Cavities are caused by sugar, right? It’s something you learn during childhood, around the time you’re picking out your very first cartoon-themed toothbrush. While it is true that sugar plays a big role in the formation of tooth decay, that’s not really the full picture. And, it’s worth knowing the entire process behind what causes cavities (a.k.a. dental caries) — that’s the best way to protect yourself against them. Keep reading as your dentist in Fort Worth unpacks the process of dental decay.
Dr. Blair & Dr. Conditt's Blog
June 30, 2018
Jaw pain can be debilitating — the most severe discomfort makes it difficult to eat your favorite foods, open your mouth wide to yawn, and sing loud at a concert. If you have a clicking, popping jaw or frequently experience pain in the area at the back of your jaw below your ear (the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint), it may be time for a visit to the dentist. As an expert in your mouth, a dentist is uniquely qualified to provide a solution with neuromuscular dentistry for TMJ therapy in Fort Worth.
May 18, 2018
After you lost your teeth, you probably couldn’t wait until you got your dentures in Fort Worth. Indeed, dentures are a great option for restoring your smile and regaining your confidence — but maybe now that you have your prosthesis, it doesn’t exactly feel like a dream come true. But don’t worry! We’re here to help you get through the adjustment period so you can enjoy all the amazing benefits of your new smile.
May 6, 2018
Acid reflux doesn’t just come with the regular bouts of heartburn and indigestion. Did you know that it has the potential to cause damage to your oral and even overall health? Luckily, your dentist in Fort Worth isn’t just making sure no decay or gum disease is prevalent during your routine exams. She can also detect the signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD and acid reflux.
Take a moment to learn the risks, signs, and how to manage acid reflux from your dentist today!
April 7, 2018
Why get braces? Straight teeth are of course more attractive than gapped or crowded ones — but there’s another, more significant benefit of orthodontic treatment, which is improved oral and overall health. And these days, you don’t have to wear visible metal hardware to straighten out your teeth. Invisalign in Fort Worth offers a clear alternative!
April 6, 2018
Did you know that thousands of people die from oral cancer each year? This disease is sneaky, and for many people, it isn’t caught until the problem has progressed to the point where extensive and painful treatment is necessary. That’s why we’re so passionate about reminding our patients to get regular oral cancer screenings; the earlier we can spot oral cancer, the better the chances that it can be stopped before it leads to devastating — and perhaps deadly — consequences. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to visit your dentist in Forth Worth for a quick and painless screening.
March 5, 2018
Did you know that tooth enamel is the hardest part of your body? Or that you are able to eat, speak, and swallow only thanks to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)? Keep reading, because your dentist in Fort Worth has more about what all that means below. It’s time for oral anatomy 101!
March 4, 2018
Adjusting your diet can be tough if you’ve recently had several teeth extracted. Forcing yourself to eat only soft foods can make it much more difficult to maintain proper nutrition. Additionally, you don’t want to lose your smile that you always enjoyed showing off to your friends, family, and coworkers. Luckily, you don’t have to settle any longer.
With the help of dentures in Ft. Worth, you can maintain a healthy diet and flash a smile that you can be proud of. Today, your dentist will be discussing how dentures replace your teeth and how they’re made.
What are Dentures? How Do They Work?
Dentures are dental prosthetics designed to replace teeth, typically as a result of age. Currently, there are 41 million adult denture wearers in the United States; that’s 1 in 6 adults who wear dentures every day! Over 35 million people don’t have any teeth and 90 percent of people with complete tooth loss have dentures.
Dentures can work in a few different ways, but the most common method is through suction. The base of the lower denture fits over your gums and takes the shape of a horseshoe to make room for your tongue. The upper base cover the palate, but this is only the case if you plan on getting full dentures. Depending on your case, you can also get partial dentures or implant-retained dentures.
What are Dentures Made Of?
Dentures are typically made of a combination of porcelain and resin. First, let’s focus on the teeth of dentures. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the framework.
Denture teeth are usually made of either porcelain or resin, depending on their purpose. For example, patients who plan on getting a full denture are more inclined to have porcelain teeth because it won’t be rubbing up against existing teeth. For patients getting partial dentures, you’re more likely to have teeth made of acrylic resin. Both have their own benefits and drawbacks but your dentist in Ft. Worth will be able to give you a recommendation based on your case.
The base or framework for dentures is typically made from a rigid acrylic resin or flexible polymer, such as nylon. However, the framework can also be made from a chrome cobalt metal. While acrylic frameworks are better suited for blending in with the gumline, metal frameworks are more durable. The right framework will depend largely on whether you choose a full or partial denture to replace your teeth.
How Long Do They Last?
When properly cared for, a denture can last for 5 to 7 years. However, since dentures don’t replace the roots of your teeth, your mouth tissue and jawbone will begin to change in shape. This will require you to visit your dentist for a relining and eventually a replacement denture.
Want to get your smile back? Dentures in Ft. Worth are the right choice. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to learn more!
About the Author
Dr. Kelly Blair earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. One of her favorite parts of being a dentist is helping people achieve a healthy and beautiful smile and building a relationship of mutual trust and respect with her patients. To learn more about dentures or her practice, contact her at (817) 737-5155 or visit her website.
February 16, 2018
If you have sleep apnea, especially if it’s severe, you might think that surgery is the only way it will truly be cured. Unfortunately, many patients have spoken on the actual results of surgery. It’s common for the symptoms of sleep apnea to disappear at first, but after a few months they can start coming back. This brief period of relief is not worth the money of going under the knife.
Instead, sleep apnea treatment in Fort Worth is more likely to provide the results you’re looking for. When you visit your dentist, you’ll quickly learn how much they know about treating sleep apnea and getting your regular night’s sleep back.
Oral Appliances are Ideal for All Levels of Sleep Apnea
These custom-made devices are great for mild, moderate, and even some severe cases of sleep apnea. After fabricated, you’ll only wear this device when you sleep to treat the symptoms associated with sleep apnea, including:
- Chronic snoring
- Choking while sleeping
- Chronic fatigue during waking hours
The device works by repositioning your jaw in a way that allows more air to travel down your throat. By removing all obstructions in your mouth, you can expect a full night of sleep without interruptions.
Combination Therapy May Be the Answer
For those who have used a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP machine, you may have tried using it at first only to stop due to a few reasons. You may have discontinued use of the machine because you felt claustrophobic, you move around too much while sleeping, or you just didn’t enjoy the amount of air being forced into your throat. Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one.
In this case, a combination of an oral appliance and CPAP machine may be the treatment you need. While this method doesn’t completely remove the CPAP machine, it allows you to adjust it to a much lower setting, making its use far easier than not having an oral appliance work in tandem with it.
Use a Two-Pronged Approach for Sleep Apnea Treatment
When it comes to sleep apnea, you’ll want to get an opinion from your general practitioner as well as your dentist in Fort Worth for the most accurate diagnosis. While your doctor can help you find the best treatment plan for sleep apnea, your dentist can produce the best oral appliance possible and confirm that it’s targeting the specific areas of your mouth and throat.
The more targeted the device is, the better it can reduce any obstructions causing your sleep apnea. To do this, they’ll use a computer to determine the best shape for your appliance, providing maximum airway space. Pretty soon, you’ll forget all about pursuing surgery after getting properly diagnosed by your dentist.
Want to learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Fort Worth? Schedule an appointment today and take back the full night of sleep you deserve after a long, hard day at work!
About the Author
Dr. Mitch Conditt’s practice is dedicated to treating snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, and TMD, so you know you’re getting the most expert opinion possible. After earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery, he went on to gain 25 years of experience in restoring esthetic and complex full-mouth rehabilitation cases. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment and his practice, contact him at (817) 737-5155 or visit his website.
February 10, 2018
When we think about the things we eat, what are we most worried about? Most people would probably say their weight, but your dentist in Fort Worth says you should be taking your tooth enamel into consideration. Tooth enamel is responsible for several different functions, but it’s also what protects your smile. Without proper care and having a healthy diet, it can erode and permanently affect the overall look of your smile.
What’s even worse is once that enamel is gone, it’s gone forever. That makes it especially important to retain for as long as possible.
The Functions of Tooth Enamel
Tooth enamel’s main role is protecting the inner parts of your teeth from bacteria and your teeth from decaying. It acts a barrier between your inner tooth (i.e. dentin, pulp, tooth roots) and the harmful acids and plaque that accumulate in your mouth over time. It also protects your teeth from hot or cold foods and beverages. Without it, consuming these foods can very difficult and cause sensitive teeth.
Furthermore, tooth enamel is what protects the appearance of your teeth. Think of it as a thin outer shield that covers the crown, the visible part of your teeth that makes up your smile. If the enamel wears down or completely erodes, you put your entire smile at risk as well as your oral and overall health.
Why Protecting Tooth Enamel Matters
Unlike other parts of the body such as skin, hair, or bones, tooth enamel is not living tissue. It does not have the same regenerative properties that these other body parts have. Once acids have worn down your enamel, it’s gone forever. That’s right. No matter how many special toothpastes you buy and use, that lost enamel is not coming back.
If you care about maintaining your appearance or you want to avoid oral disease, retaining tooth enamel should be a top priority. Thankfully, there are many ways to protect it.
How to Make Your Tooth Enamel Last
There are multiple signs that signal when your tooth enamel has started to erode. This includes:
- Sensitive teeth
- Yellow teeth
- Transparent-looking tips of teeth
- Rounded edges, particularly on sharper teeth
To keep your teeth enamel, avoid sugary foods and acidic fruits and beverages. These are the most damaging to your tooth enamel, according to your dentist in Fort Worth. Avoid hard foods like candy or ice cubes which can easily crack and chip your teeth. If you ever do consume these foods, make sure to brush promptly afterwards.
To keep tooth enamel strong, brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and schedule a dental exam and cleaning with your dentist in Fort Worth every 6 months!
About the Author
Dr. Kelly Blair earned her dental degree via the dental program offered at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She eventually earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and since then has continued her education in many dental fields. To learn more about her dental treatments and practice, contact her at (817) 737-5155 or visit her website.