Category : Family Dentistry Southlake TX

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Avoid Cavities Through Regular Dental Checkups

Cavities can lead to serious dental damage, and demand restorative dental care. In other words, cavities are not something to look forward to. If your preventive dental care does not include routinely attending dental checkups, you are missing out on important protection. Each visit with your dentist involves both an examination and a cleaning. These measures make it easier for you to stop tooth decay from forming. Some patients who attend checkups will still experience some cavity trouble in their lifetime. These visits mean earlier detection and treatment, which makes the overall experience with decay less unpleasant.

How Professional Preventive Care Helps You Avoid Cavities
One reason preventive visits help so much against cavities is the cleaning your teeth undergo. Your dentist is able to remove debris and plaque from areas that are especially hard to reach on your own. You also need to receive professional cleanings if you want to have tartar taken off of your teeth. Brushing and flossing can allow you to prevent tartar from forming, but it takes your dentist’s care to remove it.

Early Restorative Dental Treatment Helps You Avoid Oral Health Complications
When your dentist identifies a cavity forming on a tooth, they can make sure the infected area is removed, and your tooth has support from a tooth filling. When you stay away from the dentist’s office until you have a toothache, you could learn that the cause is a cavity that has infiltrated the interior of your tooth. If that takes place, treatment will have to involve a root canal, and the placing of a dental crown.

Schedule A Dental Checkup With DaVinci Dentistry
Regular dental checkups at DaVinci Dentistry will help you make sure your smile is routinely examined for problems. This review, along with the professional cleaning you receive, will help you lower your risk for problems like tooth decay. To make an appointment for yourself or for a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today, or feel free to request an appointment online. We look forward to serving you!

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Protect a Vulnerable Tooth with a Dental Crown

If your tooth needs a dental crown, you should understand that you are missing out on important protection. A dental crown is used to provide significant coverage of a tooth. A full crown will actually cover all of the tooth above your gum line, while inlays and onlays are used to cover a particularly vulnerable portion. The sooner you have this restoration in place, the sooner you can enjoy your best possible oral health. Thanks to CEREC technology, your dentist is able to produce full crowns, inlays, and onlays in a single visit. That means your permanent crown will be ready for you in less time, and you can enjoy protection for a problem tooth.

Have Your Dental Crown Sooner Thanks To CEREC Technology
CEREC technology puts everything necessary for making your permanent ceramic crown in your dentist’s office. In the course of just one appointment, you can have your crown designed, produced, and placed. Because the crown is made from ceramic, you will actually be able to enjoy a natural-looking restoration that avoids causing any distraction with how you look.

How Regular Checkups Help You Avoid Advanced Restorative Care
If you want to prevent a problem that will call for a dental crown, make sure you are regularly attending dental checkups. Your dentist will monitor your smile for any troubling issues – if something is found, you can enjoy prompt care and courteous care from DaVinci Dentistry. By limiting the amount of time an issue has to develop, you preserve more of your tooth structure. This means restoring a smaller cavity and having your tooth treated with a dental filling.

Talk To DaVinci Dentistry If You Need A Dental Crown
If you need a dental crown, you can enjoy one in just one visit thanks to the team at DaVinci Dentistry. By using CEREC technology available in the office, you can have your tooth fully restored in less time. To make an appointment for yourself or for 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?

Closeup portrait of young woman showing, with his finger, inflamed upper gingiva with pain expression. Dental care and toothache.

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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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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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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Invisalign: When all you need is a little realignment

Getting Invisalign at DaVinci Dentistry family dentistry in Southlake

In some cases, the path to a brighter smile may not require substantial dental work. When missing teeth is not the primary concern, but straightening your smile and aligning your bite is the focus, Invisalign may be an option for you.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system that uses a series of custom-fitted aligners to shift your teeth into place. Instead of metal wires and brackets associated with braces, it allows the patient to use a new set of aligners every two weeks until treatment is complete. The trays are clear in color, allowing for a more discreet way to straighten teeth. Plus, they can be removed when eating, and office visits occur only every four to six weeks.

What conditions can Invisalign correct?

Not just for moderate cases; serious dental problems can be addressed through this alternative form of orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign is most commonly used to correct:

  • gaps and spacing issues;
  • overcrowding;
  • underbites;
  • overbites;
  • crossbites; and
  • open bites.

If you’re contemplating whether Invisalign may be the right treatment option for you, talk to our Southlake family dentistry team here at DaVinci Dentistry. Prosthodontist Dr. Khal Ajlouni is trained in this system, so when your smile needs don’t require complex prosthodontic procedures such as dental implants or bridges, we can offer this option to you. Contact us today by calling 817-251-9333 or by submitting an appointment request.

 

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Easing anxieties at your family dentistry office

Easing Dental Anxiety at DaVinci Family DentistryIf you experience anxiety at the thought of even going to the dentist, you’re not alone. At our Southlake family dentistry office, we’ll take the time to find out the cause of your dental anxiety, and we’ll work with you each step of the way to figure out what helps you feel calm and relaxed during your treatment. In some cases, a hand signal for when you want us to immediately stop may do the trick; in other situations, simply having us listen may be all it takes.

As a result of our extensive cosmetic, implant and family dentistry experience, we know that a range of causes can trigger anxiety, including:

  • fear of pain;
  • feelings of helplessness/loss of control;
  • lack of personal space; and
  • concern about injections and/or anesthesia.

At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, the comfort of our patients is our top priority. We want to do whatever it takes to ensure you get the dental care you need while being sensitive to your anxieties.

That’s why you’ll notice we talk with you and listen, help provide distraction when possible, and do everything we can to ensure you feel secure, whether that means offering a blanket or headphones.

Contact us today to set up your appointment, and don’t hesitate to let us know about your anxieties or concerns. We’ll be ready. Serving Southlake, Keller, North Richland Hills, Grapevine and Colleyville: 817-251-9333.

 

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Family dentistry focus: Hidden sources of sugar and what this means for your teeth

Family dentistry focus: A photo of sugar cubes and a spoonWhen you’re looking out for your family and their dentistry needs, one easy way to help ensure their oral health is top notch is by limiting sugar intake. Sure, tasty treats such as candy, cookies and ice cream come to mind immediately. But some other cavity-causing culprits may be hidden within more foods than you think.

For instance, did you know that pasta sauces can be laden with sugar? It doesn’t matter whether you’re indulging in the alfredo or marinara varieties, even though they’re not sweet, they’re high in sugar, with up to 12 grams of sugar per a half-cup serving.

Other foods high in hidden sugars may include:

  • salad dressing;
  • cereal and oatmeal;
  • granola bars;
  • tea;
  • sports drinks;
  • packaged and dried fruit; and
  • yogurt.

A good rule of thumb: When available, check the label. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day for women, with no more than nine teaspoons of sugar per day for men.

Why sugar is bad for teeth

Sugar in and of itself isn’t bad for teeth. It’s certain harmful bacteria present in your mouth that feed on sugar that do the damage. When bacteria eat the sugar you ingest, acid is created, which erodes at enamel. With time, a hole, or cavity, forms in the tooth.

A family dentistry practice that can help

At DaVinci Dentistry, not only do we have answers to seemingly simple questions such as unexpected sources of sugar, but we can explain to you why these concerns matter to your dental health. We’re here to provide family dentistry to you and your loved ones, but we also offer dental implant and cosmetic dentistry options when your dental health needs become complex. Contact us to schedule your appointment and become a part of the DaVinci Dentistry family! Serving patients in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills and the HEB corridor.