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Dental Surgery

Scared of Dental Surgery? Don’t be! 5 Ways You Can Prepare Yourself for Dental Surgery

For many people, the thought of dental surgery can induce feelings of fear. However, it does not have to be that way. Here are some simple things you can do to prepare and relax before the day of your surgery.

Ask Questions  

When visiting your dentist before the surgery, ask as many questions as you can. Fear comes from not having enough information. Therefore, being as informed of your surgery as possible can help you put your mind at ease and lessen the fear.

Ask questions regarding the steps that will be performed during the surgery. Find out if you will be put under sedation. Ask the dentist about what their success rate is in performing this type of surgery. If it’s information that will help put you at ease, then it is a question that is worth asking.

Read Other People’s Stories

Chances are, other people have dealt with the dental problems that you are currently dealing with. Look up their success stories online. There are online forums where people share their success stories regarding various surgeries. Reading other people’s accounts will put you at ease and give you the confidence that you need on the day of your surgery.

Talk About Your Surgery

Discuss your fears and worries about dental surgery with your friends and family. Often times, when a big event or a life change is on the horizon, discussing the matter with friends and family is a good way to help you prepare more for the event and put you at ease. Your friends and family may be able to give you advice and suggestions on how to prepare for your dental surgery. You may even learn some mechanisms for coping with the stress. Having a good support system at home is one of the best ways to relax and get rid of fear when it comes to medical matters.

Finalize Your Plans

Before the day of your surgery, make sure all your plans are set in place. Figure out who will pick you up after the surgery, work out your time off with your employer, and have everything set up with your insurance provider. Having all the logistics planned out before the surgery will help put you at ease when the day finally comes.


One of the best things you can do before undergoing surgery is to relax. The day before the surgery, participate in activities that help take stress off. The more relaxed you are, the better the surgery will be. Often times when you are tense or under stress, that tension and stress will be expressed in your mouth (for example, clenching your jaw or biting down too hard are ways stress is expressed through the mouth). This can make it hard for the dentist to operate. Taking the steps towards total relaxation will make the operation easier on you, and will make it easier for your dentist.

Dental surgery is not something to be afraid of. There are many ways you can prepare for the surgery so that way when the day of the surgery comes, you will be put at ease and will have an easy time during the operation.

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Common Dental Emergencies

Have you ever had a sore tooth that would just not stop hurting? Ever chip your teeth playing baseball? Did your braces ever randomly uncoil? These are all very common dental emergencies.

Here are some of the most common dental emergencies dentists face in the office every single day.

Tooth and Jaw Injuries

Sometimes when you play a sport or even when you’re chewing your food, the tooth and jaw area can undergo some trauma. This can cause the jaw to break, a tooth to chip, fall out, or be repositioned. Do not try to fix the problem by yourself. Attempting to fix it yourself can often do more harm than good. 

Severe Toothache

Sometimes teeth can hurt, but the pain typically goes away after an hour or two. There are some home remedies that can result in immediate relief such as swishing with hot salt water or hydrogen peroxide. However, if the problem still persists for more than a day or two, then you need to get it checked out. A sever toothache can be a sign of a cavity, infection, or a damaged filling. It is important to see the dentist as soon as possible to get the problem resolved.

Impaired Braces 

Braces are made from a complex intertwining of wires and metals that help realign your teeth. Like a lot of machinery, sometimes braces can malfunction and break. One common issue with braces is the wires popping out of place. When something like this happens, it is important to get immediate medical attention. Sometimes the wires can poke your mouth and tongue, causing them to bleed. The openings from the poke can get infected and cause even more problems.


Abscesses is the painful swelling in your gums. Often times the gums will be filled with pus. The instant you see something like this, get it treated immediately! This is a sign of a serious tooth infection that can spread to the rest of the body if it is left untreated.

Lost Crowns or Fillings  

Sometimes crowns and fillings fall out because they loosen over time or a cavity starts forming underneath the filling causing the tooth and dental materials to soften, pushing filling out. If this problem is left untreated, it can often lead to the tooth getting infected. That infection can then spread to other parts of the mouth, and can potentially even spread to the whole body. Get this treated as soon as you can. Make sure to save the filling so that the dentist can see how it became loose in order to avoid any possible mistakes that may have happened when you first received the filling.

Emergencies happen. That is just a fact of life. However, it is important to stay in control and maintain a cool head when they do. If any of the emergencies listed above happen to you, get it checked out as soon as you can. Waiting longer than necessary to take care of the problem can often cause more problems.

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Treating Dental Care as a Family Activity: Make Dental Care Fun for Everyone

If you have young children, then you know how hard it can be to get them to floss and brush their teeth. Trying to take them to see a dentist can be a nightmare of temper tantrums and arguing.

However, these temper tantrums may soon be a thing of the past! There are strategies that you can use to make dental care fun for the entire family. By treating dental care as a family activity, kids will soon look forward to visiting the dentist and brushing their teeth twice a day!

Make a Game out of Dental Care

There are many games that you can play to teach children about dental care. One such game organizing good foods from bad foods. All you need is a magazine and two bags. Cut out pictures of food from magazines and have the kids sort out the food pictures into two categories: foods that are bad for teeth and foods that are good for teeth. This game will help teach children what foods to avoid if they want to maintain proper dental health.

Another method could be setting up games at bedtime. If you have more than one child, try starting a friendly competition to see who can get done with their bedtime routine first. Whoever can take a bath, put their pajamas on, brush their teeth, and floss first (without rushing of course) will be able to pick the bedtime story for that night.

Set Up a Reward System

Keep track of your children’s dental habits. Set up a chart and hang it up in an accessible place. If your child is able to complete all dental related tasks for the whole week (such as brushing twice a day, flossing, using mouthwash), then give them a reward. The reward can be anything from having the privilege to choose what movie to watch Friday night, to deciding what they want to wear to school.

Come Up with New Tooth Fairy Stories

Everyone knows the usual story about the Tooth Fairy. If you lose a tooth, you get money. Consider adding onto that story. Make some changes to the legend, such as, “The tooth fairy will only give you money if you brush your teeth twice a day, use mouthwash, floss, and avoid eating bad foods.” Use the mythology to your advantage.

Visit the Dentist as a Family

Turn a visit to the dentist into a family outing. Have your children sit in on your dental cleaning and encourage them to ask the dentist any teeth related questions they have. It will be a great way to bond as a family and will create positive memories. Having positive memories being associated with dental care will make your children more likely to practice taking good care of their teeth and will establish healthy habits for life.

Set an Example

This is easily one of the most important steps towards family dental health. The majority of behaviors a child learns will be from their parents. Set an example and take care of your teeth. Brush at night with the children. This reinforces the benefits of proper dental health to them.

Getting your kids into good dental habits does not have to a chore. Figure out ways that you can make dental care fun and get the whole family involved. Not only will your teeth be healthier, but you’ll have positive memories to look back on for years to come.

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What is a Dental Diet System and What Are the Benefits?

Our diet can have a huge impact on how well our bodies function, and that includes our teeth. What is good for your body is usually good for your teeth. Given that our diet when we are young has a huge influence on how our teeth develop as adults, it is never too early to start eating a healthy diet and practicing good oral hygiene. So, what exactly is a dental diet and how will it improve your oral health?

A dental diet system is a nutrition plan that your dentist will design and implement in order to improve your dental health. Consuming unprocessed, real, whole foods that nourish your body will also nourish your teeth, not to mention that a healthy body is also better able at fighting off illnesses and viruses that can lead to oral health issues. Additionally, people that have more than 25 teeth have been proven to eat more nutrient dense foods and be healthier overall.

If you need more convincing on how important healthy eating is on our oral health, chew on this: the condition of our gums and teeth can usually signal other health issues like diabetes, IBS, cardiovascular disease, and even arthritis. In many cases, dentists are able to diagnose or bring these types of issues to attention before a doctor does. Since the cells in our mouths renew themselves every 3-7 days, nutritional problems are detectable in oral tissue long before they are noticeable anywhere else in our bodies. Our teeth truly are the windows to our health.

So, what type of foods should you and your family be consuming on a regular basis to prevent malnutrition and promote oral health?

Foods that are high in protein, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, antioxidants, folate, iron, vitamin A, omega3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and vitamin B are great for your teeth. Freshwater fish like salmon, as well as beans and nuts provide healthy protein and fats. Leafy green veggies like spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, and parsley are loaded with the essential vitamins and minerals you and your teeth need. Using toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride will also be beneficial. Fluoride helps to keep our teeth and bones from calcifying by allowing our bodies to absorb the calcium instead of letting it build up, which leads to arthritis and other conditions.

You should also avoid processed foods and sugars that attack the enamel and corrode teeth. Consuming too many calories is another way diet has a direct impact on the health of your teeth and gums. Obesity can lead to the buildup of excess fat tissue in your oral cavities such as your cheeks, lips, or salivary glands that can lead to a host of oral problems.

All in all, your teeth, gums, and mouth are part of your body, and it needs enough quality nutrition in order to function correctly. Nourish it by eating a healthy diet and reaching out to your dentist to create a customized eating plan that suits your specific needs and lifestyle.

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Signs You May Need Dental Restoration

There are several influencing factors when determining your need for dental restoration, including: self confidence levels, tooth and gum health, and overall oral function. The most common reasons people need to get dental restoration procedures involve issues such as tooth decay, chronic teeth grinding (bruxism), and blunt force trauma. Tooth decay is caused from consuming large amounts of foods that are high in sugar, causing acids to form on our teeth, breaking them down. The causes of teeth grinding can vary from stress, anxiety, missing teeth, crooked teeth, an abnormal bite, and sleep disorders. Getting to the bottom of the cause of the teeth grinding is essential in preventing future problems, regardless of whether you ultimately get a restoration or not. Blunt force trauma is caused by anything that puts too much pressure on the teeth, for example getting into a fight, a car accident, or a bad sports injury can cause them to break, crack, or fall out. If you suffer from any of these predetermining factors, it is likely you need, or would greatly benefit from, dental restoration.

Now that we have gone over the common reasons and causes for dental restoration, it is time to cover your options.

Tooth-colored fillings can be used to treat teeth that have small amounts of decay in order to prevent the bacteria from spreading further and causing more damage. Composite fillings are one of the more common types of fillings due to their natural appearance and durability. They are usually constructed from ceramic or plastic resin that has the ability to take on any tooth shape and color, making them very adaptable and customizable. For people suffering from abrasions, cracked teeth, or large cavities, dental crowns are an excellent option as this creates a strong shield, and reinforces the damaged tooth without having to remove or replace it.

In cases where there is a bad tooth or gum infection present, getting a root canal is one of the preferred methods dentists use to help save your teeth and prevent the infection and damage from spreading. If you have completely lost one, many, or all of your teeth, don’t be afraid; there are options for you. Bridges, dentures, and dental implants are very effective options to restore teeth, allowing you to be able to eat and function normally. Dentures are a full set of false teeth that adhere to the gums that can be removed daily; dental implants are more permanent structures that replace the entire tooth from root to crown. Dental implants are more stable and longer lasting than dentures, however dentures give you the freedom to remove them and change them out more easily. For teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, crooked, gapped, worn down, discolored or misaligned, veneers can fix it! Even if you don’t necessarily have problems with your teeth, you can vastly improve your smile by electing to get veneers.

If you are one of the millions of Americans that are not blessed with having a perfect smile, or suffer from one of the many teeth and gum maladies that are present in our society today, finding a reputable, qualified dentist or oral surgeon that offers dental restoration services can honestly change your smile, your confidence, and your quality of life.

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Teeth Cleaning

The 101 on Teeth Cleaning and Prevention

We have all gone to the dentist to get our teeth cleaned at some point in our lives, usually every year since we were children. The process is more in-depth than just a simple brushing. So what exactly is going on during a teeth cleaning and what is the purpose?

Dental cleaning is very important in preventing gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, and gingivitis that can cause you to lose your teeth. It involves the dentist removing and scraping away plaque and tartar that builds up on the teeth and gums using a variety of tools that can reach the areas between the teeth that brushing, flossing and even mouth wash can’t get to.

First, a high-powered water pic blasts away all the food particles from your teeth, followed by a special toothbrush and paste that deep cleanses and polishes the tooth’s surface. Finally, the dentist will finish up with a fluoride treatment to help keep your teeth strong and your protective enamel barrier intact.

Regular brushing and flossing, using a quality mouth wash with fluoride, and scheduling regular cleanings will go far in preventing your food from turning into the plaque that destroys your teeth and gums, leading to unwanted cavities, diseases and missing teeth. Another added benefit to routine teeth cleaning is that it allows your dentist to catch any abnormalities early on, so you can prevent any potential problems from worsening and ultimately becoming a serious issue.

What most people don’t think of when discussing good oral hygiene is the importance that a healthy diet can have on the condition of your gums and teeth. Diet and dental health go hand in hand. For one, eating too much sugar increases your risk of getting tooth decay. The sugar that gets built up as plaque on your teeth causes acid to attack it, which ultimately causes your teeth to corrode. Remember when you were a child on Halloween night and your parents would always warn you about eating too much candy or you’ll rot your teeth out? That was not just a figure of speech. Another way your diet affects your teeth has to do with nutrition. If you are eating a diet that is lacking in essential nutrients and minerals, your hair, teeth, and nails will all suffer. A poor diet also leads to a weakened immune system, which makes it more difficult for your gums to fight off disease and infections that lead to gum disease, and tooth loss and decay.

Eating a well-rounded diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and healthy fats like salmon and nuts, drinking a lot of water, and limiting your snacking between brushings are all great ways to keep your teeth healthy. A large meal is actually less damaging to your teeth than frequent snacking because when you eat a larger meal, you produce more saliva that assists in washing food particles from the mouth and teeth, which decreases the negative effects the acid will have on our teeth.

Following these tips will go a long way in keeping your mouth and smile healthy and beautiful for years to come.


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Special Needs Dentistry

What is Special Needs Dentistry?

Special needs dentistry is an extension of traditional dentistry. It requires that dentists go through supplementary training in order to successfully provide dental care to adults and children that suffer from mental, physical, emotional, developmental, cognitive, or sensory restrictions. It is mandatory for special needs dentists to take three extra years of training after they receive their dental degree, where they can then become board certified to practice special needs dentistry. Virtually all dentists will accommodate for special needs, but to truly work with and meet the needs of these individuals, going to a special needs certified dentist may be the better choice.

Special needs patients come from all walks of life and backgrounds including, but not limited to, those with Alzheimer’s or Down’s syndrome, deaf or blind, or with some form of spinal cord injury. Sometimes these individuals need to go to a certified special needs dentist because they have unique needs that practitioners not certified in special needs dentistry are unable to adequately meet. For instance, a child with special needs may require extra time, so the dentist should ensure that the appointment is made during the least busy time of the day to guarantee they get quality care. Special needs patients are also given general anesthesia at times to help keep them calm, allowing for the dentist to adequately care for them. It is also common for special needs dentists to have specialized equipment specifically for special needs patients.

Patients who are paraplegic, or who are paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair will need to find alternatives to normal oral care because they physically cannot brush their teeth. Individuals with cancer or other illnesses will need specified treatment to avoid and prevent further complications with their disease and management, or patients with cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy will need extra care regarding the effect the anesthesia might have on them.

Oral Health Therapists are amazing people that are qualified as both a dental therapist and dental hygienist that can provide diagnosis, as well as management, treatment, assessments, and preventative services and recommendations to both adults and children that require special needs However, they can only practice under a licensed dentist and therefore cannot practice on their own. The oral health therapist can also provide personal care and self-maintenance duties for patients that are physically or mentally unable to. Oral health therapists are professionally trained to work with people with special needs and usually have an empathetic and patient personality to ensure the patients’ needs are met and fully understood. Regardless of the disability, special needs dentist and oral health therapists need to be ready to accommodate their diverse patient’s needs, or be prepared to have a failing practice and face a possible lawsuit.

The biggest problem in terms of receiving quality dental care among the special needs community tends to be the financial barriers that lie between them. Many individuals that require special needs care are usually at an economic disadvantage or do not have private health insurance, forcing them to rely on Medicare or Medicaid, which is not tailored to accommodate special needs patients.

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Is Composite Bonding Right for You?

When talking to everyday citizens about composite bonding, it is clear not much is known about what it actually is, and what it is capable of in the world of dentistry. The truth of the matter is composite bonding can give you a beautiful smile, be used to fill cavities, and fix other dental issues. Dental bonding is essentially the process of adhering a tooth-colored resin composite to repair decayed, damaged, short, misshapen, cracked, or discolored teeth and cavities. It really is a versatile procedure that can help boost your self-esteem and the overall functionality of your mouth. The most common reason people have for getting the composite bonding procedures are for cosmetic purposes. If you have ever wanted to change aspects about your smile but did not necessarily need anything drastic like a full set of dentures or braces, composite bonding could be an excellent choice to achieve the big, white, toothy smile everyone is aiming for. Despite how hard we try to achieve or maintain a perfect smile throughout our lives, accidents happen, and let’s face it, not everyone is born with a perfect smile. Very common ailments or embarrassments like tooth decay that leads to damaged teeth, chipped teeth, teeth with large spaces, gapped teeth, and short stubby teeth that result in a gummy smile can all be fixed with composite bonding!

Dental bonding procedures are done using two different methods: Direct composite bonding, and adhesive bonding. Direct composite requires dentists to use white colored resins to repair chips or cracks, fill cavities, strengthen worn-down edges, and close gaps between your teeth. The resin can be used directly to the surfaces of teeth that are the most visible if you’re wanting great results for something like a simple smile makeover. Every now and then you may hear this procedure being referred to as direct composite veneers, but please don’t let that confuse you, it is more commonly referred to as “bonding “because you can use composite bonding for a multitude of things, not just on veneers.

The other type of dental bonding, adhesive bonding, focuses more on tooth restoration. This procedure is commonly used for bridges, crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays. After you and your dentist have decided on a color that matches your natural teeth, they will abrade the surface of the tooth with an acid solution. Once they remove the roughing agent, a liquid bonding agent is used to apply the tooth-colored resin to the natural tooth where they mold it into the desired shape, then use an ultraviolet light to cure and harden the resin. Once the composite has dried, your dentist will polish your new teeth until it has the same luster and sheen as the rest of your new, beautiful smile.

Caring for newly bonded teeth require the same maintenance as your natural teeth, and it is always stressed that in order to maintain a healthy beautiful smile, practicing good oral habits consistently is crucial; you can’t have a beautiful smile with unhealthy teeth and gums. Brushing a minimum of twice a day, daily flossing and scheduling routine check-ups to your dentist will guarantee clean teeth and a healthy, beautiful smile!

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Top Sedation Methods Used by Dentists

Over the past couple of decades, medical and dental pain management advancements have made significant strides. Thankfully we no longer live in a time we will ever hear a dentist tell a patient to “have another shot of whisky!” to help dull the pain, which used to be a common phrase not that long ago. Today, our dentists and surgeons have a variety of safe and effective sedation options for the comfort of both patients and dentists.

The most common forms of sedation include gas, pills, IV and deep sedation. Gas sedation uses nitrous oxide and oxygen to make laughing gas, which is a very fun yet effective way to help patients relax and be immune to pain. Sedation via pills can take up to an hour to take effect, but they can create different sensations including a range from a mild relaxation to a deep sleep. The IV is one of the preferential methods because it goes directly to your blood stream and dosage can be adjusted and monitored more easily than other methods.

The type of surgery you’re scheduled for depends on the type of sedation you will receive. The types of sedation include local, general, regional anesthetics – or a cocktail of two or more. A local is an anesthetic delivered to a certain area of the body, usually the gums for oral surgery, dental implant procedure, or a root canal. A local sedation will require you to stay awake, but it will significantly dull or eliminate the pain completely. If you are more on the anxious side, you can talk to your dentist about other methods that don’t require you to remain awake or will help you become less nervous.


General anesthesia is typically used for more serious oral surgeries or if the patient is extremely nervous to the point it negatively impacts how well the dentist can do their job. General anesthesia is delivered intravenously or inhaled via a mask that is placed over your mouth and nose, and will leave you unaware and unconscious while the surgery is being done. The IV is a popular way of delivering the anesthesia because the amount of sedative can continually be increased (at safe levels) if it seems the patient is experiencing pain, or if the sedative is wearing off. Both IV and mask work instantaneously and will put the patient into a deep sleep, and both methods are a perfect solution for those too scared to be awake during dental procedures, even minor ones.

Regional anesthesia is used to completely eliminate pain in larger areas than local, but it does not put you to sleep. Think of an epidural that is given to women during childbirth; it completely numbs a large area but leaves the mom completely aware of what is going on. Dentists commonly use a nerve block as method of regional anesthesia because it numbs the extremities, including the face but leaves the patient conscious.

We have undoubtedly come a long way from taking shots of whiskey before and during surgery, but one thing remains the same: people hate pain and will avoid it if at all possible. I’m a firm believer that in some instances, like going to the dentist, ignorance is bliss. The less you feel and experience the better off you’ll be.



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Nashville Cosmetic dentistry

Benefits Of Cosmetic Dentistry – Inlays, Onlays, & Composite Bonding

Cosmetic dentistry involves professional dental care that focuses on correcting or enhancing the appearance of your teeth, mouth, and smile.  Cosmetic dental treatments provide restorative benefits as well as aesthetic improvements that could boost your overall oral health and aesthetic appeal.

What Are The Benefits Of Having Dental Cosmetic Treatments?
Out of the many types of cosmetic procedures available, the top five cosmetic dentistry treatments include inlays and onlays, implants, composite bonding, dental veneers, and teeth whitening.
Benefits Of Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are referred to as indirect fillings that are made of composite resin materials in a dental laboratory.  Both inlays and onlays are used when a tooth has mild to moderate tooth decay, or when the tooth structure is too damaged to support a normal filling.  As long as teeth do not already have damaged tooth cusps, inlays can be placed directly onto the surface of the tooth. In the event a tooth is damaged beyond the cusps, an onlay is used as an alternative method to cover the entire surface of a tooth.  The benefits of having these cosmetic procedures is that they do not take a long time to have completed and they offer a almost painless solution to improve your smile.

Benefits Of Composite Bonding
Composite bonding is performed to repair decayed, damaged and discolored teeth.  Composite bonding materials resemble the color of tooth enamel and can come in several different shades to match your other teeth.  During the dental procedure the dentist drills out the tooth decay and applies the composite onto the tooth’s surface to seal the cavity.  Once the composite dries, the dentist will sculpt the composite into the right shape and then finally apply a high-intensity light to cure the composite bond.  The benefits of composite bonding is that it effectively covers the damaged areas of the tooth while improving the appearance and structure of decayed, chipped or cracked teeth.  Composite bonding is also the least expensive method to achieving great tooth integrity.

When teeth are in need of additional TLC, more invasive and expensive cosmetic dentistry services are recommended.  Having implants and veneers are two more aggressive types of options that patients can benefit from.

For more information, contact Creative Dentistry today and make your appointment for Cosmetic Dentistry Services!

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