Do you see children?
Yes, we welcome children and teens. Cool Smiles Dental Studio offers checkups, cleanings, and restorations for children, as well as adults.
What if I have a dental emergency?
If you need an emergency dentist in Franklin, TN, Dr. Foster and Dr. Dobberstein are happy to see you during business hours. In the event that you experience a dental emergency after hours, if you are a current patient, an emergency phone number is available with our answering service. If you are not a current patient, please go to your nearest emergency room, then follow up with Dr. Foster and Dr. Dobberstein the next day.
What does a root canal feel like?
A root canal is a procedure to remove damaged tooth nerve and avoid tooth extraction. The acute toothache associated with a root canal is actually caused by infection, which creates pressure inside a tooth, at its nerve. Pressure grows, and the pain intensifies. A root canal removes all infection, which relieves pressure and pain. As a sedation dentist, Dr. Foster and Dr. Dobberstein can administer a sedative to make you feel mentally and physically ready for any dental procedure.
What does Cool Smiles Dental Studio recommend for teeth whitening?
Many over-the-counter whitening toothpastes, strips, and trays work well to remove light discolorations from tooth enamel. Dr. Foster and Dr. Dobberstein does NOT suggest that anyone undergo professional teeth whitening from a mall kiosk or anyone who is not a licensed dentist in good standing with the ADA. If over-the-counter products don’t deliver the results you want to see, Dr. Foster and Dr. Dobberstein can provide you with custom-made mouth trays and prescription-strength whitening gel for home use. He also offers one-visit whitening with Zoom! Whitening, a light-activated teeth bleaching solution that has a stellar reputation.
I have a toothache. What should I do?
A number of causes can contribute to tooth pain or sensitivity. First, we recommend gently flossing your teeth to dislodge any trapped bits of food that may be causing discomfort. Next, you should swish with a salt water solution. If pain persists, you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Foster or Dr. Dobberstein immediately. Toothaches do not go away on their own and seeking immediate treatment with a gentle family dentist can help relieve your discomfort as conservatively as possible.
How can I test for oral cancer?
Anyone can get oral cancer. However, people who smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol heavily are more likely than others. Luckily, oral cancer survival rates go up the earlier oral cancer lesions are detected. Cool Smiles Dental Studio uses a technology called Velscope that uses a special light to find even very early-stage abnormalities in the tissues of the lips, mouth, and upper throat.
I have a fear of the dentist, but need work done on my teeth. What should I do?
We understand that many of our patients feel nervous, anxious, or even fearful of receiving professional dental care. We also want those patients to know that Dr. Foster and Dr. Dobberstein are dedicated to making each patient feel as comfortable as possible during their procedure. Our office environment is relaxing and the care we offer is gentle, thorough, and respectful of your needs. For patients with dental anxiety we provide several safe and effective forms of sedation.