The Cure for Loose Dentures

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When someone has had dentures for a long time, they often find that their dentures start to feel loose and not fit as well. This is because the constant pressure of the dentures wears down the bone and gum tissue used to support them. When this happens people may experience:

  • Discomfort, pain, or sore spots
  • Being afraid their dentures will fall out in public
  • The appearance of aging faster
  • Inability to chew well and absorb nutrition from food
  • Losing confidence and becoming reclusive
  • Having to avoid favorite foods like steak, apples, or corn on the cob

One of our greatest joys is helping denture wearers resolve these issues that can challenge them physically, mentally, and emotionally.  

The solution that we provide is supporting dentures with dental implants. These implants are like man made roots that keep the dentures anchored and secure. The dentures are made so that they can simply snap over the implants and are easy to put in and take out.

The process for putting in implants and creating new dentures is generally easy to tolerate, but we also offer oral sedation dentistry to help our patients who want to avoid feeling nervous. No needles or IV’s are involved and they will feel relaxed and comfortable during treatment.

 

Dental implants are also a great option for people who are getting dentures for the first time. Starting with snap on dentures can prevent their ever having to experience the issues related to ill-fitting dentures.

With implant supported dentures, our patients can smile, eat, laugh, and sing with confidence again. And, that makes us smile too!

If you would like to find out if implant supported dentures are for you, call for a consultation: (865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN

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The Hidden Risks of Postponing Dental Care

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Hospital emergency rooms around the country are reporting higher numbers of patients coming in with dental emergencies.  Most of these adults and children have postponed dental care to save money, but now have very large emergency room bills.

This is just one example of why it is important to stay up to date with your dental care. Postponing regular check ups, professional cleanings, or recommended dental treatment  can result in:

  • Inconvenient and expensive emergency care
  • More severe damage to your teeth, resulting in higher cost and more time in the dental chair
  • Losing a tooth that could have been easily saved
  • More pain
  • Having to take time off work or miss special events
  • An unattractive smile that can impact your confidence and self-esteem
  • Dangerous dental infections that can get into your blood stream
  • Being angry or upset with yourself for letting things go
  • Periodontal disease – the number one cause of tooth loss that is also linked to life threatening conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and more

So, while postponing going to the dentist may seem like the easy way out, the cost is high in the end. Don’t make things harder on yourself by postponing dental care. If you have not been in to see a dentist within the last 6 months or have pending treatment that has been recommended, the time to call and schedule a dental appointment is NOW.

And, if you need a dentist in the Knoxville area, we would love to help. We offer oral sedation dentistry for patients who don’t enjoy dental visits or want to get a lot of treatment completed in one visit. Our goal is to make your dental visits as easy as possible and we promise to take great care of you. 

Call (865) 922-1613   – Knoxville TN

The Link Between Stress, Gum Disease & Damaged Teeth

stress grind teeth gum diseaseRecent studies are showing a link between stress and gum disease.  It is not yet known how this happens, but many believe stress limits the ability of the immune system to function fully and control the gum disease bacteria in the mouth.  There is also evidence that patients who are stressed develop more plaque than the average person.

Another concern is that people who have a lot of stress in their lives tend to clench or grind their teeth, especially at night.  This can lead to extensive tooth damage as well as sensitivity.  In severe cases teeth can even be lost.

From what we see, most people have a lot of stress in their lives.  Here are a few tips that we hope will help you get yours under control.

Make a Choice – in stressful situations you generally have three options – avoid it, accept it, or change it.  Understanding your choices and moving forward with one of them will help put you back in control.

Learn to Say No – a lot of stress is caused by having too many things to do.  You will feel less stressed when you say yes to the priorities and filter out the things that are not that important.

Adopt a Stress Reducing Habit – exercise, yoga, meditation, relaxation exercises, and even listening to calming music at the end of the day, are all great ways to release stressful tension and relax.

Stress is dangerous for your health and your teeth and we hope that you take it seriously.  If you have any concerns about the impact it is having on your oral health, call and schedule an appointment.  

You may be a candidate for a nightguard appliance that will protect your teeth from extra wear and tear or other recommendations that can help prevent or minimize the effects of gum disease.

Knoxville Family & Sedation Dentistry  (865) 922-1613

8 Ways to Soothe Sensitive Teeth

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Having sensitive teeth can keep you from feeling your best and enjoying foods and drinks you love. There are many things that can cause tooth sensitivity and many possible solutions.

Here are some simple things you can try that often help.

  1. Use a soft toothbrush
  2. Avoid acidic foods
  3. Reduce stress to prevent teeth clenching and grinding
  4. Brush and floss regularly
  5. Try a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth
  6. Get a dental nightguard appliance for tooth grinding
  7. Use fluoridated toothpastes and rinses
  8. See your dentist to check for cavities, nerve exposure, and other dental problems

Seeing your dentist is important if simple home remedies don’t help or you haven’t been to the dentist in over a year. We can help you feel better and start enjoying your favorite foods again. 

If you are in the Knoxville area and would like help with dental sensitivity, other dental challenges, or preventive care, we would love to help.

Call (865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

GERD: Can Heartburn and Acid Reflux be Dangerous for Your Teeth?

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We experience heartburn when acid escapes from our stomachs.  It travels up through the esophagus and into our mouths, putting both our teeth and health at risk.

Common symptoms include a burning sensation after you eat or at night, chest pain, chronic cough or sore throat,  difficulty swallowing,  or feeling like you have a lump in your throat.

The two major oral health concerns are:

Tooth Erosion: The exposure to acid can eat away at your tooth enamel, impacting the appearance of your smile and putting your teeth at risk for cavities and other dental problems. 

Esophageal Cancer: The acid traveling through your throat damages tissue, which can lead to cancer.  Oral and esophageal cancers are some of the most dangerous, making prevention even more important. 

If you have any symptoms of acid reflux or GERD, it is important to see your medical doctor for treatment and let your dentist know, as well. 

When it comes to your teeth and health, there is no such thing as just a little heartburn. 

Oral Sedation Dentistry – The Key to Anxiety Free Dental Care

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Over 30% of Americans avoid dental care because they are afraid of going to the dentist. Unfortunately, this usually results in their developing more more serious dental problems. They end up needing more extensive and expensive treatment that reinforces their worst fears. 

And then, they are even more afraid.

In our office, we offer oral sedation dentistry for our nervous or fearful patients.  A simple little pill helps them feel more relaxed and able to have dental treatment without fear.

Our oral sedation patients tell us:

  • They feel very relaxed
  • Time goes by quickly
  • They are sleepy, but awake
  • They often don’t remember the appointment later

If you would like to feel this way during your dental visits, oral sedation dentistry may be right for you. It can help you:

  • Overcome or at least limit your fear and anxiety about dentistry
  • Stop feeling guilty about avoiding dental care
  • Bring your mouth back to a healthy state & prevent future dental problems
  • Feel proud that you are taking care of yourself
  • Enjoy a smile that you are proud to share

To learn more about oral sedation dentistry and how it can help you enjoy a healthy and happy smile, give us a call. We promise not to judge the state of your mouth and will take great care of you. 

(865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN

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.