Ask the Expert: Cosmetic Dentistry



Dr. James Williams DMD | Turkey Creek Dental

Turkey Creek Dental is one of the leading providers of high-quality dental care in East Tennessee, offering general and cosmetic dentistry to patients of all ages. 

Dr. James R. Williams and his dynamic team are committed to excellence in care, ensuring patient visits are safe, comfortable and always fun. They take time all throughout the year to attend seminars and conferences in order to remain up-to-date on the latest advances in dental science. The care and expertise they provide is unmatched.

Initial appointments range from one to one-and-a-half hours, but paperwork can be filled out either at the office or in advance online, making the process simple and smooth. Turkey Creek Dental is in network with Delta Dental, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, MetLife, and Cigna. The practice additionally offers a 10 percent discount to all self-pay patients and accepts CareCredit, providing in-office assistance with the application process, if needed. Tradebank customers are welcome.

What causes tooth decay/cavities? 

It seems like a simple question, right? Well, the answer is simple: sugar! Well, kind of. In fact, acidity is the main culprit. The more sugar we eat, the more we feed the bacteria that produce the acidity as a by-product. The acidity leeches out minerals and eventually can cause holes to form in the tooth, also known as cavities.

What should a person do if they require premedication prior to a dental procedure?

If you know, or have been told that you need to pre-medicate prior to dental procedures, don’t worry. It is fine to either contact our office and provide the reason or circumstance requiring premedication or to contact the provider who has told you to pre-medicate. Either our office or the other medical provider’s office would be happy to help in calling in the necessary medication. 

What teeth whitening options are out there?

There are many options for whitening your teeth. The most effective methods involve the use of the oxidizing agents hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. A product we have had great success with is Opalescence GO©™. The Opalescence GO take-home kit comes with 10 upper and lower pre-filled trays that you simply wear 15 minutes a day, as well as Opalescence’s whitening toothpaste. Best of all, it’s only $75!

How can a person know if Invisalign is right for them?

Invisalign treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile. Invisalign’s innovations and technological advancements make it possible to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex—all without interrupting your busy life. And, thanks to a discreet blue dot on the outside of teen aligners, parents can be sure their child is wearing their clear aligners enough.

Is there a benefit to utilizing in-network providers for dental care?

One major difference between utilizing an in-network dental office versus an out-of-network office is your out-of-pocket expense, or lack thereof. As coverage varies amongst carriers and each individual’s policy, you will want to review your policy to verify providers within your network.

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