Everything You Need to Know About Gum Disease

Although gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss and affects one in every two Americans, many patients are clueless when it comes to noticing the warning signs. Many times gum disease is referred to as the silent disease because patients overlook the symptoms. Bleeding gums and bad breath are two common signs … Continued

5 Benefits of Dental Implants

Although tooth loss can be an embarrassing and frustrating ordeal to experience, your smile can be successfully refurbished with an implant-supported restoration. Dental implants are one of the, if not the most effective tooth replacement solution provided in the dental industry today. These small posts are surgically placed and designed to bond with your jawbone. … Continued

CariVu: Find Cavities Early, Save Time and Money

A recent study found that 91 percent of American adults have dental caries. Now, you might be wondering what dental caries is. Simply put, it is the scientific name for cavities or tooth decay. Bacteria and acid erosion cause cavities to form. Most dentists use x-rays and dental tools, such as an explorer, to identify … Continued

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

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