The latest updates on dental technology, treatments and how Nashville Restorative Dentistry is working to deliver the best possible care for our patients.
New Study: Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s
Jul 01, 2021
According to recent research by New York University’s College of Dentistry and Weill Cornell Medicine, gum disease could lead to an increase in the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.1 What causes Alzheimer's disease? While doctors are still learning more about Alzheimer’s and its causes every day, they have identified two key warning signs that show the disease could be developing in a patient. The first is when microscopic compounds called amyloid beta proteins start clumping together to form a kind...
Mercury Filling Removal: How We Do It
Apr 16, 2021
Over the last 60 years or so, mercury amalgam (metal) dental fillings have become increasingly less common, but for decades, they were the standard. Their durability and cost-effectiveness made them the go-to for most dentists, and many dentists unfortunately still use them today. Mercury amalgam dental fillings are made from about half liquid mercury (also called elemental mercury), and the rest is made from a powdered alloy containing silver, tin, and copper. Composite resin fillings (white fillings) have become more...
Are Mercury Fillings Dangerous?
Mar 09, 2021
There are several options for dental filling materials today, but mercury amalgam fillings used to be the standard. They’re made from about 50 percent liquid mercury (also known as “elemental mercury”) combined with a powdered alloy made of silver, tin, and copper. For decades, dentists regularly used mercury amalgam fillings to repair tooth decay because of its durability and cost-effectiveness, despite the lack of aesthetic appeal. “Dentists have used these fillings for more than 150 years all over the world,”...
What is Mercury-free Dentistry?
Feb 05, 2021
Mercury-free dentistry is the practice of preventing the use of mercury-containing amalgam fillings due to the long-term effects this neurotoxin can have on patients. Instead, mercury-free dentists use white-colored BPA-free resin fillings that better match the surrounding tooth and are free of toxic metals. The mercury-free movement among dentists is a smaller part of a larger metal-free debate that also includes porcelain fused to metal (PFM) as well as gold crowns and bridges. In every case, holistic dentists look to...
COVID-19 Safety Measures
Jan 04, 2021
NRD family, While a lot has changed in the past year, one thing that has remained constant is my commitment to providing our team with a safe work environment so we can confidently fulfill our commitment to your safety and well-being while providing excellence in dental care. Here are some important safeguards we are continuing or implementing: Enhanced Air Filtration Even though we've always had advanced HEPA filtration in all HVAC units, we've made a significant investment in adding multiple...
What You Need to Know About Tooth Decay
Dec 18, 2020
Most people wouldn’t categorize dental caries (tooth decay) as one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the U.S., but the truth is it affects 92 percent of adults aged 20-64. It’s also the single most common childhood disease. These statistics might seem unlikely at first, but if we call dental caries by their more common name — cavities — it begins to make more sense. Odds are you have had at least several cavities in your life. Most of...
Mystery Linking Gum Disease to Heart Disease and Cancer Uncovered
Nov 12, 2020
It’s long been known that periodontal disease (gum disease) is linked to heart disease, cancer, and other inflammatory conditions, but the reason why has remained unclear...until now. A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research claims to have the answer, and it’s related to the body’s hyperactive immune response to gum disease. When the body is experiencing an oral infection like periodontal (gum) disease, it releases an abundance of cells called neutrophils (part of the innate immune system)...
Is my jaw pain a problem?
Sep 25, 2020
Jaw pain can be a complicated symptom to assess and treat because it can stem from a variety of issues. The intensity of the pain can range from occasional and inconvenient to constant and debilitating, and explanations can include anything from trauma to teeth-grinding. Therefore, the diagnostic process necessitates a trial and error approach based on your specific symptoms, lifestyle and history. If your jaw pain is recurring or constant, it’s best to seek treatment. Does my jaw pain mean...
What is Mask Mouth?
Sep 12, 2020
Dr. Ryan Jones weighs in on this new medical phenomenon Is your jaw hurting more than normal? Breath worse than you remember? Gums bleeding more than they used to when you brush or floss? These issues could all potentially be related to one unexpected culprit: all the mask-wearing we’ve been doing lately. Particularly if you are wearing a respirator type mask like the temporarily coveted and hard-to-find N95, it may be much harder to easily breathe through your nose. This...
Are you grinding your teeth?
Aug 06, 2020
Most people don’t realize they’re grinding their teeth until damage has already been done — they might be experiencing jaw pain or their dentist noticed wear on their teeth. Maybe they’re waking up with headaches every day or, in some cases, the grinding was loud enough that their sleep partner noticed. Regardless of how they discover the problem, chances are it’s been happening for a while. Teeth grinding is actually known as “bruxism,” which refers to any friction between the...