Three Important Reasons Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth

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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

Could You Be at Risk for Oral Cancer and Not Know It?

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When you think about risk factors for oral and throat cancer, you probably think about smoking.  Yes, tobacco in any form puts you at a high level of risk, but there are other factors that are just as dangerous, such as:

  • HPV virus
  • GERD or acid reflux
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Smoking
  • Poor oral hygiene- lack of dental care
  • Medications that impact your mouth or immune system
  • Chronic irritations from rough teeth, dentures, or appliances

Oral cancer screening is a routine part of your dental care here at Knoxville Family and Sedation Dentistry.  If you have not had a recent oral cancer exam, please do so.  It could save your life.

Ron Smith DDS     (865) 922-1613    Knoxville TN

10 Fun Dental Facts You May Not Know

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  • More people use blue toothbrushes than any other color
  • A sneeze comes out of your mouth at over 600 miles per hour.
  • Dogs have 42 teeth – cats have 30 – snails have thousands.
  • Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body.
  • The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is 3 feet wide.
  • Jaw muscles can put as much as 200 pounds of pressure on your molars.
  • Dentists are one of the top five most trusted professionals.
  • Getting your teeth cleaned regularly can help prevent heart disease.
  • Cavities are the second most common disease in the U.S., second only to cold viruses.
  • The average person produces 25,000 quarts or 2 swimming pools full of saliva in their lifetime.

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

10 Interesting Benefits of Smiling

 

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Studies show that:

  1. Weight lifters can lift more weight when they smile
  2. Smiling is considered more attractive than makeup
  3. People who smile usually live longer
  4. Smiling releases chemicals that relieve pain
  5. Smiling lowers blood pressure
  6. Those who smiled in their high school year book are more successful
  7. Smiling can shorten the amount of time you are upset about something
  8. People are more lenient and forgiving of someone who smiles
  9. Smiling reduces stress and releases “happy” chemicals
  10. Forcing yourself to smile when you feel down will improve your mood

If the way your smile looks is keeping your from sharing it and enjoying these benefits, we would be happy to help. Our Dr. Ron Smith and team are experts at giving people smiles they love to share with the world.

Come on in and become our next success story.

Call (865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN

8 Reasons You May Be at Risk for Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, periodontitis, or gingivitis is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone that support your teeth.

Believe us. You really don’t want it. It is the number one cause of tooth loss and the bacteria can wreck havoc on your medical health as well. Periodontal disease has been linked to conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many more.

Could you be at risk? Primary risk factors for gum disease include:

  1. Smoking
  2. Diabetes
  3. Hormonal changes
  4. Stress
  5. Medications or illness
  6. Not brushing and flossing regularly
  7. Genetic predisposition
  8. Not seeing the dentist or having a professional teeth cleaning in the last year

If you are concerned about periodontal disease and it’s potential consequences for you or someone you love, we would be happy to help.

Give us a call at (865) 922-1613. We promise we won’t bite. Knoxville, TN

Inflammation: The Link Between Gum Disease & Heart Disease

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Current research is focusing on chronic inflammation as one of the key contributing factors for heart disease.  Patients with high levels of inflammation are more likely to develop the disease, have recurrent coronary events, and less chance of survival when they happen.  They are also more susceptible to other conditions including diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer, which are also linked to inflammation.

Why are you reading about this in a dental blog?  Periodontal gum disease is one of the most common sources of chronic inflammation.  It is a bacterial infection that is present in almost 80% of the population.  Gum disease and other oral infections get into your blood stream easily through the thin tissues of your mouth and swallowing.  It is now clear why taking good care of your teeth and gums is an important step in caring for your overall health as well.

How can you minimize the effects of inflammation?

  • Brush and floss regularly.
  • Consider an anti-inflammation diet.
  • See your dentist and hygienist several times a year.
  • Let your medical doctor know if you have periodontal disease and keep your dentist informed about your health issues.  Taking care of your health is a team effort.

If you are concerned about periodontal gum disease and are in the Knoxville area, we would be happy to help. (865) 922-1613