The Hidden Risks of Postponing Dental Care


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

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

How to Tell if You Have an Abscessed Tooth


An abscessed tooth is a serious infection around the gums or root of the tooth.  The most common causes include gum disease, cavities, and trauma.

If you are suspicious you have an abscessed tooth it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible.  The infection can be dangerous for both your tooth and your health.  Here are some signs that you may have an infected tooth:

  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Fever
  • Throbbing pain
  • Bad taste in mouth or bad breath
  • Swollen neck glands
  • Inflammation around the tooth
  • Feeling generally ill
  • An open draining sore on the side of the gum

It is important to note that sometimes the nerve of the tooth dies and you do not have any pain.  The infection can still be dangerous and needs to be treated quickly.

If you think you have an abscessed tooth your dentist is your greatest ally.  They will know how to stop the pain and infection, as well as restore your tooth.

For assistance in the Knoxville area, call Ron Smith, DDS at (865) 922-1613

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