This Week? Flooring!

Flooring Has Begun

Hello everyone!  We are still looking at July for our move in date.  I don’t know the exact day in July but be assured that when I do I’ll make a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT so you’ll be in the know.  For now though, let me tell you what’s happening this week.

Flooring is what’s happening this week.  There’s going to be 4 flooring treatments used in the office.  The reception area will have carpet tiles, the bathroom will have ceramic tile, the treatment areas will have a wood-look vinyl plank and the staff areas will have vinyl composition tile (the kind you see on most retail floors).

As you can see, the treatment area flooring is down and I think it looks goooood.  A bit dusty right now but good none the less.

Now I mentioned last week that the purple treatment room was just to much purple.  Well, the new purple has been chosen and hopefully it will be a little less suffocating and a bit more fun.  So Forget Me Not purple is out and it’s close second cousin, Brave Purple, will be rolled on instead.

I think it will take the rest of this week for all the flooring, if not more, and then it will be time for the cabinets. I’ll keep showing the pictures and in the meantime have a great week and be happy. Visit your dentist in Knoxville soon.

Warm regards,

Terrie Cribbs

New Space Update #2

It’s Coming Along

I can’t believe how fast the renovations are coming along.  I was told, when we were first applying for our permits, that we would be completed around the first of July and unlike every other construction experience I’ve had, we are still on track for that.  This all due to our contractor, Leland Duckworth, and his crews.  If any of you need some major renovations, don’t hesitate to consider Edge Construction, Inc.  Leland has been wonderful to work with and I’ll be happy to put you in touch with him.

We Have Real Walls Now

Well the “Forest of Steel” is covered up with sheetrock and it feels like a dental office now. When I walk around, the flow and scale of the place tickles me pink.  If you were to stop by and take a peak in the windows you’ll see our reception area with the rounded front desk on the one side, all painted up in neutral colors and looking pretty. On the other side are the treatment rooms and each have a side and back wall painted in a deep blue, teal or purple. The purple is a bit dark so we’re going to redo that one but the others are just how I imagined them. I really like standing in the hallway and seeing a hint of color from each room. Visit TLC Dental Care.

What’s Next?

Next on the agenda is flooring which will have lots of neutral grays and wood tones.  Look out for more pictures next week and in the words of one of my favorite songs: Be Happy.

Warm regards,

Terrie Cribbs

Seasonal Allergies And Your Oral Health

Summer is here…and that usually means that the spring allergies are starting to die down but here in Knoxville, the pollens are still aggravating a lot of folks out there. Seasonal allergies affect millions of people every year, but did you know that they can also affect oral health?

Why Do We Get Seasonal Allergies?

While there are plenty of allergens that can make us sneeze year round, such as dust and pet dander, seasonal allergies typically flare up twice a year: in the spring and the fall. But here in Knoxville the pollens get trapped and that means nearly year round congestion, an itchy nose, mouth, eyes, or throat, puffy eyes, sneezing, and coughing for people with allergies.

The reason our allergies act up the most during spring and fall is that trees and grass pollinate throughout the spring, while ragweed pollinates in the fall. Mold will also send out spores around the same time. Allergic reactions, including seasonal allergies, are the result of our immune systems going into overdrivein response to these allergens.

Allergies Versus Oral Health

While allergies can result in tingly or swollen lips, mouth, or tongue and irritated gums, the most common way seasonal allergies can become a problem for oral health is dry mouth. Whenever we have congestion, we end up breathing through our mouths instead of our noses, which dries up our saliva.  Antihistamines, while very helpful to keep your allergies under control, also cause dry mouth. Saliva is our number one defense against cavity-causing bacteria, so when your mouth is dry, you have a higher risk of developing tooth decay. Having dry mouth presents a serious threat to oral health, because saliva is the mouth’s first line of defense against gum disease and tooth decay.

Prevention And Treatment

Because many allergens are airborne, avoiding allergic reactions can be difficult, but there are a few things you can do. It’s best to stay indoors on extra windy days when the most allergens are in the air. You should also wear a pollen mask while doing yard work, and avoid using window fans that could blow pollen and spores into your house.  Change your clothes and wash your face and hands after coming in from outside to keep the pollens around your person and in your home to a minimum.

If you do end up having an allergy attack, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and chew sugar-free gum to stimulate your salivary glands, and keep up your daily brushing and flossing routine. Make sure you also take the anti-allergy medications your doctor or allergist recommends to minimize your congestion.

Fighting Back Against Allergies Together!

If you’re experiencing dry mouth, whether as a side-effect of seasonal allergies or for any other reason, don’t hesitate to come see us! Your oral health is our top priority, and together we can come up with a plan to keep your mouth healthy until the allergies end and beyond! Visit TLC Dental Care.

Thank you for putting your trust in our practice!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

New Space Update

Wow, Stuff is Happening

As you can see the construction is ticking along, we have framing up and it still looks like we should be able to move there in July.  It is a forest of steel right now and it’s pretty cool to walk around and actually see the size of the rooms. There’s a lot of electrical and plumbing to do in the new walls but Leland, our contractor, says it’s time to pick out all the finishes and, whew, there’s a lot of them.

So Many Decisions

Well, Kabam! The finishes have been chosen and I think they’ll be quite wonderful.
I especially like the mosaic tile.  You should be able to find it in three different places next time you visit us at the new space.

Most of the wall colors are a light and medium griege called Panda White and Shiitake.  The treatment rooms, however, will each have one of the lively blue, teals, or purple on two of their walls.  Then there’ll be wood tones for the cabinets and various shades of grey for the flooring and countertops.  I hope it ends up looking as good in reality as it does in my head.

Cozy Reception

Now I’m working on creating a cozy reception area and here is a picture of the chairs I’m going to order.  They should be pretty comfortable but we like to run on time, so I hope you won’t ever spend enough time in them to find out.  I still have to find ottomans for the center of the room and a small fridge for the beverage center.

I can’t wait to see what it looks like with dry wall and paint. Stay tuned for for more pictures and updates but most importantly,  have a great week. Visit TLC Dental Care today!

Five Types Of Dental Fillings

It’s never a great feeling when the dentist tells you that you have a cavity, especially when you’ve been diligently brushing and flossing to keep your teeth healthy. The next step after a cavity is discovered is typically a dental filling. Fillings come in several different materials that have their own advantages and disadvantages, so let’s take a look!

1. The Classic: Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are what you might think of as “silver” dental fillings, though they’re actually composed of a mixture of tin, copper, silver, and mercury.  The reason dentists have been using them for so long is that they are strong and long-lasting, and they are also the least expensive option. However, they expand and contract differently from the tooth so they break teeth over time and they corrode and stain teeth grey.  Even if they don’t stain the teeth, they’re very noticeable and tend to darken over time, so if you want something that blends in, amalgam fillings probably aren’t the ones you want.

2. Low Profile: Composite Fillings

Composite dental fillings are made of acrylic resin and powdered glass. Unlike amalgam fillings, they can be colored to match your teeth, which is part of what makes them so popular. They do wear out faster, though, and aren’t always the best choice for teeth that take the greatest chewing pressure.

3. Putting On The Ritz: Gold Fillings

Gold fillings aren’t made of pure gold, just like amalgam fillings aren’t made of pure silver, but they are some of the most durable fillings available, capable of lasting more than two decades. They can’t corrode like amalgam fillings, they’re very strong and they are kind to your gums.   Most dentists think this is the best type of filling to place.  Unfortunately, they are expensive and take 2 appointments to complete.  Finally, they are noticeable so we don’t place them where they can be seen.

4. Strong and Realistic: Porcelain Fillings

Porcelain fillings are another tooth-colored option, and with today’s ceramics they’re strong! From a function standpoint these fillings are the 2nd best way to replace your natural tooth structure and I don’t hesitate to recommend them.  However, for patients who like best option dentistry, these are usually their top choice because they are long lasting, strong, non-staining and tooth-colored.  The drawbacks of porcelain fillings are that they are require 2 appointments, and they are also as expensive as gold.

5. Down To The Roots: Glass Ionomer Fillings

The final type of filling is resin or glass ionomer fillings. These are made of acrylic and fluoroaluminosilicate, a component of glass. They are typically used as cement for inlay fillings, and for fillings when the decay extends into the root of the tooth. They are also used on baby teeth. Weaker than composite resin, glass ionomer fillings might only last around five years, and they don’t match the color of teeth as closely.

No matter what filling you get, your tooth will still need plenty of love and care!

Bring Your Questions To The Experts!

Still have questions about the different types of fillings? Just ask us! You should also come see us if you’ve noticed any problems with existing fillings, such as damage or a separation between the filling and the tooth. A loose or damaged filling could lead to worse complications for the tooth, so don’t wait to schedule your appointment!

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We’re Changing Our Name

We’re moving to a new location aaaaand

We’re Changing Our Name

That’s right, not only are we moving to a new location but we are changing our name.  Our new moniker will be…

TLC Dental Care

Why?  Because we always strive to bring TLC to our dentistry and we decided that should be reflected in our name.  So we are going to renamed as TLC Dental Care.

Now I have to admit that I like that my initials are TLC (my middle name is Liane) so I still feel represented but I really want it to be less about me and more about the Tender Loving Care that my team and I try to bring to all of your dental care.  I’ll be using the new logo on all our future emails so don’t get confused, it’s still Dr. Cribbs and crew.

I did a mock-up of how our new place will look from the outside one day soon.

What do you think of our new logo?

Now on the renovation front: we’ve hired our contractor and renovations are beginning so we’ve gone from a blank canvas to plumbing trenches.  I’ll continue to send out photos to keep you in the loop with where we are on the new space.  It looks like we will be moving over to the new space sometime in July.

Warm regards,

Terrie Cribbs, DDS

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