Is Extracting a Tooth Cheaper in the Long Run?

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Times are challenging and some people are having trouble affording ideal dentistry.  When a tooth problem arises they may be faced with some difficult decisions.  If this happens to you, it is important to make sure you understand all of your options and take time to look at the big picture as well as your current situation.

Tooth extractions may seem inexpensive in the moment, but over time it may cost a lot more. Implants, bridges, dentures, and partial dentures are the systems normally used to replace teeth. We are grateful to be able to offer them, but would like to help you save your teeth when we can.

There is a different kind of cost for not replacing an extracted tooth and leaving the empty space. The neighboring teeth will tip into the open area, which causes them to come loose from the bone. This is how the vicious cycle of tooth loss begins.

Eventually, lost teeth can affect your appearance, digestion, and health.

Sometimes teeth cannot be saved. And, sometimes, you are in a tough spot and an extraction is really all you can afford. If you are faced with this decision, make sure you understand all of your options and look at the big picture. If you do end up losing a tooth, have it replaced as soon as possible to protect your other teeth and keep your mouth healthy.

Our Knoxville dental office would be happy to support you. We offer sedation (anxiety free) dentistry for those who find going to the dentist difficult and are experts at saving and replacing teeth.

Call: (865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

Ouch! Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

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You know that feeling. That shooting pain you get when you take a sip of sweet tea or try to eat ice cream.  Your teeth don’t hurt all the time, but you find yourself avoiding things in order not to feel pain.

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem.  It is different than a toothache in that it is usually felt as a reaction to:

  • Cold temperature
  • Hot temperature
  • Sweets
  • Biting down pressure
  • Something touching it

 Sensitivity usually has one of three causes:

  1. The inner part of the tooth called dentin is exposed.  This can happen due to receding gums, cavities, worn teeth, cracked fillings, or poor oral hygiene.
  2.  Excessive pressure from clenching or grinding sets the nerves of the teeth on edge.
  3.  The pulp or nerve of the tooth is exposed, infected, or damaged by cavities, wear, failing dental treatment, or cracked teeth.

The good news is that we can resolve almost all tooth sensitivity, sometimes in very simple ways. There is no reason to continue to suffer with this intermittent pain.  After all, everyone should be able to drink sweet tea, hot coffee, or eat ice cream without hurting.

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville

 

One Stop Dentistry – Less Time & Fewer Appointments

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In many dental offices, patients are referred out to specialists for root canals, implants, extractions, and periodontal gum disease.  This can be especially challenging for people who don’t have time or feel anxious about each visit to the dentist.

Dentists who provide oral sedation dentistry, like our Dr. Smith, are used to doing all of the treatment in one sitting without specialists.  They have the experience and knowledge needed to work efficiently and take care of all of a patient’s dental needs in one place at one time. 

Dr. Smith has a strong track record of successfully providing root canals, implants extractions, periodontal care, and whatever else his patients need whether they choose oral sedation or not. He is also known for the gentle, caring way he treats his patients.

Oral sedation is the icing on the cake for minimizing dental fear and anxiety and often allowing all dental treatment to be completed in just one comfortable visit.

Whether you choose oral sedation or not, there are benefits to selecting a dentist who has the comprehensive skills to help you save time and visits as you improve your oral health.

In the Knoxville area, Dr. Ron Smith is the one to call: (865) 922-1613

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.

Diabetes & Gum Disease – A Dangerous Mix

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Recent research has shown that poor oral health, especially periodontal gum disease, can contribute to the onset and severity of diabetes. 

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can affect blood glucose levels and your ability to control them.  It is a chronic condition that may not have any obvious symptoms, so it is important to see your dentist regularly, especially if you are diabetic.

On the flip side, diabetes can make you more susceptible to infections like gum disease, creating a vicious cycle of declining health and lost teeth.

As the primary cause of tooth loss, gum disease is scary enough, but when you combine it with diabetes, the consequences are even more profound.

Periodontal disease is also linked to other illnesses you will want to avoid, like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. It is believed that the chronic inflammation it causes can increase your risk of more serious health issues.

If you are diabetic:

  • Be sure to let your dentist know
  • Inform your medical doctor if you have periodontal gum disease
  • Stay current with your dental appointments
  • Get your teeth cleaned more frequently
  • Eat healthy and exercise
  • Brush and floss daily
  • Do what you can to keep your blood sugar at optimal levels
  • Eat and stabilize your blood sugar before dental appointments

We will partner with you and your medical doctor to ensure that you are well cared for and stay as healthy as possible. If you are looking for a dentist familiar with diabetes, please give us a call. We would love to help you experience the health you deserve.

(865) 922-1613 Knoxville

 

How Do I Know I Need a Root Canal?

Common signs that your tooth may need root canal therapy include:

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Tooth ache

Needing a root canal means that your tooth is infected, dead, or dying.  Despite their reputation, they can be pain free.  See your dentist quickly if you have the symptoms listed because they are likely to get worse.

Dr. Ron Smith has been doing root canals for years with great success.  He knows how to get the job done comfortably and get it done right.  If you have a problem tooth and live in the Knoxville area, we would love to help you.  Call us at (865) 922-1613

We Can Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes is an ugly disease.  It can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and amputations.  No one wants that.

The CDC and American Diabetes Association say that diabetes can be prevented or delayed with their Small Steps – Big Rewards program.  Studies show that losing just 5-7% of your body weight, if you are overweight, can really make a difference.  They recommend doing this by:

  • Exercising moderately 30 minutes 5 times per week
  • Eating a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lean meats.

We would add brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly to the list.  Scientists have found that problems with your teeth and gums are linked to diabetes and heart disease.

If you are in the Knoxville, TN area and would like to prevent diabetes by taking care of your dental health, call us at (865) 922-1613 for an appointment.