Category : Prosthodontist Southlake TX

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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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Dental bridges vs. implants: The right option for you

When you’re missing a tooth, multiple factors may be considered when deciding what treatment option is best for you. As dental implants rise in use and popularity, patients most often find themselves weighing whether this newer technology or dental bridges are the best option for them.

Weighing the options

Dental Bridges in Southlake, Texas

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The main difference between a dental implant and a dental bridge is that a dental implant replaces just the missing tooth. A titanium post is implanted into the jaw and eventually fuses to the jawbone, resulting in a strong, typically permanent solution. A dental bridge, on the other hand, requires the enamel of neighboring teeth to be largely etched away so that crowns may be adhered, connecting both teeth with a “floating” crown in the middle. Most dental bridges last approximately 10 years.

While many are drawn to the concept of dental implants for their protection and durability, they’re not an option in all cases.

Dental implant placement in Southlake, Texas

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Some of the following must be taken into consideration:

  • Time frame of your tooth loss –  If it’s recent, bone levels should still be adequate to support an implant, but if the tooth has been gone for a long time, procedures such as bone grafts may be necessary to account for recession of gums and bone.
  • Condition of neighboring teeth – Will the surrounding teeth need crowns in the future? Do they have large fillings?
  • Cost – Dental bridges can cost less than implants at the outset, but dental implants may never need to be replaced. Whether insurance covers some or all of a dental implant procedure could impact a patient’s decision.

At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, brothers Dr. Raed and Khal Ajlouni can guide you through this process. Dr. Raed has substantial experience in cosmetic dentistry, and Dr. Khal is a prosthodontist, specializing in the replacement of missing teeth. Our goal is to give you a healthy, confident smile, and we look forward to meeting you soon. Serving Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills and much of Tarrant County: 817-251-9333.

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What conditions does full-mouth restoration treat?

full-mouth restoration in Southlake, TexasFull-mouth restoration, the process of rebuilding and reconstructing every tooth in the mouth, doesn’t just benefit the appearance of your smile. At its core, this treatment is intended to improve a patient’s overall health and quality of life by addressing bite imbalances, chewing limitations and pain. While no two cases are exactly the same, there are some common factors that may require full-mouth reconstruction.

These include:

  • accidents and trauma (teeth may have been injured, fractured or even lost);
  • acid erosion (long-term exposure to acid reflux or acidic foods can substantially wear down teeth);
  • neglect and effects of gum disease (in its advanced stages, gum disease can lead to bone loss, and with it, the teeth themselves); and
  • the natural aging process.

Because full-mouth restoration involves multiple forms of dental treatment, ranging from dental implants and corrective jaw surgery to root planing and bone grafts — among other procedures — having a professional with advanced training and treatment planning abilities can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, Texas, Dr. Khal Ajlouni is a prosthodontist, and Dr. Raed Ajlouni is a general dentist with extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry. Together they will conduct an exam, take photographs and impressions and determine what steps are necessary to complete your full-mouth restoration. The first step is making an appointment. Call us at 817-251-9333 or connect with us on Facebook to learn more about what it’s like to be a patient at our office.

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Dental Bridge: Pros and Cons

Dental Bridge and Prosthodontic EquipmentWhen you are missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge is a tried-and-true method for not only restoring the missing teeth but also keeping remaining teeth in place, distributing forces in your bite and regaining — and maintaining — the ability to speak and chew properly.

That being said, there are benefits and risks associated with getting a dental bridge.

Here’s a closer look.

The positives:

  • Not everyone can undergo surgery – Whether it’s due to medical concerns, bone levels in the jaw or another reason, not every patient is a candidate for dental implants. In these situations, a dental bridge is a viable alternative.
  • Bridges are considered pleasing in appearance – In fact, before dental implants surged in use and popularity, dental bridges used to be the gold standard for replacing missing teeth.
  • Dental bridges are nonremovable.

The negatives:

  • Existing teeth are impacted – In order to place a dental bridge, the surrounding natural teeth to which the bridge is affixed must be filed down.
  • Higher risk for decay and gum disease – Because an artificial crown is literally attached to the natural teeth, you’re not going to be able to get between the margins of the teeth to clean them.

Dental bridges take less time to replace, and their initial cost is less than with other options such as dental implants, but many factors go into deciding whether a dental bridge is the best option for you.

At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, our prosthodontist Dr. Khal Ajlouni, as well as our entire team, understands well that decisions like these can make a significant impact on your wellbeing, comfort and confidence. We look forward to visiting with you soon to work toward making your smile as healthy and strong as possible. Contact us by calling 817-251-9333 or connect with us on Facebook.

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How to Care for your Dental Bridge

An illustration of a dental bridge A dental bridge can be a welcome change for many patients who have had to live with the effects of a missing tooth. We have had many patients come through the doors of our Southlake dental practice tell us firsthand: “It’s difficult to speak.” “It’s hard to eat.” “Just biting down is a challenge.”

In these scenarios, a dental bridge can help patients regain not just a missing tooth, but proper bite alignment and face shape. It operates much like its name. It connects adjoining natural teeth with a false tooth. This is done by placing dental crowns on the teeth on either side of the empty space, effectively making them anchors, or abutments, for the false tooth.

When you opt for a dental bridge you are literally investing in the health of your mouth and smile, and as such, you’ll want to do whatever you can to maintain it for as long as possible. A good rule of thumb when caring for your dental bridge is simply to care for it as you would your permanent teeth.

In addition to proper brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, you’ll still want to floss between the anchor teeth and false tooth, and an antiseptic mouthwash can help prevent decay. In some cases, patients find proxy brushes preferable to flossing for cleaning out debris from around the bridge. Following good oral hygiene practices also serves to help maintain your dental bridge by keeping surrounding teeth strong and healthy. After all, they serve as its firm foundation.

At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, whether we are preparing your dental bridge, placing your dental implant or even giving you a single dental crown, we’ll provide you with guidance every step of the way. Coming to see us for your regular check-up helps us catch potential problems early, in order to keep you on the right track. Contact us at 817-251-9333.

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Cool off with these foods that are also good for teeth

Southlake Dentist Advice on Tooth-Healthy FoodsAs a dentist and prosthodontist, we’re sure you’ve heard about foods to avoid to safeguard the health of your smile. Sodas, candies and chocolates probably enter your mind. But what about foods that give your oral health a bit of a boost while also helping you cool off in the heat of summer?

Here are some easy-to-find foods in the produce aisle that can give you something to smile about:

  • Carrots – That satisfactory crunch associated with eating raw carrots also carries a benefit. The chewing action actually helps stimulate saliva production in your mouth, reducing risk of cavities. These babies are also rich in Vitamin A and fiber.
  • Celery – High in Vitamin A and C, this veggie helps remove food particles and bacteria from the teeth, acting as a natural toothbrush.
  • Apples – Just because they’re sweet doesn’t mean they’re (necessarily) bad for your teeth. A special exception to the rule, apples are loaded with water and fiber, and just like carrots and celery, they help produce saliva, which rinses away food particles. Even gums are stimulated as a result of the fruit’s texture.
  • Leafy greens – Low in calories and high in calcium, you can have spinach or kale in a salad or even throw them into the blender for a savory twist on your summer smoothies.

Some other key ingredients include calcium and Vitamin D, which help strengthen teeth and bones. While milk is a source of this, many juices are now fortified with calcium, which means you can cool off while doing something good for your teeth. Do bear in mind, though, if the juice you’re sipping on contains a good deal of citric acid, you’ll want to swish with water after and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. This is because the acid in these types of drinks temporarily softens enamel, and saliva, which helps to remineralize teeth, requires a bit of time to take effect.

At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, no question is too simple or too complicated for our dentist, Dr. Raed Ajlouni, and prosthodontist, Dr. Khal Ajlouni. So whether it’s in regard to learning more about refreshing summer foods that are also good for your teeth, or perhaps a complex matter, such as whether you may be a candidate for dental implants, we’re here to help. Contact us by completing our online appointment request form or calling 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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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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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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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.