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Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 10:01 PM
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In most cases, your teeth will last a lifetime if properly cared for. However, many people still experience tooth loss and need a permanent tooth replacement option for proper function and aesthetics. Dental implants are the preferred choice for those that want teeth that act, feel and look like your natural teeth. Dental implants have helped countless patients who suffer tooth loss from a variety of factors. There are some reasons for tooth loss that are out of our control, while others we can prevent with diligent oral hygiene efforts. Here is a look at the common reasons why people lose their teeth and may require dental implants:

Gum Disease: The most common reason for tooth loss is gum (periodontal) disease. This is essentially a localized infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth leading to loss of bone. At the advanced stages of gum disease, the infection progresses to the point that teeth become loose and fall out on their own. In other cases, the tooth becomes so damaged that it must be extracted.

Trauma: Obviously, this one is out of your control. Trauma or injury to the teeth can cause them to be knocked out instantly, or the damage may show up much later. Root fracture may not be apparent until months later when infection develops. In some cases, teeth are treated after trauma and many years later there is apparent root resorption, which occurs when the body turns against itself and causes cells to eat away at the root surface.

Lastly, teeth may only crack or fracture in such a way that they must be removed all together. This can even happen as the result extreme stress on the teeth from a clenching and grinding habit or from mechanical reasons related to the lack of sufficient support from other teeth.

Tooth Decay: Dental caries that are left untreated will eventually lead to extensive infection in the in the bone around the ends of the roots, which will result in the need for tooth extraction to prevent further complications.

Congenital absence: Tooth loss could also be something you were born with. There are cases where people may have a primary tooth come in, but there is no permanent tooth to replace it. Typically, the baby tooth will remain in place and will function until it fails due to the loss of root support or other dental disease. At this point, it will need to be removed.

Regardless of what caused your tooth loss, the most important step now is to find a way to regain the optimal function and appearance you were meant to have. Dental implants can restore smiles from all types of tooth loss. Dr. Wayne Suway is a leader in implant dentistry, providing patients with a highly sophisticated and revolutionary way to talk, smile, laugh and chew after losing teeth.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 @ 03:01 PM
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We live in a society where we expect activities and tasks to be streamlined. The faster and more convenient, the better. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, most dental implants procedures require multiple appointments to more than one location and doctor. Choosing a dentist such as Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD for dental implants, means you gain a unique advantage. Not only does he carry the expertise to carefully place your dental implants, but Dr. Wayne Suway can also perform the final dental implant restoration. Dental implants with the right dentist can be a one-stop shop and offer many benefits.

As mentioned previously, the convenience is a large advantage in choosing a place that can both place and restore your dental implants. The entire process of getting dental implants, which includes construction and healing, usually takes about two to nine months, depending on your treatment plan. This process includes the first phase of the implant fusing to the bone and the second phase of the actually tooth replacement restoration attachment. Dental implants are a highly advanced tooth replacement procedure that naturally requires multiple trips to the dentist. Interacting with one dentist and the same location during this process can be extremely convenient and helpful. As with any health procedure, it is always more streamlined and efficient if you do not have to schedule with multiple locations.

Another major benefit of using a one-stop shop dental implant dentist is the better results and greater success of the procedure itself. Having the same dentist who handled the first phase (measuring your mouth, surgically placing your implants and monitoring your healing) perform the final implant restoration stage means you can feel confident in your results. In short, you can trust that your dentist has full knowledge of your specific implant site and what to expect before fabricating and attaching a custom crown over your implant.

To learn more about how your dental implants could be performed with better efficiency, more convenience and better results, find a dentist who can both place your implant and your restoration.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 @ 03:12 PM
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One of the biggest downsides to tooth loss is often ignored. Many people are well aware of the functional disability from missing teeth or how it can negatively affect your smile. However, missing teeth can also result in bone loss in the jaw, which leads to facial collapse and premature aging.

Why does missing teeth cause bone loss? Our jawbone carries an important role in the overall skeletal system. Essentially, your jawbone is the framework of your face. Strong muscles need the jawbone to hold on to for support. Bones need correct chewing forces to maintain their density and form. When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation to its supporting bone causing a decrease in volume. This happens quicker than most people realize; as much as 25% of bone loss occurs during the first year of losing a tooth.

While traditional teeth replacement options such as dentures or bridges may fix your ability to eat and speak properly, they do not address the bone loss issue. Dental implants are considered a permanent replacement of tooth loss. They fully address this critical concern of bone loss from missing teeth. A dental implant involves a surgical placement of a titanium post that acts as a tooth root. The implant is allowed to fuse to your existing jawbone; thus keeping your jaw bone and muscles properly stimulated during chewing a speaking. Patients who choose dental implants for multiple missing teeth enjoy the aesthetic, functional and psychological benefits of a more symmetrical and younger looking face, as bone loss in your jaw bone gives a sunken and aged appearance.

Ask a dental implants specialists about how you can avoid bone loss after missing teeth. An attractive smile needs to be a healthy one as well!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 09:12 PM
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Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement options. They can have a success rate of up to 98%! However, there are certain patients that are inhibited from this high success rate. There are a few risk factors associated with dental implant failure and smoking is one of them. If you are a smoker and need the most advanced tooth replacement option, you may need to reconsider your habit before undergoing a dental implant procedure.

Besides its harmful overall effect on your gums and teeth, smoking can cause implant failure, infection and a slower recovery after dental implants. The success of dental implants is dependent on the ability for the implant to properly fuse or bond to the jawbone. Smoking weakens and inflames the gum tissues and inhibits healthy regeneration and healing around the implant. This is called peri-implantitis, which is a leading cause of dental implant failure.

The risk of infection is associated with most any surgical procedure. However, if you are a smoker receiving oral surgery, your infection risk becomes significantly greater. In addition, the effectiveness of prescribed antibiotics can decrease for smokers. Infection obviously leads to a more difficult recovery after dental implants.

Even if you do not experience implant failure or infection, smokers can expect a longer recovery period after dental implants. Smoking limits blood flow, respiration and metabolic activity, which are all critical factors in healing from wounds and regenerating new tissues around a dental implant.

Smokers are considered to have a 300 percent greater chance for detectable gum disease! Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Therefore, although dental implants are not ideal for smokers, smokers are often the ones that need dental implants the most. If you are a smoker with tooth loss, there is still time to change your ways and experience a permanent, natural-looking and confident smile. Always talk to your dentist about your candidacy for dental implants first, but abstaining from smoking tobacco prior to and following your surgery can lessen your risk for complications. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is known for helping patients who have risk factors for dental implants and he can educate you on the best ways to start preparing for this life-altering procedure right away.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 03:11 PM
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Nearly one out of four people age 65 and older have lost all of their teeth, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Senior adults and the elderly population are faced with a myriad of challenges as their body ages, and their tooth replacement solution should not be an added obstacle. It may seem more practical to opt for dentures instead of a more costly dental implant procedure. However, older adults should consider the potential challenges that could arise from dentures. Choosing dentures could mean more problems than solutions. Here are some common denture pitfalls that could be especially problematic for an elderly patient:

Ill-Fitting Dentures: This is perhaps one of the most common setbacks for those that choose dentures. It is hard to get dentures to fit comfortably and naturally. Ill-fitting dentures cause pain. They can rub on areas of the gum and cause a callus, or epulis, which requires oral surgery to remove. For the elderly, it may be difficult for them to express this pain or articulate exactly why the dentures are not feeling comfortable. They can easily give up on wearing them altogether.

Poor Nutrition: Denture wearers often gravitate towards a soft food diet. Unfortunately, this means that essential, high-fiber fruits and vegetables are neglected. Seniors and the aging population especially need a nutrient dense diet in order to fight other medical complications and keep their energy up.

Maintenance: Dentures require a special toothpaste, toothbrush and denture cream. They also need to be soaked each night. In addition, it is especially important that you handle dentures carefully so they do not break. We know that as we age, we lose dexterity, coordination and even our memory. The denture upkeep may not be ideal for elderly patients, as opposed to dental implants that require no extra maintenance beyond natural teeth.

Reduced Quality of Life: With complications such as discomfort and not being able to eat the foods you once enjoyed, dentures can quickly begin to negatively impact a person’s quality of life. Dental implants, however, can help senior adults smile, laugh, eat and speak with new confidence. An improved quality of life can do wonders for one’s overall health and well-being.

If you or a loved one is facing tooth replacement options late in life, consider the significant pitfalls that dentures could bring. Invest in a better quality of life, healthier diet and needed convenience that dental implants has to offer. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is an expert in implant dentistry and he readily educates his senior patients about the modern miracle of dental implants.

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Monday, November 10, 2014 @ 02:11 PM
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Perhaps the most significant advantage of dental implants is that they provide replacement of not only a tooth but of tooth roots as well, whereas other tooth replacement methods do not. A dental implant includes an artificial tooth that is surgically secured to the jawbone using a titanium post. Titanium is the best material of choice because it holds a variety of optimal properties including the following:

Lightweight: In order to function like a tooth root, it is important that the titanium post not be heavy or weigh down the jaw unnaturally. Titanium is a very lightweight, yet strong material.

Strong: Titanium is a highly durable material, able to withstand all of the functions of the mouth, teeth and jaw. You can confidently speak and chew naturally with the strength of this titanium post securing your replacement teeth.

Biocompatible: This titanium property means the body will not reject it. In fact, dental implants that use titanium have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device!

Bone Fusion: The ability to perform osseonintegration, or fusing to the bone, is a special and significant property of titanium. This is the biological basis of a dental implant success. When teeth are missing, the jawbone can start to deteriorate. Using a material that actually fuses to the bone means patients get the necessary support they need to maintain a natural shape and density in the jawbone and overall facial structure.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD can help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. The advancements in dental implants have literally changed the face of dentistry over the last 25 years!

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Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 02:10 PM
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Are you considering your options for replacing missing teeth? While you do have choices in dentures, bridges and partials, there are significant consequences you may face if you choose these options over dental implants. Here are some top reasons to consider dental implants as your tooth replacement of choice:

Bone Loss:

One of the most serious penalties of not having dental implants is bone loss. This bone loss in the jaw results in facial collapse and premature aging. When you are missing teeth, your jawbone begins to atrophy, which then results in a lack of strong support for your facial structure including your cheek, nose, lips and skin. Dental implants act as natural teeth and prevent this bone loss because they are anchored into the jawbone. It is important to note that dentures and bridges do not have such an anchor and therefore the jawbone is not actively stimulated, which results in atrophy and bone loss.

Speech:

Among other consequences of not choosing dental implants is impaired speech. Dentures and bridges are often bulky and can intrude on your palate. This, in turn, can inhibit your tongue’s natural movement and affect the way you talk.

Eating:

Chewing is another function that patients may experience impairment if they do not choose dental implants. Denture patients typically gravitate towards a softer diet to protect their removable prosthetic teeth, which often results in a high carbohydrate diet. Through all stages of life, and especially as we age, it is very important that high fiber and nutritious fruits and vegetables remain in our daily intake. Investing in dental implants means you can chew like you would with natural, strong teeth and enjoy a well-rounded healthy diet.

Waiting to replace your missing teeth altogether carries its own ramifications. Eventually, the remaining teeth in the jaw shift in order to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth. This causes crooked teeth and a misaligned bite, which could eventually lead to orthodontic treatment. In addition, teeth that are not properly supported by adjacent teeth will actually begin to weaken and may cause additional tooth loss or injury.

Ask Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD about your candidacy to receive the gold standard tooth replacement option of dental implants. You can benefit from a healthy jaw and supported facial structure as well as improved function in speaking and chewing.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @ 12:10 PM
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If you have missing teeth and are putting off a tooth replacement procedure, you may want to reconsider the consequences. Dental implants are considered the gold standard solution for permanently replacing missing teeth. However, by delaying a dental implants procedure you risk bone loss in your jaw. A healthy and adequate quantity of bone is a critical component in successfully placing a dental implant.

How Does Missing Teeth Cause Bone Loss?

Essentially, when you have missing teeth, the jawbone is no longer stimulating by chewing or biting, and it will begin to break down. In the same way that your muscles atrophy from lack of exercise, your jawbone will also deteriorate or resorb when there are no teeth there to activate it.

What Can Be Done If Bone Loss Has Occurred?

Rest assured that your chances of receiving dental implants are not necessarily lost if bone loss has already set in. Your dentist will likely offer you the option of bone grafting if there is not a sufficient amount of existing healthy bone to attach your dental implant. There is a variety of different bone grafting techniques available depending on your specific case, such as socket preservation graft, block cortical bone graft, sinus lift bone graft and guided bone regeneration.

If you have already waited too late and bone loss has already occurred in your jaw due to missing teeth, the advances in dental technology allow for very successful and effective bone grafting procedures so that you can take advantage of the “modern miracle” of dental implants. If you are someone who has just lost teeth, due to extraction, decay, trauma or other cause, it is highly recommended that you see your dentist for a dental implant evaluation as soon as possible. Dr. Wayne Suway can handle your dental implant procedure as well as any necessary bone grafting you may need from start to finish. Call today to see if dental implants are right for you!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 04:09 PM
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Dental implants have revolutionized the way missing teeth are replaced. They offer a permanent solution to those that have lost a single tooth or multiple teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or other reason. A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a dental implant restoration (such as a crown or bridge) securely in place. Dental implants, however, are not for everyone. It is a procedure that is completed in stages, over a period of several months and requires good general and oral health. Because the success of the dental implant is contingent upon proper healing and fusion of the surgical titanium post to the jawbone, you need to be carefully evaluated for candidacy of this procedure first.

Not every patient with missing or damaged teeth qualifies as a good candidate for dental implants. Ideal candidates for this advanced dental procedure should have:

• Adequate jawbone density
• Healthy gum tissues, free of periodontal disease
• Good overall health

In addition, you should always tell your implant dentistry professional of any pre-existing medical conditions that interfere with the success of dental implants. For example, patients who are pregnant, still developing jawbone density, or have certain medical conditions, or are currently taking medications that suppress the immune system may not be good candidates for dental implants.

If bone loss in your jaw is inhibiting you from going forward with dental implants, it may be helpful to ask about bone grafting. Bone-grafting procedures can rebuild your jawbone to adequate density so that you become eligible for dental implants.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is a highly skilled and experienced dentist who can help determine whether or not you qualify for implant dentistry. He not only places dental implants, but Dr. Suway can also provide the final stages of dental implant restorations as well. Should you not qualify for dental implants, there are many other tooth replacement options available that can help you regain an attractive, functional smile again.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 04:09 PM
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Dental implants are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement. For most patients who decide to invest in dental implants for their missing teeth, the initial office visits will be to an oral surgeon. After careful evaluation and precise measurements, the implant will be surgically placed and monitored closely during healing. The second stage of appointments, however, is often scheduled with a dentist, who will then give you the final restorations, such as crowns or bridges, over your recently placed dental implants.

What if you could find a qualified implant dentistry professional that can perform all stages of your dental implant procedure in one convenient location? Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD holds unique expertise in his ability to provide both dental implant placement and dental implant restoration. Patients who choose a dental implant expert such as Dr. Suway are able to reap significant benefits such as convenience, a personalized continuum of care and successful dental implant results.

Implants involve titanium posts that are surgically placed into a healthy jawbone, which act as an artificial tooth root. After the screws fuse to the bone and produce a secure anchor, the final stage of implant dentistry occurs. During this stage, the surgical post is topped with artificial restorations such as crowns or bridges. The initial dental implant placement requires high tech dental technology and precise measurements to ensure you get an exact fit for optimal function. The dental implant restoration process, however, will require a dentist who is talented and experienced in cosmetic restorative dentistry so that your crown or bridge not only fits securely but looks and feels like your natural teeth. Dr. Wayne Suway is qualified to deliver both. He is a distinguished Diplomate of Dental Implantology who carries over 25 years of implant dentistry as well as cosmetic and restorative dentistry experience.

Dental implants are not a quick, inexpensive tooth replacement procedure. This “modern miracle” dental solution requires expert, personalized care so that you get the long-lasting results you have invested in. By choosing a dentist who can care for your dental implant procedure from start to finish, you are setting yourself up for a successful and confident smile!

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