preventative care

New Patient Appointments

At your first appointment, you can expect it to last 1-1.5 hours. We do our best to complete your initial exam and your initial dental cleaning/prophylaxis at this appointment. There are times when we may schedule your new patient appointment as an exam only appointment to address a specific and emergent concern you may have.
 
During these appointments we take the necessary measures to properly diagnose and address your dental and periodontal concerns. We work closely with our treatment coordinators to address the financial concerns that accompany any treatment that is planned.
 
We work hard to make you comfortable and relaxed during these appointments and feel it is important to inform you and equip you tools to establish optimum oral health! 

Routine Hygiene Appointments

We recommend establishing routine dental care every 6 months for preventative maintenance. After your first hygiene appointment, our hygienist and dentist will determine what interval is best for you!

There are times that we recommend a more frequent recall status. This is most commonly due to periodontal concerns or oral hygiene concerns.

Periodontal Treatment

  • 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.
  • Periodontal disease increases with age, 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease.
During your initial hygiene appointment, we complete a full periodontal exam on every patient, and this is reevaluated yearly.
 
If it is determined that we have localized or generalized periodontal disease concerns, we may recommend a different initial cleaning or recall schedule for your hygiene appointments.
There are times where we may feel like you will be treated better at a gum specialist, a periodontist, and we have several trusted specialists in the Nashville area that we work closely with in these cases.
Your periodontal diagnosis is very important to us! We think your gingival health is just as important as your teeth.
 
We know how the importance of your periodontal health and its systemic connections with many bodily systems.

 

Pediatric Dental Appointments

Professional dental organizations recommend your child start seeing a dentist within 6 months of their first tooth erupting, or by 12 months of age.
 
We treat all ages at Nashville Dental Studio.
 
It may seem like there is not a lot that gets accomplished at your child’s initial cleaning, but the goal is to establish a dental home for your child and to inform you, as a parent, the best ways to care for your child’s dentition and oral health.
 
We introduce our dental hygiene tools and techniques as we see appropriate for each child.
We love families at Nashville Dental Studio!

Sealants

Around age 6 and age 12, there are molars that erupt in your child’s mouth. These permanent teeth typically have more defined pits and grooves than their primary teeth had. As we see these teeth erupt, we may recommend sealants to be placed over these pits and grooves. This is a resin material that is placed on the tooth that helps fill in these difficult to clean areas.   No dental anesthetic is required for this procedure, just cooperation! 
 
Not every child or tooth is a great candidate for sealants, but we do our best to place them on newly erupted, permanent dentition when we can. If we think your child is a candidate for sealants, then we will help guide you through this decision when the time is right. Some adults may be candidates as well.
 
Sealants are an affordable and one of the best options to help prevent decay on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

Mouth and Night Guards

Mouth guards can be fabricated to provide protection during an activity, usually a contact sport, to protect your dentition. If a patient has one made from an impression of their teeth, they usually fit better and will be more comfortable. This also leads to more compliance when wearing them.
 
Night Guards are sometimes recommended to patients after their initial evaluation if we feel like the patient a showing sign of bruxism, which means clenching or grinding. This can lead to further damage to the gingiva surrounding the teeth and the teeth themselves.
 
Night Guards, if fabricated in the office, can also help alleviate pain associated with clenching and grinding your teeth.
 
If you have had a night guard fabricated in a dental office before, and you feel that you may need a new one, please bring it to your appointments to have it evaluated!