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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

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