Why You Should See the Dentist Before Having Surgery

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It’s important to be as healthy as possible before any surgery to ensure optimal results and healing. For some operations, like heart surgery or joint replacement , you will usually be required to have clearance from your dentist.

Surgeons know that the bacteria in your mouth get into the blood stream easily.  While these bacteria can impact your health in many ways, your heart and artificial joints are especially vulnerable to them.  In order to increase the odds of a successful surgery and recovery your surgeon will want your mouth to be as healthy as possible.

It’s important to be proactive and not wait to the last minute to see your dentist.  One of the most common bacterial oral infections is periodontal, or gum disease.  Your dentist may need time to treat this condition if you have it and return your teeth and gums to a healthy state so that you can proceed with surgery.

Now that you know how your oral health can impact your overall health and medical outcomes, you may want to start seeing the dentist on a regular basis to prevent other issues related to the bacteria in your mouth. And then, you will always be able to feel confident in the health of your mouth if urgent surgery is ever needed.

If you are in the Knoxville area and looking for a new dentist, we would love to meet you. Call (865) 922-1613 to schedule an appointment.

We promise to take great care of you and your smile. 

Nitrous Oxide Makes Dental Visits Easy

man afraid of the dentist dental anxietyYou do not have to let dental fear and anxiety stop you from taking care of your oral health anymore. Nitrous oxide dentistry can make going to the dentist seem like a walk in the park.

Taking care of your teeth and gums is critical since we now know that inflammation or infections in your mouth can contribute to life threatening medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. And, if it’s been at least a year since your last dental visit it is likely that you have one of the leading causes, periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.

We specialize in patients who are fearful and could tell many stories of how people’s lives have changed thanks to nitrous oxide. There are no needles or IV’s involved. It’s as easy as breathing and allows you to relax and feel good during your dental visit.

Don’t let anxiety or fear stop you from taking care of yourself. The condition of your mouth could be shortening your life and no one wants to lose teeth, have bad breath, or a smile you feel embarrassed to share.

 We encourage you to  give us a call and learn more about how we can help you take care of your mouth in a comfortable and caring way. We promise not to judge you if it’s been awhile since your last visit. We understand and will take excellent care of you.

You can reach us at: (865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

Your Dental Health: Planning Ahead for Retirement

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If you are considering retiring in the next few years or any other life change that may impact your dental benefits, it is important to plan ahead for your dental needs. Even when you have been promised future benefits, they are often not as comprehensive as the ones you have now.

Looking at the long term picture and being proactive can prevent the cost and hardship of dentistry in your later years when you likely will have less income. It is also much easier to handle treatment while you are young and healthy. Having to face major dental work when you are older and more frail could be very difficult.

Dental restorations over 10 years old may have problems without your experiencing any symptoms.  For example, new cavities that don’t show on x-rays are often found under old dental crowns.  Not because there is a problem with the crown, but because the cements available during that time period are washing out, letting new bacteria in.

If you may be retiring or losing insurance, let us know so that Dr. Smith can help you plan ahead and use the benefits you have paid for wisely. If you have dentistry over 10 years old or a lot of work to do, starting 2-4 years before you retire will help us maximize your insurance by spreading the cost over several years of benefits.

Don’t let your dentistry control you – think proactively and use your benefits before you lose them.

You can make an appointment with Dr. Smith by calling:

(865) 922-1613   Knoxville, TN

Don’t Let Your 2020 Dental Benefits Go to Waste

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Most dental insurance and flex plans have yearly allotments for how much they will pay. Generally, if you do not use your available benefits in any given year the money that was available to you will go away forever.

As we move into the final quarter of the year, we  recommend that you review your recommended dental treatment and remaining benefits available.  Doing so can help you get the most out of the benefits that you have paid for.

This is especially important this year due to Covid-19 shutdowns. Most of you still have not used the benefits you have paid for.  If you have existing treatment recommendations, are prone to dental problems, or haven’t seen a dentist this year, please give us a call at (865) 922-1613.

Reasons to optimize your dental benefits by using the maximum each year include:

  • Not letting benefits you pay for go to waste
  • Preventing the risk of multiple emergencies and more out of pocket expenses by letting dental needs pile up.
  • Saving money on large or complex cases by starting them at the end of one year and completing them in January of the following year, resulting in 2 years worth of benefits for the treatment.
  • Having more insurance available the following year for unexpected needs or emergencies
  • Feeling good about receiving the highest level of benefits possible each year
  • Knowing you are on top of your dental care.

If you are one of our patients, we would be happy to review your recommended treatment and remaining benefits to help you maximize what is available for you.

If you are in need of a new dentist in the Knoxville area, we would love to meet you and provide a plan that optimizes your benefits and takes care of your dental needs.

Knoxville Family & Sedation Dentistry (865) 922-1613

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Increase Confidence, Happiness and Success

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Providing beautiful new smiles for our patients is about more than just teeth. When we reveal their new smiles we can see our patients light up. Some even shed tears of joy.

We have witnessed the profound results a smile makeover can provide over and over again and it’s one of our favorite things to do.

Our cosmetic dentistry patients would tell you the benefits are not all visible on the surface. They would want you to know:

You Will Feel More Confident – Anything is possible when your confidence soars. Not having to be self-conscious about your smile can help you achieve more of what you want and feel good about yourself along the way. Just imagine nailing a job interview, approaching someone you are attracted to, or walking confidently into a room. It can all happen for you.

You Will Seem More Attractive, Approachable, and Professional – While we are not fans of judging people based on their looks, studies show that having a nice smile can help you give a great first impression.

You Can Feel Calmer and Happier – Smiles have super powers. They lower blood pressure and reduce stress as well as lift your mood. When you feel comfortable smiling more, you will be improving your health and enhancing how you feel.

Sharing Your Smile Will Help the People Around You – Smiles are contagious. When you smile at someone they are likely to start smiling too. Soon everyone will be sharing in the benefits smiling brings. There can be an endless ripple effect of happier, healthier people that all started with you.

If the appearance of your smile is preventing you from feeling good about yourself and interacting in the world in a positive way, give us a call. We can help.

Ron Smith, DDS – Knoxville TN – (865) 922-1613

Three Important Reasons Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth

 

Generally, when you have a tooth removed the dentist will talk to you about replacing it. At that point, spending more money and having more dental work done is likely the last thing on your mind. Some of you may even wonder if it is just a “sales pitch” so the dentist can make more money.

The truth is that replacing a tooth that has been lost is very important and protects your remaining teeth, as well as the joint that works your jaw. Here are a few of the reasons why you may want to take the dentist’s recommendations seriously:

Missing Teeth Put Other Teeth in Jeopardy: Dentists will tell you that when you lose one tooth, the neighboring teeth are likely to be next. Upper teeth will literally grow out of the bone looking for the missing tooth they were meant to chew against. Teeth on either side of a space where a tooth has been removed will tip into the space, pulling their roots out of the jaw bone. Your teeth all work together in a balanced system and replacing lost teeth will restore and protect that healthy balance.

Missing Teeth Can Cause TMJ and Joint Problems: Teeth that have shifted or are not in alignment can cause stress and strain on the joint that works your jaw. Patients with these joint issues often suffer with chronic pain and treatment can be complicated and expensive.

Missing Teeth Can Impact Your Health: Chewing is the first phase of the digestive process. When your food is not chewed properly you may not be able to absorb it’s nutrients and will be more at risk for digestive upsets.

Replacing missing teeth is easy with the many options that are now available:

We encourage you to restore balance to your mouth by replacing any teeth that have been removed. If you are in the Knoxville area, we would love to help you.  (865) 922-1613

Improve the Quality of Your Life with Implant Supported Dentures

man with implant supported denture overdentureIf you have dentures, especially ones for your lower teeth, you know that they can be a challenge. They might slip around, hurt and cause sores, and sometimes even fall out.

In the past people just had to make do with loose dentures. They had to accept that eating, talking, and laughing may no longer feel comfortable or secure.

But, times have changed.

If you are unhappy or uncomfortable with your dentures we encourage you to come in for a consultation to learn how we can help you upgrade to dentures that snap in place and stay secure.

You can have new teeth that look good, feel good, and function well.

We do this by providing dental implants with attachments your dentures can snap on to. These implants are small titanium screws placed in the jaw that are safe and have an extremely high success rate.

The procedure for placing implants is relatively simple and comfortable, but if you are nervous we can provide nitrous oxide or other ways to help you relax.

You don’t need to suffer with ill fitting dentures any more. Implant supported snap on dentures can improve the quality of your life and allow you to eat well, smile more often, and live fully again. 

Our gentle and understanding dental team will guide you through the process and support you every step of the way.

To learn more or get started, call for a consultation at (865) 922-1613. Knoxville, TN

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The Benefits of Dental Crowns

dental crownWe understand that you may not get excited when we recommend a crown for one of your teeth, but it can be one of the best things you can do for it. We think of crowning a tooth as protecting it with a suit of armor as it will be wrapped in dental materials that are very strong and will keep it safe.

Dental crowns are usually recommended for teeth that have serious damage or are at risk of breaking. We are very grateful that we can protect and save your teeth because without crowns these teeth would likely be lost.

The main reasons we recommend crowns are to:

  • Hold a cracked or fractured tooth together
  • Protect a tooth that has been severely damaged
  • Improve the appearance of a tooth in your smile
  • Protect a tooth that has had a root canal
  • Help replace a missing adjacent tooth
  • Create a natural looking and functioning tooth over a dental implant

We encourage you to ask any questions you have about your recommended dental treatment. We want to be sure that you are clear and comfortable before moving forward.

If you do not already have a dentist you love in the Knoxville area, we would love to welcome you into our patient family. Please contact us at the number below to learn more or schedule an appointment. We promise to take great care of you and your family.

Ron Smith, DDS – Knoxville TN – (865) 922-1613

How to Prevent Cavities in 7 Easy Steps

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  1. Brush and floss daily – brushing twice a day is ideal
  2. When you can’t brush, chew sugarless gum with xylitol
  3. Avoid sweet sticky foods that stay on your teeth
  4. Stop drinking carbonated drinks that erode enamel
  5. Be careful with throat lozenges or hard candies that soak your teeth in sugar
  6. Keep your mouth moist – ask us for help if you experience dry mouth
  7. Come in regularly for professional cleanings and dental check ups

If you are due or overdue for a dental check up and cleaning, give us a call.

Ron Smith, DDS  (865) 922-1613

Can Not Seeing the Dentist Make You Sick?

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It used to be that dentists just fixed teeth and made dentures so people could eat and smile, but things are different now.

Scientific research has shown that poor oral health can contribute to major conditions like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and more.  These are all serious conditions that can shorten your life and impact the quality of the time you have left.

The biggest culprit is periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, which is an infection in your gums.  The inflammation caused by this infection, even when it is low grade, is what scientists believe to be the link to these major medical conditions.

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that can be maintained, but not cured. We see it most often in smokers, diabetics, and people who have not seen the dentist in a year or more. But don’t be fooled, you may have it too. The CDC did a study in 2010 that showed about 65% of the adult population has it. We wouldn’t be surprised if those numbers have gone up since then.

The best way to prevent or treat gum disease and protect your health is to brush and floss daily and see your dentist and hygienist at recommended intervals. 

So, when you feel like skipping your dental appointment or if fear or money are keeping you away, think again.  It is not just about your teeth.  Not seeing the dentist could negatively impact your overall health.

If you are looking for a new dentist or are concerned about your oral health, give us a call.  (865) 922-1613