Dentistry with a Difference
1507 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, Tennessee 37804
At Curtiss Dentistry, we strive constantly to be current with the very best technology and the most up to date techniques in order to ensure that our patients have the smiles they want and deserve. Accordingly, we perform general dental procedures, and also practice highly specialized restorative and reconstructive dentistry. Using state of the art equipment in the hands of expert staff, we offer dental care services that is unsurpassed anywhere in Maryville.
We are, quite simply, committed to the highest level of dental care for our patients. If you would like more information, or wish to schedule an appointment, contact us at 865-984-3211. It will be our pleasure to talk with you.
You have no doubt heard it said that the best defense is a good offense, and that’s no truer than when it comes to your dental health. At Curtiss Dentistry, we seek to help our patients prevent dental problems through preventive measures along with tips and techniques that help you to maintain your oral health.
Our services include:
By combining high quality care and the very latest in technology, we can help you achieve a smile that will last you the rest of your life.
When teeth are damaged to the point where they will not be effectively treated using conventional fillings, and yet are not at the stage where a crown would be required, an inlay or onlay can be a good solution.
Inlays and onlays fit just on the points of your teeth, as opposed to entering the cavity like a conventional filling. They are similar to crowns, but don’t require the extensive re-shaping that would be needed with a crown. In short, more of your original tooth is preserved.
Inlays and onlays will last a long time, and don’t require any more care than your natural teeth – simply brush, floss, and get regular cleanings, and you can count on them to last for years.
If you’re embarrassed by stained, damaged or missing teeth, there are a number of ways that your smile can be restored. One of the most desirable methods is dental implants. They bond permanently to your jaw, and look and function exactly like your real teeth. Another advantage to implants is that your face will retain its original shape, and you won’t experience bone loss. Other options for damaged or missing teeth include crowns, bridgework or dentures. Your overall dental health will affect which option is best for you. Additionally, some options are more expensive than others. There is, however, no such thing as a smile that can’t be restored.
If you have decayed teeth, your smile can be easily and inexpensively restored using dental bonding. It’s a simple process that involves applying a resinous material, colored to match your original tooth, over the damage. Then the material is hardened, or cured, using a special light. Because the color-matching process is so specific, no one will be able to tell which of your teeth are natural, and which have been repaired using the bonding process. The procedure takes only about a half hour per tooth, and it will look and feel exactly like your real teeth. Simply care for your bonded teeth the way you do your natural ones, with regular brushing and flossing.
Many people approach dental procedures with equanimity, simply relaxing in the chair and accepting what needs to be done. Others, however, have a great deal of fear when it comes to dental procedures. For dental-phobics, sedation dentistry can be an option. There are two types of sedation – oral conscious sedation, in which the patient is very relaxed but still conscious thanks to an easy-to-swallow medication, or inhalation sedation, which is exactly what it sounds like, sedation that is inhaled. With either type, you will still be awake, but very relaxed. Sedation dentistry is appropriate not only for dental-phobics, but for people who have very sensitive teeth, or difficulty responding effectively to local anesthetic.
Everyone loves the feeling they get after a professional cleaning. Your mouth feels so fresh, and your teeth sparkle. Of course there are always people who think that they don’t need professional cleaning because after all, they brush and floss regularly. Of course brushing and flossing are important to your oral health, but in the passing of time, dental plaque, stains, and tartar can form on your teeth as well as under your gum line – and you won’t be able to remove them through at-home methods. You’re going to need a professional cleaning to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause gum disease.
Professional cleanings are done using ultrasonic and/or manual scalers. The procedure is painless and very effective in removing deposits from your teeth. Everyone can benefit from professional cleaning, and if you’re a smoker or a heavy drinker of coffee or tea, it’s essential.
You probably remember tooth fillings that were created using an amalgam of various metals. If you don’t personally have amalgam fillings, chances are that your parents or grandparents have them. Today, the technology is advanced to the point where you can have fillings that match the color of your teeth, and that actually bond to your teeth to provide greater protection.
Amalgam fillings don’t bond with your teeth – they rest on the surface, and provide some protection, but not the same level of protection that you get with an amalgam free filling that actually repairs your tooth, and restores it to its original shape both externally and internally. Whether you need a small filling or a large restoration, the same compounds are used, and maintenance is very easy – just brush and floss as usual.