Oral Care for Your Dentures

In our last blog post, we debunked some myths about dentures. This week, our topic is how to take care of your dentures once they are placed.

  • According to Colgate, be sure your dentures don’t dry out. Place them in warm water or denture cleanser overnight or when you’re not wearing them. Hot water can cause dentures to warp, so you will want to avoid soaking them in hot water. Dentures need to stay moist to keep their shape, but you don’t want them to warp.
  • You should brush your dentures, even though they are not your natural teeth. Brushing removes food particles and plaque that can build on dentures just as they do natural teeth. Dentures can also become stained, so you will want to brush them well to keep any surface stains at bay.
  • In addition to brushing your dentures, you will want to place your dentures every morning into a clean mouth, so be sure to brush your tongue and gums before placing your dentures.
  • You will also want to continue seeing your dentist on a regular schedule who can check the denture appliance to ensure it fits properly and that the dentures are not causing you any irritation.  If your dentures are ever damaged or become loose, you will want to see your dentist right away.

If you ever have a question about your dentures or need to see the dentist about your dentures, call DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333. We are happy to help our patients in the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas with any questions or concerns they may have. 

Debunking Dentures

Fixodent, the makers of the denture adhesive, published a report that by the year 2020, 37.9 million people will be wearing dentures. Dentures have been around since about 700 BC when they were first made from human or animal teeth. Due to the decay of human and animal teeth, denture material evolved over time to the material used today, typically types of resin and porcelain. 

As we age, dentures become common, but there are some falsehoods regarding dentures that you need to be aware of:

  • You still need to visit the dentist, even if you wear dentures, so they can check the denture appliance and adjust as needed so they fit comfortably, and they also check for any sore spots on the gums the dentures could be causing.
  • Just like natural teeth wear down over time, so do your dentures, so it is recommended they be changed every 5-10 years.
  • It does take some time to get used to wearing your new dentures, but over time, you will adapt to them and feel comfortable wearing them while eating. Adapting to wearing dentures is easier than many people may believe. You can also eat almost all the foods you enjoyed before you wore dentures. With customized and properly fitting dentures, you can eat, talk, smile and laugh with confidence and enjoy a more youthful appearance. 

Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth while a full denture appliance replaces all the missing teeth on the upper or lower part of your mouth. Prosthodontists, like Dr. Khal, are specialists in tooth restoration including partial and full dentures.

If you are interested in learning more about dentures and if they are right for you, call DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333 for a consult. We gladly welcome patients from the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas.

In the Event of a Loose Tooth

As an adult, if you have a loose tooth, it is natural to be concerned. A tooth can become loose from several factors including an injury to the tooth, gum disease, or bruxism, which is the medical term for when one grinds their teeth. If you experience a loose tooth, it is important to see your dentist right away so they can determine why the tooth has become loose and then decide on the best course of treatment. It is crucial not to try to pull the tooth out though. This will leave an open socket where the tooth once was and could lead to bleeding and/or infection. It is best to leave the tooth alone and see your dentist as soon as you can.

Prevention is key to any dental issue, so practice good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease. Brush twice daily, morning and night, for at least two minutes each time. Be sure to use dental floss, preferably after each meal. Eat a healthy diet and drink eight glasses of water daily. If you don’t like to drink water, try adding fruit slices, which has helped others increase their water consumption. See your dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and checkups. If you play sports, wear a mouthguard, and lastly, talk to your dentist about devices that will help with teeth grinding at night.

If you experience a loose tooth, schedule an appointment to come see us DaVinci Dentistry by calling 817.251.9333. We happily treat patients in the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas. We look forward to seeing you!

How to Achieve Optimal Oral Health

As we kick off the month of May and National Dental Care Month, here are some ways to achieve optimal oral health:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day. Brush in the morning and at night, for 2 minutes each time.
  • Use proper dental equipment. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably.
  • Utilize good brushing technique. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle focusing on the areas where your tooth meets your gum. Gently brush with short back-and-forth motions.
  • Keep your toothbrush clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. Store your toothbrush in an upright position so it can air dry. You can store a toothbrush in a closed container for travel, but don’t do this routinely so as not to encourage the growth of bacteria.
  • Replace your toothbrush periodically. Invest in a new toothbrush every three to four months. Toothbrushes are provided at your bi-annual dental cleaning as well.  
  • Floss for good oral health – Since a toothbrush can’t reach the tight spaces between your teeth, it is important to floss daily, one tooth at a time.
  • Be sure to visit your dentist once every six months.

If you haven’t scheduled your bi-annual dental exam and cleaning as yet, May is a great month to do that! Call DaVinci Dentistry to make an appointment at 817.251.9333. We happily treat patients in the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas. We look forward to seeing you!

Prevent Bone Loss with a Dental Implant

A dental implant is a way to restore a lost tooth and has the highest success rate of any implanted device. When a tooth is lost, bone is also lost as it needs stimulation from the tooth itself in order to maintain its volume. The bone surrounds and supports the tooth, but when a tooth is lost and not replaced, further damage to the bone will occur over time. This can be prevented with a dental implant. An implant is the only way to stop the loss of bone and preserve what is left of the bone. A dental implant is made of titanium, which fuses well to the bone and is not rejected by the body. The implant is secured to the jawbone and can then be covered with a dental crown. It is completely natural looking, and no one can tell from looking at you when smiling that the tooth is a dental implant. The implant can help you smile, eat, and talk as you normally would.

To determine if an implant is right for you and where and how the implant needs to be placed, you need a prosthodontist who will then conduct an assessment. A dental implant is placed by a prosthodontist as it requires more education, training, and skill than a general dentist. The dental implant must be placed in the bone in exactly the correct position, and a prosthodontist can also access if you have enough remaining bone to place the implant. Dr. Khal is one of only 3500 practicing prosthodontists in the US, according to the ADA, and he is board-certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is the only board-certified prosthodontist in the Southlake area. 

To discuss whether an implant is right for you, call DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333. We happily treat patients in the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas. We look forward to seeing you!

Why See a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontics is a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. A prosthodontist not only completes his/her dental schooling but continues for three more years to receive further training and education. Prosthodontists are experts in the field of restoring missing teeth through the use of dental implants and crowns, dental bridges, and full and partial dentures. They use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to restore your smile to its natural state.

Dr. Khal Ajlouni is board-certified by the ABP, the American Board of Prosthodontics, and the only board-certified prosthodontist in Southlake. The ABP governs the discipline of prosthodontics and the certification of its prosthodontists. According to the ABP website, their mission is to certify individuals who have demonstrated special knowledge and skills in orthodontics and seeks to certify those who are committed to life-long learning and a lifetime of ethical practices as well as to the advancement of prosthodontics. Certification requires a lengthy examination, and the prosthodontist must recertify every eight years by obtaining 240 continuing education hours over the eight years to continue their proficiency in the field of prosthodontics. Their continuing education requires they attend courses, meetings, conferences, or lectures to maintain their knowledge and skill. 

Whether you need a dental implant, bridge, crown, or dentures, DaVinci Dentistry can help. To discuss any of these options, call DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333. We happily treat patients in the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Out With Old Metal Braces, In with Invisalign!

If you suffer from teeth crowding, misalignment or an over/under bite, it is time to discuss the Invisalign option with your dentist.

Invisalign acts in the same capacity as metal braces, but the aligners are custom made from clear plastic, which means they are practically INVISible. Adults and teenagers who need braces opt for Invisalign over traditional metal braces to avoid altering the appearance of their smile. The aligners are transparent, so most people you meet won’t know you are wearing them.

The aligners are quite comfortable to wear, and since the aligners are made of plastic, they do not irritate the inside of the cheeks like metal braces can. Also, unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed! You are asked to wear them between 20-22 hours a day, but they can be removed prior to eating and prior to brushing and flossing your teeth. This is impossible with metal braces. The aligners must be changed every two weeks, but even traditional metal braces need adjustments.

The treatment plan is individual to each adult or teenager, but the course of treatment usually takes a year for adults and up to 18 months for teens. This also depends on how diligent the adult or teenager is in wearing the aligners for the needed time each day.

The best way to determine if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consult. Please reach out to DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333. We gladly welcome patients at DaVinci Dentistry from Southlake, TX and the surrounding areas.

Chat With Us