2700 12th Avenue South · Nashville, TN 37204 · 615.832.6300
Almost everyone will experience tooth decay at some point in his or her life. Swift detection and correction of tooth decay can minimize the significant expenses and inconveniences associated with more serious problems caused by tooth decay. Restorative dentistry treats all phases of tooth decay, from simple cavity fillings to entire tooth replacements.
Research has found that tooth decay is caused by a bacteria, which means that incidents of decay can often be reversed without drilling. Your teeth will stay healthier longer if we keep them natural and whole, so our staff will discuss with you preventive measures to keep your teeth healthy.
When tooth decay has led to the development of a cavity, or a small hole, in the tooth, we will remove all areas of decay and replace with a filling made of composite resin. Composite resin fillings have surged in popularity because their appearance perfectly matches the natural appearance of teeth. In cases of more extensive decay, porcelain inlays and onlays are an advisable alternative.
Inlays + Onlays (Partial Crowns)
Dr. Baese will remove the decay and take an impression of the area to be restored. The laboratory works from this impression to create a restorative inlay or onlay, usually out of porcelain, that fits perfectly on the tooth. Inlays cover one or more tooth surfaces, where onlays are used on the chewing surface of the tooth. The inlay or onlay is cemented securely into place, for an incredibly durable, stable tooth restoration.
If you have a tooth that is chipped, cracked, badly decayed, or otherwise weakened, Dr. Baese may suggest a crown for your treatment. Crowns maintain the aesthetic appearance of teeth by covering the entire visible surface of the tooth, while adding significant reinforcement and protection to the tooth. After removing all areas of decay, we will take an impression of the tooth to be crowned and send it to the dental laboratory to create the crown. Porcelain crowns are extremely natural looking; virtually indistinguishable from other teeth, making them an ideal choice for visible teeth.
Fixed bridges can improve chewing and aesthetic appearance, restoring the smile with a more permanent solution than dentures. Bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. We will take a mold of the gap where a tooth is missing, and then send it to a laboratory to prepare a customized bridge. The bridge is set into place and the artificial tooth is securely cemented to the adjacent teeth, restoring the attractive natural appearance and functionality of the tooth that was lost.
Root Canal Therapy
The inside of each tooth is filled with "pulp", which carries the tooth's blood supply and nerves. If bacteria gain access to the pulp, through a fracture or deep cavity, the pulp may become infected, leading to pain and a risk of tooth loss.
In a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected pulp and replace it with a rubber sealant. The tooth is then covered with a protective crown, which reinforces the tooth against future fractures and enhances the tooth's appearance. Root canals have an extremely high success rate in saving teeth that would otherwise be lost to infection. The only alternative to root canal therapy is a tooth extraction.
In extreme cases where a tooth cannot be saved, an extraction will be performed. Teeth may need to be removed if they are decayed or infected. In some cases, teeth are removed prior to orthodontic procedures. Wisdom teeth are commonly extracted. With modern dental methods, you may only experience minor discomfort and bleeding. Dr. Baese will talk with you about ways to make your tooth extraction experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
Complimentary nitrous oxide (laughing gas) provided to all patients during treatment. We strive to make each visit as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
At 12 South Dental Studio, you can enjoy comprehensive care for your whole family. We focus on preventive care, early detection of cavities and other concerns, diagnosis and treatment. Whether your child needs a check-up, a cavity filled, or emergency treatment for a chipped or broken tooth, we’re ready to help. The child’s parent or legal guardian must give his or her consent before any dental care is provided for a child under 18 years of age.
Conveniently located in the heart of 12South, near downtown Nashville, our office is always at the forefront of dental methods and technology to help create beautiful and long lasting, natural smiles. We're committed to providing affordable and quality dental care to our patients while maintaining a friendly and relaxed environment.
Dr. Jon Baese is your Nashville dentist that provides crowns, teeth cleaning, tooth extractions, teeth whitening, dental implants, pediatric dentistry, invisible braces, and so much more. We are happy to file all dental insurances as a service to our guests.
Inlays + Onlays
Inlays + Onlays
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2700 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204