General Dentistry

Oral Hygiene Care

Good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Healthy teeth give you the confidence to smile and interact with others and are an obvious benefit for proper chewing and speaking. Many studies have shown a link between gum disease and heart disease, and good oral hygiene may help prevent heart disease. It is always better to prevent disease from happening rather than treating the disease once it has already occurred.

Regular dental checkups and cleanings nearly universally accepted recommendation is a minimum of twice a year. At these visits we perform an oral exam to check for gum disease, decay and other pathology including a visual cancer check. In between regular visits, here are a few things you can do to greatly decrease the risk of developing dental problems: Brush and floss well at least once every 12 hours. It is best to start this habit early with children. An early habit helps become a lifelong habit. Eat a well balanced diet. Avoid sugary, acidic food and drink since we notice that use of these increase rates of dental decay. Use dental products that contain fluoride, like toothpastes and mouth rinses.

For children less than 12 years old, provide fluoridated water or a fluoride supplement if fluoridated water is not available in your area. It is our goal to provide you with the best preventive appointment possible and that your visit will be a wonderful experience.

Digital X-rays

For your safety, our office uses only digital x-rays, which produce up to 80% less radiation compared to traditional x-rays.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel and are proven to lessen the risk of tooth decay. We recommend these not only for children, but adults as well, especially if they are experiencing sensitivity or increased decay. We can also provide toothpastes with a higher fluoride for home use. This is especially helpful for those who have a lower saliva flow resulting in dry mouth since we often see higher rates of dental decay in these patients.

Sealants

A sealant is a clear or tooth colored coating brushed over the chewing surface of permanent back teeth. The material flows into the deep grooves of the tooth, sealing the areas that are the most likely to decay, preventing bacteria and plaque from becoming trapped within the grooves, thus helping to prevent decay.

Periodontal (Gum) Therapy

One of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue. Your gums are the supportive and protective tissue for the underlying bone, and the tooth/bone connection. Gum disease is typically a slowly developing infection, though it can develop acute episodes which act rapidly.  See us for prevention and treatment of gum disease.

Root Canals

Also known as endodontic treatment, a root canal is a procedure designed to save a tooth with an infected pulp (the central nerve/blood vessel part of the tooth) chamber. It is an alternative to an extraction. (Regular checkups/cleanings can help prevent infection). An infected pulp can occur when decay reaches the nerve chamber of the tooth, and can also occur when there is traumatic injury or a very deep restoration in the tooth. This is a serious problem that can affect your entire body as well as cause pain. Signs and symptoms of infection may include pain to hot or cold, pressure or pain when chewing, swelling and a bad taste or odor. There are times when no symptoms are present and a chronic infection is only discovered during a dental exam. After root canal treatment if performed, the tooth will usually need a post/core buildup and a crown to fully restore it to normal function.

Extractions

Our goal is to save teeth for you lifetime and we emphasize the use of good oral hygiene and regular checkups to achieve that goal. There are, however, times when tooth extraction is necessary. Some reasons for extraction include: Crowded teeth in which for orthodontic reasons, space is required; teeth damaged too badly to restore, due to decay or trauma; teeth that have such severe gum disease they may be considered hopeless to save; abscessed or infected teeth; impacted teeth; supernumerary teeth (extra teeth that can be potentially harmful) An x-ray will be taken and the tooth evaluated before it is removed. There are times when we may refer you to an oral surgeon if we feel that is in your best interest. Call us today to schedule your visit with one of our team members. We look forward to serving your dental needs!

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Payment and Finance Options

Convenient Payment Options

Dental treatment is an excellent investment in an individual’s medical and psychological well-being. Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining this important health service. Being sensitive to the fact that different people have different needs in fulfilling their financial obligations, we are providing the following payment options.

We Accept Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Flexible Monthly Payment Option

Care Credit can be used by the entire family for ongoing treatment without having to reapply. CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, and it only takes a few minutes to apply for CareCredit. To learn more about CareCredit, call 1-800-839-9078, or visit their web site at www.CareCredit.com. We will be happy to assist you by applying for Care Credit from our office.

In some cases we can make short term in-office payment arrangements. Call our office to learn more.

Dental Insurance

We will be happy to answer all of your questions and call your insurance provider to verify benefits. We are participating providers with:

  • Ameritas
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental of Tennessee
  • MetLife
  • United Healthcare (Commercial)

As a courtesy to you, we are happy to bill your insurance company for you.