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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Oral Cancer Screenings

At the dental practice of Lis Bradley, DDS we want the families from our community to be aware of oral cancer and how to prevent it.  Heavy smoking and drinking do increase the risk of oral cancer, but oral cancer can still occur if someone never smokes.  The human papilloma virus (HPV) was recently found to be responsible for most oral cancers that originated in the back of the mouth.  Because there is no way to predict cancer, you should ask about an oral cancer screening with each dental checkup. 


To screen for oral cancer, Lis Bradley, DDS will conduct a visual exam, and use an ultraviolet light to see any irregularities inside the mouth. This can be done quickly in addition to any appointment.  Regular screenings are the best way to protect yourself, but always contact us if you notice any inexplicable pain, swelling, or numbness in your throat or jaw.


To learn more about oral cancer screenings all the services provided at the practice, visit www.lisbradleydds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS in Brentwood, TN, call 615-778-0810.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Gum Contouring

We all like to make a great first impression with a nice smile.  Lis Bradley, DDS knows that the overall look of your smile includes your gums.  Even patients with teeth in good condition feel like their gums keep them from enjoying their best smile.  We offer gum contouring surgery so that any patient can have their perfect smile.


Removing excess gum tissue is a simple procedure that can correct a gummy smile or a smile that looks uneven.  This safe and non-invasive procedure can be completed in the office using local anesthesia.  Once the gums are numb, a scalpel or laser tool is used to remove excess gum tissue and expose more of the tooth.  This can be done to each tooth, or selectively to match other teeth, as if sculpting the gum line.  The result is an even, stunning smile!  If you think your smile would benefit from gum contouring, please contact us.


To learn more about gum contouring and all the services provided at the practice, visit www.lisbradleydds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS in Brentwood, TN, call 615-778-0810.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bleeding Gums

Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is a common condition, but one that can be avoided. Many people think that it’s normal or not a big deal if their gums bleed when they brush their teeth, but this is actually a sign of disease and a warning about their oral hygiene.


People should only use soft-bristled toothbrushes to brush their teeth. Hard bristles can bruise their gums. However, gingivitis is caused by excessive bacterial growth in the gum pockets. In the space between the gum and the tooth root, bacteria grow naturally as part of the oral ecosystem, but their numbers can increase too much when they have large amounts of food debris available. Bacteria produce acid, which sticks to plaque and irritates the surrounding gum tissue. As plaque builds up, tartar forms at the gum line around the tooth.


Patients can reduce plaque and tartar build-up by brushing regularly, but they cannot remove material from their gum pockets. Regular deep cleanings are necessary for preventing gingivitis. Even then, some people are particularly at risk. Those groups include pregnant women, people with dry mouth or who are on blood thinner medications, and smokers.


Lis Bradley, DDS, operates at 8112 Isabella Ln, Suite 101, Brentwood, Tennessee. To schedule an appointment, visit LisBradleyDDS.com or call 615-778-0810.


 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Teeth Whitening

Even when you take care good of your oral health, staining to the teeth can occur over time. Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS provides teeth whitening services to patients with serious staining to the teeth and those with minor stains who want to achieve a dazzling white smile.  A consultation can help you determine how severe your stains are, what kind of results you can expect from a whitening treatment, and the best whitening option for you. 


To whiten your teeth at home, we outfit patients with whitening gel and a set of custom trays for the application.  A dentist takes an impression of your teeth, and from this impression, two custom trays are made for your top and bottom teeth.  The trays are made for you to take home and use by applying gel to the trays and then fitting them over your teeth. The dentist’s recommendation of how often to treat and how long each treatment should last may vary.  When following the dentist’s recommendations, most patients see results of teeth whitening 4-8 shades.  We also offer in-office teeth whitening.  Along with custom trays and whitening gel, this service also includes a 2.5 hour chairside session to give you a boost in the whitening process.


To learn more about teeth whitening and all the services provided at the practice, visit www.lisbradleydds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS in Brentwood, TN, call 615-778-0810.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bridges

Missing teeth wreak havoc on your mouth over time.  Gaps in the teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and when a tooth is missing long enough the jaw bone is vulnerable and the structure becomes compromised. Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS installs permanent bridges that replace missing teeth and still look natural.


Permanent bridges use healthy teeth on either side of a missing tooth to anchor a replacement in the appropriate location.  The replacement tooth is held in place by caps on the teeth on either side.  This can typically be accomplished in two visits.  First, an impression of the area is taken so that a dental laboratory can create a bridge that will fit perfectly.  A temporary bridge will be placed while your custom product is fabricated.  On your second visit, the bridge will be cemented into place.  With proper care bridges can last a lifetime, but can be replaced if needed.


To learn more about bridges and all the services provided at the practice, visit www.lisbradleydds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS in Brentwood, TN, call 615-778-0810.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dangers of DIY Orthodontics

Dr. Lis Bradley is proud to be a certified ClearCorrect provider. In recent years, dentists have been alarmed by a rise in so-called DIY orthodontics. These dangerous practices, advertised as time and money savers, actually pose a severe risk to peoples’ oral health.


Many orthodontists consider their work a form of art. Guiding the movement of living tissue such as teeth through the jaw is a complicated process which requires careful judgment. The jawbone must dissolve and rebuild itself as the teeth migrate across it, which takes time. Unfortunately, stories are circulating on the internet of people who 3D-print their own invisible aligners, allowing them to move their teeth at a faster pace. Doing this prevents the jaw bone from rebuilding, allowing the teeth to shift back to their original position or to become loose and fall out.


If you are suffering from a misaligned bite or unsatisfied with your smile, our office will work with you to provide the best care possible. 


Lis Bradley, DDS, operates at 8112 Isabella Ln, Suite 101, Brentwood, Tennessee. To schedule an appointment, visit LisBradleyDDS.com or call 615-778-0810.


 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How to Clean Dentures

Getting dentures is a step in patients’ lifelong journey of oral care which requires them to make some changes in their hygiene habits. The changes are not difficult, but they are important, so we wanted to provide some guidance.


Any denture that is removable needs to be taken out on a nightly basis, regardless of whether it is supported by implants. But the denture must not be allowed to dry out, either. Because heat can warp it, a denture needs to be kept in room-temperature water or cleaning solution. It is wise to hold the denture over a towel while transferring it between the mouth and its container because if it does break or bend, it should only be fixed by a professional.


Dentures do not have the protective membranes of natural teeth and can be scratched by the minerals in ordinary toothpaste. The American Dental Association recommends specialty toothpastes for use on dentures, and patients should only brush them with a brush that has soft bristles (although this is true of their natural teeth, as well). The entire denture should be brushed, not just the parts which look like teeth. Patients should also brush their gums before putting their dentures back in to stimulate blood flow and prevent oral infections.


Lis Bradley, DDS, operates at 8112 Isabella Ln, Suite 101, Brentwood, Tennessee. To schedule an appointment, visit LisBradleyDDS.com or call 615-778-0810.


 

Oral Cancer Screenings

At the dental practice of Lis Bradley, DDS we want the families from our community to be aware of oral cancer and how to prevent it.  Heavy ...