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Avoid Cavities Through Regular Dental Checkups

Cavities can lead to serious dental damage, and demand restorative dental care. In other words, cavities are not something to look forward to. If your preventive dental care does not include routinely attending dental checkups, you are missing out on important protection. Each visit with your dentist involves both an examination and a cleaning. These measures make it easier for you to stop tooth decay from forming. Some patients who attend checkups will still experience some cavity trouble in their lifetime. These visits mean earlier detection and treatment, which makes the overall experience with decay less unpleasant.

How Professional Preventive Care Helps You Avoid Cavities
One reason preventive visits help so much against cavities is the cleaning your teeth undergo. Your dentist is able to remove debris and plaque from areas that are especially hard to reach on your own. You also need to receive professional cleanings if you want to have tartar taken off of your teeth. Brushing and flossing can allow you to prevent tartar from forming, but it takes your dentist’s care to remove it.

Early Restorative Dental Treatment Helps You Avoid Oral Health Complications
When your dentist identifies a cavity forming on a tooth, they can make sure the infected area is removed, and your tooth has support from a tooth filling. When you stay away from the dentist’s office until you have a toothache, you could learn that the cause is a cavity that has infiltrated the interior of your tooth. If that takes place, treatment will have to involve a root canal, and the placing of a dental crown.

Schedule A Dental Checkup With DaVinci Dentistry
Regular dental checkups at DaVinci Dentistry will help you make sure your smile is routinely examined for problems. This review, along with the professional cleaning you receive, will help you lower your risk for problems like tooth decay. To make an appointment for yourself or for a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today, or feel free to request an appointment online. We look forward to serving you!

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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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Protect a Vulnerable Tooth with a Dental Crown

If your tooth needs a dental crown, you should understand that you are missing out on important protection. A dental crown is used to provide significant coverage of a tooth. A full crown will actually cover all of the tooth above your gum line, while inlays and onlays are used to cover a particularly vulnerable portion. The sooner you have this restoration in place, the sooner you can enjoy your best possible oral health. Thanks to CEREC technology, your dentist is able to produce full crowns, inlays, and onlays in a single visit. That means your permanent crown will be ready for you in less time, and you can enjoy protection for a problem tooth.

Have Your Dental Crown Sooner Thanks To CEREC Technology
CEREC technology puts everything necessary for making your permanent ceramic crown in your dentist’s office. In the course of just one appointment, you can have your crown designed, produced, and placed. Because the crown is made from ceramic, you will actually be able to enjoy a natural-looking restoration that avoids causing any distraction with how you look.

How Regular Checkups Help You Avoid Advanced Restorative Care
If you want to prevent a problem that will call for a dental crown, make sure you are regularly attending dental checkups. Your dentist will monitor your smile for any troubling issues – if something is found, you can enjoy prompt care and courteous care from DaVinci Dentistry. By limiting the amount of time an issue has to develop, you preserve more of your tooth structure. This means restoring a smaller cavity and having your tooth treated with a dental filling.

Talk To DaVinci Dentistry If You Need A Dental Crown
If you need a dental crown, you can enjoy one in just one visit thanks to the team at DaVinci Dentistry. By using CEREC technology available in the office, you can have your tooth fully restored in less time. To make an appointment for yourself or for a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today. We proudly provide care for patients in Southlake, as well as Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor.

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Protect Yourself Against Teeth Grinding

You can potentially do serious harm to your teeth if you have a habit of clenching your jaw. Unfortunately, people who suffer from a habit of teeth grinding (a condition known as bruxism) tend to grind them while sleeping. This means your unconscious habit can go on through the night, and you can wake up feeling discomfort in your face, jaw, and neck. You can also damage your teeth, even to the point that you will need restorative dental care. Your dentist can provide protection so that you do not suffer dental damage because of this condition.

A Special Mouth Guard Can Protect Your Teeth At Night
To stop teeth grinding from affecting the condition of your smile, your dentist can supply you with a mouth guard made to keep them free of damage. By wearing this mouth guard at night, you will ensure that you are not able to damage your teeth when your jaw attempts to clench while you sleep.

Addressing TMJ Pain
One issue that can develop because of bruxism is TMJ dysfunction, a problem with your jaw joint alignment. If this develops (or if TMJ problems have created your issue with bruxism), a special oral insert can be made to keep your jaw in a more comfortable position.

Taking Measures To Address Dental Damage
Dental damage incurred due to teeth grinding can be addressed through care from your dentist. Cosmetic dental work can cover up minor damages; however, if you put your teeth through enough strain to lead to more significant damage, you may require dental crowns for more severely damaged teeth.

Protection From Bruxism Damage Thanks To DaVinci Dentistry
You can count on expert care from DaVinci Dentistry when you come in for help with bruxism. You can receive a special mouth guard that stops you from damaging your teeth at night, and you can undergo whatever treatment is needed to address any dental damage. To arrange an appointment for yourself or a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today. We proudly provide care for patients in Southlake, as well as Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, and the HEB corridor.

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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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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 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.