General Dentistry

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PREVENTIVE

At East Nashville Dental Co., we put a lot of emphasis on preventive dental care. Maintaining good oral health not only helps your teeth last longer but also helps stave off a host of health problems linked to the bacteria caused by poor oral hygiene.

 

So what’s the best way to practice preventive dental care? First, brushing your teeth properly twice a day and flossing at least once daily are critical to maintaining a healthy smile.

 

Just as important, however, are regular dental checkups. When you keep up with routine checkups, we can monitor your oral health and catch any issues before they turn into major problems. Tooth decay and gum disease often start out small, but eventually, they can lead to root canals and even tooth extractions.

 

Remember, not only will preventive dental care positively affect your overall health and wellbeing, but it will also save you time and money down the road!

GUM DISEASE

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque, which is a sticky form of bacteria that forms on the teeth. When plaque isn’t removed, it will continue to build up, creating small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth. Gum disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.

 

Gingivitis — This is the early stage of gum disease, when the gums become red, swollen, and bleed easily.

 

Periodontitis — If left untreated, gingivitis will advance into periodontitis, and the gums and bone that support the teeth will become seriously and irreversibly damaged.

 

Symptoms of gum disease include:

 

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Loose permanent teeth

 

The treatments for gum disease will vary depending on the severity of each individual case.

 

The most effective way to prevent gum disease is to brush regularly, floss daily, and have regular dental checkups. Regular checkups and periodontal examinations are important for maintaining the health and beauty of your smile.

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EXTRACTIONS

Even though we work hard to help you keep your original teeth, it’s sometimes necessary to remove one. The most common reasons for tooth extraction include:

 

  • Your tooth has become damaged or decayed beyond repair
  • To prevent overcrowding
  • A wisdom tooth is causing problems

 

We perform tooth extractions with your comfort in mind – from making sure you’re fully anesthetized for the procedure, to making sure you’re as comfortable as possible.

 

It’s important to remember that once a tooth has been removed, your neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, we may recommend you replace your extracted tooth with a dental implant or bridge.

SEALANTS

Sometimes brushing and flossing just aren’t enough – especially in those hard-to-reach places in your mouth like your back teeth.

 

Dental sealants are a thin layer of plastic resin that is applied to certain areas to give your teeth extra protection against cavities. When applied, sealants bond and harden in the deep grooves of your tooth’s surface. When sealed, the grooves in the tooth become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque.

 

Sealants are a commonly used preventive measure typically meant for children after the permanent teeth have erupted. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth.

 

Sealants usually last about three to five years, although it’s not unusual to see adults with their sealants still intact from childhood.

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WISDOM TEETH

Getting your wisdom teeth removed is often an unfortunate rite of passage. Most people end up having their wisdom teeth removed in their late teens or early twenties, the point at which they usually make their first appearance.

 

When they align properly, gum tissue is healthy, and there’s plenty of room in your mouth, wisdom teeth don’t necessarily have to be removed. Wisdom teeth removal becomes necessary when they can’t properly erupt – growing sideways, partially emerging from the gum, or even remaining trapped beneath the gum and bone. Besides causing pain and swelling, impacted wisdom teeth can instigate a number of problems caused by ensuing bacteria growth and infection, including misalignment of your other teeth.

 

At East Nashville Dental Co, we have the technology, knowledge, and expertise necessary to make sure your surgery is performed as painlessly and complication-free as possible.

 

At the time of the procedure, you’ll be given an anesthetic (either local or general, depending on the complexity of your tooth extraction). If you’re given a general anesthetic, you’ll sleep through the entire procedure.

 

After your teeth are removed, we may need to place stitches on the wound, which will dissolve after a few days. You’ll be sent home with full instruction on how to care for your extraction site(s).

TMJ

More than 10 million American adults suffer from temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly referred to as “TMJ,” the majority of them women.

 

But what exactly is TMJ? TMJ refers to a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint area and the muscles that control the jaw area. Most people who experience pain in this area don’t have TMJ, and it is usually only occasional and temporary. However, for those who develop long-term symptoms, the pain can be intense and won’t go away without treatment.

 

These symptoms include:

  • Pain in your jaw joint or surrounding muscles when you chew
  • Radiating pain in your jaw, face, or neck
  • “Locking” of your jaw, or limited movement
  • Stiffness in your jaw area
  • Painful popping or clicking in your jaw joint when you open or close your mouth
  • Your upper and lower teeth seem to fit together differently

 

If you experience any of these symptoms, give us a call. We will work with you to see if the symptoms you are experiencing are indeed TMJ. If we diagnose you with TMJ, there are a variety of different treatment options available, including mouth guards and medications.

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