When good dental habits start at an early age, they can stay with you for a lifetime. When families make it a point to practice good dental health together, they are more likely to experience good dental health. Routine checkups are a vital part of dental health, and Dr. Thomas Zarger offers a range of preventative and restorative dentistry services to help your entire family achieve the happy, healthy smiles they deserve.
The best approach to good dental health is stopping problems early or before they even start. This is the goal of preventative dentistry, which often comes in the form of daily cleanings and routine check-ups. During exams, Dr. Zarger can spot issues like tender gums or plaque build-up and devise a solution before they turn into more serious and costly problems like gingivitis or cavities.
In the long run, a good preventative dentistry routine can save you a lot of stress and thousands of dollars spent treating dental issues that could have been avoided if they had been caught earlier or prevented altogether. Dr. Zarger recommends a routine check-up every six months for the best results.
Even with the best preventative care, fillings are often required to treat cavities caused by bacteria or weak tooth enamel. Dr. Zarger offers both traditional silver fillings as well as composite fillings. Composite fillings blend in with the color of the tooth itself, for a completely natural look upon completion.
Some teeth are naturally smooth, while others are formed with natural deep grooves. Unfortunately, those grooves can be magnets for food particles and bacteria to get trapped and cause serious problems.
A sealant is a special clear coating that can be applied over molars to fill in grooves and protect the tooth’s surface from bacteria and debris. Sealants are ideal for children, teens, and adults to help prevent the need for fillings or root canals later on.
There are many reasons why a patient of any age might need a dental crown - it may be necessary after a root canal procedure, or to correct the function and appearance of a tooth that has been cracked or otherwise damaged due to accident or injury. Dental crowns are a tougher and more protective option for tooth repair compared to traditional fillings.
In the past, dental crowns were often made of metal. In today’s world of cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Zarger is able to provide realistic porcelain crowns that appear indistinguishable from natural teeth. This detail is equally important to teens who may be self-conscious about dental work and adults who wish to look their best for their careers or personal confidence.
Broken or missing teeth can both ruin your confidence and make everyday activities like chewing and talking much more difficult. Dr. Zarger offers dental bridges to fill in the gaps in your smile. Dental bridges are the ideal solution for children and teens with missing teeth and growing jaws.
Good dental care is critical from childhood to advanced age, and it all starts with making a call. Dr. Zarger and his dentistry team are dedicated to caring for your family’s dental needs every step of the way. Contact our Knoxville cosmetic dentistry office to schedule an appointment and discuss your family’s dental health today.