Conscious Sedation Dentistry, Brentwood TN

As long as there have been dentists, there have been those that delay and neglect their oral health due to fear; enduring unnecessary discomfort and pain rather than visit the dentist office. If this sounds familiar, Conscious Sedation Dentistry may be right for you.

Sedation dentistry has been around in one form or another since the mid-1800s when William T.G. Morton administered ether compound to a patient. Sedation dentistry has, luckily, evolved into a relaxing and comfortable option for those that fear dental visits.

Through the use of medication, we pride ourselves on offering our patients state of the art care, in a comfortable and relaxed environment. We tailor the level of Conscious Sedation Dentistry based on each patient’s need and level of anxiety. Best of all, we can perform a wide range of dental procedures in a single visit!

It’s important to discuss your dental fears with Dr. Kussman as we have many options to ensure you get the care you need in as comfortable a manner as possible.

flouride_treatment_kussmanConscious Sedation Dentistry Options

Light Sedation – Relaxing while allowing you to remain awake and alert.

Moderate Sedation – Relaxed and feeling sleepy and less alert, but awake.

Deep Sedation – Relaxed to the point of  ‘sleep’, or barely awake.

After the Procedure

Patients report little to no memory of their procedure after the fact allowing many to address issues they might previously have ignored.

We are dedicated to providing you with best possible care available and Conscious Sedation allows us to complete many procedures in the shortest amount of time. We encourage you to contact our office with any questions and get started on the road to optimum oral health today.

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Tips To Send Your Child To School With A Healthy Smile

Back to school means new school clothes, school supplies, forms to fill out and new routines to learn. In short, it’s a busy, busy time! With all the hustle and bustle back to school brings, one appointment you don’t want to forget is your child’s dental check-up. In fact, the American Dental Association states,

 “A dental examination is as important as  booster shots and should be a regular part of back to school preparations.”

Along with regular check-ups, the ADA makes the following recommendations to protect your child’s oral health and send them to school with a healthy smile.

Plan Ahead

August and December are some of the busiest times. Plan ahead and schedule your child’s dental exams early.

Every Child Should Have an Orthodontic Evaluation By Age 7

Early evaluation and treatment can reduce the severity of a bad bite later in life.

Consider Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants protect your child’s teeth by forming a barrier on the chewing surface and can last several years.

Have Your Child Fitted For A Mouthguard

Sporting injuries to your child’s teeth can be minimized or prevented by use of a well-fitting mouthguard.

You may read all of the ADA Back-to-school recommendations by clicking here. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office at (615) 346-3007.

 

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Orthodontic Treatment Options

Teeth Problems That Can Be Caused By A Bad Bite

Crooked, crowded and overlapping teeth can cause a wide range of problems, including:

  • Tooth decay and gum disease – teeth that are not in proper alignment are hard to clean, particularly if they overlap. A build-up of plaque can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Wear and tear – the teeth of the upper and lower jaw are meant to come together in a specific way, with the upper teeth slightly protruding over the lower teeth. If they are misaligned, the action of chewing may grind the teeth unevenly.
  • Jaw injury – the jaw joint is called the temporo-mandibular joint, which is also known as the TMJ. A bad bite may place stress and strain on this joint; this can cause localized problems such as pain, headaches as well as clicking or grinding noises when the jaw opens and closes.
  • Speech impediments – many sounds are made with the tongue against or near the teeth. Misaligned teeth or jaws can interfere with speech.
  • Self-confidence – a person may be reluctant to smile due to misaligned teeth.

How We Diagnose Orthodontic Problems

Problems with teeth and jaw alignment are identified using a number of tests, including:

  • Dental X-rays both inside and outside the mouth
  • Photographs both inside and outside the mouth
  • Duplicate your bite in stone casts using impression materials

Initial Planning

Once the problems are diagnosed, we create a step-by-step corrective plan. Any existing dental findings will likely need to be addressed before orthodontic treatment can begin. For instance, any decay must be treated and a dental cleaning must be performed. Also, teeth that are causing crowding may need to be removed before orthodontic treatment can be started.

Types of Treatment Options

The range of corrective orthodontic devices includes:

  • Braces – Braces are the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth. Brackets are cemented to each tooth that needs to be moved with special dental glue and are typically made of a clear ceramic material or stainless steel. These brackets act like a handle on the tooth so that it can be moved into its correct position when force is applied to the brackets. Visits to our office every few weeks are needed to adjust the forces on the teeth as the teeth are slowly moved into a desired position.
  • Elastics or rubber bands are sometimes used in orthodontic treatment. Elastics are helpful in aligning the upper and lower jaws. When help is needed to move teeth, elastics may be stretched from these teeth and attached to a bracket on either the upper or lower teeth. It’s important to wear the elastics as instructed or orthodontic treatment will take longer.
  • Headgear – if the teeth need extra pressure, headgear and bands may be worn. Basically, tensioned rubber bands are hooked to the braces and connected to a strap worn around the head, usually at night.

Risks of Orthodontic Treatment

Some of the risks of orthodontics include:

  • Dental hygiene problems – braces and wires make cleaning the teeth more difficult. This can cause decay, discoloration and permanent marks.
  • Mouthguards – It is strongly recommended that you obtain a special mouthguard if you play sports involving contact with another player.
  • Relapse – teeth have fibers attached to the roots and those fibers have memory, which can caused properly aligned teeth to rotate out of alignment once the force on the teeth are removed. When wisdom teeth appear, also known as third molars, this can also caused properly aligned teeth to relapse. It is important that you wear your retainers for the prescribed time after fixed treatment has ended.
  • Soft tissue injury – the braces may dig into the gums or cheeks.

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ClearCorrect Removable Orthodontics

Looking for an alternative to braces? ClearCorrect is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort-every reason to smile.

With ClearCorrect, we can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.

We will evaluate your teeth and talk about any problems or goals you have for your smile. Once we establish ClearCorrect is the right treatment option for you, we will take impressions, photos, and x-rays of your teeth that ClearCorrect uses in manufacturing your custom aligners.

Your Custom Treatment Plan

teeth-moldWe will send your records such as your impressions, photos, and x-rays to ClearCorrect with a prescription for your custom aligners. ClearCorrect uses your records to create exact 3D models of your teeth. Then working with us every step of the way, and following the precise instructions provided on your prescription, ClearCorrect maps out a complete treatment plan of gradual adjustment that takes your teeth from where they are currently to where we want them to end up. Once completed, we will be able to preview the projected results of your treatment in your “treatment set-up,” a computer representation of your teeth before and after treatment.

Your Aligners are Computer-Crafted

clear-correct-alignerWhen everyone, including you, is satisfied with the projected results shown in your treatment set-up, the manufacturing process begins. Using the latest digital mapping and molding technology, ClearCorrect creates your custom aligners with computer precision. ClearCorrect then sends your aligners to us for delivery to you.

 

Progress Wearing Your Aligners

clear-correct-placementYou’ll wear your aligners all the time, except while eating and drinking or during daily tooth care, such as brushing and flossing. Your ClearCorrect aligners are so clear they are barely noticeable so they won’t have an impact on your day to day life. Aligner by aligner, you’ll be able to see the difference as your teeth slowly adjust and align to your target smile. You’ll visit us periodically for checkups to see how you’re progressing until you eventually have the straight smile you’ve always wanted.

 

The Choice Is Clear!

With the results and convenience ClearCorrect offers and the advantages it has over other treatment options, it’s an easy decision. With ClearCorrect you can get the obvious benefits and confidence you’ll enjoy with straight teeth so you too can show off your smile.
 

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