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Protect Yourself Against Teeth Grinding

You can potentially do serious harm to your teeth if you have a habit of clenching your jaw. Unfortunately, people who suffer from a habit of teeth grinding (a condition known as bruxism) tend to grind them while sleeping. This means your unconscious habit can go on through the night, and you can wake up feeling discomfort in your face, jaw, and neck. You can also damage your teeth, even to the point that you will need restorative dental care. Your dentist can provide protection so that you do not suffer dental damage because of this condition.

A Special Mouth Guard Can Protect Your Teeth At Night
To stop teeth grinding from affecting the condition of your smile, your dentist can supply you with a mouth guard made to keep them free of damage. By wearing this mouth guard at night, you will ensure that you are not able to damage your teeth when your jaw attempts to clench while you sleep.

Addressing TMJ Pain
One issue that can develop because of bruxism is TMJ dysfunction, a problem with your jaw joint alignment. If this develops (or if TMJ problems have created your issue with bruxism), a special oral insert can be made to keep your jaw in a more comfortable position.

Taking Measures To Address Dental Damage
Dental damage incurred due to teeth grinding can be addressed through care from your dentist. Cosmetic dental work can cover up minor damages; however, if you put your teeth through enough strain to lead to more significant damage, you may require dental crowns for more severely damaged teeth.

Protection From Bruxism Damage Thanks To DaVinci Dentistry
You can count on expert care from DaVinci Dentistry when you come in for help with bruxism. You can receive a special mouth guard that stops you from damaging your teeth at night, and you can undergo whatever treatment is needed to address any dental damage. To arrange an appointment for yourself or a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today. We proudly provide care for patients in Southlake, as well as Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor.

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Healthy Gums Are Important to a Healthy Smile

When you think of your smile, do you immediately think of your teeth? Pearly whites are generally what people fixate on when trying to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile; yet, the gums are just as important and should not be overlooked. Sadly, many people ignore potential warning signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, allowing this condition to progress to the point of requiring more extensive restorative treatment. If you want to protect your whole smile, it’s important to give your gums the preventive care they need.

What Are the Warning Signs of Gum Disease?

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There are actually several indicators that your gums could be at risk of gum disease, or even currently struggling with gingivitis. Bleeding gums are one common issue. Many people notice bleeding during flossing, and may even be tempted to blame the flossing itself; however, if the gums are bleeding, it is likely due to irritation caused by bacteria buildup.

Gums that are dark red or purple in color are also likely in need of dental treatment. That’s because healthy gum tissue should actually be light pink. If your gums appear inflamed or irritated, you could also need restorative treatment to improve the smile. Even chronic bad breath can be evidence of bacteria buildup.

How Can a Dentist Help Restore Your Smile?

When the gums are in need of restorative treatment, a dentist can generally help to restore the smile’s health either through a general dental cleaning or in many cases a deeper, periodontal cleaning. This involves breaking up plaque bacteria to clean the teeth and also to remove irritants of the gum tissue.

If you are in need of restorative treatment, it’s important to see the dentist as quickly as possible by calling our Southlake, TX dental office today at (817) 251-9333. We are proud to treat patients in Southlake, as well as Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor.

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Don’t Let Imperfections Keep You From Smiling

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Are you tired of feeling insecure because of your smile? Tired of limiting conversations with friends or coworkers because you worry they’ll notice the imperfections and inconsistencies in your teeth’s size and shape, gaps between them or even deep discoloration? Over time, many people begin to notice imperfections in their smile that can lead to insecurity. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry makes it possible to address most flaws with wonderful, natural-looking results, so you can do more important things than worry about your smile. You can proudly show it off!

What Imperfections Are Causing Concern?

The first step in devising any treatment plan, cosmetic or otherwise, is to decide what are the exact causes of your concern. Knowing what you would like to achieve can help your dentist create a customized smile makeover. Your dentist will also discuss your budget, and how quickly you are hoping to achieve the results, in order to determine which treatments are right for you.

In some cases, for instance, treatment could be as simple as a take-home whitening treatment that can generally lighten teeth by several shades. In other cases, treatment might involve using composite resin to hide imperfections, or even porcelain veneers to improve uniformity of the smile by correcting inconsistencies in the teeth’s shape or size. For many patients, the best way to achieve their dream smiles is by combining some or several treatments, in order to properly hide imperfections.

A great smile can really help boost your confidence. Whatever your concerns, the staff at DaVinci Dentistry are dedicated to making sure you enjoy the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible. To set up an appointment for yourself or for a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today at (817) 251-9333. We are proud to treat patients in Southlake, as well as Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor.

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When to Consider Dental Implants

Tooth loss of all degrees can diminish your confidence in your appearance, as well as have a long-lasting negative impact on your oral health, jawbone, and facial structures. If you’re ready to rebuild your smile following tooth loss, then it may be the time to consider dental implants.

How Can Implants Benefit You?

The good thing about modern dentistry is that you often have several options to address your concerns. For instance, if you’ve lost one or a few teeth, then a dental bridge can be custom-designed to close the gap in your smile. If you’ve lost several, most, or all of your teeth, then a partial or full denture might be a better option. While modern dental prosthetics offer highly realistic, durable, and effective results, they lack the ability to replace the roots that supported your teeth and helped keep your jawbone healthy.

With the support of an appropriate number of dental implants, which are biocompatible posts that are inserted into the jawbone, a dental crown, partial, or complete denture can do more for your long-term oral health. The prosthetic posts act as replacements for lost teeth roots and offer unmatched support for your restoration, eliminating inconveniences like denture slippage. The implant posts also help preserve the health and integrity of the jawbone by reestablishing stimulation every time you bite and chew. Like natural teeth roots, dental implants invite a healthy supply of nutrients to the jawbone, preventing the jawbone degradation that often follows tooth loss.

If you’ve suffered tooth loss, then consider speaking with DaVinci Dentistry about the many benefits of a dental implant. To schedule a consultation, call DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, TX at (817) 251-8333. We also serve patients in Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor.

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Prosthodontists vs. Cosmetic Dentists

 

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This week is National Prosthodontics Awareness Week! Ever wondered about the difference between prosthodontists and general, or cosmetic dentists?

Everyone’s heard of the term “cosmetic dentist,” but prosthodontists undergo more rigorous and advanced training to specialize in the restoration of teeth, and they are also fully trained in general dentistry as well. They are recognized as a specialist by the American Dental Association, and as of last year, there were only 3200 prosthodontists in the US, compared to some 170,000 cosmetic, or general dentists.

Some of the services that prosthodontists offer are dental implants, veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures, and jaw treatments for snoring and sleep apnea. These services require a great deal of skill, and we are so happy that our very own Dr. Khal Ajlouni is an award-winning prosthodontist! You can feel secure and comfortable that you are in great hands.

At DaVinci Dentistry, we are here to answer any questions you may have about any of our prosthodontic services. We are conveniently located in Southlake, and serve patients in Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor. Call us at 817-251-9333.

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Introduce Teeth Brushing Through Story Time

Books can help introduce children to teeth brushing

How do you introduce your children to teeth brushing? We have a great tip! Below are 10 awesome CHILDREN’S BOOKS ON BRUSHING TEETH. These 10 lovely stories help encourage the importance of keeping kids’ teeth healthy and happy. Try reading one of these fun books when your little one is introduced to tooth brushing!

  1. Brush, Brush, Brush! This sweet sing-songy board book by Alicia Padron makes brushing teeth fun!
  2. Open Wide, Tooth School Inside. This hilarious book by Laurie Keller combines interesting facts and a quirky story. Open Wide is sure to entertain and inspire children of all ages to take better care of their tooth treasures.
  3. Melvin the Magnificent Molar. Told from Melvin’s perspective, this tooth book teaches little ones how to have happy healthy teeth. Creatively written by Laura Jana and illustrated by Allison Valentine.
  4. Pony Brushes His Teeth by Michael Dahl. Pony learns to brush his teeth by watching his dad. Tip: After reading this book have your child watch you brush your teeth and see if he can learn just like pony!
  5. Clarabella’s Teeth by An Vrombaut. Poor Clarabella! She spends all day brushing that giant mouth of crocodile teeth! This spirited story is a fun way to discuss oral hygiene with preschoolers.
  6. The Tooth Book talks about who has teeth, who doesn’t, and how to make sure we keep the teeth we have!
  7. Have You Ever Seen A Moose Brushing His Teeth? This cute story, written by Jamie McClaine and April Goodman, will inspire children to take care of that smile!
  8. The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums. Author Edward Miller combines straightforward advice with little sprinkles of tooth history and lore. Sure to help answer all those questions that your little one has about their teeth!
  9. Brush Your Teeth Please. Kiddos will love reading this delightful pop-up book by Leslie McGuire! Full of animals and fun this story is an easy way to introduce the importance of brushing your teeth!
  10. I Know Why I Brush My Teeth. Sam learns about molars, canines and incisors, baby teeth and big ones, and how to look after them all. Written by Kate Rowan, this book is ideal for children in kindergarten and older.

 

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TMD Dos and Dont’s

TMD pain treatment in SouthlakeIf you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), and the orofacial pain that comes with it, there are several things you can do — and avoid doing — that can help keep the severity of your symptoms at bay. After all, the pain associated with TMJ, ranging from difficulty chewing and talking to tenderness and aches around the ear and face, can get in the way with your ability to function to the best of your ability each day.

Here’s a closer look at some TMD dos and don’ts:

  • Do learn to stifle yawns by holding your tongue on the roof of your mouth, which limits how wide your mouth can open.
  • Do try to rest your jaw by allowing teeth to stay slightly apart, with your tongue relaxed and lips together. Clenching teeth together when you are nervous only aggravates the TMJ.
  • Do eat softer foods, and chew with both sides of your mouth.
  • Don’t chew gum for extended periods of time. Just take a couple minutes to freshen breath, so you don’t exhaust the jaw muscles.
  • Don’t clench your teeth when swallowing.
  • Don’t sleep on your stomach, which causes the jaw to be pressed into the pillow.

In addition to making some minor changes to your daily routine, you may need additional help with your TMD. At DaVinci Dentistry, we offer treatment for TMJ pain, which can range from night guards and dental splints to dental treatments that help adjust your bite. Talk to us today to set up an appointment and discuss your options: 817-251-9333.

 

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Navigating Insurance Concerns with your Family Dentistry Care

Family dentistry insurance questionsSometimes care at a family dentistry office can seem out of reach without dental insurance. Or in some cases, when you want to go to a specific office that your insurance carrier deems “out-of-network.” At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, we know that getting treatment opinions and care that you can trust is so important. It’s for this reason that we offer a variety of alternatives when insurance concerns arise.

While we are in-network for most PPOs, patient with plans that don’t include treatment at our office do have a few alternatives. For starters, many insurers will offer reimbursements, depending on their pay schedules. We are happy to look into your options for you; all we ask is that you contact our office and let us know about your insurance questions.

When insurance isn’t an option, we do accept several forms of payment to ensure you can get the care you need, including:

  • credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover);
  • Care Credit and Citi Card (18 months no interest);
  • cash; and
  • personal checks.

DaVinci Dentistry is an implant, cosmetic and family dentistry practice committed to your oral health needs. We will do what is necessary to ensure your smile is functional as well as beautiful, and we’re willing to go the extra mile to help you get there — including navigating tricky insurance questions. We serve patients in Southlake, Grapeveine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller and the HEB corridor: 817-251-9333.

 

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Recognizing TMJ Disorder Headaches: 5 Key Symptoms

TMJ headache caused by TMDOne of the most common symptoms for those suffering from disorders of the tempromandibular joint (TMJ) are headaches. This is because if your bite is misaligned, too much stress can be placed on the muscles surrounding your TMJ, leading to headaches.

But what sets TMJ headaches apart from regular tension headaches? If you have what appears to be a tension headache coupled with these additional symptoms, the pain could be radiating from your temporomandibular joint:

  • facial tenderness;
  • facial pain;
  • earache;
  • crackling/grinding sounds when you move or open your jaw; and
  • stiffness.

While TMJ headaches are not identical to migraines, they can trigger one. The symptoms of those headaches, ranging from nausea and light sensitivity to fatigue, are severe.

It can be common for health care providers to misdiagnose recurring headaches, not discovering the underlying problems within your jaw joint. At DaVinci Dentistry, we will work with you to get to the root of your headaches and facial pain to determine if temporomandibular joint dysfunction may play a role. When it does, we can offer solutions through a variety of oral devices that can help to alleviate pain caused by undue tension and bruxism (tooth grinding) often associated with TMJ. Call us to schedule your appointment and discuss next steps. We are conveniently located in Southlake and serve surrounding communities within Tarrant County: 817-251-9333.

 

 

 

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Dental Bonding: Things to Consider

Tooth bonding in Southlake, TexasWhen you’ve cracked or chipped a tooth, there’s one immediate, quick and inexpensive option at your disposal: tooth bonding. This procedure, in which we apply a composite resin to the affected tooth, can typically be done in one office visit. It can be a great option for an immediate treatment while you consider other long-term options.

Some downfalls of tooth bonding include:

  • Shorter shelf life – A typical dental bond lasts up to seven years, but long-term options, such as a dental crown, can last several decades.
  • Durability – While composite resin is strong, if you bite down on hard foods without caution, you can chip or break the bond. In some cases, filing it down can fix the issue, but other times the bond will need to be replaced.
  • Staining – Composite resin stains more easily than enamel or porcelain used for crowns or veneers, so coffee, tea and red wine drinkers, watch out! A whitening toothpaste and consistent oral hygiene routine can help limit staining.

When you have cracked or chipped a tooth, calling the DaVinci Dentistry team in Southlake is a great first step toward restoring the appearance and function of your tooth. We’ll first examine the tooth to see if more intensive work, such as a root canal and crown, is required. When it’s not, you may choose from among several options, including dental bonding and veneers in addition to crowns. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about what may be best so that your goals are met and you feel comfortable and satisfied with your smile. Serving Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills and much of Tarrant County: 817-251-9333.