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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.

June 14, 2019

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

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Invisalign clear braces have revolutionized the way orthodontics has taken shape. For those who have put off straightening their teeth because traditional braces were not what they were hoping for, this more appealing option is ideal.

We all know that traditional metal braces can get the job done well; plenty of people have worn them with great results. But the metal aesthetics and comparatively longer wear time is not necessarily what today’s savvy dental patient is seeking. Particularly for adults who are aiming for straighter teeth, a mouth full of metal is not exactly the look they are going for. Teens may see it as a “right of passage,” but after a certain age, the idea of reverting back to junior high isn’t on the top of their list. Not to say teens can’t benefit from Invisalign too, it’s just a mentality that comes with maturity that doesn’t involve metal.

So, let’s get into the ins and outs of Invisalign – why these clear braces are so amazing, how they work, and why here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, so many patients prefer this orthodontic alternative to traditional metal wire and bracket braces. Clear is the “cool” way to get teeth in tip-top form, perfecting smiles and creating better alignment that patients are proud to show off. Read on for more specifics and to learn if Invisalign is right for you.

How Do Invisalign Clear Braces Work?

First things first. Invisalign are not “braces” in the traditional sense that most people are used to. There are no wires or brackets, and they can even be removed by the wearer. Essentially, Invisalign is made up of a series of clear flexible plastic trays that fit snugly over the teeth and are replaced periodically as the teeth shift into the desired position over time. They are custom designed at the Invisalign lab, so each patient’s trays are unique for their orthodontic needs. Some people require more trays and others less, depending upon the severity of the spacing, crookedness, crowding, etc. They slip right over the teeth, feel comfortable, and are barely noticeable to others. What could be better?

When Can I Remove My Invisalign Clear Braces?

Ideally, you will keep your Invisalign clear braces on as much as possible during the day and while you sleep. They must be removed during eating and brushing/flossing. This periodic removal is another great perk Invisalign offers. Since they can be taken out during eating, there are no food restrictions like there are with traditional braces. Additionally, you can even whiten your teeth while using Invisalign.

Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign Clear Braces?

When you come to the Cornerstone Dental Arts office for an orthodontic consultation, we will discuss your existing condition and see if these clear braces will work for you. Not everyone is an ideal candidate depending on the severity of the corrections required to achieve a stunning smile. Most patients can benefit from Invisalign, so hopefully you will fall into that category. We won’t know until we assess your smile, so make your appointment ASAP to find out.

How Long Will I Wear My Invisalign Clear Braces?

Every case is different, but one thing remains constant – on average, patients need to wear Invisalign for a significantly shorter period than required with traditional metal braces. Yet another bonus to these clear braces. This shorter time span for treatment until final results are seen makes wearing Invisalign so successful. And patients see the results as they move along with the process, observing the subtle shifting until the process is complete.

Pros of Invisalign Clear Braces Summed Up

·       Clear – barely detectable

·       Quicker results than traditional braces

·       Removable for eating and hygiene

·       Comfortable to wear

·       No wires or brackets

·       Simple in every sense

·       Eat anything

·       Clean teeth as usual

·       Whiten if you wish while wearing

Are you seeking a straighter smile but traditional metal braces are simply not for you? Invisalign clear braces may be the answer you have been searching for to achieve the straighter smile you have been seeking. Come in to Cornerstone Dental Arts and your consultation will clue you in if you are a good patient for these creative clear aligners. One of our dentists will give you the scoop, get you started if Invisalign is right for you, and set you up for a smile you will be more than satisfied with. No more crooked, crowded, spaced-out, or otherwise unattractive teeth. And it can all be yours without unsightly metal braces. Invisalign is the clear answer. Come on in and let’s get things straight!

Contact Cornerstone Dental Arts at 865-290-1056 to set up an appointment today. A member of our friendly front desk staff will answer any questions you may have and get you in as soon as possible. Your straighter smile is just around the corner at Cornerstone Dental Arts.

May 23, 2019

How can IV sedation help eliminate fear during dental procedures?

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Patients in the area of Knoxville, TN who are faced with dental fears are not alone. Many patients have dental anxiety and may find it difficult to attend necessary appointments because of these deep-seated feelings. However, our dentists at Cornerstone Dental Arts, including Drs. Joe Griffin, Joshua Kimrey, Ben Stroud, and Michael Williams, are here to help with sedation dentistry solutions. A popular option for our patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety is IV sedation.

What is dental anxiety?

Millions of Americans deal with dental anxiety, and it’s much more common than patients realize. There are many reasons why a patient might have dental anxiety. Perhaps they have had a negative experience in the past with a previous dental professional. Maybe they are scared of pain and discomfort. Other patients experience anxiety the minute they step into the practice or hear the dental drills. Whatever the reasons, the team at Cornerstone Dental Arts encourages patients who have dental anxieties to speak up to their dental providers. This allows us to make recommendations that can ease fears, such as administering sedation via IV.

What is IV sedation?

IV sedation, sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” is a wonderful option for patients who have upcoming dental work but have anxiety about visiting the dentist’s chair. This is an intravenous sedation that administers a sedative directly into the blood for fast and effective sedation effects. Patients will typically fall asleep during their procedure, allowing the dentist to complete the work while patients are unaware and comfortable. Other patients may be sedated to the level that they are not fully asleep but in a sedated state of consciousness. After the procedure, most patients have no recollection of what occurred. IV sedation is best for patients with severe anxieties. However, it may also be used in patients who have conditions that can make it difficult to stay still or follow instructions in the dental chair.

Is IV sedation safe?

IV sedation is administered and monitored by a dental professional who has certification and experience in IV sedation. The medication itself is completely safe to use on patients and is dosed based on the patient’s weight and the effectiveness of the medication on the individual. Our team monitors patients’ vitals throughout sedation to make sure the appropriate dose is being used and the treatment is effective and safe.

Who can be helped with IV sedation?

IV sedation can be used on patients of all ages and anxiety levels, though it is often utilized for more severely anxious patients. Other levels of sedation may be used for mild anxieties, and patients are welcome to ask about the different methods of sedation to find out which one may be best for their specific concerns. We encourage patients to speak up to our team if they experience dental anxiety either before or during their visit.

How does IV sedation help with dental fears?

When patients know that they are undergoing IV sedation before their dental procedure is performed, they are often much more at ease even when they arrive at the dental office. By using sedation in this manner, patients can address and face their fears, knowing that they will be comfortable in the dental chair and under the treatment of the staff they know and trust with their oral health and wellness.

Can I drive myself to my appointment if I am undergoing IV sedation?

Because IV sedation can take some time to reverse after the procedure is done, patients are urged to arrange transportation to and from the office. This is for their safety, as some patients feel groggy for several hours after their procedure. We recommend having someone they know and trust to transport them to and from their visit and to stay with them for part of the day following treatment.

How do I prepare myself for a dental visit with IV sedation?

There may be a few things that need to be done to prepare for a visit using IV sedation. First, patients should arrange their transportation to and from the dental office. Second, patients should not schedule any other activities for the remainder of the day and should have someone stay with them afterward. Third, patients should not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours prior to their visit. Fourth, the patient will be educated by the dental team on post-operative instructions and medications before undergoing sedation, so that this information can be shared with the individual transporting them.

Eliminate fear and anxiety from your dental visits

Ask our team of professionals about the benefits of using IV sedation to ensure a positive experience in the dental chair with Drs. Joe Griffin, Joshua Kimrey, Ben Stroud, and Michael Williams. At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we can incorporate sedation into invasive or lengthy treatments to ensure patient comfort throughout the process. Call (865) 290-1060 to schedule an appointment with our friendly front office team, or feel free to visit our facility at 8912 Town and Country Circle, Suite #1 in Knoxville, TN.

May 9, 2019

How do Invisalign braces compare to traditional braces?

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentist,Orthodontic Treatment — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

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At Cornerstone Dental Arts, our professionals are here to help patients in the area of Knoxville, TN achieve a smile that makes them proud and confident. When misalignment is a concern, it is important for patients to speak to a dentist about the options available. However, many patients fear bringing up the misalignment of their smile due to concerns that they may be referred to an orthodontist for metal bracket and wire braces. With continued advances in today’s field of dentistry, patients can now reposition their smile without conventional braces and with a practically invisible alternative known as Invisalign braces.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a special method of repositioning the teeth without the use of brackets and wires. Our dentists, including Drs. Joe Griffin, Joshua Kimrey, Ben Stroud, and Michael Williams may offer Invisalign treatment to patients who have mild to moderate misalignment. From the starting point, Invisalign uses clear, medical-grade plastic trays custom-made for the patient. These trays are worn over the teeth and gently move them over several months. By the end of treatment, patients have a beautiful smile—without ever covering their dental arch with metal!

Who is a candidate?

The best patients for Invisalign braces are teenagers and adults who understand the importance of complying with their treatment. These patients may have mild to moderate misalignment. If patients are not a proper candidate for Invisalign, they are referred to an orthodontist that our team trusts. Invisalign can address:

  •       Crooked teeth
  •       Gapped teeth
  •       Overbite and underbite
  •       Crossbites
  •       Turned teeth
  •       Overcrowding (sometimes with extractions prior)

How does Invisalign work?

When patients come into Cornerstone Dental Arts with an interest in a better aligned smile, our dentists will evaluate them and determine if they are proper candidates for Invisalign. If patients choose to move forward with Invisalign, digital impressions are taken of the smile’s current alignment. The dentist will digitally send these impressions to the Invisalign laboratory where a series of plastic trays is designed to bring the smile to proper alignment. When patients receive their trays, they will start wearing the first one at least 20 hours a day for two weeks. Then, they switch to the next tray in the series. They complete their treatment in this manner until the final tray is worn and the smile is transformed!

How do Invisalign braces compare with traditional orthodontics?

While some patients with more several misalignment may still be better suited for traditional braces, many of our patients are excited to find out that Invisalign might be right for their needs. There are many benefits to Invisalign orthodontics when compared with more conventional means:

  •       First and foremost, patients love the ability to reposition the teeth within the smile without having to cover their teeth with brackets and wires.
  •       Patients find it easier to maintain their oral health and wellness because the trays can be removed and the teeth brushed and flossed as normal.
  •       Patients can smile with confidence even while wearing their trays, knowing that their smile is changing each and every day.
  •       Keeping the trays clean is easy, and compliance with treatment ensures that the results desired are the results achieved.

How long does it take to complete the process?

Most patients who seek out Invisalign for smile alignment are excited to find out that they can transform their smile in around one year or less. Patients with more severe misalignment may need to use their trays for up to 18 months. The time needed to get the patient from start to finish with Invisalign trays is determined by the number of trays used. Each tray is worn for two weeks, so progression through the process is determined with this in mind.

Is Invisalign painful?

Absolutely not! While some patients may experience a day or two of mild discomfort when they switch to their next tray, most of our patients find this to be easily addressed with over-the-counter pain medications. Some don’t find it bothersome at all. The movement of the teeth happens in a very gradual manner, but these small changes occurring from tray-to-tray are what makes the treatment a solution for misalignment that our patients enjoy!

Ready to take charge of your smile’s alignment?

Malocclusion and misalignment can be improved with the use of Invisalign, a revolutionary alternative to more traditional braces. The team at Cornerstone Dental Arts of Knoxville, TN is here to help patients achieve the smile of their dreams with a discreet yet effective orthodontic solution. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, we welcome you to visit our practice by scheduling a consultation appointment with our team. Drs. Joe Griffin, Joshua Kimrey, Ben Stroud, and Michael Williams can be reached by calling (865) 290-1060 and stopping at our office at 8912 Town and Country Circle, Suite #1.

 

April 30, 2019

What to Do If You Suspect You Have Sleep Apnea

Filed under: Sleep Apnea — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

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Sleep is essential. Without a good night’s rest, the body can’t work at its full capacity. Reaction time is slower, physical signs start to present themselves, and moodiness may set in. Forget about being “on the ball” or fully involved in conversations and daily to-dos. Sleep deprivation is a serious thing, and it is not something you can “make up” by snoozing ‘till noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

One major reason people suffer from a poor night’s sleep is due to a condition known as sleep apnea. You may have seen commercials about it or maybe you believe it is something you are dealing with personally. Perhaps your partner is afflicted, and they are not only sleeping insufficiently, but they are keeping you wide awake night after night too. Sleep apnea is invasive, annoying, and potentially dangerous. Worst of all, it prevents a decent night’s sleep.

If you think you have sleep apnea or someone you love is dealing with this bothersome bedtime issue, here is what you need to know about the condition and what you can do. Here at Cornerstone Dental Arts, we are ready to solve the problem so you can hit the sack stress-free.

What is sleep apnea?

What happens during an episode of sleep apnea is that the person stops breathing temporarily for brief periods of time throughout the night, sometimes up to dozens of times per hour! Believe it or not, they may not even realize it is happening. Most commonly, people have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The soft tissues in the mouth and throat relax, causing a collapse into the airway, preventing normal breathing. The body tries to “revive” itself by waking up to gasp for air. Obviously, this cycle is disturbing and disruptive to the sufferer as they wake up in a panic periodically all night long. It is scary, stressful, and makes them sleep deprived since they never achieve the important REM sleep, that deep sleep we all need to be well-rested and relaxed. There’s never a chance to experience REM because they’re waking up too frequently for it to set in.

Aside from feeling groggy, achy, or moody, what is really so dangerous about not getting enough sleep?

There is more to missing sleep than meets the eye. Aside from being constantly tired and cranky, there are other more harmful effects of sleepless nights including high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Weight gain is also common and losing it is more difficult.

Can my sleep apnea be stopped?

There are proven ways to treat sleep apnea. One common treatment is by way of CPAP – continuous positive airway pressure machine. All night long, air is forced down the sufferer’s throat to keep the airway open and unblocked. While CPAP can be extremely effective, being hooked up to a machine all night is not always comfortable. Thankfully, there is another way to achieve a similar outcome. At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we believe in the benefits of oral appliance therapy. A mouthguard can be custom-designed for the patient which purposefully holds the tongue in place as the jaw is shifted forward ever so slightly. It is comfortable to wear all night long and prevents the process of sleep apnea from interrupting sleep. Surgery is also a solution for those who need more than a mouthguard to manage this chronic condition.

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Some people just can’t sleep well, but they do not know quite why they have this ongoing problem. If you have a hunch that sleep apnea is what is preventing you from sleeping normally night after night, you can get a better idea if it is indeed the cause by taking the Epworth Sleepiness Scale Quiz. It is a quick assessment that can give you more insight into your sleep troubles. You’ll tabulate your scores after completing a series of questions related to your ability to fall asleep in certain situations.

Do you want to know more about sleep apnea and how it can be treated by the Cornerstone Dental Arts team? We are always here to help by answering any questions you may have about sleep apnea or your other dental-related concerns. Please give us a call at 865-531-7117, and we can set up a consultation.

Before you know it, your sleep will be sounder and your overall health will be improved. There’s no reason you should be sleep deprived when a simple mouthguard may be all you need to change the way you sleep, once and for all. We will figure out if this solution is right for you, and if so, we’ll have one designed and delivered. Dreams do come true…when you can actually sleep soundly!