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October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which is a month to both educate patients on oral hygiene and recognize the impact dental hygienist make on our oral health. Our favorite dental hygienist, Kayla, has been with the Thomasson Dental team for almost a year. One of her favorite parts of the job is getting to know patients, so we thought we’d let our patients get to know her a little better.
Here’s our Q&A with Kayla:
Q: Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist?
Kayla: I looked into many healthcare related fields and decided I like the flexible hours.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the job?
Kayla: I enjoy getting to know patients.
Q: What’s one thing you wished patients knew?
Kayla: We are here to help them and wants what’s best for their overall health, as well as their oral health.
Q: Any tips for relaxing in the dental chair?
Kayla: Take deep breaths and let us know if something is bothering you.
Q: Favorite toothbrush?
Kayla: Sonicare Flexcare
Q: Favorite toothpaste?
Kayla: Crest Complete with Scope
Q: Favorite place to eat?
Q: Dream vacation?
Q: Favorite way to spend a Saturday?
Kayla: Spending time with friends outdoors.
Kayla is a Registered Dental Hygienist with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene from Western Kentucky University. Any descriptions of companies or products mentioned in this post are strictly opinions of the interviewee and are in no way promoted by Thomasson Dental.
By now, if you have been keeping up with Thomasson Dental or been in to see us recently, you know we are moving to a new location. We are very excited about the upcoming move and want to bring our loyal patients along for the ride with updates throughout the process. We also want to reassure everyone that we aren’t moving far, and in case you’re wondering, Dr. Mark isn’t planning on retiring anytime soon.
Our new address will be 1114 Gallatin Pike, North (only 2.4 miles up the road), and our estimated move in date will be December 2018! The building previously belonged to Dr. Karen Duffy, who treated patients for more than 30 years at the Minor Medical Emergency Center. We are excited to bring new life to the building and continue to use the space to serve and care for those in the Madison-Rivergate community, along with the greater Nashville area.
We are proud to be working with Center Pointe Construction to make this dream a reality and have already made some great progress! Since purchasing the building in March of 2018, we’ve had the plans completed and were ready to begin demo. Like many buildings built in the 1960’s, this building had asbestos. This road block set us back a few months from our initial time line and proved to be a much bigger hurdle than we first realized.
Never the less, after a complete abatement of the demolition phase we received clearance from the Metro Health Department and have obtained our building permit! Now working with a clean slate, the rooms have been lined out, and the mason has begun relocating widows to ensure each operatory has plenty of natural light to help keep you relaxed during visits. We’re looking forward to this next stage of construction, as our new office takes shape.
Check out the pictures of the progress thus far and stay tuned for updates along the way!
If you have been told you need root canal treatment, you may be feeling a bit nervous. Not to worry — treating root canal problems is a routine part of dentistry that can relieve certain kinds of tooth pain and help your teeth last longer. As you learn more about this beneficial procedure, you will understand why it's needed — and how it will leave you in far better shape than you were. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.
What is a root canal?
Dentists use the term “root canal” in referring to the tiny, narrow passageways that branch from a central, hollow space in your tooth (called the pulp chamber) down to the ends of the tooth roots. The term can also be used as a shorthand for “root canal treatment” — that is, the procedure used to save the tooth if the soft tissue deep inside of it (called pulp) becomes acutely inflamed or infected.
Why do I need root canal treatment?
If tooth pulp becomes acutely inflamed or infected because of decay or injury, the tissue will need to be removed in order to save the tooth and stop the infection from spreading. As an adult, you don't actually need the pulp — its primary use is to aid in tooth development during childhood.
Is there an alternative?
You could have the whole tooth extracted, but it's always better to try to save it — especially since root canal treatment is routine and has a very high success rate (over 90%). Saving the tooth can prevent other troubles from occurring later on; these could include bite problems from teeth shifting position, difficulty eating, and loss of jawbone volume and density.
Is root canal treatment painful?
The procedure normally causes no more discomfort that a filling would. Root canal treatment may have a bad reputation, but it is undeserved; in this case it's the disease that's to blame and not the cure. In other words, the infections that make the treatment necessary in the first place are often painful because they are inflaming tissue that has lots of nerves and therefore is very sensitive. Root canal treatment actually relieves this pain!
What will happen during the procedure?
After numbing the area, a tiny hole in the crown (top) of your tooth is made to access the pulp chamber and canals. The diseased tissue is removed, and the pulp chamber and the canal(s) are disinfected all the way to the root end(s). Teeth in the front of the mouth have one root and generally one canal; back teeth have two or three roots and generally three or four canals. Those canals and the pulp chamber are filled with an inert, biocompatible material, and sealed with adhesive cement. The access hole will receive a temporary filling.
What will happen afterwards?
Your tooth may feel sensitive for a few days, but any discomfort can usually be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. You will be instructed to avoid chewing on that tooth until it receives its permanent filling, which can be placed a few days later. Depending on how damaged the tooth was to begin with, it may need a full-coverage crown. Those options will be discussed with you.
How can I avoid the need for root canal treatment in the future?
Keep your teeth decay-free by brushing and flossing every day. Eat a healthy diet low in sugar and avoid acidic beverages such as soda. Have regular professional cleanings and exams. And if you're active in sports, consider ordering a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth from injury.
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