Monday, May 21, 2018

How Visiting the Dentist May Save Your Life

                                       How Visiting the Dentist May Save Your Life

February is designated American Heart Month, which makes it a perfect time to discuss how oral health and heart health are connected. This may come as a surprise to many, as heart health and dental health don’t seem to be immediately related. On the contrary, taking care of your dental health could be a major key toward maintaining a healthy heart.
Periodontitis, the inflammation of the gums, has been shown in studies to be an indicator of current or future heart disease. The studies have shown that the inflammation and plaque buildup in gums can indicate the same issues present in the heart. So while periodontitis is bad for your dental health, it also could be indicative of poor heart health. Heart disease is a manageable disease if caught in time, and your dentist can ensure that happens.

One study investigating the connection between oral and heart health found that people with periodontitis are almost twice as likely to have heart disease. The cause is widespread inflammation and bacteria in the system. The most accepted theory to explain how this occurs involves bacteria entering the bloodstream through small, inflamed abrasions in the gums, subsequently traveling through the cardiovascular system. The bacteria present throughout the body will then cause damaging inflammation, the body’s natural response to foreign bodies.

Professional Care Is Necessary
If visiting your dentist on a regular basis wasn’t a priority before, it should be now. Daily brushing and flossing is the best maintenance plan for your mouth, but this alone isn’t enough. Your dentist has the tools and expertise needed for long-term oral health which will lead to better overall health. A dental exam can identify plaque buildup, unusual spots or sores and also reveal information about your overall health.

Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes
Visiting the dentist can help save your life. If periodontal disease is found by your oral professional, they will recommend a thorough exam from your primary care physician. Symptoms that otherwise may have gone undetected will be found early and can begin to be treated. Regular visits to your dentist will also ensure you are receiving regular check-ups for oral cancer screenings. Dental health is often overlooked as less important than other aspects of our overall health. Clearly, that isn’t true. Maintaining your dental health is not that hard when you form the proper habits. With proper daily care and regular visits to the dentist, you can enhance your dental health and protect your overall health at the same time. When you think about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, think about dental providers, not just primary care physicians.

Friday, March 2, 2018

What Sedation Dentistry Offers Patients

                                          What Sedation Dentistry Offers Patients

Your oral health professional just gave you the news: you need some procedures! Now, you have many questions, including if you will be able to get time off of work, how you are going to face more appointments when this one caused you so much anxiety, or what options you have to get the work done. The good news is you have an option at Solace Oral Surgery that answers all of those questions: sedation dentistry. This process offers patients many benefits, including help for those with dental visit anxiety, options for those with busy schedules, and more.

Fear of Dentist Visits

For those patients who develop anxiety or fear about going to the dentist, sedation dentistry can help. It numbs their senses, freeing them to relax and have a pleasant experience. In the end, the patient will have no memory of the event, won’t experience pain during the procedure, and will feel better about the whole trip.

Saves on Oral Health Trips

Some procedures require multiple visits to the dentist. This presents challenges to patients whose jobs don’t allow them to take time off for several appointments, or for those who can only tolerate so much dental work in a single visit. Sedation dentistry offers patients an option to knock out all of their procedures in a single appointment, without the added stress.

Beneficial for Sensitive Teeth/Gums

Many patients have sensitivity in their teeth or gums that makes dental procedures particularly uncomfortable. Sedation reduces this discomfort by numbing the sensitive areas or putting the patients under for the procedure.

Options for Special Needs Patients

Some patients cannot handle sitting in a prone position without pain, or holding themselves still for extended periods of time due to an injury or disability. For children, the idea of sitting still for that long sounds like torture and they’ll pass, thank you very much. For all of these patients, sedation dentistry offers the best possible outcome: completed procedures without the hassle. They go to sleep and wake up done and ready to go.

Helps Time Pass

Even those who well tolerate the occasional oral procedure can only handle that kind of work for so long. Enter sedation dentistry, where even a slight bit of sedation can make that time fly by. That doesn’t mean you’ll be asleep. In fact, this kind of sedation is often used in ways that keep patients awake; however, the appointment will still seem shorter.

If you have a series of upcoming procedures and have misgivings, consider sedation dentistry as an option to help you complete the dental work you need. At Solace Oral Surgery, our oral surgery team is highly trained in all methods of sedation dentistry. You can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands with your next appointment at Solace Oral Surgery.

Monday, October 2, 2017

2017 Top Dentist for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Dr. Jamie Romero

                 2017 Top Dentist for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Dr. Jamie Romero

We are excited and proud to announce that Dr. Jamie Romero has been recognized again by Nashville Lifestyles as a Top Dentist for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Romero graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry ten years ago.  After which he completed his residency at Metro Health Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  He currently owns and practices at Solace Oral Surgery in Nashville, TN. His specialties include oral surgery, dental implants and sedation dentistry. He is an active member of the Tennessee Dental Association (TDA) and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

Dr. Romero is highly committed to bettering his community.  He is active in a plethora of local organizations such as Hope Smiles, Interfaith Dental Clinic, Mercy Ministries, Sofia’s Heart, Nashville Rescue Mission, Brentwood Baptist Dental/Medical Unit, American Red Cross, One Gen Away, Nashville Sexual Assault Center and other youth organizations.  Yearly, he also gives a deserving person in need a complete smile makeover with Solace Oral Surgery’s ‘Smile for Christmas.’

A true patriot, Dr. Romero has a strong military background, including service in the Tennessee Army National Guard as a Major. He flew helicopters in the army and was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Characteristics that patients appreciate about Dr. Romero as a surgeon include his passion for oral care, ability to make people feel comfortable, ease of communication, and professional expertise.

Originally from Mexico, Dr. Romero is fluent in Spanish. He currently lives in Franklin, TN with his wife Eva Angelina and their four children.  He enjoys playing sports such as basketball and soccer, biking and doing outdoor activities. He is also a talented off-road Baja racer.

The Nashville-area Top Dentists are selected based upon a database of thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The Top Dentists must also have an active license and be in good standing with the state dental board.

Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Romero for being recognized as a 2017 Top Dentist in his specialty. He has been recognized in Nashville for 3 years and going. To learn more, please contact Solace Oral Surgery at (615) 320-1392 or visit

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A New Smile in one Day: All-on-4

                                                                A New Smile in one Day: All-on-4

Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss. In fact, experts estimate as many as 35 million people have no upper or lower teeth at all. Have you been dreaming about a brand new smile to combat your tooth loss? Are you hesitant to pursue tooth replacement options because of the length of time, and number of procedures it takes? All-on-4 is a modern system for changing teeth that can be done very quickly and efficiently, saving you time and money.

 What is All-on-4?

All-on-4 refers to a combination treatment that involves dental implants and implant-anchored dentures. During this procedure, four titanium rods are embedded within your jaw. They’ll be strategically placed by your surgeon for maximum efficiency to fit your mouth.

Once the implants are securely installed, custom high-quality dentures are anchored to them. The name “All-on-4” comes from the fact that only four implants are needed to securely hold a whole set of teeth. This means you could have both your upper and lower sets replaced with only four implants in each setting.

In the past, dental implants were used for every single tooth. As you can imagine, this would be significantly more painful and time consuming than an All-on-4 procedure. As a result, you can get a brand new smile in just one day.

Why Choose All-on-4

Aside from the obvious benefits, there are many other reasons to choose an All-on-4 replacement. One of the biggest incentives is the fact that the implants become completely permanent. This is thanks to titanium’s unique ability to fuse with bone. You’ll never have to worry about your new teeth slipping or sliding while you're speaking, which can inspire greater confidence.

The All-on-4 setup also makes eating much easier than with traditional dentures. Since the teeth are anchored permanently, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy apples, carrots, nuts, and beyond. It’s by far the most natural-feeling setup.

You don’t have to worry about messy adhesive glues or strips with an All-on-4 set, either. Since they don’t need to be removed for cleaning, you can rest assured that you won’t forget to remove them on schedule.

Ready to Smile?

If you’re considering an All-on-4 set, call us today. Our surgeons would love to meet with you and discuss the process in-depth. We can answer any questions you may have. Remember, the sooner you call, the sooner you’ll have the smile you’ve always dreamed of. All we need is one day!








Thursday, May 11, 2017

Benefits of Dental Implants

                                                         Benefits of Dental Implants

 Choosing a tooth replacement method is a big decision. Your options will vary depending on the condition of your mouth, but you want to make a selection that will be comfortable and dependable. This will allow you to function with confidence while dealing with your tooth loss.

 You’re Not Alone

For some people, it’s hard to come to terms with the idea of using tooth replacements. You should understand that you’re not alone. Millions of Americans deal with tooth loss every year. You should also know that tooth replacement methods are more advanced, successful, and realistic-looking than they’ve ever been before.

 What are Dental Implants?

 Dental implants are small metal rods, usually made from titanium, that are designed to function as a base for replacement teeth. The implants are engineered to be highly durable and safe for use in your mouth. They’re embedded in the jaw during a surgical procedure, making them incredibly strong.

 Dental implants can be used for individual teeth as well as entire sets of anchored dentures. Because of the extremely low risk of complications from the metal itself, you can have several rods implanted easily wherever you need them, for a customized fit

 Why Choose Dental Implants?

There are many reasons why dental implants are such a good choice for many Americans. First and foremost, they are a flexible solution for people will all levels of dental problems. Other benefits of dental implants include:


   Fast procedure. Most of us hate spending time in a dentist’s chair. Dental implants can be installed very quickly. In fact, you can get an entire new set of teeth in just one day.


   Realistic appearance. Dental implants use specially designed prosthetic teeth that are just like the real thing.


   Better comfort. Dentures are designed to be removed for cleaning. This also means they can slip and irritate the mouth. Implants fuse to your jaw bone and become permanent, so there’s no discomfort.


   Improved speech. Slipping or poor-fitting dentures can make it difficult to speak without mumbling or slurring. You don’t have either of those problems with dental implants.


   Natural eating. Certain foods are difficult or even impossible to eat with dentures. Dental implants are so secure and comfortable that you can enjoy all your favorite foods.


   More confidence. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, dental implants can give you a huge confidence boost. Imagine having a perfect smile in just a day.


   Higher durability. Dental implants are permanent. When taken care of, they last the rest of your life.


If you’re ready to let dental implants change your life, give us a call. We’d love to give you your smile back.


Friday, April 7, 2017

All-on-4 vs. Dentures (A New Smile in A Day)

                                            Have A Brand new SMILE in ONE DAY! 

                                                           All-on-4 vs. Dentures

If you’re looking at tooth replacement options, it’s important to make the right choice. You want to be able to smile, eat, and speak comfortably and normally for the rest of your life. Two common options are traditional dentures and All-on-4, or implant-supported dentures.

Traditional Dentures

Despite calling them traditional, modern dentures are nothing like the ones from the past. Some of the early versions were carved out of wood, making them uncomfortable and poor-fitting. Today’s dentures are custom made from fine porcelain and soft acrylic to offer the most realistic and comfortable experience possible.

Traditional dentures are designed to be easily removable. The arch of the jaw supports them and their surfaces rest directly on the gums. This makes it very easy to take them out for cleaning and sleeping. It also means less complication for oral specialists while making adjustments for fit.

Regular dentures are also less expensive than many other options. Lots of insurance policies cover all or most of the cost of the prosthetic, which is important if you’re concerned about the cost of your tooth replacement.


All-on-4 implants are a different option for tooth replacement. Traditional dentures are not completely stable because they rest on the surface of the gums. Most people need to apply some sort of adhesive to keep their dentures in place throughout the day. Sometimes they can slip while eating or speaking, which can be embarrassing.

All-on-4 dentures actually anchor to small dental implants, rather than relying on the surface of the gum. The posts are made of titanium, making them extremely durable and safe for use in the mouth. These implants are carefully embedded into the jaw during a surgical procedure. Four of them are placed within the mouth, depending on your personal needs. Once the fixtures are healed and secure, your implant-supported dentures can anchor to them, providing incredible stability. Only four posts are necessary to support an entire set of teeth, hence the “All-on-4” name.

All-on-4 treatment eliminates movement and prevents jaw atrophy, meaning you’ll be able to maintain maximum function and retain the shape of your jaw line. They may also enhance confidence because they are so secure and don’t require removal for cleaning and sleeping.

If you’re not sure what type is right for you, call and schedule an appointment with Solace Oral Surgery today. We’d love to discuss your oral health and go over your options in depth.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Importance of Dental Hygiene

                                             The Importance of Dental Hygiene

If you visit your dentist regularly, you probably hear a lot about dental hygiene. After all, the brushing and flossing they recommend is designed to keep your teeth and gums looking (and smelling) fantastic. Oral hygiene, though, is about more than just keeping your smile clean and breath fresh. It also has a significant impact on overall health.


Your mouth is the first part of your digestive system, so it only makes sense that your oral hygiene has a bearing on overall nutrition. Strong teeth are crucial to eating many healthy foods, such as apples, carrots, and nuts. If you don’t maintain your dental hygiene you could experience inflamed gums, cavities, and infected or lost teeth. All of these issues make it more difficult to enjoy wholesome, fresh foods. You could end up filling yourself with soft, junky foods instead. Chewing problems can also lead to irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal failure, among others medical conditions.

Infection and Diseases

Poor oral hygiene is also linked to some infections and diseases. Cardiovascular disease, for instance, may be related to the bacteria caused by oral inflammation. New research is constantly being done to determine the exact linkages between such conditions.

There are indirect effects of poor dental hygiene, as well. For example, if you have an infection in your mouth, it weakens your entire immune system and makes you more susceptible to other sicknesses. Serious cases of oral infection may potentially lead to sepsis.

How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Keeping your mouth clean and healthy requires proper attention. The most important thing to develop is a maintainable routine. It’s not good enough to brush only a few times a week; brushing needs to occur at least twice per day. Make sure you’re spending about two minutes brushing, or you might not remove all of the plaque and bacteria. To simplify the process, set a timer or play your favorite song.

Other steps to good oral hygiene include:

   Flossing at least once per day, being careful not to damage the gums.
   Using a mouthwash after eating.
   Avoiding excess sugar or overly sticky foods, such as caramel.
   Brushing after eating sugary or grainy meals that may embed themselves in tooth grooves or existing cavities.

One of the most important ways to protect your dental hygiene is by visiting your dentist on a regular basis. She will be able to check for warning signs and future problems, while giving your teeth a deep cleaning.

If you need help and guidance on this, give us a call! 

Solace Oral Surgery