problem with untreated tongue tie

problem with untreated tongue tieMiami and Coral Gables, FL 

Ankyloglossia, known as tongue-tie, is often untreated in children. Although a tongue-tie may seem like no big deal as long as the child can talk, eat, and breathe, many health consequences could linger into adulthood. You might be surprised at the effects of an untreated tongue-tie.

When adults have lived decades with a tongue-tie, their bodies adapt in ways that impact their health.

Here are some of the secondary adaptations an adult with an untreated tongue-tie may experience.

  • Immobile sternum – The muscles of the mouth and jaw directly relate to the sternum. Since a tongue-tie restricts the tongue’s movement, the orofacial muscles do not function properly, resulting in altered breathing patterns, lung restrictions, and thoracic pain.
  • Muscle tightness – The muscles at the base of the skull or upper neck may become stiff, which usually results in chronic headaches, neck pain or swallowing difficulties.
  • Tension – In the front of the neck or throat area, muscles and cartilage may become tense, affecting speech. It can also radiate tension down to the stomach, affecting areas in between that may result in acid reflux, heartburn, or even Hiatal hernias.
  • TMJ – Since the lower jaw muscles are pulled downwards and backward, which results in TMJ issues such as pain, clicking or popping in the jaw joints. TMJ pain often can radiate throughout the neck, and back, causing widespread pain throughout the body. Not to mention, it can make eating difficult and painful.
  • Speech problems and breathing issues – Poor diaphragm mechanics, and mouth breathing are likely to occur in an adult with an untreated tongue-tie. 

To treat these issues, a simple frenectomy procedure can be performed as an out-patient procedure at the dentist’s office. This procedure releases the restriction of the tongue so that it can move and function, as it should. Frenectomies are safe and effective to perform, even on infants, to prevent secondary adaptations later in life. Myofunctional therapy is also used afterward to help retrain the oral muscles with prescribed exercises and stretches of the tongue and mouth.  

If you opt to have the frenectomy, any of the above symptoms may diminish. Tongue-tie will not go away on its own and needs to be corrected. To schedule a consultation, contact the office of Miami Designer Smiles by calling (305) 595-4616. We welcome patients in Coral Gables and Miami, Florida.

gumlift without surgery

gumlift without surgeryMiami and Coral Gables, FL 

What is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?

Also referred to as the PST™, it is a gum rejuvenation procedure patented by Dr. John Chao, DDS. Only certified dentists such as Drs. Garcia and Sanchez-Garcia of Miami Designer Smiles can perform this revolutionary procedure.

By using a specially designed instrument, the dentist will make a tiny entry point in your gum tissue while your mouth is numb, gently guide the tissue over the affected area, and hold it in place with collagen fibers that also help aid in the healing process.

This procedure is simple, suture-free, and minimally invasive, which means a more comfortable, faster healing process. Many patients can return to their normal activities the next day. PST™ truly is a revolutionary procedure that has even been featured in the International Journal of Periodontics, one of the most prestigious dentistry journals in the world.

What causes Gum Recession? 

Gum recession is often associated with gum disease, but also can be caused by aggressive brushing or even brushing too much. For some patients, gum recession is caused by medications or medical conditions. The fact is that gum recession affects many Americans at some point in time. It is connected to the natural aging process, and hormonal changes. In some cases, gum recession may result from orthodontic treatment such as braces or retainers.

What happens when gums recede? 

The roots of teeth are nestled below the gum line. As your gums recede, you may notice a slight tooth sensitivity at first that may worsen over time. This is because the tooth roots do not have a protective layer of enamel like the upper portion of our teeth. That is what gives teeth the natural white look. Below the gum line, the roots of our teeth appear yellowish in color, which contributes to the embarrassing look of gum recession. Plus, receding gums make teeth appear unnaturally long and uneven.

Why choose PST™? 

Unlike traditional gum grafting surgery, The Pinhole Surgery Technique™ is minimally invasive and does not involve the need to cut gum tissue, making it a much less painful option.

Traditionally, a tissue graft was the only option for treating gum recession. This procedure involved the dentist cutting tissue from the roof of the mouth, and suturing it in place over the area being treated. Recovery following a traditional gum graft took several weeks or more, leaving patients in considerable discomfort with swelling and bleeding. With traditional gum surgery, there is also the risk of complications or infection.

Is PST™ right for me?

You may be wondering if the Chao Pinhole procedure is right for you. Only a thorough consultation with the dentist will determine if it is the right treatment for your gum recession. However, if you suffer from gum recession, and it causes you tooth sensitivity, or to feel embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth, then you should consider this revolutionary procedure.

There are certain benefits of PST™ that make it a more viable option, versus traditional gum surgery, for many patients.

Benefits of PST™

  • Non-invasive
  • Reduces the side effects of gum surgery (bleeding, swelling, gum pain, risk of infection)
  • Almost immediate results
  • No incisions or sutures
  • Faster recovery
  • Treat multiple areas in one visit
  • Can be completed in as little as one hour

If you suffer from gum recession regardless of the cause, consider a consultation with us at Miami Designer Smiles. Our dentists, Drs. Garcia and Sanchez-Garcia are certified to perform this revolutionary procedure.

To learn more about The Pinhole Surgical Technique PST™ or to schedule your consultation, contact the office of Miami Designer Smiles by calling (305) 595-4616.

We welcome patients in Coral Gables and Miami, Florida.

lunchtime gum lift

lunchtime gum liftMiami and Coral Gables, FL 

What if you could rejuvenate your gums during your lunch break? A new revolutionary procedure patented by Dr. John Chao, DDS, allows you to do just that. The best part is that the procedure is minimally invasive, requires no cutting or sutures, and you can be back to work or resume your daily activities following your procedure. 

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, PST™, is a method of treating gum recession without the need for traditional gum surgery. Before the invention of the PST™, traditional gum surgery was the only method of repairing gum recession. This meant that patients had to undergo an extensive surgery in which the dentist removed healthy gum tissue from another area inside the patient’s mouth, and then suture the tissue to the area being treated. Due to the invasive nature of traditional gum surgery, patients could only have a couple of teeth treated in one visit. Recovery is reported to be painful and uncomfortable, which meant it could take months to transform the mouth.

Dr. Chao’s method does not use a scalpel and does not require any surgery. Known as the “lunchtime gum lift,” this procedure can transform your smile, and preserve your oral health for the long-term. Since gum recession increases the risk of tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, and tooth loss, it is vital to have it repaired.

Nearly half of all Americans, including teens and the elderly, experience gum recession. It can begin as a result of brushing too hard or using a toothbrush that is too rough. Also, gum disease causes significant gum recession, especially if not treated. There may be other factors related to gum recession including medications, a particular medical condition, hormone changes, or the natural aging process.

Many people simply ignore their gum recession, figuring that extensive gum surgery is the only solution or that their gums will repair themselves. However, this is not the case. Gum recession will not reverse on its own. It requires professional dental treatment. With the “lunchtime gum lift,” we can treat your gum recession without the need for surgery.

How does the lunchtime gum lift work?

  • The area being treated is made numb
  • Tiny entry points are made in the gum tissue by using a special patented instrument
  • Gum tissue is guided gently into place
  • Collagen fibers are placed under the gums to hold the tissue in place, and to facilitate healing

The procedure can be completed in as little as an hour, depending on how many teeth are being treated. You will be able to resume your normal activities the next day following the procedure with little to no discomfort.

Only certified dentists can perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique. Inventor of the PST™, Dr. Chao himself, personally teaches each course. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Sanchez-Garcia of Miami Designer Smiles are certified to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique, providing patients with exceptional results. 

The Pinhole Surgical Technique really is a simple process to repair your gum recession without the need for surgery!

To learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique or to schedule a consultation, please call Miami Designer Smiles today at (305) 595-4616. We welcome patients in Coral Gables and Miami, Florida.

connection between lack of sleep and diabetes

connection between lack of sleep and diabetesMiami and Coral Gables, FL 

Sleep apnea is becoming more prevalent among adults and has been linked to other health-related issues such as diabetes. Sleep apnea is when a person momentarily stops breathing due to lack of adequate airflow while sleeping, which often results in loud snoring or gasping for air.

When this disruption of deep sleep occurs, it causes the person’s health to suffer. A proper amount of sleep is important for our bodies. Deep sleep allows the body and mind to rest and rejuvenate for the day ahead. When inadequate sleep occurs, it robs the body of the rest it needs, and overall health begins to decline. Studies have directly linked sleep apnea suffers to having a higher risk of developing diabetes.

If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes, a sleep apnea screening is recommended. The opposite is also true in that if you suffer from sleep apnea, you should have a diabetes screening.

The most common type of sleep apnea is referred to as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), meaning the actual airway is obstructed and restricts airflow. According to The American Diabetes Federation, 40% of people who suffer from OSA will develop diabetes. OSA has also been linked to having a negative effective on the glycemic index for people who have type 2 diabetes. A common risk factor of diabetes and OSA is obesity. Being overweight increases one’s chance of developing both sleep apnea and diabetes. However, obesity is not the only risk factor of OSA.

Symptoms of a sleep apnea disorder include, but are not limited to, snoring while sleeping, sluggishness or fatigue during the day, changes in mood, low libido levels, weight gain, or headaches. Some sufferers have marked symptoms of dry or sore mouth from heavy mouth breathing when they sleep.

Even if you have not begun experiencing noticeable symptoms, your partner may be able to help detect early signs of your sleep apnea disorder, especially if you snore while sleeping. Ask your sleep partner if you snore at night or make sounds in your sleep as if you are gasping for air.

If you experience any symptoms associated with sleep apnea or if you suffer from diabetes, consider a consultation with Dr. Garcia and Dr. Sanchez-Garcia of Miami Designer Smiles. The dentists at Miami Designer Smiles can not only diagnose sleep apnea disorders but also provide treatment for sleep apnea.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can be detrimental to your health so do not ignore your symptoms. Gone are the days of treating sleep apnea with a CPAP (continuous positive airflow pressure) machine. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Sancehez-Garcia can treat your sleep apnea by designing a custom-made sleep apnea appliance to relieve you of your symptoms. A repositioning device will align your jaw to allow for proper airflow. This treatment will help you be on your way to a restful night’s sleep.

Call Miami Designer Smiles today at (305) 595-4616 to schedule your consultation. We gladly serve the Miami and Coral Gables, Florida areas.

stages of migraine headaches

stages of migraine headachesMiami and Coral Gables, FL

If you suffer from migraine headaches, then you know just how debilitating they can be. It is estimated that nearly 38 million Americans suffer from migraines, and many of these people are only masking their pain with medication. Unfortunately, many primary care physicians misdiagnose these chronic headaches as something else, which is why the frequency of the pain reoccurs. If this sounds like you, the problem could be something more severe such as temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD.

Here are the four stages of migraine headaches and how you can stop the pain. If you experience any of these symptoms or have unrelenting migraines with no relief, contact your Miami dentist today for a TMD consultation.

The four steps are prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome. For many sufferers, their migraine symptoms begin a couple of days before they realize a migraine is starting. Since migraines are often linked to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), you can seek treatment by wearing a custom-made oral appliance to relieve tension in the jaw joint. The oral appliance helps to position the lower jaw into proper alignment. In turn, this relieves stress on the jaw joints, and surrounding muscles and nerves, which are to blame for causing headaches of migraine-like intensity.

  • Prodrome – During this phase, you may exhibit symptoms associated with an upcoming migraine, but not feel any headache pain for a couple of days. Symptoms include irritability, depression, constipation, neck stiffness, food cravings, and uncontrollable yawning.
  • Aura – This phase may occur one to two hours before or during a migraine. It is the aura phase in which sufferers experience vision loss and sensitivity to light. Sometimes, bright shapes, spots, or flashing lights can be seen.
  • Headache – This phase can last up to 72 hours, if not treated in a timely and effective manner. Pain may be specific to one side of the head, or both. Sufferers will often experience vomiting, blurred vision, light and smell sensitivity, and light-headedness during this phase.
  • Postdrome – This phase signals the end of migraine suffering. However, it is during this phase that migraine sufferers feel drained or worn out.

Migraine pain can interfere with your life and become debilitating to some sufferers. For some, their frequent pain can even affect their family and social life, as well as their work. Understand that there is a relief for your pain. Oral appliance therapy has been proven to relieve migraine headaches that were associated with TMD.

By using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment paired with our experience with treating complicated TMD cases, we can find the perfect balance for your bite, which will relieve your headaches and any other symptoms associated with your TMJ disorder.

If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, consider a consultation with Miami Designer Smiles. Contact our office today at (305) 595-4616 to schedule an appointment.

Miami Designer Smiles is here to serve patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.