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When you need a prosthodontist

Gloved dentist hand, holding dental prosthesis on black backgroundModern dentistry is allowing more options for patients and the dentists who treat them than ever before. With advances like digital and 3D imaging, and computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), dentists are able to offer restorations more efficiently than ever before, sometimes even that same day. And as dental implants surge in popularity, more and more general dentists are seeking training to be able to offer this service to their patients.

But there are some cases in which your treatment may require a prosthodontist. As a result of three years of additional training after completion of dental school, prosthodontists possess a deep understanding of the dynamics of a smile. Not just what makes it beautiful, but what is necessary for it to function effectively and feel as comfortable as possible. While general dentists also are trained in how to provide restorations such as crowns, bridges, veneers, dental implants, and more, prosthodontists are considered the experts whenever anything in the mouth needs to be replaced, whether you are missing one or more teeth and need a full set of dentures, removable partial dentures or are contemplating dental implants.

Complex cases requiring several steps as well as teams of dentists and specialists are often referred to prosthodonists.

At DaVinci Dentistry serving Southlake and Tarrant County, the prosthodontist-general dentist team of brothers Drs. Khaldoun and Raed Ajlouni can address your family’s oral health needs in addition to providing cosmetic and implant dentistry solutions. Contact us at 817-251-9333 to set up an appointment. During your visit, we’ll take the time to learn about you, your smile goals and how to get you there.

 

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Resolving to have more energy in the New Year: Investigating whether sleep apnea may be the cause of your daytime drowsiness

Sleep apnea word cloud concept with insomnia snore related tagsDo you often feel tired and lack the energy needed to get through the day? Poor sleep could be too blame, but the problem doesn’t stop there.

Inadequate sleep can put you at risk for myriad health problems and other concerns, including:

  • forgetfulness;
  • inability to concentrate;
  • memory loss;
  • car accidents;
  • weight gain;
  • high blood pressure;
  • diabetes;
  • stroke;
  • heart disease;
  • heart attack; and
  • more.

While getting enough sleep can be a matter of changing behavior and lifestyle patterns, sometimes the answer is not so simple. Even for adults who carve out the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night, a condition known as sleep apnea robs many of the rest they need to function and thrive.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway temporarily closes during sleep as a result of soft tissues collapsing in the throat. This can occur for seconds at a time to a minute or more. The interruptions in sleep may not even be noticeable to you, but when it happens hundreds of times a night, the sleep loss adds up.

So how do you know if you have sleep apnea? Among many symptoms, drowsiness can be a telltale sign, but to be sure, a sleep test can be ordered. With advances in modern dentistry, more and more dentists — including your team at DaVinci — play a vital role in diagnosing and treating this condition. If you think you may be at risk for sleep apnea, consider making investigating this condition a part of your 2016 New Year’s resolutions.

During your appointment, we can talk to you about ordering a sleep study and the custom-fitted oral appliances that prop the airway open during sleep. It’s amazing what a huge difference this treatment can make on your life. We’re located in Southlake and serve surrounding communities throughout DFW and North Texas. Call us at 817-251-9333.

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Understanding the Timeline of Dental Implant Treatment

wall calendar calendar with the number of days and clock close-upIf you are missing one or more teeth, you are not alone. Approximately 178 million Americans — more than half of our population — are missing at least one tooth. As dental implants become increasingly popular, more and more patients are considering this restorative option.

The benefits of dental implants are numerous, including realistic look and function, comfort, and the ability to strengthen the bones in your jaw.

One thing that is important to factor into the decision to pursue dental implants as a form of treatment is the timeline. Unlike dentures, removable partials or tooth-supported bridges, dental implants require between four to six months to complete, and can vary depending on the location where the implant is to be placed as well as the number of missing teeth. While there are some unique circumstances in which dental implants and final restorations can be placed the same day, this is not the case for most patients.

This timeline is important, and it includes several stages, including:

  • Implant placement – The dental implants are placed in the jawbone, typically in the bone socket of the missing tooth.
  • Abutment attachment (approximately two to three months later) – Once the implant has begun to fuse to the bone and the desired bone stability has been reached, an abutment is attached to the implant. It is on this abutment that the final restoration will be placed.
  • Placement of final restoration/prosthesis (approximately two months after abutments are attached) – It may take several weeks for the gum tissue surrounding the abutment to heal so that the final tooth replacement — a crown — can be attached to the abutment. This new tooth is fabricated based on impressions taken of your teeth. Every detail, including color, is tailored to match the surrounding teeth in your mouth.

Depending on the location of your dental implant, temporary restorations during treatment are an option. These are all things we can discuss with you at DaVinci Dentistry during your appointment, as we want to ensure the highest level of comfort and esthetics for you and your smile. Call us at 817-251-9333.

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Prosthodontics: What is it?

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You may have heard the term “prosthodontics” before, but unless you’re someone who works in the dental profession, it can be easy to gloss over its meaning.

Prosthodontics is unique in that it encompasses many facets of the eight other dental specialties. The end goal is rehabilitation for patients with missing or deficient teeth with regard to comfort, function and appearance. The method: Biocompatible substitutes, which can take many forms, ranging from crowns and bridges to dentures and, most in demand in recent years, dental implants.

When you have complicated issues with your mouth, teeth and oral health, a prosthodontist can often act as the “quarterback” of your care, coordinating treatment — sometimes with general dentists and those who specialize in another arena of the profession.

At DaVinci Dentistry, you can rest assured that Drs. Khaldoun and Raed Ajlouni will work closely together to plan your treatment. They utilize all aspects of their expertise — Dr. Khal is a prosthodontist, and Dr. Raed is a general dentist with a focus on cosmetic and esthetic dentistry — to achieve incredible results for their patients.

To know if prosthodontic work is something that will benefit you, come see us by calling 817-251-9333 so we can diagnose your specific needs and discuss possible treatment options.

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Snoring versus sleep apnea

Annoyed woman covering her ears with pillows to block out snorinWhen it comes to snoring and sleep apnea, some people may struggle to figure out the difference between the two. Snoring is extremely common, and it affects 90 million Americans. It may occur nightly or intermittently.

So what causes it, and how is it different than obstructive sleep apnea?

Snoring occurs when the collapsible part of the airway — where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula — strike each other when breathing, creating a vibration. In this situation, the airway is partially closed.

Some of the most common causes of snoring include:

  • obstructed nasal passageways;
  • excessively bulky throat tissue; and
  • poor tongue and throat muscle tone.

Sleep apnea, on the other hand, is caused when the airway completely closes. The tongue falls against the soft palate, and the soft palate and uvula fall against the back of the throat, so when your chest rises to inhale, no air comes in. This can occur hundreds of times throughout one night, and each episode may last mere seconds to more than a minute. Sometimes those with this condition may snore; other times not. In either case, daytime drowsiness is a hallmark symptom.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition, because not only does it prevent you from getting adequate sleep, it can increase the likelihood that you will experience a host of other problems ranging from depression and headaches to increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and even stroke.

In Texas, dentists in addition to sleep physicians may treat patients for this disorder. The first step is to talk with us. If you are experiencing frequent snoring, we can order a sleep study, and depending on the results, fit you for a custom oral appliance designed to prop the airway open at night. Whether your snoring is simply that — snoring — or an indicator of obstructive sleep apnea, we’ll help you get the answers you are looking for, to get the rest you need. Scheduling an appointment with DaVinci Dentistry is the first step. Call 817-251-8333.

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Caring for your dental implants

Tooth and dental implant isolated on white background. 3d rendering illustrationDon’t underestimate the importance of an established home oral hygiene regimen when it comes to getting the most out of your dental implants. While as a general rule of thumb you can care for dental implants just as you would natural teeth — think brushing, flossing, going to regular check-ups and professional cleanings — there are a few tools that will help you to get the most out of your implants.

These additional tools that may help you when cleaning your dental implants include:

  • Powered toothbrushes – various selections of toothbrush heads in combination with rotating movement can help clear plaque from tissue-implant-prosthetic interfaces.
  • Water flossers – Available at retail stores, they utilize pressurized streams of water to give an extra oomph to your flossing, allowing you to access areas that may be inaccessible by other methods.

Ultimately, a lack of oral hygiene can lead to a buildup of bacteria and plaque, leading to inflammation in the surrounding soft tissues that could, without intervention, jeopardize the life span of the dental implant. It’s true that implants are not susceptible to cavities like natural teeth. But they need to be cared for, as normal wear and tear is still a reality.

Have questions about your dental implants or are considering whether they are an option for your needs? Contact us at 817-251-9333 to set up an appointment.

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What is full mouth reconstruction?

An example of full mouth reconstruction completed at DaVinci Dentistry, utilizing full ceramic crowns

An example of full mouth reconstruction completed at DaVinci Dentistry, utilizing full ceramic crowns

Full mouth reconstruction, also called full mouth rehabilitation, is necessary for patients with severe dental problems. These problems can take many forms, from eroded teeth to jaw misalignment. Full mouth reconstruction is required when literally every tooth in the mouth must be rebuilt.

Because prosthodontists like Dr. Khal are known as the “quarterbacks” of dental treatment plans, they’ll utilize one or many individual treatment options to reach the end result of full mouth reconstruction.

Some of these options may include:

On the moderate end of the spectrum, tooth whitening techniques may be utilized as part of your full mouth reconstruction. In some situations, orthodontics may even be needed to adjust teeth and jaw alignment. When possible, we utilize the Invisalign system here in our office, but when braces are needed, we coordinate care with orthodontists.

This is because the end goal of full mouth rehabilitation is to make your smile beautiful, functional and healthy.

 

 

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Do I have obstructive sleep apnea? 8 common symptoms

A man rests his head on his hands after a restless night's sleepObstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in your throat relax during sleep, blocking the airway and disrupting breathing, causing it to stop and start repeatedly. One of the most eye-opening things we tell our patients is that they may not even know they have obstructive sleep apnea. Because obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs during sleep, you’re likely not to be aware of it. What you can take stock of, though, is symptoms you may experience throughout the day.

Below are eight common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea:

  • loud snoring (often witnessed by another person);
  • cessation in breathing (also often witnessed by another person);
  • dry mouth upon awakening;
  • morning headaches;
  • waking up repeatedly during sleep;
  • excessive sleepiness/drowsiness during the day;
  • irritability; and
  • attention problems.

Are you experiencing many or all of these symptoms? While this list may not outright mean you are one of the millions of Americans dealing with this disorder, it does mean you’ll want to talk to your dentist or other health care providers to find out more.

As dentists, we can fabricate a customized oral appliance just for you, designed to keep the airway open during sleep. This gives you back the rest you need, allowing you to more fully embrace each day. Talk with us about diagnosis and treatment options during your next appointment. Contact us: 817-251-9333.

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Welcome to DaVinci Dentistry

The Best Family Dentist in Southlake TX

We are genuinely pleased that you have chosen us to be your dentist in Southlake, TX. We are always excited to see new smiles coming through our door and brighter ones walking back out! Our practice utilizes modern technology and clinical excellence based on research and success rates to create a balance of quality, value and personalized care for you and your family. Every effort has been made to offer you a well-developed philosophy of care that includes quality materials, efficient procedures, easy-to-understand treatment options and a diverse range of dental care that include:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Implants
  • Whitening
  • Root Canals
  • and more.

If quality of treatment is our first goal, then our second goal is patient comfort. As a family dentistry practice, we understand the reservations held by many in regards to dental treatment. Let our cozy services keep you and your loved ones comfortable while we work. We proudly offer audio/video entertainment, cozy blankets, and even chair massagers and medical pillows for those with neck and spine concerns. Your family will love coming here every time they need a check-up with their favorite dentist in Southlake, TX.

Call us today at (817)251-9333 to find out how we can make your mouth healthier and your smile brighter today.

 

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