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Learn about dental-related news & happenings at the dental office of Dr. Lis Bradley. We post information to educate you about dental treatments.

This is the official blog for the private practice of Brentwood dentist Dr. Lisbeth Bradley. We periodically post information about news happening within our practice, as well as educational articles about dental topics that are important to you and your family.

Please let us know if there is a topic you would like us to address in a future blog post.


Welcome Anna Kate

May 10, 2016 @ 05:17 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Please welcome Anna Kate Jones!!! Beautiful angel of Lindsay and Brad Jones. Born April 21, 2016
9lbs 12oz, 19 1/2" long! Everyone is healthy and happy. And just in case you need more sweetness.....we included a pic of big sister Olivia and big brother Carter.


Mind the Gap: Treatment Options for Missing Teeth

Nov 30, 2015 @ 12:32 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Dr. Lis Bradley is a leading dentist who proudly serves patients in and around the greater Nashville area. She believes in an approach to dental care focused on total wellness, using the latest in preventative and general dentistry to meet a patient's needs.

When a patient is missing a tooth or a few teeth, the best option for care is a restorative measure. With that in mind, let's consider some of the best restorative options for major tooth loss.

WHY YOU NEED TO TAKE TOOTH LOSS SERIOUSLY

Tooth loss can lead to a number of dental health and general wellness issues.

If you are missing a single tooth, the tooth gap can result in a number of cosmetic flaws. You might find yourself self-conscious about your smile, which means that you may be hesitant laughing, smiling, and speaking, even around family members and close friends.

With more serious tooth loss, you might notice problems with biting and chewing. Suddenly it may be more difficult to eat your favorite foods. The tooth loss can also contribute to teeth grinding and the gradual misalignment of your remaining teeth.

It's also important to note that gum recession and bone loss are common over time in the area of a tooth gap. This is because there is no root structure in place to help keep the tissue secured.

DENTAL BRIDGES

When you are missing a tooth or a few teeth, a great option to consider is a dental bridge. Dental bridges brace around your remaining teeth in order to remain in place. With a dental bridge, you'll be able to laugh, smile, bite, and chew again without worries.

PARTIAL DENTURES

When you have lost many teeth in a row, a dental bridge is no longer a viable treatment option. In these cases, a partial denture is more ideal. Partial dentures will brace around the remaining gum tissue and jaw bone structure to remain in place, restoring appearance as well as the ability to bite and chew.

FULL DENTURES

If you are missing the majority of your teeth, a full denture is a great option to consider. Full dentures can be used to fill an entire dental arch, which means you'll be able to bite and chew again. Full dentures will also prevent the hollow, sucked-in appearance of the lips and cheeks common with people who have experienced serious tooth loss.

IMPLANT DENTISTRY

Removable appliances are good, but it's a good idea to consider getting dental implants if possible. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the bone and gum tissue. Once several months of healing and fusion have taken place, the implants will be able to support bridges, dentures, and even individual dental crowns.

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for dental implants since oral surgery is involved and the cost might prove prohibitive for some households. However, those who do get dental implants report great patient satisfaction and exceptional overall results.

CONTACT OUR PRACTICE TO TREAT YOUR TOOTH LOSS

If you would like to learn more about your treatment options for missing teeth, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Lis Bradley will be more than happy to meet with you and discuss all of your options for treatment in greater detail.


If You Have Tooth Gaps, There Are Plenty of Treatment Options

Oct 31, 2015 @ 02:20 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

When patients meet with Dr. Lisbeth Bradley, they can rest assured that they are meeting with one of the finest dentists in the Nashville area. She offers advanced cosmetic dentistry and smile makeovers as well as the latest in restorative dental care to combat tooth decay and gum disease.

We've noticed a number of patients asking us about treating tooth gaps and what can be done. Let's go over the problems associated with gapped teeth and then consider some treatments for these kinds of spacing issues.

HOW TOOTH GAPS CAN AFFECT THE LOOK OF YOUR SMILE

If you have any gaps between your teeth, it can throw off the balance and general appearance of your smile. A prominent gap or series of prominent gaps can make you feel self-conscious about laughing, smiling, or speaking, even around people that you have known for years.

HOW TOOTH GAPS CAN LEAD TO DENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

Tooth gaps can also contribute to a number of serious dental health problems, the most serious of which is malocclusion. When the teeth are improperly aligned, it can lead to teeth grinding (bruxism), TMJ disorders, and soreness when biting and chewing.

Given the aesthetic and health issues associated with tooth gaps, it's a good thing that dentists have so many ways of dealing with these problems.

DENTAL BONDING CAN TREAT VERY MINOR GAPS

If you have very minor spaces between your teeth, it's possible to have these problems treated using dental bonding. Also known as tooth bonding, dental bonding involves the use of special tooth-colored resin that's painted onto the surface of the teeth. This resin blends in with the tooth structure while building outwards, making your teeth look pristine and perfectly spaced.

PORCELAIN VENEERS ARE IDEAL FOR COSMETIC SPACING ISSUES

For more serious aesthetic gaps, it may be a better option to use porcelain veneers. Also known as dental veneers, porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are placed onto the front portions of the teeth. When in place, porcelain veneers conceal flaws from view, making your smile look perfect.

In addition to addressing tooth gaps, porcelain veneers are also a great cosmetic dentistry option for treating chipped teeth, cracked teeth, crooked teeth, and stained teeth. An entire smile makeover can be achieved simply by placing a few porcelain veneers.

DENTAL CROWNS ARE IDEAL FOR MAJOR TOOTH SIZE/SHAPE PROBLEMS

When serious tooth gaps are the result of small teeth, an ideal option to consider is the use of a dental crown. Dental crowns are caps that fit over a tooth. After prepping a small tooth, a dental crown can be used to cap it and improve the overall size of the tooth and enhance the symmetry of the smile.

ORTHODONTICS IS BEST FOR MAJOR DENTAL MISALIGNMENT

In many cases, the ideal option for fixing major tooth gaps and improving overall dental alignment is orthodontic care. This may mean the use of braces or a viable braces alternative. The gradual application of controlled pressure and tension will help alter the alignment of teeth along the dental arch, improving dental health and smile aesthetics in the process.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TREATMENTS FOR TOOTH GAPS

For more information about treating tooth gaps, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Lisbeth Bradley and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in greater detail.


Causes of Chipped Teeth

Oct 1, 2015 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Emergencies happen when we least expect them, and dental emergencies are no exception. A tooth may be knocked out, broken, or chipped for a number of reasons. In this blog post, we’ll concentrate on the causes of chipped teeth, as well as how to restore them. Dr. Bradley offers a range of cosmetic dentistry services to address chipped teeth, including no-prep and minimal-prep porcelain veneers, tooth-colored crowns, and composite resin bonding. If you chip a tooth, rest assured that a prompt and permanent solution is possible. Chipped teeth should be repaired to retain a tooth’s structural integrity and prevent more damage from occurring. To learn more about the treatment and causes of chipped teeth, contact our Nashville practice today.

CAUSES OF CHIPPED TEETH

Though our teeth are made of the single most durable substance the human body produces, tooth enamel, they can chip and break if subject to enough pressure. While your situation may be unique, these are common causes of chipped teeth and how you might avoid them.

  • A blow to the face or mouth: If you participate in sports, please wear a mouth guard! Make sure that your children wear one, as well. Boil-and-bite mouth guards can be purchased at your local sporting goods store, or we can make a custom-fitted mouth guard for you at your next dental appointment. Keep your mouth guard in a sealed container that has holes so that the appliance completely dries. Also, clean your mouth guard with soap and water or mouthwash after each use.
  • Chewing on a hard food or item: Biting down hard on a nut, seed, bone, silverware, or pen can chip a tooth. Be careful what you put in your mouth, and take special care when eating a meal that has nuts, seeds, or bones. Do not chew on non-food items, except sugar-free gum with xylitol (a cavity-fighting sweetener).
  • Chewing on ice: Chewing on ice is a common habit that poses a significant risk of tooth chips and cracks. It comes with a two-prong risk for causing chipped teeth. The extreme coldness of ice makes tooth enamel more brittle than it is at body temperature. Thus, chewing on ice not only makes teeth more susceptible to breakage, the hardness of ice can chip or crack teeth. Chew sugar-free gum instead. If you crave the feeling you get when chewing on ice, you may have an iron deficiency. Ask your general physician to test for iron when doing your bloodwork.
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding, gnashing): Many people aren’t aware they grind their teeth until their sleeping partner mentions it. In some cases, a patient learns that he or she grinds the teeth when the dentist finds evidence of tooth wear, fractures, or chips. Called bruxism, the habit of gnashing and grinding teeth during sleep may be caused by stress, overworked jaw muscles, or temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder. A simple oral appliance can keep the upper and lower teeth from touching while you sleep, ultimately eliminating the potential for nighttime grinding.

SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION

If you are guilty of any of these causes for chipped teeth, or you have a chipped tooth that needs repair, talk with Dr. Bradley. Give us a call to schedule a consultation or checkup, and Dr. Bradley will determine the best treatment for your situation.


General Dentistry Services to Reverse the Damage Caused by Bad Dental Habits

Sep 1, 2015 @ 12:44 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Everyone has bad habits. Watching too much TV, eating junk food, and popping your knuckles are all common, though unwise, behaviors. Another area in which many of us make poor decisions is in the realm of oral health. Bad dental habits can cause severe damage, affecting your dental function and the look of your smile. Some of these practices are obvious, while others may come as a surprise. Dr. Bradley offers many restorative and general dentistry treatments to repair the damage caused by bad habits. In some cases, she can even catch dental injuries before they become a serious concern. Then she can help you break your bad dental habits to enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for life. To learn more about bad dental habits, contact our Nashville practice today.

FORGETTING TO FLOSS

Forgetting to floss is one of the most common bad dental habits. Even brushing two or more times a day will not dislodge food and bacteria that are trapped between your teeth. If you do not floss, bacteria will interact with sugars and other starches, forming acids that will erode your dental enamel. If this erosion process goes unchecked, the bacteria will travel deeper into your tooth, and a cavity will form.

Dr. Bradley’s first goal is to prevent decay. At your biannual checkups, she will conduct a manual scan, looking for the signs of cavities. Typically at every other visit, she will take digital x-rays to find the hidden signs of decay. If she discovers enamel erosion in the earliest stages, she can usually reverse damage before a cavity forms. She will also teach you how to care for and protect your smile. Unfortunately, a cavity may already have developed. In these cases, Dr. Bradley can treat moderately sized cavities with metal or tooth-colored fillings.

GRINDING YOUR TEETH

Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding and clenching, is a bad habit that you may not even know you have. Whatever the cause, the continual stress on your teeth can cause severe enamel erosion. Your teeth may look significantly shorter, and they will be more prone to decay without the top protective layer. Your teeth can also weaken, or they may develop small cracks.

If you schedule your routine dental visits, Dr. Bradley can often detect the signs of bruxism before your teeth are severely compromised. Then she can provide you with a custom-made mouthguard. It will fit over your top teeth, and it will keep your teeth from touching. Usually, you will only need to wear your mouthguard at night. Dr. Bradley can also repair dental damage using a variety of techniques. Dental crowns are the most common option for worn teeth. Our restorations are made of porcelain, so they will improve your appearance, as well as your oral health. Dr. Bradley can also replace missing teeth or provide Invisalign® to address the underlying cause of your bruxism.

DRINKING SODA

An occasional soft drink as a treat will not cause significant dental damage. However, like many people, you may always reach for a midday soda to feed your caffeine addiction. Regular sodas are full of sugar, which will contribute to decay. Plus, all sodas - even diet drinks - have high acidic content. As a result, soft drinks will wear away your dental enamel, increasing your risk for both decay and discoloration. Dr. Bradley can address this damage using fillings and crowns. As an outstanding cosmetic dentist, she can also provide teeth whitening to restore the healthy color of your smile.

CONTACT US TO COMBAT YOUR BAD HABITS

To stop bad dental habits or reverse the damage they have caused, contact our office today.


Understanding General Dentistry: The Dental Bridge Procedure

Aug 1, 2015 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Do missing teeth compromise your ability to eat and speak clearly? Are you embarrassed by the gaps in your smile? Fortunately, Dr. Bradley provides outstanding general dentistry, including custom-made dental bridges. We offer both crown-supported bridges and implant-supported bridges. These two types of restorations involve different procedures, but both will restore your beautiful smile and dental function. Dr. Bradley will examine your oral health and discuss your goals to establish the most appropriate type of bridge for you. Then, working in conjunction with our partner lab, she will provide a custom restoration made to match your smile. To learn more about the dental bridge procedure, contact our Nashville practice today.

WHAT IS A TRADITIONAL DENTAL BRIDGE?

Both traditional and implant-supported bridges can replace one or more neighboring teeth. In this way, your restoration can improve your oral function and your appearance. It can also protect your overall oral health. If you do not replace your missing teeth, your other teeth will start to shift in your mouth. As they move to fill in the gap in your smile, your entire dental arch could move out of position.

A traditional bridge is made up of several crowns, fused together. The two crowns on the ends will attach to the healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. These teeth are called abutment teeth. Entirely new teeth, or pontics, will fit inside the space. The entire bridge will closely match your other teeth, blending beautifully with your smile.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU RECEIVE A TRADITIONAL BRIDGE?

To place a traditional bridge, Dr. Bradley will first need to reshape the abutment teeth. She will remove a conservative amount of tooth material to create room for the restoration. This process will also form a stronger base for your bridge. When she has achieved the desired effect, she will take impressions of your teeth, as well as the space in your smile. These measurements will go to our partner lab, where technicians will create a restoration from advanced dental porcelain. This material is incredibly strong, and it comes in a broad range of shades. Dr. Bradley and the ceramists will choose the shade that matches your smile. While you are waiting for your bridge, you will typically wear a temporary restoration. Then, when the bridge is finished, Dr. Bradley will attach it to your teeth.

WHAT IS AN IMPLANT-SUPPORTED BRIDGE?

Like a traditional bridge, an implant-supported restoration will replace several adjacent teeth. However, instead of relying on the nearby teeth for support, this type of restoration will sit on two or more implant posts. Implant-supported restorations offer additional benefits that traditional bridges cannot provide. First, they do not require alteration of your healthy teeth. Second, they are typically more stable than traditional restorations. Finally, the implant posts themselves will prevent jawbone recession, reducing your risk for additional tooth loss.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU RECEIVE AN IMPLANT-SUPPORTED BRIDGE?

Implant-supported bridges require a more extensive placement procedure. Nevertheless, like many patients, you may be willing to invest more time in exchange for the benefits of dental implants. Dr. Bradley does not place implants herself. Rather, she will refer you to a local oral surgeon who will position the metal posts in your jawbone. Healing will usually take four to six months and, during this time, we can supply a temporary bridge. When you have completely recovered, and the implants have integrated with your jawbone, Dr. Bradley will attach your custom restoration. Just like our traditional bridges, your implant-supported bridge will be a near-perfect match to your smile.

SCHEDULE YOUR RESTORATIVE CONSULTATION

Contact our office today to find out which type of bridge is right for you.


Quit Smoking for More Effective General Dentistry Care

Jul 1, 2015 @ 11:12 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

You take good care of your teeth. You brush and floss daily, you use mouthwash, and you visit the dentist regularly. However, if you are a smoker, your smile and overall oral health are at risk. Smoking is one of the most harmful habits for your oral health, and even the most experienced preventative care cannot fully reverse the effects of tobacco use. Smoking can lead to discoloration, tooth loss, and oral cancer. Dr. Lisbeth Bradley is committed to your long-term oral health. If you are a smoker, the team at our practice will work to protect your smile with general dentistry services. Nevertheless, for optimal oral health, you should quit smoking entirely. To learn more about how smoking affects oral health, contact our Nashville practice today.

TOBACCO AND YOUR PERIODONTAL HEALTH

Smoking dramatically increases your risk for gum disease and tooth loss. Gum disease, or periodontitis, develops when bacterial pockets form in your soft tissues. Bacteria will multiply, and the pockets will get larger, eventually leading to gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss. In severe cases, the bacteria could even spread to your jawbone, and you could develop a life-threatening infection. Smoking compromises your immune system and reduces oxygen flow. Therefore, your body will not be able to fight off bacteria as effectively, and microbes are more likely to accumulate in your mouth.

SMOKING AND DENTAL DECAY

Along with gum disease, bacteria will cause cavities. Over time, the microbes will form a sticky film called plaque, which will eventually harden into tartar. Only a professional cleaning can eliminate these substances. As long as they remain your mouth, bacteria will be in direct contact with your teeth, interacting with sugars to erode your enamel. Again, smoking affects your ability to combat bacteria, so the habit will increase your risk for cavities.

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SMOKING AND ORAL CANCER

Tobacco and cigarettes contain many unnatural chemicals that can cause genetic changes in your cells. If you are a habitual smoker, your oral tissues are in near-constant contact with these chemicals. As a result, you face a much higher risk for oral cancer. This disease is serious, and, in many cases it can be fatal. As a smoker, it is vital that you visit the dentist regularly for cancer screenings. Early diagnosis is the most effective way to beat oral cancer.

SMOKING IMPACTS THE ESTHETICS OF YOUR SMILE

Tobacco products can also alter your appearance. Cigarettes contain dark-colored tar, as well as nicotine, which will become yellow when exposed to oxygen. As the smoke comes into contact with your teeth, dark-colored molecules from the nicotine and tar will adhere to your teeth, giving your smile a brownish or yellowish tint. Teeth whitening can reduce some tobacco stains. However, with continued smoking, discoloration will reappear quickly.

CONTACT US FOR THE HELP YOU NEED

If you are a smoker, it is important to visit the dentist regularly. Dr. Bradley will check for signs of gum disease and oral cancer. Contact Dr. Bradley’s office today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about smoking and your dental health.


Quit Smoking For More Effective General Dentistry Care

Jun 1, 2015 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Tooth decay is a common dental concern, although routine general dentistry treatments can reduce your risk for cavities. However, if decay develops, it is usually easy to address. At our practice, we offer a number of restorative dentistry treatments that can repair your smile. Dr. Bradley will evaluate your tooth and the size of your cavity to determine the right option for you. She will always recommend the most conservative treatment possible. However, if decay has spread throughout your tooth, you may require more extensive care. For this reason, it is important to seek treatment as soon as you notice the symptoms of a cavity. Dr. Bradley will restore your damaged tooth and protect the look of your beautiful smile. To learn more about tooth decay treatments, contact our Nashville practice today.

THE CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF TOOTH DECAY

Our mouths are full of bacteria, some of which are actually beneficial for our oral health. Other microbes, however, are quite harmful. These bacteria feed off of sugars and starches in food. As they consume these substances, they will produce acid, which will wear away at your protective enamel. At first, this process will only cause microscopic holes, which we can often reverse with a thorough cleaning. However, as the erosion continues, bacteria can enter the deeper layers of your tooth, resulting in a cavity.

A cavity can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the extent and location of the decay. These symptoms may be mild to severe. They include:

  • - Toothache
  • - Sensitivity, especially when biting down
  • - Temperature sensitivity
  • - White spots on the surface of your tooth


In some cases, cavities may not cause any symptoms. This is another reason to visit your dentist on a regular basis. She can take x-rays and look for the non-visible signs of tooth decay.

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION…

There is a famous saying that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is certainly true in dentistry! The best way to treat tooth decay is to keep it from occurring in the first place. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash at home are all important. However, it is essential to supplement your at-home care with professional preventative treatment. Biannual cleanings will keep bacteria from building up in your mouth. Dr. Bradley also offers dental sealants, which will form a barrier between bacteria and your teeth.

FILLINGS: THE MOST COMMON TREATMENT FOR DENTAL DECAY

A conservative filling can restore a tooth’s function and prevent further damage. Fillings can be made of several different materials, including gold and silver amalgam. However, for the most lifelike appearance, we typically recommend tooth-colored composite fillings.

CROWNS: A GOOD OPTION FOR LARGE CAVITIES

If your decay has spread and affected a large portion of your tooth, you may need a dental crown. This restoration will fit over your tooth. In this way, it can provide greater support for your weakened tooth, and it can cover a larger area of decay. Your crown will be custom-made, based on impressions and pictures of your teeth. We typically use porcelain crowns for the most lifelike appearance. Their natural color and slight translucence will help them to blend beautifully with your smile.

CONTACT US TODAY TO SAVE YOUR TOOTH

If you have noticed the symptoms of a cavity, timely action could prevent further damage. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradley and find out the most appropriate solution for your dental decay.


Teeth Whitening Special

May 6, 2015 @ 09:33 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS


Understand the Link Between Dental Care and Heart Health

May 1, 2015 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

You probably know that it’s important to take care of your mouth, but recent research suggests that your oral hygiene could have a bigger impact on your life than you even realize. At our dental practice, Dr. Lis Bradley and our team provide general dentistry treatments to help patients maintain their smile and improve their overall well being. We take pride in helping our patients enjoy beautiful smiles and an excellent quality of life. As part of our preventive dentistry care, we are committed to educating patients about the connection between oral and general wellness. In the following blog post, we highlight the link between dental care and heart health, and explain how we can enhance both at our Nashville practice.

WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?

The same plaque that can coat your teeth in bacteria and increase your risk for cavities can also develop beneath your gums, causing periodontal infection. Gum disease comes in two stages. The first is gingivitis, during which your tissue begins to swell and become tender. If you bleed from flossing, this could be a sign that you are suffering from this condition. If it is caught early enough, gingivitis can be easily treated with improved oral hygiene. However, if left untreated, your gum disease could progress to periodontitis, a more advanced condition in which the gums begin to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets of harmful bacteria. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and systemic infection. It may require more intensive treatment such as deep cleaning or, in severe cases, oral surgery.

THE PERIODONTAL AND CARDIAC HEALTH CONNECTION

Recent studies suggest a correlation between periodontal (gum) and cardiac (heart) health. This means that patients who suffer from gum disease are more likely to have heart conditions. The Academy of General Dentistry found that patients with persistent periodontal infections were more vulnerable to heart attacks. Similarly, a report from the Journal of the American Heart Association reported that study subjects who had lost teeth to periodontitis were 57 percent more likely to suffer from a potentially life-threatening stroke. Researchers still do not fully understand the relationship between heart disease and oral health, but the most likely explanation is that both can result in systemic inflammation and infection.

WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR HEALTH

The studies on dental care and heart health can be sobering, but they also allow you to take simple yet effective preventive steps. A recent study from the Forsyth Institute found that simply applying a topical anti-inflammatory treatment to swollen gums could limit vascular swelling and thereby help prevent heart attack. This suggests that maintaining your gums could help you protect your heart. Dr. Bradley recommends taking the following steps to keep your gums clean and healthy:

  • - Brush your teeth at least twice per day for at least two minutes.
  • - Floss your teeth at least once per day. This is especially important, since flossing is the only way to remove plaque trapped between teeth and beneath gum tissue.
  • - Come to our office for biannual cleanings and examinations, during which Dr. Bradley will assess your tissue for any swelling, abnormalities, or other signs of gum disease. If Dr. Bradley diagnoses you with periodontal infection, she can prescribe an appropriate treatment to address this condition.


PROTECT YOUR SMILE AND YOUR HEART

The first step to proactively improving your well being is to better understand what can influence it. To learn more about how gum disease could affect your cardiovascular health or schedule an appointment, contact the dental office of Lis Bradley, DDS today.


What Expectant Mothers Should Know about Pregnancy and Dental Care

Apr 3, 2015 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Many women believe it is unsafe to visit the dentist while they are pregnant; however, that could not be further than the truth. In fact, not caring for your teeth while pregnant can put you at greater risk of gum disease and tooth decay. If you are expecting, let us know during your next routine general dentistry appointment. We provide safe dental care during pregnancy. Contact our Nashville practice today to schedule your routine exam.

HOW PREGNANCY AFFECTS ORAL HEALTH

It is especially important for pregnant women to be diligent about dental care, including brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings. Hormonal changes and the increase in blood volume make pregnant women more susceptible to plaque build-up, increasing the risk of periodontal disease and cavity formation. In addition, any vomiting that occurs as a result of morning sickness can increase the risk of tooth enamel erosion.

Studies have shown that inflammation of the gums and low-grade infection can trigger an immune response that can affect a fetus' growth or result in premature labor.

IS ROUTINE DENTAL WORK SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?

General dental care such as dental exams and profession cleanings are safe during pregnancy. However, we will avoid taking x-rays if you are pregnant.

When it comes to restorative dental work, such as dental fillings, dental crowns, and root canal therapy, we typically recommend that patients undergo treatment to prevent the condition from progressing. The most ideal time to undergo dental treatment is during the second trimester. The fetus is at its most vulnerable to potential risks during the first trimester when fetal organ development occurs. In general, women generally feel their best during the second trimester of the pregnancy. Once they reach the third trimester, it may be uncomfortable to lie on the back for an extended amount of time.

We recommend that patients delay elective cosmetic treatments until after the birth of the baby.

ARE DENTAL X-RAYS SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?

It’s generally acceptable to postpone routine x-rays taken during an annual exam until after the birth of the baby. If an x-ray is required in an emergency, the American College of Radiology reports that a single diagnostic x-ray likely does not have enough radiation to harm a developing fetus.We will take every precaution to maintain the health of you and your baby during dental exams.

TIPS TO MAKE DENTAL VISITS MORE COMFORTABLE DURING PREGNANCY

When you visit the dentist for your routine exam, there are some tips you can follow to help make your visit more safe and comfortable:

  • - Be sure to let your dentist and the hygienist know you are pregnant.
  • - Postpone non-emergency procedures until the second trimester or after the birth of the baby.
  • - Delay elective procedures until after the birth of the baby.
  • - Keep your legs uncrossed while sitting in the dentist chair for optimal circulation.
  • - Bring along headphones and enjoy some music while sitting in the chair.


CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

Don’t skip your routine dental exams because you are pregnant. Contact Dr. Bradley today to schedule an appointment.


Candidates for Porcelain Dental Crowns

Mar 4, 2015 @ 10:53 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Dr. Lisbeth Bradley is proud to serve the greater Nashville area, helping patients have smiles that are healthy as well as beautiful. Great results are common thanks to the practice's commitments to comprehensive general dentistry treatments that emphasize total wellness. Versatility is key with regard to these kinds of treatments, which is why the practice is proud to offer porcelain dental crowns.

Let's consider the porcelain dental crown for a moment and who would benefit most from having them placed.

ABOUT DENTAL CROWNS

Before considering material and aesthetics, let's cover the basics. Dental crowns are caps that fit over teeth that have been severely damaged or decayed. With dental crowns in place, a patient is able to bite and chew as they normally did, with full function restored.

Dental crowns are the last form of restoration used for serious issues with tooth damage. They help save a tooth from extraction.

HOW PORCELAIN CROWNS DIFFER FROM METAL CROWNS

While metal crowns were the norm for many years, there have been major strides made with ceramic materials in dentistry, leading to the advent of porcelain dental crowns. Whereas metal crowns are made of soft alloys, porcelain crowns are tooth-colored, meaning that they blend in with a patient's existing teeth. This allows for restorative treatments to be performed with an attention to aesthetics as well.

GENERAL CANDIDACY FOR PORCELAIN CROWNS

The ideal candidates for porcelain crowns are people who have experienced significant decay or damage to their teeth that cannot be addressed through the use of other restorations such as fillings, inlays, or onlays. They should have enough tooth structure remaining that is healthy and sound in order to support the crown. If they tooth is beyond saving, extraction will be a better option to consider.

PORCELAIN CROWNS ARE IDEAL FOR TOOTH DECAY AND DAMAGE

As noted above, porcelain crowns are an ideal option to consider when a person has experienced significant tooth decay or tooth damage. The porcelain crown will restore the overall appearance of the smile while also restoring its function. This includes long-term issues with cavities and tooth erosion or injury to the teeth sustained through accidents and other kinds of trauma.

PORCELAIN CROWNS ARE BEST FOR MORE PROMINENT TEETH

Given the aesthetic advantages of porcelain crowns, they tend to be best when used to restore the most prominent and visible teeth in a patient's mouth. This means incisors and canines. This allows patients to smile with absolute confidence since people will not necessarily notice that they have had dental work performed.

For less visible teeth such as molars, the use of metal crowns may be recommended simply given the function of these teeth when it comes to chewing. Metal crowns with a porcelain outer shell are also available, adding greater versatility to a dentist's toolbox.

CONTACT DR. LISBETH BRADLEY

To learn more about porcelain crowns and how they can help you have a beautiful smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Bradley and the entire team at the practice looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you have the beautiful smile that you have always wanted.


Root Planing and Scaling: Deep Cleaning Treatments

Jan 30, 2015 @ 11:11 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Dr. Lisbeth Bradley is committed to patients in and around the greater Nashville area. By providing comprehensive general dentistry to improve dental health and wellness, Dr. Bradley gives her patients the best smiles they can possibly have.

One of the common treatments used to prevent serious problems and improve the health of a patient's smile is root planing and scaling. Let's consider why root planing and scaling is important right now.

ABOUT ROOT PLANING AND SCALING TREATMENT

Also known as deep cleaning, root planing and scaling is a treatment in which a dentist scrapes away deposits of plaque and tartar that's caught in the hard-to-reach places of the mouth, particularly between the teeth, behind the teeth, and down at the gumline.

WHY IS ROOT PLANING AND SCALING PERFORMED?

Root planing and scaling is performed in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease and to keep a patient's smile as healthy as possible.

While root planing and scaling are usually considered synonymous, they are actually two different actions that are performed. Root scaling is the removal of the plaque and tartar, while root planing is the removal of damaged tooth structure and the smoothing down of the decayed portion of the tooth.

HOW ROOT PLANING AND SCALING VS. TRADITIONAL DENTIST CLEANINGS

Many people think that a deep cleaning is similar to a traditional dental cleaning. This is not the case. During a normal polish with your dentist, scraping is minimal and does not get down to the gumline. The root planing and scaling really gets deep to improve your dental health.

THE ROOT PLANING AND SCALING PROCESS

Local anesthetic is used to prevent pain and discomfort. Your dentist will use special scraping tools to remove any buildup of plaque and tartar. It should be noted that only a quarter to one-half of the mouth will be treated in a single session. An additional visit will be necessary for treating the entire mouth.

After each session, patients will notice tender gums and teeth, which is normal. Patients should brush and floss as they usually would, though they should do so gently to avoid undue discomfort.

WHY ROOT PLANING AND SCALING TAKES MULTIPLE VISITS

Just treating part of the mouth can take an hour or so given how careful your dentist must be with the scraping tools. Splitting up treatment allows patients to be in and out of the practice in a reasonable amount of time.

Additionally, the local anesthetic can make speaking and eating difficult if it were used on the entire mouth. Though the numbness just lasts for a few hours, splitting treatment up allows patients to still be able to chew and speak without too much challenge.

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION WITH DR. LISBETH BRADLEY

To learn more about root planing and scaling as well as your many other options for advanced dental care, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Bradley and her entire team look forward to your visit and helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile in the process.


Gum Disease and Overall Health: How Your Wellness Is Affected

Dec 30, 2014 @ 11:47 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Dr. Lisbeth Bradley has helped so many patients in and around Nashville achieve excellent dental health and beautiful smiles. This is often achieved through general dentistry servcies with a focus on prevention and total wellness.

There have been many interesting findings online about gum disease and how it's related to general health concerns. We'd like to go over some of these matters in basic terms.

DOES GUM DISEASE REALLY CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS?

Gum disease is a major health issue on its own, one that can increase your chances of major tooth decay and tooth loss. Several studies have shown that gum disease is linked to a number of different health conditions. These links suggest a correlation rather than causation, meaning that while gum disease may not cause a health problem, gum disease may be the sign of another kind of health condition.

Further studies are being conducted as to the links between gum disease and health problems. With this in mind, let's consider the various health problems that are linked to gum disease.

GUM DISEASE AND ITS LINK TO DIABETES

Many people who suffer from diabetes also suffer from gum disease. This is generally because people who suffer from diabetes are more likely to suffer from infections of various kinds.

GUM DISEASE AND ITS LINK TO HEART DISEASE

A number of people who suffer from heart disease are also more likely to suffer from gum disease as well. A number of researchers believe that this is related to inflammation, as both heart disease and gum disease involve inflammation in varying degrees.

GUM DISEASE AND ITS LINK TO RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Many people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to suffer from gum disease. Again, it's likely an issue of inflammation, as rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease involve various kinds of inflammation.

GUM DISEASE AND ITS LINK TO PREMATURE BIRTH

Some studies have suggested that gum disease is more likely to lead to premature birth in pregnant women. As gum disease is linked to other kinds of health problems, it's likely that these other health issues contribute to premature birth rather than gum disease per se.

GUM DISEASE AND ITS LINK TO DEMENTIA

Interestingly, gum disease and tooth decay has been linked to dementia in a number of patients. This is often because people who suffer from dementia have poor dental hygiene and general hygiene practices. This neglect of personal hygiene is prone to result in dental problems of some kind.

HOW TO PREVENT GUM DISEASE

In order to prevent gum disease, we recommend the following basic tips:

  • - Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • - Floss your teeth at least once a night
  • - Drink water to keep your mouth moist and clean
  • - Quit smoking and using tobacco products
  • - Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups


SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION WITH LISBETH BRADLEY, DDS

If you would like more information about your dental health and how it affects your overall wellness, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Bradley and the team at the practice looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve the best possible dental health and general wellness in the process.


Teeth Whitening Options: Advanced Dental Bleaching Procedures

Nov 29, 2014 @ 10:59 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Dr. Lisbeth Bradley takes great care when treating all patients in the greater Nashville area. She offers the latest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, including advanced teeth whitening that bleaches stains and brightens smiles.

Given the popularity of teeth whitening treatments, we'd like to take a few moments right now to go over some of the basics when it comes to teeth whitening options.

OVER-THE-COUNTER TEETH WHITENING PRODUCTS

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products can be purchased at most grocery stores and drugstores. You've likely seen quite a few of them on your last trip to for groceries or cold medicine. There are a few common over-the-counter products that purport to have teeth whitening properties:

  • - Chewing gums
  • - Toothpastes
  • - Mouthwashes/rinses
  • - Whitening strips
  • - Tray systems


HOW EFFECTIVE ARE OVER-THE-COUNTER TEETH WHITENING PRODUCTS?

The effectiveness of these over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments can vary a lot. In general, the tray systems and whitening strips are the most effective options for teeth whitening. The mouthwashes and toothpastes are the next most effective. The least effective is the chewing gum, and there is very little appreciable difference from the chewing of this gum, even for a few weeks.

PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING

Professional teeth whitening refers to teeth whitening treatments that are performed by a dentist in the office, or professional-grade kits that are given to patients for at-home use. Whether in-office or at-home, these professional whitening treatments are quite popular and are staples of many cosmetic dentistry treatments.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING?

Professional teeth whitening treatment is extremely effective, able to remove event the toughest of dental stains. By undergoing a professional teeth whitening treatment in the office, patients are able to brighten their smiles but several shades in just a single session. With at-home treatment, the results are comparable and can leave your smile looking pristine.

BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING

Professional teeth whitening offers a few significant benefits that over-the-counter products simply do not offer:

  • - Professional teeth whitening yields faster results
  • - Professional teeth whitening means safer treatment
  • - Professional teeth whitening allows for customized treatment under careful supervision


ALTERNATIVES TO PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING

Sometimes a dental stain is extreme or may originate from within the tooth rather than externally. In such cases, teeth whitening may have limited to little effect on improving the brightness of a tooth. In such cases, the ideal is to use a teeth whitening alternative. Some of the most popular alternatives to teeth whitening treatment include:

  • - Dental bonding
  • - Porcelain veneers
  • - Dental crows


FINDING THE RIGHT OPTION FOR YOU AND YOUR NEEDS

During your consultation at our practice, we will be sure to consider the type of tooth discoloration that you are experiencing as well as the ideal ways in which it can be treated. Sometimes a combination of various treatments (i.e., a smile makeover or a full mouth reconstruction) may be recommended if you suffer from multiple and major dental issues.

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION WITH OUR TEAM FOR ADVANCED COSMETIC DENTISTRY

To learn more about teeth whitening and how it can help you get the smile that you have always wanted, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Bradley and the entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent dental health and a beautiful smile as well.


Invisalign® Costs: Payment Methods and What Patients Should Know

Oct 29, 2014 @ 11:17 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Dr. Lisbeth Bradley has helped countless patients in and around Brentwood with their dental care needs, providing state-of-the-art care that is completely tailored to their situation. One treatment that has proven especially helpful and popular is Invisalign®, an alternative to metal braces and traditional orthodontics that uses clear plastic aligners to revise the alignment of the teeth.

Many patients ask us what the cost of Invisalign® is and how they can pay for it. Let's take a look at these issues right now.

THE AVERAGE COST OF INVISALIGN® TREATMENT

The average cost of Invisalign® can vary a fair amount for various reasons. Because of this, we don't feel that offering an average price or even an average price range would properly communicate the work that goes into this kind of treatment.

If you come in for a consultation, we will be more than happy to provide you with a customized price quote for Invisalign® treatment. This will include a full breakdown of all the costs involved in undergoing care.

FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE COST OF INVISALIGN® TREATMENT

Some of the factors that will affect the total cost of Invisalign® treatment include the following:

  • The location of the dental practice
  • The dentists/orthodontists at the dental practice
  • The complexity of the patient's case
  • The need for additional procedures before or after Invisalign®
  • Special promotions that are unique to individual practices


WILL MY DENTAL INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF INVISALIGN®?

Yes.

While Invisalign® is different from traditional metal braces and orthodontia, it is an orthodontic treatment and most dental plans will cover it. Be sure to check with your insurance provider directly to learn about the nature of your coverage.

WILL MY FLEX SPENDING ACCOUNT (FSA) REIMBURSE ME FOR INVISALIGN®?

Yes.

Since Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment, it is eligible to be reimbursed using a flex spending account (FSA). Keep in mind that the funds are meant to reimburse payments only, not as forwarded money to pay for the treatment. Speak with your FSA provider about what paperwork will be necessary to ensure a problem-free reimbursement.

MONTHLY FINANCING FOR INVISALIGN® TREATMENT

Many patients consider monthly financing options to pay for their Invisalign® treatment. These monthly financing options are similar to traditional loans or credit cards, with a reasonable interest rate applied to the total cost of the amount owed. Many patients like these financing options because they help with budgeting on a month-to-month basis.

MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR NEEDS

We offer a number of options for payment because we believe in helping patients get the treatment that they need and not placing an undue strain on their finances in the process. During your consultation at the practice, we will be more than happy to discuss all of these options for payment in greater detail to ensure you make the best choices with regard to your dental care options.

LEARN MORE ABOUT INVISALIGN® TREATMENT

For more information about Invisalign® treatment and if it's an ideal option for you and your needs, be sure to contact our dental care center today. Dr. Bradley and the entire team here look forward to your visit and helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful-looking smile.


October Dental is Dental Hygiene Month

Oct 16, 2014 @ 10:32 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

In recognition of National Dental Hygiene Month, we want to focus on the foundation of a healthy smile. There are many things we can do to achieve a beautiful smile, but practicing exceptional dental hygiene is the most important. The American Dental Hygiene Association suggests the following for best practices in achieving oral health.

BRUSH

Always brush two minutes, two times a day, every day

Did you know that the single most important method for reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related diseases is to Research has proven that when using proper brushing technique, this is the most effective way to clean teeth and gums. Is using a timer not your thing? Many of the new electronic toothbrushes vibrate, beep or turn off to let you know when your 2 minutes are up. For tips on brushing and to find out if you are using the correct technique, please check out these links:

Proper brushing technique

Tips on brushing

Tooth brushing tips for caregivers of older adults

FLOSS

Ensure Flossing is a Daily Habit

Daily flossing removes plaque and food particles under the gum line and between the teeth that cannot be reached by a toothbrush. When plaque (bacteria) and food debris are not removed, they build up and can begin to eat away at the enamel (decay) and gum tissue. This results in cavities and gum disease.

Flossing can be a challenge. For most people it is getting into the routine or making it a habit that is the most difficult. If you resist flossing, try to determine why and tell your dental hygienist. Knowing the exact reason you are not flossing will help them to recommend the best floss, or other interdental aid, that will best benefit your specific situation. Also, they can provide you with some motivational tips and show you proper flossing techniques. Here are some resources from ADHA.ORG to assist in making sure to floss each day.

Proper flossing technique

Text 2 Floss – A partnership between ADHA and the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Text2Floss is a one-week interactive educational tool meant to help people develop positive oral hygiene habits through the use of mobile technology.

Flossing for oral health

Flossing and inter-dental cleaning tips

RINSE

Use mouthwash to improve oral health

Rinsing your mouth for 1 minute daily with an anti-microbial mouth rinse is another important step you can take to prevent gingivitis.Our mouths contain a lot of germs. Brushing and flossing alone cannot eliminate all plaque and germs. After brushing and flossing, be sure to follow your routine with an antiseptic mouthwash that carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance. You also should talk with your dental hygienist to determine which mouth rinse is right for you. There are many rinses available over the counter today that help with dry mouth, fight germs and even strengthen your teeth. There are even prescription mouth rinses available if needed.

Journal of Dental Hygiene supplement on anti-microbial mouth rinses

CHEWING SUGAR-FREE GUM AFTER EATING CAN HELP FIGHT TOOTH DECAY

Did you know that chewing sugar-free gum after eating and drinking can help fight cavities? Scientific evidence has clinically proven that the action of chewing sugar-free gum stimulates the most important natural defense against tooth decay, saliva. This is turn helps fight cavities, neutralizes plaque acids, remineralizes enamel to strengthen teeth and washes away food particles.

Scientific evidence for positive effects of chewing sugar-free gum.


Reverse the Damage of Gum Recession

Sep 5, 2014 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Gum health is important to overall oral health. Many people are not aware of the dangers of gum recession. Gum recession is often caused by gum disease and, if left untreated, can lead to tooth decay and loss. Understanding the causes of gum recession and being informed of treatment options can help you and your family maintain gum health. Fortunately, Dr. Lis Bradley offers family dentistry services to help patients maintain a healthy smile.

WHAT IS GUM RECESSION AND ITS CAUSES?

Gum recession is generally caused by gum disease and is characterized by a “pulling” away of the gums from the teeth. This pulling away occurs when plaque, tartar, and bacteria build up along the gum line. As more and more debris collects between the gums and teeth, pockets develop, pushing the gum tissue away from the teeth. It becomes a vicious cycle as the larger the pocket becomes, more plaque can collect; the more plaque that collects, the larger the pocket grows. As the gum pulls away from the tooth, more and more of the tooth is exposed, leaving it vulnerable to decay. If left untreated, tooth loss may result.

Gum recession can also be caused by factors other than gum disease, including:

  • - Brushing the teeth too aggressively
  • - Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • - Habitually grinding the teeth


TREATING GUM RECESSION

If you experience gum recession, it is important to seek treatment. Minor gum recession may be stopped with root planing and scaling treatment. Root planing and scaling is a deep cleaning treatment that is used to remove plaque and tartar at and below the gum line and is generally successful at closing pockets for those with minor gum recession and gum disease. More severe gum recession is treated with gum tissue grafts. Gum tissue grafts are useful for restoring the gum line and protecting the teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession.

GUM TISSUE GRAFT PROCEDURES

There are three types of gum tissue graft procedures. Though all are designed to restore the gum line, they each differ both in where the graft tissue is harvested and how the graft is attached. The type of gum graft used depends on the needs of the individual and extent of gum recession. Recovery generally takes about two weeks, during which time the gums should be treated with special care. Gum graft procedures include:

  • Connective-tissue Grafts: The most common gum graft method is the connective-tissue graft procedure. This method uses the connective tissue from within the inner tissue layers in the roof of the mouth. The tissue is retrieved by cutting a small flap within the roof of the mouth from which the connective tissue can be removed. The connective tissue is then stitched in place along the gum line and the flap in the roof of the mouth is closed.
  • Pedicle Grafts: Pedicle grafts use gum tissue from around the area of gum needing repair. A pedicle, or flap, is cut from the neighboring tissue and stretched to cover the recessed area. Once the tissue is in the proper position, it will be stitched into place to restore the gum line.
  • Free Gingival Grafts: Like the connective-tissue graft method, the free gingival graft method uses tissue from the roof of the mouth. This tissue is then place at the gum line and stitched into place.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

For more information about gum recession and treatment options, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lis Bradley.


Make A Wish Update

Sep 2, 2014 @ 04:57 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Hi everyone!

The last time we posted about our Make A Wish Angel Wesley, we were presenting the surprise to him and his parents. Wesley's wish was to go to Disney World and thanks to so many wonderful people who participated, his WISH CAME TRUE. Since the reveal party, Wesley and his parents made their way to see Mickey, Minnie and the Magic Kingdom. Lillian, our MAW representative, sent us this collage of pictures from their trip. They had a wonderful time and Wesley talked about it for days. Lillian said that Wesley had special treatment and was tucked in bed by characters at night. Kind of makes your heart melt. And the best news is Wesley is doing well. So thanks to all of you who supported this cause and especially for your prayers♥

With sincere appreciation,

Dr. Lis Bradley's Team


Tooth Enamel Erosion: Causes and Treatment

Aug 5, 2014 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Tooth enamel is the hardest natural substance the human body creates, and it can vary in thickness. Some people develop thick enamel, while others have thin enamel. While genetics certainly play a role in the thickness of enamel, external factors can erode tooth enamel and make it thinner. Insufficient enamel can contribute to tooth sensitivity, crazing, cracks, breakage, TMJ disorder, malocclusion, and associated toothaches. Through the use of general, restorative, and family dentistry services in Nashville, Dr. Bradley sees many cases of tooth enamel erosion in both adults and children.

WHAT CAUSES ENAMEL TO ERODE

Two primary factors contribute to tooth enamel erosion:

  • Acidic oral environment: Caused by diet, acid reflux (GERD), dry mouth (xerostomia), medications, hereditary conditions
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism): Caused by malocclusion, TMJ disorder, stress


Acids deplete enamel of phosphorus and calcium, the minerals responsible for tooth enamel’s strength. The human mouth should have a pH level of 6.2 to 7.4, and saliva helps regulate this level by neutralizing acids and cleansing the mouth. When sufficient amounts of saliva are not produced, as is the case in patients with dry mouth, acidity increases. Introducing acidic foods and beverages, or stomach acid from gastrointestinal reflux, also raises the acidity of the mouth. In addition, eating starches, including sugars, results in a more acidic oral environment, because bacteria in the mouth ingest starches and produce acid as a byproduct.

Tooth enamel is also subject to erosion from friction, commonly caused when a person habitually clenches and grinds his or her teeth. In many cases, teeth grinders, or bruxers, don’t realize their destructive habit, because they tend to grind their teeth while sleeping. Causes of teeth grinding can include: malocclusion, which means upper and lower teeth don’t fit together correctly when the mouth is shut; TMJ disorder, a condition that occurs when the jaw joints are misaligned; or stress, which is often accompanied by tightening and overworking jaw muscles.

THE RESULTS OF ENAMEL EROSION

When tooth enamel wears away and becomes thinner, patients may experience increased tooth sensitivity to pressure and temperatures. Enamel erosion caused by bruxism can lead to cracks on the surfaces of teeth, which may create toothaches or make the patient more prone to cavities and infection. Loss of tooth enamel on molars will alter occlusion, which may contribute to the development of TMJ disorder.

STOPPING ENAMEL EROSION

Proper treatment for stopping enamel erosion requires identifying and alleviating the cause. For acid erosion of tooth enamel, treatment may involve changing diet, addressing acid reflux disease or dry mouth, altering medications, and/or increasing water consumption throughout the day. If bruxing is the source of enamel erosion, the patient should seek treatment for malocclusion or TMJ, and/or take stress-relieving steps. Bruxers often benefit from a simple oral appliance, worn at night, to eliminate the ability for upper and lower teeth to meet.

TREATING ENAMEL EROSION

Once tooth enamel erodes, it does not naturally replenish itself. Dr. Bradley may recommend applying restorations to damaged teeth, either with crowns or veneers. If you suffer from enamel erosion or related symptoms, like toothaches, jaw pain from TMJ, or nighttime teeth grinding, contact our dental office today for a consultation with Dr. Bradley.


Our New Addition

Jul 8, 2014 @ 01:20 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Hi Everyone!! We would like to introduce you to the newest member of our family!! Welcome....Carter Thomas Jones. He was born on Monday, June 23rd at 7:55 am, measuring 21 inches long, weighing 9lbs 7. Our hygienist Lindsay and her husband Brad are feeling blessed to be the parents of this sweet little angel and his big sister Olivia. They are all doing well and Lindsay will return part time in September.

We are so fortunate to have them as a part of our dental family, we wish them the best.


Use Your FSA to Pay for Dental Care

Jul 5, 2014 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

If you have money in your FSA,the funds may pay for any eligible dental care expenses. Whether you need orthodontics for the kids, routine preventive care, or dental crowns, dental costs can add up, especially for a family. If you’re looking for a Nashville area dental care provider who accepts FSAs and offers family dentistry services for patients of all ages, look no further. In this blog post, we’ll answer your questions about using flex spending accounts to pay for dental care.

CAN I USE MY FSA TO PAY FOR ALL DENTAL CARE?

Dental care expenses that are not reimbursed by your insurance plan may be covered by your FSA. This means that any expense that is considered a deductible dental expense by the IRS and is not reimbursed through your insurance can be reimbursed through the FSA.

Covered treatments include co-payments and deductible for:

  • - Dental exams and teeth cleaning
  • - Fillings, crowns, inlays, and onlays
  • - Crown and bridge systems
  • - Dental implants (only to treat or correct an existing dental condition - not for cosmetic reasons)
  • - Dentures and partials
  • - Fluoridation treatment
  • - Gum disease treatment
  • - Occlusal guards to prevent teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • - Oral surgery, such as extractions and exposures
  • - Root canal therapy
  • - Orthodontics, such as braces, retainers, and spacers (including fees associated with maintenance work)
  • - TMJ-related expenses
  • - Sleep apnea/snorting treatment
  • - Sedation


WHICH DENTAL TREATMENTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FSA REIMBURSEMENT?

There are a number of expenses associated with dental care that are not eligible for reimbursement through the FSA.

These include:

  • - Toothbrushes
  • - Non-prescription toothpaste & mouth rinse
  • - Dental floss and flossers
  • - Cosmetic treatments
  • - Teeth whitening/bleaching products (may be eligible if prescribed by a physician to treat a congenital abnormality, disfiguring disease, or treatment resulting from a personal injury due to an accident or trauma)
  • - Dental implants (not eligible if they are to improve the patient’s appearance and/or they’re for solely cosmetic purposes)


SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR?

That would be like throwing money away. FSA funds don’t roll over if you don’t use them. While some employers let you carry up to $500 into the next year or offer a two-and-a-half month grace period, you need to check with your company’s HR department to know for sure. Money left in the account at the end of the year may go back to your employer. For this reason, you should have an idea of where to apply your FSA funds before you open an account. In addition, keep in mind that you can only put a maximum of $2,500 into the FSA (according to 2014 guidelines).

Going to the dentist regularly helps keep your mouth in top shape and allows your dentist to watch for developments that may point to other health issues. A dental exam can also reveal whether or not you may be developing a disease, like diabetes, or have improper jaw alignment that could advance to cause other issues. Dr. Lis Bradley, a general and cosmetic dentist, invites you to contact us today to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.


Get Whiter Teeth with a Deep Bleaching by AcquaBrite™

Jun 5, 2014 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

As our teeth are exposed to food, drink, and other environmental factors over the years, they will almost certainly become stained to some extent. Discoloration is one of the most common flaws that can impact a smile, and as a result, teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in the country. While most whitening procedures will result in at least some improvement, the exact technique and whitening gel used will influence just how effective the treatment is.

When you visit our Nashville office for teeth whitening, you benefit from the advanced technology of AcquaBrite Deep Bleaching products. Deep Bleaching allows patients to achieve a significantly whiter smile with results that are superior to many comparable treatment options, both store-bought and professional.

CANDIDATES FOR ACQUABRITE DEEP BLEACHING

Most patients who are looking to whiten their smile are good candidates for Deep Bleaching. Because whitening carries little risk and any side effects are short lived, there are few restrictions on who is able to undergo treatment.

If you have recently had professional teeth whitening already, you may be advised to wait until a later date, so as not to damage your enamel. Patients who already have sensitive teeth may also want to consider the temporary effects of professional whitening, since treatment may leave patients with increased sensitivity shortly afterward. However, AcquaBrite utilizes a desensitizing gel to reduce most of the discomfort, and alternative treatment options may be offered to patients with extreme sensitivity.

WHAT DOES DEEP BLEACHING INVOLVE?

AcquaBrite treatment is typically administered over the course of two sessions of an hour or less, with supplemental whitening performed at home in the interim. During each in-office appointment, the cosmetic dentist will perform the following:

  • - Teeth will be isolated from the lips, cheeks, and gums with cotton rolls at various points throughout treatment. This will prevent the whitening gels from coming into contact with soft tissues.
  • - The first gel to be applied is AcquaSeal Benz. This will desensitize teeth prior to and following treatment, reducing discomfort throughout the whitening process. This will be applied to the surface of teeth two times before treatment, ensuring efficacy.
  • - The bleaching gel will then be injected into trays, which the dentist will carefully place over each row of teeth. The trays will be conformed to the contours of your teeth, keeping minimal gel from leaking out. Once properly applied, the trays will be left in place for 20 minutes, during which time you are free to relax.
  • - After 20 minutes, the trays will be temporarily removed and remaining gel will be gently suctioned from them and your teeth. The trays will be refilled with a second layer of gel and applied for another 20-minute session. During your second office visit, this bleaching process will be repeated a third time as well.
  • - Once bleaching is complete, teeth will be vigorously rinsed and cleaned of any remnants of gel.
  • - Finally, the AcquaSeal Benz will be reapplied in two coats to further reduce sensitivity from treatment.


Between each office visit, patients will be expected to continue treatment at home for a period of about two weeks. You will be given the appropriate products and customized whitening trays in order to perform whitening sessions on your own. At the end of two weeks, bring the used items with you to the final appointment, and the dentist will complete the bleaching process.

BENEFITS OF DEEP BLEACHING

Like most whitening gels, AcquaBrite uses a hydrogen peroxide (HP) compound to remove stains from teeth. However, most professional whitening treatments achieve their results through a high concentration of HP that is applied in a single session. This technique leaves patients with a higher degree of sensitivity and rarely addresses any strains below the surface of enamel.

By extending treatment over multiple sessions, patients benefit from less pain and more extensive whitening. Even some deep stains, such as those caused by medications, can be reduced or removed by the end of AcquaBrite treatment. The results will last for years, and patients can undergo additional whitening sessions at home or in our office if the need arises.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TEETH WHITENING

Our cosmetic dental services offer a variety of ways for you to achieve a more beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Bradley and learn specifically how we can help you.


Are You a Candidate for Lumineers®?

May 5, 2014 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Your smile is an integral part of who you are. Whether you are making a first impression or speaking with a loved one, the quality of your smile can have a powerful impact on your confidence and how you are received. When it comes to eliminating the imperfections that may detract from a smile, porcelain veneers are an especially effective method of treatment. However, due to certain disadvantages, veneers are not for everyone. With Lumineers®, patients can gain the cosmetic advantages of traditional porcelain veneers but with added benefits as well. See the information below to gain a clearer perspective on this alternative option and whether you are a good candidate for it.

PORCELAIN VENEERS VS. LUMINEERS®

Like regular porcelain veneers, Lumineers® use customized layers of porcelain to cover teeth, hiding flaws beneath them. The key difference is that Lumineers® are much thinner, which offers certain benefits to the right candidate:

  • No removal of enamel: Traditional veneers require the removal of enamel in order to make room for their added width. Because Lumineers® are so thin, they can be bonded directly to the surface of teeth without needing to remove healthy tissue.
  • Easier procedure: Since teeth do not need to be prepared for Lumineers®, the initial impressions are easy and painless. This also means that no temporary restorations are necessary between your first appointment and the installation of your Lumineers®.
  • No permanent restorations needed: Teeth that have been prepared for regular veneers must always be covered by restorations, seeing as a layer of enamel has been removed. If you eventually decide that you no longer want to replace your Lumineers®, a new restoration is not necessary to protect teeth.

While Lumineers® are thin enough to be applied over tooth enamel, the extra layer does widen and lengthen teeth slightly. This is rarely a major issue for patients, but it is worth consideration.

CANDIDATES FOR LUMINEERS®

Lumineers® can be used to correct the same cosmetic problems that are typically solved by porcelain veneers, albeit to a lesser degree. Problems that are smaller or less noticeable can usually be effectively hidden with Lumineers®, while more severe flaws may require traditional veneers, dental bonding, or another cosmetic dentistry option. Commonly corrected problems include:

  • - Small cracks or chips
  • - Mild staining and discoloration
  • - Gaps between teeth
  • - Slight crookedness


The best candidates for Lumineers® are therefore those who wish to correct one or more imperfections that are not severe, while also wanting to avoid the disadvantages of traditional porcelain veneers. Like other cosmetic techniques, Lumineers® require that patients are free of gum disease and tooth decay. If either of these problems are present, they will have to be treated first. In the event a cavity develops underneath any sort of restoration, the restoration will have to be replaced in order for treatment to continue. Patients should therefore maintain excellent dental health after receiving their Lumineers®.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

Although Lumineers® may seem appealing, they are not the best option for everyone. Patients with dark stains or severely yellowed teeth will not be able to fully conceal the discoloration, making them a better candidate for thicker veneers or teeth whitening. There is also less variety in color choices for Lumineers®, meaning some patients may not achieve as near a match for the shade of their smile.

Patients should also consider how the added porcelain will affect their bite. In most cases, the thin layer is hardly noticeable, but this may be more problematic for patients with very little room to spare in their bite pattern.

Finally, candidates should realize that veneers are not a valid treatment option for any problems that compromise a tooth or one’s overall dental health. Severe misalignment, for instance, is better addressed through orthodontics, while large chips or cracks may call for a dental crown.

ARE LUMINEERS® RIGHT FOR YOU?

Speak with Dr. Bradley to learn whether you may benefit from Lumineers®, traditional veneers, or any other of our cosmetic options. We will be happy to address all of your questions and concerns. Contact us to schedule your consultation.


Porcelain Crown Benefits: Restoring Your Tooth and Your Smile

Apr 3, 2014 @ 12:51 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

A tooth weakened by decay may reach the point when a crown is the only solution. Though all crowns restore function and protect a damaged tooth, a porcelain crown has the added benefit of restoring the natural appearance to your tooth.

A crown is a cap that covers an entire tooth down to the gum, restoring the shape of the tooth while protecting it from further damage. Crowns can be made out of metals, but a crown made of porcelain more closely mimics the original tooth. Porcelain has a pearly luster and when fashioned into the shape of a tooth, a porcelain crown becomes indistinguishable from your other teeth.

Cosmetic dentist Lisbeth S. Bradley, who provides family dentistry in the Greater Nashville area, can craft porcelain crowns that restore function and beauty to your damaged tooth. She will assess your tooth and recommend an appropriate crown, taking into account the condition of your tooth and where it is located.

BENEFITS OF PORCELAIN CROWNS

Porcelain crowns offer a number of benefits to a tooth damaged by decay, injury, or the loss of tooth enamel. Benefits include:

  • Preserving the Tooth. If left unprotected, a damaged tooth is susceptible to decay that can lead to the loss of the tooth. When a crown is placed, damaged parts of the tooth are removed and the crown acts as a shield from bacteria.
  • Strength. Porcelain is nearly as strong as tooth enamel and can stand up to years of wear. Porcelain’s strength also supports the damaged tooth inside.
  • Restores Function. A porcelain crown can be molded to resemble the original tooth, restoring your ability to chew, eat, and speak normally.
  • Beauty. Porcelain’s semi-translucency creates a beautiful tooth in itself, but the porcelain can also be color matched to blend in seamlessly with your teeth. Even the shape and size can be custom crafted to look like your natural tooth, restoring your smile.
  • Comfort. Once in place, porcelain crowns will feel like a natural tooth.
  • Convenience. Porcelain crowns do not require special maintenance. You simply care for them like your natural teeth by brushing twice a day and flossing carefully.

PORCELAIN CROWNS’ MANY USES

Porcelain crowns are versatile. With their natural-looking beauty and durability, they are used in a variety of scenarios beyond protecting a damaged tooth. Crowns can be used:

  • - To replace missing teeth, when used with an implant.
  • - As anchors for dental bridges that replace missing teeth.
  • - To cap a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment.
  • - To hide cosmetic flaws, such as discoloration or misshapen teeth.
  • - To protect a tooth missing enamel.


NEXT STEPS

Perhaps the most important benefit of a crown is its ability to save your tooth from being extracted, which introduces a number of complications in your life.

If you are in need of a dental crown, a personal consultation will help determine the best type of crown for your needs. Not everyone is a good candidate for a porcelain crown, but we would be happy to advise you on the treatment best suited for your problem. Please call today for an appointment.


Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?

Mar 5, 2014 @ 11:10 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

If the appearance of yellowed, chipped, or misshaped teeth causes you embarrassment, porcelain veneers may be right for you. Porcelain veneers can be used to correct many aesthetic dental issues to give you a flawless, gorgeous smile. Nashville cosmetic dentistry patients are benefiting from porcelain veneers treatment in a number of ways. Read on to learn the requirements for porcelain veneer candidates, and if they may be right for you!

WHAT IS PORCELAIN VENEERS TREATMENT?

Porcelain veneers treatment is a cosmetic dentistry technique used to improve the appearance of flawed teeth. Porcelain veneers are custom-made, thin, tooth-shaped prosthetics designed to mask dental imperfections by fitting over the surface of the teeth. Porcelain is used to craft the veneers, as this material closely mimics the appearance of the natural teeth and can be shaded to match the surrounding teeth or made a bright white to hide natural discoloration. The porcelain veneers treatment process is non-invasive and painless and can be completed in two dental visits for an instantly beautiful smile.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PORCELAIN VENEERS

Though porcelain veneers are suitable for many patients, they may not be right for everyone. Candidates for porcelain veneers must have relatively healthy gums and teeth. Those with severe dental damage may require alternative treatments, like dental crowns, to restore the teeth. Candidates for porcelain veneers must meet the following requirements or suffer from the following conditions:

  • Have sufficient dental enamel: In order to place dental veneers, a thin layer of the outer layer of the tooth, the enamel, must be removed. Candidates for porcelain veneers need to have enough enamel for this process.
  • Stained, discolored teeth: Teeth that are stained or discolored, especially those that are so deep that professional whitening treatments are unable to remove, greatly benefit from porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can be shaded to the brightest white for a dazzling smile.
  • Gaps between teeth: By adjusting the size of a porcelain veneer, embarrassing gaps between teeth can be closed.
  • Minor chips and fractures: Porcelain veneers can be used to correct minor fractures and small chips, restoring the structure and appearance of the tooth while protecting it from further damage.
  • Uneven, irregularly shaped teeth: Teeth that look uneven and irregularly shaped can be corrected with porcelain veneers for a more uniform appearance.
  • Undersized teeth: For those who are embarrassed by small, baby-like teeth, porcelain veneers can be used to create a proportionate smile.
  • Mild misalignment: Porcelain veneers can be used as instant orthodontics for mildly misaligned teeth. Instant orthodontics can provide an even, straight smile in a fraction of the time as traditional braces and with essentially no pain and discomfort.


ENJOY THE CONFIDENCE OF A FLAWLESS SMILE!

Receiving porcelain veneers can be a transformative experience. Imagine the confidence you will feel with a flawless smile. Porcelain veneers can quickly and painlessly transform an embarrassing smile into a beautiful, pearly white work of art. To find out if porcelain veneers are right for you or to find out about alternative treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lis Bradley today!


Treating Cracked Crowns

Feb 6, 2014 @ 12:58 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

A dental crown is a restorative solution that is applied to a tooth that has been damaged, injured, or generally worn down. If damage is too extensive to be repaired by a dental filling or if there is not sufficient tooth enamel to support a filling, inlay, or onlay, then a dental crown can restore and protect the tooth so that extraction is not necessary.

Dental crowns are considered strong and durable restorations and should last up to ten years. However, damaging habits such as teeth grinding and nail biting, or trauma from injury, can cause a dental crown to crack. Cosmetic dentist Lis Bradley offers her Nashville patients treatment for cracked dental crowns so that strength and oral function can be restored and any discomfort can be relieved.

If a dental crown does become cracked, it is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradley as soon as possible. Although a cracked crown is not a huge dental emergency, it is best to treat the condition quickly in order to protect the natural tooth and tooth root. If bacteria are able to enter the center of the tooth, it could result in an infection and the need for root canal therapy. At the dental appointment, Dr. Bradley will examine the tooth to determine the extent of damage as well as the most appropriate treatment method. Below are the possible treatments for a cracked or broken dental crown:

  • Repair: In some cases, a dental crown can be repaired after it has been cracked. Dr. Bradley may be able to smooth the surface of the crown in order to erase the crack. In other cases, dental bonding may also be used to repair cracks. A bonding material will be applied directly to the crown and then shaped and hardened into place to repair the crack or fracture. This material will be matched as closely as possible to the color and luster of the dental crown in order to maintain the aesthetics of the tooth. For minor damage, repair may be a viable treatment option for cracked crowns.
  • Replacement: For moderate to extensive damage, it is likely more sensible to replace the dental crown in its entirety than to try to repair the damage. If an attempt at repair is not successful, it will leave the underlying tooth vulnerable to more damage and decay. A cracked dental crown can be removed and Dr. Bradley can fabricate a new dental crown that can adequately restore strength to the tooth, allowing for normal oral functions to resume. Replacement of a dental crown that has been anchored to dental implants will be especially easy, as the implant will likely remain undamaged and a new crown can simply be attached to the abutment.


CONTACT US

If your dental crown has been cracked or damaged, contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss your treatment options. Dr. Lis Bradley can repair or replace your crown quickly and effectively so that the tooth is restored, the surrounding teeth remain unaffected, and your oral health is preserved.


Top Teeth Straightening Treatments

Jan 8, 2014 @ 11:54 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Correcting crooked and misaligned teeth is not just for kids. You are never too old to improve your smile and advances in technology are proving popular with adults.

Treatments run the gamut from cosmetic procedures for minor misalignment to orthodontic treatments. Luckily, the growing popularity of teeth straightening has resulted in newer, discreet cosmetic dentistry techniques, ranging from veneers to traditional braces.

Depending on the type and extent of alignment issues, a cosmetic dentist can recommend appropriate treatment to correct your problems. Dr. Lisbeth Bradley has advanced training in cosmetic techniques and serves the Nashville area. She offers teeth straightening treatments and is an Invisalign®-certified cosmetic dentist.

Misaligned teeth are not just a cosmetic issue. Depending on the severity, people with crooked or misaligned teeth may be setting themselves up for future dental problems. A misaligned bite causes undue stresses on teeth, which can lead to periodontal disease and gum recession. In addition, teeth that are aligned correctly are easier to keep clean.

PORCELAIN VENEERS

Not all people with misaligned teeth need orthodontic treatments to improve their smile. People with minor crowding, spacing, and alignment issues that are mainly cosmetic are ideal candidates for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of semi-translucent dental ceramic that fit over the front of teeth, instantly improving the smile.

Nicknamed “instant orthodontics,” veneers do not actually straighten your teeth, but instead give the illusion of aligned teeth. In the process, veneers also improve the color and shape of teeth.

INVISALIGN®

For people with mild to moderate alignment issues, Invisalign® offers a discreet straightening method. The process uses a series of clear, removable aligner trays instead of metal brackets and wires. Aligner trays are created based on the patient’s teeth and each one is designed to gently move the teeth incrementally into proper alignment. A tray is worn for a few weeks and then the patient “graduates” to the next tray, continuing the process of nudging teeth into proper alignment. Aligner trays are more comfortable than braces and more convenient since patients can remove them for meals and to clean teeth.

Like braces, Invisalign® offers excellent results with the added benefits of being more comfortable, easier to keep clean and essentially undetectable.

TRADITIONAL BRACES

When serious alignment, dental arch, or jaw issues exist, traditional braces may prove the best option. Overbites, underbites, and crossbites are among the problems typically corrected by braces.

Braces consist of metal brackets and wires that are attached to teeth to shift them into the correct position. But technology has also revamped the traditional braces. New options include fixed and removable braces; tooth-colored ceramic brackets; and braces attached to the back side of teeth, called lingual braces.

If you are bothered by misaligned teeth, Dr. Bradley can perform a thorough evaluation to determine the extent of your problems. She can review the status of your teeth and gums, examine your bite, and take images to map out a suggested treatment plan. Please call to learn more.


How Do Teeth Become Discolored?

Dec 6, 2013 @ 11:57 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Tooth discoloration is such a widespread problem that we often don’t notice it in ourselves or others. However, when someone sports a beautiful bright smile, we do notice how attractive teeth are when not discolored. And when stains do stand out, they can be a serious cosmetic detriment.

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to stains, and some require different methods of treatment. For our patients in the Nashville area, we provide the following information on tooth discoloration and its causes.

TYPES OF DISCOLORATION

When examining discoloration, there are two types of stains that teeth may incur:

  • Extrinsic stains: Also known as surface stains, this type of discoloration occurs over or just below a tooth’s enamel. We accrue these stains on a daily basis from food and drink, and most are easily removed through regular brushing. When surface stains are absorbed by enamel, however, cosmetic treatment such as whitening may be necessary for removal.
  • Intrinsic stains: Also called deep stains, this discoloration occurs beneath enamel, within the inner tissue called dentin. Deep stains cannot always be removed, and in many instances are more easily and effectively concealed. Although they are more rare than surface stains, this type of discoloration can form from a number of sources.


CAUSES OF SURFACE STAINS

Without a doubt, the most common cause of surface staining is the consumption of certain foods and beverages. Drinks such as coffee, tea, and wine have a tendency to darken teeth, while carbonated soft drinks can also leave stains. Acidic and brightly colored foods are also notorious for staining. These include berries, sauces, candies, popsicles, and balsamic vinegar, just to name a few.

However, you do not need to limit your diet for fear of discoloration. Most of these foods are only given the opportunity to leave lasting stains when not followed by proper hygiene. Patients who neglect to brush twice a daily with fluoride toothpaste, especially after eating such meals, are those most prone to surface stains.

In addition to food and drink, surface stains may be caused by the following:

  • Tobacco use: Smoking and chewing tobacco are well known for causing teeth to yellow.
  • Plaque: Yellow teeth, particularly near the gum line, may be evidence of plaque accumulation. As it begins to harden, plaque becomes tartar, both of which can lead to tooth decay.
  • Metallic compounds: Teeth may come in contact with metals through medication that contains metallic salts, liquid containing iron, or occupations that expose workers to certain metals.
  • Bacteria: Chromogenic bacteria, often found in children, can cause yellow, green, or orange discoloration. While the bacteria pose no health risks, they are capable of causing very noticeable surface stains.


CAUSES OF DEEP STAINS

Deep tooth stains are normally the result of a single event or source, rather than a gradual process. They also tend to be more noticeable, as they stand out from the regular color of surrounding tooth tissue. Causes of deep stains include:

  • Overexposure to fluoride: When a child’s teeth are still growing, excessive fluoride exposure can leave bright stains. This is most often seen in baby teeth.
  • Medication: Some medications can cause intrinsic stains. Antibiotics such as tetracycline can even cause a pregnant mother to pass on tooth discoloration to a newborn.
  • Trauma: Injury to a tooth can cause it to bleed internally, resulting in a dark stain. This is most common when accompanied by chips or cracks.
  • Disease: Some diseases, though rare, have the potential to naturally discolor teeth. Other diseases require treatment, namely chemotherapy and radiation, which cause discoloration as a side effect.


TREATMENT OPTIONS

Surface stains are most commonly treated through a teeth whitening procedure. Through the professional application of whitening gel, extrinsic stains can be easily removed. In just one whitening treatment, teeth can become many shades brighter for years to come. Depending on the treatment and the nature of discoloration, some deep stains may be improved as well.

Unfortunately, most intrinsic stains require alternative cosmetic treatment. When they cannot be removed, it is best to cover them through dental bonding or porcelain veneers. While smaller stains can be handled through bonding, larger stains - and similarly significant cosmetic flaws - can be concealed with porcelain veneers.

CONSIDERING TREATMENT?

With the help of a skilled cosmetic dentist, no stain is too tough for treatment. Whether through removal or concealment, both surface and deep stains can fixed, leaving you with a superior smile. Contact our office to learn more about our cosmetic treatments or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lis Bradley.


The Risks of Teeth Whitening

Nov 19, 2013 @ 11:14 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Do you want a brilliant, movie-star smile but you're not sure if over-the-counter products are safe? Cosmetic dentist Lis Bradley explains teeth whitening options that are available at our Brentwood office to help you decide what's best.

COMMON SIDES EFFECTS OF TEETH WHITENING

Patients can use the in-office whitening treatment or take-home whitening kit; both of these treatments offer dramatic results and have few side effects. These professional treatment options, along with the products you can buy at the pharmacy, can cause two temporary side effects:

  • - Tooth pain
  • - Gum irritation


Typically, these side effects are mild and go away within a few days after completing the whitening treatment. To ensure you have a satisfying and successful treatment, we take extra steps at our practice to minimize these risks and give you a more comfortable experience than you would get with over-the-counter products.

WHITENING TREATMENTS & TOOTH SENSITIVITY

Most people experience a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity after whitening treatments. Your teeth may feel more sensitive to hot and cold foods or drinks for a while. This symptom is natural and usually goes away within a few days.

At our office, we can reduce or even prevent tooth sensitivity from whitening treatments. We start by checking for sensitivities before beginning your treatment, and we make sure to ask how you're feeling during the process so we can adjust our plan as needed. The use of a de-sensitizing product may be recommended both before and after teeth whitening, and we might also recommend a special toothpaste that helps soothe sensitive teeth.

If your teeth are already extremely sensitive, we may recommend an alternative treatment option, such as the placement of porcelain veneers or a dental bonding solution.

TEETH WHITENING & GUM IRRITATION

Some patients also experience a mild irritation of the gums and other tissues inside the mouth. The risk of this side effect is higher when you use an over-the-counter product. The reason is that drug store products usually leave your gums exposed to the whitening bleach, which can be irritating.

The risk of gum irritation can be reduced by covering the lips and gums during treatment. If you have gum problems, such as gum disease, we may advise against teeth whitening and recommend another cosmetic enhancement instead.

BENEFITS OF TEETH WHITENING

The risks of teeth whitening are mild and very temporary, while the benefits are amazing and long-lasting. Wine, coffee, and cigarette stains can be hard to treat with over-the-counter products, but they are no match for professional whitening treatments. Your teeth will appear whiter and healthier, your overall appearance will be improved, and your confidence will skyrocket.

We offer in-office treatments that take about an hour, as well as affordable take-home kits that deliver great results in about 14 days. With a consultation at our office, we can check for any other dental problems - such as decay or infection - that could be contributing to the discoloration. We will develop a customized treatment plan that will address your concerns, provide expert care to reduce sensitivities or irritations, and deliver your desired results.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TEETH WHITENING

Teeth whitening treatments can drastically enhance the appearance of your smile, increase your self-confidence, and improve how you are perceived by others. If you are interested in our high-intensity chair-side bleaching or take-home tooth whitening kits, we invite you to schedule a consultation.


Make A Wish

Nov 15, 2013 @ 08:51 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Over the next few months we, Dr. Bradley and staff, are teaming up with our great patients to raise funds to grant a wish for a “MAKE A WISH” child.To meet our goal, we are calling on our generous and talented patients to participate by donating items or services that we will use in a drawing or silent auction, depending on how many items we collect.Examples may include new items, crafts, artwork, gift certificates and/or services. We are collecting items now and will continue to collect through Friday, November 22.

From now through March we will have a donation box for monetary contributions (please make checks out to “Make a Wish”/Middle TN and write Dr. Bradley’s name in the note field). We will have different goodies available as a gift for your donation (baked goods, crafts, whitening pens, etc) so please stop by and see us.

Please contact us through e-mail ([email protected]), call us (615) 778-0810 or “Like” us to follow us on FaceBook to get more information about how you and your family can participate in the WISH.

With your help we plan to be prepared to grant the wish in the spring!

Looking forward to hearing from you!


Reasons to Replace Your Porcelain Veneers

Nov 6, 2013 @ 10:53 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

From crooked teeth to chips and discoloration, porcelain veneers can permanently conceal a variety of cosmetic imperfections. As long-lasting as they are, though, individual veneers rarely last forever. To help maintain our Nashville area patients’ smiles, we offer replacement procedures for one or multiple porcelain veneers. If you believe it may be time to renew the effectiveness of your veneers, consider the following reasons why many of our patients seek replacement.

DAMAGED VENEERS

Porcelain is one of the longest lasting materials in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, able to endure many years with minimal wear. However, it can also be brittle, suffering damage under excessive pressure or stress. One reason for replacement is a veneer that has chipped or cracked due to injury, an irregular bite, chewing hard food, or teeth grinding. Although such damage to a veneer is rare, patients who exert a lot of pressure on their teeth or engage in physical activity without a mouthguard will increase their risk.

While small chips can sometimes be bonded back into place, a fixed veneer will never be as strong or reliable as it once was. Additionally, the cement used may be a different shade than the porcelain, resulting in a visible contrast. Consult your dentist to determine whether a broken veneer should be repaired or replaced.

DISCOLORATION

Porcelain is generally considered a stain resistant material. Most foods will have no permanent effects on the color of your porcelain veneers, and any surface stains can be removed by regular hygiene. In fact, the rest of your teeth may yellow or darken over time, while the porcelain retains its shade. In cases such as this, patients may choose to whiten their natural teeth or replace the veneer to more accurately match the rest of their smile.

Still, it is not impossible for a veneer to become discolored over time. Porcelain may incur deeper stains through beverages such as coffee, tea, and wine, or certain brightly colored foods. In the event you cannot remove a stain, replacement is a viable option.

TOOTH DECAY

Even though porcelain veneers are not susceptible to disease or decay, the tooth under a veneer can still form cavities. If decay is present under or around the edges of your veneer, it will most likely need to be removed for restorative treatment. Once the health of your tooth has been restored, your veneer should be replaced.

Remember that proper hygiene is equally important for veneers as for regular teeth. Teeth with older veneers may be even more susceptible to decay - as the dental cement wears away, food particles and bacteria can become stuck between the tooth and porcelain.

IMPROVING A PREVIOUS PROCEDURE

In and of themselves, veneers provide tremendous potential for enhancing your teeth. However, your individual success is partially influenced by the skill and experience of your cosmetic dentist. If you have received porcelain veneers but are unsatisfied with the results, consider a replacement procedure by Dr. Bradley to finally achieve the natural, attractive smile you deserve.

KEEP YOUR TEETH LOOKING BRILLIANT

No single dental procedure can be guaranteed to last forever, but with the right ongoing care and maintenance, your teeth can continue to look and feel fantastic. Schedule an appointment with us to learn more about porcelain veneer replacement or our other cosmetic and general dentistry services.


Why Does My Dentist Take My Blood Pressure?

Oct 23, 2013 @ 09:08 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

We feel it is very important to check a patient's blood pressure at each visit, before starting any dental treatment, whether it is a restorative procedure or even a simple cleaning.We know some patients can have white coat syndrome, where they may feel anxious when coming to the dentist.Anxiety can cause the blood pressure to elevate and if it increases too much, a patient could be at risk for heart attack or stroke.Also,many dental anesthetics can cause an elevation of blood pressure as a result of increasing the heart rate and constriction of blood vessels. We have found some helpful tidbits about blood pressure levels, how it can affect you and even some things you can do to lower it.

Here is an overview of the numbers from a Dr. Oz article:

Normal: 119/79 or below

Pre-Hypertension: 120/80 to 139/89

Hypertension: 140/90 and up

The top number is systolic pressure, the pressure exerted on your arteries with every heart beat.When the pressure elevates too high it can cause dangerous strain on the heart which can put you at risk of heart disease or a stroke.

The bottom number is diastolic which indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats.When the diastolic pressure is abnormally high, it can adversely affect blood circulation which can cause a stroke, heart attack as well as heart and kidney failure.

The American Heart Association reports gripping a small rubber ball for 2 minutes at a time, for up to 15 minutes, 3 days a week for eight to 12 weeks, can improve blood vessel elasticity.

Another interesting bit of information is that Fido can make you feel better.It is reported that pet owners are known to have significantly lower systolic blood pressure.

In addition, walking 30 to 60 minutes a day is also proven benefit to lower blood pressure.

And last, nothing beats (no pun intended) regular checkups with your family doctor.


Dental Health Care Services for Teens

Oct 10, 2013 @ 01:05 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime - but it takes a lifetime of proper care and cleaning to make that happen. This means that it is important to start early. Between school, sports, and friends, teenagers may not feel like they have time for dental check-ups. At the dental office of Dr. Lisbeth Bradley we understand that an ounce of preventative care now is immensely valuable in preventing extensive restorative dentistry work later on.

At her Nashville cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Bradley and her attentive staff are dedicated to helping teens achieve a brighter and longer lasting smile through gentle and minimally invasive approaches to dentistry.

PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY

Our general and family dentistry practice believes strongly in using minimally invasive techniques that help preserve the strength and natural beauty of patients’ natural smiles as much as possible. Dr. Bradley employs several preventative techniques to help protect against tooth decay, including the use of clear sealants.

Of course, the most important step of all is an adherence to periodic check-ups, and teeth cleaning at home. This is imperative for stopping plaque and tartar build-up in its tracks and catching any problems early. Getting your teen used to check-ups every six months can instill the importance of this habit.

PORCELAIN AND COMPOSITE FILLINGS AND DENTAL CROWNS

Even with preventative dentistry care, additional dental work can be inevitable. Many people find that they need a filling or two over the years, and teenagers are no different. But not all fillings are created equal.

As both a cosmetic dentist and a general dentist, Dr. Lis Bradley understands this and offers tooth-colored fillings and crowns as a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional metal alloy dental work. Porcelain crowns and composite fillings can be custom created by your cosmetic dentist to perfectly match the color and shape of your natural teeth. But tooth-colored dental work offers more than just aesthetics; the material also bonds more readily with natural teeth, reinforcing them for extra strength.

INVISALIGN® CLEAR BRACES

Braces have long been a rite of passage for teenagers, but today’s teenager no longer needs to suffer through yesterday’s uncomfortable and visually obvious metal braces. Invisalign® is a modern alternative to traditional metal braces that is preferred by many teens and adults.

As the name suggests, Invisalign® aligners are practically invisible. The use of a series of clear removable aligner trays fitted to the teeth can subtly move your teeth into alignment over time. A wide variety of imperfections can be corrected within a year or two, from overbites and crossbites to gapped or crowded teeth. All the while, your child’s peers will be none the wiser.

Teens will be happy to know that Invisalign® can correct many dental flaws while preserving confidence. Meanwhile, parents will be happy to know that in many cases, Invisalign® costs the same as traditional braces.

CONTACT YOUR NASHVILLE GENERAL DENTISTRY OFFICE TODAY

Teaching your teen the importance of good dental care starts with a good example. Contact our general and cosmetic dentistry office to schedule an appointment for your teen and set him or her on the right path toward a lifetime of high quality dental care.


Canker Sores: What a Pain!

Oct 10, 2013 @ 11:26 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

A canker sore is a common nuisance that can interfere with daily talking, eating and even good oral homecare. In an article from www.huffingtonpost.com, Dr. Kimberly Harms, from the American Dental Association, gives us more information about these pesky sores.

A canker sore is a small, shallow ulcer in the protective lining of your mouth. Generally speaking, the term ulcer refers to any hole in a bodily membrane. When ulcers occur in the oral cavity, the top layer of epithelial cells gets worn away. In turn, blood vessels and sensitive nerves are exposed. This is why canker sores are so uncomfortable. It’s almost like having a blister in your mouth without the protective covering.
Canker sores are auto-immune, which basically means that your body is attacking itself. Although doctors know that the immune system is responsible for canker sores, they still aren’t sure what starts them in the first place. Some believe that they are a result of allergic reactions to naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth or sensitivity to sulfate in toothpaste. Vitamin B12 deficiencies and gastrointestinal issues could also be culprits. Trauma is also believed to cause canker sores. This can range from a sharp tortilla chip scraping your tissue, a sharp edge of a broken tooth, and trauma from orthodontic appliances or hard bristled toothbrush bristles.

Once a canker sore appears, avoid eating or drinking citrusy or spicy foods, as they can make canker sores even more uncomfortable. Rinse with warm salt water to encourage healing and reduce swelling. Over the counter numbing agents are also available to lessen the symptoms until the canker sore is gone. Canker sores usually only last a week or two. If it has not healed after two weeks, it’s a good idea to get it checked out.


Cosmetic Dentistry for Seniors

Sep 26, 2013 @ 01:22 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

As people age, they start losing bone mass. When the bone mass weakens, teeth could become loose and even fall out. Combined with years of wear and tear from eating and drinking, teeth are also more prone to decay and chipping as they age. This is why many seniors are in need of extra dental care. Nearly a quarter of adults over the age of 75 have lost teeth.

Losing teeth can put a damper on a person’s confidence and diminish their sense of pride. Not only are missing teeth unpleasant to look at, they can also cause dental problems. Dr. Lis Bradley, a leading cosmetic dentist serving the Nashville, Tennessee area, provides a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions for seniors and older patients. Everyone deserves a fresh smile, and Dr. Bradley’s team is dedicated to helping repair age-damaged teeth.

TYPES OF DENTAL CARE SOLUTIONS FOR SENIORS

Whether seniors are looking to replace missing teeth, repair cracked teeth or just brighten their smiles, Dr. Bradley has a plethora of procedures to choose from. The most popular include:

  • Teeth Whitening - As people age, the original tooth enamel wears thin. This can sometimes reveal the yellow undertones of the core tissue in your tooth. Discoloration can be fixed with deep bleaching, take home whitening, or chair side bleaching procedures. The deep bleaching process is the most intense, while the at-home whitening is the most common. For seniors with dark stains, the chair side or the deep bleaching processes might be the best bet.
  • Dental Implants -Dental implants are a great way to replace one or more teeth. Implants are exactly how they sound. They are titanium post surgically placed into the jaw, acting as a replacement tooth root. Dental implants come in two types: endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are the most popular. They are installed using screws and cylinders that are drilled into the jawbone to hold one or more fake teeth in place. Subperiosteal implants rest on top of the gums and are held into place with posts.
  • Overdentures - Overdentures are another type of dental implant common in seniors who have lost all of their teeth. Overdentures contain a full row of false teeth and are screwed to the jaw with implants. While traditional dentures are bonded to the gums using a special adhesive, overdentures are affixed to implants. Though the implanted posts are permanent, the overdentures can still be popped on or off for comfort when sleeping, cleaning, and eating.
  • Porcelain veneers - Porcelain veneers are thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth to add vibrant color and reshape uneven teeth. They can be a great option for seniors that just want to regain a youthful smile by repairing crooked or cracked teeth.
  • Dental Crowns - While dental crowns are most likely to be used after a root canal, they can also be used to strengthen teeth weakened by fillings or chips. All-porcelain crowns are a great cosmetic alternative to traditional metal-based crowns. The all-porcelain crowns last longer and are less likely to change color as they age. They can give teeth a natural look, while concealing imperfections and cracks.


ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR SENIOR DENTAL CARE?

Most seniors are good candidates for special cosmetic dental care if they maintain good oral health. However, depending on what type of treatment the patient requires, certain conditions might cause complications with the surgery. For instance, patients with rapidly decreasing bone mass might not be good candidates for dental implants.

You might not be a good candidate if you do any of the following:

  • - Smoke or drink heavily
  • - Undergo regular radiation treatments of the face
  • - Grind your teeth
  • - Take certain medications, including steroids or other immune system suppressing drugs
  • - Possess any severe chronic diseases


Patients thinking about undergoing cosmetic dental care should consult their dentist beforehand to determine the best option. Dr. Lis Bradley and her team have many years of experience helping seniors improve their smiles. To learn more about her senior dental treatments or receive a consultation, give the office a call at (866) 698-6121 or contact us by e-mail.


Porcelain Veneers Prices and Payment Options

Sep 3, 2013 @ 11:24 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

For patients with cracked, damaged, misshaped, or crooked teeth, porcelain veneers might be the best option to restore the smile. Veneers can improve the appearance of the smile in a short period of time.

So what are veneers? Veneers are tiny shells of porcelain bonded to the face of the teeth to conceal cracks, discoloration, chips, gaps, and other aesthetic flaws. Celebrities are famous for reconstructing their smiles with porcelain veneers and many people assume that it is an extremely expensive procedure. However, porcelain veneers are not just reserved for Hollywood stars. They are actually quite common, and usually the best option for people looking to reinvent their smiles. While the price can rise depending how many teeth the patient wants to fix, the procedure is not financially out of reach.

Dr. Lis Bradley and her team of cosmetic dentistry experts help patients get the smile they want by working out payment options with them.

THE COST OF PORCELAIN VENEERS

The cost of veneers depends on a few different factors. Usually, they range anywhere from $500 to $2,000 per tooth, depending on the material and amount of work needed to make the veneer. One of the main reasons for a difference in cost is the level of experience of the dentist doing the work. While the dentist is the main reason for price variations, there are also a few other important factors that come into play. Here are a few factors that determine how much a patient will spend on veneers:

  • Type of material - Veneers can be constructed out of porcelain or another type of composite resin, which is cheaper. Porcelain veneers are better quality and tend to be more expensive. This increases the price of the procedure.
  • Amount of labor - The amount of work it takes to construct the veneers also drives up the price. Ceramist and porcelain technicians have to shape and create the veneers to fit each tooth. All teeth are shaped differently, so it could take more skill to shape one veneer over another. Price is definitely affected by the amount of labor and skill used to create the veneers.
  • Number of veneers - Because veneers are priced by tooth, the more teeth a patient needs to fix, the more the procedure will cost.
  • Location of practice - The cost of cosmetic dental procedures differ due to geographic location, similarly to the cost of living.
  • Insurance - Porcelain veneers are generally considered a cosmetic procedure. Most cosmetic dental procedures are not covered by insurance.


HOW CAN YOU PAY?

Patients can pay for porcelain veneers just like they would any other cosmetic dental procedure. They can pay with cash, credit card, debit card, or through financing. As said before, most dental insurance plans don’t cover cosmetic procedures, so your provider might not pay for this treatment. It’s important for patients to contact their insurance provider to find out if they can get some financial assistance for cosmetic procedures.

Some dental practices offer payment plans or financing plans through third-party companies. Through the payment plan, patients can make payments every month to make it more affordable than paying in full. Depending on how many teeth a patient needs to repair, they should always discuss payment options with their dentist before starting the treatment process.

Dr. Lis Bradley, now serving the Brentwood, Franklin, and Nashville areas, can help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of at an affordable price. If you would like more information on the cost of porcelain veneers or an overview of the process, visit our office or contact us today by phone or e-mail.


Be Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth

Aug 21, 2013 @ 02:39 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR A HEALTHY SMILE


The Dangers of Teeth Grinding

Jul 22, 2013 @ 02:39 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Teeth grinding can be a serious dental health problem, especially if it goes untreated for a long time. Most people don't even know that they suffer from teeth grinding because it happens when they are asleep, but there are plenty of warning signs to look out for.

We'd like to go over some of the basics about tooth grinding right now. If you notice any of the symptoms or signs listed below, be sure to meet with a restorative and cosmetic dentist as soon as possible to undergo treatment.

WHAT IS TEETH GRINDING?

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, refers to the clenching, gnawing, gnashing, and shifting of teeth when a person is asleep. Some of the common symptoms of teeth grinding include:

  • - Tooth damage
  • - Jaw pain
  • - Sore teeth
  • - Neck pain
  • - Headaches
  • - Earaches


HOW IS TEETH GRINDING RELATED TO TMJ DISORDERS?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complicated joints in the human body and the juncture point between the mandible (lower jaw) and the skull. When a person grinds his or her teeth, there's a great amount of stress that's placed on the jaw joint. Continual pressure and stress can lead to a TMJ disorder, which is most commonly known for the following symptoms:

  • - Clicking of the jaw
  • - Popping of the jaw
  • - Lockjaw
  • - Jaw pain
  • - Crunching sounds in the jaw


COMMON CAUSES OF TEETH GRINDING

While many people think that teeth grinding is caused by stress, stress is not always the main cause of teeth grinding. In most cases, the common cause of teeth grinding is tooth misalignment. When the teeth are misaligned or the dental arch is misaligned, the teeth cannot find a proper at-rest position. As a result, the teeth shift and grind at night.

TREATING TOOTH GRINDING ITSELF

In order for a dentist to treat teeth grinding, he or she must identify the root cause and address that. Since tooth misalignment is a common cause of tooth grinding, this usually means the use of orthodontic treatments in order to improve dental alignment. In addition, stress management techniques may be used in order to help reduce the severity of grinding.

In addition to orthodontic care, dentists will often suggest that patients get a night guard to wear when they sleep. These are specially crafted retainers that that prevent the upper dental arch from touching the lower dental arch, hence protecting the teeth from further damage and reducing pressure/stress on the jaw.

ADDRESSING THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF TOOTH GRINDING

Since tooth grinding can result in major damage to various structures in the mouth, dentists may use a wide variety of restorations in order to improve overall dental health, including inlays, onlays, dental fillings, and dental crowns.

EACH THERAPY WILL BE CUSTOMIZED TO THE PATIENT

There is never a one-size-fits-all solution to treating tooth grinding. During your consultation process, we will go over all of your options for advanced care and design a treatment plan that works best for your needs.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR ADVANCED DENTAL CARE

For more information about teeth grinding and how a dental health professional can help you address these problems, be sure to contact our Brentwood cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve great dental health for the long run.


Dental Care is Important For Your Pet's Overall Health Too!

Jul 2, 2013 @ 05:14 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Whew! The warm weather is upon us and we are in the "Dog Days of Summer". We were thinking...hmmm....how can we tie that in with our blog for this month. Well, a lot of us here have dogs so we thought we would talk about the importance of taking care of their teeth too. Just like humans, dogs can develop plaque, cavities and gingivitis. It is important to do routine dental care for their overall health just like it is for us. Brushing daily is ideal, but we know Fido may not be too compliant. There are special toothbrushes, yummy meat flavored toothpastes, chew toys, food, and treats that may help. While we probably can't see them for a hygiene visit, it would be a great idea to have a groomer or vet do a professional cleaning to keep your pet happy and healthy!

So don't let their teeth go to the dogs!

Just take a look at how happy our little guys and gals are!


How Do Cavities Form?

Jun 24, 2013 @ 11:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

There are a few key oral hygiene habits that help the mouth stay in generally good health, it can be difficult to avoid all signs of decay. Most people will develop mild to moderate tooth decay, commonly known as a cavity, at least once in their lives. Although cavities are a very common dental problem, most patients don’t know how they form or progress. Often times, when a patient at Lisbeth Bradley’s cosmetic dentistry practice is diagnosed with a cavity, they are curious to know how the cavity formed. Understanding how cavities form can be very helpful in understanding the importance of good oral hygiene habits and routine professional dental care.

STAGE 1: BACTERIA

We all have bacteria that are naturally present in our mouths. The problem begins when the bacteria begin to multiply. Bacteria are able to multiply quickly when exposed to foods heavy in sugar and starch. It is impossible to completely avoid the introduction of these substances into our mouths. However, we can limit the types of food and beverages that are especially high in sugar and starch and rinse or brush the teeth after each meal in order to help control the number of bacteria on the teeth and gums.

STAGE 2: PLAQUE AND TARTAR

When a large number of bacteria and food particles are present, they will begin to form into plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar harden onto the surface of the teeth. While it is still important to maintain good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to remove built-up plaque and tartar without a professional dental cleaning.

STAGE 3: TOOTH DECAY

As plaque and tartar forms on the teeth and gums, they will begin to eat away at the tooth’s enamel, which is a protective mineral layer on the tooth’s surface. As the enamel is destroyed by plaque and tartar, small holes will form. Without treatment, these holes will continue to get larger and will eventually form what is known as a cavity.

TREATMENT

Once a cavity is detected by Dr. Bradley, treatment should be performed. Most New Jersey patients expect cavity treatment to include a dental filling. While this is the most common cavity treatment, there are several options for patients to consider. The most appropriate treatment will be dependent on the degree of tooth decay that is present. Some patients may only require a thorough cleaning and fluoride treatment. Still others may be in need of more extensive treatment than a filling. For these patients we may consider inlays and onlays, or in more serious cases, dental crowns.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Routine dental cleanings are a key component of oral hygiene. At bi-annual dental exams, Dr. Lisbeth Bradley can evaluate the teeth, clean the teeth to eliminate tartar and plaque, and detect and treat any dental problems in their earliest stages. If you are looking for an experienced and trusted cosmetic dentist to help maintain your oral health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradley at your earliest convenience. You’ll be happy you did!


Who Knew Cavity Prevention Could Be So "Cheesy"?

Jun 12, 2013 @ 09:53 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Being from Wisconsin, Dr. Bradley is already a big fan of "CHEESE". She is definitely a CHEESEHEAD (GO PACKERS!!) which brings us to our blog topic for the month. According to a study published in journal General Dentistry, cheese is proven to be great for your teeth. Patients that consume cheese show a rapid increase in PH levels and higher PH levels lower the chance of developing cavities!!

Also, another source mentions that researchers think cheese helps the mouth produce more saliva and compounds in cheese can adhere to teeth and may protect them from acids. So go ahead and have that extra slice of pizza!!

Smile and say "CHEESE"!! (it might prevent a cavity)


Prevention of Root Canal Infections

May 22, 2013 @ 02:25 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

At Dr. Lis Bradley’s dentistry offices in Brentwood, root canal treatment is performed when a patient’s root canal becomes infected. While Dr. Bradley is able to treat root canal infections, preventing them from happening to begin with is her goal.

To prevent a root canal infection from occurring, Brentwood cosmetic dentist Lis Bradley recommends that patients educate themselves on the causes and stages of root canal infections, as well as keeping regular appointments at her office.

PREVENTING ROOT CANALS INFECTIONS

The root canal itself lies in the center of the tooth, surrounded by dentin. It encapsulates the nerve and pulp tissue within a tooth, which extend down from the gum line. The tissues within the root canal can become infected, which lead to not only the destruction of the tooth’s root canal - the nerve and pulp tissue - but also the surrounding gum line and beyond.

To prevent an infection within the root canal, patients should know the causes of the infection, which include:

  • Tooth decay, which is most generally caused by the buildup of plaque bacteria, but is also exacerbated by foods and liquids that are acidic or sugary. Plaque bacteria feed on sugars and produce acids that, along with acidic foods, break down the enamel, dentin, and root canal of the tooth over time.
  • Inflammation to the root from trauma, which encompasses any damage to the tooth from physical injury. The tooth root becomes inflamed and infected from trauma, which is caused by a hit or injury to the tooth itself or repeated dental procedures. Physical trauma can also chip and crack teeth, which weaken or destroy enamel and expose the inner tooth to decay.

The prevention of tooth decay begins with a patient’s good oral hygiene practices. Patients remove the largest part of built-up bacterial plaque by brushing, flossing, and rinsing on a strictly regimented schedule. Additionally, every person should regularly visit his or her dentist, as dentists can detect bacterial plaque buildup and the beginnings of cavities before they are visible or painful.

The prevention of inflammation from trauma includes working to keep teeth and enamel strong. Dentists may supplement teeth with weak enamel using fluoride treatments or other topical treatments, which can make the teeth less susceptible to cracks and chips. If physical trauma does occur, it is of paramount importance that patients visit a dentist as soon as possible to ensure that any tooth damage is cleaned and sealed or filled and that any damage to the root is noted and closely monitored.

TREATING A ROOT CANAL INFECTION

When a patient refers to having a root canal, they are referring to the removal of the infected tissue within the root canal, as well as the removal of any decayed or damaged tooth structure. After the unhealthy parts of the tooth and tissue are removed, the tooth is cleaned and evaluated.

The number-one goal in treating a root canal infection is to salvage as much healthy tooth as possible. This means some patients may receive partial fillings, inlays, or onlays to replace the damaged parts of the tooth.

At Dr. Bradley’s offices in Brentwood, dental crowns are one solution she offers to patients who have a substantial amount of healthy tooth left. Dental crowns fit over a patient’s natural tooth to provide additional support.

For more information on root canals and the other restorative and general dentistry procedures offered at the Brentwood offices of Lis Bradley, DDS, please contact her practice today for a confidential, informative consultation.


Make brushing teeth fun for kids!

May 22, 2013 @ 09:21 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

We all know the drill; brush your teeth at least two times daily for at least two minutes each time. While two minutes sounds like a fairly short amount of time, the two minutes spent standing at the sink and brushing our teeth can feel like ten minutes instead. This especially rings true for children, and even more so for those who hate to brush their teeth.
Listed below are some ideas to make brushing fun and to keep it from feeling like a chore.


1) Brush during commercial breaks.

If your child has a favorite morning cartoon, have them brush during a commercial break. They are usually around two minutes long.


2) Use an electric brush with a built-in timer.

Many child size electric toothbrushes have some form of timer. Some play music, others use a flashing light and some beep at 30 second intervals to let the child know to move to the next quadrant.


3) Use an hourglass timer.

Just grab one from an old board game. Kids will enjoy watching the sand fall and it is a great distraction.


4) Brush with them.

Make it a competition between parent and child. See who can brush the longest.


5) Hum along to their favorite songs.

Have your child hum their ABC’s, or whatever their favorite song may be.


Gum Disease Causes and Treatment

Apr 25, 2013 @ 10:10 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Gum disease is a common, yet serious, condition affecting many patients. At the Brentwood cosmetic dentistry practiceof Lis Bradley, D.D.S., treatment can help target and eliminate the symptoms and causes of gum disease.

Dr. Bradley and her team of practiced Brentwood professionals are skilled in treating the embarrassing, often painful symptoms of gum disease, while also treating its cause, preventing future complications.

WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?

While gum disease is both aesthetically and physically uncomfortable, it can also lead to more serious problems with the smile, from tooth loss to decay to infection. There are several stages of gum (or periodontal) disease. Lack of treatment in a timely fashion can advance these stages rapidly.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, during which built-up bacterial plaque along the gum line causes the gums to become irritated, swollen, and prone to bleeding easily. The gums become sensitive and may appear red and puffy.

Early Periodontitis is a more advanced stage of gum disease in which the gums begin to pull away from the teeth because of irritation and swelling. This creates pockets between the gums and teeth, within which more bacterial plaque, tartar buildup, and bacteria can accumulate. Usually protected by the gums, the teeth’s bones can become damaged and weakened.

Moderate Periodontitis describes more advanced bone damage in the teeth. Pockets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar are larger and can penetrate several millimeters below the normal gum line. Pain and weakness are exacerbated. The teeth may have or be close to falling out in this stage.

Advanced Periodontitis is the most severe form of periodontal disease. The teeth are loose and some have likely fallen out. Patients may experience acute pain in the gums as pockets filled with pus, bacteria, and tartar are large and well below the normal gum line. This advanced stage of gum disease can cause permanent damage and should be treated as quickly as possible.

Symptoms can occur at any stage of gum disease. They include:

  • - Bleeding, tender, or swollen gums
  • - Bad breath or halitosis
  • - Tooth pain and/or sensitivity
  • - Receding gum lines


WHY DID I DEVELOP GUM DISEASE?

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria, which accumulates because of poor oral hygiene. Patients may also be more susceptible to periodontal disease due to:

  • - Tobacco use
  • - Aging
  • - Genetics
  • - Stress
  • - Certain medications
  • - Poor general health, including nutrition
  • - Teeth grinding
  • - Other teeth-weakening conditions and actions


In short, any actions or conditions that weaken the teeth or gums and allow plaque buildup at or below the gum line can cause periodontal disease. It is important that patients evaluate lifestyle habits and keep a strict dental hygiene regimen to reduce susceptibility to gum disease.

HOW IS GUM DISEASE TREATED?

At the Brentwood offices of Lis Bradley, D.D.S., we have many options to treat the various stages of gum disease. Treatment almost always includes teeth cleaning and a stronger attention to detail in the dental hygiene regimen.

Patients may be treated with antibiotics, pain medication, take-home prescribed toothpaste, mouth wash, and other rinses to deal with the symptoms of gum disease. Other gum disease treatments include an in-office, deep-cleaning, which cleans tartar, plaque, and other bacteria below the gum line. This process is more intensive than a regular dentist cleaning and can be slightly painful.

Brentwood cosmetic dentist Lis Bradley will likely take X-rays to determine the severity of gum disease and discuss further treatment options. If the gum disease has reached the moderate or advanced periodontitis stage, she may recommend one of several surgical treatments.

Flap surgery and bone and tissue grafts are surgeries that can reach further below the gum line to help remove any remaining bacteria, re-attach the gums to the teeth, and promote bone growth and regeneration. Both involve anesthesia and a recovery period, so it is important to discuss these options in detail with a skilled dentist.

For patients in Brentwood, dental crowns, tooth whitening, dental implants, and a variety of other cosmetic and general dentistry procedures are available. For more information on gum disease causes and treatment or any other of our procedures, contact Dr. Bradley today for a confidential, caring consultation.


Types and Uses of Mouth Guards

Mar 22, 2013 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Depending on your needs, protecting your teeth may require more than regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. For some patients, use of a mouth guard may be necessary. Mouth guards are worn to protect the teeth from damage caused by teeth grinding or to protect them from injury while playing sports. If you believe you may need a mouth guard, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Brentwood cosmetic dentist Lis Bradley.

WHAT ARE MOUTH GUARDS?

Mouth guards are a protective tray worn over the teeth to protect them from damage and injury. Mouth guards may be worn while playing sports like football, hockey, and boxing, or may be worn while sleeping if you grind your teeth. Mouth guards are generally made out of special plastics such as thermo-plastic or ethylene-vinyl acetate. Mouth guards intended for sports can be purchased from a sporting goods supplier, whereas mouth guards used to teeth grinding are custom-made through a dentist.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MOUTH GUARDS?

There are different types of mouth guards designed for specific uses. The types of mouth guards include:

  • Store bought, stock mouth guards: Store bought mouth guards are generally intended for usage during sports. There is no customization involved, so fit may not be the best. Due to a potentially poor fit, stock mouth guards provide the least protection and are generally not recommended.
  • Boil and bite mouth guards: Boil and bite mouth guards are made out of a thermo-plastic which, when placed in boiling water, becomes soft. Once softened, the mouth guard is placed in the mouth where it can be pressed against the teeth for a somewhat custom fit. Because boil and bite mouth guards offer a better fit, they are a better choice for tooth protection than stock mouth guards.
  • Custom-made mouth guards: Custom-made mouth guards are made from a mold taken of your own teeth. This allows for better comfort and protection. Generally, custom-made mouth guards are used for medical reasons including teeth grinding and temporomandibular joint disorder.


WHO SHOULD WEAR MOUTH GUARDS?

Mouth guards should be worn by anyone who participates in activities that may damage the teeth. Those who are involved in contact sports should always wear a mouth guard. Even people who regularly enjoy non-contact activities like skateboarding and bicycling can benefit from mouth guards in the event of an accident.

Mouth guards should also be worn by people who suffer from chronic teeth grinding. Teeth grinding can wear down the teeth and create dental fractures and cracks. As most teeth grinding occurs during sleep, wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard at night can help protect the teeth and provide some relief from the pain caused by teeth grinding.

People with temporomandibular joint disorder (often called TMJ disorder or TMD) may benefit from wearing mouth guards as well. Mouth guards can help with reduce jaw tension by preventing the clenching of the jaw, a common cause of TMD symptoms.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!

Protect your teeth with a custom-fitted mouth guard. We offer a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments for our patients in Brentwood; dental crowns and dental fillings can repair the teeth. We welcome you to schedule a consultation to see which treatment is right for you.


Advantages of Digital X-ray Sensors

Mar 13, 2013 @ 09:48 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

We have transitioned to a fully digital x-ray system with a sensor that places your x-ray into your chart as soon as it is taken. The new sensor is smaller with rounded corners. The shape makes it more comfortable for our patients. The best result is that this system exposes our patients to 90% less radiation than the previous method. This system is faster and the x-rays are clearer and sharper allowing the doctor to diagnose with ease!


Correcting Cosmetic Flaws with Bonding and Veneers

Feb 22, 2013 @ 10:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Every patient has the potential for a healthy, attractive smile. Often times, that beautiful smile is more easily attainable than a patient may imagine. At Dr. Lisbeth Bradley’s Brentwood cosmetic dentistry practice, creating beautiful smiles is our passion. Two popular cosmetic dental procedures that can be used to perfect the smiles of our Brentwood patients are dental bonding and porcelain veneers. Learn more about the pros and cons of each of these procedures to get a better idea of which treatment may be best suited for you.

DENTAL BONDING

Dental bonding is a quick treatment in which a composite material is shaped and molded directly to the teeth to conceal minor cosmetic flaws. Some of the imperfections that can be corrected with dental bonding include gaps, stains, and cracks. Below are some of the pros of dental bonding:

  • - Dental bonding is a quick, non-invasive procedure.
  • - Dental bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic dental treatments.
  • - Dental bonding allows patients to improve the appearance of the teeth without removing any tooth enamel.
  • - Dental bonding is a versatile treatment.


Some of the cons of dental bonding that patients should consider include the following:

  • - Dental bonding is an appropriate treatment for small flaws but may not be the most suitable treatment when a large number of the teeth require improvement.
  • - The material used in dental bonding may chip or crack, and will eventually wear down and need to be replaced.
  • - The resin material used in dental bonding is vulnerable to staining.


PORCELAIN VENEERS

For our patients in Brentwood, porcelain veneers are a popular treatment option for addressing a number of dental problems. Patients who can benefit from porcelain veneers include those with crooked teeth, those with severe discoloration, and those with chips, cracks, or gaps. Some of the pros of porcelain veneers include the following:

  • - Porcelain veneers can be applied to any number of teeth to give the smile a complete visual makeover.
  • - Porcelain veneers can be applied in as little as two dental appointments.
  • - Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining so they keep their bright, white color.
  • - Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and should last up to 15 years.


Below are some cons to consider before choosing porcelain veneers:

  • - Although porcelain veneers are as thin as a contact lens, they do require a minimal amount of tooth enamel to be removed before application.
  • - Because of the removal of tooth enamel, porcelain veneers are considered an irreversible treatment.
  • - Porcelain veneers are strong, but they will wear out more quickly under increased wear and tear, so they are not ideal for patients who frequently clench or grind their teeth.
  • - Porcelain veneers are more costly than some other cosmetic dental treatments.


SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION

Whatever the goal for your smile may be, we can help you achieve that ideal appearance. To learn if dental bonding or porcelain veneers may be an appropriate treatment option for your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lisbeth Bradley. We look forward to helping you reach your goal!


The Importance of Dental X-rays

Feb 6, 2013 @ 08:49 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

The standard of care for our dental office in Brentwood TN includes yearly check up x-rays. Some things are visible in your mouth and can be detected during an exam. However, there are many things that can go undetected because they are only seen by radiographs. Just because nothing hurts at the present time doesn't mean that there are no problems with your teeth.

We want to provide the best care possible to our patients. By detecting problems early we can treat the issue before it causes you pain. We have recently changed our radiograph technique by adding the latest digital sensors. These sensors allow us to take a higher quality image much faster and with less radiation. Please ask us about our new digital x-ray technology.

Check our blog again next month to read more about our digital radiograph sensors!


Dangers of Dry Mouth

Jan 22, 2013 @ 10:35 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

When most people think of dental problems, they often think of tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. These are all serious issues, there's not denying that, but there's another serious problem that many people don't consider. We're talking about dry mouth. It may sound odd, but dry mouth can make certain dental problems worse and can actually be the sign of a serious health problem.

When you meet with a Brentwood cosmetic dentist, you'll be able to learn more about many issues related to dry mouth. We'd like to look at some of the basic dangers of dry mouth right now in order to provide you with some perspective.

WHAT IS DRY MOUTH?

Also known as xerostomia, dry mouth refers to the lack of moisture in the mouth, making it difficult to speak, chew, swallow, and do other normal activities involving the mouth. Occasional dry mouth is normal, but any prolonged cases of dry mouth should be reported to our cosmetic dentistry practice serving Nashville.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF DRY MOUTH?

There are many different causes of dry mouth, some more serious than others. The most common causes include:

  • - Nervousness and anxiety
  • - Advanced age
  • - Side effects from certain medications
  • - Use of tobacco products
  • - Blockage of salivary glands
  • - Nerve damage

I
f you are dehydrated, you may also notice dry mouth occurring. It's important that you note any instances of dry mouth, particularly if it is persistence and recurring.

WHY DRY MOUTH NEEDS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY

Dry mouth can be the sign of serious health problems. For example, some oral cancers and other serious health conditions may affect your salivary glands, with dry mouth as a common symptom. In addition, various dental health problems can be exacerbated by dry mouth. For these general dental care and overall health reasons, it's important to speak with your doctor or a dental health professional if you experience serious dry mouth.

DENTAL PROBLEMS AND DRY MOUTH

When you have dry mouth, it can actually accelerate the progression of tooth decay and gum disease, making both dental health problems more serious. In addition, dry mouth can actually make bad breath even worse. For all of these reasons, it's important that you ensure you get your dry mouth properly treated.

TREATING THE DRY MOUTH ITSELF

There are many different ways that the dry mouth itself can be treated if it is not associated with a serious general health issue. For one, we recommend that patients remain well hydrated at all times. There are also many different artificial saliva products: sprays, lozenges, rinses, etc. These will help create additional moisture in the mouth.

If you have blocked salivary glands, we have a number of ways to address this depending on the severity of the blockage.

TREATING THE DENTAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH DRY MOUTH

For any cases of gum disease and tooth decay, it's imperative that we address those problems as soon as possible so that they do not progress into more serious dental problems. Gum grafting, dental crowns, inlays, onlays, and even Brentwood dental implants may be used to restore the overall health of your smile as needed. We can discuss all of these options in greater detail during your visit.

LEARN MORE ABOUT IMPROVING YOUR DENTAL HEALTH

For more information about all of your options for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Brentwood, TN cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Our team of dental care professionals will make sure that all of your concerns are addressed in full so that you have a good understanding of what to expect from treatment.


Gum Disease Related to Head and Neck Cancers

Jan 11, 2013 @ 09:35 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Take Good Care of your SMILE and you will have more than pearly whites to show for it!!

Recent research shows that people with chronic gum disease increase their risk of head and neck cancer by 400%. This risk was increased even among patients who never used tobacco. Gum disease occurs when the bacteria that live in plaque infect the gums, so brush and floss regularly to prevent plaque....and for overall health!


Minimizing Dental Anxiety with Nitrous Oxide

Dec 22, 2012 @ 11:00 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

For those with severe dental anxiety, the mere thought of going to the dentist can be enough to set them into a state of terror. This causes many dental anxiety sufferers to put off vital dental care. Fortunately, there are different types of sedation dentistry techniques to provide the proper level of relaxation for each individual's needs. Nitrous oxide is just one of the many options available to dental anxiety sufferers and the focus of this overview from the Brentwood cosmetic dentistry experts at the office of Dr. Lisbeth Bradley.

WHAT IS NITROUS OXIDE?

Nitrous oxide is a gaseous sedative sometimes called “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide is safe and colorless and odorless. When used for dental sedation, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered through a mask fitted over the nose to be breathed in. Because nitrous oxide is a gas, the sedative reaches the bloodstream and brain almost immediately so the effects are felt within minutes. Not only does nitrous oxide help relax patients, it is also an effective pain-killer. If you suffer from dental anxiety, nitrous oxide may help.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF NITROUS OXIDE?

Nitrous oxide is not used to put patients to sleep but instead to relax the patient. Some people experience a deep level of relaxation leading to sleepiness and dreamlike thoughts. The level of sedation achieved depends on the amount of nitrous oxide administered. The amount of nitrous oxide administered can be varied through either changing the ratio of nitrous oxide to oxygen or by lessening or lengthening the time in which the gases are inhaled. The general effects of nitrous oxide are as follows:

  • Lightheadedness: The initial effect of inhaling nitrous oxide often creates a feeling of light headedness.
  • Getting “the giggles:” Breathing nitrous oxide often leads to the giggles, which is why nitrous oxide is also called “laughing gas.”
  • Tingling sensation in the arms and legs: As the nitrous oxide spreads through the bloodstream, the arms and legs are taken over by a tingling sensation, called parathesia.
  • Warmness: The tingling feeling of parathesia often gives way to a warm sensation over the body.
  • Euphoric feelings: With higher levels of nitrous oxide, patients generally describe feeling euphoric or an overall feeling of well-being. Some people experience a floating sensation.
  • Sleepiness: At the deepest levels of nitrous oxide sedation, you may feel sleepy and have difficulty keeping your eyes open. Speaking may also be difficult and you may experience dreamlike thoughts. Nausea may result in this stage due to receiving too much nitrous oxide and not enough oxygen.


THE BENEFITS OF NITROUS OXIDE FOR DENTAL ANXIETY

Nitrous oxide is a wonderful option for dental anxiety treatment. Here are just a few of the many benefits:

  • Fast acting: The relaxation pain relieving effect of nitrous oxide is felt almost instantly.
  • Easily administered: Nitrous oxide is inhaled, which means no needles are required. Also, adjusting the amount of nitrous oxide is easy.
  • Effects are not long lasting once administration is stopped: The effects of nitrous oxide generally wear off three to five minutes after you stop breathing the gas.
  • Safe: Nitrous oxide is safe.


SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION

Nitrous oxide is not just a great treatment for dental anxiety sufferers, it is also beneficial for patients undergoing oral surgery. For our patients in Brentwood, dental implant surgery, the placement of dental crowns, and dental cleanings – all of these treatments can be performed with nitrous oxide to make treatment more pleasant and pain-free. Schedule your next dental appointment with Dr. Bradley and see if nitrous oxide treatment is right for you.


Instant Orthodontics

Nov 26, 2012 @ 11:48 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Porcelain veneers have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their reputation as one of the most transformative treatments in cosmetic dentistry. Indeed, Brentwood cosmetic dentist Lis Bradley uses porcelain veneers in many of her most dramatic smile makeover plans. As a means of concealing aesthetic flaws such as cracks, chips, and discoloration in teeth, porcelain veneers are second to none in their efficacy, durability, and natural appearance.

What many people do not realize, however, is that porcelain veneers can also be used as an alternative to traditional braces and Invisalign® in certain cases. Qualified patients can treat their orthodontic problems in an instant with porcelain veneers - which is why porcelain veneers are often referred to as “instant orthodontics.”

Imagine being able to strengthen your bite, address minor alignment issues, and impose uniformity of size and shape onto your teeth, all while achieving the radiant, perfectly white smile of your dreams. At our practice in Brentwood, instant orthodontics makes it all possible, with a minimal investment of your time!

Sound good? If so, we urge you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradley today to find out whether you are a suitable candidate for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers. Simply contact our Brentwood cosmetic dentistry practice today.

HOW INSTANT ORTHODONTICS WORKS

At our office in Brentwood, porcelain veneers are custom crafted to complement surrounding natural teeth in terms of their size, shape, color, and texture. They blend seamlessly into the mouth, creating a beautifully rejuvenated smile.

Because we customize porcelain veneers to meet the precise needs of each patient, we are able to essentially reinvent a patient’s smile. This means that we can address issues such as gaps between teeth and inconsistencies in length. These two issues can have a significant effect on a patient’s bite, or how well the teeth meet when the jaws are closed. Gaps between teeth can also affect the alignment of teeth, as teeth tend to “drift” toward open spaces, away from their optimal positions within the mouth. By increasing the width of teeth, these gaps can be closed, leaving the teeth with nowhere to drift.

Likewise, porcelain veneers can be used to “straighten” teeth that are marginally crooked. This helps to improve the bite and the beauty of the smile. Porcelain veneers require as few as two visits to our Brentwood office, after which the treated teeth will provide years of orthodontic correction.

Dr. Bradley is an expert in smile design. She uses the latest computer imaging technology to plan each patient’s treatment down to the finest detail. As a patient of Dr. Bradley’s, you can expect your smile to be renewed in terms of both form and function. Instant orthodontics is just one way in which Dr. Bradley can give you the smile of your dreams.

CANDIDACY FOR INSTANT ORTHODONTICS

Not all patients with bite and alignment issues will be suitable candidates for instant orthodontics. More pronounced problems may require treatment with Invisalign® or even traditional braces. During your comprehensive consultation with Dr. Bradley, she will evaluate your mouth and teeth and determine which treatment plan is best suited to you. Whatever the case, you can rest assured that Dr. Bradley will provide you with exceptional results in a warm, comforting atmosphere. For further information, contact our Brentwood dental practice today.


Happy Thanksgiving!!

Nov 7, 2012 @ 12:06 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

As we approach the holiday season, we reflect on the blessings of this year. Our hearts smile as we think of the families that bless our practice. We consider it a great compliment that you choose Dr. Bradley and Dr. Wilburn as your dentists, and we are committed to serve you and your family with courtesy, excellence and integrity.

We feel honored when our patients refer friends and family, and are grateful for your confidence and your referrals.

As the calendar year comes to a close, we are aware that some patients may want to take advantage of remaining dental benefits. If so, please call soon so we can secure time on your schedule and ours.

It is a pleasure to have you as a part of our dental family and to share your friendship.

Wishing for you and yours, peace and happiness for the holidays and the New Year.


HOOVER RUN FOR HOPE

Oct 17, 2012 @ 08:25 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

On Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 we will be participating in the 8th annual Hoover Run For Hope. The Hoover Hope Foundation is an amazing non-profit organization that brings hope to families with pediatric cancer. The Hoover Hope Foundation was established as a way to remember precious Liam Hoover. Liam was diagnosed with cancer in July of 2004 and lost his battle on September 14th, 2005. In the brochure, his parents explain "From one life lost, the Hoover Run was born with the inaugural run November 19th, 2005. You can read more about Liam's story of hope at HooverHope.org.

You can register on line at www.active.com as an individual or team, or you can join our team (Team Bradley and Wilburn). For more information please give us call (615) 778-0810 or visit www.hooverhope.org. We would love for you to participate in any way that you can...Run, Walk, make a contribution...or simply "Like" them on Facebook to show your support for this amazing family.


WHITEN YOUR TEETH FOR CHARITY!

Sep 5, 2012 @ 08:37 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

DO THE BRIGHT THING!

HELP OUR OFFICE SUPPORT THE

INTERFAITH DENTAL CLINIC!

A nonprofit agency providing affordable dental care for uninsured low-income working families and the elderly in our community.

100% of your donation will go to the Interfaith Dental Clinic.

Whiten your smile for a donation of $175.00

(Includes custom trays, bleach and carry case, a $400.00 value)

Purchase for yourself or as a gift for someone else!

Limited kits are available at this price.

So call today and you can be on your way to a whiter smile!

PLEASE, DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO WHITEN YOUR TEETH AND

HELP YOUR COMMUNITY!

If you have any questions about this promotion, please call our office. We are waiting to help!

615 778-0810


Inlays and Onlays Treatment

Aug 23, 2012 @ 09:32 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

In Nashville, inlays and onlays can be used to repair a mild to moderate amount of tooth decay or replace old silver amalgam fillings. Typically, this type of restorative treatment is used on teeth in the back of the mouth. Crafted out of ceramic, porcelain, composite resin, or gold, inlays and onlays have cosmetic benefits in addition to restorative benefits;, they can be customized to reflect the shape and color of the patient’s surrounding teeth, while also providing the tooth additional strength and support. After all, a restored smile should still look completely natural!

Our esteemed dentist, Dr. Lisbeth Bradley, is pleased to offer patients in Nashville inlays and onlays, along with a full scope of other dentistry services so your smile can be effectively treated no matter what your needs and goals may be.

EXACTLY WHAT ARE INLAYS AND ONLAYS?

Inlays and onlays are mentioned often in the same breath, but the similar treatments are still two different treatment options. Please read on to learn about the distinctions and similarities.

  • Inlays are a good option for treating decay and damage that develops between the cusps of the teeth.
  • Onlays are a good option when damage has reached one or more of the cusps.
  • Inlays and onlays can deliver a natural look; they can both be created from material that may be custom-matched to the patient’s other teeth.
  • Inlays and onlays are used to replace old, unsightly, or leaking fillings. As they are firmly bonded to the teeth, the tooth structure is inherently strengthened.


PLACING INLAYS AND ONLAYS

Placement for both inlays and onlays is quite similar, requiring two office visits. To start, Dr. Bradley will remove any old fillings (if they exist) and clean out all signs of decay and debris; next, she will take an impression of the tooth in question to be sent off to our lab, where your customized restoration will be made. (In the interim, patients are fitted with a temporary restoration.) When the inlay or onlay is ready, it is time for the return visit. The temporary restoration will be removed and a permanent restoration will take its place.

If you are searching for a Nashville cosmetic dentist, look no further. Dr. Bradley is in the business of giving patients brighter and more beautiful smiles. Regardless of which treatment a patient needs or doesn’t need during a visit to our practice, conveniently located in Brentwood, Tennessee, our goal is for every patient to leave with greater confidence in the health of their smile.

LEARN MORE ABOUT INLAYS AND ONLAYS TREATMENT

For our patients in Nashville, dental crowns or fillings may be a more suitable alternative to inlays and onlays. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you are interested in inlays, onlays, or any other restorative treatment. A member of Dr. Bradley’s team is standing by to help answer your questions or schedule a consultation. Determining the best treatment for your smile is only a phone call away!


Back to School Time Already???

Jul 31, 2012 @ 02:52 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

The kids have probably had their dental check-ups and maybe even their wisdom teeth removed over the break so now they all have sparkly smiles and are ready to head back to school. But wait!!! Do you they have everything they need? We bet you have their supply list and are checking off the academic necessities. While you are heading out to the stores, this may be a good time to stock up on dental supplies too!! Ok you coupon clippers!!!...have we got some goodies for you. If you have been thinking of getting a Sonicare Toothbrush or Sonicare AirFloss, we have $10 off coupons available. If you already have the toothbrush, how about $5 off replacement heads?? Oh...and we are not through yet. We also have $2 off Reach Floss and $1 off Listerine Mouthwash. So stop on in and pick up a few!


The Importance of Seeing Your Dentist Before Starting Cancer Treatments

Jul 5, 2012 @ 09:58 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

These treatments are helping treat cancer, but they also have side effects on other parts of the body. These treatments can affect your mouth.

To help prevent problems you should see your dentist at least 2 weeks before starting cancer treatment. Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to treat cancer. These drugs kill cancer cells, but they may also harm normal cells, including cells in the mouth. Side effects include problems with your teeth and gums; the soft, moist lining of your mouth; and the glands that make saliva (spit).

It's important to know that side effects in the mouth can be serious. The side effects can hurt and make it hard to eat, talk, and swallow

You are more likely to get an infection, which can be dangerous when you are receiving cancer treatment.

If the side effects are bad, you may not be able to keep up with your cancer treatment. Your doctor may need to cut back on your cancer treatment or may even stop it. What mouth problems does chemotherapy cause? You may have certain side effects in your mouth from chemotherapy. Another person may have different problems. The problems depend on the chemotherapy drugs and how your body reacts to them. You may have these problems only during treatment or for a short time after treatment ends.

- Painful mouth and gums
- Dry mouth
- Burning, peeling or swelling tongue
- Infection
- Change in taste

Why should I see a dentist?

You may be surprised that your dentist is important in your cancer treatment. If you go to the dentist before chemotherapy begins, you can help prevent serious mouth problems. Side effects often happen because a person's mouth is not healthy before chemotherapy starts. Not all mouth problems can be avoided but the fewer side effects you have, the more likely you will stay on your cancer treatment schedule.

When should I see a dentist?

You need to see the dentist at least two weeks before chemotherapy begins. If you have already started chemotherapy and didn't go to a dentist, see one as soon as possible.

What will the dentist and dental hygienist do?

- Check your teeth
- Take X-rays
- Take care of mouth problems
- Show you how to take care of your mouth to prevent side effects

Please feel free to call our caring team with any questions you may have at 615-778-0810!


Treatment for Dental Anxiety

Jun 22, 2012 @ 01:58 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

While it is normal to not look forward to going to the dentist, it is necessary to the health of your smile. While this is common knowledge, many people still put off going to the dentist as long as they possibly can. A common reason is fear. Many of our patients experience feelings of anxiety at just the thought of going to the dentist. Unfortunately, when left untreated, small dental problems often turn into huge dental problems! For our patients in Brentwood, dental anxiety and fear no longer have to be obstacles to getting proper dental care. To help patients feel relaxed and comfortable, Brentwood cosmetic dentist Lisbeth Bradley offers conscious sedation dentistry.

TREATMENT FOR DENTAL ANXIETY: NITROUS OXIDE

Dental anxiety is quite common. While some patients may be able to overcome it, others need help. Nitrous oxide, more commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” provides patients with a relaxed and happy feeling during their dental treatment. Oftentimes, patients get a case of the “giggles” which is why it is commonly referred to as “laughing gas.”

WHAT IS NITROUS OXIDE?

Nitrous oxide (N20) is one of the most used anesthetics in dental treatment today. It is a colorless and nonflammable gas used to relieve pain and anxiety during dental treatments. While you will feel relaxed, calm, and comfortable, nitrous oxide is not meant to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests the dentist makes during your dental treatment. This type of sedation is called conscious sedation.

Nitrous oxide and oxygen are mixed together (usually 70/30) and administered to a patient through a nasal mask. To ensure the comfort and health of patients, our Nashville dental implant specialist provides constant supervision to patients undergoing conscious sedation.

Initially, most patients experience a feeling of lightheadedness. Patients may also feel:

  • - A tingling sensation in the hands or feet
  • - A feeling of numbness in the mouth, feet, or hands
  • - Nausea: It is important to note that most patients experience nausea only when the concentration of nitrous oxide is too high. If this happens, then simply remove the mask or have the dentist adjust the levels of nitrous oxide and oxygen.
  • - A change in the way you hear sounds: your hearing may be become muffled, everything might sound far away, or you may hear “white noise”
  • - A feeling of heaviness
  • - A feeling of lightness
  • - Sleepiness
  • - A feeling of well-being
  • - Anxiety: this is quite rare


One of the benefits of nitrous oxide is that it works incredibly quickly. Nitrous oxide reaches the brain within twenty seconds. The relaxation effect takes hold within two to three minutes of being administered. Another benefit of nitrous oxide is that the depth of sedation can be increased or decreased easily. Within fifteen minutes of stopping the nitrous oxide, most patients are able to drive themselves home safely. With some types of dental procedures, such as those solely affecting the gums, no other anesthesia may be needed in some patients; nitrous oxide acts as a pain killer on soft tissues.

CONTACT LISBETH BRADLEY, DDS TODAY

To learn more about treatments for dental anxiety, please contact Brentwood cosmetic dentist Lisbeth Bradley today.


Another Reason To Say.....I "Heart" My Dentist!

Jun 13, 2012 @ 09:32 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

"The more solid your relationship with your dentist, the healthier your heart probably is." says a study presented at the American Heart Association's scientific meeting. The study showed that people who have their teeth professionally cleaned at regular intervals are 24% less likely to suffer a heart attack and 13% less prone to stroke than "dentist dodgers". To reduce the chance that bacteria will slip into your bloodstream, via gum disease, The American Academy of Periodontology recommends brushing twice daily for two minutes and floss for five. And a little fun advice..........load up on green tea!!! it's anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce the effect of bacteria on your teeth and gums. Last but not least, see your dentist for your regular check up and cleanings.....together we can keep your smile and your heart happy and healthy!


Full Mouth Reconstruction

Jun 4, 2012 @ 10:39 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Full mouth reconstruction is a procedure consisting of one or more restorative and cosmetic dental treatments to improve the function, strength, health, and stability of your gums and teeth. During full mouth reconstruction, all of the teeth are restored in both the upper jaw and the lower jaw. Many patients undergo full mouth reconstruction because of missing teeth, difficulty when eating or speaking, and pain when biting down.

Any patient experiencing dental problems is a candidate for full mouth reconstruction. Some of the dental issues that can be improved and corrected during full mouth reconstruction are teeth with severe tooth erosion, teeth with severe decay, advanced periodontitis, worn teeth, uneven teeth, misaligned teeth, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain, teeth grinding, dental caries, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and gum erosion. Orthodontic issues that may be treated during full mouth reconstruction include underbite, overbite, crossbite, overly crowded teeth, and spaced teeth.

Through the many advances in dental technology today, full mouth reconstruction involves the use of durable, long-lasting, and completely natural-looking dental restorations. By using tooth-colored dental restorations, our dentists are now able to give our patients beautiful, functional smiles without having to resort to more conspicuous dental materials.

FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION: DENTAL EXAMINATION

The first step in full mouth reconstruction is a comprehensive dental examination. This process involves x-rays, and usually requires impressions to be made of your upper and lower teeth.

Nashville cosmetic dentist Lisbeth Bradley will look for cavities, tooth wear, chips and cracks, loose teeth, missing teeth, teeth that appear longer or shorter than normal, pockets in the gums, bone density, and any root canal issues. The focus of this thorough examination is to determine the best treatments for your full mouth reconstruction.

FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION

Full mouth reconstruction is a very involved process that usually requires multiple visits to our dental office. For many of our Nashville full mouth reconstruction patients, the treatment process can take a year or more to complete. There are many full mouth reconstruction procedures available to our dental patients today. Some of the procedures that may be included in your full mouth reconstruction are:

  • - Professional dental cleaning
  • - Scaling and root planing: patients with gum disease may benefit from this procedure
  • - Bone or soft tissue grafting: increases the stability of the gums and teeth by restoring missing bone or gum tissue
  • - Crown lengthening: used to expose healthy and sound tooth structure for the placement of dental restorations such as dental crowns and bridges
  • - Dental implants: at our practice in Nashville, dental implant placement is performed to replace the natural root structure of a missing tooth
  • - Gum contouring: patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth because of excessive or uneven gum tissue may benefit from gum contouring
  • - Surgery to reposition the jaw
  • - Preparation of the teeth for the placement of dental restorations
  • - Dental crowns
  • - Dental bridges
  • - Inlays
  • - Onlays
  • - Porcelain veneers
  • - Dentures
  • - Orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign®, to move your teeth into the correct position for reconstruction
  • - Replacing missing teeth


SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION TODAY

To learn more about full mouth reconstruction and to schedule a consultation, please contact Nashville cosmetic dentist Lisbeth Bradley today.


The Power Of a Smile!

Oct 13, 2011 @ 3:23 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

FOUR REASONS FOR YOU TO SAY CHEESE

In the August 2011 edition of O Magazine, we found four fun facts that will have you smiling from ear to ear.

The Bigger You Smile The Longer You Live
Last year researchers studied photos of 230 baseball players out of an older issue of the Baseball Register. They discovered that on average, the players who had larger, "toothy" grins lived 4.9 years longer than the players with smaller, partial grins, and 7 years longer than the players who showed no grin at all. Of course we know that long life spans aren't all because of a big smile, but smiles do reveal positive feelings and positive feelings are related to well being.

Your Smile Has Subliminal Powers
Study subjects were shown an image of a smiling face for only four milliseconds. (That's too fast for the viewers to consciously register the image.) With that extremely quick flash of the image, subjects experienced a small emotional high. In comparison to the control groups, the subjects who viewed the images of smiles had a more positive outlook on everything: They found boring material more interesting, neutral images appeared more positive, and they even found that bland drinks had a better taste.

Spread Happiness With Your Smile
After studying social networks, the British Medical Journal found that when one person is happy, the feeling spreads to two people beyond him or her. So, when you smile, your friend is more likely to smile and so is someone they know.

Smiles are viewed differently around the world
Different cultures focus in on different areas of the face when reading facial expressions. When we look at someone's smile here in the United States, we focus on their mouth. In Japan, they look for expression and emotion in the eyes. The differences even show up in the emoticons that we use.

In the U.S. :) means happy and :( means sad.
In Japan (^_^) means happy and (;_;) means sad.


Invisalign® Treatment Process

Oct 8, 2011 @ 10:55 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

If you have crooked teeth, you know just what a hassle that can be. You may find yourself feeling quite self-conscious around others, even the people you have known for years. In addition to the aesthetic problems, however, there are other issues to deal with. For instance, crooked teeth can lead to tooth grinding at night and hence a number of different dental problems linked to tooth grinding. These reasons are why patients come to our Nashville area cosmetic dentistry practice to get the treatment that they need.

STRAIGHTENING YOUR TEETH

There are plenty of options out there for straightening your teeth. In the past, the only solution was to get braces, with those brackets and wires and many find invasive and troublesome. Thankfully another option has arisen in recent years, and that option is Invisalign®. The Invisalign® teeth straightening system has grown in popularity over the years with both adult and teens.

ABOUT INVISALIGN®

Invisalign® demonstrates our practice’s commitment to using the latest techniques and dental care technology. The Invisalign® system uses a series of clear plastic trays rather than brackets and wires to straighten the teeth. These trays are worn at all times save for when eating, drinking, or cleaning the teeth. Over a series of months, the trays will shift your teeth into proper position.

HOW INVISALIGN® WORKS

Invisalign® uses digital imaging technology to device the best treatment plan for your needs. The trays are customized to your mouth, with the first tray you receive initiating the alignment process. Each subsequent tray is given to a patient every two weeks, and each new tray continues the gradual alignment process. These trays can be removed as needed (say for work functions, sports, and special occasions like prom), though it’s recommended that patients leave them in as much as possible.

THE INVISALIGN® TREATMENT PROCESS

The first step in the treatment process is the consultation you’ll have with Nashville and Brentwood cosmetic dentists Dr. Lis Bradley and Dr. Lauren Wilburn. They’ll assess your dental health and determine if Invisalign® is the right option for your needs. If it’s determine that you are a good candidate for Invisalign®, then a 3D digital image of your teeth will be taken so that a treatment plan can be developed.

Every two weeks, you will receive new Invisalign® aligners, and you’ll be asked to come into the office periodically so that we can monitor your progress. Some special treatments may be required for adjusting the size and shape of your teeth as the treatment progresses, but generally this is what the treatment process is like. You’ll wear Invisalign® aligners as long as you’d wear traditional braces, though no one will notice that they’re in place.

ALTERNATIVES TO INVISALIGN®

Since not everyone qualifies for Invisalign®, there are many other general dental care and cosmetic dental care treatments out there to consider. One of these includes Nashville porcelain veneers, which are great for primarily cosmetic misalignments and cases of unevenness. These options can be discussed in more detail during your consultation at the office.

VISIT OUR PRACTICE FOR A CONSULTATION

If you’d like more information about Invisalign® and what it can accomplish, be sure to contact our Brentwood general and cosmetic dentistry practice today. The entire team here at our practice looks forward to meeting you in person.


Dr. Bradley to sponsor "Bike to Jack and Back"

Sep 29, 2011 @ 12:21 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Our Patterson Dental supply rep, Jerry Newman, will be participating in the "Bike to Jack and Back" ride this weekend, October 1st and 2nd. Dr. Bradley is a proud sponsor of the event and we want to wish Jerry good luck. This is an awesome program that raises funds and supports programs, services, and research sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and that makes a huge difference to the people who must fight MS every day of their lives.

Thanks to everyone involved in the ride, and for supporting this great program!


Dental Bridges Uses

Aug 23, 2011 @ 08:59 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

When you are missing multiple teeth, you will face a number of different dental health problems as well as aesthetic problems. For one, you may notice that your smile just doesn’t look as good as it used to when you’re missing teeth. In addition to that, you may find yourself feeling self-conscious about your appearance, even around people that you have known for years. On the dental health side, there are issues of bone loss in the jaw, gum recession, and your remaining teeth becoming misaligned.

WHAT TREATMENT WILL BE BEST?

When you speak with Brentwood, TN cosmetic dentist Dr. Lis Bradley or Dr. Lauren Wilburn, they will be able to determine the best possible treatment for you and your needs. In some cases, the best treatment for missing teeth may be dental bridges. Dental bridges are quite good if you are missing several teeth as they will literally bridge the gap between your teeth. We’d like to take a brief moment right now to look at the basics of dental bridges and then suggest a few alternatives that you may wish to consider.

ABOUT DENTAL BRIDGES

A dental bridge is a partial dental restoration intended to span the gap between teeth when you are missing multiple teeth. The dental bridge is held in place by locking around the structure of your adjacent remaining teeth. The bridges themselves will be crafted in a dental lab and will be made in such a way that they seem absolutely natural, blending in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

DENTURES OR DENTAL BRIDGES?

There are some cases in which you may better be served by dentures rather than dental bridges. Dentures are more substantial dental restorations that are used when a patient is missing multiple teeth and does not have sufficient remaining teeth to support a dental bridge. The dentures are held in place by attaching to the gums and using your gumline and jawbone structure for stability. Denture creams can be used to help increase the firmness of the hold.

DENTAL IMPLANTS FOR ADDED SUPPORT

Of course, whether you get dental bridges or dentures, it’s important that you consider also getting Nashville dental implants to help support those dental restorations. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into your jawbone and soft tissues. After a period of healing during which time the dental implants integrate with the structure of your mouth, the implants will provide exceptional hold. Dental bridges can be used to support dental bridges and dentures, and they can also be used to support an individual dental crown if you are missing a single tooth.

Dental implants offer a number of advantages over removable dental restorations. When you have an implant-supported dental bridge or denture in place, it is less likely to slip out of place or fall out when chewing. This increased stability means greater bite strength and better restoration of the health of your teeth. In addition, the dental implants prevent issues with bone loss, gum recession, and tooth misalignment that is associated with tooth loss.

LEARN MORE ABOUT DENTAL CARE TREATMENT

If you would like more information about dental bridges, dentures, dental implants, and other options for exceptional dental care, contact our Brentwood, TN cosmetic dentistry practice today.


Our Talented Staff

Aug 10, 2011 @ 01:56 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Whenever you think of a dental office and the term "brush", usually the first thing that comes to mind is the instructions from the dentist or hygienist to keep your teeth sparkling and, most of all, healthy by brushing and flossing. Well our girls have recently shown that not only do they have talent in using a toothbrush but take a look at what they can do with a paint brush (photos below). They attended an event at Sips N Strokes in Brentwood hosted by Dr. Dan Clark and his wonderful staff and created these lovely pieces of art depicting an abstract violin. Most artists spend years perfecting their craft....I guess our girls just have a natural ability; they were able to complete these in one evening!! If they can do this with canvas, just think what they can do with your pearly whites.......even Mona Lisa would crack a SMILE!!!!!


Dr. Wilburn, Liane, and Lori's masterpieces

Artists: Debbie and Lindsay

Lindsay and Debbie's masterpieces


Our Smiles Are Everywhere!!!

Aug 1, 2011 @ 12:15 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

If you take a look around you and see someone that cannot stop smiling, they just might be one of our great patients!!! Recently, our patient Cathy Newman was on a family vacation in Arizona. She was approached by a photographer for Arizona Foothills Magazine after he noticed her beautiful smile and asked if he could take her photo. Cathy had just completed a smile makeover a few weeks before and hasn't stopped smiling since; no wonder she's getting noticed (and she just so happens to be drop dead gorgeous!!). We thought the story would be great for our blog so we asked Cathy's permission to post it. She kindly agreed and responded with this little note: "Dr. Bradley's beautiful work has shown up all the way in Arizona in the Arizona Foothills Magazine. Thanks Dr. Bradley for my wonderful smile."

(Cathy Newman and her daughter Cayla)

So whether you are out running local errands or on vacation clear across the states!! Look for those never-ending smiles!! The person behind it just might be a part of our dental family!!


Dental Filling Benefits and Risks

Jul 23, 2011 @ 11:10 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Cavities are rather common dental problems that most people have experienced at one time or another. In order to treat cavities, it’s necessary to get filings. Fillings involve the removal of decays tooth matter and the filling of that area with a metal amalgam material or dental composite in order to restore structure to the tooth.

ABOUT DENTAL FILLINGS

At our Nashville area cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Lis Bradley and Dr. Lauren Wilburn will determine if dental fillings are right for you or if getting inlays, onlays, or dental crowns would be better. For the moment, we’d like to go over the basic benefits and risks of getting dental fillings. The benefits far outweigh the risks, of course.

DENTAL FILLINGS BENEFITS

The greatest benefits of dental fillings are that they restore the integrity and strength of a tooth that has a cavity. Addressing the tooth decay early and filling the tooth eliminates the chance of the tooth decay spreading, destroying more tooth structure, and affecting the nerves and tissues within the tooth. Since fillings come in white composite form these days, an added benefit is that they are virtually invisible.

DENTAL FILLINGS RISKS

One of the risks of dental fillings involves metal fillings, which were the standard in the past. For one, metal fillings are quite noticeable. In addition, metal fillings can expands or contract slightly when in extreme temperatures, which can potentially damage a tooth. Lastly, sometimes mercury was used to form metal fillings, which is obviously a toxic substance and may pose a health risk. With all this said, it is possible to have metal fillings removed and replaced with composite material fillings.

GET MORE INFORMATION FROM THE EXPERTS

If you would like to learn more about how we can fight tooth decay and beautify your smile, it’s important that you come in for a consultation. We’ll be able to discuss fillings, Brentwood porcelain veneers, and other dental treatment options with you in much greater detail. We’re sure that you have questions, and you can rest assured that we’ll have answers for you. To schedule an appointment, contact our Brentwood, TN cosmetic dentistry practice today!


Toast of Music City Nominee!!

Jul 14, 2011 @ 09:55 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

We have been nominated for the Toast of Music City!! There a few days left!! So if you would like to vote for Dr. Bradley, please go to toastofmusiccity.com and log in to cast your vote!!!

CLICK HERE TO LOG IN

Click on "Health and Professional Services"......then "Best Dentist"......and then of course click on To cast your vote!!!


Dr. Wilburn in Network with New Insurance Policies.

Jul 5, 2011 @ 11:45 AM — by Lauren Wilburn DDS

Dr. Wilburn is now in network with several new insurance policies including Delta Dental PPO and Premier, Cigna, Aetna, Guardian, Metlife, HealthSpring, and Dental Wellness Partners. We will accept all insurances, but are in network with those listed previously. As a courtesy to our patients, we will file insurance claims for you. We have early and late hours to accommodate your schedule. Currently we are open Tuesday 8-6, Wednesday 7-3,Thursday 8-6, and Friday 7-12. Beginning in August, Dr. Wilburn will be available on Mondays as well. Please call our office today to schedule an appointment!


Teeth Whitening Candidates

Jul 3, 2011 @ 04:44 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley

If you have teeth that are stained or discolored, it’s important that you consider undergoing teeth whitening treatment. A professional teeth whitening treatment may be just what you need to get the smile that you have always wanted. During a professional teeth whitening treatment, your teeth will be exposed to a special bleaching agent that is much more powerful that the bleaching agents found in over-the-counter options for dental bleaching.

DEALING WITH TOOTH STAINS

When you come to our Brentwood, TN cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Lis Bradley and Dr. Lauren Wilburn will assess your situation and determine if teeth whitening or another option for addressing tooth stains would best meet your needs. Let’s take this moment to look at who is a good candidate for teeth whitening treatment and what alternatives there may be for people who are not good candidates for teeth whitening.

CANDIDATES FOR TEETH WHITENING

The best candidates for teeth whitening treatment are people in good dental health who have tooth discoloration that generally originates on the surface layers of a tooth. If you have tooth stains that are the results of foods, beverages, tobacco products, and the natural aging process, it’s very likely that Brentwood, TN teeth whitening will be a good option for you and your needs. Good candidates for teeth whitening must also have realistic expectations for treatment. While teeth whitening can brighten a smile by several shades, repeat treatments may be required for optimal results.

BAD CANDIDATES FOR TEETH WHITENING

People who are not good candidates for teeth whitening are those will discoloration due to advanced tooth decay. People with dental stains that originate within the tooth structure may not be good candidates for teeth whitening. In addition to this, some very major staining may not be able to be treated through teeth whitening.

TEETH WHITENING ALTERNATIVES

Alternatives to teeth whitening are many. In some cases, tooth bonding may be able to mask stained teeth with some effectiveness. Porcelain veneers are actually much better for this purpose and provide better results than tooth bonding. For major stains related to tooth decay, the tooth decay will need to be address first, with the stains taken care of through the use of composite ceramics or dental crowns.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TEETH WHITENING AND OTHER DENTAL TREATMENTS

If you would like to learn more about your many options for dealing with dental stains, be sure to contact our Brentwood, TN cosmetic dentistry practice today. We look forward to meeting with you soon.


Healthy Mouth, Healthy Brain

Jun 30, 2011 @ 09:44 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Did you know that a healthy mouth can mean a healthy brain?

We know that gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection and produces inflammatory molecules that can get into the bloodstream and can reach the brain. These molecules can be harmful to the neurons in the brain and contribute to development of Alzheimers and decline of cognitive functions. This emphasizes the importance of brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

And don't forget to see your dentist for regular check ups!!


Take Care Of Your Gums, Teeth and Breath Naturally

Jun 16, 2011 @ 04:32 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Like most Americans, we are all looking for "natural" products to help us maintain a healthy life. In our dental office, we are always looking for the best dental hygiene
products to offer our patients.

DENTAL HERB COMPANY has dedicated itself to providing it's customers with only the highest quality products. They use only pure and complete essential oils. All botanical
tinctures are made from organically grown or ecologically wildcrafted medical plants.

All DENTAL HERB COMPANY products are made without alcohol, chemical preservatives or sweeteners. They also non-staining and economical, a little goes a long way.

DENTAL HERB COMPANY bottles their products in amber glass jars. This will maintain the products effectiveness.

PRODUCTS AVAILABLE:

Tooth & Gums tonic, antiseptic rinse: The Tonic is a valuable oral rinse that penetrates the outer layer of tissue and clings to the tissues much longer than any commercial "mouthwash." It also has many healing properties for periodontal health or any other minor infections of the mouth.

Tooth & Gums Paste: The Paste is a unique preparation that is specifically formulated to help maintain healthy teeth and gums, and freshens breath for hours.

Tooth & Gums Spritz: The Spritz is far more than just a "breath spray." The highly effective ingredients give the spray a very high potency. It clings to the tissues much longer than commercial "breath spray." It works for hours.

Please contact our office if you are interested in or have any questions about DENTAL HERB COMPANY products.


The Dangers of Tooth Grinding

Jun 8, 2011 @ 12:20 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

If you grind your teeth at night, you may not realize it, but you may see the after effects of it. Also known as bruxism, tooth grinding can lead to plenty of dental problems. Right now, we’d like to cover some of the dental problems and dangers of tooth grinding so you know what to look out for. If you notice any of the problems we’re going to list below, be sure to visit Nashville area cosmetic dentist Dr. Lis Bradley or Dr. Lauren Wilburn for a screening.

EARLY SYMPTOMS

One of the issues you may first notice if you grind your teeth is aches or pains. When grinding your teeth, your jaw joint and muscles will get overworked. These aches and pains are not just located in the jaw area or the teeth, however. Many people who grind their teeth also notice pain in the temples, ear, and the neck area as well.

Damage to your teeth is a common problem that arises with tooth grinding. Since you’re placing a lot of stress on your teeth, they may experience some chipping, cracking, or other damage as a result of grinding. Sometimes this tooth damage is very severe.

THE BIGGEST DANGER

Perhaps one of the biggest dangers of tooth grinding it that it can lead to a TMJ disorder. The TMJ is the jaw joint, and since tooth grinding can place excess tension on the joint, it can lead to many issues with the bone, cartilage, muscle, and nerves in that area. TMJ disorders are often identified by the clicking and popping in the jaw when a person opens his or her mouth. Other signs of TMJ disorders include lockjaw, limited mobility of the jaw, and persistent jaw pain.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

There are plenty of ways for us to deal with the various dangers of tooth grinding. For any tooth damage, Nashville area dental crowns and other restorative or cosmetic methods can be used. To address the jaw joint itself and prevent further tooth damage, we can choose from many different treatments and therapies that can ease the strain on the jaw joints, such as fashioning a customized night guard for you. This special mouth guard is worn while you sleep to prevent contact of your upper and lower teeth and reduce strain on the jaw.

To learn more about the treatments for tooth grinding or to discuss other important matters of dental health, please contact our Brentwood, TN cosmetic dentistry office. Our team looks forward to helping you.


Digital Sensor X-Rays

Jun 1, 2011 @ 02:49 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

We are always searching for the newest dental technology, and we have found that with digital sensor x-rays. The digital sensor x-rays use a minimal amount of radiation, about 80-90% lower than traditional film. Simple precautions such as the use of lead aprons make it an even safer choice. Digital radiographs have a higher diagnositic quality than traditional film which is imperative for proper diagnosis, treatment, and patient education. The images are larger and clearer, which allows the dentist to see more details that could be missed with smaller, traditional film X-rays. Switching to digital radiographs benefits the patients and the environment. The chemicals used to process the film are no longer needed and the natural resources used to make the film, developer, and fixer are also eliminated. These type of x-rays also save time by allowing the images to be viewed immediately!! Our office is committed to implementing the latest technology to give patients the best possible dental care.


The Dental Implant Procedure

May 25, 2011 @ 12:17 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Dental implants are the best option for the replacement of missing teeth. Nashville cosmetic dentists Lis Bradley and Lauren Wilburn offer the restoration of dental implants so patients can have a more functional and beautiful smile. The dental implant procedure is typically completed during the course of two surgeries. For the first surgery, we refer our patients to a skilled oral surgeon that will place a titanium rod, which acts as an anchor, into the jawbone. The patient will then go through a healing period in which the rod fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once this process is complete, the implant restoration can be secured to the titanium rod during an appointment at our office.

STAGE ONE: PLACEMENT OF THE ANCHOR

When you arrive for your first surgery, you will be sedated to maximize your comfort level. An incision is made in the gums, then the titanium rod is inserted into a hole that is created in the jawbone; once the rod is properly positioned, the gums are stitched up. Following surgery, patients should follow a soft food diet as the mouth continues healing. Your oral surgeon will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions for you to follow after surgery.

STAGE 2: THE HEALING PERIOD

Before the final dental implant restoration can be placed, patients must wait for a period of three to six months so the jawbone can heal and the implant anchor can become embedded in the bone. During this time, the bone will start to grow around the titanium rod. In the upper jaw, the anchor fuses to the bone in approximately six months; in the lower jaw, the healing period is typically cut in half.

STAGE 3: PLACEMENT OF THE IMPLANT RESTORATION

During the final phase of the treatment process, your implant restoration will be placed. An incision that is made in the gums will uncover the implant rod so the restoration can be affixed to the anchor. An abutment is added to the post and the natural looking restoration is placed, producing more stability, improved function, and an enhanced appearance. Our Nashville dental implant patients may require the replacement of a single tooth, multiple teeth, or the placement of implant-supported bridges. Our cosmetic dentists will review these options with you based on your individual needs.

To learn more about the dental implant procedure, contact our practice today.


Porcelain Veneers vs. Invisalign®

May 12, 2011 @ 05:12 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Patients that want perfectly aligned teeth that are uniform in their appearance don't have to spend years wearing unsightly metal braces; they can undergo cosmetic dentistry treatments such as the placement of porcelain veneers or Invisalign® to improve the appearance of their smiles. These treatments are capable of treating mild tooth crowding and spaces between the teeth. Brentwood cosmetic dentist Lisbeth Bradley offers the porcelain veneers and Invisalign® teeth straightening treatments to our Nashville area patients.

PORCELAIN VENEERS

The porcelain veneers procedure involves the use of thin, translucent porcelain material that is cut and sized to fit snuggly over patients' existing teeth. Each porcelain veneer is custom fabricated for the patient so dentists can use them to fill in gaps or spaces, or to mask the appearance of crooked teeth. Brentwood porcelain veneers expert Lisbeth Bradley can determine if you are a good candidate for the porcelain veneers "instant orthodontics" procedure after examining the health and appearance of your teeth. Good candidates for this treatment may have gaps, unevenness, crowding, or other cosmetic flaws, but their teeth and gums are healthy.

INVISALIGN®

The Invisalign® teeth straightening system differs from the porcelain veneers treatment in a number of ways. Rather than hiding the appearance of crooked or gapped teeth, the Invisalign® system moves the teeth into their ideal position after the patient wears a series of clear aligners over a period of several months to a couple of years. With Invisalign®, the teeth are gradually moved into their position and smile makeover results take at least a few months to achieve; with veneers, smile makeover results can be achieved in just two weeks. Another difference between the two treatments is that the Invisalign® treatment offers permanent results. Veneers are a long lasting solution, but they have to be replaced at some point, typically within 10 to 15 years.

If you are interested in undergoing the porcelain veneers or Invisalign® treatment, contact our practice today.


VELscope: Advanced Technology in Oral Cancer Screening

May 5, 2011 @ 02:32 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

We are proud to introduce the Velscope Vx into our practice as part of our routine oral cancer screenings. This new technology will allow us to provide a better assessment of your overall oral health and to protect you from oral cancer and other oral diseases.

How does the Velscope Vx work?

We will use the Velscope Vx during your routine oral cancer screening in addition to the intra-oral and extra-oral exam that you are already accustomed to. This instrument uses a blue light to stimulate the natural fluorescence in the soft tissues of your mouth. The fluorescence that we are able to see will allow us to detect existing disease that is usually not visible with the naked eye or under ordinary light.

What will the Velscope Vx experience be like for you as a patient?

The process is really quite simple. After your intra-oral and extra-oral exam, we will ask you to put on a pair of glasses that will allow you to see what we see through the Velscope Vx while you look into a mirror. Then, we simply turn on the Velscope Vx light and take a look at your tissue. You will probably feel some heat and/or warmth coming from the light when it is on, but there is no rinse, stain or discomfort to worry about during this exam. The whole process will take no longer than two minutes.

Why is an oral cancer screening with the Velscope Vx important?

Detecting oral cancer while it is still in the early stages is the key to recovery and survival. This is easy to see by comparing survival rates of early and late detection. If detected early, the 5 year survival rate of oral cancer is 85%. However, if detected late, the 5 year survival rate of oral cancer drops to 32%. This is a significant difference that clearly shows us how important early detection is to recovery and survival.

If you would like to make an appointment or request further information, please contact us!


Dental Spring Cleaning

Mar 9, 2011 @ 11:09 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Don't forget your DENTAL CLEANING!!!!!..........Brush! Inspect! Purge! and Shine!!!

Studies show that staying current on your dental hygiene visits has great health benefits both today and to lengthen your life. Your dentist and hygienist will BRUSH and POLISH and CLEAN your teeth, as well as Inspect (inside and out) existing restorations and oral tissues. They will talk with you about the most up-to-date systems, appliances and products to keep a healthy mouth. They can answer questions about PURGING old restorations or starting new whitening systems and anything in between. Our goal is to assist you your best oral health!

Schedule your SPRING DENTAL CLEANING today and when it is completed you can sit back, relax and enjoy peace of a healthy Shiny Smile!

A SMILE IS A WORK OF ART AT ANY AGE!


Clear Braces May Be An Option For You

Mar 3, 2011 @ 12:08 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Braces have come a long way over the years!

A great option for straightening teeth is using clear aligners. In our office we have two different types of clear braces: ClearCorrect and Simpli 5. They are plastic trays that you wear that move your teeth. There are several sets of the clear aligners which you wear for a period of time and then move on to the next. Each set moves your teeth a little more. These are ideal for minor to moderate corrections or orthodontic relapse. The aligners should be worn 24 hours a day and taken out only to eat and drink for best and quickest results. Length of treatment is based on case difficulty. If you would like to improve your smile, you can make an appointment for an orthodontic consult to see if you are a candidate for invisible aligners.


The Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Problems

Feb 13, 2011 @ 08:44 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

You know that taking care of your teeth as well as your gums is a great way to enhance your dental health and improve your overall appearance. What you may not have realized, though, is that taking care of your gums and teeth can also improve your overall general health. Indeed, there is some research to suggest a link between heart problems and gum disease. Our Nashville, TN cosmetic dentist and the team here at the office want to look over some of these concerns right now.

First of all, a word on gum disease. Gum disease refers to inflammation, swelling, bleeding, and discoloration of the gums caused by plaque and bacteria in the mouth. Gum disease will begin as gingivitis, and if untreated, it can lead to varying degrees of periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss and major issues to the jawbone.

Multiple theories are out there to explain the link between gum disease and health complications involving the heart. One of these theories is that the bacteria in the mouth may have a deleterious effect on the heart when said bacteria enters the blood stream. This bacteria may lead to clotting, which may increase the chance of experiencing a heart attack, stroke, and suffering from other major heart problems. Some researchers al suggest that the veins and arteries may become swelled or inflamed due to this bacteria entering the blood stream.

What’s more, if you have had a heart attack or cardiovascular disease in the past, the bacteria from gum disease may increase the chances of another heart problem occurring. It’s very important, then, to keep your teeth clean and gums healthy and to visit your dentist regularly. Be sure to brush at least twice a day and to floss every day. It’s actually advisable that you brush your teeth after every meal.

If you would like to learn more about gum disease treatments and how you can enhance your overall dental health though Nashville, TN dental crowns and more, we encourage you to contact our Brentwood, TN cosmetic dentistry office.


Oral DNA Testing

Feb 10, 2011 @ 03:12 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

The office of Dr. Lisbeth S Bradley offers the recently introduced OraRisk HPV test from OralDNA Labs in additon to the periodontal susceptibility and bacterial test. OralDNA Labs are leaders in advancing wellness in dentistry through salivary diagnostics and have the introduced the OraRisk HPV test, a non-invasive easy to use screening tool for identifying the types and level of oral HPV, a mucosal viral infection that could potentially lead to oral cancer. This tool helps clinicians establish an increased risk for oral cancer and determine necessary and referral protocols. Oral DNA salivary diagnostic tests are fundamental elements of a patient’s wellness plan.

It is estimated that 50% of all diagnosed cases of oral cancer in the United States are attributed to the HPV virus. Patients with the following profile characteristics are strong candidates for the OraRisk HPV test:

- Sexually active
- Family history of oral cancer
- Signs and symptoms of oral cancer
- Traditional risk factors for oral cancer
- Suspicious oral lesions

Please feel free to contact our office if you would like more information on Oral DNA testing.


How Oral Piercings Can Affect Your Dental Health

Jan 15, 2011 @ 03:25 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Piercings and other sorts of body modifications have been popular for years now, and that goes especially for oral piercings. Whether it’s a tongue piercing or a lip piercing or a cheek piercing, people do find them rather appealing. We do get questions from patients at our Nashville cosmetic dentistry office concerning these piercings. These patients have asked us if these oral piercings can affect their dental health in some way. The answer is that while oral piercings are usually pretty safe, you do need to keep a few things in mind.

The most obvious oral health concern is infection. This is true of all piercings regardless where they are on the body, but it’s important to take good care of your piercing (especially in the first couple of days after it is made) to avoid infection from occurring. A severe infection can be gravely serious.

Related to infection, oral piercings can increase risks of gum disease if they are not properly monitored. If your tongue piercing, lip piercing, medusa piercing, or other oral piercing comes I contact with your gums, this can cause irritation that may also lead to gum disease.

Mouth jewelry can crack or chip your teeth if you aren’t careful, so that is another concern to keep in mind. In a dental journal, a study found that approximately 47 percent of people who have a barbell tongue piercing will experience a chipped or cracked tooth within four years of getting that piercing. Just be sure to be extra careful with that jewelry in your mouth.

In some cases, a tongue piercing can cause you to salivate more than usual, which is a normal physiological response. While this is not a severe problem, it may affect your ability to speak as well as your ability to chew and swallow.

If you want to learn more about your dental health and other issues related to dental care and healthy smiles (such as Nashville dental crowns), we encourage you to contact our cosmetic dentistry office in Brentwood, Tennessee. We look forward to seeing you in person to discuss all of these matters in greater detail.


Dr. Wilburn Accepting New Insurances

Jan 5, 2011 @ 08:51 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

Dr. Lauren Wilburn, our new associate dentist, is now offering more dental insurance options to our practice. Dr. Wilburn is a provider for a variety of dental insurances including Metlife, Delta Dental (PPO and Premier) and Cigna. In the near future, she will be in network with other major plans including Guardian and Aetna. Dr. Wilburn and her team are always looking for more ways to accommodate their new and existing patients who have recently had benefit changes. And as always, as a courtesy, we file with all dental insurances that provide traditional coverage. We know insurance can be difficult to understand, so please contact us anytime you have questions regarding your coverage.

Please keep in touch through our blog for new insurance updates!


Welcoming New Patients!

Nov 3, 2010 @ 12:37 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

We are frequently asked if we are accepting new patients and the answer is: Yes!!

We are always happy to welcome a new member to our dental family. So many of our wonderful patients inquire about referring their family, friends and co-workers. As a matter of fact, our patients are our best referral source. We are so appreciative of the confidence that our patients have in our services; and we are honored when they recommend our office.

If you or someone you know is interested in scheduling a dental appointment with our office; you can reach us by phone (615- 778-0810), e-mail ([email protected]), or directly through our website. We have even attached a form that you may print in advanced if you prefer. WELCOME!


I am excited to start this new chapter of my career!

Oct 14, 2010 @ 01:12 PM — by Lauren Wilburn DDS

Hello, my name is Dr. Lauren Wilburn. I am a graduate of University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. After dental school I participated in some advanced training at the University of Tennessee Medical Center General Practice Residency in Knoxville, TN. I joined Dr. Bradley's team as an associate dentist in August. I chose to practice here because of the similar philosophy we have, which is to provide dentistry with compassion, honesty, and integrity. Our team has many years of combined experience and is very dedicated to our patients. Dr. Bradley and I are working together to incorporate the latest products and technology so that we can give our patients the best care possible. We welcome every member of the family for dental services, including general and cosmetic procedures. We are accepting new patients and referrals. As a courtesy to our patients we file dental insurance for their benefits. I will, as of September 1, be in network with Delta Dental Premier and Preferred as well as Cigna. I am very excited about this new chapter of my career and all the possibilities for the future here. I would like to thank Dr. Bradley and the team for a very warm welcome to the practice! We welcome you, your family, and your friends!


Flossing and Total Body Health

Aug 24, 2010 @ 02:45 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

How important is it to floss? Research has linked periodontal, or gum disease (which is caused by plaque that hardens into tartar if not removed) to serious chronic inflammatory conditions. These conditions include Heart Disease, Diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Diseased gums causes the body to release inflammatory cells into the bloodstream which circulate and cause inflammation in the linings of the arteries. When the arteries become inflamed over a period of time then disease can result. Taking care of our teeth and gums can help prevent gum disease. We all know brushing and flossing are essential for great oral hygiene but no one has ever said that flossing is their favorite part of their dental care. Truth is, flossing is very beneficial and it gets in the areas that a brush doesn't reach. After all, you wouldn't take a shower and not clean behind your ears!!! Why not use that same thought for dental care.

So don't forget to pull out your floss after brushing to insure not only healthy gums, but total body health!


Welcome Dr. Lauren E. Wilburn

Jun 29, 2010 @ 11:59 AM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

We are excited to welcome Dr. Lauren Wilburn to our practice beginning in August. Lauren is an honors graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. We searched long and hard to find just the right person who shares our philosophy in providing the most current and most updated techniques and materials that dentistry has to offer. And, most importantly, to provide that care in an honest, ethical and caring way. Lauren is that person. Spread the good word to your friends and family that Dr. Wilburn will be accepting new patients starting in August!


Check out Dr. Bradley in Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Jun 17, 2010 @ 12:25 PM — by Lisbeth Bradley DDS

We would like to welcome you to the office of Dr. Lis Bradley through the world of social media; a great way for our practice to keep you educated and informed on all the advances in oral health. Our office is a relaxed atmosphere combined with modern dental technology. Our caring, professional team is dedicated to provide superior care for our patients and to help them achieve a healthy, beautiful smile with the services we offer. Dr. Lis Bradley has had advanced cosmetic dentistry training and specializes in Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. Some of the many dental services include Preventive Dental Care, Composite Fillings, Crowns, Bridges, Clear Correct Braces, Porcelain Veneers, Teeth Whitening, Restoring Dental Implants and Oral DNA testing. As we make our future blog posts we will highlight these topics and keep you updated on all the new happenings here. Stay tuned!

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We look forward to hearing from you.

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