What to Do About a Chipped Tooth

A number of factors can cause a tooth to become damaged. Once you notice a chipped tooth, you should see the dentist as soon as possible. In today’s blog, we’re talking about what our Southlake, TX patients can do to take care of a chipped tooth and what treatment is available.

If you play sports, or even if you bite down on a particularly hard piece of food, then you run the risk of chipping a tooth. In some cases, the damage could be very minor. Even if you sustain an injury but see no noticeable damage, you should still let us know. Often fractures could appear that threaten your oral health but remain practically invisible to the naked eye.

If you experience any swelling or pain from the chipped tooth, you can place a cold compress against the side of the face to reduce swelling while you are in route to our office. A piece of cloth or gauze could also help stem any bleeding you may experience.

Often, we repair broken teeth in one visit with dental bonding. Using the same lifelike and metal-free materials as our tooth-colored fillings, we restore the lost structure and sculpt the tooth for a natural appearance. For more serious damage we may opt for a custom-made dental crown.

Without treatment, a damaged tooth could lead to cavities, toothaches, and eventually, a higher risk of infection and even tooth loss in severe cases.

Do You Have a Chipped Tooth?

If you have a chipped tooth, then we have a solution. To find out more, schedule a consultation by calling DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, TX today at (817) 251-9333.

Safeguard Against Tooth Decay this Halloween

October is here! Parents must be busy helping kids pick out their Halloween costumes and getting them ready for the big night. We love trick or treating, but we also know that a sudden influx of candy means a higher risk of tooth decay for kids. Fortunately, we have a few tips that will help protect your child’s teeth this Halloween:

Offer candy alternatives:

You can forgo candy in favor of stickers, temporary tattoos, or inexpensive party favors, like spider rings or little plastic skeletons. Kids still enjoy treats on Halloween night, but they will like these other things, too!

Limit how many sweets your child eats per day:

Instead of several treats, limit to one or two per day. You can also have them eat their candy as a post-dinner treat and wash them down with a glass of water, which helps limit the dangers posed by sugary sweets.

Brushing and flossing is a must:

Brushing and flossing is a must, especially after these sugary treats. Be sure your child is brushing for at least two minutes and flossing right after, preferably 3x a day during periods of high sugar consumption.

Do You Have Questions About Tooth Decay Prevention?

Our team wants to help you and your family stay cavity-free. To find out more, schedule a visit by calling DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, TX today at 817-251-9333 or requesting an appointment online.

An Option for Addressing Tooth Loss

You have more than one option for addressing tooth loss, including bridges and dentures; however, with dental implants, we offer our Southlake, TX and surrounding area patients a more secure and long-lasting alternative, one that looks natural and blends with your smile.

To ensure the implant looks natural, we create a custom-made restoration. A dental crown is added to the dental implant, creating the visible portion of the tooth. The crown will look natural and be able to withstand powerful bite forces and pressure.

Implants preserve tooth structure and offer greater stability. Through oral surgery, we insert a titanium dental implant into the jawbone. Being biocompatible, the dental implant will bond with the jaw bone tissue, preventing the loss of jawbone density due to tooth loss and offering incredible stability.

Implants will last a long time, but you need to take care of them just like your natural teeth. Routine care helps ensure your new implant lasts for years, possibly even decades. We suggest brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night before bed. You also need to have your teeth cleaned every six months. If you have any questions about implant dentistry, then please contact our team today.

We are proud to have Dr. Khal Ajlouni as a board-certified prosthodontist, one of a few in the area, who specializes in implant dentistry and other tooth replacement options.

Do You Have Questions About Implant Dentistry?

We’re ready to help address your tooth loss with custom-made tooth replacement options. To find out more, schedule a consultation with us. Just call 817.251.9333. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Root Canal Therapy to Address an Infected Tooth

Few procedures are as misunderstood as root canal therapy, a common treatment that helps address infected teeth. We often use this procedure to help patients increase the chances of preserving natural teeth and avoiding tooth loss. Let’s answer a few questions about this common and comfortable treatment option.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

Question: How do I know if my tooth is infected?

Answer: Infection typically occurs when decay develops and remains untreated. Poor oral hygiene and damage can often lead to cavities. Warning signs include toothaches, swelling near the tooth, tooth sensitivity, fever, and a discharge from the tooth. If one or more of these possible warning signs apply to your smile, then contact our team today.

Question: Will the procedure be comfortable?

Answer: We will administer a local anesthetic before proceeding with the procedure and can also discuss sedation options for patients with anxiety. The procedure itself involves opening the tooth to remove infected tissue. We can then clean the inside of the tooth and apply a restorative filling material. After the filling material cures, we can place a custom-made dental crown.

Question: How will my tooth look afterward?

Answer: The dental crown will be custom-made and created using lifelike materials, such as ceramic. The crown will blend with the rest of your smile and provide long-lasting restoration. As a result, your repaired tooth will look completely natural.

Question: What if I have a damaged tooth?

Answer: We may also recommend the procedure for a cracked tooth, in which the inner dentin and pulp can end up exposed to harmful bacteria. If you have any questions about treating infected teeth or about the root canal procedure, then contact our team today.

Do You Have an Infected Tooth?

We can help preserve your natural teeth and protect your smile. To find out more, check out our website to learn more about root canal therapy, then call our Southlake, TX dental office today at (817) 251.9333 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

Invisalign – Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about Invisalign? Read on for answers to frequently asked questions:

Question: Will the aligners feel comfortable?

Answer: Yes! They are custom made, so they will fit you comfortably. We take detailed impressions of your smile to create a series of aligners, so each set will be tailored specifically for your smile. The plastic material ensures the wearers avoid the gum and cheek irritation often encountered with metal braces.

Question: How noticeable will the aligners be?

Answer: The Invisalign® aligners will be created from a clear plastic, which means when worn they will be practically invisible. Many adults and teens prefer the aligners over braces for this reason, as they don’t have to worry about the impact on their smiles’ appearance.

Question: Can I ever remove them?

Answer: Yes! The aligners should be worn for between 20 and 22 hours a day. Patients may remove them before meals, so they won’t have to avoid certain foods or make changes to their diet. The aligners can also be taken out prior to brushing and flossing, which helps teeth stain free and healthy during treatment. You may also remove them for special occasions as well.

Question: How long will treatment take?

Answer: The exact amount of time will depend on the extent and cause of the misalignment, as well as whether the patient wears them as the dentist recommended. On average, adults need about a year to see optimal results, while teens may require up to 18 months. If you have any questions about Invisalign, contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Clear Aligners?

Our team at DaVinci Dentistry provides a comfortable solution to misalignment with clear, comfortable aligners. To find out more, call us today at 817.251.9333 to schedule a consult. We look forward to seeing you!

How a Dental Bridge Can Correct a Missing Tooth

Replacing lost teeth has been a major focus of dental health care. That’s because once you lose an adult tooth, it doesn’t grow back, and the loss will always affect how your smile looks and how well your bite functions. Dental bridges have been among the most common and effective ways of addressing tooth loss. Today, bridges are still popular for tooth loss.

How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

The point of a dental bridge is to fill the gap left in your smile by a missing tooth, thereby improving your smile and restoring your bite’s proper balance. This allows your teeth and bite to continue functioning properly. To accomplish this, a bridge consists of a lifelike replacement tooth that is bordered by two dental crowns. The crowns are affixed to the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. Once in place, the bridge fills in your smile and allows you to once again bite and chew your food properly.

Because a dental bridge relies on healthy adjacent teeth for support, qualifying for one means ensuring that your teeth are free of decay and that you don’t exhibit signs of gum disease. If so, then your dentist will recommend a personalized treatment plan to address the condition first. Otherwise, you may still be at risk of losing more teeth and making your dental bridge inadequate.

Find Out if a Dental Bridge Is Right for You

If you’ve lost a tooth, then a custom-designed dental bridge could be the best way to rebuild your smile and restore your confidence. To learn if a dental bridge is right for you, call DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, TX for a consult at (817) 251-8333. We look forward to serving you!

 

Invisalign for a Straighter Smile

You may have thought that addressing your uneven smile means wearing a set of metal braces. For teens and adults, this can be a factor preventing them from seeking treatment. However, we can offer a clear and comfortable alternative to metal orthodontics with Invisalign.

The aligners are custom made. You can actually remove them before each meal, which means you don’t need to change your diet. You can also take them out before brushing and flossing your teeth, allowing you to maintain good oral health throughout the treatment process. Finally, you can remove them for the occasional special event, such as a graduation. The amount of time you must wear your aligners depends on the cause and extent of your misalignment, as well as your age. Adults may take about a year, while teens can take up to 18 months. If you have any questions about our clear aligners or about the importance of addressing misalignment, then contact the DaVinci team and we would be happy to answer any and all questions.

Does Your Smile Need Clear Aligners?

We can use clear aligners to provide an esthetically-pleasing solution to your misalignment. To find out more, reach out to DaVinci Dentistry. We treat patients in the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas.

Teeth Grinding May Lead to Serious Dental Work

When you fail to act in response to an ongoing teeth grinding habit, you can find yourself seeing your dentist for serious restorative dental work. A teeth grinding habit, often referred to as bruxism, can tax your jaw joints, and cause wear and tear on your smile. The type of care you need can depend on how badly your issues with bruxism have harmed you. If you receive care from your dentist in time, you can effectively prevent any issues. Unfortunately, if you fail to respond in time, you could require cosmetic dental work, or even some degree of restorative dental care.

Cosmetic Dental Work
If your wear and tear only creates cosmetic dental issues, porcelain veneers may be your ideal response. Veneers will make your teeth look flawless, hiding signs of wear and tear as well as issues like misshapen teeth, discoloration, and spacing problems.

Placing A Crown On A Damaged Tooth
If you have a tooth that suffers serious chipping, or develops a crack, you may need a dental crown. That tooth will have to be treated by your dentist to make sure the crown fits properly. In cases where cracks in a tooth have formed, your dentist may need to perform a root canal treatment to protect you against a possible infection.

You Can Suffer Tooth Loss Because Of An Unaddressed Teeth Grinding Problem
It is possible to suffer dental damage that cannot be restored. In these cases, your dentist will only be able to help you by providing a tooth extraction. After this takes place, you can review your different options for replacing a lost tooth or lost teeth.

Troubles Caused By Teeth Grinding? Let DaVinci Dentistry know!
Stop a teeth grinding habit from leading to serious damage by making an appointment at DaVinci Dentistry. You can count on preventive care to help address your issue, as well as care to address any issues that developed in the wake of this condition. To make an appointment for yourself or for a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today at (817) 251-9333. We look forward to seeing you!

The Cosmetic Value of a Dental Crown

Being able to protect a vulnerable tooth is important. Using a dental crown to cover up a problem tooth can allow you to bite and chew comfortably and naturally, and keep you safe from future problems with that tooth. When your dentist provides you with a ceramic crown, it becomes possible to offer restorative dental care that keeps your appearance in good standing. Ceramic crowns can be crafted to match the look of your surrounding teeth, so it does not stand out in your smile. CEREC technology allows your dentist to provide your crown in one visit, making it more cosmetically pleasing, and convenient.

Thanks to CEREC, Your Ceramic Crown Can Be Ready In One Visit
With CEREC technology, everything needed to design, craft, and place your crown is all contained in your dentist’s office. Your appointment will begin with your dentist taking the necessary measurements and performing necessary preparatory work on your tooth. The measurements will allow them to design your crown, and a milling machine in the office will produce it in time for it to be placed during that same visit.

Better Preventive Care Reduces Your Risk For Needing Future Dental Crowns
Your crown may be durable and up to the task of providing you with long-term care for a problem tooth, but prevention will always be preferable to restorative work. If you want to limit your risk for problems, schedule regular dental exams and cleanings. With these recurring appointments, you can take better care to avoid tooth decay. If you do have a problem, you are more likely to have it found and treated sooner, meaning you may need a filling, but not a crown, to address the issue.

Talk To DaVinci Dentistry If You Need A Dental Crown
At DaVinci Dentistry, you can receive a dental crown that offers lasting protection without a change to your appearance. Thanks to CEREC technology, you can actually have that crown in a single appointment. To make an appointment for yourself or for a family member, call us today at 817.251.9333.

The First Step in Invisalign Treatment? Talk to Your Dentist

If you want to straighten your teeth, but feel uneasy about conspicuous braces, Invisalign may be the perfect option for you; however, before you can start treatment, talk to your dentist as he will need to perform a preliminary examination. If you are a good candidate, your dentist can move forward with designing your custom Invisalign treatment. Over the course of your care, you will use a sequence of removable aligners, all of which are made from clear plastic, so they will be difficult to see. At the end of treatment, you can enjoy a beautiful set of straightened teeth.

Making Sure You Qualify For Treatment Using Invisalign
Not every patient who needs an orthodontic adjustment will be able to use Invisalign. If your adjustment needs are more dramatic, conventional braces may be necessary for a successful outcome. Those who do qualify can enjoy a treatment that is less intrusive, and considerably harder to see, than traditional bracket and wire braces.

What Kind Of Benefits Can I Expect From Straightened Teeth?
The benefit many people think of when they think about orthodontic treatment is an improved smile. This is certainly an attractive benefit, but it is not the only one. Patients who correct their teeth can make it easier to stay free of cavities, thanks to the correction of overlaps that create risks for tooth decay. You can also correct issues with a poorly aligned bite. Bite problems can lead to TMJ dysfunction, which can cause pain, making jaw movements more difficult, and even lead to issues with bruxism.

Talk To DaVinci Dentistry About Invisalign
At DaVinci Dentistry, you can receive orthodontic care through Invisalign treatment. Invisalign offers patients a means of correcting their crooked teeth with less impact on their appearance. Because the aligners are removable, they can also be less intrusive, making it more comfortable to eat and clean your teeth. To schedule an appointment for yourself or for a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today at (817) 251-9333. We are proud to treat patients in Southlake, TX and surrounding areas.

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.

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!

The Benefits of a CEREC Dental Crown

One big benefit to your dentist having CEREC technology is convenience. You will be able to have your permanent restoration placed on a problem tooth after just one visit! If you need treatment for a serious cavity, or if you come in with an injured tooth, you can have the permanent protection needed in less time. CEREC crowns are also popular for their appearance. Because they are made with life-like dental ceramic, so the crowns produced with this technology will look like natural teeth.

CEREC technology places everything needed to construct your crown in your dentist’s office. Every necessary step – the taking of measurements, the design of your crown, and its construction – can all be taken care of in one visit.

In addition to being more convenient for patients, CEREC crowns are also made to look like natural teeth. This helps you avoid any issues with your restoration negatively impacting how you look.

CEREC technology can also produce a permanent dental crown. This means you will have important dental support that can last for many years.

Talk To DaVinci Dentistry About How You Can Receive A Dental Crown Made With CEREC Technology

At DaVinci Dentistry, you can receive expert restorative dental care when you need it by our caring and professional doctors. Thanks to CEREC technology, you can have a permanent dental crown placed over the course of just one visit! Our office is committed to helping patients keep their smiles in the best possible condition. To make an appointment for yourself or a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today at (817) 251-9333 or request 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 your next visit!

Address Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

People who are missing teeth may smile less and even change the way they speak in order to cover up absences. For many, this will be enough to justify taking action through the placement of a dental prosthetic; however, tooth loss doesn’t only affect your smile. You can also struggle to bite and chew comfortably. Over time, you may experience problems with your jaw. Your compromised bite could lead to TMJ issues, which can hurt your quality of life. You can also begin to lose mass in your jawbone. To improve your smile, and protect your jaw, your dentist can talk to you about dental implants.

Using Implants Will Allow You To Stop Jawbone Resorption

Jawbone resorption refers to a loss of mass in your jawbone, a problem that will develop if you leave tooth loss unaddressed. Because the roots of your teeth are necessary for keeping your jaw stimulated and for ensuring proper blood flow, their absence means your oral health will suffer. Dental implants offer you a chance to fix this because they can actually stimulate your jawbone to return proper blood flow.

Other Benefits To Implant-Supported Dental Prosthetics

Implant-supported prosthetics are stable enough to be used for biting and chewing. The presence of implants can actually stop future movement of remaining teeth as they will occupy space near neighboring roots and keep them from shifting.

Talk To DaVinci Dentistry About How Dental Implants Can Benefit You

At DaVinci Dentistry, you can look forward to excellent prosthetic support when you have implants put in place. In addition to restoring your smile, you can return to a more natural dental function and improve your overall quality of life. To schedule an appointment for yourself or for a family member to visit our board-certified prosthodontist, call our Southlake, TX dental office today at (817) 251-9333 or request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you!

Don’t Rely on a Temporary Crown – Use CEREC Technology

A dental crown is custom-made to fit over your tooth and is designed with the necessary toughness to stay in good condition for many years. Thanks to CEREC technology, which we use in our office, you can have that permanent, custom-made crown prepared and placed over the course of one dental visit. This is just one of the many great benefits of dental crowns made with CEREC technology. This means you will have the full support you need in less time. It also means you will not have to rely on a temporary crown. Patients who are left waiting for their crown to be made in a dental lab are provided with temporary restorations which can be less than ideal. We are proud to offer a restorative dental care solution that gives you the protection you need without making this delay necessary.

Receiving A CEREC Dental Crown

By using CEREC technology, your dentist can use measurements of your tooth to digitally design your crown, produce it in the office, and place it over your tooth. This eliminates any awkward waiting period during your restorative dental treatment. Because the crown is made from ceramic, your restoration will look like your natural tooth.

Making Sure Your Crown Stays In Good Condition

When you exercise good dental care habits, your crown – like your regular teeth – can more easily be kept in good condition. While it is strong enough to handle typical biting and chewing tasks, avoid biting into hard surfaces, as this can lead to potential damage.

Talk To DaVinci Dentistry About a CEREC Dental Crown

At DaVinci Dentistry, you can receive important protection for a vulnerable tooth from a CEREC-made dental crown. To make an appointment for yourself or for a family member, 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.

We look forward to your next visit!

Benefits of Invisalign

The idea of being able to address issues with dental alignment without a conspicuous appliance is important to many patients. With Invisalign, you can look forward to the type of improvements you would hope to see with metal braces. The clear aligners will be able to correct issues with spacing, as well as unattractive overlaps between teeth. One reason patients prefer Invisalign over traditional braces is that Invisalign will not impact their appearance. The clear aligners can be discreetly worn, so your smile is not altered over the course of your correction.

Undergoing Treatment Through Invisalign

Undergoing Invisalign treatment will involve the use of several clear plastic aligners. Each aligner will bring you a step closer to your straightened smile. While you will have some follow-up appointments with your dentist, to make sure your corrections are moving as scheduled, you will have fewer appointments than would be necessary with metal braces. Because Invisalign aligners can be removed when you eat and when you clean your teeth, you can avoid any issues with your orthodontic appliance interfering with daily tasks.

Invisalign Is About More Than Just A Better Smile

After undergoing an orthodontic correction with Invisalign, you can see a remarkable change in your appearance. While this can certainly a great plus, there are other benefits to look forward to. When you correct your teeth, you can fix overlaps that have left you with an elevated cavity risk. Uneven teeth can also potentially raise your chances of developing gum disease. If your dental alignment issues have interfered with your bite, corrections can also protect you against the development of painful TMJ issues.

Talk To DaVinci Dentistry About Invisalign

At DaVinci Dentistry, you can learn more about how an Invisalign treatment may benefit you. With Invisalign, you can make beneficial corrections to the alignment of your teeth, without being reliant on unsightly metal braces. To set an appointment for yourself or a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today or request an appointment online. 

 

Save a Damaged Tooth with a CEREC Dental Crown

An injured tooth can be painful and upsetting. When your tooth sustains an injury, you worry about the effects on your health, but your concern can also be about the appearance of your smile. A dental crown can restore a tooth impacted by damage and decay. Because modern, appearance-friendly materials are used to make your crown, you can feel relieved to know that your dentist can save your tooth and your smile!

Dealing With Advanced Cavities Or Dental Damage

Advanced cavities and physical injuries can both pose serious threats and potentially cause you to lose your tooth. In both cases, prompt treatment can improve the chances the tooth will be saved. A crown can completely cover your tooth above the gum line and handle routine biting and chewing pressures. Because your crown can be made from a ceramic material that can expertly mimic your enamel, people can still see your smile as unaltered and healthy. This full support for your dental function and appearance is the goal of restorative dental work.

How You Can Receive A Dental Crown In Just One Appointment

Prompt care means returning to good oral health in less time. By using CEREC dental technology, our office is able to complete the treatment you need and help you avoid dependence on a temporary crown. You can have your crown designed, made, and placed, which will lead to complete and long-term protection for your tooth. Because the crown you receive is made to look like your natural tooth, this also means a return to your normal, attractive smile in less time.

Talk to DaVinci Dentistry About Treating A Damaged Tooth With A Dental Crown

At DaVinci Dentistry, patients who suffer from a serious cavity or a tooth injury can look forward to support from a CEREC dental crown. To make an appointment for yourself or a family member, call our Southlake, TX dental office today

The Use of Dental Fillings to Address Cavities

If you have a cavity, then you need treatment to avoid serious complications, from infections to tooth loss. Fortunately, we can use dental fillings to address most cavities in just one visit.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings

Question: How do I know if I have a cavity?

Answer: Patients that attend routine checkups and cleanings every six months often have decay discovered in the earliest stages, before they experience symptoms. Otherwise, people with cavities may encounter persistent toothaches or tooth sensitivity, especially when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks. If you have pain or sensitivity that doesn’t subside, then you should see us right away.

Question: How do you place a filling?

Answer: First, we need to remove all decay and then thoroughly clean the tooth. We then prepare the composite resin material and apply the material in multiple layers. As we cure the composite resin under a light, the dentist sculpts and molds the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance.

Question: How do I prevent further cavities?

Answer: You can help prevent further decay by flossing your teeth every night before bed and brushing your teeth twice a day. You should have your teeth examined and cleaned twice a year and also cut back on sugary foods and drinks.

Does Your Tooth Need Restoration?

Our team can help repair your decayed tooth, often in just one visit. To find out more, contact us at 817-251-9333. We proudly serve patients in Southlake, TX and surrounding areas.

 

A Dental Bridge as an Option for Tooth Loss

For as long as people have had to deal with tooth loss, the need to replace those teeth has been a major focus of dental health care. That’s because once you lose an adult tooth, it doesn’t grow back, and the loss will always impact how your smile looks and how well your bite functions. For centuries, dental bridges have been among the most common and effective ways of addressing tooth loss. Today, bridges are still a popular option.

How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

The point of a dental bridge is to fill the gap left in your smile by a missing tooth, thereby improving your smile and restoring your bite’s proper balance. This allows your teeth and bite to continue functioning properly. To accomplish this, a bridge consists of a lifelike replacement tooth that is bordered by two dental crowns. The crowns are affixed to the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. Once in place, the bridge fills in your smile and allows you to once again bite and chew your food properly.

Because a dental bridge relies on healthy adjacent teeth for support, qualifying for one means ensuring that your teeth are free of decay and that you don’t exhibit signs of gum disease. If so, then your dentist will recommend a personalized treatment plan to address the condition first. Otherwise, you may still be at risk of losing more teeth and making your dental bridge inadequate.

Find Out if a Dental Bridge Is Right for You

If you’ve lost a tooth, then a custom-designed dental bridge could be the best way to rebuild your smile and restore your confidence. To learn if a dental bridge is right for you, schedule a consultation with DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, TX today.

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