Joseph Elkins, D.D.S.

General and Cosmetic Dentistry
3733 Hixson Pike
Chattanooga, TN 37415

423-877-2415

What We Offer

                                    What We Offer:
Our office is committed to delivering the highest quality of care to each and every one of our patients.  We apply advancements in technology and science to continually improve the oral health of our patients.

 
            Services We Offer:
      • Prophylaxis (6 month cleaning)
      • Periodontics (care of the gums)
      • Tooth colored fillings
      • All Ceramic Crowns and Veneers
      • Fixed Prosthodontics (bridge work)
      • Endodontics (root canals)
      • Extractions
      • Dentures and Partial Dentures and Repairs
      • Sealants
      • Bleaching/Tooth Whitening
      • Nitrous Oxide
      • Digital X-Rays
      • Intraoral Camera
      • Cerec inlays and onlays
      • Laser fillings
      • Sedation Dentistry



Advanced Technology:

DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHS:  Helps the dentist evaluate and diagnose many oral diseases and conditions.  A complete set of x-rays should be taken approximately ever five to seven years.  X-rays help in diagnosing unseen problems and maintaining good oral health.  By using Digital x-rays we are reducing the exposure of radiation to the patient by 80 percent.


CEREC:  Why go to the dentist a second time when you don't have to? Most dental restorative methods require more than one visit to the dentist. With CEREC, the procedure is done in ONE appointment from start to finish.  High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure and color.  The restoration is metal-free and restores your tooth in a natural beauty, function, and strength with crowns, inlays, and veneers.  This procedure is economical for both the patient and the dentist.  Computer aided design technology helps the dentist to design the restoration from the optical impression.  You can actually watch us design your new restoration on a full-color computer monitor right from your chair.


WATERLASE: Are you afraid of pain?  Waterlase eliminates heat, vibration and pressure which are the main causes associated with pain.  Since Waterlase does not generate heat, vibration, or pressure, many dental procedures can be preformed with fewer shots, and less use of the high-speed drill.  That’s right no more numb lips! With Waterlase the dentist is able to remove decay, perform root canals, bone and gum tissue surgical procedures while leaving surrounding areas of the mouth unaffected.  Waterlase can also reduce bleeding in soft tissue procedures, post-operative pain, swelling, and also the need for pain medications in many cases.  It can increase bond strength of tooth-colored restoration resulting in longer lasting fillings.  Waterlase is just another option the patient and the dentist have to perform the procedure in one visit. 



Services:

Crowns: Crowns are dental restorations also known as "caps" which are coverings that fit over teeth. Crowns may be necessary because of broken down old fillings, fractured, chipped or sensitive teeth. Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of natural teeth that are malformed, mal-positioned or discolored.  Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal (a gold or other metal alloy), or a combination of both.

Bridges: When teeth are missing and there are teeth on either side of the space a bridge is the ideal way to replace the missing teeth. When there has been the loss of a tooth or teeth and there is a tooth on either side of the open space, replacement teeth can be attached to two crowns constructed for the 2 teeth on either side of the open space. This is called a bridge because it bridges the open space.  A bridge can contain three plus units and is more than one crown attached.
                                                                                



Root Canals: Underneath your tooth's outer enamel and within the dentin is an area of soft tissue called the pulp, which carries the tooth's nerves, veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Root canals are very small, thin divisions that branch off from the top pulp chamber down to the tip of the root. A tooth has at least one but no more than four root canals depending on the tooth. A root canal is a procedure done to save the damaged or dead pulp in the root canal of the tooth by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canal. The canal is filled with gutta percha, a rubber like material, to prevent recontamination of the tooth. The tooth is then permanently sealed with possibly a post and/or a gold or porcelain crown. This enables patients to keep the original tooth.     
             
                                                             


Dentures: A denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth and your smile.It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. Complete dentures are either "conventional" or "immediate." A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The drawback behind an immediate denture is that it may require more adjustments after the healing has taken place. 

                                                                             



Partials: A removable partial denture fills in the space created by missing teeth and fills out your smile. It is made of acrylic resin and most often in combination with various metals.  A partial also helps you to properly chew food. In addition, a denture may improve speech and prevent a sagging face by providing support for lips and cheeks. (See dentures for more information)

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Extractions: The process or act of removing a tooth or remaining tooth parts.  Extractions can be either surgical or non-surgical depending on the difficulty of the procedure.  

Sealants: Act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria.  The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (also known as premolars adn molars) where decay occurs most often.

Bleaching: Generally, bleaching is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone.  Consider tooth bleaching if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking.  Teeth darkened with the color of yellow, brown or orange respond better to lightening.  Other types of gray stains caused by fluorosis, smoking tetracycline are lightened, but results are not as dramatic.  If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, your dentist may discourage bleaching.




Although we do offer same-day appointments when available, we encourage making appointments in advance as possible. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding scheduling and payment arrangements.

We guarantee all medical records are kept completely confidential.

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Joseph Elkins, D.D.S.
3733 Hixson Pike
Chattanooga, TN 37315
Phone: (423) 877-2415
Fax: (423) 875-6667