Sullivan Dental Partners
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Richard Sullivan
DDS, FICOI, FIALD
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DDS

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5 Tips to Help Your Child Avoid Dental Anxiety

Young Girl | Children's Dentistry Brentwood TN

Do you experience dental anxiety? Can you trace it back to a negative experience you had as a child? Unfortunately, millions of adults avoid dental visits for this reason and suffer increased oral health problems as a result.

No parent wants to expose their child to anxiety, and there’s actually a lot you can do to help set your child up for a successful first visit to your pediatric dentist in Brentwood, TN:

#1 Start Early

Many dentists start with a “happy visit” for your child. This appointment is meant to be low-key and low-stress, and the only objective is to let them take a look around and get familiar with new sights, sounds, ...

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Straighter Teeth, Better Oral Health: Why You Should Consider Clear Braces

Like many adults who want straighter teeth, your main concern is probably improved aesthetics. But orthodontic treatment with options like clear braces in Brentwood also has a positive impact on your overall oral health.

Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth

Adult patients like the idea of straightening their teeth with clear aligners because of the convenience they offer compared to metal orthodontics:

  • Clear aligners make your treatment discreet
  • No irritation to your cheeks and lips from metal and wires
  • Removable aligners allow you to brush, floss, and eat your favorite foods
  • Shorter overall treatment times for adults, usually about 12 to 15 months

But even more importantly, when you straighten your teeth with clear braces, you minimize your ...

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Meet Richard Hugh Sullivan, V

Baby | Brentwood TN Dentist

Meet Richard Hugh Sullivan, V or Hugh as he is called. Hugh is Dr. Sully’s son and Dr. Rick’s grandson and namesake. When Hugh was born, like a lot of newborns, he had trouble nursing. Well, it turns out that Hugh was not only tongue-tied but also had a really strong maxillary frenum that was affecting the way he latched onto the breast.

After confirmation from Hugh’s pediatrician and the lactation consultant, Hugh was sent straight to our office to see Dr. Rick. You never think it will happen to your own family, but sure enough, it is what he needed.

 At our office, we utilize a water laser to release the ...

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What's the Difference between Clear Aligner Orthodontics and Six Month Smiles?

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Are you interested in having your teeth straightened but are overwhelmed by the sheer number of treatment systems available?

Dental professionals are always looking for ways to update treatments to provide you with the most advanced care available. New techniques, advanced materials, and state-of-the-art technology all provide us with ways to improve upon standard dental treatments like orthodontics.

Choosing the Right Treatment for You

Two types of orthodontic treatment have gained a lot of popularity recently – Six Month Smiles and clear aligners. You have probably heard of both but aren’t sure what the difference is and which is right for you.

Of course, choosing an orthodontic treatment is a decision that needs to ...

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What Can I Expect at My Child's First Dental Appointment?

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The appearance of your child's first tooth is an exciting time because it's evidence that their growth and development is taking off. It's also time to think about your child's first trip to the dentist.

At Sullivan Dental Partners, we know that the thought of your precious little one sitting in a dental chair can be daunting. 

As a parent, you do everything you can to protect them from unpleasantness, and you wonder how this visit will affect them. This is especially true if you had a bad dental experience as a child; the last thing you want is to saddle your child with a lifetime of dental anxiety inadvertently.

Relax, We've Got ...

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3 Ways to Figure Out the Right Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment for You

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Do you have a vision for your perfect smile? Many people who seek treatment for cosmetic dental flaws know they want to improve their appearance but aren’t sure which way to go about it. Will a professional teeth whitening treatment do the trick, or are their additional problems that need attention?

Asking questions is an excellent way to start because it helps your dentist understand what concerns you. It also enables you to focus on what’s important to you, based on your personal goals and preferences.

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry in Brentwood, TN, here are three questions you need to think about.

What’s Your Ultimate Goal?

Do you want a brighter smile? Straighter ...

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3 Ways We Check if Dental Implants Are a Good Option for You

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Tooth loss for any reason can be devastating. You must deal with the discomfort of chewing certain foods, and, depending on the reason for your tooth loss, you may feel embarrassed or ashamed. You also need to decide what type of tooth replacement is most appropriate for your unique needs.

Replacing lost teeth is necessary for restoring lost function and allowing you to smile confidently again. Dental implants are an excellent choice for several reasons:

  • A dental implant replaces the entire tooth, including the root
  • Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants are permanent
  • Dental implants help promote healthy bone growth in your jaw

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Your dental implant is a ...

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