Posts for: January, 2018

By Franklin Family Dentistry
January 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

When you think about the many benefits of cosmetic dentistry, it makes perfect sense to make an investment in the appearance of your cosmetic dentistrysmile. Cosmetic dentistry covers everything from the color of your teeth to the way they are positioned when you smile. Find out how a cosmetic treatment at Franklin Family Dentistry in Franklin, KY, can create a beautiful smile for you that will last for many years.

Realigning Your Teeth

Some cosmetic treatments are aimed at aligning your teeth so that they are in a more attractive and beneficial position. Some patients have crowded, crooked, or gapped teeth that need adjusting with orthodontic therapy. In some cases, these problems have to be resolved with traditional metal, ceramic or lingual braces, but patients who have relatively minor issues may benefit from Invisalign clear aligner trays.

Whitening Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry can also make your smile look more beautiful by changing the color. With a teeth whitening treatment at Franklin Family Dentistry in Franklin, KY, your teeth can be bleached up to eight shades whiter in one sitting. Compare these results to store-bought products that take weeks or months to show signs of whiter teeth. A professional whitening or cosmetic bonding and contouring session will get also get rid of stubborn dental stains that have formed on your teeth.

Covering Unattractive Tooth Flaws

One of the easiest and fastest ways to make your smile beautiful again is to simply cover up all of your dental flaws with veneers or crowns. Veneers cover the front surfaces of damaged or discolored teeth, while a crown will cover the whole root of a tooth to make it appear newer, whiter, and smoother. Thanks to a new technology in cosmetic dentistry called CEREC Same Day Crowns, your Franklin, KY, dentist can make and install new dental restorations in just one appointment.

Replacing Missing Teeth

Another popular cosmetic treatment to consider if you have a missing or loosening tooth is dental implants. An implant restores the whole tooth, from below to above the gumline, giving your smile new life after tooth loss. It's possible to keep an implant for a lifetime if you maintain pristine dental hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for checkups.

A Smile That Turns Heads

When you flash your smile at social and professional occasions, you want to make a great impression every time. With the help of cosmetic dentistry treatments at Franklin Family Dentistry in Franklin, KY, you can put your best smile forward. Call (270) 586-0606 today for a consultation with Dr. J. David Fowler.


For whatever reason, you’ve put off replacing a missing tooth for awhile. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.

But if your tooth’s been missing for a long time, there could be a problem with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the space may have gradually drifted into it, leaving no room for the implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their proper position.

We could use braces, metal orthodontic devices with wires threaded through brackets bonded to the teeth that are then anchored, usually to back teeth. The orthodontist uses elastics or springs as well as possibly incrementally tightening of the wire against the anchors. These techniques create pressure or tension on the teeth for the desired direction of movement. The teeth’s natural mechanism for movement does the rest.

But while effective, braces can be quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them over several months of treatment. But there may be an alternative: clear aligners, a succession of slightly different plastic trays usually worn in two-week intervals. Sequentially wearing each tray gradually moves the teeth to their desired positions.

Though not appropriate for all bite situations, clear aligners have a number of benefits when they can be used. They’re nearly invisible to others and can be removed for hygiene tasks or rare special occasions. What’s more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.

There’s one other issue you may have to deal with: if your tooth loss was related to periodontal (gum) disease, the gums and underlying bone may be in poor condition. In fact, substantial bone loss could rule out an implant altogether. But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery. It may be possible to regenerate enough bone to support the implant; and surgically repairing your gums will help ensure the implant appears natural.

If you have problems like these, don’t give up on your restoration goal just yet. With some orthodontic and dental work ahead of time, we may still be able to make implants a reality for you.

If you would like more information on restoring your smile after losing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Franklin Family Dentistry
January 04, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Fans of the legendary rock band Steely Dan received some sad news a few months ago: Co-founder Walter Becker died unexpectedly at the age of 67. The cause of his death was an aggressive form of esophageal cancer. This disease, which is related to oral cancer, may not get as much attention as some others. Yet Becker's name is the latest addition to the list of well-known people whose lives it has cut short—including actor Humphrey Bogart, writer Christopher Hitchens, and TV personality Richard Dawson.

As its name implies, esophageal cancer affects the esophagus: the long, hollow tube that joins the throat to the stomach. Solid and liquid foods taken into the mouth pass through this tube on their way through the digestive system. Worldwide, it is the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths.

Like oral cancer, esophageal cancer generally does not produce obvious symptoms in its early stages. As a result, by the time these diseases are discovered, both types of cancer are most often in their later stages, and often prove difficult to treat successfully. Another similarity is that dentists can play an important role in oral and esophageal cancer detection.

Many people see dentists more often than any other health care professionals—at recommended twice-yearly checkups, for example. During routine examinations, we check the mouth, tongue, neck and throat for possible signs of oral cancer. These may include lumps, swellings, discolorations, and other abnormalities—which, fortunately, are most often harmless. Other symptoms, including persistent coughing or hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and unexplained weight loss, are common to both oral and esophageal cancer. Chest pain, worsening heartburn or indigestion and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can also alert us to the possibility of esophageal cancer.

Cancer may be a scary subject—but early detection and treatment can offer many people the best possible outcome.┬áIf you have questions about oral or esophageal cancer, call our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Cancer.”