If you have questions, most likely others have had them too! Browse our list of frequently asked questions, and feel free to contact us directly if you don’t find the answers you need. We’re here to help!
Are you accepting new patients?
Do you take my insurance?
We are in-network with several major insurance companies and promise to work hard to accommodate dental insurance plans of all types. We also offer an in-office Membership Club, CareCredit and LendingTree for our patients to try to help them get the dental treatment they need. Give us a call to learn more at 615-427-4330!
What forms of payment are accepted?
What if I have a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies can include facial trauma that damages the structure of the teeth or jaw, loss of a permanent tooth, severe tooth pain, or signs of infection. Call us and we will try our best to get you into the office right away.
Who is a candidate for dental implants? How do I know if I’m a good candidate?
Almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants! Especially those with dentures or missing or failing teeth.
That being said, as time passes with teeth missing, the bone that used to support the teeth will shrink requiring potential bone grafting. Bone grafting has become a routine aspect of tooth replacement and with our 3D scanner we are able to accurately evaluate your bone levels and give you the best advice.
We will provide you with a free implant consultation. Just give us a call at 615-427-4430 or click the button below!
How does your practice accommodate people with disabilities?
Our practice offers handicap accessible amenities including convenient ramps from the parking lot, wide walkways, automatic doors, entranceways that measure 32” or greater, and a designated wheelchair accessible operatory. We also have staff on hand available to read aloud documents for the illiterate or blind, and have braille in the waiting area and in all restrooms. Our website is also ADA compliant. To learn more, click here.
How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of my smile?
If you’re feeling somewhat self-conscious about your teeth, or just want to improve your smile, cosmetic dental treatments may be the answer to a more beautiful, confident smile.
There are many cosmetic dental procedures available to improve your teeth and enhance your smile. Depending on your particular needs, cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile dramatically, from restoring a single tooth to having a full mouth makeover. Give us a call to learn more at 615-427-4330!
How often should I brush and floss?
Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.
Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone. Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
How often should I have a dental exam and cleaning?
You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year, though your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend more frequent visits.
Regular dental exams and cleaning visits are essential in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. At these visits, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health. These include:
- Medical history review: Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses, gives us insight to your overall health and also your dental health.
- Examination of diagnostic X-rays: Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
- Removal of tartar: Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for sometime and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during toothbrushing and scaling.
- Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric dental toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).
- Review dietary habits: Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health.