The latest updates on dental technology, treatments and how Nashville Restorative Dentistry is working to deliver the best possible care for our patients.
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...
Healthline quotes Dr. Jones on the holistic effects of vaping & smoking
Jun 17, 2020
Vaping has been in the news a lot lately, which prompted Healthline to reach out to medical professionals about how it affects your mouth’s microbiome. One of the medical experts they spoke to was Nashville Restorative Dentistry’s Dr. Jones, who explained how interconnected the mouth and the rest of the body are. You can check out the full article here: What Vaping, Smoking Do to Your Mouth's Biome — And How That Affects Your Health
Dr. Jones on Coronavirus Office Safety
Jun 17, 2020
As dental offices are reopening, many people are wondering what extra precautions are being taken to keep dental staff and clients safe. OnlineDaily 24 reached out to our own Dr. Ryan Jones to see what steps Nashville Restorative Dentistry is taking to improve safety for everyone. You can check out the full article here: Dentists Describe Their Preparations to Battle Coronavirus
Is the Shrinking Human Jaw Causing more Sleep Apnea?
Jun 15, 2020
More than 18 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea today, and one major reason for that is the shrinking human jaw. Research shows the human jaw has become significantly smaller since the days of prehistoric hunter-gatherers, further obstructing airways in modern humans. Cue the sleep apnea. Why are our jaws betraying us? Paul Ehrlich, Ph.D., explains in his book “JAWS: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic” that this jaw-shrinking has been influenced by biological, cultural and dietary...
Get a Virtual Dental Consultation from Home!
Jun 09, 2020
The most convenient way to visit the dentist. Whether the problem is functional or cosmetic, the first step in solving any issue with your teeth is to go to the dentist for a consultation. You’ve done it before. You make an appointment, head to the dentist, and then after you’re done you have to make a follow-up appointment to start fixing the problem. This process has unfortunately been the only option until recently. Now, with modern technology, we are able...