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August 26, 2016

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy

Filed under: Gum Disease,Uncategorized cornerstone @ 6:42 pm

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy has been provided by Cornerstone Dental for many years.

A laser is a state-of-the-art device that uses light energy in a fine focus.

A laser is a state-of-the-art device that uses light energy in a fine focus.

  • The benefits of treating gum disease or periodontitis are overwhelming because it allows the opportunity to attack the periodontal inflammation at the microscopic level, which dramatically increases the chances of success.
  • Lasers allow access to depths that are simply inaccessible by traditional dental hygiene methods, so there is a greater likelihood of reducing inflammation.


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July 18, 2016

Dentist Twice a Year?

Filed under: Uncategorized cornerstone @ 8:08 pm

Should everyone see the dentist twice a year?

Dentist more than twice a year? It may be time to call Cornerstone!
For over fifty years the general rule of thumb has been that people should see the dentist twice a year, but what if your dentist recommends more frequent visits? Although that may work fine for many people, depending on lifestyle or medical conditions, there is a significant number of people who should actually see their dentist more frequently.

Some conditions or circumstances that may result in the need for more frequent dental visits include:

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June 15, 2016

What are Dental Sealants?

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What are Dental Sealants?

You have heard of dental sealants before, but what are they anyway?  And why should you consider dental sealants for your kids?  The chewing surfaces of back molar teeth naturally have grooves, or pits and fissures in them.  These grooves are often smaller than a single bristle from a tooth brush.  Because of this, it is very common for people to develop cavities when these grooves are left unprotected because they are so challenging to really keep clean, especially for children.  A dental sealant is a plastic material that is placed in the pits and fissures, or grooves of the chewing surfaces that helps protect the molar teeth from decay along these surfaces.  They are done very quickly, and easily, and are relatively inexpensive.  The sealants act as a barrier between the teeth and food and plaque.

Who should get dental sealants?


Children have not mastered the dexterity needed for truly brushing their back teeth.  The American Dental Association and the Center for Disease Control strongly recommend (more…)

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May 18, 2016

White Flecks in Teeth

Filed under: Uncategorized cornerstone @ 7:11 pm

White Flecks in Teeth

What are those White Flecks in Teeth?  

Having white flecks in teeth is not an unusual phenomenon, but when you are the parent of a teenager who hates his or her smile because of these tiny imperfections, it can be difficult!  One thing that might help is to understand what they are.

The main cause of these white flecks in teeth (also called white spots, lesions, or mottling) are typically either part of the development (or internal make-up) of the tooth or the result of external or environmental causes.

White Flecks in Teeth or white lesions

White Flecks in Teeth

Development of Teeth

The formation of teeth is genetic, but also relies on the availability of proper minerals during the development of the complex tissues from the external enamel to the internal root.   (more…)

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April 25, 2016

What can you do for a chipped tooth?

Filed under: Uncategorized cornerstone @ 4:09 pm

Having a broken or chipped tooth can be a horrible experience.

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, there are a variety of treatment options available for a broken or chipped tooth which depends on the circumstances of each case.  The doctor will review which options are pertinent for you. They may include:

If you find yourself in an emergent situation, we have emergency dental care info on our website.  And of course you may always click here or call for an appointment: 865-531-7117.

A broken or chipped tooth can be embarrassing and painful

A broken or chipped tooth can be embarrassing and painful.


And finally, one of the most obvious suggestions is to try to avoid getting a broken or chipped tooth.  Here are some tips compiled by our dentists here at Cornerstone Dental Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee: (more…)

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March 16, 2016

Fastbraces in Knoxville

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentist,Knoxville Dentist cornerstone @ 7:17 pm

FastBraces ® Technology is Now Available in Knoxville

Dr. Jody Griffin at Cornerstone Dental Arts in Knoxville, TN is pleased to offer Fastbraces.  This system’s revolutionary design provides safe, effective, beautiful and long lasting orthodontic results.

Fastbraces in Knoxville, TN available at Cornerstone Dental Arts.

Fastbraces in Knoxville

What is Fastbraces, and how is it they different from other types of Orthodontic treatment?

Fastbraces is designed to straighten teeth in a much shorter time period than traditional braces. Unlike traditional braces that can take over two years to rearrange a crooked smile, Fastbraces offers a patented design that can get results faster and easier than ever.  Typical results can be seen in as little as five to ten months. (more…)

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February 22, 2016

Pinhole Surgical Technique

Filed under: Uncategorized cornerstone @ 8:19 pm

Cornerstone Dental is thrilled to offer the Pinhole Surgical Technique

A common condition that we see at Cornerstone Dental Arts is gingival recession, or gum recession. Now, the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is available right here in Knoxville, TN

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique

What is gum recession or gum loss and why does it occur?

Gingival, or gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This is when the gum tissue pulls back from the tooth, revealing more of the tooth, and even the root. There are several reasons why gingival recession or gum loss may occur, even including abrasive or aggressive brushing on fragile gingival tissue.  Other causes can include abnormal tooth positioning, gum trauma, the natural aging process or periodontal disease.

Why should gum loss be treated?

When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth can become (more…)

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January 27, 2016

Tooth Colored Fillings

Filed under: Direct Restoration,Knoxville Dentist,Teeth Whitening,Veneers cornerstone @ 2:20 pm

Are you looking for Tooth Colored Fillings in Knoxville?

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, our practice specializes in Tooth Colored Fillings.  If you are looking for tooth colored fillings in or nearby Knoxville, Tennessee, look no further.  We are happy to offer a range of high-quality dental treatment to patients of any age, which includes offering metal-free, tooth colored fillings, or composite resin fillings.  These safe, durable, cosmetically-pleasing restorations offer not only the natural looking appearance of tooth structure, but often can cosmetically enhance (more…)

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December 19, 2015

More than Just a Cleaning

Filed under: Calculus,Knoxville Dentist,Plaque cornerstone @ 3:47 pm

Regular Dental Visits are SO Much More than Just a Cleaning

When a new patient calls Cornerstone Dental, they will often request “just a cleaning”.  Although we are happy to schedule a cleaning with a hygienist, it is important that the visit also includes an initial exam with the dentist.  We want to clarify why this is truly more than just a cleaning.

Did you know that your biannual dental visit is the ONLY routine healthcare procedure that is recommended MORE than once a year?

Regular visits with your dentist are more than just a cleaning, they are an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Regular visits with your dentist are an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Regular preventative dental visits are much more than just a cleaning.  Areas of concern addressed at a typical “cleaning and check-up” can include:


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November 30, 2015

Good News for people without dental insurance

Filed under: 2015,Dental Membership cornerstone @ 12:23 pm

Are you ready for some GOOD news?

With all the negative news in today’s world – at Cornerstone Dental Arts in Knoxville, TN we wanted to take a moment and share something that is actually GOOD news – especially for people without dental insurance!

We just celebrated our second anniversary with our Patient Loyalty Membership Program.  This program is designed specifically for patients who have no dental insurance, and it is a very affordable plan that provides you with all the typical exams, x-rays, cleanings, and fluoride treatments that you would typically need in a year, plus an across the board discount on any other dental services that are needed or wanted. For people who have not heard about this option, this is good news indeed!

Frustrated with the crazy world of insurance?


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