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Proudly Serving Patients in Smyrna, TN

One of the fastest growing suburbs of Nashville is Smyrna, TN. Smyrna offers its residents a great quality of life, including a low cost of living, excellent schools, and affordable real estate, and this has made Smyrna a popular choice of a place to call home. Legacy Hill Dentistry was started here in Smyrna in 1995 by Dr. Rick Russell, and in 2014, we added two more dentists, Dr. James Brannen and Dr. Alex Edwards, to the practice to meet the needs of our patients. Providing affordable, quality dental care with honest and professional service is the philosophy of our practice, and we are motivated to assist our patients in reaching the highest attainable level of oral health. With three dental hygienists and four dental assistants, Legacy Hill Dentistry has the experience and dedication to provide every patient with the necessary relationship to establishing and maintaining good dental health. We would like to tell you more about the services we offer to our patients in Smyrna, TN.

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GENERAL DENTISTRY

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), regular dentist visits are one of the most important things you can do to maintain optimum oral health. Legacy Hill Dentistry offers routine cleanings and exams to help you avoid dental disease. We also perform tooth-colored fillings, root canals, and extractions; fit dentures and partials; and provide periodontal (gum) therapy as part of our general dentistry services.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Legacy Hill knows how important an attractive and healthy smile is to our patients, and we are proud to provide several cosmetic dental services to our patients that can boost their self-confidence and improve their appearance. Included in these services are crowns, bridges, implants, and teeth whitening. If your teeth are crooked, we can also correct this problem with Invisalign or the “invisible” braces. We strive to make you feel as comfortable as possible when we perform these services.

SPECIALTY DENTAL

Did you realize your dentist can help you stop snoring? Legacy Hill Dentistry offers Silent Nite, a device you can wear while you sleep to adjust the position of your jaw to increase air flow. We can also solve your TMJ issues with a night guard that prevents you from clenching and grinding your jaw while you sleep.

If you live in the Smyrna area, Legacy Hill Dentistry is here for all of your oral health needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and exam.

What Dental Bridges Can Do for Your Smile

If you are wanting to improve your smile by fixing gaps from missing teeth, you may want to consider dental bridges as a solution. Bridges have been used for a long time to replace missing teeth, and even after the development of dental implants as tooth replacements, bridges are still used to replace a space where multiple adjoining teeth used to be. When you have a missing tooth or teeth, Legacy Hill Dentistry will consult with you on whether you should get an implant or a bridge, and we will consider the overall health of your mouth. Certain oral health issues can keep a patient from being a good candidate for an implant, which gives him or her the only option of a dental bridge. We would like to tell you more about dental bridges and how they will improve your smile and facial structure.

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What exactly is a dental bridge?

According to WebMD, a bridge consists of two or more crowns to “bridge” the gap between the teeth on each side of the gap. The anchoring teeth on each side of the gap are called abutment teeth, and the false teeth are called pontics, which can be made from porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination of these materials.

What are the advantages of dental bridges?

Not only can dental bridges restore your smile and maintain the shape of your face, they will also prevent teeth from shifting positions. Your ability to eat will be improved by the bridges distributing the forces in your bite and allowing you to chew properly. If you suffered from speech problems because of your missing teeth, a dental bridge can greatly improve your ability to speak.

What can I expect from a dental bridge procedure?

This procedure requires two appointments. On your first visit, we will prepare your abutment teeth, which involves recontouring these teeth by filing away a piece of enamel to allow room for the crowns to be placed on them. Then we will make impressions of your teeth to serve as a model for the lab to create your bridge, pontic, and crowns. You will get a temporary bridge to wear to protect your gums until your next appointment. When you return for your second visit, we will remove the temporary bridge and insert your new porcelain or metal bridge. We will check and adjust the bridge to ensure a perfect fit. Depending on your teeth, you may have to come back to our office so we can check the fit and be sure the bridge is working properly.

What sort of oral health issues could prevent me from being a candidate for dental implants?

Dental bridges will work better than implants for some patients due to certain health requirements. The implant procedure requires normal healing to work correctly, so patients who have diabetes or compromised immune systems and patients who smoke are not advised to get implants. People who grind their teeth at night are also not candidates for implants. Neither are children as their jawbones have not yet matured. Dental implants need healthy teeth surrounding them to work properly, which means patients with abutment teeth that have had root canals and/or crowns should get dental bridges instead of implants.

Have more questions about dental bridges? Contact us at Legacy Hill Dentistry to ask our staff how we can restore your smile with a dental bridge.

Boost Your Smile and Self-Confidence with Professional Teeth Whitening

As we age, our teeth become darker, discolored, and stained over the years. When your teeth are not as white as they once were, you can be more hesitant to smile. Being embarrassed by a dingey smile can be a blow to your self-confidence and your self-esteem. Fortunately, you can easily remedy this situation by having your teeth professionally whitened at Legacy Hill Dentistry. We would like to tell you more about this procedure that will improve your appearance and self-confidence.

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The Importance of an Attractive Smile

Creating an immediate visual and subconscious impact, your smile is an important part of your appearance. If you have a white, bright smile, you give the impression of vitality, youth, good health, and happiness. We place a high value on smiles. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), practically all adults (99.7%) think a smile is an important social asset. 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes someone more appealing to the opposite sex. 74% of adults think an unattractive smile can negatively affect someone’s chances for success in his or her career. Furthermore, when asked what they would most like to improve their smile, teeth whitening was the most common response given by the survey participants.

Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth

Besides teeth naturally darkening with age, other factors can cause darkened teeth, such as genetics, certain foods, and antibiotics. When changes occur in the enamel of the tooth and in the dentin, internal tooth discoloration is caused by developmental disorder, trauma, tooth decay, root canal issues, restorations, exposure to high levels of fluoride, and use of tetracycline and other antibiotics. External tooth discoloration is caused by factors outside of the body and its main causes are smoking, eating red-skinned apples and pears, carrots, and oranges, and drinking tea, red wine,apple juice, cider, and coffee.

Why You Should Consult with Your Dentist About Professional Teeth Whitening

Relatively inexpensive and easy-to-use, at-home do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits are widely available for you to purchase over-the-counter for you to use without supervision from your dentist. However, the AACD recommends professional tooth whitening over the at-home whitening kits for the safest and most effective way to brighten your smile. One important reason to consult Legacy Hill Dentistry is to have your whitening tray properly fitted. The over-the-counter tooth whitening tray very rarely fit correctly. Improperly-fitted trays allow the tooth whitening gel to spill out and leak, which can cause an irritation of the gums as well as a less effective treatment. Another reason to have your teeth professionally whitened is the solution used in a dental supervised teeth whitening system is much more comfortable than an at-home kit and even gentle enough for people with sensitive teeth.

Interested in making your smile more attractive? Contact Legacy Hill Dentistry to talk to our staff about our teeth whitening procedure.

How Invisalign Can Improve Your Smile

For adults, the idea of wearing braces can be frightening and unappealing. However, you wish to improve your smile by straightening your crooked teeth, but you do not want to wear traditional braces. Fortunately, there is an alternative to metal braces: Invisalign. Legacy Hill Dentistry is proud to offer Invisalign, an almost invisible version of braces that works effectively to straighten your teeth without negatively changing your appearance. We would like to tell you more about this revolutionary method of improving your smile and how it works.

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How the Invisalign Process Works

  1. Have a consultation with an Invisalign provider, like Legacy Hill Dentistry. Your first step to straight teeth with Invisalign is to talk with your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for this treatment. Invisalign suggests you take their Smile Assessment before your consultation appointment to help your dentist make decisions concerning your needs. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the Invisalign treatment.
  2. Your dentist will create a customized treatment for you. So that Invisalign can create a digital 3D image of your teeth, Legacy Hill Dentistry will take X-rays, pictures, and impressions of them. We will then use the digital image from Invisalign to precisely map out your treatment plan, including the movement of your teeth and how long the treatment will take. We can use digital technology to show you exactly how your teeth will move during each stage of the treatment.
  3. You will receive your custom aligners that were created according to your personalized treatment plan. Made from a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic, your customized clear aligners will not irritate your inner cheeks like metal braces do. The process is simple — wear your aligners throughout the day and only remove them to eat and brush and floss your teeth. To ensure your treatment will work on schedule, you should wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day for the length of the entire treatment. Your teeth will gradually and gently shift into place, and no one will ever notice since the aligners are practically invisible.
  4. Every two weeks, you will get a new aligner. As you advance to the next stage of the Invisalign treatment, you will receive a new aligner every two weeks. During this time, you will also visit Legacy Hill Dentistry every six weeks so we can monitor your progress. After each stage, you will be able to see how the treatment is working.
  5. Enjoy your new beautiful smile! Once your treatment is finished, you will be smiling more than ever to show off your new and improved teeth. We may suggest you protect your new smile with a retainer to keep your teeth in position. Invisalign makes Vivera retainers, which are custom-made using the same technology as the aligners.

Interested in the Invisalign treatment? Contact Legacy Hill Dentistry to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

You can get back that beautiful smile again through cosmetic dentistry. Call us and know your options.

You can get back that beautiful smile again through cosmetic dentistry. Call us and know your options.

When you think about cosmetic dentistry, you may think of tooth whitening or veneers; however, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, cosmetic dentistry means much more than those treatments. Improving your smile, appearance, self-esteem, and confidence, cosmetic dentistry has evolved to addressing both functional and aesthetic concerns. A good cosmetic dentist can surprise you with what can be done with the newest technology, and our staff at Legacy Hill Dentistry provides several different cosmetic dentistry options, including crowns, implants, and bridges.

CROWNS

Naturally resembling teeth in both color and strength, porcelain crowns are usually the solution to a broken tooth, a decayed tooth, a tooth with a broken filing, a root canal tooth, misshapen teeth, and even enhancing the appearance of your teeth. A cap attached to a cracked, broken, or decayed partial tooth, a crown can be fitted exactly over the old tooth all the way to the gum line, creating a durable and tight seal to keep bacteria and debris out. The crown procedure is pain-free; at Legacy Hill Dentistry, you will come in for an X-ray and get an impression done to be able to customize your crown to fit perfectly. You will then get a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your permanent crown is ready in a couple of weeks. When the permanent porcelain crown is ready, you will come back in to have it placed on the tooth. We will make sure the fit, the bite and the tooth spacing is correct, and then we will attach it to your tooth. After the attachment, we will ensure the bite and spacing of the crown works perfectly, and your crown procedure will be complete.

BRIDGES

Like crowns, bridges are made from durable, strong porcelain that can match your teeth color exactly. Bridges are used to restore the space where multiple teeth are missing, a great way to reshape that part of the mouth to give the face a natural look. Situations where you may need a bridge include not only filling in that space left from missing teeth, but also to restore or maintain your facial structure, help to restore your ability to speak or chew due to loss of teeth or decay, to fill in space to keep teeth from moving, and to move a partial denture to a bridge. The bridge procedure is exactly like getting a crown; it’s pain-free, and our dentists at Legacy Hill Dentistry will ensure your bridge fits correctly once the permanent bridge is attached.

IMPLANTS

With an implant, the dentists at Legacy Hill Dentistry can fill in a missing tooth without doing anything to the good teeth surrounding the missing tooth. Extremely strong and stable, implants can restore your smile, support a bridge or a denture, correct bite issues caused by teeth moving due to a missing tooth, and restore your facial structure. Getting an implant is different from getting a crown or a bridge because it involves a surgical procedure as the implanted tooth is surgically implanted to the bone of the jaw. Since it will take up to six months to heal, multiple visits to our office are necessary to be sure your implant is healing properly.

If you have any questions about these procedures or our other cosmetic dentistry option, tooth whitening, contact Legacy Hill Dentistry today to ask our staff and schedule an appointment for an exam.