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Everything You Need To Know About Dental Crowns in Lenoir City

If you need a dental crown in Lenoir City, Lakeside Dental is here for you. Got questions or want more information about dental crowns before you schedule an appointment? You’re in the right place. In this blog, we’ll give you a comprehensive overview of crown treatment.

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What Is The Difference Between A Deep Cleaning Vs. A Routine Cleaning?

Did you know that there are two common types of dental cleanings? Though deep cleanings and routine cleanings may sound similar, they’re quite different. Routine cleanings are recommended for all patients, while deep cleanings are only needed if Dr. Blalock diagnoses you with periodontal (gum) disease. Read on, and learn more about the differences between these treatments at Lakeside Dental.

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Are You Interested In All-On-Four Dental Implants? Here Are Some Things To Consider!

All-On-Four uses several dental implants to support a permanent set of implant-supported dental bridges, and it’s a great alternative to traditional dentures. All-On-Four looks and feels more natural, requires less care, lasts longer, and will never shift or move when you eat.

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Want To Know The Secret To Pediatric Dental Health? Starting 'Em While They’re Young!

Every parent wants to keep their childs’ mouth healthy. But do you know the secret to great dental health for kids? It’s to start them when they’re young, and make sure they understand the importance of dental health and oral hygiene from a very young age. Learn more about this “secret” below, or contact Lakeside Dental now to get a pediatric consultation from Dr. Blalock right away.

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Why Preventive Care Is So Important

If you’re overdue for a teeth cleaning and oral exam in Lenoir City, you may be wondering if you really need to see a dentist like Dr. Joseph Blalock every six months. Is it really that important to come to Lakeside Dental for preventive care?

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Welcome to Our Office!

Dr. Blalock realized his calling was to be a dentist after suffering a dental injury as a child. He was fascinated by the art of dentistry and how his dentist was able to quickly repair his smile. Dr. Blalock feels rewarded that he gets to work creatively with his hands while making a real difference in his patients’ lives. 

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Frequently asked questions

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Root canals are actually a painless, simple procedure! They are only about as invasive as a dental filling, and with our modern techniques, numbing agents, and sedation options, you will stay comfortable and relaxed during the entire root canal process. Plus, with our same-day CEREC crowns, you can have your permanent crown placed in one day, eliminating the need to wear an uncomfortable temporary crown after treatment.

My tooth doesn't hurt. Why do I need to have treatment done?

Unlike our muscles and skin, which are able to tell us when they are damaged, our teeth do not have pain receptors. Teeth are very similar to our organs, like the heart and kidney. Often times when we have pain in those organs it is too late to prevent serious damage. If your tooth is hurting, the damage has most-likely reached the sensitive, vulnerable pulp of your tooth. At Lakeside Dental, our goal is to prevent pain and tooth loss. So, if we recommend a treatment for a tooth that is not currently hurting, that is a good sign. That means there is still time to save it before more invasive, costly procedures become necessary.

Can I get cavities under my crowns or fillings?

Unfortunately, it is possible to get recurrent cavities under crowns or fillings, especially if your restorative work is not done properly or if you do not take proper care of your teeth. At Lakeside Dental we take pride in our work and ensure durable, effective restorations. However, if you have a filling or crown from another office that is failing, it is important to get treatment right away. To prevent cavities from developing under your existing dental work, be sure to stick to your daily at-home oral hygiene routine of flossing once per day and brushing at least twice per day. Also, continue to come in to see us every six months so we can track your oral health and work with you on a plan that will help prevent future cavities and preserve your restorations.