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What to Expect from a Dental Implant

How much can you ask from your dental implant? Keep in mind this artificial tooth root is tasked with an important job – helping you regain your complete, functional smile. The implant is surgically implanted into your jawbone. After being set in the area your natural tooth root previously resided (and after a period of healing takes place), your dental restoration can be put in place. With the support of your implant, your restoration is stable and can look like a natural part of your smile. The implant’s presence helps you avoid problems with tooth loss, including help with problems other prosthetic solutions can fail to correct.

How A Dental Implant Protects You From Issues Created By Tooth Loss

One issue people may not be prepared for when they suffer tooth loss is a deterioration of their jawbone. This occurs because the roots of your teeth create stimulation in your jawbone, which supports proper blood flow to your jaw, and ensures necessary nutrients are delivered. In the absence of stimulation, that bone tissue can break down. Only a prosthetic supported with a dental implant can replicate that stimulation, and protect your jaw.

How Will My Smile Look When I Have An Implant?

Because your dentist can supply you with a life-like replacement tooth, you can count on having a smile that looks natural again once you have your tooth loss addressed. Using dental implants to provide prosthetic support helps you to regain function, but you can also see your looks improve. Because implants protect you against losing bone mass in your jaw, you also avoid taking on a “sunken” appearance, an issue for those who suffer tooth loss.

Talk To DaVinci Dentistry If You Are Interested In A Dental Implant

If you want to address tooth loss with a dental implant, reach out to DaVinci Dentistry. Our dentists believe in ongoing education and use advanced technology to offer you and your family superior dental care. To set an appointment for yourself or for a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today or use our online form to request an appointment. We happily 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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Supporting Dentures with Dental Implants

Dental implant-supported dentures

For patients who do not have any teeth in the lower jaw, the growing use of dental implant-supported dentures may provide you with the lasting solution that you’ve been seeking. While you can have dental implants placed in the upper jaw to anchor dentures, it’s not as common, as dentures that cover the palate add enhanced stability. But, opting for dental implants even in this location makes open palate dentures a reality.

Choosing dental implants to anchor dentures provides patients several benefits, including:

  • increased stability and reduced tendency for dentures to slide out of place;
  • renewed confidence; and
  • ease of chewing.

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of implant-supported dentures is the fact that dental implants help increase bone levels in the jaw, allowing you to retain your face shape. This is a common concern among patients who wear dentures, as appearance can be affected when bone resorbs and shrinks away.

At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, prosthodontist Dr. Khal is a specialist in replacing missing teeth and can talk to you about whether dental implants may be a good fit for you. For starters, we’ll have to assess whether current bone levels in your jaw would support implants. Be prepared to complete a full medical and dental history, exam, X-rays, impressions and in some cases, CT scans. We can talk to you about each step in the process, and give you a realistic timeline for completion. Contact us today to get started: 817-251-9333.

 

 

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Preparing for dental implants

Preparations for dental implants SouthlakeWhen preparing for dental implants, the Southlake team of DaVinci Dentistry has its own set of responsibilities to fulfill, but that doesn’t mean that you, the patient, don’t also have an important role to play in the process.

On our end, we first must complete a comprehensive dental exam, which includes X-rays and models of your face and mouth. From there, we can create a treatment plan. In certain instances, we may need to partner with other dental specialists, such as oral and maxillofacial surgeons and periodontists. In either case, careful precision and attention to every detail is necessary to ensure that we follow each step of your treatment with the end goal in mind: a restored, functional smile.

There are some things you can do to ensure placement of your dental implant or multiple implants goes as smoothly as possible.

These include:

  • Carefully review your customized plan leading up to surgery (this contains instructions on medication changes and dietary restrictions, such as when to stop eating the day before, etc.).
  • Designate a driver to take you home (whether you receive general or local anesthesia, having someone else to operate a motor vehicle is the best bet to ensure your safety).
  • Follow dietary restrictions (soft food is conducive to healing, and if you purchase what you need in advance, you’ll be able to rest and relax following your surgery).

Placing dental implants is not a one-step process. Once adequate healing has occurred after the implant is placed, anther appointment is scheduled, during which a restoration, or crown, is connected to the implant via an abutment. Of course, the partnership doesn’t end there. We’ll establish a recall schedule to ensure your dental implants are functioning as comfortably and naturally as the teeth they are replacing. And whenever you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re only a phone call away: 817-251-9333.

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Antidepressants and dental implant failure: What you need to know

Looking down on a group of open prescription bottles with assorted pills closeup horizontal composition shallow depth of fieldWhen patients are considering whether dental implant placement may be right for them, there are many factors to consider. Now the use of antidepressants takes on even more importance on this list.

According to a study released this spring from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, antidepressants are linked to dental implant failure. While SSRIs — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors — help to manage mood and emotions, one side effect is the decrease in regulation of bone metabolism. This directly impacts the success or failure of a dental implant, as new bone must form around the implant to secure it in place. The research found the use of antidpressants increased the odds of implant failure by four times. Each year of antidpressant use doubled the odds that dental implant failure would occur. Considering that 11 percent of Americans age 12 and older take antidepressants — and that more than half of those individuals have taken them for two or more years — it’s an issue that can and will come up when considering whether to get dental implants.

Other side effects associated with antidepressants that stand to impact the healing process after a dental implant is placed include:

  • osteoporosis (when bones become brittle and are more susceptible to fracture);
  • dry mouth; and
  • akathisia (disorder characterized by the need to be in constant motion, including grinding of the teeth).

If you’re considering whether to get a dental implant, the Southlake-based DaVinci Dentistry team will take a detailed health history, including all medications you take. We want your dental implant placement to be successful, and we’ll do everything possible in efforts to achieve a positive outcome. Whether antidepressants or other concerns come to light, you’ll be a central part of the decision-making process in your care. Contact us at 817-251-9333. We are convenient to patients in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, North Richland Hills and Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

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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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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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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.