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Dental Contouring Gives Instant Results

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Tooth Contouring | 0 comments

Dental Contouring Gives Instant Results

Tooth reshaping, also called dental contouring or enameloplasty, is a cosmetic dentistry technique that removes small amounts of tooth enamel (the outer covering of the tooth) in order to change the shape, length, or surface of one or more teeth. If minor cosmetic dental problems make you uncomfortable to smile, tooth contouring may be right for you. This procedure, also called or tooth reshaping, can fix minor imperfections like slightly misshapen teeth. Here are four things you need to know about this procedure. How Is the Procedure Performed? Dental contouring is a fairly simple procedure. Dr. Phillips uses special tools to gently remove some of your teeth’s enamel to change the shape or length. Once your teeth have been contoured, they will be polished to make them look as appealing as possible. Once your teeth have been polished, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your new look. What Are the Benefits? The main benefit of cosmetic contouring is that it provides instant results. The whole procedure generally takes less than a half hour, so you’ll only need one short appointment with your dentist to get the results you want. And there are no nerves in your enamel, so there is no need to worry about pain. This makes cosmetic contouring a good choice for those who are anxious about dental visits or worried about the pain associated with getting a perfect smile. Another advantage of this procedure is that it’s permanent. Enamel doesn’t grow back, so once your teeth have been reshaped to your satisfaction, you won’t need to worry about getting the procedure redone in the future. Are There Any Disadvantages? The main disadvantage of this procedure is that it can only be used to repair minor cosmetic problems, like teeth that are slightly misshapen or slightly too long. This is because the mean thickness of permanent tooth enamel is only 2.58 millimeters, as published by The Journal of Microscopy Research Technique. Some of this enamel needs to remain in place to protect your teeth, so your dentist is limited in the amount of tooth structure he or she can remove. If your teeth are crooked or very misshapen, this procedure may not be enough to create noticeable results. Since your enamel will be thinner after this procedure, you’ll need to be even more careful about protecting your remaining enamel from abrasive forces. If your enamel becomes worn away, you may experience painful complications like tooth sensitivity. To keep your enamel safe, your dentist may recommend switching to an extra-soft-bristled toothbrush such as the Colgate® 360°® Enamel Health™ Toothbrush. Remember to be gentle while brushing to avoid damaging your enamel. Is Cosmetic Dental Contouring Right for You? This procedure is ideal for people with minor cosmetic dental problems. If you’re generally happy with your smile but just wish your teeth were a bit shorter or slightly more even in size, this procedure may be the perfect fit for you. On the other hand, if your teeth are very crooked, crowded or misshapen, your dentist may recommend procedures that will give you more dramatic results. More serious cosmetic problems can be repaired with braces, veneers, bonding and other methods. Your dentist can help you choose the procedure that is right for your teeth. Cosmetic contouring is a fast and...

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Straighten Your Teeth at Any Age

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Invisalign | 0 comments

Straighten Your Teeth at Any Age

Invisalign for Adults There’s never been a better time to get the smile you’ve always wanted. And there’s never been a better, easier way to do it. Invisalign® treatment is the most advanced orthodontic system in the world, with innovations no other clear aligner can claim. Only Invisalign clear aligners are made from proprietary SmartTrack® material, so they provide a better fit and move your teeth more precisely. There are no ugly brackets or wires. You’ll have very few food restrictions. With invisible Invisalign® clear aligners, you just keep living your life while transforming your smile. One of the best things about Invisalign® treatment is the minimal impact it has on your everyday life. Since the aligners are so comfortable, you should be able to wear them for the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day without much effort. While you’re straightening your teeth with Invisalign® clear aligners, you can keep brushing and flossing like you always do. The aligners are easily removable. Cleaning your aligners is just as easy with the Invisalign cleaning kit or you can simply brush and rinse them in lukewarm water. That’s it! Achieving that great smile couldn’t be easier! With other teeth-straightening methods, the simple act of eating can often be troublesome. With Invisalign®  you’ll simply remove the aligners each time you eat. This means you can continue to eat all the foods you love without any restrictions or worrying about food getting stuck in your wires and brackets. For those who are active in sports, Invisalign clear aligners let you play without the worry of sharp brackets cutting your mouth. If your sport requires wearing a protective mouthguard, simply remove your aligners and you’re good to go! Your smile is an investment in yourself. The cost of Invisalign® treatment is similar to braces, but that’s where the similarity ends. Invisalign clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible, so you can keep living your life and caring for your teeth throughout treatment the same way you always have. And Invisalign treatment is now up to 50 percent faster with weekly aligner changes.* Other clear aligners may attract attention with lower prices, but with Invisalign treatment you get the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. No other treatment system can offer: innovations based on 20 years of research, a track record of more than 4 million patients, and proprietary, multilayer SmartTrack® material, proven to fit better and more comfortably. Dr. Phillips can help you determine cost for your  Invisalign® treatment.  This will be determined by: the complexity of your case, how long you are in treatment, your orthodontic insurance coverage. Straighten Your Teeth at Any Age! Choosing to straighten your teeth with Invisalign clear aligners is an important decision at any age. It’s assuring to know that adults can get the smile they’ve always imagined without putting their lives on hold with Invisalign. Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth if you are ready to start your “future you” with a beautiful...

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Gum Recession and Aging

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Gum Disease, Gum Recession | 0 comments

Gum Recession and Aging

We’ve done plenty of articles on gum recession and the causes and prevention; however one aspect that we wanted to note is gum recession as it relates to aging.  As we get older, the everyday wear and tear of life takes a toll on our oral health. That said, it doesn’t automatically mean everyone will experience gum recession in their later years, but it is likely. In a US study published in the Journal of Periodontology by Drs. J.M. Albandar and A. Kingman, studies showed that gum recession (gingival recession as it’s formally known), is more common among the elderly. Grinding your teeth, the way your brush your teeth, plaque, tobacco use and even stress can cause gum recession as you age. Some of you may have a family history of gum recession and your receding gums can be attributed to genetics alone. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends scheduling a dental appointment when any of these symptoms appear in conjunction with receding gums. Failing to seek appropriate treatment may lead to tooth loss. Swollen, red, or tender gums Mouth sores Persistent bad breath Bleeding gums Bite changes (teeth no longer fit together when biting) Gums pulling away from the teeth Loose or separating permanent teeth Pus between teeth and gums Changes in the fit of partial dentures What can you do to lessen the likelihood of a receding gum line? Floss at least once a day. Get regular dental cleanings. Quit smoking or using tobacco if that’s a vice. Brush twice daily with a gentle, circular motion using a soft bristled brush. Don’t cross brush across the gums. Use a Waterpik. Waterpiks flush food and debris out from between teeth. Use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can help protect tooth enamel from plaque. Use a therapeutic mouthwash. There’s plenty you can do to keep your gums in great shape. Follow these rules and you’ll have a better chance of keeping your gums healthy into your golden years. If you have noticed receding gums, contact Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth about a treatment plan.  Treatment options include: Deep Cleaning removes plaque and tartar buildup below the gum and where roots are exposed. Gum Grafting harvests healthy tissue from the roof of the mouth and to replace the missing gum tissue. Regeneration places regenerative materials in the area where bone has suffered severe damage to help regenerate the bone and tissue in that area and surrounding...

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Implants Substitute Original Teeth Root

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Dental Implants | 0 comments

Implants Substitute Original Teeth Root

Dental implants are fixed titanium posts that act as teeth roots and are used to permanently replace missing teeth. They are the new leading standard for replacing the loss of teeth. Dental implants are root-form endosseous implants which substitute original teeth root. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth uses the Nobel Biocare® Implant System. The Nobel Biocare product is a result of many years’ experience in dental implantology and prosthodontics with the most advanced manufacturing technology based on the latest scientific know-how. This concentrated knowledge allows Nobel Biocare patients to get back their former strength and charm, and returns their smile. The special feature of the Nobel Biocare® Implant System is its extremely stable implant-to-abutment connection, which provides an ideal fit to make your dental implant as secure as possible. Quick treatment and less discomfort Treatment with Nobel Biocare® Implants is done under local anesthesia and causes much less discomfort than a tooth extraction. Furthermore, the ease of use of the Nobel Biocare® Implant system offers clear advantages to both you and your dentist. Everyone is different — and the Nobel Biocare® Implant System takes this fully into account. Thanks to advanced standards, you can trust Nobel Biocare® Implants — regardless of your age or condition. Nobel Biocare® Implants are an ideal choice, even for people in their later years. Ask your dental specialist about the possibilities available to you. Dental Implants are a worthwhile investment The comfort and long life of Nobel Biocare® dental implants are well documented. In addition, implants lower many potential risks of conventional dentistry. Dentures may give rise to painful sore spots if they do not fit perfectly, and bridge retention elements can affect the health of adjacent teeth, causing abrasions. When you rely on Nobel Biocare® dental Implants, you make a choice for quality of life. If you are missing one tooth or many and have an interest in how dental implants could help, call Dr. Phillips today or fill out the form...

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Dentures Versus Implants

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Dental Implants, Dentures Fort Worth | 0 comments

Dentures Versus Implants

Are dentures a good solution? You may be or may know one of the many denture wearers unhappy with the fit of dentures. Unsecured, they can move in your mouth while you eat and speak, creating pressure on your gums and jawbone causing painful inflammation. Even worse, they may fall out! Chewing and speaking challenges Dentures often make it difficult for you to chew, which can stop you from eating many of the foods you once enjoyed. Plastic components covering the entire roof of your mouth can have a negative influence on the way you experience food. Dentures may also affect how you pronounce words and can keep you from speaking freely in public. Changes to your appearance Because your own teeth and tooth roots are no longer present to stimulate the jawbone, it will start to shrink. This shrinking will also negatively influence how your dentures fit, meaning more refitting visits to your dentist. Missing teeth further affect your appearance, because your lips are no longer supported from the inside. Your chin starts to move forward and upward and your lips turn inward. Dental Implants are the better solution If you have lost most or all of your teeth, a modern dental solution supported by dental implants is the best alternative to ill-fitting dentures. Depending on your specific dental situation, as few as two to four dental implants can make a big difference in stabilizing your denture and giving you a full set of fixed teeth. Dental implants give your new restoration the much-needed stability in your jawbone that has been missing during all your years of denture wearing. What is a dental implant? A dental implant functions as the root of a new tooth. Only a few millimeters long and carefully engineered, it is placed in your jawbone and serves as the foundation for your new tooth. Learn more about dental implants. If you have any questions, you can contact us privately using the form...

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What Is Causing Your Tooth Problems

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Dental Health, Dental Implants | 0 comments

What Is Causing Your Tooth Problems

You’ve lost a tooth? Learn more about possible causes of your tooth problems. Dr. Phillips also shares tips on how to avoid these types of problems in the future. Your tooth died Plaque is a biofilm that forms on your teeth. If it’s not washed away by saliva or regularly brushed away with a toothbrush, it can lead to tooth decay. Bacteria transforms sugar and starch into acids. These acids have a negative effect on the tooth enamel by dissolving the minerals that harden it. With time, this can destroy your teeth by creating holes. If not treated properly, your tooth can die. Inflammation of the gums Your gums are inflamed. Your gums are made up of tissue and ligaments that keep your teeth stable. They work as protective shields for your tooth roots and stimulate your jaw bone to grow around the tooth. When bacteria cause an inflammation of the gums, these ligaments start vanishing. The gum pulls back and the bone around the tooth reduces. These gum diseases, also called periodontal diseases, loosen your teeth and expose the sensitive tooth roots. Now it’s an easy job for bacteria to form on your teeth and cause tooth-root decay and tooth loss. Tooth loss after an accident You had an accident. Accidents, for example in sports, can lead to the loss of one or more teeth and cause trauma to your gums and jaw bone. Often trauma only becomes apparent months or years after the accident, when it has already impacted the tooth root. It’s genetic Some people are born with a reduced number of teeth or no teeth at all (an illness called congenital anodontia), others never develop their permanent adult teeth. Sometimes the surface of your tooth (enamel) isn’t strong enough, which can create cone or peg-shaped teeth (ectodermal dysplasia). If you have experienced tooth loss, find out how dental implants can replace a missing or severely damaged tooth. Dental implants can bring back full function as well as a natural look and feel. Call Fort Worth Texas dentist Brit Phillip DDS 817-361-1999 if you are missing teeth and want to learn more about available options to restore...

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Invisalign Is The Clear Choice For Teen Braces

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Children's Dentistry Fort Worth, Invisalign | 0 comments

Invisalign Is The Clear Choice For Teen Braces

Made For Teens Your teen is unique. Their treatment should be, too. That’s why Invisalign® clear aligners use the most advanced technology to uniquely design a treatment around your teen to reveal their best smile. Plus, your teen is two times more likely to have higher self-esteem throughout treatment when compared to braces, giving them a better overall experience. Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth believes that Invisalign is the clear choice for teen braces. Proven effective in shaping teen smiles In the hands of an experienced doctor, Invisalign clear aligners can be used to treat simple to complex teeth straightening cases. Less painful than braces Your teen can continue to enjoy the things they love, from their favorite foods to sports, all with less pain than braces**. Throughout treatment, neither of you have to worry about injuries from wires or brackets, as well as unexpected trips to the doctor because of broken ones. In a pain score of 1-9, 1 being extremely painful and 9 not at all painful, Invisalign teenager patients (Qty:73) rated pain score of 6.1 vs traditional metal braces teenager patients (Qty: 76) rated pain score of 5.1. Transform their smile up to 50% faster Proprietary innovations, such as SmartTrackTM material, provide more predictable movements while making shorter treatment times possible, so they can get to their best smile sooner. More affordable than you may think The cost of Invisalign clear aligners are similar to braces. Plus, your orthodontic insurance may cover up to $3,500 of your treatment costs. Built-in assurance Blue compliance indicator dots help you monitor your teen’s progress throughout treatment, ensuring they get their greatest smile. If your teen wants a smile that reflects their best self, Invisalign clear aligners can help them fill that dream without missing a beat in their busy teen life. Call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth Invisalign dentist today or contact us using the form...

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Why Do My Gums Itch?

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Why Do My Gums Itch?

Itchy gums can be irritating especially if you don’t know the cause. Itchy gums can be the sign of many different oral conditions including allergies, gum disease, or even a dry mouth. Stop the itching using home remedies to relieve inflammation, but see your dentist to diagnose and treat oral diseases or conditions. Rinse out your mouth with cool or cold water. Rinsing may get rid of any debris that is causing your gums to itch and help soothe inflammation and swelling. Suck on a piece of ice if your gums are itchy. The cold can numb the discomfort and reduce any inflammation associated with itchy gums. Depending on the source of your itchy gums, gargling with some saltwater can relieve itchiness. Rinse with saltwater until your gums stop itching. Mix one tablespoon of salt in glass of warm water. Gargle a mouthful for about 30 seconds, concentrating on your gums. Spit out the water when you’re finished. Avoid swallowing the mixture and don’t use it for more than seven to 10 days. Mix baking soda and water to form a paste, then apply it to your gums. The paste may control any bacterial infections causing your gums to itch. Recent studies have shown that aloe vera can help with inflammation due to oral conditions. Dab some on your itchy gums to help relieve the condition. Consider limiting foods and drinks that may make any itchiness or inflammation worse. Limit or avoid spicy and acidic foods or tobacco. Studies have shown that psychological stress can contribute to periodontal disease. Reducing the stress in your life may help relieve itching gums. If you are experiencing itchy gums and home remedies don’t help after seven to 10 days, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist can figure out the cause of your discomfort and find the right treatment. Itchy gums may be a product of fungal, viral, or bacterial infections; certain medications; nutritional deficiencies; improperly fitting dentures; teeth grinding; allergies; stress, or periodontal disease. Schedule your appointment as soon as possible. You may not notice any changes to your gums or mouth with some oral conditions. Tell your dentist when the symptoms started, what treatments you’ve tried, and what relieves or makes symptoms worse. Let your dentist know any medical conditions you have and medications you are taking. Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth practices modern cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Call today to schedule an appointment...

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Hormonal Changes Affect Gums

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Gum Disease | 0 comments

Hormonal Changes Affect Gums

Believe it or not, changes in your hormones can actually result in sensitive gums. Gums become more sensitive, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), because hormone fluctuations – such as those common during pregnancy – can change the way your body interacts with the bacteria you introduce to your mouth. This can result in gum and tooth decay, so it’s important to scheduled dental appointments during pregnancy.  Also be sure to mention any changes in oral health to your OB/GYN to avoid lasting damage. Your weight. Your mood. Your sex drive. Your dental health. There’s one thing that can make all these aspects of your health go haywire — hormones. Hormone surges may make you more vulnerable to gum disease. More female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) cause more blood to flow to your gums, which causes them to become more sensitive and “overreact” to anything that may irritate them. Women are more sensitive to the presence of plaque and bacteria around the gums when the hormone levels are high. This can cause your gums to become inflamed, swell and bleed. If left untreated, ongoing inflammation in the gums can also lead to bone loss around the teeth and eventual tooth loss. Your hormones are a fact of life, but gum disease not so much. It’s actually preventable and reversible in its early stages. So what’s a woman to do? Start by paying extra attention and taking good care of your mouth during these five times in your life. Puberty Raging hormones can leave a teenage girl’s gums red, swollen and bleeding. (In some cases, the gums’ overreaction to plaque may cause gums to actually grow bigger.) Some teenage girls may also find themselves developing canker sores, which usually heal on their own. Prevention is the best treatment. Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day and see your dentist regularly. Removing plaque and bacteria thoroughly every day can reduce the inflammation, discomfort and bleeding. Your Period You may not notice any change in your mouth in the days before your period. In fact, most women don’t. But if you have swollen gums, bleeding gums, canker sores or swollen salivary glands, hormones may be to blame. These symptoms should subside after your period stops — but if they don’t, then the increased bleeding by your gums is signaling something else. Talk to your dentist if you have questions about how your monthly cycle and apparent health of your gums are related. Stay on top of your daily dental health routine, and if you find you have more sensitivity than usual before or during your period, schedule cleanings for about a week after it ends. Using Birth Control Pills Inflammation may have been a side effect for women taking birth control in the past, but today there’s good news for your gums. The levels of estrogen and progesterone in today’s birth control prescriptions are too low to cause any issues with your gums, according to a review in the journal Periodontology 2000. Still, it’s important make sure your health history forms at the dentist are up to date if you are taking birth control. Here’s why: Your dentist may need to write you a prescription, and some medications can make your birth control less effective. If you’re having a tooth removed, you...

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Teeth Change With Age

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Healthy Smiles, Teeth Grinding | 0 comments

Teeth Change With Age

As we age, everyday wear and tear takes a toll on our teeth and teeth change with age. They may shift in position or change in shape, pull apart, but there’s plenty we can do to keep them in good shape. Teeth change with age Top Rated Dentist Brit Phillips Fort Worth shares a few tips to help your smile age gracefully. Cut Down Wear and Tear Your teeth are strong, but they can be worn down. All the chewing, grinding, and biting through the years wears away the enamel. It also flattens the parts you use when you bite and chew. You may even notice as you age, the teeth are literally shorter and may shift in position. You can’t erase a lifetime of wear and tear, without having it restored by a dentist, but you can keep it from getting worse. Don’t chew ice or other hard foods that can cause chips in your enamel and even break your teeth. Keep Your Gums Healthy Plaque is always forming on your teeth. If you don’t remove it, it can cause soreness, swelling, and bleeding in your gums. It can even cause infection that hurts the bone underneath. We talked about this in detail in a recent blog on Tartar buildup. Dr. Phillips can treat serious gum disease (periodontitis). If you let gum disease go unchecked, it could harm your gums and bones. If this happens, it may lead to tooth loose or removal. How do you know if you have gum disease? Here are a few indicators of peri0dontitis: Bleeding when you brush your teeth Receding gums Loose teeth Bad breath Dr. Phillips says that the best way to keep your gums in good shape is to simply take good care of your teeth. Same old rule of thumb we’ve heard for ages – brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings. If you smoke, quit. Keep Your Mouth Moist Saliva helps clean teeth and protects your mouth from decay. As you get older, your mouth gets drier and your odds of tooth decay go up. Dry mouth could be caused by certain medications. There are a lot of drugs that cause dry mouth. To fight back, drink more water. Hold it in your mouth for a few seconds before you swallow. You can also suck on sugarless candy or chew sugarless gum. If you think drugs are the cause, talk to your doctor about it. Stop Grinding & Clenching Your Teeth If you think you may be clenching or grinding your teeth, your first and most important step is to see a dentist. Many people grind their teeth at night and may not know it unless their dentist tells them, or they show other signs like a sore jaw, tooth sensitivity, headaches, loose teeth, earaches, and ringing of the ears. Your dentist will help you figure out the probable cause of your bruxism which could by any number of factors including, stress, diet, or misaligned teeth. The dentist can then help you determine an appropriate treatment. Therapies may involve stress management, dental splints, mouth guards, or even more extensive dental procedures. If your dentist recommends a mouth guard or a bite splint, you’ll need to use it exactly as your...

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