Have you ever heard someone say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” This popular turn of phrase has never been truer than when it’s applied to dental care. In the early days of dentistry, patients almost exclusively visited their dentist if they had a toothache or serious infection. Today, the American Dental Association and your dedicated dental team at Paige Prather Smiles recommend that you visit us at least two times a year, so we can complete a preventive dental exam. These checkups and other general dentistry services make it possible for Dr. Paige Prather and her team to partner with every patient to prevent the majority of common oral health conditions. Call us to find out more about our dental services or schedule an appointment with our team.
If you’ve decided that our Franklin dental office is right for you, Dr. Prather and the whole team look forward to seeing you and your family in our office soon. At you first appointment, you can look forward to being treated with kindness, respect, and genuine concern from the moment you arrive. Our team will do its utmost to provide a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere for your dental appointments. From the second you arrive, our friendly team will greet you warmly, answer any questions you may have, and offer you services to improve your visit including a glass of wine, if you’re so inclined. Once we’re certain you’re comfortable and your new patient paperwork is in order, we’ll take you on a tour of our office, introduce you to available office staff, and then complete your diagnostic evaluation. A skilled hygienist will carefully remove any plaque and tartar buildup from your smile. Then, Dr. Prather will sit down with you one on one to discuss your current oral health and plan for your ongoing treatment. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you ever feel uncomfortable, anxious, or if you’re in need of anything. Our team will always do their utmost to help.
Regular dental checkups are the most important aspect of any oral hygiene plan at Paige Prather Smiles. Our Franklin, TN dentist and team truly look forward to seeing our patients twice a year because we care about them, but we are also passionate about helping every patient we treat achieve and maintain their optimal level of oral health. During every six month checkup, we’ll partner with you to assess your current oral hygiene routine and help you make the most of the care your smile receives on the 363 days a year we don’t get to see you. Our professional cleanings give your at-home hygiene a boost by removing plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to decay from those hard to reach areas of your smile.
Have you been told that you grind or clench your teeth at night? This is more than just a bad habit. It’s actually a pretty serious oral health condition known as bruxism. Left untreated, bruxism can lead to tooth wear, chips, cracks, and other damage. While it may be difficult to kick a bad habit you only experience during sleep, we offer a simple and comfortable solution - nightguards. These custom crafted oral appliances place a physical barrier between the rows of teeth that prevents potential dental damage preserving your optimal level of oral health.
For adults over the age of 30, periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and it impacts the oral health of more than 50% of this age group. After age 35, that number jumps to 80% in some studies. That’s why screening for periodontal disease at regular checkups is essential. If we do find that you’re suffering from early stages of gum disease known as gingivitis, we’ll recommend more frequent professional cleanings. For patients whose periodontal disease has reached the advanced stages, we can offer a variety of other periodontal therapies including:
Do you have children who you’re currently taking to a pediatric dental specialist? While this may be necessary for children who have dental development concerns, Dr. Prather has years of experience working with infants, children, teens, and adults, and our Franklin, TN practice welcomes patients of all ages. In addition to caring for your child’s basic dental needs, we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward childhood oral health concerns. Dr. Prather is especially passionate about helping children and infants who suffer from lip and tongue tie. She regularly works with support groups for nursing mothers who have infants with lip and tongue, and is happy to provide treatments for the children and guidance for their mothers.