Children of All Ages Benefit from Regular Dental Check-ups

Beginning when your children are young, they should practice good oral hygiene. The best way to instill this in your Child at Dentistchildren is to make regular dental appointments when they are still quite young. Dr. David Foster in Columbia, TN knows how much children can benefit from an experienced children’s dentist. Children of all ages, starting from when their first tooth comes in until they are in their teens, will enjoy the fun, encouraging atmosphere we have created at Creekside Family Dental Center. (more…)

Columbia Dentist Examines Dental Crowns

Loose Permanent ToothIn terms of your dental anatomy, the crown of your tooth is the top part that you see above your gumline when you smile. Dental crowns are also known as caps and can replace, reinforce, and restore a tooth that is damaged in any way. Columbia dentist, Dr. David Foster, has improved upon the smiles of many patients with dental crowns. Both form and function are the focus of these small porcelain shells. CEREC technology offers the opportunity for patients to be given a brand new crown in one day.

CEREC Technology

With CEREC, part of your initial preparation includes a series of photographs and impressions. These images and measurements are loaded into a computer. Incredible software creates a 3D image of your tooth and what it will look like with your new dental crown. CEREC machines even offer the next step – milling your ceramic crown to fit your tooth like a glove. Dr. Foster will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments before adhering the crown with a powerful bonding agent. Dental crowns can be dyed to blend seamlessly with your existing natural teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

CEREC can also be used for porcelain veneers, which are thin shells of dental porcelain. When flaws are present, veneers can be affixed onto the front of your tooth to give you a smooth and beautiful smile. Veneers mask permanent teeth stains that don’t respond to whitening. They can also correct the appearance of misalignment, repair cracked or chipped teeth, close gaps between teeth, and reshape damaged teeth. Just as with regular dental crowns, a porcelain veneer treatment usually requires at least two visits to the dentist. However, CEREC, provides durable and aesthetically pleasing dental veneers in a single visit.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Columbia Dentist

Interested in improving the appearance of your smile with our single visit crowns and veneers? Talk to your Columbia dentist today. Dr. Foster offers the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment our 38401 dentist office by calling (931) 388-3384. We welcome patients from Columbia, Spring Hill, Mt. Pleasant, Lewisburg, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Centerville and surrounding communities.

Columbia, TN Dentist Gives the Dish on Dentures

OlderWomanEatingAppleDepending on the number of teeth you are missing and in what order, you have a few options for replacement. Dental implants and partial bridges are good choices if you are only missing a few teeth but those that remain are healthy. However, if you are missing all of your teeth, you can make the financial commitment of high quality dental implants, or you may consider dentures to be the best option for you. Your Columbia, TN dentist, Dr. David Foster, will explain more about traditional dentures.

Replacing Missing Teeth

Missing teeth should be replaced in some way as soon as possible. If you wait too long, any remaining teeth may begin to drift towards the empty space where a tooth once was. If you are missing all of your teeth, eating and speaking can become very difficult. You’re also likely to feel fairly self-conscious with the way you appear. Any time your tooth is missing from the roots, you run the risk of jawbone density diminishment. However, dentures at least allow you to have the quality of life in speaking, eating, and talking, as if you were still sporting your natural smile.

What to Expect

Dentures are a natural looking replacement for teeth. Generally made from acrylic and porcelain, full dentures fit your mouth with natural suction. There may be a few really difficult-to-chew foods that are out of the question, but other than that, dentures will (more…)

What Happens During Root Canals

If you are suffering fromDentist Explains Root Canals an infected or abscessed tooth, a root canal may be the best way to relieve your discomfort and save the tooth. Despite the major benefits of a root canal, like many patients, you may be extremely apprehensive about the possibility of undergoing this procedure. However, understanding the process can help alleviate your unease as you prepare for a root canal. Columbia, TN dentist Dr. David Foster will explain each step of the treatment so that you can enjoy confidence and peace of mind. (more…)

“Are Dental Implants Right for Me?”

dental implant illustrationWhat are dental implants, and who needs them?

If you are missing one or more teeth, you are no stranger to the variety of problems that their absence can cause. Chewing can be difficult, smiling is not a pleasant feeling, and you may experience pain and discomfort. Dental implants will help you regain your confidence, comfort, and overall oral health. In Columbia, TN, Dr. David Foster of Creekside Dental offers implants to replace one tooth or multiple teeth. Gum disease, poor dental hygiene, bad nutrition, and contact sports are all common reasons for tooth loss. Not replacing missing teeth can cause remaining teeth to weaken and shift, possibly leading to and more tooth loss. Oftentimes, dental implants are the most effective long-term method of replacing missing teeth. (more…)

Columbia, TN Dentist Explores the Necessity of a Dental Crown

Should You Get a Dental Crown?

tooth with gold crownDepending on the severity of the situation, an infected tooth may not need a dental crown placed over it. Minor cavities are often successfully treated by removing the small, decayed area and restoring it with a dental filling. If a significant amount of tooth structure must be removed, however, then a dental crown can be designed and placed over the tooth and filling to reinforce the weakened structure. Although your dentist will advise you if you need one, it is ultimately your decision whether or not you receive a dental crown. As Columbia dentist, Dr. David Foster, warns, the decision may have serious consequences for the future of your oral health.

Reasons for Dental Restoration

A dental crown is a custom-made replica of a patient’s tooth that sits above the gum line. When a tooth is cracked, fractured, broken, or requires the removal of infected tissue, it may become too weak to sustain the pressures of biting and chewing. Since teeth cannot heal themselves, dental crowns are often used to restore and protect the healthy tooth structure and avoid the need for tooth extraction.The crown fits over a compromised tooth and is bonded to its structure, allowing it to continue functioning.  (more…)

Columbia, TN Dentist Questions if your Toothache May Actually Be Sinusitis

SinusitisHave you ever had an unexplained toothache? Even if you visit your dentist twice a year without fail, brush your teeth twice-a-day, and floss daily, you can still end up with a toothache. In can be confusing when your teeth are in good condition and the tooth pain is sudden. There are several possible explanations, but one that might surprise you is a sinus infection. Your Columbia, TN dentist, Dr. David Foster, will explain how sinuses and molars are very close neighbors, causing symptoms to sometimes be confused for each other.

All about Sinus Infections

On the way to your lungs, those big breaths of air pass through your sinuses. Sinuses are located inside your jawbone. Many people are prone to infections in these hollow cavities. The pink membrane that covers your sinuses looks quite similar to the inside of your mouth. When you have a sinus infection (AKA sinusitis) this lining will become inflamed and irritated. If you tend towards seasonal allergies you may be particularly likely to battle sinusitis from time-to-time.

How Can Sinusitis Make your Tooth Hurt?

Where can you find your sinuses? This is where the dental confusion may come into play. Your sinus cavities are actually (more…)

Columbia, TN Dentist: Pros and Cons of CEREC Technology

pros and consThe introduction CEREC technology changed the way dental practices completed restorative dental work. By incorporating the CEREC milling system into the office, dentists no longer have to wait for separate manufacturing to create restorative dental pieces, like, crowns or bridges. On the other hand, while making in-office dental pieces does prove quite beneficial, some setbacks do surround this milling machine.

Dr. David Foster, your Columbia, TN dentist, shares the pros and cons of the CEREC milling system in today’s article.

CEREC Milling System—The Good and the Bad


  • Minimal waiting time. Typically, when patient needs a porcelain-based dental piece, the process requires more than one appointment due to manufacturing. Ceramics lab make thousands of dental pieces, which is why receiving those may take two or even three weeks. However, with a CEREC milling system, your Columbia, TN dentist can make those same dental pieces during your appointment. In other words, prepping the tooth and bonding the restorative piece happens in just one day.
  • Make more than just restorative pieces. While the CEREC machine can make flawless dental crowns and bridges, this milling system can also create porcelain veneers and even inlays and onlays.
  • End of temporaries. Since the traditional method of making porcelain-based dental pieces took a number of weeks, doctors had to outfit patients with temporary crowns, bridges, and veneers. Yet, with CEREC, you don’t have to wear those ill-fitting dental pieces—you can simply wait for your permanent set.


  • Higher cost. According your Columbia, TN dentist, the CEREC milling system may cause the in-office dental pieces to cost more. Due the high cost of the machine itself, the restorative pieces might have an increased price tag. If this is an issue, though, you can choose to receive your dental pieces with the traditional method.
  • Three’s the limit. The ceramic lab can manufacture an entire mouthful of dental pieces in that shortened time span—this convenience, unfortunately, doesn’t extend to CEREC. At most, the milling system can only make a few dental pieces at a time: about three or four tops. Making more than the recommended amount may lead to poorly constructed pieces. Instead, Dr. Foster recommends the use of CEREC for patients who require a small amount of dental pieces during one appointment.

Creekside Family Dental Manufactures In-Office Restorative Pieces

If you’re looking for dental office that provides CEREC technology, take care to visit Dr. Foster. He can answer any questions you may have about restorative dentistry or the in-office CEREC milling system. To schedule an appointment with your Columbia, TN dental practice, call us at (931) 388 – 3384. Also, visit our website for services, patient gallery, and to learn about our team. We welcome patients from Lewisburg, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Centerville and surrounding cities.

Columbia, TN Dentist Explains Temporary Crown Care

Dental CrownsPlacing crowns is a multi-step process, which typically requires the use of a temporary crown. Due to their fragile nature, temporaries have the tendency to break or dislodge. Therefore, a temporary crown requires special care.

To explain how to properly care for a temporary crown, Dr. David Foster, your Columbia, TN dentist, shares the following instructions, with his patients.

Why is a Temporary Crown Necessary?

As aforementioned, placing a crown isn’t usually completed in just one appointment. Typically, the dentist must prepare the tooth and take impressions of your mouth first. These mouth molds, of sorts, detail the structure of your oral cavity to showcase the surrounding teeth and tooth in need of crown. The results from the impressions go to a specialized ceramics lab, where the crown is manufactured.

During the manufacturing period, the prepared tooth needs protection against tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral ailments. Additionally, the prepared tooth proves quite sensitive and cause the patient to feel quite a bit of discomfort, if left uncovered—that’s where the temporary crown come in. Temporaries function almost exactly like permanent crowns, however, it won’t fit perfectly since the crown hasn’t been contoured to your tooth.

The temporary crown is made from acrylic, and can break easily, which is why your Columbia, TN dentist urges patients to take proper care of a temporary crown. Without temporaries in place, the underlying tooth becomes vulnerable to greater issues.

Caring for Temporary Crown

  1. Refrain from eating anything sticky or chewy. This includes: eating softened caramel or taffy and chewing gum, alongside any other overly sticky foods. The qualities of these items tend to stick the temporary crown and uproot it.
    Furthermore, eating overly hard foods is also ill-advised. Munching on ice, or raw veggies, like, carrots could lead to a cracked crown.
  2. Avoid eating too much on the side with the temporary crown in place. During the short waiting period, eat most of your foods on the opposite side of your mouth.
  3. When flossing, pull the the floss out by moving it to side rather than up. This upward motion could cause the crown to dislodge.

Creekside Family Dental Provides Restorative Dental Work

For more information about dental crown care, consult with Dr. Foster. After the placement of your crown, he will provide proper care instructions to ensure your crown doesn’t endure any damage. To schedule an appointment with your Columbia, TN dental practice, call us at (931) 388 – 3384. Also, visit our website for services, patient gallery, and to learn about our team. We welcome patients from Lewisburg, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Centerville and surrounding cities.