are dental implants worth cost

are dental implants worth costMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Are you living with lost teeth? If so, consider a dental implant in Miami, the finest tooth replacement option currently available. Not only do dental implants look and feel like real teeth, an implant is the only restorative treatment that also replaces the tooth’s root. Despite the quality of implants as a treatment choice, many people shy away from receiving dental implants because of financial concerns. Here are a few reasons why Miami Designer Smiles believes that dental implants are worth the cost.

The needs and desires of each patient vary, but dental implants have several significant benefits, such as:

  • Convenience – Because an implant is fixed into the mouth, you maintain it by brushing and flossing the same way you do your natural teeth. Other tooth replacements have to be removed from the mouth to be cleaned.
  • Aesthetics – Our dental implants are matched in shape and color to look like your other natural, healthy teeth. Implants often improve the overall appearance of the smile.
  • Comfort – Anchored by the implant screw, which is inserted surgically into the jawbone, a dental implant will not slip or shift the way other tooth replacement options such as dentures do, which can irritate the gums.
  • Durability – Dental implants also are considered the only permanent tooth replacement option currently available in restorative dentistry. Made from titanium, the implant post itself is designed to last a lifetime. Also, the crown portion is constructed of high-quality dental porcelain, which means it can withstand normal chewing pressure exerted as you eat.
  • Bone health – Bone deterioration is an inevitable long-term consequence of tooth loss. This deterioration occurs because the supporting bone structure loses the constant stimulation that was provided by the root of the missing tooth. However, the implant post provides this necessary stimulation to the jawbone to prevent resorption by the body.

In addition to the following advantages, dental implants often serve to restore dental functionality that may have been lost due to your missing teeth.

Implants have a significant cost upfront because of the quality of the materials, as well as the installation procedure involved. The implant screw is made of titanium, a strong and durable metal. Miami implant dentists, Dr. Concepcion Sanchez-Garcia and Dr. Raul Garcia, complete each dental implant procedure with a crown made of high-quality dental porcelain. This crown is made to look indistinguishable from your other natural teeth. Although dental implants have a substantial upfront cost, the investment is long-term because you should not need to replace your implant, unlike other tooth replacement options that generally need replacing every decade or so.

As for the installation of an implant, it is important to remember that this is considered a form of oral surgery. Not every dentist in Miami is qualified to install a dental implant. You should choose one with significant training and experience in implant dentistry—preferably with a background in oral surgery. Placing a dental implant requires skill and experience to ensure the proper placement and success of the implant.

Dental Implants in Miami

To learn more about dental implants or any of the other tooth replacement options available from Miami Designer Smiles, call our office today at (305) 595-4616.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to care for patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables, FL.

stop putting of gum disease treatment

stop putting of gum disease treatmentMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Even when you take seemingly good care of your teeth, and visit your dentist regularly, gum disease can still occur. Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease, which causes chronic infection in your gums and jawbone. Eventually, if left untreated, it can lead to significant tooth loss, and even increase your risks of certain diseases. 

The bad part is that many adults do not even know that they have early signs of gum disease. Left untreated, it can have devastating oral health, and even overall health, consequences. Your expert dentists in Miami at Miami Designer Smiles have some good reasons for why you should stop putting off treatment for your gum disease.

Your mouth is the gateway to your overall health

For centuries doctors have treated the mouth separately from the body, when in fact, what goes on in our mouths has a profound impact on our overall health. While you may think that gum disease only affects your gums, its effects are far-reaching. Gum disease is an active infection that will not go away unless you receive treatment. You would not allow an infection elsewhere in your body to continue without treatment, would you? Then your mouth should not be any different.

Ignoring your gum disease means that you increase your risk of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Some studies have even linked gum disease to an increased risk of dementia and cognitive decline. For pregnant mothers, untreated gum disease can go as far as harming an unborn child by resulting in premature births or low birth rates. Through research, it has become apparent that what goes on in the mouth does not stay in the mouth.

Your smile affects your confidence

For many of us, our smile has a lot to do with our confidence. If your smile is embarrassing because of how gum disease has taken over, then you are less likely to feel confident about yourself, especially when you smile. Aside from your confidence, smiling can boost your mood and help you have more positive thoughts in general.

Ignoring your gum disease will not solve anything. In fact, it will continue getting worse, resulting in significant tooth loss, as well as significant health consequences. Your Miami family dentists at Miami Designer Smiles have solutions to treating your gum disease. Depending on your case, we may treat your gum disease simply with repetitive deep cleanings in which we remove the bacteria buildup from below the gum line. In some instances, patients may require extensive treatments that involve laser dentistry to remove diseased tissue from the mouth. Treatments are chosen based on your individual need.

Gum Disease Treatment in Miami

The good news is that you do not have to neglect your gum disease any longer! If you would like to learn more about gum disease or how to stop it from getting worse, contact Miami Designer Smiles today calling (305) 595-4616 to schedule a consultation. Remember, treatment can only be effective so long as you hold up your end of the deal by continuing to practice good oral hygiene, and visiting your Miami dentist for routine checkups and cleanings to monitor your progress.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to care for patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables in south Florida.

treating sleep apnea without cpap

treating sleep apnea without cpapMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Do you live with obstructive sleep apnea? This is a serious sleep breathing disorder that disrupts your rest, leaves you feeling fatigued throughout the day and significantly increases your risk of developing other potentially deadly health problems such as cardiac disease or stroke. If you are not already getting treatment for your sleep apnea, you should. Or, maybe you are but are unhappy with your CPAP machine. Here is how your Miami dentist can help with your sleep apnea – no breathing machine required!

A frequently prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients is a machine called the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). This machine is worn while a sleep apnea sufferer sleeps, forcing air into the airway during sleep.

While a CPAP machine is a common solution for sleep apnea, it has several disadvantages. It is inconvenient, especially when traveling because the machine is bulky and must be plugged in. Many CPAP machines encounter maintenance problems, and CPAP patients regularly experience issues such as discomfort and skin irritation from wearing the mask, as well as dry mouth. A CPAP machine also can disrupt intimacy or inconvenience family members, as sleeping with a CPAP patient can be difficult because of the noise.

At Miami Designer Smiles, we believe oral appliance therapy is a preferred treatment method for treating OSA. This oral appliance maintains an open airway by adjusting the position of the tongue and keeping the jaw in a preferred alignment, thus preventing the collapse of soft tissue in the throat, which causes an obstructed airway. These custom-made oral appliances are also adjustable to fit your changing needs as a sleep apnea patient.

To craft your custom-made oral appliance, we take impressions of your mouth, and send them to our trusted dental laboratory. Then, you return to our office after the appliance has been made, and your Miami sleep apnea dentist will make sure that your appliance fits properly. Any necessary adjustments can be made at this time to ensure a comfortable fit.

You are to wear your mouthpiece at night while you sleep. Remove it in the morning and clean it with mild soap and warm water. Be sure to store your mouthpiece in the case that we provide you.

You can find a wide variety of anti-snoring or sleep aid mouthpieces available over the counter for purchase. However, the oral appliances prescribed by a sleep apnea dentist in Miami are custom designed for each patient, ensuring an ideal fit and maximum effectiveness. Plus, these sleep appliance can be adjusted to fit your changing needs.

Treating OSA is not a one-size-fits-all approach, so why would you trust an over-the-counter mouthpiece from the store? It is important to note that by receiving an oral appliance from your Miami dentist, that we understand how to work with the neuromuscular dimensions of your mouth and jaw. This means that our appliances will not cause you jaw discomfort or pain. Those appliances you buy in a box at the store cannot guarantee this type of fit.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, do not settle for a CPAP machine. Consider oral appliance therapy. Call Miami Designer Smiles at (305) 595-4616 to schedule a consultation today.

Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in Miami and Coral Gables, FL.

dental checkups could save your life

dental checkups could save your lifeMiami and Coral Gables, FL

You probably know that going to the dentist helps keep your teeth and mouth in good condition, but did you know that keeping a regular schedule of dental visits also might save your life?

Going to your dentist regularly or often improves your chance of detecting any oral cancers in their earliest stages. Various professional medical organizations, including the American Dental Association and the American Academy of General Dentistry, recommend that patients visit their dentist on a regular basis, lowering their likelihood of developing oral cancer, a life-threatening disease. In honor of April’s National Oral Health Awareness Month, your Miami dentists at Miami Designer Smiles wants to share with you some important information about this disease.

Everyone should visit his or her dentist at least once every six months. Failing to follow such a routine increases the danger of developing oral cancer, as well as other ailments such as gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss and—if undiagnosed—raise your risk of cardiac disease as the bacteria and plaque from your infected mouth filter into the bloodstream. At a dental check-up, in addition to having a professional cleaning that completely removes all bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth that includes an oral cancer screening. An experienced, well-trained Miami dentist can detect this potentially deadly disease in its earliest stage. And detecting any cancer as early as possible improves the likelihood of full recovery.

What should an oral cancer screening entail? Your dentist should look for warning signs such as lumps or other abnormal tissue changes in your cheeks, head, oral cavity, neck, and the soft tissues of the mouth. Discoloration or sores also may be signs that oral cancer is present. By maintaining a regular schedule of dental visits, your dentist can identify any of these issues, as any changes to your oral health will be more readily apparent.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 35,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed on a yearly basis. And the mortality risk associated with oral cancer is significantly higher than other types of cancer. In fact, the five-year survival rate for patients diagnosed with oral cancer has dropped by about 50 percent. The sad part is maintaining regular schedules of dental check-ups may have prevented many of these deaths.

Oral Cancer Screenings in Miami

Why live with any of that risk? If you have lapsed in receiving regular dental care, there is no better time than right now to get back on track. You can trust the team of professionals at Miami Designer Smiles to look after the health of your teeth and mouth, and safeguard your overall health by conducting cancer screenings as part of every routine checkup. We also offer a wide array of services in the specialties of cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and neuromuscular dentistry. To learn more about the services offered at Miami Designer Smiles, call our office today at (305) 595-4616 to schedule a consultation.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to care for patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables, FL.

dangers of metal fillings

dangers of metal fillingsMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Do you have metal fillings in your mouth? If so, you likely are not alone. Dental amalgam has been used in restorations such as fillings and crowns for more than a century and a half. This seemingly tried and true method to fill cavities actually may jeopardize your health due to the presence of mercury.

Silver fillings contain up to 50 percent mercury. If you have any of these old silver filings, they can release mercury vapors anytime that you eat, drink, perform oral hygiene or otherwise stimulate your teeth by biting or chewing. These vapors pass through the blood-brain barrier and enter your bloodstream. Chronic exposure to mercury has been linked to psychological, neurological or immunological problems.

Who should not receive amalgam fillings?

Although amalgam or silver fillings are still widely used in traditional dentistry, there are certainly some people who simply should avoid getting silver fillings such as children. Silver fillings could also pose a risk to fetuses for women who are pregnant. However, the health risks increase the longer you have these amalgam fillings inside your teeth, which is why even adults should avoid getting silver fillings or have them replaced with biocompatible composite ones.

Amalgam fillings and the environment

The mercury used in dental restorations also is a major cause of environmental pollution. This occurs because the mercury in wastewater from dental practices enters public water treatment systems. There, it converts into methylmercury, an extremely toxic form of mercury. Methylmercury has been proven to impede the function of the brain as well as the nervous system—particularly among children. Mercury also can cause a general environmental hazard if it leaches into the air, water or soil.

Dental amalgam is still used on a fairly widespread basis, and the American Dental Association and Federal Drug Administration reaffirm their stance that mercury fillings do not pose a threat to patients.

While the FDA and ADA refuse to act, many dental practices operating at the forefront of the field are aware of the potential health and environmental risks involved in using amalgam in dental work. Campaigns to phase out amalgam fillings are underway in many regions of the world—including Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

At Miami Designer Smiles, we believe it is important to protect the overall health of our patients, not just their oral health. Therefore, we have chosen to maintain an amalgam-free dental practice.

If you have an area of tooth decay or want your old silver filling replaced, your Miami cosmetic dentist can install a beautiful composite filling. In addition to being free of amalgam and the health risks related to mercury exposure, these fillings have several other advantages. They are stronger because they are bonded directly to the tooth, and respond to the temperature changes in the mouth in a similar manner as your natural teeth. These composite fillings also can be matched in color and expertly shaped to be indistinguishable from your other natural teeth.

Metal-Free Dentistry in Miami

To learn more about the advantages of amalgam-free dentistry, contact the office of Miami Designer Smiles by calling (305) 595-4616 to schedule a consultation today.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to serve patients in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.