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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

It’s 2020, It’s Time To Take Oral Care Seriously!

Filed under: Dental Care — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 3:55 pm

New Year’s resolutions don’t diminish as the year moves along. When you vow to make your upcoming year your best yet, do not forget your promises to yourself once January 1st has come and gone. You have the strength and stamina to make those rewarding resolutions last, and taking oral care (and your overall health) seriously should be your top priority.

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Oral care is a big concern. If you have not thought about your overall oral health as you tackle 2020, it’s time to get down to business. Your oral health and hygiene is crucial when it comes to your entire body’s benefit. It is essentially up to you to be proactive and persistent, from regular at-home hygiene practices to scheduling dental cleanings twice-yearly. Naturally, the team at Cornerstone Dental Arts is always on your side, supporting your mission to have optimal oral health, not only in 2020 but for the years to come as well.

Here are some simple, yet smart ways to stick to a satisfactory oral care routine that will result in a healthy and happy smile, as well as prevent you from suffering from more pressing health problems down the road. This is not going to be a major adjustment to your already-busy schedule, as oral care can be easy if you work it into your everyday to-dos. With your fresh breath, sparkling smile, and pain-free teeth and gums, you will be glad you’ve decided to step-up your oral care routine and give yourself a boost for the betterment of your whole body. 

Brush And Floss Often And Well 

By now we all know that brushing and flossing is a must-do. We have been told this since we were sitting in the dentist’s chair as young kids. But how much, how often, and does it all really matter that much? At least twice per day is ideal. If you feel the need to brush mid-day after a particularly gooey snack or flavorsome meal, by all means, do so. And if you’ve got something wedged between your teeth, for heaven’s sake, don’t leave it stuck there. Bacteria can grow and lead to painful and problematic gum disease. Whip out some floss and remove that rubbish before something starts to swell…or spread. 

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Use a good toothpaste as recommended by your dentist. You do not have to spend a fortune to find a decent brand that is ADA-approved. Use the amount as directed on the tube and brush all areas of your teeth and tongue. Spend a few minutes each time being mindful of every nook and cranny, rinse your mouth out well, and redo it if you don’t feel quite fresh enough. As for flossing, get in between all your teeth, move the floss back and forth tenderly and carefully. Toss away the used piece of floss and use a fresh piece the next time around. If you are unsure how to floss your teeth correctly, we can go through the process the next time you are in for a cleaning. It is simple and nothing to be scared of. You may need a little time to get used to the unusual sensation, but the feeling will become just fine after some practice.

Book Your Dental Cleanings Twice A Year

You may look and feel great, but your dental checkups are a must. A thorough evaluation will give you the peace of mind that everything is perfect, and we will find issues that are just at the cusp of becoming a concern. It is better to be safe than sorry, so book that appointment and know you are doing all you can for your oral health.

When you come in for your dental checkup, we will do a deep cleaning and flossing, plaque removal, take X-rays, and more. Expect a head and neck exam for cavity detection and as an oral cancer screening. We go above and beyond to be sure your oral health is up to par, and if there is anything we are concerned about, we will address it immediately. If treatment is necessary, we will discuss your options and proceed accordingly. Hopefully, everything is going just fine, and in that case, you’ll leave our office with a squeaky clean smile and a clean bill of health. 

We recommend two general exams yearly unless otherwise specified based on your circumstances. To book your next appointment with Cornerstone Dental Arts, give us a call at (865) 531-7117. We look forward to seeing you.

Make 2020 your year to be overly-cautious about your oral health. It’s so vital to do so, as gum disease can spread and cause heart problems, stroke, and other health issues that could have been nipped in the bud had you been more mindful. There is no time like the present to treat yourself better. Start with your smile!

I Have Missing Teeth – What Can I Do?

Filed under: Dentures — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am
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For some people, gum disease or tooth decay may lead to tooth loss. However, there are numerous options available when it comes to missing teeth. One of the most common solutions is dentures.

Dentures are essentially fake teeth that are removable. They look and feel like natural teeth, and you still must care for them in much of the same manner. However, dentures may not be the best solution for everybody. To learn if this is a possible solution for you, keep reading for more information.

Pros

Let’s start by talking about the pros associated with dentures.

Faster treatment process: Other tooth replacement options, such as implants, can require a lengthy treatment process. This means months of dentist appointments and many steps along the way. For those that prefer a faster treatment process, then dentures may be an attractive solution. This process can be accomplished between two and six weeks.

Dentures look like real teeth: Nobody will be able to tell that you are wearing dentures. They look and feel just like regular teeth. Dentists take time to ensure that the teeth match your face structure and look similar to your natural smile.

Supports weakening jaw: Sometimes, as people age, their jaw starts to weaken. However, individuals who have dentures have just a little more support, which helps them avoid a sunken look that other people may experience over time.

Increases confidence: One of the most significant advantages of dentures is that it can give people back their sense of self-confidence. Looking your best helps you feel your best!

Fewer restrictions: The treatment process for dentures doesn’t have as many restrictions as you may have with other options out there. This may be an easier solution for some patients who have difficulty following strict guidelines.

No surgical procedures: Dentures don’t require surgeries associated with dental implants.

More affordable: Dentures are more cost-effective than other options available.

Cons

It takes time to adjust: Although dentures look and feel like natural teeth, everybody needs an adjustment time to get used to them. You’ll have to learn how to speak and eat with them, but this usually remedies in a matter of days or a couple of weeks.

Dentures are not permanent: With proper care, dentures can last a long time. However, as you age, you may need your dentures to be re-fitted to adjust to the changes in your face. Typically, replacing your dentures may occur every 5-8 years. However, this will vary from patient to patient.

Infections: If your dentures don’t fit properly, then infections may occur. This is why it is absolutely critical that you seek the care of a skilled dentist.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

A person who is a good candidate for dentures is someone who is missing several or all of their teeth. Your dentist will evaluate your gums and existing teeth to ensure that this is a viable option for you. Dentures are designed to fit either a partial area of the mouth or the entire mouth. However, if you are only missing a single tooth, then this option is not the best for you.

The Best Solutions for Missing Teeth

It may surprise you to learn that there are many options and features available when it comes to choosing the best dentures for you. Here are a few options that you may hear about:

Full dentures: Full dentures replace the entire set of teeth. Full dentures usually can be completed about 6-8 weeks after the gums have healed following tooth extraction.

Partial: Partials are used when the patient still has some of their natural teeth. If possible, the dentist will try to save as many healthy teeth as possible.

Custom dentures: Customized dentures are made to look as close to your natural teeth as possible.

Immediate dentures: In some instances, immediate dentures may be offered the same day that teeth are extracted.

Implant-supported dentures: In some cases, a dental implant is used to secure the denture. It allows the dentures to be supported and positioned properly.

Schedule a Consultation 

If you are living with missing teeth, then it’s time to get your smile back! At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we know how important it is to have a smile that you can be proud of. If you are ready to look at teeth replacement options, then contact our office at (865) 531-7117. We are ready to answer your questions and provide solutions that you can trust. If you are a new patient, you will find these resources helpful. Reach out to us today for more information!

Why Is Family Dentistry Important?

Filed under: Family Dentistry — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am
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It’s no secret that having regular dental care is a critical part of your overall health maintenance. However, as your family grows, family dentistry may help ensure that your entire family receives proper oral care now and in the future. Perhaps you’ve considered having your children go to one location while you go to another. Not only can this approach cost time and money, but it may not be in your family’s best interest.

Let’s take a look at why family dentistry is important and why you should consider going this route for your family. 

Why is Oral Health Important?

Oral health can impact more than just your teeth. In fact, gum disease and other dental infections can lead to a variety of healthcare concerns. Your smile can certainly be a source of confidence or stress, depending on how well you take care of your teeth. Making your dental care a priority will not only save your smile but could help you avoid a number of health problems in the future. 

What is Family Dentistry?

Consider family dentistry as an all-inclusive dental care option. Dentists that specialize in this type of care are familiar with dental issues that may arise from birth all the way into adulthood. This is a more general approach to dentistry, which means that every member of your family, big and small, will get the proper care that they need to keep their smile healthy and strong. 

Dentists who offer this approach have experience working with patients across the spectrum. There’s a certain finesse that comes with working with young children as well as adults. A family dentist knows how to work well with both! 

Why is Family Dentistry Important?

A regular oral healthcare routine is critical. Everybody should maintain their oral health by scheduling maintenance and check-up appointments. Family dentistry can help streamline that process a bit. 

Family dentistry is important because it can include your entire family. Not only is this a more convenient option, but it also allows your family to develop a familiarity with the dentist. As you may know, sometimes people struggle with going to the dentist, and having someone that your family knows really well may help relieve some of that uneasiness. 

Let’s face it; sometimes, life can get in the way of appointments. With a family dentist that you know and trust, it’s much more likely that you’ll be able to get every member of your household scheduled in a fast and convenient way. 

What are the Other Benefits of Family Dentistry?

The benefits don’t stop at convenience. It’s much easier to track your dental history if you’ve always just been with one family dentist. There can be a little confusion in record-keeping when your family jumps from one dentist to the next. Save yourself some trouble by finding a family dentist that works for you. 

Another advantage you may not have considered is that going to the dentist as a family can certainly teach your youngsters a valuable lesson. Your kids will see how you approach your dental care, and then they will be able to learn by example. Seeing your example will have a huge influence on your children and will increase the chances that they continue making their oral health a priority in the future. 

How Do you Choose a Family Dentist?

The first thing you should consider when it comes to picking a family dentist is if your insurance is accepted by them. You should also consider their hours of operation, proximity to your home, work, or school, and whether or not their services meet your needs.

You should also consider the personality of the dentist. Is this someone that your family connects well with? You want to be sure that the staff is warm, inviting, and knowledgeable. Don’t hesitate to take a tour of the facility prior to selecting it. You want to be sure that this is a fit that your entire family will appreciate. 

Why Should You Choose Cornerstone? 

At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we understand that family dentistry is a benefit for our patients. We do our best to make sure that everyone who walks through our doors is comfortable and that we answer any questions that they may have. We know that our patients have limited time, and we want to help make the most of it by offering services for the entire family. 

Please contact our office today at (865) 531-7117 to schedule a consultation or to ask more about our family dentistry services. We look forward to hearing from you! 

The Importance of A Check-up and Cleaning

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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) 531-7117. We look forward to seeing you.

Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

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

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) 531-7117. We look forward to hearing from you and transforming your smile from ear to ear.