Knoxville, TN, dentist explains how implants can be used to replace missing teeth

Replace Missing Teeth at Knoxville Smiles in Knoxville TN Area

When an adult loses a tooth, they typically want a fast and permanent solution. However, there are several tooth replacement options, including dentures, crown and bridge appliances, and dental implants, which all have individual benefits. Dr.. Michael Costa and Dr. Stephen Malone of Knoxville Smiles in TN help their  patients understand the process and advantage of each option and make the right choice to fit their budget, lifestyle, and desired results. Drs. Malone and Costa receives many common questions, including: Do I have to replace the missing tooth? A missing tooth can make a person feel self-conscious or embarrassed. However, … Continue reading

Who Diagnoses TMD?

Who Diagnoses TMD - Knoxville Smiles

Do you find yourself waking up in the morning with a headache? Does it hurt to yawn or to chew tough foods? Have you noticed clicking, grinding, popping, or crunching in your jaw joint? If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may be wondering what to do next. While many people have heard of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or sometimes TMJ), not many people know where to go to have it diagnosed.  After all, it is a common belief that dentists only pay attention to your teeth and gums, while doctors pay attention to the various … Continue reading

How to Stop Tooth Sensitivity

How to Stop Tooth Sensitivity, TN

Did you know that the American Academy of General Dentistry estimates that 40 million Americans have sensitive teeth? This means that 40 million Americans experience sudden pain when eating or drinking anything that is hot, cold, or sweet. This unfortunate phenomenon is known as tooth sensitivity and it can prevent people from enjoying their favorite foods and beverages.  Pain associated with tooth sensitivity is the result of the tooth’s nerve being irritated by external stimuli. Your teeth have three layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp. The enamel is the outermost layer that is responsible for protecting the tooth from external stimuli. … Continue reading

The Secret of Oral Health

The Secret of Oral Health, TN

People are innately curious. This is evident in the fact that when some people hear whispering, they may try to listen or join in, while others may incessantly pester their friend to surrender their secrets. As a whole, humanity loves secrets. Well I have a pretty juicy secret for you about your oral health, so listen closely… …the secret of oral health is that it has the potential to affect your overall health, either positively or negatively.  For some, this may come as quite a shock. For others, they may have heard this before. Still, others may have simply stopped … Continue reading

How Does LED Teeth Whitening Work?

LED Teeth Whitening, TN

Did you know that you could have your smile brightened about 5-10 shades in as little as 20 minutes? Not only that, but professional teeth whitening procedures are also needle-free and don’t require the use of a dental drill. Instead, the process is as simple as placing the whitening agent, applying an LED light, and letting it sit.  Sound too good to be true? Well, this is one rare instance where that is not the case. Modern technology has actually made it possible to have a whiter and brighter smile quickly and easily. And, yes, the light does indeed play … Continue reading

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Affordable way to improve the look of your smile - Teeth Whitening

If you are looking for an easy and affordable way to improve the look of your smile, then you have probably come across teeth whitening. Teeth whitening can be practiced in the comfort of your own home with the use of over the counter products, or it can be provided to you by your local dental office. The main difference between the two options is that professional teeth whitening services are safer, yield better results, and work faster than over the counter teeth whitening remedies.  Since in-office whitening treatments offer patients more dramatic results, it also makes these results last … Continue reading

How Veneers Compare to Other Cosmetic Dental Treatments

Veneers Compare to Other Cosmetic Dental Treatments, TN

Veneers are one of the most well-known cosmetic dental treatments. This is partially due to the fact that various Hollywood celebrities, such as Miley Cyrus and Ben Affleck, have used veneers to achieve their stunning smiles. Therefore, when considering cosmetic dentistry, many people automatically decide they want veneers.  In some cases, veneers are the ideal cosmetic dental treatment, while in other cases another cosmetic dental treatment may be a better option. This is why it is so important to discuss your concerns with a cosmetic dentist who can steer you in the right direction. Nevertheless, it can still be beneficial … Continue reading

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing teeth, TN

Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing teeth. In fact, many general dentists recommend placing dental implants as a restoration for one or more missing teeth. This is because dental implants are the closest restoration method to natural teeth and offer patients an array of benefits.  However, placing dental implants can be a lengthy process that has many people wondering if undergoing this process is actually worth it. Like other dental restorations, dental implants will wear down over time and will need to be replaced at some point. Therefore, one main thing people wonder is how … Continue reading

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign is one of the great advancements of modern dentistry, TN

Invisalign is one of the great advancements of modern dentistry. Developed in the late ’90s, Invisalign became an increasingly popular orthodontic method. It is estimated that over 2.4 million Americans have been treated with Invisalign’s clear aligner system and it is currently one of the most popular orthodontic devices.  Although much of its popularity is due to its discreet and non-invasive treatment mechanism, another key reason for its popularity is the simple fact that it works. Various studies have shown that Invisalign produces and retains results at a rate comparable to traditional metal braces. Simply stated, this means that when … Continue reading

Should I Visit the Dentist When Pregnant?

Dental visits when pregnant, TN

For most, pregnancy is an exciting experience. However, with all this excitement comes an array of questions based on what you should and should not do while pregnant. Some questions are easy to answer. For example, yes you should schedule prenatal appointments, and no you should not smoke while pregnant. Other questions may be harder to answer. One common question that many people wonder is whether they should visit the dentist while pregnant.  The fast answer to that question, is yes you should visit the dentist while pregnant. Pregnancy initiates a variety of changes to the body and these changes … Continue reading


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