At Nashville Smiles, we are happy to offer a variety of services. From cosmetic dentistry to full mouth rehabilitation, our state-of-the-art practice is equipped to handle all of your dental needs. We pride ourselves on staying ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest advances in technology. Our goal is to provide our patients with a comfortable experience while delivering the best dental care possible.
Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your oral health baseline. Dr. Branch will perform a complete oral examination which includes an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy. Once Dr. Branch has completed the exam, he then determines what type of cleaning is needed. Our dental hygiene program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where proper oral hygiene is maintained. At the initial visit with the hygienist, oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits.
Amalgam or silver fillings are a thing of the past. With the advent of the newest technologies in dental science, today’s tooth colored restorative materials include ceramic and composite materials.These materials are not only strong and durable, but restore the look of natural teeth and are very aesthetically pleasing. Root canals don’t have a great reputation, but is a necessary procedure used to treat a tooth when the pulp has become infected. Often times a root canal can be completed in one visit. Once a tooth has had a root canal, it is necessary to be restored with a crown.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. They are also used to attach bridges, restore dental implants, and prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns can be made one of two ways. The first, is by using our state-of-the-art Cerec machine creating same day crowns. This new technology allows the patient to complete the crown process start to finish in the same appointment. The second, is by using a high quality dental laboratory to fabricate the crown. This is the traditional way and takes longer than a Cerec crown. Be sure to ask our dental team if a Cerec crown is right for you.
Nashville Smiles offers a variety of cosmetic dental procedures. One of our most popular cosmetic procedures is teeth whitening. Our in office bleaching system will make your teeth whiter and brighter. You may also use our take home bleaching system to achieve a brighter and whiter smile in a matter of days. Sign up to become a member of our Whitening for Life Program at your next hygiene visit. The initial cost for the program is $99. The fee includes custom trays and 3 syringes of whitening gel. Once you join the program, you will receive FREE whitening gel at each hygiene visit for life! Porcelain veneers are also a popular cosmetic procedure. Veneers are natural in appearance, and are a perfect alternative for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile. Veneers are thin, custom made shells made from tooth- colored materials (such as porcelain) designed to cover the front side of your teeth.
The goal of orthodontics is to correct a malocclusion-a bad bite. Teeth may be crowded or crooked or the upper and lower jaws may be out of alignment. Occasionally, even when teeth appear straight, the patient may have a bite which is not even and which may be causing further dental problems.
Orthodontics utilizes physics to slowly move teeth into the proper position. This can be achieved two ways. The first is performed by using corrective appliances, including braces and retainers. In this traditional method, brackets are placed on the teeth using bonding technology. Arch wires are then threaded through these brackets. The tension and tightness of these wires determines the individual movement of each tooth. Orthodontics applies constant pressure on each tooth in a desired direction. By making adjustments to the pressure at follow up visits, Dr. Branch can control the slow movement of the teeth until the malocclusion is corrected. Generally speaking, this type of orthodontic treatment can last one to three years or longer depending on the patient’s age and severity of the malocclusion. Retainers are often worn to help ensure teeth remain in their new position after braces have been removed. The second method used to treat malocclusion, is Clear Correct (also known as Invisalign). Clear Correct straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It’s virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you are straightening your teeth. However, not all patients can be a candidate for Clear Correct.
Bridges & Dentures
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. This is commonly known as a “fixed” bridge and is permanently cemented onto your natural teeth. Dentures are also used to replace missing teeth and are supported by the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Unlike “fixed” bridges, dentures are removable. Advancements in technology have made dentures look more realistic and have a better fit. Removable dentures are removed from the mouth several times a day for cleaning and rest on the gums.
At Nashville Smiles we understand that many patients have a fear of going to the dentist. Your comfort is our number one priority. We want our patients to have the best experience possible. We offer two forms of sedation. The first is Nitrous Oxide, an odorless gas used to effectively manage anxiety during dental procedures. After the procedure, the patient is able to drive and continue normal day to day activity. The second is Oral Sedation. This form of sedation is used for those patients who experience extreme dental phobia even before arriving for their appointment. Oral sedation is prescribed by Dr. Branch, and taken before the dental appointment. This form of sedation is not as convenient as Nitrous Oxide, as it requires you to have a driver accompany you to and from the appointment. Normal activities can resume the next day after the sedation has worn off.