To our wonderful patients! First and foremost we must say…We miss you! In response to the COVID 19 virus and in accordance with a recent State Mandate our office is closed until April 13, 2020. If you have an appointment prior to this date, please call the office today March 25, 2020 between the hours of 11-4 to reschedule. If we do not hear from you, we will reach out to you after April 13th to secure your next appointment. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR DENTAL EMERGENCIES. PLEASE CALL 901-751-1100 IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY. YOU WILL BE GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS TO LEAVE A MESSAGE AND A TEAM MEMBER WILL GET BACK TO YOU PROMPTLY. We will keep you informed through our website, Facebook and Instagram during the closing and cannot wait to be back with our team and patient family. STAY SAFE, STAY HOME AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
Q: Which type of toothbrush should I use?
A: The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is best because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums. A small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.
Q: Is one toothpaste better than others?
A: Generally, no. However, it's advisable to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.
Q: How often should I floss?
A: Flossing your teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming, especially between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.
Q: What's the difference between a "bridge" and a "partial denture"?
A: Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to the surrounding teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.
Q: What about "silver" fillings versus "white" fillings?
A: Although the U.S. Public Health Service issued a report in 1993 stating there is no health reason not to use amalgam (silver fillings), more patients today are requesting "white" or tooth-colored composite fillings. We also prefer tooth-colored fillings because they "bond" to the tooth structure and therefore help strengthen a tooth weakened by decay. "White" fillings are also usually less sensitive to temperature, and they also look better. However, "white" fillings cannot be used in every situation, and if a tooth is very badly broken-down, a crown will usually be necessary and provide better overall satisfaction for the patient.
Q: Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?
A: No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth that needs a crown must also have a root canal.