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Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening, Dental Implants, and More - Knoxville & Oak Ridge

Having a smile you love can literally transform your life. An attractive smile can make you look years younger and enable you to feel more confident. If you are less-than-thrilled with your smile, we can help. Dr. Thomas Zarger provides a variety of procedures that can help you achieve the vibrant smile you desire, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants.

Contact our Knoxville office — serving Oak Ridge, Maryville, Tellico Village, and Eastern Tennessee patients — and schedule a consultation to learn how we can customize our procedures to meet your aesthetic ideals. We will discuss your dental goals and desires, form a realistic treatment plan, and begin creating the smile of your dreams!


Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and teeth that will be extracted. The dental implant procedure involves a combination of oral surgery and restorative dentistry. First, the oral surgeon or periodontist implants a titanium post into the jawbone where the tooth used to be. As the jawbone heals around the post, it creates a very strong anchor. In a second step of the procedure, Dr. Zarger secures a custom-made dental crown on top of the post. The result is an artificial tooth that looks and feels completely natural.

Dental implants — available to our Oak Ridge and Knoxville-area patients — restore aesthetics and function when teeth have been lost due to injury or disease. Dr. Zarger’s patients who have undergone tooth replacement with dental implants can smile and chew with confidence. Dr. Zarger can use dental implants to replace a single tooth (using one dental implant and one dental crown), multiple teeth (using several implants and an implant-supported bridge), or an entire set of teeth (using several implants and implant-supported dentures). Dental implants are more secure and more comfortable than bridges or dentures, and they prevent the bone loss that can occur with these two dental solutions.

Because the replacement tooth is crafted to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and color, the result is an attractive, natural-looking smile. If you are missing natural teeth and would like to know more about dental implants, contact our Knoxville and Oak Ridge-area cosmetic dentist, Dr. Thomas Zarger, and arrange a consultation.


Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dentistry option that can brighten your teeth quickly and safely. Using customized treatments, cosmetic dentist Thomas G. Zarger, can make your smile measurably whiter.

Many people subject their teeth to a host of staining agents on a daily basis, such as coffee, tobacco, tea, and soft drinks. Teeth whitening can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth at much less cost and inconvenience than other techniques. With professional teeth whitening, our team will be able to transform your smile into the one you have always dreamed about. After just one 30 minute treatment, you can leave our Knoxville office with a brighter smile than ever before.

Teeth whitening, available to our Knoxville and Oak Ridge-area patients, is ideal for patients who have healthy teeth and gums, specifically those without restorations (fillings may respond differently than natural teeth to whitening treatment resulting in discoloration). Patients with yellowed teeth typically respond better to treatment than those with grayish discoloration.

Our professional, in-office teeth whitening system is both quick and effective. If you would like to know more about teeth whitening, contact our Knoxville cosmetic dentistry office — serving Oak Ridge, Maryville, and Eastern Tennessee patients — to arrange a consultation.


Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that fit over an existing tooth. Porcelain veneers have many cosmetic uses. They can mask chips or cracks, whiten severe stains, fill gaps, and lengthen or reshape the teeth.

Made from durable composite porcelain materials, dental veneers are natural looking and are even colored to match the surrounding teeth. The porcelain material is resistant to staining, and, with proper care, veneers are long lasting.


Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a very easy and relatively inexpensive way to repair chipped or cracked teeth, whiten severely stained teeth, fill gaps between teeth, and change the shape of teeth. The material used for dental bonding can be precisely matched to the color of the surrounding teeth for virtually undetectable repairs. The procedure usually requires only one visit to our dental office.

There are disadvantages involved with dental bonding. Dental bonding does not last as long as other restorative procedures, such as dental implants, porcelain veneers, or dental crowns. In addition, dental bonding is not as stain resistant as other restorative methods. Nonetheless, dental bonding does provide excellent aesthetic results and may be the correct choice for your dental needs.


Composite Fillings

If you are frustrated by silver fillings that flash every time you speak or smile, you should talk to us about composite fillings. Also known as tooth-colored fillings, composite fillings are made of a material that matches the tooth color. Once in place, the filling is virtually invisible. Composite fillings are safer than metal fillings, and they can be custom-tailored to match the patient's tooth shade and bite. Composite fillings are a durable solution for repairing either front or back teeth. Many patients prefer composite fillings to metal ones because they require less removal of the tooth material and they result in less pain following treatment. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about how composite fillings can be used to help improve your smile. 


Smile Makeovers

Improving your smile is one of the fastest ways to enhance your appearance and make you look years younger.

Using cosmetic dental procedures such as dental veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, and more, our Knoxville and Oak Ridge–area cosmetic dentist can improve the size, shape, and color of your teeth.

The result is a healthy, attractive, natural-looking smile you'll want to show the world!


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