Meet Dr. Matthew Clark
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Welcome to our Practice

Welcome to Clark Dental Studio!

We’re so glad you stopped by to learn more about our practice. It’s our goal to provide you and your family with the most comfortable and pleasant dental experience you’ve ever had!

Dr. James Kimball established his practice at this location nearly 40 years ago, serving patients from Chattanooga and surrounding areas. Dr. Matt Clark recently purchased the current practice, Clark Dental Studio, and is grateful to Dr. Kimball for the wonderful care he has consistently provided to his patients. We’re very excited about carrying on his tradition of excellence!

Our Core Values Put Your Needs First

We understand that many people are fearful about visiting the dentist. Over the years, our wonderful team has worked with fearful patients, helping them to overcome their fears. Using a friendly, compassionate approach, we’ll show you that it really isn’t necessary to spend your life avoiding dental visits due to anxiety.

When you have scheduled time with us, our focus is completely on you and your needs. We spend the time it takes to get to know you because we’ve found it’s the best way to put you at ease and help us understand your concerns. And when you know you’re being cared for by people who care about your feelings, suddenly dental care seems a lot less challenging!

We are committed to treating all our patients with the highest degree of respect and understanding. If we believe you need a particular procedure, we’ll take the time to discuss why it’s necessary and how it will benefit your oral health. By making decisions together, we ensure that you receive the care that’s best suited to your needs.

We Take the Stress Out of Managing Dental Care

You probably have financial concerns about your dental care, and we want to do everything we can to minimize these worries for you.

If you’re insured, you may have lots of questions about what is and isn’t covered and how it will affect your dental care. Our goal is to take the guesswork out of insurance coverage and benefits and ensure you always receive the maximum benefits offered under your policy.

We work with a number of insurance companies, including Delta Dental, Cigna, Aetna, and River Health. However, we are happy to file all insurance claims for our patients’ convenience. Please contact our Chattanooga dental office with your insurance questions and we’ll find the answers you’re looking for!

If you’re not insured, that's no problem, either. We accept all major credit cards and also offer interest-free CareCredit financing. CareCredit allows you to arrange easy monthly payments that fit your budget. Please contact our office to learn more about this convenient interest-free financing option and apply for instant approval.

Please Call to Schedule Your First Appointment!

Are you tired of dealing with dental practices where you feel your needs aren’t being met? Managing your oral health care is vital to your overall well-being, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to be an active part of that process.

Please call our Chattanooga dental office to arrange a convenient appointment so you can experience top-notch service in a warm and inviting environment. We look forward to welcoming you!

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal infection, often referred to as gum disease, develops when plaque and tartar are not removed, allowing bacteria to build up between the teeth and the gum tissue. These bacteria can create a number of side effects such as bleeding gums, tenderness, inflammation, sensitivity, or tooth pain. 

At Clark Dental Studio, we actively educate our patients about the importance of good oral hygiene and routine preventive services. However, gum disease does not always present any symptoms, which is why we encourage professional cleanings and exams to keep you a step ahead of the problem. 

How Gum Disease Affects Your Teeth

Periodontal disease primarily affects the gums, so it may be difficult to see how your teeth are affected.

Gums play a crucial role in supporting your teeth. They hold your teeth in place and are designed to absorb the impact when you chew or bite down. If there’s a problem with your gums, problems with your teeth usually follow. 

Since periodontal disease is progressive, its effects on your teeth will worsen without treatment. More subtle symptoms may begin to develop as the disease progresses. At this point, you may experience discomfort or notice that your teeth are more sensitive.

If left untreated, the disease progresses and small spaces called periodontal pockets open between your teeth and the gums holding them in place. This leaves the teeth unstable and, without treatment, will eventually lead to tooth loss.

Gum disease is not just an oral health problem, either. There is also evidence that bacteria present with gum disease can set off an inflammatory process that can lead to heart attack or stroke. Research has shown that chronic infections in your mouth may be linked to diabetes, pneumonia, and other health problems.

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

In many cases, if your gum disease has not progressed significantly, a thorough professional cleaning and frequent follow-up visits will usually do the trick. However, if the disease is more advanced, we will recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. 

This procedure is highly effective at treating mild to moderate gum disease, specifically when gum disease has led to pockets forming between the teeth and gums. We must perform scaling and root planing to remove debris below the gum line and close periodontal pockets.

Scaling and root planing is a relatively simple process. First, the hygienist numbs your gums for your complete comfort. Then we use specially designed tools to gently remove calcified tartar and other debris from the teeth, both at and below the gum line. Many of our patients also enjoy the benefits of nitrous oxide, a mild type of sedation we offer that will keep you nice and relaxed throughout the procedure.

If you suffer from gum disease, a deep cleaning offers many benefits to improve oral health. Root planing and scaling can prevent gum disease from leading to major dental problems and prevent the need for more costly dental work. It stops gum disease and prevents decay and possible tooth loss. 

Please Call Our Office for an Appointment

If it’s time for your next professional cleaning or you’re showing any of the symptoms of gum disease like bleeding gums, please call our Chattanooga dental office to arrange an appointment.