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Important Tips to Know When Searching for Solutions to Missing Teeth – by Dr. Marty W. Lindahl

LEARN ABOUT THE WAYS TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH WITH RESTORATIVE DENTIST, DR. MARTY LINDAHL IN KNOXVILLE, TN

Dr. Marty W. Lindahl, Cosmetic Dentist and Restorative Dentist – Ways to Replace Missing Teeth in Knoxville, TN; Alcoa, TN; Farragut TN; and Maryville, TN

Important Tips to Know When Searching for Solutions to Missing Teeth – by Dr. Marty W. Lindahl

Dr. Marty W. Lindahl solutions for missing teeth, dental implants, smile restoration, fixed solutions for missing teeth, farragut tn, knoxville tn, alcoa tn

At Rolling Hills Dental, we love when our patients ask us about the benefits of restoring their smile after tooth loss. Healthy, happy smiles are our passion! There are many ways to replace missing teeth and we believe each treatment should be tailor-made to best suit the individual patient.

PRO TIP 1: UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS

Each patient’s biology and day-to-day lifestyle is unique, so the first tip when searching for pricing for missing teeth solutions is to know that your dentist is an amazing and integral part of the design and restoration process of renewing your smile; however it is the dentist’s partnership with the oral surgeon in evaluating each patient’s case that determines what treatment solutions are the best options for each patient’s natural biology in terms of bone structure and other factors. Choose your dentist based on his or her track-record for success and relationships with oral surgeons and dental labs for optimum and lasting results.

At Rolling Hills Dental, we provide a wide range of options to replace missing teeth in Knoxville, TN. Included are three methods of replacement – dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants – and a personalized for patients variation called “hybrids”.

PRO TIP 2: GET A FREE CONSULTATION

There are many ways to replace missing teeth and we believe each treatment should be customized to best fit the individual patient. The best way to determine which treatment is appropriate is to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Lindahl. During this time, the patients you will undergo an evaluation to decide which restorative method is best. The evaluation will include talking with Dr. Lindahl about what you would like to achieve with your new dental restoration, whether you prefer something fixed or removable, and in this session we will discuss your financial options. By taking these elements into consideration, our team can support you in making an educated towards the best solution. We never choose for our patients, we prefer to give patients the information they need to make knowledgeable choices that ensure their long-lasting satisfaction and best health. Click this link to complete our Smile Questionnaire or call (865) 983-4444 to request your free consultation.

PRO TIP 3: KNOW YOUR OPTIONS

When it comes to tooth replacement, a popular choice for full-mouth and partial mouth restorations are dental implants. Dental implants are the current top-rated solution as a permanent option for patients who want a no-fuss way to replace teeth. Implants are titanium posts that are created to act as a tooth root replacement. They are placed in the bone of the jaw and then are restored over the top. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth when restored with a porcelain crown over our recommendation of custom (no aftermarket) abutments to ensure the most comfortable fit. Some implants may be used to support a dental bridge, while others are made to fit with full dentures to create an implant-supported denture. These dentures are extremely stable, making them the best option for patients who have struggled with keeping traditional dentures in place along the arch. Other benefits in contrast to the missing teeth options listed above — implants prevent bone loss and ensure no decay.

Through the years, I have done numerous “hybrid” teeth-in-a-day restorations to repair work patients have undergone before finding Rolling Hills Dental and asking me to assist them in restoring their smiles.

As with all dental restorative cases, I do my best to troubleshoot; however new patients coming to my practice for teeth-in-a-day or all-on-four, restorations often express their disappointment and frustration that the popular branded “all-on-four” teeth wear out and break. Even though they can be fixed, this issue is still an emotional and financial nuisance for the patient because of the substantial investment they have already made in the all-on-four method. Teeth-in-a-day hybrid restoration cases most frequently do not show a natural transition, so this method often feels bulky and thick in the mouth, which can cause the patient embarrassing impaired speech issues and a host of other discomforts. Being able to provide an upgrade to the hybrid all-on-four method in order to reduce the frustration of patients seeking relief from these issues
is important to me.

What are dental hybrids? Dental Implant Hybrids are not removable and are designed to be “fixed prostheses” supported by implants. Dental Hybrids require 5 or more implants per
arch and result in immediate teeth replacement. This is a highly-convenient option for patients desiring long-lasting and immediate results.

For the popular teeth-in-a-day hybrid; the surgery or temporary “teeth-in-a-day” happens in one day, and the restoration of the permanent teeth generally takes 5 or more appointments to complete the implant as the “final bar” hybrid-supported prosthesis.

One major advantage we are able to offer our patients through my relationships with top surgical and lab partners, is the Genisys method of “overnighted teeth”: the option to complete their hybrid case in as little as 1-2 appointments without compromising quality, but rather increasing implant healing and decreasing implant failures. This is an excellent solution to provide to patients who are weary of coming in for numerous appointments.

Dentures are the most economical way to replace missing teeth and come in two varieties – partial dentures and full dentures. When patients are missing one tooth or several teeth within the arch, a partial denture may be a wonderful solution. Dr. Lindahl and our team work with top labs to ensure the results are extremely natural-looking, including bio details in design that create a healthy and fresh aesthetic appeal.

Partial dentures have a metal and acrylic framework and can be placed into the dental arch, supported by the existing teeth. Full dentures are made of acrylic and replace the entire arch of teeth, either the top, bottom, or both. Dentures can be held in place with natural suction, dental adhesives, or dental implants for optimum stability. Dentures are often covered in part by dental insurance plans, so they can be a smart financial solution for many.

Dental bridges may be utilized for patients missing one or more teeth in a row. Dental bridges are made of ceramic and are fused with dental crowns on each end. The bridge is held in place by the adjacent teeth as support. The bridge restores the appearance and function of the smile.

To help patients in need of missing teeth solutions access the best treatment, we designed an in-house RHD Advantage Plan to make financing more accessible to patients desiring solutions for missing teeth. Ask us about it!

 

CALL OUR OFFICE (865) 983-4444 OR

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT TODAY.

Marty W. Lindahl, DDS – Which tooth replacement option is right for me?

Which tooth replacement option is right for me?
There are many ways to replace missing teeth and we believe each treatment should be customized to best fit the individual patient. The best way to determine which treatment is appropriate is to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Lindahl. During this time, the patients you will undergo an evaluation to decide which restorative method is best. The evaluation will include talking with Dr. Lindahl about what you would like to achieve with your new dental restoration, whether you prefer something fixed or removable, and in this session we will discuss your financial options. By taking these elements into consideration, our team can support you in making an educated towards the best solution. We never choose for our patients, we prefer to give patients the information they need to make knowledgeable choices that ensure their long-lasting satisfaction and best health.

Schedule an appointment at Rolling Hills Dental
Dr. Marty W. Lindahl of Knoxville, TN is a general, cosmetic, and restorative dentist who provides a variety of services to patients who are interested in enhancing the appearance of their smiles while improving their oral health and wellness. At Rolling Hills Dental, our team of dental professionals are here for you if you want to find out more about your options for restoring tooth loss. Call us today at (865) 983-4444 or visit us at 2625 Old Niles Ferry Rd.

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When it comes to your toothpaste – is black the new white?

When it comes to your toothpaste – is black the new white?

In response to the boom of newly-minted oral wellness brands being launched by top-positioned social and beauty influencers dominating Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, it’s wise to peel away the labels of hashtag chatter and paid reviews and do your own research when it comes to protecting your natural assets.

The great thing about social media is, candid transparency is also on the rise when it comes to modern brands relevance in the race to market dominance. Because of this, you’ll often see ingredients listed clearly so you know exactly (or more clearly now than we ever have) what exactly it is you may be ingesting or applying.

Where oral wellness intersects with this new phenom, activated charcoal has become increasingly popular throughout social media platforms in toothpaste form, touting “natural” whitening power. But how much do you really know about the safety of ingested activated charcoal via toothpaste, even in small amounts?

It’s true, activated charcoal is not new to medicine but it is new to oral wellness. Traditionally used in poison control centers and hospitals for its efficacy in the pharmacological treatment of poison exposure, activated charcoal has been well documented since the early 1800s as one of the most widely used methods of decontamination. That being said, there is little evidence of its efficacy of use in oral health (ingested as toothpaste).  

Popular social media outlets claim the many benefits of activated charcoal including: antibacterial, anti-cariogenic, and anti-staining properties. However; according to the latest research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association*, there is insufficient data to advocate for the safety and efficacy of charcoal and charcoal-based toothpaste (J. Books et al 2017). Beyond that — hold the phone — the Journal goes on to warn about the possible deleterious effects of charcoal in toothpaste.

Activated charcoal is an abrasive, and like any abrasive, it may adversely affect your teeth and gums. Ultimately, your risk for caries, gum disease and teeth staining may increase. Abrasive material can cause the surface of your tooth to roughen, which allows more stains and bacteria to attach to your teeth – which is everything you’re trying to prevent by brushing in the first place!

Rest assured! There are several safe and easy ways to get your pearly whites glistening like freshly surfaced pearls… Our patients love the results of using both the Zoom! Whitening In House Treatment and Zoom! Whitening Take-Home kit with customized trays.

Be the future – white is the new white, obvs!

*Reference: Charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices. Brooks, John K. et al. The Journal of the American Dental Association , Volume 148 , Issue 9 , 661 – 670

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Top Injection Specialist In Eastern TN – Dr. Marty W. Lindahl

Hey Guys and Gals, did you know Dr. Lindahl is one of the top Injection Specialists in Eastern Tennessee?

 

Thanks to 20+ years of experience studying the muscles, nerves, and structures of the face in order to bring about outstanding smile transformations, Dr. Marty W. Lindahl is a natural when it comes to defining the most natural-looking enhancements to even out your most notable concerns.

As a Brilliant Distinctions partner, here at Rolling Hills Dental, we offer Juvederm Volbella® XC and Juvederm® Ultra XC as two of the top treatments available today for patients requesting lip and smile enhancement.

What Are Juvederm Volbella® XC and Juvederm® Ultra XC?

Juvederm Volbella® XC and Juvederm® Ultra XC Volbella
are FDA-approved dermal fillers featuring a proprietary hyaluronic acid formulation.

The manufacturer, Allergan, utilizes its unique Hylacross technology to produce a filler that is smoother and more malleable. The advanced manufacturing process behind this technology relies on a bacterial fermentation process that produces a stable, well-blended formula.

At 24 milligrams per milliliters, this product also contains the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid out there, which allows it impressive longevity.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) can keep your skin glowing, without the harmful side effects of toxic skin products.

Often recommended by dermatologists and physicians for its ability to improve skin’s texture and appearance, Hyaluronic acid, also called hyaluronan, is known for reducing joint pain and other symptoms associated with aging.

This is why we offer Juvederm Volbella® XC and Juvederm® Ultra XC as two of the top treatments available today for patients requesting facial, lip, and smile enhancement.

Whether you’re a regular who loves the benefits of facial fillers, or still searching for the most talented Injection Specialist in the city, here’s a few tips for you to takeaway from this post to speed your treatment results:

  • 1. Avoid alcoholic beverages for 4 days prior (including red wine).
  • 2. Avoid  Omega 3s, Tumeric, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Ginko Bilboa, Garlic & Asprin for 7 days prior.
  • 3. Pre-treat with Arnica 3 days before your treatment by dissolving 5 pellets under your tongue 3 times a day.
  • 4. Take 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily before your treatment. The earlier you start, the better!

Want to find out more? Contact us. 

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Dental Implants Today: A Modern Overview of Dental Implant Trends & Best Practices by Marty W. Lindahl, DDS

BY MARTY W. LINDAHL, DDS
Dental Implants Today
A Modern Overview of Dental Implant Trends and Best Practices
by Marty W. Lindahl, DDS

As a cosmetically-minded dentist with a long history of smile design and restoration via veneers, crowns, and implants, I first regard the natural structure of my patient’s face when it comes designing the aesthetic appeal, and the functionality my patients aim to achieve. As a result, I try to think of myself as an “architect of the smile”, as most architects endeavor to honor form and function as the cornerstones of great design.

When restoring a patient’s mouth with implants, there are several foundations to consider in order to best support both the aesthetic desires and the longevity of comfort and health for the patient. Patient education is critical when it comes to ensuring long term results that the patient will best benefit from throughout the lifetime of their investment.

Although implants are used to replace single teeth, they are also utilized to reconstruct the dentition. In order to mimic nature as much a possible when it comes to these restorative enhancements, I often lean towards single-implants for full arch restorations because they’re the most comprehensive and desirable option for comfort, aesthetic, natural feeling, and longevity.

My goal is to deliver on these important aspects of patient’s’ expectations, and avoid common issues that frequently arise in terms of speech impediments, ill-fit, discomfort, and even bacterial issues, that put the patient’s quality of health at risk.

 

Utilizing 20 years of experiential foresight, I do my best to help circumvent failures, patient dissatisfaction, or the risk the patient carries of having to invest more in the future to remake a failed or ill-fitting prosthesis.

Acting on my patient’s best interests, I make a point to keep in mind all of the above, always considering the plausible flexibility and reversibility of the procedure, should any natural, or common issues arise.

Our mouths are living organisms that shift and adapt over time, so I always aim to establish awareness when designing for the longevity and performance of my patient’s smile.

“Our comprehensive customization range of implant options are what set us apart when it comes to patients who entrust us with their implant and restorative transformations.”

One of the cutting-edge procedures I’m most excited about involves utilizing zirconia. The latest advancements in modern dentistry are reaching for zirconia when designing  single implants, abutments, crowns, single teeth, multiple teeth, and full-mouth reconstructions.

Zirconia, (highly-utilized and endorsed by Southeast Oral Surgery) is European – it looks like Porcelain but is as strong as metal on the periodic table.

As continuing member of the Knoxville Oral Synergy Training Program (STP Residency) led by Southeast Oral Surgery, paneled by our surgery partners: Timothy P. McConnell, DDS; Otto W. Slater, DDS; Randall Napier, DMD; Jason R. Kennedy, DMD; Garren M. Petree, DDS; and  sponsored by Zimmer Biomet and other cutting-edge labs and product innovators; I make a consistent effort along with my team to benchmark the shared insights my fellow physicians, surgeons, specialists, branded product and lab partners, to stay abreast of current and emerging best practices in regard to all the latest tools and materials that are presently the most beneficial and advanced options when treating existing patient cases.

“More and more frequently, patients are opting for dental implants to replace missing teeth, as they are a long-term solution that most-closely resembles natural teeth. As a longtime member of the American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD)*, I am dedicated to utilizing all tools at my disposal when it comes to educating my patients about the latest and most beneficial implant options for their case.”

*Membership with ASIRD is by invitation only and restricted to dentists who meet a high standard of requirements.

The  importance of choosing an experienced surgeon-and-dentist team recognized for having a strong working relationship and a track-record of excellence is paramount when considering dental implant options. My goal is to have fellow dentists encounter my work and feel inspired that they can’t tell the implant from natural teeth.

“Intent on offering the industry-best to my patients, I continue to develop my relationships with like-minded professionals through associations such as the Knoxville Oral Synergy Training Program (STP Residency) who are a very important factor when it comes to record of success I’ve had with dental implant cases.”

The process begins with design, then moves to partnering with the best labs and surgical teams to place the implants in the optimal positions that suit the implant design as well as the patient’s comfort.

Individual crowns on implants and the streamline bone-grafting techniques utilized to house the implant, are the most selective premium option for mimicking nature. This type of restoration is the most natural-feeling available because the thinned shape of the tooth is the closest resemblance to a natural tooth, and it allows natural gum tissue support. This premium-standard option can take several months to execute.

If the patient doesn’t have the optimum bone density needed to place individual implants per tooth, or should the patient prefer a faster restoration option, then I will often recommend a zirconia restoration.

Zirconia restorations are an ideal emerging technological material that has a high potential for adjustment if needed over time that far out-performs the “all-on-four”, or “teeth-in-a-day” method. In my professional opinion, zirconia is the future and I’m excited to champion this material and method as it continues to perform extremely well as an ideal advancement in modern dentistry that is gaining positive support.

One of the things to consider when utilizing zirconia as an alternative to the teeth-in-a-day method, is that this type of restoration method is not a “one tooth problem”, meaning that in the rare possibility it breaks, the entire case may have to be re-crafted. It is always desirable to keep repairs to a minimum for convenience to the patient. Another consideration to keep in mind, is that as an emerging technology, it is important to monitor the individual patient to see how their natural biology takes to this type of implant. Due to the resilient strength of zirconia material, it is wise to monitor to ensure there is no threat to the individual patient’s potential bone loss or implant wear, but the future looks amazing, so I am presently studying ways to evolve this option in light of its outstanding potential.

Sometimes when designing implants, I come across a case where the patient wants the best individual implant crown and smile design, but doesn’t have the optimal bone structure to place a full mouth of implants. In this situation, I will often introduce a concept known as the “copy mill bar” that includes individual crowns. With this method, a custom bar is fitted on fewer implants, and the patient can add natural-looking pink gums where needed, alongside individual crowns that imitate a beautiful full-mouth restoration. This way, should any of the individual crowns need to be replaced, it is a “single-tooth problem”, meaning, in terms of time and investment it is relatively simple to repair. This provides the most natural way to replicate a single-implant, full-mouth rehabilitation for patients whose bone structure can only support a limited number of implants.

Through the years, I have done numerous “hybrid” teeth-in-a-day restorations to repair prior work patients have undergone. As with all dental restorative cases, I do my best to troubleshoot; however new patients coming to my practice for teeth-in-a-day or all-on-four, restorations often express their disappointment and frustration that their all-on-four teeth wear out and break. Even though they can be fixed, this issue is still an emotional and financial nuisance for the patient because of the substantial investment they already made in the all-on-four method. Teeth-in-a-day hybrid restoration cases most frequently do not show a natural transition, so this method often feels bulky and thick in the mouth, which can cause the patient embarrassing impaired speech issues and a host of other discomforts.

Being able to provide an upgrade to the hybrid all-on-four method in order to reduce the frustration of patients seeking relief from these issues is important to me.

To help patients access this often overlooked and much-needed enhancement, our practice designed an in-house RHD Advantage Plan to make this elective restorative treatment more accessible to patients desiring relief from these symptoms.

The dental implant options I strive to provide are more hygienic, longer-lasting, virtually unbreakable, and more natural-feeling.

For the popular teeth-in-a-day hybrid; the surgery or temporary “teeth-in-a-day” happens in one day, and the restoration of the permanent teeth generally takes 5 or more appointments to complete the implant as the “final bar” hybrid-supported prosthesis.

“One major advantage I am able to offer my patients through my strategic relationships with top surgical and lab partners, is the Genisys method of “overnight teeth”: the option to complete their hybrid case in as little as 1-2 appointments without compromising quality, but rather increasing implant healing and decreasing implant failures.”

 

This is an excellent solution to provide to patients who are weary of coming in for numerous appointments.

The beauty in all these systems is that in order to meet any patients specific needs, all are made possible in the most beneficial way, by the right team, dedicated to studying and implementing both the technology and best practices that ensure the most expedient turnaround of the highest-quality. These benefits are a huge convenience in light of today’s demand. At Rolling Hills Dental, my team strives for perfection so that together, we can settle for excellence. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you in light of your dental implant needs.

If you are preparing for Dental Implants in Eastern Tennessee, Knoxville, Maryville, Alcoa and surrounding areas, here are some excellent tips to help you educate yourself and your loved ones on the treatment preparation options available to you.

Preparing for Dental Implants
While dental implants stand as the gold standard for dental reconstructions, there are certain factors that can keep patients from receiving more immediate treatment. Issues like gum disease, bone density, and teeth clenching complicate the healing process and long term success of dental implants. However, at Rolling Hills Dental, we want you to consider the following pre-implant treatments that can help qualify you to receive a dental implant.

Repairing Gum Disease
The effects of the first stage of gum disease—gingivitis—are reversible, and can be treated through routine cleanings and good at-home maintenance, allowing you to return to proper gum health. With later stages of gum disease—periodontitis—the damage done to the supporting bone structure and gums is permanent. If you exhibit advanced levels of gum disease, scaling and root planing can help you to achieve the healthy gums necessary to receive dental implants. There are even options available if you have lost bone density due to periodontitis.

Restoring Bone Density
Dental implants rely on a certain level bone density to support the integration of the implant post into the bone. This process of osseointegration relies on the jaw bone to be able to fully integrate biocompatible titanium rods to ensure that your implant is secure, and acts like the root of a natural tooth. However, if you have experienced bone loss due to the loss of teeth or periodontitis, there are treatments that will enable you to support implants. Bone grafting procedures will bolster your jaw strength, allowing you to support implants that can properly integrate into the bone. Procedures like sinus lifts will enable patients without the right amount of bone structure for implants to be placed, to expand the available bone by their molars, and restore balance to their bites.

Relieving Clenched and Grinding Teeth
If you clench your teeth at night or during the day, you run the risk damaging an implant before it heals, or breaking the teeth surrounding an implant that has been placed. While the crowns of implants are generally able to withstand the pressure of a bruxism, this can complicate the healing process and will slowly wear on the shape of the restoration, as it would with natural teeth. If you know that you are a habitual tooth grinder, or clench at night, look into getting a night guard, or a guard for daytime teeth clenching. This can not only help you to qualify for dental implants, but will help you maintain the health and aesthetics of your natural teeth.

Prepare for Your Dental Implant Today
If you are looking to begin restoring your smile with dental implants, contact our Rolling Hills Treatment Coordinator to schedule your examination today (865) 983-4444.

Dr. Marty Lindahl, and the Rolling Hills Dental staff are proud to offer innovative implant solutions to patients from in and around the Maryville, Knoxville, Alcoa, Blount County, Knox County, and surrounding areas.

LINKS OF INTEREST

The following websites are provided as a resource for patients. This page contains hyperlinks to World Wide Web sites that are created and maintained by other organizations. We have included these links because we think that our patients may find them of interest. Keep in mind that Marty W. Lindahl, DDS and Rolling Hills Dental do not necessarily endorse the views expressed on these websites. Also, we do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information presented on these sites.

DENTAL LINKS

WebDental – American based dental database

 

RESEARCH AND LIBRARY LINKS

University of Tennesse Medical Center

MedicineNet – Content-rich commercial site includes interactive groups, ask-the-doctor feature, medical dictionary, comprehensive drug information, medical news, disease-specific information, and links.

Medscape – Searchable commercial collection of full-text articles from such useful sources as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oncolink – Huge collection of cancer information and links based at the University of Pennsylvania. The best starting place found for cancer information.

Healio – Physician maintained commercial database of annotated health links. Oriented toward medical professionals, but accessible to an educated lay person. A keyword search gets you to a subject index, from which you navigate to the links you want.


JOURNALS

American Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

British Medical Journal

New England Journal of Medicine

American Dental Association

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Academy of Osteointegration

American Academy of Dermatology

American Academy of Restorative Dentistry

American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons – find information about oral and maxillofacial surgery including cancer, dental implants, sports safety, jaw surgery, and more.

American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

American College of Prosthodontics

American Dental Association – ADA Online – access to news, publications, and products and services related to dental health.

American Medical Association – another useful site with links to consumer health information, searchable database of more than 650,000 physicians

American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists

Center for Reconstructive Jaw Surgery

International Association of Dental Research

Second District Dental Society

Tennessee Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

 

IMPLANT MANUFACTURER LINKS

Astra

BioHorizons

Keystone

Nobel Biocare

Straumann

Zimmer Dental

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Watch Your Tongue! It Can Tell You About Your Overall Health

Bright red luscious lips model curling her tongue Rolling Hills Dental Tongue Health Tips

Here’s some reasons why you should watch for changes that might need to be evaluated by a doctor or dentist.

For clues about problems in your mouth, stick out your tongue and look in the mirror. A healthy tongue should be pink and covered with small nodules (papillae). 

A white tongue, or white spots on your tongue could be an indication of oral thrush: a yeast infection that develops inside the mouth. It appears as white patches that are often the consistency of cottage cheese. Oral thrush is most commonly seen in infants and the elderly, especially denture wearers, or in people with weakened immune systems. People with diabetes and those who are taking inhaled steroids for asthma or lung disease can also get it. Oral thrush is more likely to occur after you’ve taken antibiotics.

A bright red tongue can be a sign of vitamin deficiency. Folic acid and vitamin B-12 deficiencies may cause your tongue to take on a reddish appearance. This condition causes a map-like pattern of reddish spots to develop on the surface of your tongue. These patches can have a white border around them, and their location on your tongue may shift over time, but it’s usually harmless. If you have a high fever and a red tongue, you need to see your family doctor. It may be scarlet fever.

If your tongue is sore or bumpy it can be due to trauma: accidentally biting your tongue or scalding it on something straight out of the oven can result in a sore tongue until the damage heals. Smoking also irritates your tongue, which can cause soreness. Many people develop canker sores on the tongue at one time or another. The cause is unknown, but stress is believed to be a factor. Canker sores normally heal without treatment within a week or two.

A lump or sore on your tongue that doesn’t go away within two weeks could be an indication of oral cancer. Keep in mind that many oral cancers don’t hurt in the early stages, so don’t assume a lack of pain means nothing is wrong.

Everyone should check their tongue on a daily basis when they brush their teeth and tongue. Any discoloration, lumps, sores or pain should be monitored and evaluated by a medical professional if they don’t go away within two weeks.

If you have any questions or need to schedule a check-up for help on evaluating any of these symptoms, give us a call at (865) 983-4444, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

 

 

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Believe In Your Ability To Create Change – A Wellness Initiative

Blog Post Banner Image Rolling Hills Dental Flossing Believe in your ability to create change
At Rolling Hills Dental, we’re all about advocating for better health through the little ways that have big impact.

Our mission for 2019 is to believe and act on our ability to create change. Here at Rolling Hills Dental – we’re equipped to help you do just that. In just a few visits, you can have an entirely new smile – and feel like a whole new you. Click here to fill out our Smile Concierge Questionnaire and get your free consultation.

Together we’re always working to improve as a practice, and as medical professionals. That’s why we’re so inspired by dentist and cofounder, Chrystle Cu took an everyday problem she was witnessing in her practice, and created a resolution that became one of the hottest new products on the wellness and oral hygiene markets in 2018.

“Flossing is always associated with dread, neglect, or guilt,” says Chrystle Cu. For the past decade as a general dentist Chrystle Cu pedaled the same message, over and over again, to her patients: Flossing will save your teeth. It nearly always fell on deaf ears.“Anytime you mention flossing to a patient, their eyes start to roll back in their head,” she explains. “There is nothing new to say–they already know. Most of the time, they walk in and say, ‘I haven’t been flossing, go ahead and lecture me about it,’ like they’re ready. Their behavior never changes.”

After filling more than 200 cavities flossing would have prevented, back in 2013; while most dentists outsource cleanings to dental hygienists, she did it herself to get a good understanding of why patients hated doing what they should. And then, it hit her. Maybe it was the floss itself: bland, flavorless, and mostly inefficient.

“People didn’t care about floss–part of it was just no one had spent any time thinking about the design at all,” she says. The more popular floss brands use nylon or Teflon, strong materials that won’t shred. But at the same time, they’re also quite slippery and unable to fully grasp plaque, says Chrystle Cu. Her sister Catherine compares it to attempting to clean a dirty dish with a plastic bag.

“How do I convince patients to floss when what was available for them wasn’t very effective? I knew I wanted to create something better.”

And that’s how Chrystle Cu and her sister, Catherine, came to create Cocofloss:

Wu sisters - from Fast Company Magazine Coco Floss Founders

multicolor coco floss packaging on grey background


crème de la crème

Why is Cocofloss different? It’s made of 500 loosely woven polyester filaments coated with microcrystalline wax, coconut oil, essential oils, and aromas. The texture gives it scrubbing power, yet because the materials are woven together, it’s also quite like elastic. The fibers are colored bright turquoise blue so that consumers can see their contrasting yellowed plaque (Chrystle Cu refers to it as “immediate feedback”). The coconut oil helps the threads better fit between tight spaces, and then the fibrous threads expand to wash the surfaces clean. It almost works like a net that traps plaque.

“What we learned is that flossing is really an acquired taste–the feeling of having clean gums and clean teeth is something that people don’t know how to appreciate until they know what it feels like.”

“For the generations before us, it was not expected to have your teeth for your whole life,” says Chrystle Cu, noting statistics such that over 50% of Americans aged 65 and up have dentures.

We’re so glad they decided to do something about it.

If you’d like to learn more, check out their #teethforlife campaign – a wonderful reminder that if you want to keep your teeth for life… #floss.

Every one of us encounters a host of small ways we can make a big change, every day. We’re so inspired by Chrystle and Catherine’s attitude towards their ability to #createchange. Where do you want to start?

In just a few visits, you can have an entirely new smile – and feel like a whole new you. Click here to fill out our Smile Concierge Questionnaire and get your free consultation.

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The Guy’s Guide To Boosting Smile Confidence

While the “male gaze” is certainly a buzzword in today’s culture when it comes to defining how women are judged by impossible beauty standards; men are quietly undergoing the same scrutiny.


The truth is, we’re all subject to the subconscious first impression of the observer, and that first impression can either open the door of engagement, or make it more challenging to access opportunity.

Men deserve the same advantages women have when it comes to taking healthy steps towards enhancing their image in a way that showcases personal potential, and the first place people take in said potential is in the read of a face launched by a confident smile.

So here’s a few immediate tips for the guy who would like to take such philosophy into consideration:

Spend A Little Quality Time Brushing
Make sure to brush and floss twice a day using soft bristles, as hard brushes can be too abrasive and cause the gums to recede further. 

And hey, for those guys out there who like power tools: invest in an Electric Toothbrush. Thanks to their vibrating heads, electric toothbrushes are able to remove more stains than a standard toothbrush — just make sure you use the soft bristles.

Take Good Care of Your Gums
Gums are the foundations of your teeth. If you’re suffering from gingivitis (red, puffy, bleeding, or receding gums), it can make your whole smile look unhealthy. Taking care of your gums helps your teeth feel stronger and more vital.

Get Your Smooch On (Yes, Really)
Studies show that kissing stimulates saliva production, which can help you fight stains. You can also munch on raw, fibrous veggies, but of the two, only one is known to immediately increase good endorphins!

Jason F. Smile Transformation by Dr. Marty W. Lindahl graphic

That being said, if you’re the kind of guy who has neglected his smile and needs a supportive confidence boost, you may find it encouraging to know there’s something revolutionary you can do about it in a matter of days.

An estimated 30-40 percent of red carpet smiles are actually created by a wonderful retexturing and shaping process known as “veneers”. And we’re not talking about those Chicklet-looking, lip-crutches that gained notoriety in the 70s and 80s. Today’s porcelain veneers are completely undetectable, and built to match the natural shade of your teeth at the height of their potential whiteness. Two appointments and you can have a magazine-cover smile that looks like you were born with it.

The other great thing about veneers is the fact that if you need a substantial amount of clinical work done to improve the health of your teeth which can impact a whole host of other related health issues, veneers may be the more cost-effective route to enhancing both aspects with one procedure.

One of Eastern Tennessee’s premier
cosmetic dentists, Dr. Marty W. Lindahl, is a great listener who is known for prioritizing his patients’ desired results from a 360° perspective. Dr. Lindahl believes the most revolutionary smile makeover is one where attention is not paid to the smile alone, but also how the shape, function, and feel of a smile can change the entire read of the face.  

To view more of Dr. Lindahl’s smile transformations, visit our Smile Transformations Gallery or call (865) 983-4444 to speak to our Smile Concierge today and see about making the smile of your dreams, a reality.

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The Secret Behind Hollywood’s Brightest Smiles: Dental Veneers

The Secret Behind Hollywood’s Brightest Smiles: Dental Veneers

Social cues dictate that beauty is in the eye of the beholder — and any beholder will stop in their tracks when they encounter a bright white smile. It’s inevitable…

These days, a “tooth” job is meant to convey wellness as well as attractiveness. A healthy smile plays a huge part in the sum of that equation.

“Anyone can pursue a dream, you’ve just gotta stop worrying about why it may or may not happen, and start doing!” [email protected]

Here at Rolling Hills Dental – we’re equipped to help you do just that. In just a few visits, you can have an entirely new smile – and feel like a whole new you. Click here to fill out our Smile Concierge Questionnaire and get your free consultation.

Google celebrity teeth transformations, and you’ll see many of your favorite stars with uneven, not-so-white, asymmetrical teeth in their befores and shiny, gleaming smiles after. In Hollywood, people work with image makers and plastic surgeons, makeup artists, and hairstylists — and dentists are part of the glam team now. Nathaniel Hawkins, a celebrity hairstylist, says, “Part of the process of being a star is having a big, bright smile.” At Rolling Hills Dental, we believe every patient should be the star of their own story. 

Megan C. Smile Transformation by Dr. Marty W. Lindahl graphic (1)

Leading cosmetic dentist Dr. Marty W. Lindahl argues that changing your smile can change your entire face, adding fullness and support to your features. This gets especially notable over time, as your cheeks become less bouncy with the loss of collagen and your teeth shift in.

The remedy? Aesthetic Facial Design. You could call it the haute couture of smile design — a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, luxury product. At Rolling Hills Dental after a consultation and a mold, patients are given lemongrass-infused heated hand cloths, expert local anesthesia to numb any pain, and the show of their choice on a flat screen TV. Dr. Lindahl then begins designing a custom smile directly in the patient’s mouth. Dr. Lindahl, molds a (less than 0.5 millimeters, thinner than a fingernail) material called composite to craft the perfect smile. Next, the design is sent to a top ceramics lab partner to be exquisitely finished in the perfect shade of porcelain that Dr. Lindahl and the patient personally select.

A common complaint Dr. Lindahl gets from patients is that they have “lost their smile.” The bottom third of your face is supported by teeth which affect the structure of your face. “Black holes” — space on either side of your mouth when you smile — are also a common problem that makes your grin look less-than Julia Roberts ear-to-ear perfect. The solution is to build veneers that gently slope out in thickness so that they fill up the “black holes,” to create a fuller, healthier looking smile.

Jason F. Smile Transformation by Dr. Marty W. Lindahl graphic

 

More About Dental Veneers from Dr. Marty W. Lindahl:

“Whether a patient is interested in 2 to 4 veneers, or a full-mouth rehabilitation; I’m passionate about providing an aesthetic result that will last. The transformations my patients experience mean the world to me. Operating as a smaller private practice allows me to advocate for my patient’s objectives in a way that lets me focus on their needs and treat them as VIPs, instead of going through some less-than-desirable protocols larger practices must adhere to.” -Dr. Marty W. Lindahl

As a boutique-size practice with a high-level of productivity, my team and I have the ability to provide our patients with the advantage of 100% individual attention and the highest-level of comfort and privacy. Many dental practices provide veneers; but very few have the hands-on track record of experience, lab partnership, and strategic alliances that my team and I have cultivated to provide our patients with only the latest in cutting-edge, dental veneer best practices. My team and I do our utmost to support each other and our patients via post-graduate training, team accountability, and a consistent allegiance to aesthetic function that lowers the risk for patient dissatisfaction.

In order to provide total smile transformations that give my patients access to multiple benefits in one visit; I now partner with Allergan/Brilliant Distinctions. Oftentimes, when the structure of the teeth have been transformed; I have been asked to provide the finishing touch of polishing the “frame” of my patient’s smiles with the undetectable enhancement of dermal fillers.

For the past decade, I have utilized non-surgical fillers and Botox  to correct issues such as “gummy smiles”, indistinctive cupid bows, thin-parsed lips, frown lines, and more. We now offer our patients access to the Brilliant Distinctions membership, in order to maximize their benefits when it comes to putting their best features forward in a way that saves them time and resources.

Call our front office at (865) 983-4444 to schedule your free consultation today.

About Emprethin Veneers
Emprethin™ are similar to porcelain veneers but offer patients a no-preparation (no drilling, no grinding) option for applying these ultra-thin veneers to the teeth. Both products are porcelain veneers ultra-thin shells of ceramic material, which are bonded to the front of the teeth. Not all patients are candidates for the no preparation option. Size, shape, and alignment of your teeth will dictate the outcome of this method.

Your best results may be obtained with a stronger all-porcelain veneer and preparing the existing teeth for a little thicker, and more durable veneer. Emprethins are the latest ultra-thin veneer and are a pressed ceramic that can be fabricated at approximately 0.2 mm – 0.3 mm, transforming teeth into a naturally beautiful smile that looks perfect for every individual.

What are the benefits of Emprethin™ veneers?
They can fix stained, crooked, chipped, and an unevenly spaced smile. Emprethin™ offer a painless way to permanently whiten and align your smile. They are advertised as painless because these types of veneers require minimal or no-preparation of your teeth to bond. Because there is no-preparation, the process is also faster than a conventional veneer procedure.

What concerns should I have about veneers?
Emprethin™ veneers are not designed to withstand excessive force. Habits like nail biting and ice chewing can damage the veneer over time.

How much do veneers cost?
The answer is very patient specific. The ceramic veneer is only part of the expense. The number of teeth and any required supporting dental work need to be considered. Dr. Lindahl and team will provide you with a cost estimate after examining your teeth.

What other porcelain veneer options are available for me?
We offer several options for porcelain veneers and where strength is required. Dr. Lindahl will help you decide which system is the most appropriate to achieve your goals.

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Top Tips To Prevent Dry Lips

Closeup of man biting his dry chapped lips.

Do you find no matter how many times you slather on the Chap-Stick, your lips are still taught, painfully dry, and splitting?

Cracked, dry lips can really put a damper on your smile, and overall comfort. Here’s a few great tips on how to get to the bottom of what may be keeping your lips from being healthy and kissable year-round.

There are a bunch of factors that lead to less-than-supple lips: exposure to UV rays, cold weather, too much caffeine, smoking, allergies, hormonal imbalance, excessive licking of the lips, mouth breathing, and dehydration, to name a few…

Cold weather is hard on skin and lips. Covering your mouth with protective clothing like a scarf while exposed to the elements will help prevent dry lips. Indoor heat can dry out your lips, skin, and nasal passages too. To stave off the dehydration, use a humidifier, especially at night, to keep moisture in the air.

In addition to cold weather, you should take some precautions during the summer. The sun has powerful UV rays that can wreak havoc on your lips. Using a lip balm with sunscreen will help prevent sunburned lips, dryness, and eventually, peeling. Doing so will keep your lips more robust, come winter.

Diet also plays an important role in ensuring your lips are supplied with nutrients that nurture your skin to naturally balance oil production. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish have been shown to keep the skin hydrated and restore its natural oils – so consuming more fish can help. If you prefer, there are fish oil pills available over the counter. Carlson Labs is one of our favorite Omega suppliers… Their product has zero fishy taste — and instead tastes like fresh lemons… No gross-out, and the results are immediately noticeable.

Staying hydrated helps the body function properly.  To avoid chapped lips, you should drink plenty of fluids – especially water. Caffeine causes the body to dehydrate – so if you’re a coffee lover, drink your coffee, but drink a lot of purified water, too.

Do you have a bad habit of licking your lips? Or maybe in an emergency effort to moisturize your lips, you’ve been tempted to lick them… Well, don’t. The saliva evaporates quickly, leaving the drier than they were before.

Dry lips can be caused by contact allergies. If you’ve been just recently experiencing this issue, and just started using a new lip or facial product, you could be allergic to it. Also, being allergic to certain foods can cause dry lips. If you think you’re allergic to something and you can’t pinpoint what it is, you may need to go see an allergist to be tested. Not to mention, if you’re congested from a sinus attack brought on by allergies, your lips can become chapped quickly. You should take the necessary precautions to ensure your lips stay hydrated.

Mouth breathing can be a temporary issue caused by nasal congestion. However, in some cases, it could be a constant problem that should be evaluated by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. You could have a deviated septum which means that you’re not able to breathe an equal amount out of each nostril, leaving you to compensate by breathing through your mouth.

Avoid smoking. Smoking not only dries your lips out, but it also dries out your mouth – which is another entirely different problem that comes with serious side effects. Ask us about perio therapy – one of our top solutions for dealing with this.

And now (drum roll, please…)

Here are our top remedies for dry lips:

Removing dead skin cells will allow your lips to bring out new, healthy layers. The good news here is that there’s no need for expensive beauty products. This can easily be done with a handful of ingredients that you likely already have in your home.

Cane sugar, honey 🍯🐝, and coconut oil, make a great exfoliation elixir. For severely chapped and bleeding lips you can throw in a few drops of lavender oil for its antiseptic properties. Be sure to scrub very gently to avoid bleeding and prevent further damage. Exfoliating can be done a few times a week followed up by a good moisturizer.

Moisturizing will help prevent dry, chapped, painful lips. Beeswax, petroleum jelly, coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and glycerin are all great ingredients to use in a lip serum. Apply multiple times a day, and apply a heavier layer at night.

Call us, we can help. The #RHDDream Team at Rolling Hills Dental are here to help you with all of your oral wellness needs. If you have any concerns about your dental health, give us a call today at (865) 983-4444. We look forward to meeting you!

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Stress Less, Live More. Attack the plaque preying on your smile.

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Did you know that keeping your gums healthy is a surprisingly effective weapon against stress?


“One source of stress for the body comes from dental plaque and gingivitis, which create inflammation and send molecules called cytokines through your system, hurting the cells.” -Dr. Benjamin Wolozin, M.D., Ph.D. and professor of pharmacology and neurology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Forgetting to floss once or twice is no big deal, but consistently caring for your teeth over the long term is VITAL.

Brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit us for a cleaning every 6 months to help banish stress from your system. Give us a call if you need a check-up. We’ll get your grin sparkling, stat.

 

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