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September 03, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Do you have a missing tooth? Getting dental implants could help solve your problem. Dental implants function as a replacement for a tooth root that is lost and is created to look like your natural teeth. They are installed surgically into the jawbone and can combine with the bone within a couple of months.

Dental implants are among the most common tooth restoration solutions our dentists here at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, Dr. Mark Thomasson, and Dr. Andrew Thomasson, use for replacing missing teeth.

How You Can Benefit from Dental Implants

Dental implants can provide you the following benefits:

  • Better Oral Health. If the gum where the missing tooth once is left exposed, it will be more susceptible to bacterial infection, which could lead to gum disease and other oral health issues. Dental implants prevent this from happening.
  • Boosted Confidence and Self-Esteem. Dental implants can help restore your smile, hence, your confidence in your appearance.
  • Durability and Stability. Dental implants can typically last for many, many years—even a lifetime, if you take proper care of them.
  • Eat with Ease. It feels strange, and sometimes downright frustrating, to eat with missing teeth. Dental implants can easily rid you of that discomfort.
  • Enhanced Comfort. Dental implants offer adequate comfort as they act and feel like your natural teeth.
  • Improved Speech. Other tooth restoration options, most especially if they don’t fit correctly, could cause you to slur your words. Dental implants, on the other hand, let you speak with ease as they are secure and practically become a part of your jawbone.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Your eligibility for dental implants would primarily depend on your overall health. You can definitely get dental implants if you are healthy enough to go through oral surgery or a routine dental extraction. You must have enough bone and healthy gums to secure the implant. Additionally, you must be committed to practicing good oral hygiene and attending regular dental checkups or appointments. But only a consultation with your dentist in Madison, TN will tell you whether or not you’ll be a great candidate for dental implants.

For Questions or More Details on Dental Implants Then Contact Us

Dial (615) 865-1732 to reach Thomasson Dental here in Madison, TN and arrange an evaluation with one of our dentists, Dr. Mark Thomasson or Dr. Andrew Thomasson.

May 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Sustaining healthy gums is easy with these simple at-home habits.

While millions of Americans are suffering from some degree of gum disease, the good news is that you have the tools and habits to prevent this condition from occurring in the first place. In fact, most of these helpful tools can be found in your very own home. No matter whether you’re at an increased risk for gum disease or not, our Madison, TN, general dentists, Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson, want you to practice these habits to support your gum health:

Brush Twice a Day

It’s important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time. Make sure to set a timer before brushing so you know that you are brushing long enough. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line when brushing your teeth, and make sure to always use fluoride toothpaste.

Floss Daily

Even though brushing can certainly remove plaque and food from the gum line, you will still need to floss in order to remove plaque from between teeth. Flossing will clean areas of your smile that brushing just can’t reach. If flossing causes you trouble and you find the whole process a bit intimidating, there are a ton of other options, from disposable floss picks to oral irrigators, that can make flossing every day easier.

Use a Special Mouthwash

While using mouthwash should never take the place of brushing and flossing, it’s a good idea to use an oral rinse throughout the day, especially after snacking or lunch (if you don’t have access to a toothbrush). If you are prone to gum disease, talk with your Madison, TN, family dentist about special mouthwashes and rinses that you can find either over the counter or from our office to reduce tartar buildup and gum inflammation.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Your gums, just like the rest of your body, requires adequate nutrients to stay healthy. Refined carbs (e.g. white pasta and bread; potato chips) and sugar-laden foods/drinks will only increase your risk for inflammation and gum disease. The USDA recommends a daily diet that incorporates each of the five foods groups (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy, and lean protein). Of course, it’s also important that you receive enough vitamin C and B12, as well as omega-3 fatty acids to support good gum health.

Quit Smoking

If you are still smoking or using tobacco products, then you are putting yourself at great risk for gum disease (along with a host of other serious issues including oral cancer). It’s important to ditch this habit for good if you want to maintain healthy gums.

The dentists at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, are here to provide you and your family with routine checkups and cleanings. Along with proper at-home care, visiting your dentist every six months can also reduce your risk for gum disease and cavities. If it’s time for your next cleaning, call (615) 865-1732 to schedule an appointment.

March 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

Your oral care routine should include more than just brushing.

What are you doing to ensure that you have a healthy smile? Can you list all the ways that you keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy? If there are some gaps in your routine, it’s a good thing that you caught them now so that you can make the necessary changes. From the office of our Madison, TN, dentists Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson, here are some ways to soup up your oral care routine,

Brushing Tips

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, preferably first thing in the morning and right before going to bed.
  • Don’t forget to brush your teeth at night, as this can leave plaque and food to sit on teeth and gums for hours, leading to decay and inflammation.
  • Make sure you are brushing both the front and back surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue (which can also harbor bad breath-causing bacteria).
  • You should brush for a minimum of 2 minutes every time that you brush.
  • Replace your toothbrush head every 3-4 months, or the moment you notice the bristles looking worn. Worn bristles can actually be too harsh on teeth, causing excessive wear and tear on enamel. You should also replace your toothbrush head after being sick.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Talk to your Madison, TN, family dentist about whether an electric toothbrush may help you get a cleaner smile.

Flossing Tips

  • Always use a generous amount of floss (approximately 18 inches).
  • Make sure that you are gliding the floss up and down along the sides of each tooth.
  • Always use a clean, unused section of floss for each tooth.
  • Floss at least once a day, ideally at night time before brushing your teeth.
  • If you have braces or a dental bridge, opt for floss threaders or a water flosser to easily clean between braces or dental restorations.

Lifestyle Tips

  • Visit your dentist every six months for routine checkups and cleanings to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.
  • Talk to your dentist about getting a mouthguard if you grind your teeth while you sleep, which can protect teeth from damage.
  • If you’re playing sports, it’s important that you wear a mouthguard, especially if playing high-contact sports.
  • Avoid sugar, starches and processed foods, which can lead to decay.
  • Enjoy a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Make sure to stay hydrated every day.

Looking for a dentist in Madison, TN, that can provide dental care to your whole family? If so, Thomasson Dental is here to make sure that everyone gets the individualized treatment and care they need at any age.

February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you have experienced tooth loss, you know how distressing smile gaps are. At Thomasson Dental in Madison, your team of highly skilled dentists counter the adverse effects of missing teeth with state of the art dental implants. Dr. Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson use these artificial teeth to restore smiles to realistic form and excellent function. Learn the benefits of dental implants here.

Above and below the gum line

Each one of your teeth functions both above and below your gum tissue. The crown of a single tooth plays a significant role in:

  • Biting and chewing
  • Keeping adjoining teeth strong and aligned
  • Smiling, personal appearance and self-esteem
  • Speech clarity

Below the gums, your tooth has roots and soft interior pulp which attach to the jaw bone, keeping it strong, healthy, and sizable.

Without your tooth, all these things change, and it's not for the better. Confidence, personalty, eating, speaking, and jaw bone integrity deteriorate. Lose more teeth, and the adverse effects multiply.

Enter dental implants

They've been around for about 50 years, replacing teeth from roots to crown. Unlike the familiar options of bridges and dentures, dental implants actually improve appearance, oral function and jaw bone quality because they are surgically inserted into the jaw. Through osseointegration, the bone bonds to the titanium implant, creating a durable, sturdy anchor for the metal post and porcelain crown which complete the artificial tooth.

Osseointegration is not instant; however, it's worth waiting for. Most sites are ready for the abutment and crown in a few months.

Qualifying for dental implants

In his Madison office, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums and bone structure. Important to dental implant insertion and long-term retention is good systemic health and a strong jaw bone. That being said, the American College of Prosthodontists maintains that most adults can receive dental implants and enjoy them for many, many years.

The benefits of dental implants

In general, patients who have dental implants love their new smiles. Personal appearance, confidence, and oral function soar. Biting and chewing is very natural, and the jaw bone retains a healthy shape and size.

Additional benefits include:

  • Eating whatever healthy foods you normally enjoy with no restrictions
  • Excellent chewing and biting
  • Simple oral hygiene (brush, floss, and get routine check-ups and cleanings at Thomasson Dental)
  • Amazing stability of implant-supported dentures
  • Implant surgeries which are well-tolerated and heal completely

Prepare for a great result

Dental implants can deliver it. If you wish to close gaps and keep your smile strong and good-looking, you should come to Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, for a friendly consult with one of our dentists. He'll give you all the information you need. Call us at (615) 865-1732.

By Thomasson Dental
October 02, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crown  

Here at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, your dentists, Dr. Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson, place porcelain crowns to cover, support, and strengthen damaged teeth. Have a weakened tooth or molar? This reliable restoration might be right for your smile.

Crown details

Also known as dental caps, crowns are porcelain restorations that replace missing/decayed tooth enamel or old filling material. Your Madison dentists use these custom-made crowns as both alternatives to tooth extraction, as well as to top dental implants, restore teeth that have undergone root canal therapy, and to anchor single or multi-tooth bridges.

To determine if a crown is appropriate for your situation, Dr. Thomasson will examine the tooth with a digital X-ray screening and a complete oral examination. Teeth needing crowns may have obvious cracks/chips or symptoms of decay or infection, such as dental sensitivity, toothache pain, or darkened enamel.

If a crown is right for you...

Your dentist will numb the tooth, remove the damaged portions, and shape the structure so that it can properly receive the restorative crown. Following these steps, you will wear a temporary cap as a dental lab fashions your permanent crown.

During your second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent one. Taking only a few minutes to complete, this process needs no local anesthetic and entails Dr. Thomasson using a special and durable adhesive to bond your crown over your prepared tooth. A quick bite adjustment completes the treatment

It looks and feels real

Today's dental crowns look amazingly natural, and typically they last for ten years or more, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). However, proper at-home care (brushing and flossing) and regular in-office examinations/cleanings are essential to maintain this longevity.

Additionally, to avoid premature wear on your crown, you should limit your consumption of hard foods such as nuts and caramels, and take precautions to avoid tooth grinding. If you have this latter problem, ask your dentist about a bite guard—it will extend the life of your crown (and all your teeth) and help your jaw stay healthy, functional, and pain-free.

A durable, attractive smile...with no gaps

Keep your damaged tooth by remaking it with a dental crown from Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN. Phone us today at (615) 865-1732.

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