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Dental Implants Sustain Your Jawbone After Tooth Loss

Dental implants offer several advantages for people who need to secure replacement teeth. You can feel more comfortable with the prosthetic, as it will be permanently secured. No healthy teeth will need to be modified in order to keep that restoration in place. You can also find it easier to bite and chew thanks to implant support.

One big benefit you should know about is that implants protect you against jawbone resorption. When you lose teeth, the roots of those teeth are no longer in place to provide stimulation for your jaw. That deprives the bone of the appropriate flow of nutrients, leading to a breakdown of tissue. Once placed, dental implants can act in the place of your lost roots, and protect you against this loss of mass.

Having Dental Implants Placed

Your dental implants will not be placed until you have undergone an evaluation from your dentist. If you have waited to seek help for tooth loss, you may have already suffered a loss of jawbone density that impacts your candidacy. Once approved, you will have the implants inserted directly into your jawbone. The appropriate healing period will need to take place after this – your jaw will actually fuse with your implants. After this has occurred to a sufficient degree, you can have your prosthetic placed.

Taking Steps To Avoid Future Issues With Tooth Loss

If you want to avoid future issues with tooth loss, pay attention to how your gums are doing. Gum disease is the leading reason for adult tooth loss. Better preventive habits and regular dental checkups can help you avoid this problem.

Talk To DaVinci Dentistry If You Are Interested In Receiving Dental Implants

At DaVinci Dentistry, you can count on expert care and extremely caring doctors and staff. If you are interested in having dental implants placed, please call our office at (817) 251-9333 or schedule an appointment online. We proudly treat patients in Southlake, TX and surrounding areas including Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor. We look forward to seeing you!

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Understanding Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most advanced methods of tooth replacement. These permanent restorations offer unmatched stability, and they are virtually identical to natural teeth in their construction and durability.

Preserve Your Oral Health with Dental Implants

Dental implants do not only replace missing teeth. They also replace your teeth roots, providing ultimate strength and durability. Dr. Khal Ajlouni of DaVinci Dentistry will use digital X-rays to examine your jawbone. With these sharp images, he can determine the optimal placement for your implant posts. Then he will surgically place the implants in your jawbone. After your bone and gums have healed, the implants will become a permanent part of your dental arch. Then Dr. Khal can attach a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

Many dental experts consider implants to be the optimal form of tooth replacement. These advanced dental restorations offer a number of benefits, including:

  • Stability: Because implants will be permanently fixed in your jawbone, your new teeth will never slip out of place.
  • Durability: When properly cared for, implants can last a lifetime.
  • Convenience: Because implants are so stable, you will not typically face any dietary restrictions. It is also easy to care for implants. You will simply need to maintain routine hygiene and your biannual dental visits.
  • Enhanced oral health: Out of all forms of tooth replacement, implants are the only restorations that can prevent jawbone degeneration. With implants, you will not have to worry about a changing facial structure, and you will have a reduced risk for further tooth loss.
  • Aesthetics: Because implants are secure and sit right against your gum line, they are virtually identical to natural teeth. Our restorations are also made of advanced materials that have a natural color and sparkle.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Implants can be a great way to replace one, several, or even all of your teeth. As a dental implants candidate, you should have enough bone volume to support the titanium posts. Dr. Khal, the only board-certified prosthodontist in the mid cities area, will carefully examine your jaw structure before recommending implants. If you suffer from gum disease, you may not be a candidate for this treatment. Finally, you should not have any underlying health conditions that may make it difficult to undergo oral surgery.

Finally, to learn more about what to expect from a dental impant, click here for more information.

Schedule a Visit at DaVinci Dentistry Today

Dr. Khal Ajlouni and Dr. Raed Ajlouni of DaVinci Dentistry believe in ongoing education and use advanced technology to provide you and your family with high-quality dental care. They are both university professors, and with their vast experience, they are uniquely qualified to provide you and your family with a full range of dental treatments. To make an appointment for yourself or for a family member, complete our online appointment request or call our Southlake, TX dental office today at (817) 251-9333. We proudly treat patients in Southlake, TX and surrounding areas including Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor.

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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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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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Supporting Dentures with Dental Implants

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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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Why some dental implants fail

Illustration: Human teeth and dental implant. Dental implants have become one of the most successful and predictable surgeries within dentistry today. They’ve become the go-to method for tooth loss, because unlike dentures and bridges, which address the cosmetic concerns associated with missing teeth, dental implants help restore appearance and also help to maintain bone levels in the jaw. This helps ensure chewing function, facial shape and overall oral health are also maintained.

Despite these benefits, even when diagnosis, treatment planning and implant placement are on par, and when the patient maintains follow-up appointments and oral hygiene, a dental implant can, in rare instances, fail.

Here is a look at some reasons why:

  • Periodontitis – When a patient develops this condition, the tissue around the teeth becomes inflamed, causing gums to shrink and teeth to loosen. For patients with implants, this can contribute to peri-implantitis, which leads to inflammation in the soft tissues surrounding the implant, as well as bone loss.
  • Issues with adjacent natural teeth – If a tooth near the implant site is infected, the infection can travel to the dental implant. If caught early, tooth and implant loss and expensive regenerative repairs might be avoided.
  • Smoking – While dental implant failure rates are still quite low, even among smokers, (approximately 6 percent), those who smoke are twice as likely to experience implant failure than those who do not.

The good news is, that while dental implants have the potential to fail, it does not happen often. Current implant success rates are approximately 98 percent. At DaVinci Dentistry, if you’re considering your options to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth, we’ll discuss the pros and cons and potential concerns unique to your case. We are located in Southlake, TX, and serve patients throughout much of Tarrant County. You can get your questions answered by requesting an appointment online or by calling 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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3 benefits of dental implants that you may not have considered

Dental implants in Southlake Dental implants are one of the most popular dental treatments available today, and for good reason. While dental implants can be a crucial part of a smile makeover, they are not merely a cosmetic treatment. In the absence of a healthy, natural tooth, a dental implant is the next best option, mainly because of the stability it provides. Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth, but that’s not all.

Here are 3 benefits of dental implants that you may not have considered:

  1. Less damaging to surrounding teeth – Alternatives to dental implants, such as tooth-supported bridges, require grinding away the teeth on one or more sides of the missing tooth. Because dental implants aren’t attached to surrounding teeth, but rather are placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth root, your existing teeth need not be modified or impacted.
  2. Increase stability – Did you know that when a section of the jawbone is no longer being used to support a tooth, strength and firmness can deteriorate? Dental implants, on the other hand, don’t just preserve bone; they help stimulate its growth.
  3. Anchor dentures – Patients with no remaining natural teeth who need complete dentures often face challenges with comfort, stability and changing face shape that isn’t experienced by patients with tooth-supported partial dentures. Opting for even just a few dental implants offers patients more stability and support when wearing dentures.

Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Many factors must be considered, such as the location of the missing tooth, as well as current oral health and any other medical concerns. At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, we’ll discuss your complete health history among other considerations to determine if this treatment option is right for you. Talk to a member of our team by calling 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.