Our Services

Services At Our Practice

Dr. Abrams and the Downtown Franklin Family Dentistry team diagnose and treat patients for your general dentistry needs. Our focus is on education and preventative care to preserve a lasting smile for your entire family!

  • Maintain
  • Strengthen
  • Brighten

Maintain

We provide patients with a thorough oral and periodontal examination including lymph node palpation and oral cancer screening. Any necessary digital radiographs and photographs are taken and all existing tooth characteristics are mapped and charted.

You will find that we offer the highest standards of treatment existing in the discipline of Dental Hygiene. From the simple to the most complex hygiene needs, you can be assured that you will be handled gently and thoroughly. Our board certified hygienists are fully trained in the necessary disciplines that allow them to approach all facets of dental hygiene needs. 

As the permanent teeth erupt, the posterior teeth, or the teeth in the back of our mouths, contain deep grooves. These grooves are very prone to cavities if not cleaned well. A sealant, or a thin resin material, is painted over these grooves to help protect them from becoming weakened and needing more invasive treatment.

When teeth are decayed or fractured, a common material used to restore the affected tooth structure is a composite or resin filling. These tooth colored fillings bond to the tooth and blend in with the existing tooth structure. This is a much more aesthetic alternative to silver fillings.
Sometimes we grind our teeth while we are sleeping. This can be due to stress or our body telling us that our teeth are not connecting properly. This can lead to a very sore jaw and be very debilitating. We may recommend a custom appliance to wear while you are sleeping to help protect your teeth. This appliance is made from a medical grade BPA-free hard plastic. Some examples of these appliances are occlusal guards, night guards, and bite splints.

In order to save our teeth due to pain and/or infection, we may recommend root canal treatment. This procedure involves removing the nerves and blood vessels from inside the tooth using small instruments. This procedure allows the tooth to stay in your mouth and maintain the form and function of your dentition. 

Strengthen

As we continue to use our teeth, they can develop tiny cracks or even large fractures. Our gums can thin due to wear and tear or develop an infection that can destroy the gums and bone. Whatever the concern, we can offer treatment to improve the outcome.

Removing restorations may have long-term health benefits. To safely remove amalgam, or silver fillings, we use a few devices in order to help us achieve this goal. We use a rubber dam, when necessary, to prevent inhalation of any airborne particles. We also use oxygen placed directly over your nose and a large vacuum to capture the particles if any escape the oral region.

When the pocket, or area between the tooth and gum, is infected, our skilled hygienists will need to treat the area to nurse it back to health. This requires carefully cleaning the infected pocket with an instrument and irrigation. Sometimes we will recommend an antimicrobial called Perio Chip to help reduce the bacteria count in the infected pocket. Some patients may request local anesthetic to help them feel comfortable during this procedure.

Unfortunately, due to periodontal disease, decay and/or trauma amongst other causes, our teeth may be lost.  One alternative to restore your dentition is to fabricate a complete full denture. This is a removable acrylic appliance that provides functional stability and adequate esthetics.

When some teeth are lost, one available option to restore the missing teeth can be in the form of a partial denture. A partial denture is a removable appliance that can be made from acrylic, acrylic and metal or nylon. The partial denture uses your existing teeth as anchors. This appliance also provides functional stability and adequate esthetics. 

Sometimes we have to have a tooth removed for various reasons such as trauma or large decay. When a tooth is removed, an implant is a predictable replacement option. A medical-grade titanium post or implant is placed in the socket and a crown is made to fit the implant in order to restore your smile.
When teeth are compromised by large fillings, fractures, and/or root canal treatment, it may be necessary to cover the tooth with a cap or crown. Crowns can be made of metal and/or porcelain/ceramic. The tooth is prepared and an impression is taken which is sent to a local lab. Two to three weeks later the crown arrives. We then check the fit of the crown and cement it on the tooth. A bridge is an alternative to an implant or a removable appliance. It consists of three or more crowns which are stuck together. Two or more of the crowns are cemented on prepared teeth and the remaining crowns restore the missing teeth to the proper form and function.

This dental appliance combines the features of the full denture with implants. Implants are placed in the dental arch and used as anchors in which the full denture snaps in to. This helps stabilize the full denture even more during functioning.

This appliance is the most stable appliance to restore an arch with lost teeth. It is fabricated by placing 4-6 implants in an arch and screwing a titanium/acrylic based appliance into the implants. A person’s functional ability is much greater than with a a full denture or an overdenture.

Brighten

If you are unhappy with your smile, whether it's the color of your smile or the constant shifting of your teeth, we offer many services that can address your concerns.

Sometimes teeth become discolored from trauma, stain, genetic disorders or even medications. They can also develop small fracture lines called craze lines on the front of the teeth. In addition, the teeth may be rotated with possible spaces or crowding. Veneers are a very nice esthetic option for these teeth. They are made from porcelain in a lab and cover the front and edge of the teeth. They are a minimally-invasive alternative to creating a beautiful smile.

When the enamel of teeth become discolored from certain foods and drinks, removing those stains can be a rewarding procedure. Whitening or bleaching consists of a gel-like material composed of the active ingredient hydrogen peroxide which strips away the surface stains. We offer three different whitening options which vary by the strength of the hydrogen peroxide. They vary by the effectiveness of the formulation.
A few decades ago, the only way to move teeth was by traditional metal braces. The advent of Invisalign® changed all of this. When Invisalign® was first introduced in 1999, movement of the teeth were limited. Over twenty years later, more and more can be done using Invisalign®. Invisalign® is an orthodontic modality that consists of a series of removable clear plastic trays. Invisalign® is often preferred by patients due to the convenience of being able to remove them while eating and cleaning your teeth.

As we function and chew, our teeth take on a large amount of force. Sometimes we may grind or clench our teeth which places excessive force and can damage our teeth and gums. This can result in chipping of enamel and thinning of the gum tissue at the margin (area where the tooth meets the gumline). When this happens, the strong outer layer of tooth structure called enamel is then missing. This leaves the decay prone dentin exposed and/or the root exposed due to thinning gums. In either case, a small filling may be recommended to restore the missing tooth structure and protect the tooth from any further damage. It is also important to get to the bottom of why we see the destruction in the first place.

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Hear From Happy Patients

Nothing makes us happier than hearing your glowing testimonials. It’s why we do what we do! Please let us know about your experience so we can share with our other wonderful patients.

Dr. Abrams and the entire Downtown Franklin Family Dentistry team made me feel at home right away. I loved completing forms ahead of time on the patient portal. The electronic billing and payment service also made my life easier! I feel confident bringing my whole family to their office.

Jenny B.

Dr. Abrams was wonderful to work with for my daughter’s first dentist appointment. He was caring, kind, and great at explaining everything. We were in and out quickly which is a win for mom as well. I would highly recommend Dr. Abrams for your next dental visit.

Lauren N.

Referral Program

Earn $50 in credit towards your next service when you refer us!

We love our patients and truly appreciate all referrals. As a way to say thank you, we will credit your account and your referral’s account.

Request An Appointment Today!

We welcome new patients to our practice and look forward to helping you achieve your oral health goals and a beautiful smile. At your first visit, you will meet with Dr. Abrams and our team for a complete evaluation as well as to discuss your overall health history and any concerns. From there, we will create a personalized treatment plan. At that time, our team is happy to discuss your insurance benefits and payment options.