Your First Visit: What to Expect

Welcome to Downtown Franklin Family Dentistry, where we believe in providing comprehensive dental care with a personal touch. We understand that visiting a new dentist can bring along some anxiety, so we’ve created this blog post to let you know exactly what to expect at your first appointment. A Warm Welcome Even before you walk […]

Choosing the Best Dental Insurance and the Right Plan for you

Dental visit anxiety is a common issue that affects people of all ages. Whether it’s the fear of pain, the sound of the dental drill, or the anticipation of bad news, many individuals experience anxiety when faced with a dental appointment. Neglecting your dental health due to anxiety can lead to more significant problems down […]

The Tooth of the Matter—Understanding Your Teeth’s Functions

The human mouth is a complex system that plays a significant role in our lives. We use it to communicate, express emotions, and eat. Central to all these functions are our teeth. But do you know how many teeth adults usually have? Or the different types of teeth and their unique functions? Let’s delve in […]

What is an Onlay/Crown?

What Are Onlays and Crowns? We recently explored the differences between fillings and inlays, two common restorative procedures for minor damage, such as when you have a small cavity. But what can be done if you have a bigger issue? Fortunately, there are additional options and that’s when onlays and crowns come into play. Onlays […]

What Is the Difference Between a Filling and an Inlay?

Maintaining good oral health is essential for a confident smile and overall well-being. As part of our commitment to providing comprehensive dental care at Downtown Franklin Family Dentistry, we want to help our patients understand various dental procedures. In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between dental fillings and inlays, two common treatments for […]

Maintaining your teeth with orthodontics.

In our last blog, we talked about clear aligner trays as an orthodontic option. Let’s dig a little deeper into the wealth of orthodontic options that are available and in between your twice-a-year dental cleanings, to help keep your smile in shape. A dazzling smile is not just about appearance; it’s a reflection of your […]

Clear Aligner Trays: An Orthodontic Option at Your Family Dentist

When you think about orthodontic work, images of metal braces and complex dental procedures might come to mind. And the ability to straighten one’s teeth was once only associated with frequent trips to an orthodontist, a dental specialist who has had advanced training focused on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities. But did […]

What Can I Eat After Major Dental Work?

Most visits to the dentist don’t require special aftercare instructions except don’t chew anything until the anesthetic has worn off and you no longer feel numb. However, if you’ve just had a tooth extracted or a major dental procedure like a root canal or dental implant, you should plan to eat a little differently while […]

What to Expect With an Extraction

Getting a Tooth Pulled? Learn What to Expect and Tips for Healing   Having a tooth removed can be intimidating. We hope by explaining why it might need to be done and what you can expect from the procedure itself that we can give you some additional peace of mind. Plus, we want to make […]

What to Expect When Getting Your Teeth Cleaned

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At Downtown Franklin Family Dentistry, we understand a trip to the dentist can sometimes be intimidating. At our dental office, patient comfort and satisfaction always come first. That’s why we strive to make our office a welcoming environment. We understand that the more you know, the more comfortable you will be, so we’d like to […]

The Benefits of Oral Health and Hygiene

The New York Times recently evaluated the latest medical research, and, to nobody’s surprise, good oral health is essential to your overall health. However, what might be shocking is the breadth and depth of impact your oral hygiene routine can have in preventing periodontal disease and many other medical conditions. So, aside from the expected […]

What’s a Periodontist?

Answers to All of Your Questions About Periodontists It’s important for everyone to understand the basics of dental care and how it helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. Of course, you know how to do your part—floss every day, brush for two minutes every morning and evening, and schedule routine professional cleanings and exams […]

No Reason to Fear a Root Canal

Root canals are often dreaded, but the truth is they aren’t nearly as scary or painful as they’re made out to be. While the thought of getting a root canal may make you anxious, the procedure and recovery are not something to be scared of. With the right preparation and mindset, you can get through […]

Thank Your Dentist for a Better Night’s Sleep

man waking up from a great night's sleep

Do you wake up feeling like you haven’t slept? While there are many reasons why people don’t sleep well, one of the most common and serious sleep-related breathing disorders is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Did you know your dentist might be able to help? Like poor oral health, not getting enough quality sleep can greatly […]

The Easiest Step for Better Health

You hear it all the time: eat better and exercise more to improve your health. Yet that advice overlooks the easiest thing you can do—take better care of your teeth and gums. Many people do not realize the connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. While it is obvious that good dental hygiene […]

Beat Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common problem with a variety of causes. As your family dentist, we want to share some tips on how to fight it and maintain fresh breath all day long. Let’s discuss the most common causes and what you can do to keep them in check. Poor Oral […]

Floss the Teeth You Want to Keep

why and how to floss

Is flossing a daily habit? If not, now is a good time to start! If you’re not already a regular flosser, make a commitment to do it every day for two weeks. We promise you will notice a difference, and it will provide additional motivation to continue until it becomes a habit. Flossing is an […]

Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

Do you find your teeth suddenly or gradually have started to hurt? Discomfort can take many forms—either spontaneous and/or sharp, such as after biting down or when exposed to hot or cold things, or you could experience a more generalized ache like a sore muscle. There’s no shortage of over-the-counter products advertising relief for sensitive […]

Take Advantage of Open Enrollment Before It’s Too Late!

For many people, the open enrollment period for health benefit plans will soon close. We know that evaluating insurance and benefit plans can be complicated. Selecting the right plan depends a lot on your expectations for the year ahead, but none of us have a crystal ball to predict unforeseen needs. With dental care, there […]

Whiter Teeth? Yes, please!

Wishing your smile was just a little bit brighter? You’re not alone! Almost everyone experiences tooth discoloration. Fortunately, most people can count on getting excellent results from a variety of treatment options. Many factors contribute to staining and the easiest solution is always prevention. Sadly, that would also mean giving up a lot of yummy […]

Coping With Dental Anxiety

Coping with dental anxiety?

Does your heart rate go up when you think about a visit to the doctor or the dentist? If so, you’re not alone. An estimated 30% of patients have what’s called White Coat Syndrome, and an astonishing 75% express some fear of the dentist. It can feel a little scary for a lot of reasons, […]

It’s Almost Halloween!

Is there are better time of the year in Franklin than fall? The crisp cool air, the colorful leaves, and the excitement that Halloween brings for the kiddos! Don’t let the fear of overeating sugary treats ruin the season! Downtown Franklin Family Dentistry and Dr. Abrams want to lend some professional advice to help parents […]

Do Electric Toothbrushes Work Best?

Before electric toothbrushes, we were lucky to have the choice of soft or firm bristles. (For the record, the American Dental Association recommends soft.) Now there’s a lot more variety, including different types of electric. Is one really better than the other, and overall is electric that much better than manual? The most significant variable […]

Wear your brightest smile!

Flashing your brightest smile means keeping your teeth as white as possible. Like most problems, a proactive approach is usually the most effective. There’s a lot that can contribute to tooth discoloration, so that also means there’s a lot you can do to prevent it! Here are some obvious and not-so-common tips to keep your […]

DFFD in the News!

Recently Dr. Abrams was honored to be interviewed by Nashville Voyager Magazine about his experience as a sole-proprietor family dentist. It was a lot of fun for him to reflect on the last two years since he took over the practice from Dr. Burcham, who retired in 2020. The last couple of years have been […]

Pets are Family Too!

As a family dental practice, we take care of the whole family, except dogs and cats! However, we recognize the important role they play as family members, and we help take care of those looking for their forever home by encouraging people to consider adoption and volunteering at the Williamson County Animal Center. Our staff […]

Get a More Confident Smile with Invisalign® and Save $500!

Most adults grew up with a terrible impression of braces. The results were great, but the process wasn’t. It was time consuming, uncomfortable, and not very attractive. Invisalign® has changed all that and become even more advanced since it first became mainstream. Gone are the frequent trips to the orthodontist’s office for an adjustment (or […]

The Importance of Regular Professional Teeth Cleaning: How Often Should You Go?

Maintaining good oral hygiene goes beyond just brushing and flossing at home. Professional teeth cleaning plays a crucial role in preserving your dental health and preventing a myriad of oral issues. But how often should you schedule these appointments, and why are they so important? Let’s dive into the details. Why Professional Teeth Cleaning Matters: […]

Unlock the Fountain of Youth for Your Smile: Tips to Prevent Aging Teeth

As we age, we often focus on maintaining our youthful appearance, but what about our smile? Our teeth, just like our skin and hair, change over time. However, with the right care and attention, you can keep your smile looking vibrant and youthful for years to come. Here are some essential tips to prevent your […]

What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to highlighting a disease that affects thousands of lives each year. At Downtown Franklin Family Dentistry, we prioritize your overall health, and that includes educating you about oral cancer. What Is Oral Cancer? Oral cancer refers to cancers that occur in the mouth, lips, tongue, cheeks, […]

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Crown or Filling

At Downtown Franklin Family Dentistry, we understand dental procedures can sometimes feel daunting, especially when you’re not entirely sure what to expect. One common question patients face is whether a crown or filling will address the dental issue. Both treatments serve to restore the integrity of a tooth, but they differ in various aspects, including […]