John K. Drisdale, D.M.D.
August 24, 2021
Most people are considered to be candidates for dental implants, but there are a few groups who are noted to be at high risk for complications. In particular, smokers are found to be more likely to experience dental implant failure due to oral health issues. Does that mean that you have to choose another form of tooth replacement if you smoke? Not necessarily, but there are some steps you’ll have to take before and after implant surgery if you want your new smile to last. To that end, it’s necessary to fully understand the link between smoking and dental implants.(more…)
July 14, 2021
Traditional dentures are still used to this day to replace entire rows of missing teeth, but now you can get dental implants to anchor them permanently in place. This small addition can make an even bigger difference than you might think at first, as the many advantages that dental implants provide end up making dentures stronger and more reliable in the long run. The following post explores the many benefits of implant dentures in Midland.(more…)
December 11, 2020
Dear Patients, Friends and Colleagues:
On behalf of our entire team, I want you to know how much we appreciate your support of our dental office over the past 41 years. After much thought and consideration, I have decided it is time for me to add a highly qualified doctor to the team. This will allow me to begin cutting back my working hours, as I eventually approach full retirement. This decision was made much easier due to finding a compassionate and highly skilled clinician in Dr. John Drisdale. I am very confident in Dr. Drisdale’s clinical skills, education, and ability to relate to my staff and patients. Dr. Drisdale is committed to my philosophy of providing high quality dental care to everyone that walks through the door. We have had discussions regarding his philosophy, training and practice, and they are eerily similar to mine. He has met my staff, and they too are excited to have him join our team. I feel so lucky and honored that I found what I believe to be the perfect addition to the practice. Our schedule will remain similar to my current one, allowing for Dr. Drisdale to integrate into the practice and take over when I retire.(more…)
September 25, 2020
If you experience pain whenever you try to enjoy a bowl of ice cream or take a sip of hot chocolate, you probably have sensitive teeth. It goes without saying that tooth sensitivity can be very painful on its own, but could it also point to a larger problem? There are many oral health issues that include tooth sensitivity as a symptom, and if you don’t have your teeth checked quickly, you might eventually end up suffering from even worse forms of dental damage. Read on to learn everything you need to know if you ever find yourself with sensitive teeth.(more…)
August 24, 2020
Plenty of people are nervous about going to the dentist, but some are more frightened by the idea than others. There are cases where adults avoid going to regular checkups for years simply because the sights and sounds of a dental practice make them too uncomfortable. Do you or anyone else in your family suffer from such anxieties? If so, you should know that modern dental practices have a solution. Read on to learn how your sedation dentist in Midland can make sure your next appointment is a comfortable one – no matter how complex a procedure it is.(more…)
August 1, 2020
Are you preparing for an upcoming dental appointment? Now that offices are reopening throughout the United States, you may be wondering if it is safe to return. During this difficult time, your dentist has been hard at work to re-evaluate the daily operations of their practice as well as implement various guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA), and the American Dental Association (ADA). Before you arrive, learn how dental safety during COVID-19 has changed and what your dentist is doing to prepare for your visit.(more…)
May 19, 2020
Receiving dental implants typically takes months. Naturally, you’ll want to enjoy the benefits of your new teeth as soon as possible, so you might be wondering if there’s a way to speed up the process; however, the fact is that there are very good reasons why the procedure is laid out the way it is. If your cosmetic dentist didn’t follow all of the proper steps, it could lead to complications that ultimately cause implant failure. Keep reading to learn 3 important facts about the process of getting dental implants – and why you should always follow the timeline your dentist gives you.(more…)
April 20, 2020
As the country attempts to make the transition to normal, medical practitioners need to be careful about reopening their practices in a safe manner so that their patients are protected from COVID-19. Nowhere is that more true than at your dentist’s office, where there are concerns of the virus being transferred via the aerosol that is produced over the course of many procedures. But before you start worrying “Is it still safe to see the dentist near me?”, know that dental practices already had strict sanitation protocols in places, and even tougher practices have been adopted for these uncertain times. Read on to learn about 5 COVID-19 precautions your dentist in Midland is taking.(more…)
November 7, 2019
November is National Diabetes Month, and we are honoring the month by sharing with our patients the link between this disease and oral health. Did you know that diabetes can affect or be affected by your teeth and gums in a big way? It’s especially true when it comes to gum disease. Keep reading to learn more about how diabetes affects your oral health in Midland — and what you can do to promote good oral and overall health.
Type I Diabetes and Dental Health
There are some 200,000 people who have Type I diabetes (formerly known as juvenile diabetes) in the United States. Many of those cases are in children. No matter their age, folks with this form of diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease — some research suggesting that the risk increases by as much as 5 times for Type I diabetics.
Gum disease is closely linked with tooth loss, which means that diabetics are also at an increased risk of experiencing missing teeth if they do not seek prompt treatment for periodontitis.
Type II Diabetes and Dental Health
Periodontal disease is also closely linked with Type II diabetes, or adult-onset diabetes. In fact, gum disease is an indicator that many times can lead to diagnosis. Research shows that people who struggle to maintain their blood glucose levels are more likely to have gum disease, and that having gum disease can make blood sugar more difficult to regulate.
Unlike with Type I diabetes, millions of people are at-risk of developing Type II diabetes due to weight management, diet, and other lifestyle choices. Because these two conditions are closely linked, that means the risk of gum disease and resulting tooth loss is also increasing.
Preventing Gum Disease as a Diabetic
At the same time, just because you have diabetes does not mean you will experience periodontal problems. Whether you are diabetic or not, maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for preventing gum disease.
Follow these steps to keep your oral and overall health in check:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day and an extra time if you indulge in a sugary snack or dessert
- Floss between teeth daily
- Visit your dentist at least every six months or as often as they recommend
- Take all medications as directed
- Monitor blood glucose levels
- Maintain a balanced, nutritious diet
- Exercise daily
Communicate with your dentist frequently if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic — they need to know in order to provide proper treatment and to help you avoid gum disease. Taking precautionary steps and working closely with a professional can help you keep your smile healthy and happy!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Robert E. Christensen is a general dentist offering experienced and compassionate care for patients in Midland since 1979. He provides excellent preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentistry services to help meet just about every smile need. If you are in need of gum disease treatment or prevention related to diabetes, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Christensen’s team at 432-219-2666.
July 25, 2019
Patients who are missing several teeth may benefit greatly from an implant-retained denture. Unlike traditional dentures, which may slip or slide around at inconvenient times, this method keeps the replacement teeth firmly in place. Dental implants are a great option — but infection can threaten their success. Keep reading to learn more about why it happens and how to keep your implant-retained dentures in Midland healthy.(more…)