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September 25, 2013

Get Rid Of Headaches And Constant Jaw Pain With TMJ Treatment

TMJ is the abbreviation for Temporomandibular Joint, and plagues many men and women worldwide. It is caused by a variety of issues, including:

  • Disease (arthritis, for instance)
  • Wear due to aging
  • Grinding and clenching
  • Chewing on things (not food)
  • Poor alignment of teeth
  • Trauma

Some of these situations are habits a person has formed. A child starts biting pencils, and continues to gnaw on things as she gets older. This biting might become grinding during slumber, or have begun from that grinding and progressed to daytime gnawing. Clenching is also a habit, even if it is related to mental health issues such as anxiety or problems with anger. It might be a coping mechanism in response to pain elsewhere in the body.

The result is pain of many kinds, including headaches. Taking analgesics can be helpful for relieving minor pain in the early stages of TMJ; however, this is simply a “band-aid” and has no long term impact on the cause of discomfort. Anti-inflammatory drugs sold over the counter are a more effective TMJ treatment as they reduce swelling in the joint.

Some clients will get injections deep into the joint, such as lidocaine or Botox. Lidocaine is recognizable as a topical anesthetic rubbed onto the skin before having an IV. Botox causes the joint to relax. Both forms of TMJ treatment are only effective for a few months and are not for the faint of heart.

Far less frightening and painful than a long needle, mouth guards have also been proven effective. They stop the user from putting pressure on the TMJ. The user is not always aware she is grinding, especially at night, so a bite guard is a useful night time aid.
If dental alignment is the culprit, speak with your dentist about getting braces. It is not too late, even if the teen years have passed you by. Many adults wear braces to correct a cross bite which were not addressed during childhood. This is a long term solution to an ongoing problem and could prevent headaches from becoming unbearable.

Some consumers would suggest that a massage or chiropractic adjustment could be useful types of TMJ treatment. Massage is pleasant for the entire body, not just as a way of getting rid of TMJ headaches. The massage could relax a person so that he does not want to grind for some time afterwards. The chiropractor might release pain elsewhere which is causing him to clench. Perhaps you thought you had to live with chronic discomfort, or even forgot it was there. Now, as he unclenches and thinks about his body, he realizes he was masking a deeper issue. As the chiropractor releases trapped nerves during several weeks of sessions, headaches disappear, and so does the underlying concern which caused the clenching and TMJ.

When it comes to TMJ treatment, it pays to think outside of the box. The problem rarely comes out of the blue, unless you are affected by arthritis or a disease that strikes joints all over your body. With some creative consideration, your headaches could be gone in just a few months even if you have suffered with TMJ for years.

Do you suffer from headaches and jaw pain? If you think it’s TMJ contact Dr. Stephen Poss for an appointment!

June 9, 2013

Healthy Eating for Healthy Living in Nashville

Live Healthy equals Eat Well for Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Stephen Poss in Nashville.

Healthy eating requires consistent intake of nutritious vegetables to give your body a source of vital minerals and vitamins, and is the largest component to healthy living. Dandelion greens, kale, and spinach are known for providing high amounts of these necessary nutrients and helping to reduce one’s risk of developing heart disease, while possessing low calorie counts and no fat. Dandelion greens are not as well known, though they are an excellent source for A, B, C, E, and K vitamins. Kale nourishes consumers with potassium, calcium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, C, and K. Spinach provides the same nutrients found in Kale, but instead of calcium and iron, it features manganese.

Daily Leafy Green Integration
You may already understand all of the facts, but knowing what to do and actually carrying out those actions are two different things. When it comes time for a meal, a heaping pile of spinach is the last thing on most minds. For the majority of society, sneaking portions of fruits and veggies into their meals is the best way to integrate them into their daily diets. Ideally, the average person should be consuming between five and seven servings of vegetables daily, according to nutrition experts. This figure seems impossible to reach, especially when attempting to stuff it all down in one sitting. Consider dicing peppers, asparagus, or mushrooms and mixing them into your morning omelet. When searching for a snack, opt for cucumbers, celery, carrots, and cherry tomatoes over any and every other choice. Try dining as you would if you were in a restaurant, and enjoy a freshly prepared salad prior to your main meal at dinner time. Before you know it, you may be consuming more than the recommended minimum—and actually enjoying it!

Hiding Those Greens
These ideas may seem simple enough, but a spinach sandwich or a dandelion seed snack probably still won’t be satisfying enough when your stomach starts to rumble. Fortunately, there are numerous clever ways to disguise these essential nutrient sources in the foods or drinks you do already enjoy.

  • Instead of (or in addition to) the meat in your next lasagna, try plenty of vitamin-packed veggies as a tasty filler.
  • Throw out your preconceived notion of a salad and try a delicious smoked turkey, spinach leaf, crouton, diced apple, and shredded cheese toss.
  • After boiling the spaghetti for your typical pasta dinner, coat it in an orange juice, scallion, and (preferably fat free) half and half zest sauce. To serve, mix it all up with spinach leaves.
  • Add a little kale or a few dandelion seeds to your morning smoothie combination, especially if you find you do not even notice a taste difference (or that you enjoy the change).
  • Once you have finished browning the chicken and boiling the rice for an average dinner entrée, heat up some kale with your preferred diced veggies and stir in the broth from the chicken and the finished rice. Serve this tasteful dish with chicken beautifully laid on top!

Have questions about making your oral health a component of your healthy lifestyle? Dr. Poss can help! Setup a consultation today.

April 1, 2013

Dr. Stephen Poss is Accepting New Nashville and Brentwood Patients

Good afternoon,

I am Dr. Stephen Poss (also known as Steve),

Are you a local Nashville resident? How about a person in the surrounding areas? Well, welcome to our website and blog!

Our dental practice is known as Poss Dental Designs and is located at 1646 Westgate Circle, Suite 100 in Brentwood, TN, 37027. I’ve been practicing dentistry for almost 30 years. Not only am I dedicated to helping individuals maintain a healthy smile, but I’m also invested in the well being of the entire field of dentistry. As a teacher and a sleep diplomat – not only do I bring a wealth of experience to the exam room – I also bring it to the classroom for fellow practioners.

Some services that may be of interest: general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sleep apnea treatment, full smile makeovers, veneers, six month smiles, teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, metal free dentistry, TMJ treatment and much more!

With all sincerity, we ask that you call our office with any and all questions. If you’re thinking about some cosmetic procedures we’d be happy to schedule an initial consultation to see how we can help.

I pride myself on being the best, but also easy to talk to!

If you have dental insurance, call our office to see if we are contracted with your provider. If you don’t have dental insurance, call us at 615-373-1056 to talk with our office about rates and additional options. Budgeting for regular cleanings and checkups can ensure a healthy smile and can keep your long term dental costs way down.

Stephen Poss DDS

Poss Dental Designs
1646 Westgate Circle
Suite 100
Brentwood, TN 37027


November 15, 2012

Enjoy The Smile Of Your Dreams With Cosmetic Dentistry Nashville

Cosmetic dentistry has the potential to change your appearance in a positive, uplifting manner. There are many options for cosmetic dentistry Nashville to accommodate individual need and budget. Professional cosmetic dentists can give you a greater understanding of what these treatments have to offer and how they can improve your smile to enhance your personal appearance. The following gives a brief description of some of the most popular and successful treatments for your careful consideration.

Dental Implants

If you have experienced the loss of front teeth due to an accident or disease, dental implants may be a viable solution to repairing your smile. Advanced dental technology has made the process of implants easier and more effective than ever. Modern implants are not only designed to look like your real teeth, but they feel comfortable and natural as well. They are built to conform to your individual mouth structure and surrounding teeth.
Unlike dentures that are removed during the night, implants become a permanent part of the structure of your teeth. In addition to improving your smile, they will help keep your other teeth from shifting and becoming misaligned; implants can also help prevent deterioration of the jawbone.


If you have a problem with cracked, chipped or stained front teeth, veneer treatments are available to help create a more attractive smile. Porcelain veneers are slim casings bonded onto the tooth surface to cover chips, cracks and stains. Veneer treatments produce beautiful results without having to extract and replace your natural teeth. These stain resistant casings can be adapted to the size and shape of your damaged or stained teeth to give them a more attractive appearance.

Cosmetic Bonding

Teeth that are slightly misaligned, disproportional or that have sustained minor damage such as chipping can be renovated through cosmetic bonding. This treatment involves reshaping the tooth by applying composite resin so that it has a better shape and exterior appearance. Once the resin dries, the tooth can be shaped and polished to complement surrounding teeth and complete the restoration process. Bonding provides an affordable method of restoring minor defects in your teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, however, which can last for the duration of your life, this treatment generally has a lifespan of 5-10 years.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments benefit individuals who suffer from yellow or stained teeth. These treatments vary depending on individual need. The Zoom whitening technique is highly effective in removing yellow stains and restoring a whiter, brighter smile. This treatment is completed within a dental office setting and entails applying whitening gel to affected teeth and then activating with a specialized lamp to reduce or eliminate teeth stains. The process generally takes approximately one hour and produces long lasting results.

The use of bleaching trays to whiten teeth is a process that can be completed at home. By following dental instructions, you can get optimum whitening results. Home bleaching methods generally take several weeks to see positive results. However, bleaching has been very successful in removing unsightly stains and whitening your smile.

These are but a few of the many treatments available to enhance your smile. By choosing the appropriate treatment, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted for a more attractive and pleasing appearance. Contact Dr. Poss today to learn more about your perfect smile!

August 28, 2012

Flossing – Just Do It!

Filed under: Dentist,General Health — Tags: , , — bdavis @ 4:11 pm

Dentists repeat the mantra that flossing is important with every visit to their chair. Parents encourage their children to floss every night when they brush their teeth, but are they doing the same themselves? There is a good chance that they are neglecting one of the simplest ways to care for their adult teeth: flossing. When compared with most dental work, flossing is quick, painless, and inexpensive.

When pushed against teeth and both sides of the inverted ‘v’ which gums create, floss pulls away food particles a brush cannot remove. This is an important point to remember if a person has bad breath. The smells in a mouth could be the result of leftover, rotting food. Worse still, rotting teeth could be causing some of that odor.

Flossing helps people to save teeth from developing cavities by removing plaque. The acids in plaque eat into tooth enamel to cause painful craters which a dentist must fill. The patient will need to endure anesthetic injections in the gums and drilling if this occurs.

Many consumers do not realize there is a connection between overall health and gum health. Periodontis is a gum disease which causes gums and bone to deteriorate. Eventually, a person could lose his or her teeth in the affected area. Losing teeth can make it difficult to chew, or even embarrassing to smile. Meanwhile, the bloodstream will absorb mouth-based bacteria which cause plaque and lay it down in veins throughout the body. Believe it or not, cardiac problems can be caused by dental plaque. By flossing, individuals can prevent gum disease and heart disease simultaneously.

Health and fitness specialists will also point out that when food is left in a person’s mouth, that person will often taste the food for a while after and crave it. Floss removes the food particles before they lead to temptation. Better still, by going through the whole process of brushing and flossing after a meal, this will change the flavor of food so that a person simply does not want it anymore.

Flossing should be done at least once every day, preferably last thing at night or after the final meal of the day. It can be done more often, but if you forget to floss for a few days, expect to experience some sensitivity in the gums. They might even bleed afterwards. There are many inexpensive brands of floss, but if you have tightly-packed teeth, try dental tape. This is a wider sort of floss which tends to get snagged or broken less often.

Buy flavored floss to encourage children to take up this good habit. Flavors such as cherry, bubble gum, and mint are hard to resist. If you like the taste so much that you want to floss twice a day, go ahead. People with braces can also floss. They use a small piece of plastic tied into a loop with a straight end. With a strand of floss tied to the other end, a parent threads the floss between the teeth above the braces of young children. Adults and teens might be able to do this job themselves.

Don’t forget to schedule regular checkups with Dr. Poss! He can help you keep your mouth healthy and your smile happy!

April 23, 2012

Coke vs. Water

Filed under: General Health,Oral Health — Tags: , , , — bdavis @ 8:17 pm

The debate over the merits of water over soft drinks is ongoing. As a dentist, we know that the benefits of avoiding sugary drinks, but there are a number of other reasons to avoid soft drinks. Check out the merits below:


  1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  2. In 37% of Americans the thirst mechanism is so weak it is often mistaken for hunger.
  3. Mild dehydration will slow your metabolism as much as 3%
  4. Lack of water is the #1 trigger for daytime fatigue
  5. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  6. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer.
  7. Drinking 5 glasses of water each day decreases your risk of colon cancer by 45% and can slash your risk of breast cancer by 79


  1. In many states the highway patrol carries Coke in the trunk of their cars to remove the blood from the highway after a car accident.
  2. You can put a t-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.
  3. You can clean your toilet by pouring a can of Coke into the toilet, let it sit for one hour and flush.
  4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers rub the bumper with a piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coke.
  5. Coke will clean the corrosion on a car battery.
  6. Coke can also loosen a rusted bolt by soaking a cloth in Coke and apply it to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
  7. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.



  • The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.
  • To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use Hazardous Material Warning Cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.


March 26, 2012

Smile-Enhancement by Dr. Poss – Nashville Comsetic Dentist

Often thought of as only obtainable by celebrities, cosmetic dentistry is actually a rapidly growing industry. As visiting the cosmetic dentist become more popular and more affordable it also become more accessible to the general public.

Cosmetic dentistry focuses mostly on improving the appearance (and often times the functionality and health) of your teeth and gums. Common cosmetic procedures include bite reclamation, bonding, bridges, gum lifts, reshaping, veneers, and teeth whitening. Some procedures involve the addition of material(s) to your teeth and/or gums, like bonding, crowns, and veneers. Some require removing material from your teeth and/or gums. Finally, some require neither the addition nor removal of materials, like straightening and whitening.

In cosmetic bonding, an enamel-like substance is used to reshape a tooth or teeth as needed. After it is applied and sculpted, the material hardens and is polished. It closely resembles the natural appearance of the surrounding teeth and can be used to fill chips and perfect other such misshapen teeth.

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. Crowns must be inserted onto the two adjacent teeth. The false tooth is then fused to the crowns to hold it in place. When properly cared for, they can last for ten years or even longer.

A gum lift is the process by which a cosmetic dentist raises and reshapes your gum line. It may involve simply sculpting the gum tissue, or, in more extreme cases, the underlying bone structure may need reshaping. The end goal is to give the teeth a more symmetrical and (if desirable) longer appearance.

Reshaping teeth requires removing bits of the enamel to create the desired look. It can improve the length, positioning, and shape of affected teeth and can fix small chips. The potential issue with enameloplasty is that once the enamel is removed it cannot be replaced. People still opt for it under some circumstances to avoid getting braces and because the results are so fast.

Veneers are also wildly popular for perfecting the appearance of one’s smile. They are made up of porcelain and/or composite materials that mimic teeth’s natural appearance, color, and structure. They are applied in very thin layers that are bonded directly to the teeth. They can completely close gaps as well as disguise discolored teeth that cannot be sufficiently lightened. Christie Brinkley, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Donald Trump are all rumored to have porcelain veneers.

Whitening is by far the most commonly practiced procedure in the industry. There are dozens of over-the-counter at-home whitening products available. However, professional treatments by a cosmetic dentist are recommended for ideal results.

If you are looking to have your smile enhanced cosmetically, Dr. Poss can help build a smile you love! Call the office at (615) 373-1056 to get started today!

February 29, 2012

Smile Makeovers by Your Cosmetic Dentist in Nashville

A smile is a beautiful thing. It is sad, then, that so many individuals are embarrassed by their smiles. It may be due to poor dental hygiene or simple bad luck, but many individuals have smiles that they feel are simply less than perfect. If you feel this way about your smile, you may wish to visit a Nashville cosmetic dentist for a smile makeover. These makeovers can consist of many different procedures, from those that are basic to newer surgical alternatives. In the end, though, these procedures can help to give anyone the smile that they have always hoped to have.

As you might expect, many individuals visit a  cosmetic dentist hoping for only the basics of a smile makeover. The most common procedure is a simple teeth whitening, a process that can not only brighten a smile but help to get rid of years of  build up on teeth. Many individuals also take a further step by getting their teeth straightened, especially if they were not fortunate enough to have braces when they were younger. Though a longer process, this aspect of a smile makeover can help to give anyone a beautiful smile.

At the same time, there are many that undertake procedures that are a bit more unusual in the pursuit of a more beautiful smile. One increasingly popular aspect of smile makeovers is the use of veneers. These thin devices can be fit over the front of teeth, improving the look of those teeth that have suffered damage or extreme decay. Other clients seek out procedures like gum contouring, a process that can help individuals with uneven gum lines to even out their smile. Regardless of what is chosen, though, a full dental makeover can allow an individual to smile with ease in situations which may have once been embarrassing.

If you want a smile makeover, it is important to visit Dr. Stephen Poss, Nashville cosmetic dentist. He can not only perform the procedures that you wish to have performed, but they can help you to learn about new procedures that may help you to improve your smile. Whether you want a simple tooth whitening or you want to go so far as to have surgical gum contouring, there are dentists available that can help you to improve your smile. With a little work, you may feel far less embarrassed by sharing your happiness with the world around you.

January 28, 2012

What is Your Gum Disease Risk

Any dentist will tell you that gum disease is a health condition that you don’t want to mess with. It can lead to decaying and lost teeth, it has been linked to other conditions such as stroke or heart attack, and it just isn’t as attractive as a set of pink gums surrounding gleaming white teeth.

In order to avoid dealing with periodontal disease, one of the first steps you should take is to assess your gum disease risk to see which preventative measures are right for you. Your dentist is the most qualified to perform this assessment and you should definitely ask for his or her professional opinion. You can also take a look at the following risk factors for periodontal disease to see which ones currently apply to you.

  1. Age – According to studies, your risk of having gum disease nearly doubles once you reach the age of 65. The oral system is affected by aging just like the rest of the body, but with the right dental approach you should be able to keep periodontal disease at bay.
  2. Gender – Women are more likely to have gum disease, which is mainly due to their hormones. As they make their way through puberty, pregnancy and menopause, their hormones change and create an opportunity for gum disease to take root.
  3. Smoking – Smoking is a well-known contributor to gum disease, and it also makes the disease harder to treat.
  4. Poor dental hygiene – Brushing and flossing are two of the best ways to ward off disease, along with regular visits to the dentist. Without doing these things, plaque is free to attach itself to teeth and cause inflammation and swelling in the gums.
  5. Medications – Certain medications can hasten the arrival of periodontal disease. This side effect will usually be explained to you by your doctor and as on your medication’s label.
  6. Health conditions – People with certain health conditions are more likely to develop gum disease. These conditions include diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and some auto-immune diseases.
  7. Unhealthy diet – People who eat unhealthy foods on a daily or near-daily basis have an increased risk of gum disease.
  8. Stress – Don’t stress out about this, but stress is a factor that can actually lead to periodontal disease. A healthy body is usually great at defending against the infection that causes gum disease, but stress makes it much harder to accomplish that important task.
  9. Other dental problems – Existing problems with teeth or even faulty dental work are suspected of being gum disease causes. The gums can be irritated, inflamed or infected by problems such as fillings with abrasive edges, misaligned teeth, or oral appliances that are dirty or don’t fit correctly.

As we mentioned earlier, your dentist is the first person you should have assess your risk factors and come up with ways to keep your gums healthy. Some aspects are simply out of your control, but for many others you have the power to prohibit them from affecting your gums. Visit Dr. Poss your cosmetic dentist in Nashville, TN to find out about keeping your gums healthy.

January 25, 2012

5 Easy Ways to Remember to Floss

Despite the fact that flossing is an essential part of your daily routine and it can even contribute to a longer life, sometimes it is hard to remember to do it. There can be many reasons for people being forgetful when it comes to flossing, such as you work odd hours, you ran out of floss a week ago, or you subconsciously just don’t want to do it. Regardless of the reason, it is a practice that should be carried out on a daily basis.

If you have trouble remembering to floss, we have some easy tips for you that will keep it on the top of your mind every day. Eventually it might even be something that you do without thinking about it! Read on to find out how you can be a regular flosser in no time.

  1. Remind yourself of the benefits – Flossing can do wonders for your looks and health. It keeps your gums healthy and clean so you won’t have to worry about gingivitis. It cleans out any food stuck between teeth that can lead to staining and cavities. It also gets rid of plaque that can make its way into other parts of your body and contribute to future health problems such as heart disease and stroke.
  2. Establish an ironclad routine – One common theory is that it takes 21 days to make something into a habit. Whether that is the exact time it takes to establish a habit or not, it is true that you should floss daily without fail until it is just something you do. One trick that might help is to put a small calendar next to your bathroom sink and put a check mark on each day that you floss.
  3. Always have more floss on hand – If you happen to run out of floss, you might be tempted to let it slide for a few days (or weeks) until you get new floss. Instead of letting this happen to you, consider buying an economy pack of dental floss so that you have a steady supply for months.
  4. Have a loved one remind you – Your wife, husband, son, daughter or any other person close to you would probably be happy to remind you to floss. Don’t be afraid to ask for their help, but be sure to ask someone who will actually follow through with their promise to hold you accountable.
  5. Become a mobile flosser – There are situations for pretty much anybody where a tight schedule or unforeseen events can hinder your ability to floss at home. This is not the time for excuses considering that a container of floss can fit in your pocket at any time. You can sneak to the bathroom during work or find many other small windows of time to get your flossing fix.

Remember, flossing is something quick and easy that you can do to improve your help. All it takes is a conscious effort at first until it is just second nature! Keeping up with these common oral health practices will keep your smile bright and your mouth healthy. Visit Dr. Stephen Poss, your Nashville dentist to keep your mouth healthy and happy.

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