Paige Prather, DDS Franklin, TN Dentist Paige Prather Smiles

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Paige Prather grew up as the oldest child with five younger siblings. She completed her undergraduate degree at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. Following her undergraduate studies, Dr. Prather went on to earn her doctor of dental surgery from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Prather loves working one on one with patients to achieve their healthiest smiles, and she especially enjoys helping anxious patients overcome their dental phobias and learn to love visiting the dentist.

Following her doctoral study, Dr. Prather completed a one-year dental residency at the Dayton Veterans Hospital. She then started her successful career as a general dentist, but she spends countless hours each year tackling advanced educational courses that allow her to offer a wide array of treatments all in one location. Some of the continuing education courses she’s proud of include:

  • Advanced Certification in intravenous (IV) sedation
  • Pediatric Sedation Course by American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Certification in laser-assisted dentistry (WCLI)
  • Dental implant placement and restoration
  • Invisalign and Six Month Smiles Orthodontics
  • The Chao Pinhole surgical technique for gum recession treatment
  • Certification in CEREC same-day dental restorations
  • Advanced training in infant breastfeeding and laser release of oral ties
  • Advanced training in release and rehabilitation of adult oral ties
  • Tufts Pediatric Laser Lip & Tongue-Tie Course
  • Academy of Oral Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT)
  • Dr. Zhaghi Functional Frenuloplasty Course
  • International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals Summit
  • Cranial Nerve Dysfunction Course
  • TummyTime!™ Method Certification
  • Advanced Light Force Appliance Provider (to help with oral structure development and tongue posture)
  • SOS 4 TOTS Course by Dr. Larry Kotlow
Dr. Prather has trained with Dr. Ghaheri, Dr. Kaplan, Dr. Kotlow and the late Dr. Fred Margolis. She gets her passion for dentistry from her father, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon still practicing in Ohio. She began working for her father in the office at the age of 17 and still enjoys learning from him when she is able to make the trip for a visit.

As an invested member of the field of dentistry, Dr. Prather has participated in memberships in numerous professional organizations that assist her in staying at the forefront of the dental field including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Nashville Dental Society
  • The Tennessee Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • The American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • The International Association for Lip and Tongue Tie Providers
  • The International Consortium for Oral Ankylofrenulum Providers
  • The American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry
  • The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health

When she’s not hard at work improving patients’ smiles, Dr. Prather is happily married to Matthew Tanksley, a local personal trainer, owner of Iron Horde Apparel and fitness competitor. The couple is the proud parents of two sons Jaxson and Samson and a dog named Lexi. In her limited free time, Dr. Prather enjoys running, rollerblading, American sports cars, riding Harleys, and trying out new wines.

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