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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.