The latest updates on dental technology, treatments and how Nashville Restorative Dentistry is working to deliver the best possible care for our patients.
What’s Up with All that Poking at My Gums During Cleaning?
May 22, 2017
Have you ever wondered why your dentist or hygienist starts rattling off a series of numbers to the in the middle of your cleaning? 2, 2, 3, 2, 4, 5! What’s going on there? This practice, known as dental probing, is performed to check the depth of gum tissue pockets that surround your tooth and the level of bone underneath the tissue. It’s a proactive way to identify your risk for gum disease, and when done regularly, can help catch it early....
While Many Nations Restrict & Ban Use of Mercury Amalgam, U.S. Continues to Deny Its Dangers
Apr 22, 2017
On March 14, 2017, the European Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority of 663 to 8 to approve regulations that will reduce the use of amalgam within the European Union. These new regulations are in line with Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty aiming to decrease levels of mercury released into the environment, including those associated with dentistry. What is Amalgam, and what is it used for in dentistry? In dentistry, amalgam is a material used as a filling...
Periodontal Disease & Your Overall Health
Mar 22, 2017
Our team recently completed several days of advanced dental training, and we are excited to share some of what we learned with you! Our training focused on gum and periodontal disease and their negative effects on the body. Here are some surprising facts related to periodontal disease and how it’s related to your overall health: Did you know that approximately 50% of Americans aged 30 and over have periodontal disease? For Americans who are 65 and older, this percentage increases...
Newcastle University Research Finds Improved Oral Health by Cutting Down on Sugar Intake
Jan 13, 2014
Everyone has heard that cutting down on refined sugars will help prevent and reduce tooth decay. A new study done by Newcastle University helps to define exactly how much we should cut back in order to improve dental health. The Newcastle study was commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) and it recommends an average intake of less than 10% of “free sugars” as our total calorie intake. Free sugars are found in many foods today, often added by manufacturers,...
Can Brushing Your Teeth Prevent Heart Disease?
Dec 11, 2013
A new study from the researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health finds that there is indeed a link between bacteria in the mouth and heart disease. A three-year study discovered that as gum health improves, the advancement of atherosclerosis is slowed significantly. A Definite Correlation The build-up of plaque in arteries is a key risk factor for stroke, heart disease, and death. The study followed 420 adults who were examined for periodontal infection. Plaque samples were taken...
New Study Uncovers Startling Facts About Going to the Dentist
Dec 04, 2013
For many people, the thought of going to the dentist causes quite a bit of anxiety. You may find yourself dreading it even more as the day draws near. By the day of your appointment, you can have yourself worked into quite a frenzy. New research has discovered some startling facts about what happens in the human brain when people hear the sounds of suction instruments and dental drills. According to a report from the Society for Neuroscience, Japanese researchers...
Six Month Smiles – Straight teeth by your next cleaning appointment!
Sep 10, 2013
We don’t have to tell you that a lot can happen in six months. Seasons change, children grow, and relationships develop. But did you know that in six months, you could have the most beautiful smile of your life? Until just a few years ago, this hardly seemed possible. Adults wishing to improve their smile had limited options, and few were cosmetic or time efficient. But today, adults in need of smile enhancement have many options. One of these...
May 17, 2013
Your smile is the first thing people notice about you! Nashville Cosmetic Dentists have become much more popular because people are realizing how important it is to make a great first impression, and your smile says it all! When we meet someone with a beautiful smile, we remember them and sometimes even remark about it. Your smile makes much more of an impact on those you meet each day than you realize! Studies have shown that when we have a...
All About Dentures
Mar 28, 2013
Dentures have come a long way in the last 20 years. You can expect better fitting dentures that look just like your real teeth. Though there are dentists who promise 24-hour Franklin dentures, this is the type of process that is better if done right. Don’t rush through the process and choose a pro with some good experience and references and you’ll get the results that you’re hoping for. What to Expect You will need to see your Franklin dentist...
Facts about Metal-Free Dentistry
Mar 01, 2013
An "amalgam" filling is a metal-based filling and uses gold, silver, mercury and other metals and combinations of these metals in dental work. Metal fillings date back as far as 1830 and have been the norm almost since that time. Metal fillings have been used in bridges, crowns and other types of fillings to repair damaged teeth. Recent research has confirmed that having these metals in our mouths for years may not be healthy. Mercury has been studied specifically and...
Add Flossing to Your New Year’s Resolutions
Jan 24, 2013
Your smile says a lot about you. Without realizing it, we all make assumptions about people based on their smile. If someone has pretty teeth and healthy gums, we assume they’re in good health. On the other hand, if someone has poor dental health, we assume many negative things about them. Though this isn’t always true, many studies uphold our beliefs. For instance, flossing helps prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease. It removes the plaque and bacteria from our teeth. If...
New Year, New Smile: Dental Veneers, Kor Whitening and Invisalign Clear Braces
Dec 17, 2012
We all love having a beautiful smile. No matter your age, being able to smile with confidence is very important. When you know that your teeth are crooked, out of alignment, have gaps, or are discolored, it can cause you not to smile as much because of embarrassment. There’s an easy solution though, that can solve most problems including crooked, discolored, damaged or misaligned teeth. That answer is dental veneers. By carefully formulating a plan especially for each individual, Dr....
Holiday Sweets and Dental Health
Nov 28, 2012
With so many holiday ads coming at us from every direction, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of Thanksgiving and Christmas and completely forget about calories. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without pumpkin pie and whipped cream and we all have a favorite Christmas candy. We usually eat our share of these and other wonderful treats and simply tell ourselves we’ll go on a big diet after New Year’s. Though your waistline can suffer during the holidays, so...
Is There a Connection Between Brain Tumors & Dental X-Rays?
Oct 11, 2012
A recent study that connects certain brain tumors to dental X-rays has caused a considerable stir both in the public and amongst dentists across America. This study was published in a journal called “Cancer” and has been reported on by the NY Times, Fox, CNN, and many other major news associations. The study attributes an increased risk of a brain tumor known as a “meningioma” to radiation exposure from dental x-rays. Dental patients, dentists, and their staff are understandably concerned by...
Invisalign®: A Good Alternative to Adult Braces
Oct 08, 2012
You’ve probably seen the ads on TV for Invisalign®. Often, when we see patients who are interested in braces for their teeth, one of their main concerns is about whether Invisalign works. The ads make it look so easy and pain-free that most people have a hard time believing that this braces alternative actually works. We’ve become accustomed to accepting that if you want straight teeth and a beautiful smile, you must endure some pain and suffering. This is simply...