5 Things You Didn’t Know Your Dentist Was Doing at Your Checkup

When you schedule your biannual dental checkup, you expect that your teeth will be fully examined. But, what all does that entail? During your checkup, Knoxville, TN general dentist Dr. Ruth Bailey will look at how each part of your mouth works together. This includes occlusion (bite), teeth alignment, periodontal (gum) health, and overall oral … Continued

Dental Sealants and Cavity Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) children without dental sealants have approximately three times more cavities than those who invest in sealants. This preventative procedure protects molars (back teeth) from the harmful bacteria that cause cavities. Knoxville general dentist Dr. Ruth Bailey recommends dental sealants for adolescent and adult patients. This … Continued

3 Smile Imperfections That Porcelain Veneers Correct

There are many cosmetic dental procedures that effectively correct smile imperfections. However, some treatments take years to produce results. In certain cases, Knoxville general dentist Dr. Ruth Bailey suggests dental veneers in lieu of orthodontics, teeth whitening, or dental bonding. Some types of dental stains don’t respond to our Zoom!® whitening treatment. Orthodontic treatment requires … Continued

Invisalign® Versus Traditional Braces

When it comes to correcting a crooked smile, there are two orthodontic options to choose from: bracket-and-wire braces or Invisalign® aligners. Determining which treatment is right for you can be challenging, but there are several differences to consider. Invisalign trays are clear and discreet, yet they are not recommended for patients with severely crooked teeth. … Continued

Restorative Cosmetic Dentistry: White Crowns and Fillings

Metal amalgam fillings are stable and safe, but they don’t look very nice in your smile. For a while now, many dentists have continued to use dark colored amalgam fillings, but this is not always necessary. Modern dental composite and dental porcelain can be used to make restorations as subtle as they are strong. With … Continued

Orthodontics: Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

You’ve made the decision to improve your smile’s appearance by seeking out orthodontic treatment, but which type of braces is right for you? Both options offer unique benefits. Invisalign braces are clear and discreet, which appeals to most patients. However, with traditional braces you have the advantage of never losing your braces. Dr. Ruth Bailey … Continued

What Really Happens at Dental Checkups?

Dentists recommended that you schedule a dental checkup every six months, but have you ever wondered why? If you brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly, and don’t experience any tooth pain—a regular checkup may seem unnecessary. The truth is that a dental checkup can help prevent problems and detect possible tooth decay and … Continued

Veneers vs. White Crowns

You’ve seen the sensational, bright white smiles of Hollywood stars, super models, and your most image-conscious friends and relatives, and you’ve finally decided that it’s your turn. If you want an unforgettable and inspiring smile, modern cosmetic dentistry will deliver. Dr. Ruth Bailey offers a wide selection of cosmetic procedures, including white porcelain crowns and … Continued

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

You may cringe when you hear the words “root canal” as many people associate these words with a painful dental experience. However, the purpose of root canal therapy is to relieve pain, rather than cause it. Knoxville, TN dentist Dr. Ruth Bailey uses root canal therapy to save teeth from further damage and preserve dental … Continued