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Thursday, September 3, 2015 @ 01:09 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Replacing your missing teeth is your first step towards better dental health and improved overall health. However, if you have complaints about your denture choice, you are not alone. Dentures can be a good teeth replacement option, but they are not for everyone. There are specific problems that can arise, some that affect your personal comfort and others that impact your health. Dental implants are the only solution to eliminate these common denture complaints. Talk to an experienced implants dentist, such as Dr. Wayne Suway, if you are experiencing the following problems with your current dentures:

Ill-fitting
This is often at the top of the list when it comes to denture complaints. When a denture fits poorly, the patient can experience significant soreness, swelling, and pain in their jaw and mouth. They may also suffer from frequent slipping, popping and clicking from their dentures. Although it is possible to get a secure and comfortable fit, it is often a lengthy process. With dental implants, there is no need to worry about your prosthetic teeth sliding or causing unnecessary friction.

Unnatural Appearance
It is important to find a dentist that carries experience and talented artistry when it comes to crafting your new smile. Dentures can look like “fake teeth” if they are too white or disproportioned for your face. Dr. Suway places high priority on making sure your dental implant restorations are fabricated for the most natural look.

Restricted Eating
The inability to enjoy the foods you love or chew the foods that your body needs is a major downside to dentures. Many denture wearers tend to avoid foods that are more difficult to chew, which are often fiber-rich choices that the body needs for optimal health. This can result in a high carb diet that promotes diabetes and obesity. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not require any dietary restrictions!

Facial Collapse
Facial collapse occurs when there is significant jawbone loss, which gradually occurs over time if there is not proper stimulation to the jawbone. Without a tooth root, dentures cannot properly stimulate the jawbone and bone loss can occur. The more bone loss surrounding the dentures, the harder it is to keep your dentures securely in place. Facial collapse is also associated with premature facial aging – or looking older than you really are. Using dental implants to secure your dentures can eliminate this. It is the only way to prevent facial collapse.

If you like the look of dentures or need to replace a mouth full of teeth, you can always opt for implant supported dentures. This can be a valuable investment to eliminate common denture complaints and improve your quality of life. No one deserves to be uncomfortable in their smile. Dr. Wayne Suway is known for his distinguished expertise when it comes to custom tooth replacement. He will make sure your new smile delivers maximum comfort, function and aesthetics.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 @ 07:08 PM
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Choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth is a major decision with a noted investment. Although they remain the gold standard in tooth replacement options, it is still important that you have a full understanding of dental implants. This includes what they are, how they can benefit you and what to expect during your oral surgery. Here are some common FAQ’s surrounding dental implants that you may find helpful if you are considering this form of tooth replacement:

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant consists of a small titanium screw that is inserted into a patient’s jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. An abutment is the post that attaches to the screw and secures the final tooth restoration (crown or denture) on top.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that looks, feels and functions most like your natural teeth.

  • Implants fit securely, without the worry of gum irritation or slipping.
  • Dental implants preserve facial features and prevent bone loss.
  • Dental implants do not restrict your diet.
  • Implants do not require extra maintenance beyond your normal oral hygiene routine.
  • Implants are designed to last a lifetime.
  • For qualified candidates, dental implants can be placed in a single day.

What is the process of getting dental implants?

Your first step is to have an initial consultation and exam by a qualified dentist to approve your candidacy. You will have a 3D scan to determine the precise measurements for your implants. Next, your will undergo oral surgery to place your implants. You will need several months of healing time to allow the implants to fuse to the jawbone. Once the implant is anchored securely, your prosthetic teeth will be placed over the implant. This may include a crown or implant supported denture. For patients with ideal gum conditions, this process can be shortened to allow new teeth to be placed the same day as the dental implants.

How successful are dental implants?

Dental implants are known for having 98% success rate!

Who places dental implants?

If you choose Dr. Wayne Suway, your dental implants can be placed and restored by the same person. He is extensively qualified in implants dentistry, performing both oral surgery and restorative procedures.

Will my insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

It depends on your specific policy. Dental implant treatment may qualify for some insurance coverage, but is generally limited to the coverage provided for a bridge or partial denture.

Am I too old to get dental implants?

No, you can benefit from successful dental implants at any age.

If you have further questions regarding dental implants, please call the office of Dr. Wayne Suway. We are happy to educate patients on the countless advantages of implant dentistry. It is important to us that each patient understands the dental implants process in its entirety before a final decision is made.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 03:08 PM
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Do you have puffy, red or bleeding gums? This may your first warning sign to the number one cause of tooth loss. Inflamed gums are known as gingivitis. If left untreated, the destructive bacteria and plaque build up of gingivitis will advance to gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, as it is marked by a loss in gum tissue that creates tooth instability.

While patients can often the reverse the signs of gingivitis, following diligent oral hygiene efforts and attending their six-month cleanings, gum disease always requires professional help. Gum disease means that the areas of infection have reached depths that your toothbrush and floss can no longer reach. In order to properly clean deep pockets of infected gum tissue, where harmful bacteria, debris and plaque build-up reside, you need a professional gum disease treatment. Your dentist can offer advanced technology using ultrasonic scaling to painlessly and effectively clean your diseased gums. This is a critical step to restoring your gum health because it allows your gum tissues the chance to reattach to your teeth, thus saving your teeth from becoming loose and eventually falling out.

Without gum disease treatment, both your smile and overall health are at risk. Gum disease has been linked to systemic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Beyond disciplined brushing and flossing, your job is to notice the warning signs of gum disease before it is too late. Symptoms of gum disease include the following:

  • bleeding gums
  • recession
  • tooth sensitivity
  • bad breath
  • heavy tartar buildup
  • food packing between teeth
  • tooth mobility

Choosing to address the symptoms of gum disease can save your teeth from falling out. However, if you have previously lost one or more teeth due to gum disease or other factors, you can rest assured that there is an excellent solution available to you through implant dentistry. A dental implant is the only way to replace both a missing tooth and its tooth root. Dr. Wayne Suway is a highly esteemed implants dentist who understands the causes of tooth loss and what it takes to restore your smile best.

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Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 01:08 PM
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Missing teeth is never a favorable outcome. Not only does a gapped smile look unattractive, but missing teeth can also put your oral health at risk. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but there are factors that threaten this promise. The leading causes of tooth loss in the United States are gum disease, tooth decay and accidental trauma. Here is a closer look at each cause so you can understand how to protect yourself from missing teeth:

#1 Gum Disease
Your gums represent the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. Therefore, gum disease poses a major threat to your teeth’s main support system. More than half of Americans are living with gum disease. Untreated gum disease that has advanced into serious periodontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss, and your risk increases as you age.

#2 Tooth Decay
Cavities are areas of decay in your teeth. If you do not get it treated (such as with a dental filling), the decay will progressively damage your tooth structure until an extraction is needed. Proper oral hygiene, fluoride, avoiding excess sugar and seeing your dentist for six-month checkups can guard against tooth decay.

#3 Accidental Tooth Loss
Accidents happen. Although you may be a five-star brusher and flosser, it is difficult to protect your smile from accidental injury or trauma. A car accident, fall or sports injury can instantly knock out a permanent tooth.

There are definitely steps you can take to prevent permanent tooth loss, including avoiding excess sugar in your diet, not smoking, maintaining disciplined oral hygiene habits and seeing your dentist every six months. Those involved in sports should also consider wearing a mouth guard to protect against mouth trauma. However, if you are already suffering from one or more missing teeth, talk to you dentist about tooth replacement. Dr. Wayne Suway offers top quality dental implants, the best solution for patients who want replacement teeth that look, feel and function most like natural teeth. You can still have a more healthy and attractive smile after tooth loss.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 01:07 PM
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Although the cost difference can certainly steer you towards dentures rather than dental implants when replacing missing teeth, it is very important that you consider the long-term drawbacks of dentures. The money you save now can be easily spent in the future if your dentures start to affect your overall health.

How would dentures impact anything other than your mouth? One of the major disadvantages of choosing dentures rather than dental implants is the reduced chewing efficiency that most patients encounter. Compromised eating means compromised nutrition, which will most definitely start to affect your overall health.

Denture wearers have dietary restrictions. In order to chew comfortably and effectively, patients have to change the way they eat as well as what they eat. Many patients gravitate towards softer foods that are easier to chew. Unfortunately, this often means a more calorie dense diet full of carbohydrates and lacking in fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. These fiber-rich foods are a vital part of the diet, as they contain preventative anti-oxidants. Furthermore, if dentures are causing you to overload on more calorie-dense foods, you may be putting yourself at a greater risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

Why do you have to change your eating habits in dentures? Natural teeth have roots that are surrounded by bone, which allows for pressure up to 250 pounds per square inch (psi) during a strong bite and about 45 to 75 psi during normal chewing. However, dentures reduce the average chewing pressure to less than 20 psi, and this number gradually decreases the longer you wear dentures. To account for this loss of chewing pressure, patients must adjust the way they eat by cutting their food up in very small pieces or eliminating certain foods. In addition, they typically battle with a constantly shifting lower denture while they eat.

Among other eating related problems that denture wearers face is the compromised enjoyment of food. Many patients complain that the taste, temperature and texture of food is different. This is not surprising considering that the palate of the mouth is covered with plastic when you wear dentures. Adding extra salt and seasoning to accommodate for this reduced flavor will only add to future health complications.

Dental implants remain the leading choice for those that wish to replace missing teeth without putting their overall health at risk. Implants are the only solution that allows you to eat naturally and maintain a healthy diet. Studies indicate that after two months of having implant-supported replacement teeth, patients were able to increase their maximal biting force by 85%. After three years, the average chewing force increased 300% compared to before implant placement.

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Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 07:07 PM
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Most parents are panic-stricken when their child loses a permanent tooth. Unfortunately, it does happen. Whether your child lost a tooth during a fall or sports injury, this is a dental emergency that needs prompt attention. While it is best to try and preserve the lost tooth in cool milk or water and let your dentist reattach it, this is not always possible. In such cases, parents are faced with tooth replacement options – as a full smile is important for eating, speaking and retaining a positive self-esteem.

Dental implants are the superior choice to replace missing teeth. However, they are not recommended for children whose jaws are not fully developed. A child’s jawbone may still be capable of bonding to the implant, but the overall success is jeopardized. If dental implants are placed in a jaw that is still growing, the implant may shift out of its proper location as the child’s jaw develops.

Just because dental implants are not recommended now for your child, does not mean that they can’t be placed later on. Parents should take the necessary steps to preserve the possibility of implant placement after the jaw’s growth is complete. If the original tooth cannot be reattached, dental implants are the only solution to recreate a tooth root. The active stimulation of the jawbone through tooth roots is what keeps the bone from atrophy. It is possible that an orthodontist can maintain the space where the tooth once was until the child is a stronger candidate for a dental implant.

Dr. Wayne Suway carries extensive experience in helping patients of all ages with missing teeth. He consults with parents on the very best solution for their child’s smile, both now and for the future.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 02:07 PM
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Patients who have bridgework frequently suffer from trapped food after eating. A permanently placed bridge involves prosthetic teeth that are connected to crowns on either side of the space. While this may seem like a cost-effective and sufficient solution for a few missing teeth, it has some drawbacks. It becomes very easy for food to get trapped between these fake teeth, between the real teeth and the fake teeth, as well as below the fake teeth where they touch the gum ridge. The problem worsens as the gums recede. Patients who have a bridge are often frustrating and embarrassed by this problem.

When choosing dental implants, however, you do not have to worry about food entrapment. Dental implants rise out of the gum and bone with root structures made out of titanium. They look and function like natural teeth. Since the crown is directly connected to the metal in dental implants, there is no space for food to collect between the crown and the gum line.

Trapped food is not only embarrassing to deal with while at dinner with friends or family, but it also poses a risk to your dental health. Trapped food debris that is not removed in a timely manner can lead to plaque build up, gum disease and tooth decay on your natural teeth. After replacing missing teeth, you will need (and want) to do everything you can to protect your smile. Dental implants can ensure your smile is kept in better health, better function and better aesthetics!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 @ 01:06 PM
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Have you recently gotten dental implants? Congratulations, you have taken advantage of the most durable, natural-looking and long-lasting tooth replacement option available today. While you won’t have to think about messy denture creams, avoiding certain foods or special cleaning instructions, your new dental implants are still an investment that must be protected. The truth is, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, but they are not invincible. Patients should follow these simple rules to maximize their dental implant investment:

Clean Your Teeth and Gums

It’s true that your dental implants are resistant to tooth decay. However, your remaining natural teeth and gums are still prone to damage if bacteria and plaque are allowed to build up. Maintain your brushing and flossing habits even when even when you have dental implants. If you slack off, you may find yourself facing gum disease, which can ruin your new smile investment completely.

Use Your Teeth For Chewing Only

Your dental implants have amazing strength and durability. However, you should resist the urge to use them as bottle openers. Stick to chewing food with your dental implants to prevent unwanted damage. Your new prosthetic tooth is attached to a titanium screw, which can chip or break off if you engage in bad habits.

Keep Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks to a Minimum

One of the benefits of your dental implant makeover is enjoying a whiter smile. In addition, dental implants are made of stain-resistant material. However, this appealing feature should not be confused with stain-proof! You still need to limit stain-causing foods and drinks. Coffee, soda, red wine and berries should be rinsed away with water or brushed off immediately so that your new smile doesn’t become dingy or yellowed.

Consider Using a Mouth Guard

Just as you would protect an expensive device or new equipment, you may also want to consider protecting your dental implant investment. A custom mouth guard can ensure that your new smile is protected while you engage in sports or other adventure activities that you love. In addition, patients who have a teeth grinding habit should purchase a mouth guard sooner rather than later if you want your dental implants to last a lifetime.

Visit your Dentist Regularly

Less natural teeth does not mean you can see your dentist less. Your oral care involves your entire mouth. Your dentist needs to check the health of your natural teeth as well as your gum health. You also still need a regular oral cancer screening each year.

Caring for your dental implants is very straightforward, as it involves no more and no less than caring for your natural teeth. Always tell your dentist if you are experiencing any discomfort surrounding your new dental implant. Your new smile should be rewarding and convenient for a lifetime.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 07:06 PM
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The entire process of your dental implants can be significantly improved if you choose an implants dentist who uses the latest and most advanced 3D imaging. 3D CAT scan or cone beam technology can ensure that your treatment is streamlined for your optimal comfort and highest success. This advanced imaging system produces detailed digital images that provide three-dimensional views of all oral and maxillofacial structures. This comprehensive information on the anatomy of your mouth, face and jaw is an invaluable tool during the evaluation and treatment planning phase of your dental implants. Here are several benefits of using 3D scanning during your treatment:

Comfortable: Depending on the 3D scan model, you will remain seated or stand upright in this “open environment scan.” Patients benefit from greater comfort while dynamic pictures of your face and mouth are captured and transferred to a computer and displayed on a mapping tool. It can then be used for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment planning of your dental implants.

Very Safe: One of the biggest advantages of 3D Cone Beam imaging is the safety it provides with minimal radiation exposure. With a cone-beam rather than a medical “spiral CT,” the beam is focused to only one tooth. Radiation exposure is ten times less than past spiral 3D scans that require you to lie down in a tube.

More Precise: The precision of the 3D scan allows your dentist to conduct a virtual surgery before they even touch your mouth. This can reduce the number of surprises encountered during surgery and allows your dentist to view every minute detail of your nerves, bone arteries, sinuses, bone depressions, and more.

Fast and Convenient: 3D CAT scanning technology can take multiple pictures in just seconds. Not only do patients enjoy a faster x-ray experience, but they can do it without having to drive to an off-site x-ray lab or hospital/

To take advantage of the latest imaging technology for your dental implants, find a dentist who uses Cone Beam 3D imaging. Dr. Wayne Suway is dedicated to helping dental implants patients with the latest advancements in dental technology so that their experience is comfortable and rewarding.

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Monday, June 8, 2015 @ 02:06 PM
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If you are looking to improve your smile, there are plenty of cosmetic dentistry options available. However, not all cosmetic procedures are designed with your long-term health and appearance in mind. While porcelain veneers may be an appropriate solution for patients who want to fix mild aesthetic imperfections, they are not a permanent solution for those that have missing or broken teeth or for those with gum disease, severe decay or widely gapped teeth. In this case, it is best to consider the surgical placement of dental implants. Though the procedure is more invasive and time-consuming than other choices, dental implants still allow you to customize your dream smile, yet you can also remain confident in the health of your teeth through a lifetime.

A smile makeover can make you look years younger and it can instantly improve your self-esteem and quality of life. When considering all of the cosmetic dentistry options out there, it is important to realize the advantages of dental implants to create your ideal smile.

Long-Term Solution: Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that protects your long-term health and smile function. They utilize artificial tooth roots that are securely anchored to your jawbone, which ensures you do not experience premature facial aging or collapse after years of missing teeth. Since dental implants completely replace your teeth, there is no longer a concern for tooth decay or enamel erosion problems. In addition, dental implants are stain resistant, so you can maintain a white smile for years to come.

Customized Solution: Now’s your chance to design your dream smile. Dental implants can be customized in color, shape and size. They are also known for being the cosmetic option that looks and feels most natural.

Healthy Solution: Dental implants boost your health in many ways. Unlike dentures, dental implants require no dietary restrictions. Therefore patients can benefit from a fiber rich diet for optimal body health. Dental implants can be the best solution for your emotional health too – as patients can remain confident while speaking, chewing and laughing.

Comfortable Solution: With dental implants, there is no need to worry that a veneer may pop off while eating or your dentures may slip when talking to a friend. Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth. There is no slippage or discomfort along your gum line and they do not affect your speech. Investing in dental implants means investing in your daily comfort.

Dr. Wayne Suway is a leading provider of dental implants. Please call our office to learn how dental implants can be your best smile makeover solution for both now and the future.

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