How Does Cosmetic Dentistry Go Beyond Aesthetics?

While it’s true that cosmetic dentistry can make a person look better, the treatments actually go far beyond that. Not only can it help with alignment issues, but it could also relieve some of the anxiety and stress that people may feel about their teeth. 

What Are the Options? 

Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of options, including:

  • Metal-free dental crowns: Metal crowns can look unsightly. If you have a chipped tooth (especially a visible one in front of your mouth), then a metal-free dental crown may be the right option for you. 
  • Whitening systems: Whether you choose the in-house treatment or opt for the take-home option, you are sure to feel much better about your
  • smile once it is as white as can be! 
  • Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers look very similar to your natural teeth. In fact, nobody will know you’ve had work done just by looking at it! 

Not only do these options correct a variety of problems, but they do so in a way that keeps a person’s appearance in mind. 

Contact Cornerstone Dental Arts 

Cosmetic dentistry may be the right option for you! If you are less than happy with your smile, then it’s time to talk to the professionals. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Our knowledgeable staff is there to answer your questions and provide the help you need to get the smile that you deserve. Give us a call at (865) 290-1055.

November 22, 2019

I Have Missing Teeth – What Can I Do?

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For some people, gum disease or tooth decay may lead to tooth loss. However, there are numerous options available when it comes to missing teeth. One of the most common solutions is dentures.

Dentures are essentially fake teeth that are removable. They look and feel like natural teeth, and you still must care for them in much of the same manner. However, dentures may not be the best solution for everybody. To learn if this is a possible solution for you, keep reading for more information.

Pros

Let’s start by talking about the pros associated with dentures.

Faster treatment process: Other tooth replacement options, such as implants, can require a lengthy treatment process. This means months of dentist appointments and many steps along the way. For those that prefer a faster treatment process, then dentures may be an attractive solution. This process can be accomplished between two and six weeks.

Dentures look like real teeth: Nobody will be able to tell that you are wearing dentures. They look and feel just like regular teeth. Dentists take time to ensure that the teeth match your face structure and look similar to your natural smile.

Supports weakening jaw: Sometimes, as people age, their jaw starts to weaken. However, individuals who have dentures have just a little more support, which helps them avoid a sunken look that other people may experience over time.

Increases confidence: One of the most significant advantages of dentures is that it can give people back their sense of self-confidence. Looking your best helps you feel your best!

Fewer restrictions: The treatment process for dentures doesn’t have as many restrictions as you may have with other options out there. This may be an easier solution for some patients who have difficulty following strict guidelines.

No surgical procedures: Dentures don’t require surgeries associated with dental implants.

More affordable: Dentures are more cost-effective than other options available.

Cons

It takes time to adjust: Although dentures look and feel like natural teeth, everybody needs an adjustment time to get used to them. You’ll have to learn how to speak and eat with them, but this usually remedies in a matter of days or a couple of weeks.

Dentures are not permanent: With proper care, dentures can last a long time. However, as you age, you may need your dentures to be re-fitted to adjust to the changes in your face. Typically, replacing your dentures may occur every 5-8 years. However, this will vary from patient to patient.

Infections: If your dentures don’t fit properly, then infections may occur. This is why it is absolutely critical that you seek the care of a skilled dentist.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

A person who is a good candidate for dentures is someone who is missing several or all of their teeth. Your dentist will evaluate your gums and existing teeth to ensure that this is a viable option for you. Dentures are designed to fit either a partial area of the mouth or the entire mouth. However, if you are only missing a single tooth, then this option is not the best for you.

The Best Solutions for Missing Teeth

It may surprise you to learn that there are many options and features available when it comes to choosing the best dentures for you. Here are a few options that you may hear about:

Full dentures: Full dentures replace the entire set of teeth. Full dentures usually can be completed about 6-8 weeks after the gums have healed following tooth extraction.

Partial: Partials are used when the patient still has some of their natural teeth. If possible, the dentist will try to save as many healthy teeth as possible.

Custom dentures: Customized dentures are made to look as close to your natural teeth as possible.

Immediate dentures: In some instances, immediate dentures may be offered the same day that teeth are extracted.

Implant-supported dentures: In some cases, a dental implant is used to secure the denture. It allows the dentures to be supported and positioned properly.

Schedule a Consultation 

If you are living with missing teeth, then it’s time to get your smile back! At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we know how important it is to have a smile that you can be proud of. If you are ready to look at teeth replacement options, then contact our office at (865) 290-1055. We are ready to answer your questions and provide solutions that you can trust. If you are a new patient, you will find these resources helpful. Reach out to us today for more information!

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.

Overview

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!