Frequently Asked Questions


Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Thomas G. Zarger offers an array of treatments — including teeth whitening, dental implants, and porcelain veneers — to Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and Eastern Tennessee cosmetic dentistry patients. To help prospective patients better understand the different options available to them, Dr. Zarger answers frequently asked questions about dental procedures and preventive care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Zarger, please contact our cosmetic dentistry office.

I'm unhappy with my smile. Can you help me?

There is no reason for anyone to live with an unattractive smile. Numerous advances in dental procedures and technology have made it possible to improve the appearance of almost anyone's teeth. Dr. Zarger can use cosmetic dental treatments such as porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, and dental bonding to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile.

Learn more about smile makeovers and contact our Knoxville and Oak Ridge-area cosmetic dentistry office to arrange a consultation.

My teeth are embarrassingly stained. Can you help?

There are many products available today that can effectively whiten stained or discolored teeth. Our teeth whitening method works well, has a long-lasting effect, and, according to scientific literature, is the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth. You can achieve a dramatically whiter smile in as little as 30 minutes with our exceptional in-office teeth whitening treatment. If your teeth are cracked, misaligned, or misshapen, porcelain veneers can also be used to cover those imperfections and produce an even more dramatic effect.

To learn more about options such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, contact our Knoxville and Oak Ridge-area cosmetic dentist today to schedule a consultation.

How can I repair my chipped and cracked teeth?

Many aesthetic solutions are available for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, including porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and dental crowns. Porcelain veneers are thin laminates that correct discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned teeth. With porcelain veneers from our Knoxville practice, you can enjoy a strong, stain-resistant, natural-looking smile.

Dr. Zarger can help you chose the method that best addresses your dental needs. To schedule an appointment, please contact us!

Can my silver-colored fillings be replaced with something more attractive?

If you're showing an unattractive flash of silver every time you speak or laugh, talk to us about composite fillings. Composite fillings match the natural color of your teeth and can be a very aesthetic replacement for metal fillings.

Arrange a consultation to learn more about tooth-colored composite fillings.

My missing teeth make me look old. Can you help?

Missing teeth can make you look older than you are, as well as cause problems with talking and chewing. If you have one or more missing teeth, effective solutions such as dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures can rejuvenate your smile and restore your ability to chew and talk confidently.

If you would like to know more about how we can replace missing teeth and give you a beautiful smile, contact Dr. Thomas Zarger today and make an appointment.

Why do my gums bleed when I brush and floss?

A common sign of early periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis, is bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. However, periodontal disease quite often has no symptoms until it has advanced significantly. In its beginning stages, periodontal disease is easy to treat, and any negative effects are reversible. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, and the need for expensive dental procedures.

The best way to catch periodontal disease early is by visiting Dr. Zarger every six months. To schedule an appointment, please contact us.

I'm happy with my smile and want to keep it that way. How do I keep my mouth healthy?

Congratulations on recognizing that you cannot take your beautiful smile for granted! Periodontal disease, infection, cavities, and other dental problems often have no symptoms until they are well advanced and the teeth or gums are damaged beyond repair. Simply seeing our expert dentist every six months can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums and avoid costly procedures.

To schedule a cleaning and examination with Dr. Zarger, please contact our Knoxville office — serving Oak Ridge, Maryville, Tellico Village, and Eastern Tennessee patients — today.

Will my children benefit from seeing a dentist?

Even if your children still have their "baby teeth," they can benefit substantially from regular dental visits. Establishing good dental habits early, including proper brushing, flossing, and regular six-month dental checkups, can help to maintain a lifetime of good dental hygiene. Bringing your children to our practice for regular visits ensures that Dr. Zarger can detect cavities in their early stages, provide fluoride treatments, and identify problems with permanent teeth as they develop.

To arrange a preventive examination for your children, contact our skilled cosmetic dentist today. Dr. Zarger offers treatments that can give every member of your family a healthy and beautiful smile. Our services range from sealants and fluoride treatments to dental implants and porcelain veneers. To arrange a consultation at our Knoxville and Oak Ridge-area office, please contact us today.

Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., DDS Family Dentistry in Knoxville

Our practice has provided skilled and compassionate dentistry for patients in the Knoxville, TN, community for over 30 years. Dr. Zarger is a member of:

  • American Dental Association
  • Second District Dental Society
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

We strive to make care convenient and affordable to all patients and accept CareCredit financing to help reduce the cost of treatment. Schedule your consultation today online, or by calling (865) 693-7631.

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