• Dental Surgery

    Service Overview

    Even with regular dental visits, in some cases, dental surgery is needed. Drs. Jancy Parkerson-McGovern and Daniel McGovern have the skills and experience to provide high quality dental surgery services.

    For these reasons and more, we appreciate your consideration of Chattanooga Dental Arts. Drs. Jancy Parkerson-McGovern and Daniel McGovern deliver affordable and effective options to help you reach your desired outcome. Our patients rave about their new smiles and tell us that our dental surgery options did indeed positively impact their relationships, professional success, and confidence. Contact our Chattanooga, TN location today to get started!

    While most dental surgery is performed on an out-patient basis, it remains an involved procedure that requires specific preparation and aftercare. In an effort to provide safe, comfortable care, we encourage you to review our pre- and post-operative instructions, which are intended to facilitate a smooth operation and safer recovery.

    Doctors

    • Dr. Jancy A. Parkerson-McGovern
      Dentist
    • Dr. Daniel McGovern
      Dentist

    Here are a few of the dental surgery services we offer here at Chattanooga Dental Arts:

  • TMJ/TMD Therapy

    RELIEVE CHRONIC JAW PAIN WITH DEDICATED TMJ THERAPY

    Your temporomandibular joints (commonly referred to as the TMJ) may be a small part of the body, but the responsibility they have is enormous – they connect your lower jaw to your skull, essentially helping you perform vital actions like chewing and speaking. Of course, this also means that even the slightest problem can throw the entire system off-balance, resulting in severe symptoms and even debilitating discomfort. Thankfully, Drs. Jancy Parkerson-McGovern and Daniel McGovern offer TMJ-related therapy for patients who are desperately in need of relief. Please contact our Chattanooga, TN practice today to schedule your first appointment! We welcome new patients from Chattanooga, East Ridge, and other nearby locations.

    Do I Have TMJ Disorder?

    TMJ disorder is a very complex condition that can be caused by several different factors, including jaw injuries, bruxism (teeth grinding), and arthritis. Because of this, symptoms can be varied from case to case. However, there are some common indications that patients can look out for, including the following:

    • Constant clicking and popping in the jaw joints
    • Excessive pain that seems to be focused in the jaw, face, or ears
    • Constant, severe headaches
    • Difficulty with chewing or comfortably opening and closing the mouth

    If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, please let our team at Chattanooga Dental Arts know right away. One of our doctors will be happy to perform a comprehensive assessment of your condition and help you determine the best course of action regarding your diagnosis.

    If your case of TMJ disorder is caused by a misaligned or imbalanced bite, occlusal (bite) adjustment can do wonders when it comes to restoring harmony. We’ll alter or rebuild certain teeth with the help of restorative dentistry so that your bottom and top arches can finally meet as they’re supposed to, relieving localized pain.

    Another popular method for treating TMJ-related pain is the diligent use of an occlusal splint. These appliances are crafted so that they complement each patient’s unique bite, and they’re ideal for patients who suffer from unconscious bruxism. By wearing the splint throughout the night, patients can comfortably reposition their jaw’s resting point and relieve painful muscle fatigue in the process. We may also instruct patients to wear their occlusal splint during the day, but rest assured that your appliance will allow you to breathe, speak, and drink without issue. Over time, many patients achieve long-term improvements with this method!

    Doctors

    • Dr. Jancy A. Parkerson-McGovern
      Dentist
    • Dr. Daniel McGovern
      Dentist
  • Periodontal Therapy

    Are you looking for gum disease treatment in Chattanooga Dental Arts?

    Gum disease is the single most prevalent disease in America, affecting more people than heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and cancer combined. About 80% of the population has some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, periodontitis (the advanced form), and gingivitis (the mild form).

    What is Gum Disease?

    Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support teeth. It usually starts early in life and then progresses as a person ages. It all starts when plaque hardens into tartar (also called calculus) below the gum line. This irritates vulnerable soft tissues, and infection can set in. Combined with decaying food particles lodged between teeth and bacteria emitted by plaque, the infection can spread quickly. Symptoms are so mild in the early phase, many patients don’t recognize them: red, tender, and swollen gums, as well as bleeding when brushing teeth.

    Gum disease treatment in Chattanooga, TN, is often necessary as the condition progresses. Gums recede from teeth and pockets of bacteria form, which can destroy gum tissue and bone, causing tooth and bone loss.

    Why is Gum Disease so Serious?

    Recent research reveals that gum disease is linked to increased risk for major overall health problems, including but not limited to: stroke, heart disease, respiratory problems, osteoporosis, diabetes complications, low birth weight, and most recently, dementia. Because of these findings, research continues. We may learn much more in the next few years.

    It makes perfect sense, though, that gum disease is linked to overall health problems. Gum disease treatment in Chattanooga, TN is vital, because everything that enters or is present in the mouth has access to the whole body. The mouth is like a portal to the body. That’s why regular checkups and hygiene visits are vital to not only oral health, but also to overall health.

    Is Gum Disease Curable?

    Unfortunately, gum disease is not curable. However, we can detect early warning signs of gum disease at your regular dental checkups. At this stage, prevention might be as simple as changing your brushing technique, improving your flossing routine, or changing the products you use for oral care at home.

    We offer a range of gum disease treatments in Chattanooga, TN, including:

    Scaling – to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
    Root Planing – to reduce rough areas on teeth roots
    Antibiotic Therapy – to battle infection
    Surgery – advanced cases may require the care of a periodontist, in which case we will refer you to a trusted colleague

    Also, expect to attend more frequent hygiene visits so that we can monitor your condition and make sure that recovery is on track. Contact Chattanooga Dental Arts today to schedule your first appointment with our doctors.

     

     

    Doctors

    • Dr. Jancy A. Parkerson-McGovern
      Dentist
    • Dr. Daniel McGovern
      Dentist
  • Emergency Dentistry

    CHATTANOOGA DENTAL ARTS OFFERS FAST EMERGENCY DENTISTRY

    Dental emergencies tend to be sudden, frightening, and very inconvenient. Maybe your child has cracked a tooth while having fun on the playground, or maybe a severe pain has cropped up in a back tooth after chewing on something particularly hard. Whatever your family’s situation is, you can trust the team at Chattanooga Dental Arts to provide compassionate, effective relief. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here in Chattanooga, TN today if you’re in need of an emergency appointment. Drs. Jancy Parkerson-McGovern and Daniel McGovern see urgent cases as soon as possible, and often on the very same day as your call.

    What can you do in the interim to help improve the situation, though? Here are some helpful tips for how to manage some of the most common dental emergency cases we see before you’re able to reach our office:

    Knocked-Out Tooth

    If you or a family member has knocked out a permanent (“adult”) tooth, time is truly of the essence when it comes to determining whether or not reattachment is possible. If you still have the tooth, gently rinse any foreign debris from the surface (while leaving all connected natural tissue untouched and intact) and then place it back into its original spot within the mouth, holding it there. If this can’t be done, put the tooth in a container of milk and bring it with you to our practice right away.

    Cracked Tooth

    The pain may be being caused by something stuck between the teeth. Floss and rinse thoroughly in order to dislodge any foreign debris; if the discomfort persists, please reach out to our team. You may take painkillers in the interim, but do NOT place them directly on the tooth or gum tissue, as it may cause a burning sensation.

    Painful Toothache

    The pain may be being caused by something stuck between the teeth. Floss and rinse thoroughly in order to dislodge any foreign debris; if the discomfort persists, please reach out to our team. You may take painkillers in the interim, but do NOT place them directly on the tooth or gum tissue, as it may cause a burning sensation.

    Doctors

    • Dr. Jancy A. Parkerson-McGovern
      Dentist
    • Dr. Daniel McGovern
      Dentist
  • Senior Dentistry

    SENIOR DENTAL CARE IS AVAILABLE AT CHATTANOOGA DENTAL ARTS FAMILY DENTISTRY

    We understand the challenges that may arise as a person ages; that’s why our office provides compassionate dental care that caters to the unique needs of our elderly patients. A person with arthritis, for instance, may neglect daily oral care due to movement problems that interfere with brushing and flossing. Additionally, many senior patients take medications that cause side effects, such as dry mouth, that contribute to decay. Some may not have seen a dentist in years. Finding a dental practice that specializes in treating older patients and has the expertise to earn the trust of senior patients is essential to a positive dental experience and lasting oral health.

    Understanding the Challenges

    Our dentists have experience catering to elderly patients and are well-versed in the unique challenges commonly associated with senior dental health, such as the following:

    Inability to brush and floss properly. Dental conditions that affect movement, such as arthritis in the hands and fingers, make daily brushing and flossing difficult, if not outright impossible, to perform. It’s essential that patients who have difficulty brushing see their dentist regularly for thorough cleanings and exams. The dentist may also recommend a power toothbrush to make daily oral hygiene more comfortable.
    Dry mouth. Medications, cancer treatment, and certain disease contribute to dry mouth. Many seniors attempt to curb dry mouth by sucking on hard candies, which greatly increases a person’s risk of gum disease and tooth decay. The dentist will provide thorough exams to detect early warning signs and offer oral hygiene tips that will help restore moisture. In general, people with dry mouth should drink plenty of water, chew sugar-free gums and candies, and use a fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse.
    Dentures. If you wear dentures, the dentist will check to make sure they fit properly, look for any irritation in the mouth, and examine the appliance for wear and tear. Aside from general discomfort, ill-fitting dentures can lead to more serious oral health concerns. Most dentures need to be relined or replaced every 7 to 10 years to ensure optimal function and comfort.

    A Compassionate Approach

    Providing comprehensive dental care for people with special needs requires a high level of expertise, patience, and compassion. Fortunately, advances in dentistry have significant benefits for elderly patients. Oral or intravenous sedation allows for even the most complex procedures while patients sleep. Less invasive procedures minimize recovery time. Even patient education has improved with new tools to help illustrate oral care techniques for both patients and caregivers. Overall, with a dentist who understands special needs for elderly patients, oral healthcare can be a positive and empowering experience for everyone involved.

    Doctors

    • Dr. Jancy A. Parkerson-McGovern
      Dentist
    • Dr. Daniel McGovern
      Dentist
  • Dental Implants

    REGAIN STRONG, LIFELIKE TEETH WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS

    Today, there are several effective options out there for patients who are struggling with the loss of one or more natural teeth. Here at Chattanooga Dental Arts, though, we believe there’s one that stands out above the rest – dental implants. Implants are virtually seamless in feel, function, and appearance when compared to your natural teeth, and they can also be used to anchor dentures and bridges in place for a healthier and more confident fit. If you’d like to learn more about this transformative procedure or schedule your first appointment, please don’t hesitate to give our Chattanooga Dental Arts a call!

    Dental Implant Placement

    The secret behind the success of dental implants is simple – unlike other services, implants recreate both the root and the crown of your natural tooth instead of only the latter. With a new tooth root in place, your jawbone is stabilized and preserved, and patients are much less likely to experience deterioration over time. After our team has determined that you’re a good candidate for dental implants, the first step of the procedure involves their surgical placement within the jaw. Drs. Jancy Parkerson-McGovern and Daniel McGovern provide this service in-house and will ensure that this portion of your care is as comfortable and successful as possible.

    Once the implant is in place, a process known as osseointegration begins. This means that your natural tissue will gradually start to grow around the implant and create a strong bond with it. This sets the stage for the placement of a new, custom-made restoration once you’ve healed enough to return to our Chattanooga, TN location.

    Dental Implant FAQs

    You will invest in your smile when choosing a dental implant in Chattanooga because it can last forever. Although dental implants are the more reliable solution to treat tooth loss, it is normal to have several questions about the procedure before committing to the treatment. We take the time to explain the process during your consultation. In the meantime, we have the answers to your top questions about the procedure to ensure you make the best choice for your smile.

    How many dental implants will I need?

    The number of dental implant posts you need varies depending on the restoration used to rebuild your smile. A single tooth replacement only requires 1 implant post; whereas, treating several missing teeth in a row needs an implant post at either end of the bridge. If you need full mouth reconstruction, an average of 4 to 8 implant posts are used to secure your denture to your jawbone.

    Dental Implant Restoration

    Our doctors offer multiple implant restorations, and our recommendation will depend on the number of teeth/implants that require coverage, as well as the patient’s personal needs and preferences. For instance, all-ceramic dental crowns are designed to cover individual implants so that surrounding natural teeth can remain healthy and unaltered. For multiple implants, an implant-retained denture/bridge may be ideal, which can replicate several teeth at once for a more cost-effective solution. No matter what the patient’s final choice is, their new restoration will be an excellent match for the tooth/teeth they lost.

    With your new dental implant(s) in place, it’s likely that your diet, your speech, and even your self-confidence will improve as a result. We look forward to helping you regain the complete and beautiful smile you deserve!

    Can I get dental implants if I have periodontal disease?

    The long-term success of your new smile relies on a healthy foundation. As a result, you cannot get dental implants if you have an active infection, but that does not mean you cannot get them later on. You will first need periodontal therapy to stop the infection. Depending on the extent of the damage caused by the bacteria, you may need additional procedures before placing your implant posts, such as bone grafting or tooth extractions.

    Do dental implants fail?

    Dental implants are the most successful solution to treat tooth loss. In fact, they have the potential to last for a lifetime if you care for them properly. Generally, the risk of implant failure is less than 5%. You can help to ensure your new smile lasts by maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist in Chattanooga regularly for a cleaning and checkup.

    Doctors

    • Dr. Jancy A. Parkerson-McGovern
      Dentist
    • Dr. Daniel McGovern
      Dentist
  • Children’s Dentistry

    Service Overview

    re you looking for children’s dentistry in Chattanooga, TN? At Chattanooga Dentistry, gently caring for children’s smiles is one of the things we do best! Drs. Jancy Parkerson-McGovern and Daniel McGovern help both kids and their parents feel at ease by delivering safe and soothing dental care. Children’s dentistry from our fun, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable team will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.

    We like to see kids for a first dental visit around age five or even sooner if you notice problems. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) both support the concept of a establishing a “dental home” where children receive regular and comprehensive oral health care.

    With expertise in all aspects of children’s dentistry in Chattanooga, TN, Drs. Jancy Parkerson-McGovern and Daniel McGovern invite you to make Chattanooga Dental Arts your child’s dental home. The dentists perform thorough yet gentle exams to check for decay, to ensure correct bite alignment, and to assess appropriate dental development. Regular dental cleanings will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health.

    To prevent tooth decay, the dentists often recommend dental sealants or a fluoride supplement. These easy-to-apply treatments are proven cavity fighters, and they are a good way to safeguard your child’s smile. We provide a positive experience to help kids achieve strong smiles and an appreciation of good oral health.

    Finding the best children’s dentistry in Chattanooga, TN for your child is crucial, as the health of your child’s primary or baby teeth will impact the health of their permanent teeth. A child’s primary teeth support proper chewing and eating, provide space for the permanent teeth to guide them into the correct position, and promote normal development of the jaw bones and muscles.

    Doctors

    • Dr. Jancy A. Parkerson-McGovern
      Dentist
    • Dr. Daniel McGovern
      Dentist

    Here are a few of the children-friendly services we offer here at Chattanooga Dental Arts:

  • Cosmetic Dentistry

    Service Overview

    A more attractive smile will enhance your overall appearance and your outlook on life. But don’t just take our word for it. There’s research proving that people with attractive smiles have more successful careers and relationships because they are more inclined to smile and speak clearly. In a survey conducted by Career Builder, more than 38% of hiring managers said that not smiling during an interview counted against candidates.

    For these reasons and more, you should consider cosmetic dentistry in Chattanooga. Drs. Jancy Parkerson-McGovern and Daniel McGovern deliver advanced esthetic therapies to brighten, reshape, and revitalize teeth. Many procedures require only a single office visit. Our patients rave about their new smiles and tell us that cosmetic dentistry did indeed positively impact their relationships, professional success, and confidence. Contact our Chattanooga, TN location today to get started!

    Doctors

    • Dr. Jancy A. Parkerson-McGovern
      Dentist
    • Dr. Daniel McGovern
      Dentist

    Here are a few of the children-friendly services we offer here at Chattanooga Dental Arts:

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