Are your teeth making you look older?

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As we age, we begin to notice the grey hair, the wrinkles and even the age spots.  For many, those issues are quickly addressed in order to look the age we feel!  Many don’t realize though, that the appearance of their teeth can significantly age them as well.  With time, our teeth age just as we do.  Daily wear and tear take place, and sometimes the enamel of teeth is worn away as well.  Their are quick solutions to yellow or dingy teeth like professional teeth whitening and even porcelain veneers.  A bright smile can take years off your smile!

For many, the issue has gone beyond dull, yellow teeth.  They have lost teeth and are wearing a denture.  Once they begin wearing dentures, they believe they have lost the battle. They settle for an ill fitting denture that not only hinders their eating, but also dramatically ages them physically.  At Sequoyah Dental Arts, we know that a custom denture can take years off of a persons appearance.  When the fit is correct, you restore  a persons confidence to eat and smile.  While fit and function are of primary importance, design also makes a significant impact.   A truly custom denture is one that is designed to fit your face correctly and beautifully.  Many denture centers today sell the public on quick, cheap dentures.  On the other hand, Dr. Foncea, takes into account your coloring, your face shape and the size of your features to artistically render teeth that not only function exceptionally, but also enhance your appearance.  Do you really want to leave your appearance and your ability to talk and eat properly to an office that claims fast and inexpensive as their model for success?

If you know that your teeth are not functioning at their full capacity or you have a denture that is dragging you down, call today for a free custom denture consultation.  865 973 9899


Teeth should help, not hurt!




Is snoring keeping you up at night? It’s not just a marriage killer, it can be a red flag!

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We all know what it is like. You are sleeping soundly, enjoying a lovely dream, when all of a sudden you are jolted back to reality by a loud noise. You wake up, roll over and your loved one is snoring again. You really do love them, but seriously, that noise is ridiculous, and tossing the pillow at them is getting old.

Snoring happens: when the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, the airway narrows, forcing air through the small opening. This creates vibrations in the throat known as snoring.

Sleep Apnea happens: when the airway completely collapses, blocking airflow into the lungs. The harder one tries to breath, the tighter the airway seals This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person. Unconsciously, he/she will close the jaw, returning the tongue and throat to a normal position. Did you know that sleep apnea can cause: Chronic sleepiness, strokes, heart atttacks, heartburn, morning headaches, depression, high blood pressure and impotence?

Unlike over the counter solutions to these issues, the TAP 3 elite is based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR- the airway must be opened to allow air to pass through the throat. A constricted or collapsed airway causes snoring or sleep apnea. So, the TAP 3 elite holds the lower jaw forward so that it does not fall open during the night and cause the airway to collapse.

TAP 3 Elite is custom made just for you. It is comfortable and patient friendly and it is similar to an athletic mouth guard so you wont be sharing your bed with a machine!

Call us at 865 524-1265 have one custom made for you in October and we will take $150 off the price!


Teenagers, Wisdom and Mouthwash

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Just this week, my 18-year-old son asked me to bring home some mouthwash. For years, I brought it home religiously and it just sat on the counter. Now that he is 18, has a girlfriend, and cares about bad breath he has realized just how right I have been. I wonder if this new awareness will carry over into all the other advice I have given him…

Back to mouthwash, many people think it is just good for freshening your breath, but the reality is that mouthwash can help prevent cavities and periodontal disease. Depending on what type you use, it can reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. This is not to say that rinsing twice a day can replace your brushing and flossing. Mouthwash cannot remove plaque and residual food by itself. It is also important to use the right type of mouthwash. Many of them contain ingredients we don’t need or want and some contain ingredients that specifically irritate or exacerbate dry mouth and canker sores.

If you have questions about which mouthwash to use, ask me for a recommendation during your next visit or call us today at 865 524 1265.