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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Franklin Family Dentistry
...You can learn more about our smile-enhancing services on our website, including: General Dentistry Same Day Crowns  Invisalign Guided Dental Implants  Cosmetic Dentistry View a Complete List of our Dental Services We've developed this informational website as an extension of our practice, to serve as a convenient, educational resource for our patients...


Online Dental Education Library Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums...

New Patients
... Earn the trust and respect of patients, profession and community...

Welcome to Our Blog
...With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice...

Tooth-Colored Fillings Are the Restoration of Choice for Ballroom Dance Star Cheryl Burke
... Lots of dental patients feel the same way, even if they don't spend time in front of television cameras...

What you can Expect if You're Undergoing Implant Surgery
...If you’re leery about undergoing this procedure we can put your mind at ease — for most patients implant surgery is a minor, pain-free process with little discomfort afterward...

Conscious Sedation Eases Treatment Anxiety for Young Dental Patients
While pediatric dentistry has made great strides in making young patients’ dental visit experiences more relaxing, some children and teenagers still have difficulty with anxiety...

Is There a Link Between Gum Disease and Cardiovascular Health?
...For patients with gum disease, chronic inflammation causes connective tissues to detach from teeth, leading eventually to tooth and bone loss...

Put an End to Uncomfortable and Embarrassing Cracked Mouth Corners
...” The term arises from patients’ tendency to excessively lick the broken skin to soothe the itching or burning...

A Retainer Helps you Keep Your New Smile after the Braces Come Off
... The majority of younger patients eventually won’t need to wear a retainer once bone and facial growth has solidified their teeth’s new position...

Reduce Sugar Consumption - for a Healthier Mouth and Body
...That's why for decades dentists have instructed patients to limit their intake of sugar, especially between meal snacks...

Research Confirms: Dental Sealants Really Work!
... Now, the research is in, and the answer is clear — YES! Two major studies, each of which reviewed the results of thousands of patients over several years, recently came to the same conclusion: Dental sealants are effective at reducing cavities, and their benefits can last for four years (or more) after application...

Dental Office
...As a courtesy to our patients, we will bill insurance companies for services...

Same Day Crowns
... Call Franklin Family Dentistry in Franklin, KY at (270) 586-0606 to learn more!  Related Articles Creating In-Office Dental Restorations With Computers Once upon a time, dentists — and patients — needed to wait weeks for a dental laboratory to make crowns and other dental restorations...

Invisalign
... While many people dread wearing metal braces, many patients are excited about the prospect of wearing Invisalign invisible braces...

Cosmetic Dentistry
... Top Cosmetic Treatments Though patients most often go to the dentist’s office because there’s an urgent problem, some go specifically for a cosmetic solution...

FAQs About Crowns and Bridges
...Patients who have root canal therapy are also candidates for crowns...

Your Dentist may have the Solution for Your Sleep Apnea
...But although effective, many patients find a CPAP machine clumsy and uncomfortable to wear...

The Advantages Of Same Day Crowns
...Same-day crowns are just one of these restorations, but they are a much sought after one because of the advantages they offer patients of all ages...

Close the Gaps In Your Smile
...David Fowler, a dentist in Franklin, KY, offers dental implants for healthy adult patients looking to restore their smile and oral health after tooth loss...

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Create a Beautiful Smile
...Some patients have crowded, crooked, or gapped teeth that need adjusting with orthodontic therapy...

Why a Bonded Retainer Might be a Better Choice After Braces
...There’s also no keeping up with it—or losing it—since it’s fixed in place, which might be helpful with some younger patients who need reminding about keeping their retainer in their mouth...

If You're not a Good Candidate for Dental Implants, Consider Bridgework
...That’s where bridgework could be a viable option for patients in this or similar situations...

Sealants Could Protect Your Child's Teeth From Future Problems
...Two studies in recent years reviewing dental care results from thousands of patients concluded sealants could effectively reduce cavities even four years after their application...

Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants
...David Fowler helps his patients replace missing teeth with guided dental implants, an innovative, long-term restoration option...

Cracked Mouth Corners can be Irritating - Here's How to Treat Them
...Patients with perleche can also develop yeast infections from a strain called candida albicans...

3 Ways to Take the Jitters Out of Dental Visits
...It’s especially important for high anxiety patients to find a dentist who also has compassion for how they feel and won’t judge them—instead, working with them to find just the right combination of techniques and possible medications that encourage relaxation...

Look After Your Teeth During Cancer Treatment to Avoid Dental Disease
...” This is a common occurrence for cancer patients, which can rob them of saliva’s benefits and make them more susceptible to tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease...

No Need to Fret Over Implant Surgery
...Don’t be—this procedure to imbed an implant’s titanium post in the jawbone is relatively minor with little to no discomfort for most patients...

Should I Consider Cosmetic Dentistry?
Many patients finally make the decision to visit a dentist because they want to cosmetically improve their smiles...

Advanced Equipment and Safe Practices Ensure X-Ray Safety for Children
...But while there is potential for harm, dentists take great care to never expose patients, especially children, to that level or frequency of radiation...

Less-Invasive Pulp Capping Could Save Your Tooth
... As we said, pulp capping is only used with patients with deep decay whose pulp tissue is healthy...

Adolescent Orthodontic Care
...Formerly recommended only for adult patients, they now come with special features — like compliance indicators to tell how often you've been wearing them — that make them appropriate for teens in some situations...

Adult Orthodontic Treatment
There are more and more adult orthodontic patients these days, and it's not hard to figure out why...

Invisalign for Adults
...There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description...

Post-Orthodontic Care
...They aren't recommended for patients with certain conditions, like teeth grinding...

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS)
...The benefits they offer some orthodontic patients could even be called groundbreaking...

Types of Braces
For the vast majority of orthodontic patients, wearing fixed appliances (commonly called braces) will be a major part of treatment — and those braces, for the most part, will be the familiar silvery-metal type...

Orthodontic FAQs
...In the case of younger patients, early treatment may make extraction unnecessary...

Crowns & Bridgework
...Removable Bridgework For those patients who have lost all their teeth, but have not lost significant bone, a fixed bridge (permanent non-removable teeth) may be the treatment of choice...

Nitrous Oxide
...In fact, many patients report a feeling of well-being during this type of sedation...

Oral Systemic Connection
...Numerous studies have shown that patients with severe periodontal disease are at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease...

Periodontal Flap Surgery
... Related Articles Periodontal Flap Surgery Most surgical patients are surprised by how comfortable the experience of flap surgery is and how painless it is afterward...

Ultrasonic Cleanings
...Many patients prefer ultrasonics to other types of scaling, possibly because it requires the clinician to use less force than a hand scaler to get the same effect...

Blood Thinners & Dental Procedures
... Anticoagulants are among the more widely used pharmaceuticals today, particularly for heart patients...

Facial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery
... Severe facial trauma is often a critical condition, since over 60% of these patients also have serious injuries in other parts of the body...

Oral Cancer Screening
...But today, younger people form the fastest-growing segment among oral cancer patients...

Wisdom Teeth
...The extraction (removal) of one or more third molars is a relatively common procedure, performed on some 5 million patients every year...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
... A growing body of evidence now indicates that far fewer patients need to take this preventive step than was previously thought...

Oral Cancer
... While most oral cancer patients are smokers, the fastest-growing segment of newly diagnosed cases is young, non-smoking adults...

Air Abrasion
...Will routine dental procedures be performed with patients noticing no vibration or pressure...

Cone Beam CT Imaging
... Orthognathic Jaw Surgery and Temporo-mandibular Joint (TMJ) Disease: Patients benefit when the specialists who treat these conditions can evaluate their anatomy with the three-dimensional perspective that cone beam CT provides...

Digital X-Rays
... Advantages of Digital X-Rays Besides minimizing radiation exposure, digital x-rays offer numerous advantages to dentists and patients alike...

Intra-Oral Camera
...Prior to the development of this technology, some patients found it challenging to understand problems such as dental decay and periodontal disease...

Laser Dentistry
...Not only are they more exact in the amount of material they remove, but they eliminate the noise and vibration of the dental drill, which is uncomfortable for some patients...

Fixed Dentures
...Doctors and patients alike prefer fixed over removable dentures because they: Look, feel and function just like natural teeth Don't slip when you eat or talk Prevent bone loss in the jaw Last a lifetime How It Works Dental implants serve the same purpose as the roots of natural teeth: anchoring the replacement teeth to your jawbone...

Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth
...The reality is that most patients experience no pain during the surgery and very little discomfort afterward...

Top Reasons to Choose Dental Implants
...Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth, dental implants are preferred by doctors and patients alike...

Root Canal Treatment
...For many patients, the worst is already over...

Endodontics
...Here's what to expect: First, you will receive anesthesia (usually a numbing shot) — and for many patients, the worst is now over...

Orthodontics
...In fact, about one in five of today's orthodontic patients is an adult...

Periodontal Therapy
...That is why dental professionals are always on the lookout for early signs that patients may not notice...

Technology
...Although they may seem unfamiliar at first, new and improved dental technologies offer plenty of real benefits for patients...