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General Dentistry

General Dentistry - Knoxville

Your teeth do more than just give you an attractive smile. They are essential for maintaining facial shape, for chewing, and for speaking clearly. To help you achieve a beautiful smile and optimal dental health, our practice offers advanced general and restorative dentistry solutions, including dental bridges, root canal therapy, and dental crowns. Contact our Knoxville office — serving Oak Ridge, Maryville, Tellico Village, and Eastern Tennessee patients — to learn more or to make an appointment with Dr. Zarger.

If you have concerns about your dental health, contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.


All-Porcelain Dental Crowns

Dental crowns work as “caps” to cover teeth that are cracked, chipped, badly discolored, damaged extensively by decay, or otherwise injured. Designed to match your natural teeth in color, shape, and size, dental crowns are a popular restorative treatment used by our cosmetic dentist Thomas G. Zarger. Dental crowns can be used to restore a tooth to its original shape, strengthen a tooth, or to improve a tooth's cosmetic appearance. Because the crown encases the visible tooth area, crowns are natural-looking restorations that restore function and aesthetics. 

Dental crowns can give strength and support to weakened teeth by acting as a splint that binds a tooth together. In many cases, this quality makes crowns a more effective treatment than composite fillings. If a less invasive option, such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or even teeth whitening, can effectively address your needs, Dr. Zarger will recommend the treatment that is best for you. If you would like to arrange a consultation or know more about dental crowns, contact our Knoxville cosmetic dentistry office, also serving Oak Ridge, Maryville, and Eastern Tennessee patients. Dr. Zarger can help you restore confidence and beauty to your smile.


Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)

Root canal therapy (or endodontic treatment) is performed to save a tooth when its pulp becomes injured or infected. Dental pulp, which provides the tooth with necessary nutrients and contains the nerves, is found at the center of each tooth. When a tooth's pulp becomes damaged, the tooth can become incredibly painful and will often die if left untreated. During root canal therapy, the damaged pulp is removed and the tooth is sealed. Because of improvements in anesthetics and techniques, the old stereotype of the painful root canal is a thing of the past.

Typically, root canal therapy is performed in two visits to our Knoxville office. During the first appointment, an anesthetic is administered and the affected tooth is isolated. The tooth's pulp is removed through a holed drilled in the tooth’s crown, and the root is cleaned and shaped. A temporary filling is then placed in the hole to prevent saliva from entering the tooth. In the next visit, the temporary filling is removed, the treated inner area of the tooth is filled with a resin-like substance, and the tooth is permanently sealed with a dental crown.

Despite the reputation of root canal therapy as being a painful procedure, most patients report little or no discomfort during treatment. Patients who need a root canal generally experience more pain prior to the procedure, rather than during or after. Root canal therapy usually eliminates or significantly decreases the pain.


Dental Bridges

Missing teeth can create more problems than just an unattractive smile. The void left by missing teeth can hamper chewing and biting, cause problems with speaking, lead to movement of adjacent teeth, and cause changes in the shape of the face. If you have gaps in your smile, or if you must have a tooth removed due to injury or disease, a dental bridge can replace your missing tooth or teeth and restore your smile. With proper care, a dental bridge is very strong and durable.

Less invasive than dental implants, a dental bridge is essentially a false tooth fused between two dental crowns. The dental crowns fit over the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, and then the bridge fills the gap. The components of the bridge are made to resemble your natural teeth as closely as possible in color, shape, and size. Contact our Knoxville and Oak Ridge-area office for more information about dental bridges.


Dentures

If you have lost a few or all of your teeth, dentures may be a good solution for you. Many improvements have been made to dentures, and modern technology now allows us to customize them to perfectly fit your mouth for a completely natural look. Dentures can restore the natural shape of your face, give you a beautiful smile, and make eating enjoyable again. For more information about dentures, please contact us.


Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease occurs when the gums or underlying bone becomes infected. The first stages of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, are often painless and create few noticeable problems. Red, swollen, or bleeding gums are symptoms of the onset of periodontal disease. If caught early, periodontal disease often can be easily treated and any damage can usually be reversed. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious dental problems, and treatment can be expensive and painful.

The best way to prevent periodontal disease or stop it in its early stages is to see Dr. Zarger every six months for a routine dental exam and cleaning, and to brush and floss regularly. To learn more about periodontal therapy or root canal treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Zarger today. We offer Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and Eastern Tennessee patients the highest standard of dental care.


Family & Preventive Dentistry

Good dental health is important for the whole family. Establishing preventive dental habits early in life, such as brushing and flossing, and having routine checkups with Dr. Zarger every six months will help to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Routine dental exams catch problems in early stages, when the problems are easier and less expensive to treat. In addition to saving you time and money, early treatment of dental problems can prevent tooth loss or irreversible tooth damage.

Dr. Zarger excels at preventive dentistry. During your first visit, Dr. Zarger will identify any existing dental problems you may have and teach you how to properly care for your teeth so that you can maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. It's never too early to establish good dental habits, and never too late to improve your dental routine. Contact Dr. Zarger to schedule an appointment for yourself or your children! If you would like to know more about our treatments, including root canal therapy and dental crowns, arrange a consultation at our Knoxville and Oak Ridge–area office today.


Composite Fillings

Composite fillings made of tooth-colored resin are a great choice for patients who want to maintain a natural-looking smile while treating damaged teeth. They 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, they create less pain following treatment, and they can actually help strengthen the tooth's underlying structure. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about how composite fillings can be used to help improve your smile. 


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