Daily brushing and flossing prevent most build up of plaque on tooth surfaces, but there are hard-to-reach contours in teeth that often go missed. As plaque accumulates and hardens into tartar, you take the risk of decay and gum infection developing. Medical research has shown that gum disease has far-reaching effects on your overall health. It contributes to serious conditions such as stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Take our recommendation seriously and come in for six-month cleanings by our professional hygienist to keep your overall good health!
Just as we notice changes to our bodies as they age, you will notice changes to the condition and appearance of your teeth. They may no longer have the brilliant white luster of the past due to years of consuming caffeine, tobacco, and other substances that stain. Old fillings may loosen and need to be replaced due to decay that has set in. The flow of saliva may be reduced because of certain medications. And gum disease is often a problem in seniors that needs urgent treatment. Continued good nutrition and daily cleaning are important in keeping your natural teeth. As a word of caution, at the first signs of bleeding gums or loose teeth, please contact us immediately.
Modern root canal therapy can save a tooth and keep it from being
extracted, which can eventually cause other problems. Dr. Moss is
experienced in the latest advancements for this procedure, making it easier
The pulp in the interior chamber of the tooth is removed and replaced with a special filling. Additionally, a crown may be necessary for strengthening the tooth. This treatment is successful in saving a tooth and returning it to full functionality.
If your bite is not in its proper position (malocclusion), this may be
the reason for headaches, painful jaw joints, and shoulder and neck pain.
The reasons for an improper bite may be the way the jaw and dental arches
formed, worn-down teeth, accident or trauma to the mouth, or dental disease.
If your teeth do not come together as nature intended, muscle tension
increases and results in chronic pain.
We can restore your bite to its proper position to relieve the pain and discomfort you have grown accustomed to living with. Let us show you how you can live with new energy and a better quality to your life.
If it's time for your next cleaning, or if you're ready to schedule a no cost/no obligation consultation, call us now at (865) 983-4642.
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In an effort to help control the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, our office will limit appointments to essential and emergency procedures until further notice.
This decision is in accordance with the recommendation released by the American Dental Association (ADA) and Tennessee Dental Association (TDA) to postpone elective procedures.
"Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments," the ADA said in a statement Monday.
We will be in contact with you soon to reschedule and we will notify you when we are fully prepared to resume business as usual for all of our patients.
Our phone lines will remain open for your questions and concerns. If you are experiencing pain or have any dental emergency, please call our office at 865-983-4642.
At Moss Family Dentistry, we have always followed standard universal precautions issued by the CDC and ADA to help protect every one of our patients and team members from the many infectious diseases that we are potentially exposed to on a daily basis. For your peace of mind, these are the precautions we take EVERY time you sit in one of our patient chairs:
In addition to the above standard measures, we will be exercising a higher standard of infection-control in our waiting areas, including removing all magazines, toys, and other items that are difficult to disinfect. And while we love and value each of our patients, handshakes and hugs may be replaced with an "elbow bump" for the time being.
While we are doing everything in our power to protect you, we also ask for your cooperation in making our office environment a safe one when you visit us. If you have a cough, fever, or chills, please call our office to discuss whether or not you should reschedule. We will be checking temperatures on all patients as they enter and anyone with a reading over 99.9 degrees may be asked to reschedule at least three weeks later as a precaution. Also, to practice social distancing and minimize the number of people in our waiting room, please show up no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and come alone if possible.
We care about each of you and hope that you and your family will remain in good health during this difficult time.
Whittaker Moss, DDS