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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