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Preventative Care and Services

Filed under: Family Dentistry Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

Here at Cornerstone Dental Arts in Knoxville, TN, we know that the most important part of a healthy smile is prevention. It’s easier to prevent a problem than correct it, and it’s easier to correct a problem if it’s detected early on. That’s why preventative dentistry is an important cornerstone of the quality personalized care we provide. Biannual checkups and regular cleanings are crucial for patients of all ages.

Dental Checkups

When you come in for a regular checkup, it will most likely begin with a thorough cleaning. One of our highly skilled hygienists will use specialized tools to clean off the plaque and tartar that builds up on your teeth and gums. These tools are able to reach areas of your mouth you just can’t at home with regular flossing and brushing. You will love how clean and smooth your teeth will feel after! After your cleaning, one of our dentists will perform an oral exam. They’ll look for tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, TMJ issues, oral cancer, and more. Having these exams regularly ensures that we’ll be able to catch any problems you might have so we can treat them quickly. 

Children’s Dentistry

We love to make the littlest smiles shine! If you are looking for dental care for your child, look no further than Cornerstone Dental Arts. We provide the gentle, specialized care that children need in a relaxing, kid-friendly environment. Our staff has extensive experience working with children and we welcome the opportunity to help you start good oral hygiene practice from the beginning. We also offer dental sealants for children who are still learning to brush their teeth. Since it’s especially hard for the little ones to reach their back teeth well, we offer the extra protection of dental sealants to protect from cavities. This quick and easy treatment involves applying a thin, clear layer of plastic-based substance to their teeth in order to protect them from plaque and bacteria for years to come.

Additional Services

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we don’t stop at the all-important preventative care. We offer many additional services, including:

Mouthguards and sports guards – We can provide you with custom-made mouthguards that protect your or your children’s teeth from sports injuries. Each of our mouthguards is a perfect fit for each patient, which makes them much more comfortable and enables them to provide more protection for teeth and gums.

Fluoride treatments – Fluoride is a natural element that can help prevent and even reverse tooth decay. It actually rebuilds the minerals that have been eaten away by plaque. At the end of your checkup, we have you rinse your mouth with a highly-concentrated fluoride solution to help keep your teeth strong in between appointments. 

TMJ therapy – Are you experiencing teeth grinding, a sore or stiff jaw, or even chronic headaches? All these symptoms could point to a problem with your temporomandibular joint or TMJ. As part of your routine checkup, we examine your TMJ, and if you are experiencing these symptoms or we find a problem, we can treat it right here in our office!

•Laser dentistry – With the latest advances in dental technology, we can now use lasers for a wide range of treatments. Dental lasers can be used to treat gum disease, in some cosmetic dentistry procedures, and even to relieve canker sores. Thanks to their extreme precision, laser can make procedures much shorter and less painful. 

•VELscope oral cancer screenings – We include oral cancer screenings as a part of our routine checkups to protect you and your loved ones from missing a crucial early diagnosis of oral cancer. We use a special VELscope light that enables us to see abnormalities in your mouth that would normally be hidden to the naked eye. If we find any cause for concern, we can immediately make an action plan. 

Emergency dentistry – In the event of a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We are equipped to handle a wide range of dental emergencies including knocked-out teeth, broken dental work, and severe tooth pain. And we’re usually able to see you faster than an emergency room or urgent care. 

Sleep apnea therapy – Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, chronic exhaustion, and frequently waking up out of breath. If you’re worried you might be experiencing sleep apnea, we can help! We offer a simple and effective treatment for this condition: oral appliance therapy. By wearing a small custom-made mouthguard to bed, you can finally get the rest you need. 

In addition to all of these routine services, we also offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services that can be added on to your appointment, like in-office teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact us or call us today at (865) 531-7117

Love Your Smile Again

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentist Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and Cornerstone Dental Arts is here to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile you will love!

How can I get get a healthy and beautiful smile?

The most important part of dental health is preventative care. A good at-home oral hygiene routine and regular dental checkups, cleanings and x-rays are vital to maintaining a healthy smile.

At home, you should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Regular brushing and flossing prevent bacteria from growing and leading to painful and problematic gum disease. Keep a travel toothbrush and toothpaste plus floss in your purse or desk at work and make sure to get any stuck food out of your teeth between meals. When flossing, get between all your teeth and move the floss back and forth carefully. If you have a tough time reaching your back teeth with regular floss, try individual flossers. Many patients report that they have an easier time getting all their teeth flossed effectively with a flosser. When you brush your teeth, be sure to use a good toothpaste as recommended by your dentist. Use the amount as directed on the tube and brush all areas of your teeth and tongue. Don’t miss those hard to reach spots in the back! Spend at least two minutes brushing every nook and cranny of your mouth, and rinse with clean water when you’re done. 

Even if you have an excellent at-home routine, you still need to see the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. When you come in for your dental checkup, we’ll do a deep cleaning and flossing, remove plaque and stubborn tartar, and take x-rays. You can also expect a head and neck exam for cavity detection and as a screening for oral cancer. 

If you are still unsatisfied with your smile despite good oral hygiene, you can explore cosmetic dentistry. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, there were over 3 million cosmetic dental patients in 2016 alone! If you think cosmetic dentistry might be for you, call us to set up a consultation. At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we offer multiple services that can take your smile to the next level!

Porcelain Veneers

As one of the most comprehensive cosmetic treatments available, porcelain veneers are a great option if you have multiple cosmetic flaws. They can straighten slightly misaligned teeth, fill in large gaps, fix small chips and cracks, and even instantly whiten your teeth.

Metal-Free Dental Crowns

If you have visible damage to one of your front teeth, the last thing you want is a solution that draws more attention to your mouth. For this situation, you want a solution that offers both restorative and cosmetic dentistry, and our metal-free dental crowns fit the bill! These all-porcelain crowns look and feel natural and can even restore all of your tooth’s lost strength. 

Cosmetic Bonding

A small chip or crack can have a surprisingly negative effect on your entire smile. With cosmetic bonding, you can have that fixed in an hour or less! Your dentist will apply a putty-like composite to your tooth and use it to sculpt away any imperfection. Once it looks exactly how you want it to, they harden it with a curing light. The results are immediate!

Teeth Whitening

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we offer multiple ways to get the bright white smile you’re looking for. If you want a quick fix, come in for KOR Teeth Whitening. With one in-office visit, we can eliminate years of deep stains and make your smile brighter than ever! If you prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, we can provide you with a customized Nite/Day At-Home Whitening Kit. It takes just two weeks to make your teeth look up to eight shades whiter. 

Will insurance cover the cost of dentistry?

We know that affordable dental care is very important, which is why we at Cornerstone Dental Arts provide a number of convenient payment options to make achieving your best smile yet easier than ever. If you have any questions or concerns about the cost of your care, please let us know. We are always willing to work with you!

While we do not contract with any dental insurance, we are happy to submit claims to any insurance carrier.

If you do not have dental insurance, don’t worry! We are pleased to offer our exclusive Cornerstone Patient Loyalty Program. It provides all of the rewards of dental insurance without any of the hassle. There are no deductibles, no annual maximums, no exclusions, and no waiting period. With a small monthly membership fee, you’ll receive doctor exams, two cleanings per year, all the x-rays you may need, topical fluoride treatments, and even a 15% discount on any additional treatment.