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,
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have gum disease? Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth. Gum disease ranges from mild gum swelling to serious disease that results in major damage to the bone and soft tissues that support the teeth. In severe cases, teeth are lost. Led by dentists Dr. Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson, Thomasson Dental (located in North Madison, TN) provides state-of-the-art treatments for patients with gum disease. Here are 5 signs that you may have gum disease.
1. Bad Breath: Foul-smelling breath may be a warning sign of periodontal disease. It's caused by poor oral hygiene. If you have persistent bad breath, make an appointment with your dental provider immediately. Finding out what's causing the problem puts you one step closer to getting rid of it.
2. Receding Gums: Gingival recession, also called gum recession, is a sign that you may have periodontal disease. Gingival recession is a condition in which the gums have pulled away from the teeth. Periodontal disease is the main cause of gingival recession. If your gums are receding, make an appointment with your dentist in Madison.
3. Red Gums: Healthy gums are usually pink in color, although they may contain other pigments depending on your ethnic origin. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It causes the gums to become purple or bright red. Gum disease results from infection that causes swelling. This inflammation process causes discoloration of the gums.
4. Bleeding Gums: If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you may have periodontal disease. That blood in your sink is something you shouldn't ignore. Bleeding gums are never normal, not even when you have your professionally cleaned by a dental professional. The best way to find out what's causing the bleeding is to see your dental provider.
5. Swollen Gums: Periodontal disease is the most common cause of swollen gums. In gingivitis, the gums become swollen and inflamed. For some people with periodontal disease, this inflammation is not painful. If the cause of your gum inflammation is gum disease, good oral hygiene is the first step to recovery.
Periodontal disease can lead to major issues if it is not treated in a timely manner. Don't delay- call Thomasson Dental at (615) 865-1732 today to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Madison, TN. If you have periodontal disease, we can bring your gums back to health. A healthy smile and a happier you are well on their way!
Your tooth is throbbing and so sensitive to heat and cold. Do you need root canal therapy? Your dentists at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, Dr. Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson, can tell you if your tooth can be saved with this predictable and long-standing restorative service.
What is a root canal?
So named for the pulp-filled void inside each tooth root, root canal therapy removes infected and inflamed tissue, seals the canal and covers the tooth with a porcelain crown. Dr. Thomasson performs these procedures with benefit of local anesthetic and small files which debride and smooth the canal walls. He also instills antibiotic medication to clear up the infection and strengthens each canal with gutta-percha, an inert, biocompatible putty.
Usually, root canal treatments take two visits to your Madison dentist's office. One appointment involves evaluation of your tooth, taking oral impressions, cleaning out the canals and placing a temporary cap over the tooth.
After about ten days, you return to Thomasson Dental where your dentist removes the cap, checks the status of the tooth and then covers it with a customized porcelain crown. That completes your root canal treatment.
What tells the dentist you need a root canal
Many things do. One is dental sensitivity to pressure, heat and cold. Another is drainage, reddened, swollen gums and toothache pain. Sometimes, really bad breath accompanies a dental abscess. Also, some teeth benefit from root canal therapy if they have suffered trauma or are simply weak congenitally. Count on the expertise of your oral health care provider to guide you through the decision process and the treatment itself.
Miscellaneous facts about root canal therapy
1. It's as easy as getting a big filling.
2. It saves teeth from unnecessary extraction and expensive tooth replacements.
3. The procedure does not hurt.
4. Most root canal procedures succeed, preserving teeth for years, says the American Association of Endodontists, dentists expert in root canal therapies of all kinds.
5. Teeth treated with root canal therapy are easy to care for. Brush and floss as you usually do. See your dentist at Thomasson Dental every six months for a professional cleaning and examination.
Do you need a root canal?
Dr. Mark Thomasson or Dr. Andrew Thomasson will let you know if your tooth is a candidate for this tried and true treatment. If you suspect a serious problem with any of your teeth, call the office in Madison, TN, right away for an appointment: (615) 865-1732.
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