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.

Oral Sedation Dentistry – Safe, Easy, & Comfortable

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About 30% of the population avoids dental care due to anxiety and fear.  This not only jeopardizes their oral health, but puts them at risk for major diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

Sedation dentistry allows you to get the dental care you need while feeling relaxed and comfortable.

Oral sedation dentistry is safe and does not involve being asleep or require needles for IVs.  Patients report that:

  • They feel relaxed
  • Time goes by quickly
  • They are sleepy, but awake
  • They often forget the appointment later

Because patients are completely relaxed, the dentist can accomplish more high-quality dentistry in less time.  Sedation dentistry is also ideal for people who are challenged by a  gag reflex or who want to accomplish a smile makeover or extensive dentistry with as few appointments as possible.

If you or someone you know are avoiding dental care due to fear, anxiety, or time constraints, ask about oral sedation dentistry.  Not taking care of your teeth can be dangerous and may shorten your life.  Start getting the dentistry you need in a way that feels safe, comfortable, and right for you.

Oral sedation dentistry can help put a smile on your face again.

(865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN

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.