At the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Nashville, state-of-the-art aesthetic dental care is about using restorative dentistry and biomimetic tools to illuminate all possible treatment options.
If you are in Nashville and need a skilled, caring and down-to-earth dentist who will care for your general dentistry needs while improving your oral and overall health, please contact the Center for Advanced Dentistry online or call (615) 383-6787 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kent White.
The Progress of Restorations
As much as we enjoy the process of creating beautiful, healthy smiles from damaged and diseased ones, we always recommend patients focus on preventive dentistry that can slow or stop the progress of damage to your teeth.
As damage progresses, we have to employ increasingly invasive (and expensive) restorations. The sooner you act, the less restoration necessary.
With some minor decay, we may not even need to perform restoration. With modified diet and oral hygiene, the natural processes of remineralization can reverse dental cavities.
But if your cavities develop, we will need to remove the decayed enamel and maybe dentin before replacing it with tooth-colored fillings. For larger decay, we might recommend porcelain inlays or onlays that can help your tooth retain its strength.
But once decay, trauma, or other damage has compromised the strength of the tooth, we will recommend a dental crown. The dental crown will fully protect the tooth from further decay, if properly maintained, and will restore its strength.
But if decay or trauma penetrates into the central chamber of the tooth, where the pulp, the living portion of the tooth, is located, we will have to perform an endodontic treatment, also known as a root canal. This procedure removes the living portion of the tooth to protect it and you from infection.
But if your tooth is too damaged for preservation with a root canal, we will recommend it be removed and replaced with a dental implant.
Please note that we no longer place mercury fillings because they can split and crack the healthy portions of a damaged tooth. Also, metal prevents an X-ray from detecting decay.
A Neuromuscular Approach to Restorative Dentistry
Dr. White takes a different view on restorative dentistry than some of his peers. He believes that the neuromuscular approach to dentistry capitalizes on state-of-the-art technology to devise long-term solutions. A dentist with neuromuscular training can use advanced diagnostics to determine a proper resting jaw position to promote oral, facial and muscular harmony. Only the neuromuscular approach to dentistry takes this complete perspective into account.
Your teeth are only one part of a complex, interrelated system that also includes bones, muscles, and nerves. Neuromuscular dentistry looks at the interaction between all these elements to design restorations that do not just repair damage, but also restore function. Dental restorations that are not designed to fit properly into your bite can cause:
- Difficulty chewing
- Jaw pain
- Wear on opposing teeth
- Failure of opposing teeth
- Failure of restoration
To counter these risks, Dr. White will properly measure your bite to determine if it’s healthy. If it is, the new restoration will be fitted ideally to your bite, encouraging ongoing jaw health.
But if your bite is not healthy to begin with, we may talk about how this and other tooth problems may be related to your bite problem, and how neuromuscular dentistry can help.
Long Term Health, Enhanced Beauty
Not everyone wants a movie star smile. But your attractive smile is an essential part of your personality, and it affects your personal and professional relationships. The appearance of your restorations is an important concern to us, and we always work to ensure that your restorations are natural in appearance and all but impossible to distinguish from your natural teeth.
To book your restorative dentistry consultation with Dr. White, please contact the Center for Advanced Dentistry at (615) 383-6787.