If you are scheduling dental implant surgery, it’s important to prepare for your procedure properly to ensure the best possible results. Here’s some advice for ensuring everything goes smoothly.

  • Arrange for transportation to and from the surgery–you won’t be able to drive yourself
  • Make sure all your paperwork is taken care of, and all payments arranged.
  • Arrange for time off work, probably 2-3 days. Not everyone needs time off work after dental implant surgery, but it’s better to have it set up and not need it than have to call in the day after your surgery.
  • Fill any prescriptions and take any medications as instructed before surgery
  • Most of the time, the procedure is performed using only local anesthesia, so feel free to eat before surgery.
  • Do not apply makeup the day of your surgery. It’s okay to wear jewelry if you want, with the possible exception of piercings in the mouth, which you should talk to your doctor about.
  • Wash and shave before surgery to reduce infection risk.

Overall, dental implant surgery is actually a relatively minor procedure that results in surprisingly little discomfort. If you are nervous about surgery beforehand, we can talk to you about sedation dentistry to help you achieve a relaxed state before surgery.

To learn more about dental implant surgery, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today for an appointment.

If you are considering improving the appearance of your smile with cosmetic dental restorations, you may have learn that porcelain veneers are a great treatment to take care of discolored, uneven, or gapped teeth. You may also have learned about the type of porcelain veneers known as Lumineers. Lumineers are a special branded type of porcelain veneer that advertises a number of advantages over traditional veneers, such as the fact that Lumineers do not require preparation of your teeth, are completely reversible, and are more convenient than traditional porcelain veneers.

However, Lumineers also have a number of disadvantages. First, because they are just applied to the front of your teeth, their ability to reshape your smile is limited. Porcelain veneers can be used to significantly reshape your smile, but Lumineers can provide only the most minor of correction. Second, because Lumineers are very thin, they have to be extra opaque to correct tooth staining. This can make them look less like natural tooth enamel, which is faintly translucent. Finally, because Lumineers are placed on top of your natural tooth without any preparation, they create a small shelf at the edge of each Lumineer, which provides a harborage for bacteria and requires extra care to prevent decay at the edge of each Lumineer.

During your appointment, we can talk about your porcelain veneer options and help you decide which is right for you. To schedule an appointment at our Miami office, please contact Miami Designer Smiles.

Invisalign is a relatively new form of orthodontic treatment that is a good option for many people looking to straighten their smiles. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces, which use wires anchored to your teeth to slowly pull teeth into a rounded arch. Instead of braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth.

The Invisalign procedure starts with a digital image of your teeth. The current positions are registered, and then a treatment plan to move your teeth into proper alignment is designed by a computer. This design is used to create a series of clear plastic aligners that gradually move your teeth from their current position.

Your dentist will give you your first aligner, which you will wear for about two weeks. Then you will be given another aligner. You should wear each aligner for about 20 hours a day. You can take it off to eat and clean your teeth, so there are no dietary restrictions and no special cleaning necessary, except you should clean your teeth after eating and before putting the aligners back on.

To learn more about Invisalign, and find out if you are a candidate, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today for a consultation.

The old dental quip, “Only floss the teeth you want to keep,” is based in truth. Flossing is crucial to protecting your teeth because it can remove food particles and bacterial plaque from areas that your toothbrush cannot reach.

If bacteria are allowed safe harborage in your mouth, their colonies will grow. They will attack your teeth in areas that are hard to see and create cavities that are very difficult to fill. The bacteria will not only attack your teeth, they will attack your gums, leading to gum disease. The bacteria create pockets around your teeth to increase their safe havens below your gumline. As these pockets deepen, the bacteria will grow, eventually attacking your bone. Ironically, part of your body’s immune response also leads to a loss of bone material, creating a mutually reinforcing process that eventually causes tooth loss.

Along the way to tooth loss, you will experience bad breath, inflammation, and pain. Bacteria will also sometimes use your gums as an entry point to your bloodstream, where they can cause injury to your heart and liver.

In other words, flossing is crucial to protecting your oral and general health. To learn more about the importance of good oral hygiene, please contact Miami Designer Smiles today to talk to a cosmetic dentist.

Dental implants are the best option for replacing lost teeth. A dental implant replaces your natural tooth root with a safe titanium screw that is placed into your jawbone. Once the implant is in place, it is generally recommended that you wait to allow it to integrate into your jaw before completing the procedure with an aesthetic dental crown.

For most people, the integration of the implant into the bone takes about 6-12 weeks, but most of this time you should be able to enjoy your normal activities. Count on taking a few days off work (less than a week), and having some level of discomfort for about a week. You may have to take special care of the surgery site for up to two weeks after your procedure.

However, every person is different, and your recovery time may be longer. If a bone graft was necessary to support your dental implants, recovery may take months. Another factor that can dramatically lengthen your recovery time is poor oral hygiene. Since gum disease can cause your dental implant to fail it is crucial that you take good care of your mouth both before and after your dental implant procedure.

If you have additional questions about your dental implant procedure, please contact Miami Designer Smiles to have them answered by one of our cosmetic dentists.