Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Risk factors for sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea diagram

In Texas, dentists and physicians can diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the tongue and muscles in the throat relax during sleep and fall back against the throat. This can reduce the amount of oxygen delivered to the heart and brain. While these interruptions in breathing may be imperceptible to the individual, they also disrupt sleep, which means that daytime drowsiness is just one of myriad health problems associated with sleep apnea.

Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea are staggeringly broad, and include:

  • being male;
  • excess weight;
  • smoking and/or alcohol use;
  • age (while even children can experience sleep apnea, incidence increases with age);
  • family history;
  • nasal congestion; and
  • neck size (risk of sleep apnea is higher in men with a neck circumference of 17 inches or more and in women with a neck circumference of 15 inches or more).

A second type of sleep apnea, known as central sleep apnea, occurs when breathing starts and stops repeatedly during sleep, not because of an obstruction in the airway but because the brain fails to send the signals to the muscles that control breathing. Dentists do not treat this type of sleep apnea.

If you think you may be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea, the Southlake team of DaVinci Dentistry is here to talk to you about sleep studies, diagnosis and treatment with a custom oral appliance. Our goal is to get you the sleep you need and deserve to live a healthy, beautiful life. We are only a phone call away: 817-251-9333.

 

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What to look for in a prosthodontist

Dental care If you’re thinking of seeing a prosthodontist, chances are good that you may have missing teeth or teeth with significant damage. It’s also likely that your general, or family dentist, referred you to a prosthodontist due to the level of expertise and care necessary for complex cases.

Prosthodontic treatment can often require several appointments to complete, and the results can affect not just the look of your smile but also its function, which means you’ll want to ensure you choose the professional who’s right for you.

Some things to consider as you look for a prosthodontist:

  • Board certification – Successful completion of a four-part exam given by the American Board of Prosthodontics means your prosthodontist has the additional three years of training after dental school, and that he or she is deemed highly capable.
  • Reviews – What do current or previous patients say? A simple five-minute search can either confirm your decision to go with a particular prosthodontist, or perhaps steer you in a new direction.
  • Professional affiliations – Is your prosthodontist active in the community, does he or she take a lead in professional organizations or teach at an accredited dental institution? This is a sign that your prosthodontist will be up to date on the latest in advanced dental technologies and treatment trends.
  • Fee structure – Is the prosthodontist’s fee information displayed in an easy-to-understand way, in a visible place? And are there multiple options, regardless of insurance status?

At DaVinci Dentistry, we want to make your choice for prosthodontic care as seamless as possible. Dr. Khal Ajlouni is a prosthodontist and is involved in myriad organizations within his chosen field – including his role as an associate professor at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. We serve patients in Southlake, Grapevine, Keller and the surrounding Tarrant County communities, and we’re only a phone call away: 817-251-9333.

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Types of TMD

Young woman has splitting headache pain migrainTMD refers to disorders that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the lower jaw to the bones on the side of the head. These disorders can take many forms, but to the estimated 10 million individuals impacted by TMD, symptoms often range from radiating pain in the face, neck or jaw to stiffness and painful popping or clicking when speaking or eating.

When patients talk to us about their symptoms, one goal is to determine the type of TMD they are experiencing, so that we can proceed with the most effective form of TMJ treatment.

The types of TMD include:

  • Myofascial pain – Pain in the muscles that control the jaw.
  • Jaw dislocation – This can take the form of a traumatic injury to the jaw itself, or even a displaced disc in the upper spine.
  • Arthritis – Degenerative and inflammatory joint disorders can often affect the temporomandibular joint as a secondary condition.

At DaVinci Dentistry, we’ll talk to you about the frequency and duration of your TMD symptoms and provide some potential solutions to ease your discomfort. In many cases, TMJ treatment is as simple as using a night guard to prevent tooth grinding and jaw clenching during sleep. Contact us at 817-251-9333 to schedule your appointment. We serve patients in Southlake, Keller, North Richland Hills and the surrounding communities.

 

 

 

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Osseointegration: What separates your dental implants from other cosmetic dentistry procedures

Illustration of a dental implant with crown on a white backgroundThere is one thing that separates dental implants from all other types of cosmetic dentistry procedures: their ability to osseointegrate with the bone. This means that when a dental implant – made of titanium and resembling the shape of a tiny screw — is inserted into a jaw bone, the surrounding cells directly attach themselves to it.

This locks the dental implant into place, and just as important, makes it a strong foundation to support an array of prosthetic tooth replacements, ranging from implant-supported bridges to implant-supported dentures.

There are many factors that must be taken into consideration to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants, such as the volume of bone in your jaw and your oral and overall health, so you’ll want to talk to the DaVinci Dentistry team by calling 817-251-9333. We are located in Southlake, TX, and provide family and cosmetic dentistry to patients throughout Grapevine, Colleyville, Keller, and Tarrant County.