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Preventative dentistry is something that you do every single day – brushing, flossing, and general tooth and gum maintenance are all parts of preventing tooth decay and pain. By visiting our office twice per year, every six months, your preventative dentistry care is all the more effective.
Paired with your at-home dental hygiene, your regular dental visits reduce the need for restorative tooth care over time. With the help of Will Jones Dentistry’s team, you can identify any warning signs of dental decay or damage, and take the necessary steps to prevent further damage and create positive change for your smile.
Below, you will find a few of our preventative dentistry services, all of which can make your teeth healthier, pain-free, and functioning properly. Learn more about our services now!
While root canals sound tricky and a little scary, the treatment can often be done in one or two visits to our office. To begin the treatment, we examine and then radiograph the tooth. Using a local anesthetic, the tooth and surrounding area becomes numb. To make the root canal easier to administer, a protective sheet is put over the area, keeping saliva away from the tooth. Now, it is time to get started!
A hole is made in the top (or crown) of the tooth. This gives us access to the infection, allowing us to clean out the infection in the pulp chamber and in the root canals of the tooth. After this space is cleaned, the root canals are filled in with a biocompatible material and an adhesive cement ensures the complete sealing of the canal. Often, a temporary filling is placed on top to close the opening.
Eventually, you will have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore the tooth to its full functioning ability. If the tooth does not have enough structure, due to decay or other issues, a post may be put inside for stability and full restoration.
While root canals have been given the bad reputation as incredibly painful, the treatment, when done correctly, does not hurt at all. If pain is felt, it is not the treatment that is the problem, but it is the infection in the tooth.
In fact, a root canal is administered to eliminate pain. Our team takes extra time and care to make sure every root canal patient is comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. We understand how to comfort anxious patients, and we work quickly and simply to get the job done.
With our office conveniently located in the Nolensville/Brentwood area you don’t have to go far to get great root canal therapy. Give us a call at (888) 330-7103 today to schedule a consultation and see what treatment is best for you.
A dental sealant is used to create a protective barrier to prevent decay on your teeth. Most commonly, sealants are used on back molars, which can be difficult to clean, and keeps them safe from future cavities.
Sealants can be a form of treatment for patients of all ages, even for kids who have never had a cavity or for adults who always seem to have a problem with their teeth. Whatever your experience, our team at Will Jones DDS is committed to preventing future tooth decay for all our patients.
A dental sealant is a barrier that protects your tooth. Made with a paste or gel that hardens, the sealant is placed on your tooth by your dentist.
Depending upon the material used for your tooth, you may require an intense light to solidify the sealant and make it adhere fully to your tooth. Dr. Jones uses an ADA-approved light to help harden the sealant. Once hardened and affixed to your tooth, the sealant is quite durable and can last several years on your tooth.
There is no better way to keep your teeth healthy than through preventative measures. By stopping bacteria from getting into the nooks and crannies of your teeth, you avoid the issues that come with decay.
Because of their location, the back molars are the most susceptible to decay. Their location, used primarily for chewing foods, combined with their deep grooves make them prime targets for bacteria to form and create cavities.
Since sealants are an excellent way to prevent decay, children can greatly benefit from their protective qualities. Kids who already have healthy teeth should keep them that way – that’s why sealants are so helpful to keep cavities away for years to come.
We know a good candidate for sealants when we see one! We have applied sealants for patients from Brentwood, Nashville, Franklin, Antioch, Nolensville, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call, and we can help decide if sealants are a good idea for you or your child.
Your teeth aren’t automatically protected once a sealant is placed. While they do an excellent job of keeping your teeth safe, you still have to take care of them.
Not just for dental sealants, but also for overall dental health, regular checkups are crucial. By coming to our office twice per year (every six months), our team will check your sealants to make sure they are holding up well.
Basic preventative hygiene is the most routine way to care for your sealants. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily can remove sticky plaque and bacteria, which makes your mouth a healthier place!
Interested in how dental sealants can benefit your smile or your child’s overall dental health? Let’s talk! If you are a good candidate for sealants, we will schedule your preventative care right away.
Call us today to schedule your appointment.
Even small amounts of fluoride, found in some water supplies and other supplements, can make a positive impact on your smile. With the help of fluoride treatments, your smile gets direct benefits from the wonders of fluoride.
While it only takes a few minutes, fluoride treatments provide lasting results in preventing tooth decay.
From your first months in the world, fluoride has played a key role in shaping your dental health. Fluoride from water, food, and supplements works to strengthen your tooth enamel, even before your teeth emerged!
As your teeth came in, fluoride helped remineralize tooth enamel to reverse any early stages of decay. Dental products that contain fluoride, such as toothpaste or mouthwash, can place fluoride directly on the surface of your teeth. The same goes for any food or drinks that contain fluoride – you are continuously helping your teeth get stronger with every bite and sip!
So, you may be wondering, “if fluoride can be found in toothpaste, mouthwash, water, food, and other supplements, why do I need a fluoride treatment?”
Some people are more susceptible to cavities and can truly benefit from regular fluoride treatments. Cavities may be due to any of the following:
In the office, the fluoride foam is applied directly to your teeth, and helps combat any affects from the symptoms above.
Continue to care for your teeth as you normally would, with regular brushing and flossing. As the American Dental Association recommends, brush at least twice per day, and floss once per day.
Regular dental visits, twice per year, keep your teeth strong and healthy. Our regular administration of fluoride treatments is one of many ways your visits to our office make a difference for your smile.
Enjoying a balanced diet, while avoiding excessive sugary foods, doesn’t just benefit your smile; it also benefits your overall health and well-being. Eating foods rich in fluoride can bolster the effects of your fluoride treatment, giving your smile even more protection.
Ready to get started and care for your teeth today? Professional fluoride treatments may be the answer for you.
If you are in the Brentwood, Nashville, Franklin, Antioch, Nolensville, and the other surrounding areas and are in need of a dentist, give us a call today. We look forward to protecting your smile with a fluoride treatment!
As in all forms of cancer, early detection and prevention is the best way to stop oral cancer in its tracks. During your regular appointments, we look for warning signs of oral, neck, throat, and tongue cancers, while finding ways to prevent and treat these diseases.
Typically, patients who present symptoms of bleeding, pain, significant swelling, difficulty swallowing, or major ear pain will need further investigation into the cause of these symptoms.
During each visit, Dr. Jones will examine your mouth and neck, taking a few quick minutes to note any clear issues.
If there is anything that raises a flag, we will take additional steps, such as x-rays or samples, for further analysis. If a cancer diagnosis is confirmed, you will be referred to an oncologist who will map out next steps for you.
Each year, about 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. Oral cancer, unfortunately, has a low survival rate at the moment. The reason for this is because oral cancer is often left undetected and is usually not caught until it has grown and spread.
You are the most important factor when it comes to cancer screenings. If something feels off, come in for a visit. If you have questions, ask. The best thing to do when you suspect something is wrong is to get checked first, and then we can take the next steps to stop any diseases that have formed.
Do you have a family history of oral cancer, or have you noticed a change in your mouth, tongue, throat, or gums recently? Let us know.
Our team is here to help you prevent and treat any diseases, and cancer is no different. If you are worried about your oral health today, give us a call to discuss any pain or troubles you are having.
For many people, and for many reasons, the temporomandibular joint – commonly known as TMJ – can be a pain. During your visits with us, you can make us aware of TMJ pain, and we can offer solutions to help.
Your temporomandibular joint is the part of your head where your mandible, or jawbone, meets the temporal bone. This joint allows you to move your jaw from side to side, and up and down.
There are many reasons why the TMJ can cause pain. Genetics, arthritis, stress, and injuries are among the most common.
While TMJ is found in both men and women, women tend to be diagnosed with TMJ pain more often. Your bone structure and joints may also be a contributing factor.
Over time, the inside of your TMJ may experience some wearing down. This can be an indication of an arthritis called osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis is more common in older patients than younger. Also, if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, TMJ can be one of the joints that is affected.
If you are someone who grinds your teeth regularly, day or night, because of stress, TMJ pain can be a result. Straining and tightening your jaw and facial muscles can put pressure on your TMJ. You may not even notice that you clench or grind your teeth because of stress, but we can identify this for you, and offer treatments (such as a nightguard) to help.
A dislocation of the jaw or a sudden blow to the jaw can result in TMJ pain. Either displacement of the jaw, or stress following the injury, can contribute to issues with your TMJ.
Luckily, there are many solutions for treating TMJ pain. Here are some of the most common ways:
Changing your diet to softer foods can alleviate some of the pain that comes from chewing and crunching with your TMJ.
We may recommend ice, heat, or a combination of the two to reduce the pain your TMJ causes you.
Pain relieving medications such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or other over the counter options can improve how your TMJ is feeling.
Massages, meditation, exercise, and stress reduction therapy may decrease stress-related grinding and clenching.
If you have severe TMJ pain, some exercises to move the jaw can be highly effective. We can suggest some moves that you can try.
Worn on your upper and lower teeth, a night guard is worn to keep your teeth from touching and grinding through the night. If you continue to have pain, it may be recommended that you wear a night guard during the day. We make a custom-fit guard that will get results for you.
If you have missing, misaligned, or impaired teeth, the uneven touching of teeth can cause pain. Often, we may suggest further dental work, such as crowns, partial dentures, or braces to alleviate the pain.
Whenever you feel pain of any kind in your mouth, talk to us! Until then, here are some of the most common pains and issues that come with TMJ disorder:
These could also be signs of other problems, but they are usually good indicators of TMJ issues. During your regular dental visits, we will inspect your jaw and your bite to see if there are any signs of TMJ problems, even if you do not notice clear symptoms yet. The dentist may use X-ray images, MRI tests, and/or CT scans to get a full diagnosis.
While TMJ issues are often quickly spotted and diagnosed, other TMJ cases can be a bit more complex. Our skilled team has experience in finding solutions to both simple and complex TMJ issues, giving you the right treatment to move forward.
If you are concerned about TMJ or want to learn more, contact us today. There is no reason for you to live in pain; let us help find a solution that works for you.