What to Do If Your Tooth Breaks

broken toothBreaking a tooth can be both inconvenient and painful. When it happens, it is important to call your dental office and schedule an appointment quickly. Your tooth will be at risk of breaking further or needing a root canal or extraction if it is not treated.

Not all broken teeth hurt, but If your tooth is painful or sensitive the inside of the tooth containing the nerve has probably been exposed. If you can’t get to the dentist right away, you may be able to calm the discomfort by putting oil of cloves on a cotton ball and putting it gently on the exposed area or taking over the counter pain relief medicines.

A chewed piece of gum can sometimes be used to protect and insulate an exposed area and most pharmacies have other temporary options available, as well. If you can save the broken off piece, rinse it in warm water and bring it to your appointment with you.

Most of all, be very gentle so that whatever you do doesn’t cause your tooth to break further.  

Dentists are very skilled at fixing broken teeth and stopping the pain that comes with them. We do it all the time.

If you are in the Knoxville area, call (865) 922-1613 and we will be happy to help.

Tips for Dental Patients that Gag Easily

gag reflex woman with hands over mouth Knoxville dentist sedation dentistryMany people are challenged with sensitive gag reflexes when they visit the dentist. The urge to gag may be caused by physical and/or psychological issues. The most important thing is to feel comfortable with the dentist you have chosen and to communicate clearly with them.  If they are not being caring and gentle, you may be in the wrong place.

Our number one recommendation for patients who gag easily is oral sedation dentistry.  It is as easy as taking a pill before your treatment and can limit stress, fear, and the urge to gag. Oral sedation dentistry also allows us to accomplish more treatment (often all of it) in one visit, making it more convenient, too.

Other ways to to help keep your gag flex under control include :

  • Hypnosis
  • Breathing through your nose
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Numbing throat spray or ask for topical anesthetic
  • Snore relief spray
  • Putting a little table salt on the tip of the tongue
  • Choosing the time of day your gag reflex is least active
  • Listening to music
  • Lifting one foot in the air (takes your concentration away from the dentistry)
  • CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

If you are looking for an understanding and compassionate dentist and team, we would love to meet you. We promise we will be gentle and take very good care of you.

Call (865) 922-1613 Knoxville, TN

12 Reasons to Choose Oral Sedation Dentistry

oral sedation dentistryOral sedation dentistry is an excellent option for a number of situations. Some of our patients choose it because they are afraid of dental treatment and others to help with challenges they face with regular dental care.

Some simply like it because it is fast and convenient, often allowing them to get all of their dental treatment accomplished in just one visit.

Dr. Ron Smith and our team are highly trained in oral sedation dentistry and attend regular continuing education courses to stay up to date with the latest recommendations.

We also have decades of experience providing this service for our Knoxville community and other patients who travel to see us.

You might be surprised by some of the reasons oral sedation dentistry might be a good choice for you:

  1. It is safe and effective
  2. You have fear or anxiety about dental treatment
  3. It is easy – you simply take a pill (no IV is needed)
  4. Taking care of your teeth can protect your health
  5. You want as few appointments as possible
  6. Your teeth have a history of being difficult to numb
  7. You have a strong gag reflex or very sensitive teeth
  8. You want a lot of treatment completed in one visit
  9. It is difficult for you to keep your mouth open wide
  10. Physical disabilities make dentistry challenging
  11. Lack of dental care can lower your confidence & quality of life
  12. You will be proud of yourself for getting your dental work done

If you would like to learn if oral sedation dentistry is right for you, please give us a call to schedule a consultation in our Knoxville, TN office. (865) 922-1613

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

Offbeat Wisdom by Doc Smith

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We love our Doc Smith and the amazing dental care he provides.   We also love his humor and matter of fact brand of wisdom.  Here are some of the things that we have heard Doc say:

  • There is still value in values.
  • There is no reality – only perception.
  • If you can’t change what is happening – adapt.
  • Stand your ground, take a deep breath, and give it some time.
  • You just don’t know what you don’t know.
  • If it isn’t working – change something.
  • Life is a learning experience.

Give us a call if you would like quality dentistry with a little practical wisdom on the side.

(865) 922-1613  Knoxville, TN