Quality Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Nashville, TN

Giving Your Teeth The Care They Deserve So You Can Walk Out With A Smile You Love

Experience why residents in and around Nashville, TN come to Dr. Radu Pop for all of their dentistry needs

A review from a happy patient in Nashville, TN

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"Simply put, Dr. Pop and his staff are excellent. I've been to a number of dentists in my life, but I'm not going anywhere now that I've found Dr. Pop. I highly recommend him and his staff to anyone who needs a more than capable and professional dentist."
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Enjoy Coming To The Dentist Again

Coming to the dentist can be quite a daunting experience for many people. Depending on past experiences or stories you might have heard, you might shudder at the thought of having any form of dental service. At 1975, we completely understand that. It is our mission is to change the way you feel about visiting the dentist so that you can have a pleasant experience every single time you visit — and actually enjoying coming once again.

Dental services are important for the health of your teeth. Whether you are coming to the dentist because you are experiencing some pain, you are in need of a deep clean or perhaps you are looking for something more cosmetic such as teeth whitening or veneers — at 1975, our team of experienced dentists can help you. We practice no-pain dentistry — yes, you read that right! We have taken the time over the years to perfect our dental procedures so that you experience as little pain as possible. On top of that, we absolutely love helping you love your smile again — and this comes through in our wonderful client reviews!

If you are looking for a new dentist for your family checkups or are you interested in trying another clinic for your dental needs, please give us a call today to speak to one of our friendly team members!

Anxiety-Free Atmosphere

We Practive No-Pain Dentistry

Personable, Experienced Team

Happy family smiling together

Hygiene (Periodontal) Services

The term “periodontal” refers to structures that are found around the teeth, mainly bone and gum tissues, that support and hold the teeth in place. The periodontal structures are the foundation of the teeth — and keeping them healthy is critically important for keeping teeth firmly in place. Without healthy bone and gums, teeth become susceptible to gingival (gum) bleeding and swelling (also known as “gingivitis”), gingival recession, bad breath, sensitivity, decay, unwanted tooth movement, infections, and even tooth loss.

Our hygienists are here to make sure that every patient is educated on periodontal health and home maintenance. They provide each patient with the appropriate type of cleaning which will help them keep their gums and bone healthy for a lifetime. Armed with the right knowledge and properly done cleanings, our patients understand the value of good oral health and have access to great care to maintain that health.

Normal Cleanings

This procedure is done for patients with good periodontal health. Good periodontal health means healthy, pink gums, little to no bleeding on brushing and flossing, little to no gum recession, no loosening of teeth and no generalized gum swelling. During normal cleanings, our hygienists work diligently to remove tartar (also called “calculus”) and bacteria from around the teeth and gums. They also spend time checking each and every area around the teeth to ensure that these areas are healthy.

X-rays are taken of the teeth (usually once yearly) to determine if there are any signs of cavities, infections, problems with dental work, or gum or bone issues in areas that they cannot visibly see. Finally, the teeth are polished with a pleasant tasting fluoride polish. Throughout this cleaning procedure, our hygienists spend time educating the patient on proper home care, including brushing, flossing and mouthwash.

“Deep” (Periodontal) Cleanings

This procedure is reserved for patients who exhibit signs of Periodontal Disease. These signs include: gingivitis (persistent swelling of the gums, usually accompanied by pain and discomfort), bleeding in multiple areas when brushing, gingival (gum) recession (which is usually accompanied by significant sensitivity to cold air or cold drinks / food), bad breath, loose teeth and heavy tartar (“calculus”) accumulations especially below the gums.

Pediatric Services

Being a family oriented dental practice, we love to treat children. Our policy is to provide them with a wonderful and engaging dental experience which will build trust and prevent them from avoiding the dentist and dental care when they’re mature. Typical age of beginning dental visits for a child is 3 years old. We perform a wide variety of services, including cleanings, fillings and pediatric extractions.

Our hygienists are excellent with kids, and we enjoy watching them grow up before our very eyes as they return every 6 months for cleanings. Our educational tools and preventive measures are excellent for building lifelong oral hygiene habits which will ensure great oral health. We even offer sugar-free candy and toy prizes to our well-behaved patients!

Tooth Colored Fillings / Bonding:

This is one of our most common procedures. If a tooth has decay (a “cavity”) or has breaks or chips, we remove that decay and any badly damaged tooth structure and replace it with “tooth colored filling” material. This material is also called “bonding” or “composite resin”, and it adheres to the tooth and creates a wonderful barrier so bacteria, sugars and other toxins don’t reach the inside of the tooth. These fillings come in many shades and colors and match your tooth color beautifully.

Crowns

Crowns, also called “caps” are basically a protective covering for badly damaged teeth. If a tooth has severe decay, is badly broken down, or has had very large broken down fillings, then that tooth needs to be cleaned up and protected in order for the patient to be able to use it to chew without losing the tooth or experiencing pain. Crowns generally require a minimum of 2 appointments, and the first appointment is numbing the tooth, removing any decay or infection and broken down tooth structure, filing it down, and taking a mould (impression) of it for the laboratory to fit that tooth with a custom-fitting crown.

Second Appointment

The second appointment, which is usually 2-3 weeks after the first, involves trying in the permanent crown, making sure it fits, functions and looks fantastic, then cementing in on the tooth. During the 2-3 week waiting period, patients are fitted with a custom temporary crown which helps to protect the tooth, prevent sensitivity and allow the patient to chew on that tooth until the permanent crown is fitted. Crowns can be made of different materials: porcelain, porcelain-fused to-metal or gold.

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are most aesthetic and popular, and our laboratory technicians are master artists, able to mold porcelain into crowns that not only fit and function exceptionally, but also look beautiful and natural next to the other teeth. Porcelain crowns are usually done on front teeth, but can also be done on back molars if desired and appropriate. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are made of metal coverings (copings) which fit over the tooth with porcelain covering the metal for beauty and brightness (the metal is NOT visible once the crown is cemented on the tooth). These combine both aesthetics and strength — most crowns you see on people’s back teeth are porcelain-fused-to-metal. On rare occasions, for people that are severe grinders and habitually damage their teeth, gold crowns are still a great material for teeth in the very back and last for incredibly long periods of time. Whatever your needs and material of choice, our office works hard to achieve exceptional results, aesthetics and longevity.

Root Canal

This is one of our most common procedures. If a tooth has decay (a “cavity”) or has breaks or chips, we remove that decay and any badly damaged tooth structure and replace it with “tooth colored filling” material. This material is also called “bonding” or “composite resin”, and it adheres to the tooth and creates a wonderful barrier so bacteria, sugars and other toxins don’t reach the inside of the tooth. These fillings come in many shades and colors and match your tooth color beautifully.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canals unfortunately have a bad reputation which is mostly myth, so if you ask someone that’s had one, they’ll tell you that it’s a painless way to save a tooth and stop pain and infection. Dentistry has made great strides not only in numbing agents, but also in techniques and materials, and as a result, root canals have become a very successful and painless way to treat a tooth that’s throbbing and keeping someone up at night — this is one of those procedures that can make a dentist your hero! A root canal consists of numbing the painful tooth and making the patient comfortable, then going through the top of the tooth and cleaning out all the dead, infected, toxic tissue that’s causing the patient so much pain, then disinfecting the inside of the root and finally placing a water-tight sealer inside the roots. Once the root canal is completed, the patient will no longer have sensation on that tooth, therefore no more pain. Teeth that are treated with a root canal treatment usually need to be crowned in order to protect them from further bacterial leakage and breakdown.

Cavity & Sensitivity Prevention

For patients who are prone to dental decay, have many cavities, and / or are highly sensitive to cold, we have a wonderful array of products which are aimed at preventing decay, strengthening teeth, and helping to eliminate or prevent dental sensitivity. We also provide extensive counseling and education on oral hygiene, diet and other preventative measures which help control cavities and sensitivity. Please ask us about these great services.

Dental Implants

This state-of-the-art treatment is the pride and joy of dentistry — a wonderful way to replace missing teeth! Implants are simply titanium screws that are placed in the bone where a tooth is missing. After the bone grows around the implant, a false tooth is placed on top and used just like a normal tooth, so basically the implant itself acts like the root of a natural tooth (it’s even shaped like a root!). The decision to place an implant is usually made between the general dentist and the patient, and the dentist decides if the patient is a candidate and where to place the implant(s). A specialist (either a periodontist or an oral surgeon) usually places the implant(s), then the patient returns to their general dentist, where the tooth / teeth are placed on top of the implant.

Implant Advantages

  1. A very strong, durable way to support a tooth — titanium doesn’t get cavities!
  2. A great way to help maintain bone levels. When teeth are extracted, jaw bone begins to shrink leaving the patient with less and less options to replace teeth in that area — implants prevent and even reverse this trend.
  3. Improve chewing efficiency by replacing the chewing surface lost with missing teeth. This also helps to take excess load off the natural teeth and keep them healthier.
  4. Improves cleansibility—implant teeth behave much like natural teeth, in that one can floss in between individual teeth — this is not possible with a bridge, as it’s all joined together therefore to clean a bridge requires going underneath it.

The implant procedure requires having adequate bone in the upper or lower jaws, therefore it's sometimes necessary for additional procedures such as bone grafts to be done to make a perfect environment for an implant. If an implant is done correctly, heals properly and the tooth above it is made properly, managed and cleaned properly, this is a life-long restoration and well worth the investment in time and money. Implants can even be placed under dentures and partial dentures to help them stay in place and improve chewing and speaking! Imagine no longer having to worry about your denture staying put when you chew or speak. Imagine being able to bite into an apple with your denture without it coming loose!

A review from a happy patient in Nashville, TN

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"Dr Pop and his staff are amazing. My daughter has zero fear when going to the dentist. She loves it there! My husband needed extensive work and the staff there too great care of our family. We highly recommend them!"
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Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth whitening before and after

Tooth Whitening

For people that have dark yellow and stained teeth to those that only need a little touch-up — this is a wonderful, non-invasive procedure to really get those pearly whites back to pearly white!

Tooth Whitening Treatment

The bleaching works incredibly well to help restore self-esteem and the hidden beauty in all our smiles. Our whitening system is based on a very successful tray bleaching technique. All that’s required is a brief and painless impression appointment (10 minutes) to make a mould of the patient’s teeth, then the patient returns 1-3 days later to pick up the custom bleaching trays and bleach with the custom carrying case. We educate each patient thoroughly on the use of bleach and how to get the results they desire, then we allow them to bleach at home for 2 weeks.

The next appointment is simply to record the new and brighter color of the bleached teeth and make sure each patient is satisfied with the level of whiteness. Tray bleaching is a SAFE, HEALTHY way of greatly improving dental esthetics WITHOUT shots, numbing or drills and it’s remarkably easy to apply. Each patient has full control of how white they want to make their teeth. Please keep in mind that fillings, crowns / veneers and dental porcelain do not bleach. Please ask us about our BOOST bleaching option, which allows patients to get even faster results!

Veneers

Veneer Treatment

Veneers typically are best for patients which have damaged / broken, discolored and poorly aligned front teeth; patients which cannot be helped by bleaching or orthodontics (braces). Veneer appointments are similar to those for crowns — the patient comes in, is anesthetized (numbing), and a small layer of enamel is removed from the front of each tooth to be veneered. In certain cases, no drilling of teeth is necessary, therefore NO NUMBING is necessary either (as in Lumineers, a registered trademark product), and ultra thin porcelain veneers can be fitted to untouched teeth).

A mould (impression) is taken of the teeth, then the patient is fitted with custom veneer temporaries, which they will wear during the 2 weeks necessary to fabricate the permanent porcelain veneers. At the second appointment, the veneer temporaries are taken off and the permanent veneers are glued on. Veneers can make a drastic difference in improving the color and look of a smile, and are very popular among Hollywood celebrities and models. Occasionally, additional procedures such as bleaching or braces are needed before dental veneer treatment to improve the outcome and look of veneers, and excellent brushing and flossing habits are a must to keep the veneers looking great and help them last a long time.

A very popular dental service in today’s society, dental veneers are sometimes jokingly referred to as “instant orthodontics”. Veneers are basically thin porcelain “chips” / facings which are glued to the fronts of teeth to improve the look of teeth (by improving color, shape and alignment).

A review from a happy customer in Nashville, TN

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"From the minute you step into the door you know you're in a special place. The staff are so friendly and so efficient. Dr. Pop is compassionate and does excellent work. He can take care of all your dental needs. He tries his best to make you as comfortable as possible. I highly recommend him."
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Meet Your Dental Team

Dr. Radu Pop

Dr. Radu Pop, DMD

Dentist

Dr. Radu Pop, a native of Romania, Europe, emigrated to the US when he was 8 years old. He lived in Chicago then moved to Kentucky. He did his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in biology. He attended University of Kentucky College of Dentistry for his dental training, where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. After practicing as an associate dentist in the Nashville community for 3 years, Dr. Pop established his private practice in 2005.

An avid student of dental health care, Dr. Pop continues to immerse himself in continuing education. He feels that dentistry is a dynamically changing field, and his commitment to continuing education allows him to provide his patients with an exceptional level of service and the best that dentistry has to offer. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Tennessee Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Tennessee Dental Association, and the Nashville Dental Society.

Suzanna

Suzanna

Hygienist

Suzanna is a hygienist, and has been with our practice for 10 years. Her sweet, pleasant demeanor and dedication to each patient’s oral health makes her a patient favorite. When it comes to dental cleanings, she is very thorough and does a great job of educating our patients about dental hygiene and how to maintain great oral health at home. Suzanna is from middle Tennessee, and enjoys spending time with her two beautiful children and cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide football program.

Malia

Malia

Dental Assistant

Malia is our dental assistant with over 18 years of experience and expertise in her field. She has a great work ethic and does a terrific job assisting with patient treatment, and her energetic and engaging personality helps patients be more comfortable and reduces their anxieties about dental treatment. Malia is from Hawaii and has two wonderful children and is an avid sports fan and outdoor activity.

Ashleigh

Ashleigh

Position

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