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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dental Bonding

One of the cosmetic services that Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS provides to patients is dental bonding. Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which helps bond the material to a tooth. Dental bonding is used to fix aesthetic repairs while working to restore a tooth back to its natural function.


Dental bonding is used to repair decayed teeth, teeth that are chipped or cracked, and/or to improve the appearance of discolored teeth. Dental bonding takes very little to almost no preparation, and the use of anesthesia isn’t always necessary. Dental bonding is one of the least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures and can usually be performed in one visit to the office.


If you have questions or concerns about cosmetic dental services, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide 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, February 7, 2018

Causes of Filling Failure

We provide patients with inconspicuous, comfortable fillings at Dr. Lis Bradley’s Brentwood dental office, and as scientists study fillings more, our procedures continue to improve. We want to pass along the results of a study on filling failure that provides some good news as well as information about when people need to especially be on their guard.


Fillings do not usually last longer than ten years before needing to be replaced, but a few factors cause them to fail early. Two of the most common of these are smoking and alcohol use. The new study also found that early filling failure tends to run in families, suggesting there could be a genetic component. For people in these categories, it is especially important to maintain regular dental check-ups, so we can examine each filling’s viability and replace it before failure allows decay to resume or function to be compromised.


The study also had a very positive finding. White-colored composite fillings, which have recently emerged as an alternative to amalgam ones, have just as high a rate of success. This is good news because the white fillings are generally thought to be more attractive and avoid some of the problems with metal, such as sensitivity to coldness and heat.


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


 

Friday, February 2, 2018

ClearCorrect Braces

ClearCorrect is an invisible alternative to braces that Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS provides to patients. ClearCorrect is a clear aligner system that uses a series of aligners to straighten teeth. Because they are removable, daily activities such as eating and practicing proper oral care won’t be interrupted. ClearCorrect treatment involves several phases of aligner therapy, but treatment time will depend on the patient.  


ClearCorrect can be used to treat orthodontic issues that relate to crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, and even teeth that are crooked. ClearCorrect aligners should be worn all the time, except when eating and drinking. Because the aligners are virtually invisible, they will have little to no impact on your self-esteem. To determine if ClearCorrect is right for you, schedule a consultation today.


If you have questions or concerns about ClearCorrect or orthodontic options, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide 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, January 10, 2018

Gum Contouring

Lis Bradley, DDS sees many patients who are unhappy with their smiles for various reasons.  The overall look of your smile includes the gums, and even when a patient has healthy teeth and gums they may be dissatisfied with the overall appearance of their smile due to excess gum tissue or a lack of tissue.  Gum contouring is a way to give any patient their best smile.


A lack of or excess of gum tissue can cause a smile to have the look of elongated teeth or a gummy smile.  To create a balanced look between gum and tooth, a gum contouring procedure can include removing gum tissue, placing gum grafts, or both.  Excess tissue is removed using a laser or scalpel tool.  Soft tissue grafts are harvested from a healthy location in the patient’s mouth, and placed where gum tissue is lacking or has receded.  The result is an even ratio of tooth to gums throughout the whole mouth.  Don’t let your gums keep you from your best smile!


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

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Regular Dental Cleanings

It is recommended by the Academy of General Dentistry you have a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every six months.  Lis Bradley, DDS encourages her patients to maintain a great oral health routine at home, but it is still important to come into the office for regular professional cleanings.  However much you brush and floss, some harmful bacteria grow in your mouth that cause gum disease and can only be removed by a dental professional.


It’s important to see a professional regularly to locate and monitor areas in the mouth that may need special attention, and a dentist can tell you if you may be missing a spot or skipping an important step in your regular oral care routine.  During a teeth cleaning, a hygienist thoroughly clean the area above and below the gum line with scaling tools to rid them of plaque and tartar. After the surfaces of the teeth are cleaned, the hygienist flosses between every one of your teeth and may apply fluoride if recommended by the dentist.


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

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tooth-Colored Fillings

A tooth-colored filling is a dental filling that is designed to match the aesthetics of a natural tooth. Dental fillings are used to fill cavities or holes in the teeth that have been caused by dental decay. Also known as composite resins, these types of fillings provide solid durability and resistance to fracture in small to mid-size fillings that need to withstand the pressure of chewing. If you need a dental filling, Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS can discuss your options.


The procedure for a tooth-colored filling can be completed in one appointment. Because tooth-colored fillings bond directly to tooth enamel, they are strong and resist the wear and tear that comes with chewing food. To keep your white fillings looking their best, you’ll need to maintain a proper oral hygiene regimen by brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, flossing for at least once a day, and visiting us twice a year for routine dental cleanings.


If you have questions or concerns about dental fillings, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide 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.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic device that is cemented onto existing teeth or dental implants by Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS. There are several reasons a dental crown may be necessary. Dental crowns help repair and strengthen teeth that have been damaged by dental trauma or decay, they can improve a tooth’s appearance. Dental crowns can last a lifetime with proper oral care.


There are several types of materials that are used for dental crowns and Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS can discuss these options with you during a consultation. The procedure for receiving a dental crown usually takes two visits. During the first appointment, Dr. Bradley will prepare the tooth, take the tooth impression, and place a temporary crown. In between these two appointments your permanent crown will be made, and the second visit will include placing the permanent crown!


If you have questions or concerns about dental crowns, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide 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.

Dental Bonding

One of the cosmetic services that Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS provides to patients is dental bonding. Dental bonding is a procedure in which a toot...