Cosmetic or corrective dentistry refers to any dental work that centers on replacing missing teeth, correcting overbites, straightening misaligned teeth, and other treatments that improve the look and function of one's mouth. This work is carried out by dental specialists like orthodontists and oral surgeons, as well as general family dentists.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Maryville, Tennessee residents use restorative dentistry to repair damage to their teeth that was caused by trauma, poor hygiene, and teeth grinding. Restorative dentistry has two goals. The first is to improve the way a person’s smile looks. The second is to improve a person’s oral health. There are many other benefits as well, such as improved self-esteem, improved confidence, and a change in the way that people react to a person after they have had their teeth repaired. A good candidate for restorative dentistry is a person who has dental concerns, including broken or chipped teeth, cracked teeth, tooth decay, teeth that are missing, discoloration and things like these.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Patients now have quite a few options when it comes to treating tooth loss, and this includes the use of mini dental implants as an alternative to traditional dental implants. These dental devices are just a fraction of the size as other implants, and many patients can have their smile restored in just a single visit to the dentist.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, there will be 45,750 new occurrences of oral cancer in America this year, and the disease will cause approximately 8650 deaths. Of the newly-diagnosed patients, only around half are expected to survive within the next five years. This figures are extremely troubling, and yet only a few are aware of pharyngeal or oral cancer. Over the years, numerous campaigns have been launched to assist in the treatment and information dissemination of some cancer types, specifically lung cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. However, not much information is distributed concerning the other cancer types. According to the National Cancer Institute, the requirement to be classified as a “common” cancer type is a minimum annual incidence of 40,000, which should qualify oral cancer.
Monday, October 5, 2015
If you need to have one or several teeth replaced because of damage arising from an illness or infection, then dental implant surgery may be the answer. The process can be lengthy, but the result is a beautiful smile with natural-looking teeth.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Did you know the American Dental Association (ADA) works closely with parents, teachers, and health care providers to offer information to children about the importance of developing good oral health care practices? The event began in 1950 on February 6th as a single day; however, people consider the issue so important that Children's Dental Health Month today receives a month-long celebration. It is held every February.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Those looking for a straighter set of pearly whites need only visit a dentist for Invisalign. This breakthrough orthodontic treatment has undoubtedly changed the lives of millions of people all around the world. Patients wearing Invisalign reported experiencing ideal results similar to what they could get from wearing traditional braces – minus the pain and discomfort. Why stop at straightening your teeth when you can have them whitened, too? Now is the best time to visit Dr. Kim C. Norman, DDS, a trusted dentist in Maryville, TN, to get a better smile! If you visit our dental office for Invisalign now or until September 30, you will get a teeth whitening treatment for FREE. Our in-office teeth whitening procedure yields the most dramatic effect, as seen on the smiles of our numerous happy patients.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Thanks to advances in technology, there are now many options on the table when it comes to addressing missing teeth, one of which is the highly regarded dental implant. Here are just a few of the ways that dental implants can improve your smile:
Monday, July 20, 2015
It takes 32 teeth for a person’s oral cavity to function at full capacity. Sadly, you will rarely find adults with a complete set of teeth. According to statistics from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the average American adult loses about seven teeth. Not only can losing teeth affect your digestion and speech; it can also make you lose your confidence to smile.
Thanks to dentures, missing teeth can be replaced and a person’s smile can be restored. Traditional dentures, however, are not designed to fully restore the teeth’s functionality. While they appear identical to real teeth, they are not as tough. In effect, they lack permanence, which is needed to prevent the jawbone underneath from deteriorating.
Dental implants are screw-like devices installed in the gums and jawbones to replace the tooth roots. Each implant has two major components—a biocompatible metal screw that connects to the underlying bone, and the abutment on which the artificial crown is installed. It takes a few appointments to install a dental implant.
Mini Dental Implants
Those who want to avoid a dental implant installation can choose mini dental implants instead. These implants work the same as traditional dental implants, except they are half smaller. Due to their small size, installation is less invasive, and is possible even for those suffering from jawbone loss. For bigger teeth, however, two mini-implants may be needed to achieve the desired strength.