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9/22/2022

Does Toothpaste Expire? What You Need To Know

Imagine that you’re out of toothpaste. You start digging into the back of your cabinet, and you find an old, unused tube. Is it safe to use it? Does toothpaste expire? What’s the typical shelf life of toothpaste, anyway? In this blog from Lakeside Dental, we’ll answer all of these questions and more, and explain the basics of toothpaste expiration dates.

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8/11/2022

How Does Cosmetic Dentistry Work?

Want to have a picture-perfect smile? Luckily for you, modern dentistry provides many ways to get it! From tooth whitening to veneers or crowns, a few cosmetic concerns can’t be fixed in just a few appointments.

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7/28/2022

The Top 7 Symptoms You Should Not Ignore In Your Mouth

Your oral health is really important. And this means that you should never ignore signs and symptoms that something may be wrong with your teeth and gums.

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6/23/2022

Am I Too Old For Orthodontic Treatment? No – And Here’s Why!

Adults of all ages can get orthodontic treatment and benefit from it. Find out more here!

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4/19/2022

Red Headed Patients May Require More Anesthesia – Here's Why!

Recently, some TikTok videos and Instagram Reels have gone viral, claiming that red-headed people require more anesthesia. Is that really true? Read this blog to learn more!

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3/4/2022

Healing After Dental Implants – What To Expect

Whether you’ve recently received dental implants in Lenoir City, or you’re interested in implant surgery from Lakeside Dental, you may be wondering what to expect after your surgery is over and you’re sent home.

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1/17/2022

Why You May Need Urgent Dental Care

If you’re experiencing some dental discomfort, be it low-intensity pain, sensitivity, or just noticing a change in the appearance of your teeth, schedule a consultation.

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12/6/2021

Treat Your TMJ Disorder With a Mouthguard

If you’re dealing with TMJ disorder, then you’ve probably heard that a mouthguard could potentially be a good solution. But can it cure TMJ altogether?

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11/3/2021

What Happens When You Don't Treat a Cavity?

You are brushing your teeth when you notice a dark spot on one of your molars. You know that's a cavity, but it's not hurting or causing any troubles, so you decided to ignore it for now. Is that a good idea?

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9/16/2021

Dental Bridge vs Implant: Which Is the Right Fit for Me?

In this blog from Lakeside Dental, we’re doing an in-depth comparison of dental bridges and dental implants.

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8/24/2021

Types Of Partial Dentures

If you’ve lost a couple of teeth, but still have many healthy choppers in your jaw, partial dentures should be a perfect solution for you. Learn more!

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5/24/2021

Are Deep Cleanings And Routine Teeth Cleanings Different?

Dentistry can be confusing. For example, there are two common types of cleanings offered by dentists. These are routine preventive cleanings and “deep cleanings.” What’s the difference? Find out now in this blog from Lakeside Dental.

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3/23/2021

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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1/29/2021

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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12/5/2020

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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11/30/2020

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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10/25/2020

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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12/23/2019

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.