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The Importance of A Check-up and Cleaning

Filed under: Dental Care — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am
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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.

Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

Filed under: Dental Implants — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am
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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.