Over 40% of adults in the United States have some form of gum disease, but they don’t even know it.
At Robert M. Kelso Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we help our patients eliminate the bacterial infections around their teeth and help save their smiles. Dr. Kelso even offers non-surgical gum disease treatment in-house. Preventive dental care with a comprehensive menu of general dentistry services is critical in keeping not only your mouth healthy, but your entire body as well!
General Dentistry Services:
Dr. Kelso has found many benefits to using an intraoral camera. Patients can view a live feed from the camera on screen in real time! It's a non-invasive, small camera that allows Dr. Kelso to detect oral problems that aren't easy to see with the naked eye.
Oral diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, can often go undiagnosed because a patient isn't experiencing symptoms until the disease advances. However, with the intraoral camera, Dr. Kelso is able to better determine the early signs of gum disease and provide treatment immediately.
Athletic Mouth Guards
If you or your child are involved in any type of sports, wearing a custom fitted mouth guard is one of your best pieces of insurance. Not only does it protect teeth, it also reduces the risk of concussion. Dr. Kelso makes expertly crafted athletic mouth guards for you or your young athlete.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
Experiencing jaw pain, headaches or facial soreness? Ask Dr. Kelso how you can protect your smile against excessive wear caused by jaw clenching and grinding and relieve the pain caused by TMJ disorder.
A tooth extraction is a last resort, but sometimes it becomes necessary. Badly infected teeth can jeopardize the health of your entire mouth, including healthy teeth and gums!
The best time to have wisdom teeth removed is during a patient's late teenage years or early 20s. These immature wisdom teeth are smaller, so surgery is less complicated and potentially less painful. If your wisdom teeth have not started to erupt, Dr. Kelso will use x-ray imaging to locate them and determine if it’s time to have them removed.
Seal off deep grooves in the molars that are vulnerable to tooth decay with this inexpensive and effective preventive treatment. Dental sealants guard against cavities by forming a “shield” over the enamel of your teeth, keeping out bacteria and acids. Be sure to ask about pediatric dental sealants to protect your child's permanent teeth!
Fluoride application can help remineralize weak areas of tooth enamel. This procedure can keep your teeth more resistant to the bacteria that can cause decay and cavities. At our Knoxville dental practice we use fluoride varnish at every visit to help keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Desensitizing Treatments for Sensitive Teeth
Some of our patients experience pain when their teeth are exposed to heat, cold or air. That's why Dr. Kelso offers a desensitizing fluoride treatment to many of his patients. He might also suggest using a prescription toothpaste or mouthwash at home to strengthen your tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Dental prophylaxis is a professional teeth cleaning procedure that thoroughly cleans the teeth. It is an important preventive measure to help stop the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. We recommend our orally healthy patients receive this type of procedure twice a year.
Oral Cancer Screening
Tobacco users aren’t the only ones who should be concerned about oral cancer. Oral cancer is on the rise. That’s why at Robert M. Kelso Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide oral cancer screenings as part of your regular-checkup to all of our patients over the age of 18.
Our practice uses digital x-rays to produce enhanced computer images of our patients' teeth, gums, and other oral structures and conditions. Digital x-rays have found to be the key to early detection and effective treatment of dental problems.
Chronic halitosis is a common problem with more than 50 million people suffering in the United States alone. Common halitosis remedies like mouthwashes and breath mints are often sufficient to mask the symptoms, but if you’re concerned about the root cause, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelso to discuss your treatment options.
Are you or your family members overdue for a preventive dental exam and cleaning? Call our Knoxville dental practice today to schedule your appointment!
If you have experienced an oral accident resulting in a tooth being knocked loose, a filling being damaged or a tooth being fractured, call immediately to schedule an emergency dentist appointment.