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By THOMASSON DENTAL
October 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

How crown lengthening from your general and cosmetic dentists in Madison, TN, can help your smile

When you look at your smile in the mirror, do you see your teeth, or do you see your gums? There is a condition known as a “gummy smile” which can ruin the appearance of your smile. The good news is, there is also a procedure to fix a gummy smile. It’s called crown lengthening, and your dentist can help.

Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dental services, including crown lengthening to help your smile.

A gummy smile is caused by excessive gum tissue which grows over parts of your teeth. Excessive gums can hide your beautiful teeth, making your smile unattractive. Excessive gum tissue, or gummy smile, can be caused by a few factors, including:

  • Medications; if you have taken some anti-seizure medications like Dilantin, your gums tissue can grow to excess. This is a condition known as Dilantin hyperplasia.
  • Genetics; there are some genetic mutations and syndromes which can cause excessive gum tissue.
  • Multifactorial causes; excessive gum growth can be caused by a combination of factors, or for an unknown cause.

To read more detailed information about gummy smiles, please click here.

Whatever has caused your gummy smile can be corrected with crown lengthening. During crown lengthening, the excessive gum tissue is removed. Your gum contours are reshaped, exposing more tooth structure. Crown lengthening can give you a more balanced smile.

You may also need crown lengthening if your dentist needs to place a crown, but there is not enough tooth structure to provide a foundation for the crown. If a tooth has broken off below the gum line, gum tissue can be removed, exposing more of the tooth to attach a crown.

If you need crown lengthening or another dental procedure, you can take advantage of the sedation options available at Thomasson Dental. You can choose from:

  • Oral sedation; which involves taking a sedative in pill form before treatment
  • Inhaled sedation; which involves inhaling a combination of oxygen/nitrous oxide
  • IV sedation; which involves injecting a sedative directly into a vein

To learn more about crown lengthening and other dental services, including sedation, talk with the experts. Call Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson of Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, at (615) 865-1732. Call today!

By THOMASSON DENTAL
September 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Do you have gaps in your smile? If you are missing teeth, dental implants could complete your smile. Dr. Andrew Thomasson and Dr. Mark Thomasson of Thomasson Dental offer dental implants in Madison, TN.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are placed during minor oral surgery. Your dentist embeds a screw-shaped post into the jaw bone to replace the roots of your missing natural tooth. As it heals over several weeks, the bone will fuse with the post, making it a permanent tooth replacement. You will wear a temporary crown while your custom crown is being made. Your permanent crown will be attached in a final visit, and you will leave with your brand-new tooth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have many benefits, including:

  • Dental implant crowns are made of light-reflective materials that perfectly match your tooth enamel and blend in with the rest of your smile
  • Taking care of your implants is easy because all you have to do is brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once the way you usually do
  • Dental implants will not be susceptible to decay and could last a lifetime with the proper care
  • Dental implants are versatile and can be used to replace one or many missing teeth. Your dentist can also use them with other treatments like implant-supported bridges and implant-supported dentures.

Are Dental Implants in Madison, TN, Right for Me?

To be considered for dental implants, your general and oral health have to be able to support the treatment. Any problems with your gums or cavities in your teeth need to be cared for by your dentist before you get dental implants. Your dentist will also need to see if you have the proper bone density before placing an implant. Unfortunately, bone loss accompanies tooth loss, so you may need to get a bone graft before considering implants if this is

the case. You also can’t get implants if you are a current smoker because smoking will interfere with the healing process. You have to quit smoking before getting dental implants.

To find out what dental implants in Madison, TN, can do for your smile, contact your dentists, Dr. Andrew Thomasson and Dr. Mark Thomasson. Call (615) 865-1732 to schedule an appointment at Thomasson Dental today.

By THOMASSON DENTAL
September 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Not everyone is going to need to have their wisdom teeth removed. They typically come in soon after the teenage years, but this can vary a lot from person to person. If they erupt correctly there is usually little reason for concern. But for some, they can become impacted and lead to a number of problems. There are signs that your wisdom tooth is impacted but the surest way to know if they're coming in properly is to visit your Madison, TN, dentists. Learn more by contacting Dr. Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson of Thomasson Dental.

Signs of Trouble

Many dentists recommend extracting impacted teeth to prevent some of the more common complications. Even if there are no early signs of trouble, it is still a possibility.

An impacted wisdom tooth is much more difficult to keep clean so it can lead to plaque buildup. Plaque is host to bacteria that can wear away the enamel on your teeth and harm your gums. Making cavities and gum disease a likely outcome.

Impacted teeth also tend to erupt in a direction that can injure neighboring teeth. The pressure can damage the tooth immediately in its path but also can create pressure and crowding on other teeth as well. The result is often severe pain that is difficult to ignore.

Wisdom Teeth Treatment in Madison, TN

You shouldn't wait on inflammation and pain to warn you about your impacted teeth. Regular checkups with your dentist can help your doctor monitor the progress of your wisdom teeth. An x-ray can tell you a lot more about the status of your wisdom tooth than any other warning sign. It is usually better to have them extracted before they can cause complications.

Whether you're already experiencing these complications with your wisdom teeth in Madison, TN, or simply wish to prevent them, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson of Thomasson Dental by dialing (615) 865-1732.

By THOMASSON DENTAL
May 20, 2021
Category: Oral Health

At Thomasson Dental, Dr. Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson serve Madison, TN, providing excellent dental care for the whole family. If you have gum disease, periodontal treatment can help keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Gum disease happens when plaque and tartar build-up on the surfaces of the teeth. The bacteria irritate the gums and cause them to pull away from the teeth. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, but we can help with periodontal treatment.

Periodontal treatment

Periodontal treatment options are surgical and non-surgical. The best treatment for you will depend on how advanced your gum disease is and how much damage has been done to the healthy gum tissue. Common treatments for gum disease include:

  • A scaling and root planing procedure is a targeted cleaning of the surfaces of the teeth at the gum line. Scaling removes all plaque and tartar, and root planing involves reshaping the tooth so that gums grow back in healthy around the tooth.
  • If you have lost healthy gum tissue due to gum disease, a gum graft can help restore your gums. Healthy gum tissue is harvested from another part of your mouth and grafted to the area lacking tissue.
  • Laser therapy removes infected gum tissue with a targeted laser procedure. Lasers can target infected gum tissue without damaging healthy tissue.

We provide all these services at our Madison, TN, practice and encourage you to see us twice a year to prevent gum disease.

Preventing gum disease

To prevent gum disease, you need to follow a great oral hygiene routine at home and keep up with regular dental visits twice a year. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Professional teeth cleanings every six months keep plaque and tartar from building up on the teeth to prevent damage to your gums.

Dr. Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson treat gum disease to keep your teeth healthy and looking great. Contact Thomasson Dental for an appointment in Madison, TN, at (615) 865-1732.

By THOMASSON DENTAL
April 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Crowns   Bridges  

Learn more about these two dental restorations and when they are used.

Before you get a dental restoration from your Madison, TN, dentists, it’s important that you know what it can do for your smile. If you're about to get dental crowns or bridges, or they've been recommended to you, here's what you should know about these popular restorations.

What You Should Know About Dental Crowns

This tooth-shaped, hollowed-out cap is placed over your tooth and cemented into place to help restore it back to its pre-weakened state. Since a crown covers the entire visible part of a tooth, it can restore full functionality and strength. There are many reasons our general dentist may recommend dental crowns:

  • To repair a broken or fractured tooth
  • To cover a tooth that has become severely weakened by decay or infection
  • To prevent a tooth from breaking
  • To cover a seriously misshapen or discolored tooth
  • To help support a dental bridge
  • To cover a dental implant replacing a missing tooth

What You Should Know About Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a popular and easy way to replace one or more missing permanent teeth. A dental bridge consists of two crowns that are placed over natural teeth that surround the gap where your missing tooth used to be. These crowns will be used to support the false tooth in the middle.

Alternatively, patients who are healthy and good candidates for implants can also consider getting implant-supported bridges from our Madison, TN, restorative dentists. Dental implants are placed into the jawbone where they meld together with the bone and act as tooth roots. Because these implants are anchored to your jawbone you won’t need to rely on natural teeth to support the restoration. Interested in implant-supported bridges? Just ask us!

If you are dealing with a damaged or missing tooth it’s important that you turn to your dentists in Madison, TN. The team at Thomasson Dental provides compassionate care with the latest technologies and techniques needed to restore your smile. Call us at (615) 865-1732 to schedule a consultation.





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