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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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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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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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Full-mouth reconstruction/prosthodontics: Not an overnight process

Full mouth restoration/prosthodontics in Southlake, TexasFull-mouth reconstruction/prosthodontics can literally be an exercise in patience on behalf of the patient.

Because every tooth in the mouth is involved, it can be time-consuming. This process, which addresses and corrects poorly aligned jaws and worn, missing, broken, or crooked teeth through several restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures, can easily take 12 months or more, depending on what treatment is required.

Role of Prosthodontics Training in Full-Mouth Restoration

Because intensive planning is needed to blend prosthetic and cosmetic dentistry, having a prosthodontist coordinate your care will help ensure your full mouth reconstruction — also called full-mouth restoration and full-mouth rehabilitation — goes as smoothly as possible, and that you are met with little to no surprises. A prosthodontist is uniquely qualified to coordinate such cases, with three additional years of training in the reconstruction and replacement of teeth. This allows them to approach your full-mouth reconstruction with the final product in mind: the look and feel of your smile.

In some cases, other dental specialists may be brought in, as the following are just a few of the treatments utilized in full-mouth reconstruction:

  • gum tissue contouring;
  • placement of crowns, bridges and veneers;
  • dental implant placement;
  • jaw surgery;
  • bone or soft tissue grafting;
  • orthodontics; and
  • more.

Dr. Khal at DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake is a prosthodontist, and Dr. Raed is highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry. Together the two, both professors at Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry, will work together to deliver you a new smile that not only rejuvenates your appearance but is healthier in terms of function and movement. We can answer your questions and provide you with a detailed treatment plan so you know exactly what to expect. Start the process by contacting us at 817-251-9333.

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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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Denture care dos and don’ts

dental cartoon vector, denture in glass

When you get dentures to replace the missing teeth in your mouth, there are several things you can do — and avoid doing — that will ensure your dentures last as long as they possibly can. Following these measures should also mean that you’ll feel as comfortable as possible in your dentures, whether they are full (replace all the teeth in your mouth) or partial (are anchored to some remaining natural teeth with a metal framework).

  • Do – Handle with care. Whenever you handle your dentures, do so over a sink filled with water. Consider also stretching out a towel on the counter or floor, as dentures are delicate and can break if dropped.
  • Do – Brush daily. Cleaning your dentures on a regular basis removes food deposits and plaque. (The same is true of your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth. Brushing not only removes plaque here, too; it also increases circulation.)
  • Don’t – Attempt to fix them yourself. When cracks or chips occur or dentures become loose, do not attempt to adjust them. While it may seem simple, you could damage your dentures beyond repair.
  • Don’t – Let dentures dry out. When your dentures are not in your mouth, they must be kept in water or a denture cleaner soaking solution. When bringing dentures into contact with water, avoid hot temperature settings, which can warp dentures. Cool water is always best.

Dentures are not necessarily a permanent dental prosthesis. They will need to be replaced, relined, and sometimes rebased. Even if you are not having problems with your dentures, an annual checkup provides the opportunity necessary to check your dentures for signs of wear, as well as to evaluate any changes to your mouth, which is a natural part of aging.

The team at DaVinci is only a phone call or click away. We want you to feel and look your best, so if you think it’s time to make some adjustments to your dentures, don’t hesitate to contact us. We serve patients in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine and Tarrant County and provide a wide range of services within family, implant and cosmetic dentistry. 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.