How Dental Flaws could Mean Something More

dental flaws could mean something more

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In 2012 the American Association of Orthodontists released a study showing that more than one-third of Americans were unhappy with their smile. Feeling good about your smile can improve your career, your social life, and your love life. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, but keep putting off correcting it, you also might be compromising your dental health. Your cosmetic dentists in Greeneville at Tusculum Dental Care often find that dental issues that people think are merely aesthetic are warning signs of more serious oral health issues.


When you think of a great smile, it’s brilliant, luminous, and gleaming white. It’s not surprising to find out that teeth whitening treatments are the most popular cosmetic procedure in dentistry. Why? Because the most common complaint that people make about their smile is related to tooth discoloration. There are two types of tooth stains. Extrinsic discoloration usually affects multiple teeth and occurs from stains on your enamel from exterior sources (like foods and beverages). Intrinsic discoloration usually only affects one tooth and develops within your tooth (from an injury).

Extrinsic discoloration stems from food, drink, or tobacco use or the deterioration of your tooth enamel. This type of damage is fixable, but shouldn’t be ignored as it is a possible sign that your teeth have been weakened by stomach acids or food acids. Intrinsic discoloration could occur as a side effect to certain medications, or it could be a sign that a tooth has suffered trauma or is infected. Either situation requires immediate attention from your cosmetic dentists in Erwin to save your tooth and prevent further dental health complications.

For extrinsic stains, Tusculum Dental Care offers professional teeth whitening treatments that can brighten your smile while minimizing the risk of enhanced sensitivity. For your convenience, we also offer at-home treatments as well as pre-filled home whitening trays. If you choose one of our in-office treatments, we can whiten your teeth in an hour. In the case of intrinsic damage, we recommend you schedule an immediate appointment as one of our dentists will need to see you to diagnose the problem with the individual tooth and prevent any complications before working to correct the aesthetic issue caused by your stains.

Chipped, Cracked or Broken Teeth

If you notice a tooth that is chipped, cracked, or broken, the problem may seem like a big deal if it isn’t affecting the function of your teeth. However, this type of damage often occurs due to some sort of trauma to the tooth or jaw. If you were eating lunch one day and suddenly your tooth chipped, it is often a sign of an imbalanced bite. Such spontaneous damage doesn’t just occur; it takes a large amount of misplaced force to injure your teeth in this way.

For Dr. Nathaniel Renner and Dr. Craig Shepherd to treat this kind of problem, we will have to examine your bite and check for temporomandibular joint disorder and other issues with your bite. We can treat any bite-related issue to prevent recurring damage to your teeth. Once identified, cosmetic treatment options, including cosmetic bonding, inlay/onlays, or a dental crown, may be recommended.

Tooth Crookedness

When you look at your smile, do you see a gap or teeth suddenly crooked? Adult teeth that shift out of alignment could be an indication of worsening oral health issues. Having crooked teeth also make it more difficult to properly care for and clean them. Crooked teeth can be something you develop naturally because of heredity or as a side effect of spacing issues. However, if your teeth are moving for no reason, you need to know this could be due to periodontitis—the advanced stage of gum disease, during which pockets develop between your gums and teeth while your supporting tissue and bone structure deteriorate.

If you have periodontitis, permanent damage has been done to your teeth. Professional treatment of your gum disease in Greeneville can strengthen your gums and stop further movement of your teeth. Adults with crooked teeth may want to consider instant orthodontics or Invisalign to straighten their teeth.

Gummy Smile

A gummy smile can destroy your self-confidence. There are several reasons why gums overlap, such as a side effect to medication or a genetic factor that has caused your gums to be stimulated and grow. It is also possible that your teeth are worn down because of grinding, a habit clinically known as bruxism.

Whatever the cause, Dr. Nathaniel Renner or Dr. Craig Shepherd can perform a thorough examination to diagnose the cause of your gummy smile. Once any underlying issues have been ruled out, we can even out your gum line and your smile by performing a laser recontouring procedure.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Greeneville

Don’t put off fixing your smile any longer. Come by Tusculum Dental Care and let one of our expert cosmetic dentists prevent any oral health problems you’re experiencing while simultaneously enhancing your smile. To schedule your initial consultation, call us at (423) 639-7575.

Tusculum Dental Care is proud to serve patients in the areas of Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Erwin, Tennessee.