Category : Dental implant Southlake TX

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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.

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Caring for Your Dental Implants: Dos and Don’ts

A woman smilesOne of the wonderful things about dental implants is that they have the potential to last a lifetime. While periodic adjustments are necessary, as well as replacement of the crowns attached to the implant itself, the permanency of an implant is one of its most popular features. Plus, the effect of osseonintegration — in which the bone cells attach themselves to the implant’s surface — actually adds stability to your jaw and prevents future bone loss, a benefit you won’t find with other types of dental prostheses or restorations.

The potential of a dental implant to last a lifetime does depend on some factors, like pre-existing medical conditions and the location of the implant, but a large part is up to you. Here are a few Dos and Don’ts to dental implant care.

  • Do – Practice good oral hygiene. A general rule of thumb is to care for implants like you would your normal teeth. That means brushing, flossing and regular check-ups are a must. We also can make recommendations for you on special cleaning aids to incorporate into your daily routine.
  • Do – Remember that recovery takes time. Once your implant is placed, it may be up to several months before we can attach the abutment and final restoration to complete your smile makeover. To help ease this process, you’ll want to take necessary time off of work or school and take it easy for at least several days to allow your body to begin the healing process.
  • Don’t – Keep old habits alive. There are many things that can lead to the need for dental implants. Perhaps your tooth loss was caused by a traumatic accident or even side effects from medications or health care treatments. In some cases, though, just the effect of tooth decay and periodontal disease is enough to warrant a tooth’s extraction. If habits like smoking, frequent consumption of sweets or inadequate oral hygiene may have led to your dental troubles, there is no better time than now to start fresh.

Want to know more about what you can do to care for your dental implants? The cosmetic and family dentist team at DaVinci serving Tarrant County is here to help you every step of the way, from initial consultation and treatment planning to your long-term oral health needs. We’re just a phone call away: 817-251-9333.

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3 Things to Know about your Dental Implant

Dental Implant If you’re contemplating getting a dental implant or even multiple implants at once, it helps to know a bit more about this incredible technology and growing option for patients.

First, just what is a dental implant? It may help to think of a dental implant as an artificial tooth root. Typically composed of titanium or zirconia, the implant, which resembles a small post, or screw, is surgically placed into the jawbone. With time, the surrounding natural bone fuses to the implant, making it strong and sturdy. Once the crowns (prosthetic teeth) are placed, your dental implant is able to look and function just like natural teeth.

So here’s a bit more about them:

  • Dental implants do not stain – The materials used to make the crown portion of the implant (the part you see) are made to keep their original color permanently. While there can be rare exceptions in the case of heavy tobacco use, or coffee and soft drink consumption, most patients actually are more concerned with their natural teeth appearing stained in comparison to their implant.
  • Dental implants do require brushing – Just because the dental implant crown is composed of stain-resistant materials such as porcelain does not mean patients have a hall pass to practice inadequate oral health. Bacterial plaque can still build up on the surface of your prosthesis, and flossing is still needed to remove food particles between teeth.
  • How long dental implants last depends on several factors – While a dental implant can last decades — even a lifetime, in some cases — its ultimate longevity can be impacted by patient oral hygiene practices and condition of surrounding teeth. Gum disease or decay that may have contributed to the loss of the natural tooth in the first place could come back into play and negatively impact a dental implant in some cases.

At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, we’ll talk to you about all of the possibilities when you’re considering opting for a dental implant. Contact us: 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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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.