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Do dental implants ever need to be replaced?

Mature senior coupleIf you are missing one or more teeth, the decision to get dental implants is likely one you have thought long and hard about, while seriously weighing the benefits and potential downfalls. Among the many questions you may have is how long dental implants last. This is important, as dental implants are both a financial investment and a time commitment; the process from implant placement to final restoration can take several months.

The answer to this question of whether dental implants ever have to be replaced — as is often the case with extensive dental restorations — is it depends.

While some dental implants may need adjustments from time to time, when they are properly placed and dedicated oral hygiene is followed, they can last a lifetime.

When it comes to whether your implant itself will stand the test of time, the most pressing factors include location (the back of the mouth endures more strain from chewing), pre-existing conditions and disease.

What is important to remember is that while the implant itself can last a lifetime, the crown attached to it may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years or so, depending on wear and tear.

If you have questions about dental implants for the DaVinci Dentistry team, we can take the time to explore whether they are a good fit for you, taking your oral health, surrounding teeth, overall health and many other factors into consideration. Contact us today by calling us at 817-251-9333 or completing our appointment request online. We’re here to help.

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Questions to ask before getting dental implants

A dentist and patient have a conversation at the dental chair. Getting one or more dental implants is a decision that can stand to improve your life for the better. While it is considered a cosmetic dentistry procedure, getting a dental implant actually serves to stabilize the bone in your jaw through a process called osseointegration, in which the surrounding bone fuses to the implant. In addition, the dental implant restores the function of natural teeth, allowing you to chew, talk and live life with confidence that your smile is at its best.

While dental implant surgery can be done right at the dentist’s office, it is still a surgical procedure, which means you’ll want to find out some specifics before choosing the dentist or prosthodontist who is the best fit for you.

With this in mind, here are some questions the American College of Prosthodontists recommends you ask during a consultation, whether you’re talking with us here at the DaVinci Dentistry office, or with another dentist.

Dental implant questions

  1. How often do you do this procedure?
  2. How many times have you done this procedure?
  3. What has been your training in this procedure? How long was it? (Weekend course, lecture, 14-20 weeks CE at a dental school, or years of specialty training at an accredited dental school?)
  4. Where were you taught?
  5. Do you take lifelong learning / continuing education credit and if so, when, where, how often and in what area?
  6. What’s the success rate for this procedure for me, and how long will it last?
  7. How long will the procedure take from beginning until I have my permanent teeth?
  8. Will I have to be without teeth for any period of time?
  9. How much will it cost for the entire treatment from start to completion?
  10. How much will it cost for follow-up maintenance of my restoration?
  11. What are alternative treatment options for this procedure?
  12. What training do you have in these alternative options?
  13. May I get my treatment plan in writing?
  14. How do you feel about me getting a second opinion?

At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, TX, Dr. Raed Ajouni is an experienced esthetic dentist who has received recognition from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Dr. Khal Ajlouni is a prosthodontist with three years of advanced training in the design, manufacture and fitting of artificial replacements for teeth, including dental implant therapy. Contact us to set up your appointment, where we look forward to answering all of your questions and working with you. 817-251-9333.

 

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What smokers need to know about dental implants

A man holds a lit cigarette in his fingersIf you currently smoke and are contemplating whether dental implants are an option for you, there is good news and bad news.

The bad news is that the failure rate for dental implant patients who are smokers is twice as high as it is for nonsmokers. The good news: The implant failure rate, even for smokers, is just 6.35 percent. This means more than 93 percent of patients who smoke still experience a positive and healthy outcome with their dental implants.

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Dentistry evaluated more than 80,000 dental implant cases to determine the higher implant failure rate of smokers, and an article published in the Journal of Prosthodontic Research, also in 2015, points to the long-term implant success rate. The research also reveals that for smokers, the majority of dental implants that fail do so in the early stages after placement. The primary cause: thicker mucosal tissues, which diminish stability of surgical guide placement.

The success rate of dental implants for smokers may come as a relief to some, considering just 3 to 4 percent of those who try to quit on their own are successful, and 22 percent of those who quit with help from medication and counseling.

But there is always room to change. For many, the investment in dental implants serves as the catalyst they need to make the move toward quitting. For those that struggle, the guidance from a dentist on how maintain oral health will be of prime importance.

Whether or not you smoke, the decision to get dental implants is one that stands to impact your life for the better, but it’s not without potential challenges. At DaVinci Dentistry, Drs. Khal and Raed Ajlouni are well versed in the latest research findings and trends within the profession, so we can offer an informed opinion. If you’re thinking about dental implants, talk to us by calling 817-251-9333, and we can evaluate whether this option is right for you. Our family, cosmetic and implant dentistry practice is located in Southlake, Texas, so we are convenient to residents in Grapevine, Keller, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, HEB, and much of Tarrant County.

 

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After dental implant placement: What to do and what not to do

tooth implant, and two molars on white background

Dental implants are one of the fastest growing cosmetic dentistry options available today. And for good reason: In many patients, the titanium post surgically placed in the jaw can last a lifetime. This post replaces the tooth root, and fuses with bone, actually making the jaw stronger than it was before. And implants don’t decay like natural teeth. While the artificial teeth (crowns) may need to be replaced on occasion depending on wear and tear, if all goes well, the same is not true of the implant itself. With this being said, there are some things you can do — and avoid — after your dental implant has been placed that can make quite an impact on its ultimate success or failure.

Here’s a closer look.

Do:

  • Use ice on the cheek near where your implant was placed to reduce swelling.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take antibiotics and pain medication as instructed.
  • Talk with us about what oral hygiene tools we recommend (water flossers, interdental brushes, interproximal brushes and antimicrobial rinses may be beneficial, depending on the characteristics of your dental implant placement).

Don’t:

  • Use abrasive products (think toothpaste with baking soda or whitening toothpaste).
  • Eat or drink hot foods or liquids.
  • Attempt to exercise immediately after dental implant placement (throbbing or bleeding can be a common side effect with too much physical activity following this procedure).
  • Attempt to wear any partial or full dentures without first consulting with us. Wearing these too soon can hinder healing.

If you’re considering whether a dental implant is right for you, the Southlake-based DaVinci Dentistry team has the expertise to talk with you about your options and possible outcomes. We serve patients in Tarrant County including Grapevine, Keller, North Richland Hills, Colleyville and H-E-B. You can reach us at 817-251-9333.

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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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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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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.