The winter holidays are quickly approaching, and from purchasing gifts to decorating the home, many families are preparing for the festivities ahead. However, wintertime is also a perfect opportunity to schedule a wisdom teeth extraction for you or your child. The oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Nashville not only agree that you should take advantage of the winter break for this necessary procedure...
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When you smile, do you feel confident or even radiant? Oral health can have a profound effect on your self-esteem and your quality of life. A recent study confirmed the profound impacts of oral health on the self-esteem of adolescents; many adults feel the same vulnerabilities. Sometimes you need to make a change – you need to do something that will get you out of...
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Oral surgery requires different patient preparation than other surgeries due to the nature of oral procedures. A patient undergoing oral surgery must be aware of what to do before and after surgery to minimize risk and maximize recovery. The Day Before Once you know when your oral surgery will take place, you can begin to prepare. Speak to your dentist for details about your specific...
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Dental implants restorations can serve as an alternative to dentures and can help individuals regain confidence in their ability to smile and engage in a normal social life. While dentistry professionals see the benefits of dental implants, many patients hesitate before making the decision to invest in dental implants. Here are some of the most common misconceptions we see regarding the procedure and the finished...
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CT Scans in Dentistry

January 11, 2017

In routine dentistry, professionals order x-rays to evaluate the jawbone, crowns, and the roots of your teeth. They allow doctors to identify and diagnose problems beneath the skin’s surface. CT scans provide three-dimensional imaging to give your doctor a usable blueprint of your oral and maxillofacial structure. What is a CT Scan? CT or computed tomography scans offer medical professionals a detailed and clear picture...
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The evolving world of medicine is always finding new technologies and better, more effective ways to treat problems. The realm of oral health is no different. The use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in oral reconstruction is such advancements. What is Platelet-Rich Plasma? Plasma is a natural blood by-product. As the name suggests, platelet-rich plasma has an exceptionally high concentration of platelets. In recent research, PRP...
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Serving Special Needs Patients

November 16, 2016

Good oral health is important for everyone, including people with special needs. Unfortunately, patients suffering from conditions such as dementia, autism, Down syndrome, paralysis, or any number of other special needs do not receive appropriate dental care because of the unique challenges presented by their health conditions. A great dentist or oral surgeon can brainstorm with these patients or their caregivers to come up with...
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All-on-4 is a dental technique where a full set of teeth is supported by four dental implants. Tooth loss is not rare. More than 35 million Americans are missing all of their upper or lower teeth. All-on-4 dental implants can give these people increased quality of life without the hassle of traditional dentures. How Do Traditional Implants Work Vs. All-on-4 Implants? Dental implants are done...
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Teeth are tough protrusions of bone, but they are far from indestructible. Normal wear and tear can break them down, but this can be prevented with good oral hygiene habits. Bad habits can accelerate the normal rate of tooth decay or cause damage directly. Dental Habits to Avoid There are many surprising ways people damage their teeth. Some everyday habits can chip teeth, cause impactions,...
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Your smile is a big part of a good first impression. Thus, missing teeth can damage that impression and erode your confidence. However, missing teeth don’t have to negatively impact your life. There are options you can consider, and Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery Nashville is here to help you choose the best one for you. Dental Implants Dental implants are often considered the best and...
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When questions about wisdom teeth arrive, many people are confused about how and why they are removed. Adolescents and young adults are among the most common group needing their wisdom teeth extracted. What Are Wisdom Teeth? One wisdom tooth grows in the back of each quadrant of the mouth. They are the third molar. First molars fully develop when a person turns approximately six, second...
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In days gone by, when people lost teeth, there wasn’t much to do about it. Thanks to the last 25 years of innovation, patients no longer need to live with gaps in their smile. Dental implants are now an important step along the road to a healthy and complete jaw. What is a Dental Implant? For patients who have experienced tooth loss due to trauma,...
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The techniques involved in oral surgery are constantly evolving. With improved methods and more-advanced technologies, oral surgeons can easily treat what were once considered overwhelming conditions. Patients may not know what to expect in this brave new world of dentistry. An example of one such procedure is bone grafting. What is Bone Grafting? Bone grafting entails placing a framework within the damaged area of a...
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The conditions known as “cleft lip” and “cleft palate” occur when parts of the face don’t join properly during early pregnancy. In the womb, the face develops when separate areas come together, including the left and right sides of the mouth and lips. Occasionally, a separation occurs in the roof of the mouth and upper lip, creating what’s known as a cleft. What Causes Cleft...
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It’s estimated that as many as 85 percent of Americans have had their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth often crowd the mouth, force misalignment between other teeth, and painfully erupt through the gum line, which can lead to infection. Wisdom tooth removal is a rather routine procedure, but it can be intimidating. The idea of pain and restricted eating is simply too much for some...
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Facial trauma, or injuries to the face, can range from broken teeth to extremely severe injuries of the skin and bones of the face. The goals of treating facial injuries includes creating a clear airway, controlling bleeding, fixing broken bone segments and treating fractures, preventing scarring if possible, and ruling out other injuries.
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Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, cheeks, tongue, bottom of the mouth, hard and soft palate, throat, and sinuses, can appear as a growth or sore that will not go away. Oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. To do a self-check, notice if the mouth is smooth and a coral pink, which is baseline normal for a mouth’s interior.
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Snoring may seem normal or harmless, but it could mean something is wrong. In fact, snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea, which can be a life-threatening disorder if left untreated.
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What Is TMJ?

May 5, 2016

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. The term is used to describe a variety of issues that affect a person’s jaw. If this disorder is not treated, it can lead to serious conditions later in life.
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Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth people acquire in their teens and twenties. These teeth are useful if they align properly, but when they don’t, they usually require removal. Misaligned wisdom teeth can cause damage to the jawbone, nerves, and adjacent teeth. They promote crowding and affect all other teeth.
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