Healthy Food for Healthy Gums

Up to 50 percent of adult Americans have unhealthy gums and suffer from associated oral health problems. But don’t let the common nature of gum diseases trick you into thinking they are nothing serious. The truth is quite the contrary. Studies published in several key health and periodontal journals have linked gum diseases to lasting health problems. In fact, adults who suffer from gum disease have been found to be twice as likely (as adults with healthy gums) to suffer from heart complications. The need to maintain healthy gums cannot, therefore, be stressed enough! However, most people fail to realize …

How Many Teeth Can Be Replaced with Dental Implants?

Dental implants are highly flexible and can be used to replace a single missing tooth or all your teeth. How this is accomplished depends on the number and location of missing teeth. If you are replacing just one tooth, a single dental implant is used. The implant is topped with a dental crown that looks just like your natural teeth. If you are replacing two or three missing teeth, two dental implants are used. For two teeth, two separate crowns may be used, but when replacing three missing teeth, you will receive a single piece dental bridge that is anchored on either end …

Preparing for Dental Implant Surgery

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 …

Root Canals

We all know the name, but what, exactly, is a root canal? A root canal is treatment designed to clean out the inside of a tooth that has been infected by bacteria. In an endodontic procedure, we first drill down into the infected tooth. Then the tooth is cleaned of bacteria and the infected nerve material. This includes drilling down into the passages, or canals, of the tooth roots to ensure that all infected material is removed. Once the infected material is removed, the tooth is filled with rubber or other filling material. At Miami Designer Smiles, we have several …

Why Choose Invisalign over Traditional Metal Braces

Make no mistake: traditional metal braces are an effective way to straighten your teeth, and continue to be the orthodontic treatment of choice for millions of Americans. However, Invisalign is a preferable treatment for many people because it is cosmetic, convenient, and comfortable. Invisalign represents a cosmetic improvement over traditional metal braces. Instead of metal brackets and wires on your teeth, the only thing required is a transparent tooth aligner that fits over your teeth. You change these aligners out every two weeks or so, each one designed to move your teeth a small amount toward perfect alignment. Invisalign is …