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Friday, August 18, 2017

Acid Reflux

One of the biggest threats to oral health is acid reflux. Dr. Lis Bradley regularly treats patients who have lost tooth enamel to this disease but we want to raise awareness of it so patients will know how to recognize and prevent it.


Acid reflux is the result of the sphincter separating the stomach from the esophagus opening and allowing acid up a patient’s digestive tract. In the esophagus, acid causes the painful sensation of heartburn, as well as ulcers. If it reaches as far as the mouth, the upper back teeth will usually be the worst affected. The damage of acid reflux occurs in stages, with the teeth taking on an appearance that is frosted and glazed before developing pits and cracks and losing their cusps.


To prevent acid reflux, patients should reduce their consumption of acidic, alcoholic, and caffeinated beverages, as wells as foods that are high in acid and fat. They should also avoid eating large meals before lying down and try to maintain better posture. Fluoride treatments can help protect teeth from acid reflux, but nothing can regrow lost enamel. However, fillings and partial crowns can be used to restore damaged teeth.


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


 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

General Dentistry

As a general dentist, Lis Bradley DDS, takes responsibility for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of oral health conditions. From missing teeth to misalignments, or gum disease to tooth decay, Dr. Lis Bradley utilizes the most advanced technological tools on the market to uncover and treat problems as early as possible. It is the primary goal of the doctor’s to provide exceptionally accurate and pain-free treatment plan.

Dr. Lis Bradley is highly educated in dental hygiene and trained in cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. For several years, instead of specializing in just one area of dentistry, the doctor has developed oneself in the services of crowns and bridges, preventive care, teeth cleanings and much more. The first step in providing a smooth dental visit for the patient involves gaining the patient’s trust. Dr. Lis Bradley does this by diagnosing the patient’s condition and having a thorough discussion about moving forward.. At the dental practice of Dr. Lis Bradley, patient wellness is a priority and good oral hygiene is paramount to the patient's overall health.

If you are searching for a general dentist, look no further and give our office a call. To learn about services provided at the practice, visit www.lisbradleydds.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lis Bradley in Brentwood, TN, call 615-778-0810. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ClearCorrect Braces

Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS offers ClearCorrect as an orthodontic option for patients as an alternative to traditional braces. ClearCorrect allows patients to straighten their smile using a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually move teeth a little bit at a time. Once treatment is complete, you’ll have the smile you always dreamed of.


ClearCorrect is available to adults and teenagers and involves four phases of aligner therapy. Each phase will require a new set of aligners that are typically worn for three weeks at a time. To maximize the potential of the aligners, they’ll need to be worn for 22 hours a day. With ClearCorrect braces, a patient is able to remove them as they please, making it easier to eat, brush, and floss. After wearing each set, the teeth will gradually move into place until treatment is complete.


If you have questions or concerns about ClearCorrect orthodontics, 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, August 5, 2017

Dental Implants

If you have missing teeth and are self-conscious about your appearance, then Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS wants to discuss dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium post that acts as a tooth root and is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line. Once placed, this allows Dr. Bradley to mount replacement teeth or a dental bridge. In order for a dental implant to be successful, the patient must have healthy gums. This will require a consultation, moving forward.


Implants provide a strong foundation for a new smile. Because they are planted below the gum line, they are built to last and can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene. Dental implants have many benefits, such as allowing you to enjoy life without worrying about your teeth, and improving your speech, that missing teeth might have hindered. In most cases, anyone who is healthy enough to undergo tooth extraction is eligible for implants. If you are considering them, talk to us today.


If you have questions or concerns about dental implants, 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, July 26, 2017

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is one of the most common contributory factors to tooth decay and other oral health problems. We at Dr. Lis Bradly’s office want our patients to understand how this condition puts them at risk for infections as well as some steps they can take to prevent it.


Scientifically known as xerostomia, dry mouth occurs when the salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva. This is a problem because saliva helps clean the mouth of food debris and makes it easier to swallow. Without it, bacteria are able to multiply more quickly. Saliva also helps to prevent acid from eroding tooth enamel and allows patients to get more comfortable sleep, improving their immune function.


Usually, dry mouth occurs in older people, but this is because it is a common medication side-effect. Sj√∂gren’s disease, which is most common in older women, is another common cause. Some ways of ameliorating dry mouth are to artificially stimulate additional saliva and to avoid consuming things which dry the mouth out further. Sugary and caffeinated drinks are taxing on the salivary glands, as are alcohol and spicy food. Sugar-free gum is a good way of getting saliva flowing, and fluoride treatments bolster teeth’s resistance to decay.


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


 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Inlays and Onlays

Replacement crowns are one of the most important means of restoring damaged teeth available at Dr. Lis Bradley’s Brentwood office. But reshaping a tooth is an intensive process and not always necessary for lesser damage. When the surface areas of the back teeth have been damaged, Dr. Bradley can repair them much more simply with a partial crown.


Molars and premolars have wide grinding surfaces made up of points, called cusps, separated by indentations. The indentations are a trap for food debris and acid, which makes them vulnerable to decay. Sealants can be used to plug an indentation, but a permanent partial crown, called an inlay, can also be used to cover them. An onlay is a larger partial crown which also replaces at least one of the cusps.


When preparing a patient for a partial crown, Dr. Bradley will drill away the decayed area and take an impression of the patient’s mouth. The impression will then be sent to a dental lab where the restoration is milled from porcelain that matches the patient’s tooth color. The patient will wear a temporary artificial crown in the meantime. When the restoration is ready, it can be cemented in at a follow-up appointment. The whole process is very easy on the patient and massively improves their comfort and bite function.


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, July 12, 2017

Scaling and Root Planing

Lis Bradley, DDS sees patients experiencing every stage of gum disease. Gum disease can progress quickly without a regular oral hygiene routine, but more people are looking for ways to prevent that from happening. For patients who want to protect themselves from later stages of gum disease, scaling and root planing are two parts of a deep cleaning procedure that helps stop gum disease in its tracks.


Scaling is the process of your dentist using various tools to scrape and clean any and all plaque off the surface of the tooth all the way down to the gums.  Root planing is the term for any minor contouring that may be done to reshape the tooth closer to the gums.  Each of these steps is important to complete so the gums have a clean, smooth surface to reattach to.  Local anesthetic is used during this procedure and depending on your case, your dentist may recommend completing the treatment over a series of appointments.


To learn more about scaling, root planing, 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.

Acid Reflux

One of the biggest threats to oral health is acid reflux. Dr. Lis Bradley regularly treats patients who have lost tooth enamel to this disea...