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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 @ 01:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

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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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 @ 01:05 PM
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While replacing missing teeth is definitely an added expense, it is also a valued, long-term investment. By choosing dental implants, you are not only investing in the appearance of your teeth, but you are also protecting the health of your smile.

When missing teeth are left alone, serious oral health problems can result, including those that require extensive restorative or cosmetic dentistry. To avoid the following complications, it is best to see a implants dentist sooner rather than later:

#1 Tooth Shifting: It is not long after you lose a tooth that your surrounding teeth will begin to shift. Instead of having a straight smile with a few gaps, you may find that your smile has shifted out of alignment and is now crooked too. Dental implants can prevent tooth shifting if received in a timely manner.

#2 TMJ Syndrome: Not only can tooth shifting cause a crooked smile, but it can also affect your bite. Multiple missing teeth can lead to disruptive TMJ disorders or bite problems since the upper and lower jaw may no longer line up properly.

#3 Gum Disease/Tooth Decay: You may also find that it is more difficult to clean teeth that are crooked or misaligned. When plaque and bacteria are allowed to build up, it can cause tooth decay, gum disease and more tooth loss.

#4 Premature Facial Aging: Did you know that missing teeth can cause a sunken facial appearance and change your face shape? This is due to the fact that without a tooth root, your jaw bone is no longer stimulated when you chew and speak, which eventually causes bone loss around your smile. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that addresses this problem by using a titanium post fused to your jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root.

#5 Poor Quality of Life: Not only do patients with missing teeth tend to hide their smile, they also tend to forgo the foods they love to eat. Dental implants can help you smile, laugh, speak and eat with confidence, which makes a profound impact on your quality of life.

Although getting dental implants sooner rather than later can prevent certain complications such as tooth shifting before it starts, it is never too late to restore your smile after missing teeth. We invite you to consider Dr. Wayne Suway for the most advanced dental implant techniques available. He is a reputable and skilled implants dentist who can treat the most complex tooth replacement cases.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 02:04 PM
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If you have been told that you need a sinus lift before getting dental implants, there is no need to worry. A sinus lift procedure, also called sinus augmentation, is very common. It is designed to add height to the bone in the area between the molars and premolars. A bone graft will be performed in this area, adding bone between the jaw and sinus in cases where there is insufficient upper jawbone structure to support a dental implant.

Why A Sinus Lift?

Sinus lifts are used when placing dental implants to replace the upper back teeth or molars. This type of graft is necessary if bone has been lost due to disease or simply because of the skull anatomy, as there is typically less bone in the upper jaw compared to the lower jaw.

The Technology

You can rest assured that your sinus lift procedure will be conducted in the most precise way, using the highly advanced technology of a cone beam scan. Cone beam scanning is an in-office 3D CAT scan system that allows the surgeon to accurately measure the width and the height of the bone and the detailed relationship of the jawbone and sinus cavity. This technology reveals the specific amount of bone available for dental implant placement, which determines whether or not you may need a bone graft or sinus lift.

Procedure Details

A small window is made in the back wall of the maxillary sinus with special burrs. These burrs are designed to safely cut a window in bone without damaging the underlying tissue or sinus membrane. The sinus membrane is then carefully lifted. Typically, a resorbable collagen membrane is placed in the sinus against the sinus membrane to protect it while bone graft material is placed on top of the sinus floor.

There are several types of bone graft materials that can be used, including autogenous bone (the patient’s own bone), allogenic bone (freeze-dried cadaver bone), bovine bone (cow bone), and BMP (bone morphogentic protein). Your implant dentist will decide which is best for you.

In many cases, your sinus graft can be performed at the same time as your dental implants. However, there are situations where the sinus graft needs to heal before implant surgery. Dr. Wayne Suway is distinguished in the field of implant dentistry and he is more than happy to answer your questions surrounding sinus lift procedures for dental implants.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 03:04 PM
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If you have decided to get dental implants to replace your missing teeth, then you have made an excellent decision. Dental implants can provide numerous advantages over dentures. One of the reasons dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement is that they are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Although this surgery is quite straightforward and designed to go smoothly, you may be wondering what to expect as you come home after surgery.

Dental implant recovery depends on a number of factors, including the specific type of dental implant you choose, the number of teeth being replaced and whether or not bone grafting is needed. Regardless of how extensive your dental implant surgery is, however, you will need to take your recovery very seriously. Once your implant has been placed, there should be diligent care and hygiene around the implant area. This is critical to ensure proper fusing of the implant and bone structure over the next month following surgery.

In addition to diligent cleaning efforts, here are some more care instructions for your dental implant surgery recovery:

Do Not Disturb: It is important that for the first 24 hours after surgery you avoid disturbing the wound site. No rinsing, spitting or touching this area so that the site is kept germ-free and the sutures are not irritated.

Take Antibiotics: You should remember to take the prescribed antibiotics following surgery. This is a critical step to prevent infection and serious complications.

Start Rinsing: After the first day, your dentist will likely recommend you start rinsing with a prescribed oral rinse and/or a warm saltwater several times a day.

Expect Minimal Bleeding: For the first 24 hours, it is very normal to have blood in your saliva. It is helpful to bite down on gauze pads to control and reduce blood flow.

Manage Pain: Try to take any over-the-counter pain medication (or one prescribed by your dentist) before the anesthesia wears off. Staying ahead of the pain can help dramatically.

Soft Diet: Stick to a soft foods diet for the first 5-7 days to reduce discomfort. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

Expect Some Swelling: You may notice a small amount of swelling following surgery. To minimize this, try to keep your head elevated, lower your activity level and apply ice packs for the first couple of days.

No Smoking: Do not smoke for a minimum of 2 weeks after dental implant surgery. Smoking after this procedure has been known to increase risk of infection, inhibit healing and contribute to overall dental implant failure.

Again, your recovery experience will be unique to you. Healing from the surgical procedure to place the dental implants can take up to six months, while the fitting and seating of the crowns can take up to two months. It is most important that you listen carefully to your implant surgeon’s guidelines and follow-up as instructed after surgery. Keep in mind that when properly cared for, dental implants last a lifetime.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 04:04 PM
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If you have multiple missing teeth (up top, on bottom or both), a set of dentures sounds like the perfect solution. You may be attracted to the perfectly straight, white and instant smile that dentures can provide. However, you may be concerned about the common drawbacks. Many denture wearers struggle with getting their dentures to stay in place. Frequent slipping can cause gum irritation, affect your speech as you are trying to keep them in place, and they can also prevent you from eating the foods you love. Choosing dental implant supported dentures is a great way to eliminate the disadvantages of dentures and still help you gain that confident new smile.

What is a dental implant supported denture?

Implant supported dentures are very similar to regular dentures, yet they are supported and attached to a series of dental implants to give your smile the stability it needs. Traditional dentures rest on the gum line and require adhesives. However, an implant supported denture can simply snap into place on top of a foundation of implants that were surgically implanted. You can either choose to have removable or non-removable implant supported dentures. You can also choose between partial or full dentures for your top or bottom teeth. Regardless of your choice, you are gaining a much stronger and more stable set of teeth with implant supported dentures.

How Can Dental Implants Improve My Denture Experience?

When having regular upper dentures, many patients find it difficult to speak normally and feel and taste their food. This is because regular dentures require a larger portion of your palate to be covered. By using implants to support the upper dentures, the size of the plate can be reduced, which allows for more natural speaking and eating.

Using dental implants on lower dentures has its perks too. Typically, patients must use their cheeks and tongue to hold regular bottom dentures in place since there is less suction to stabilize them. Just two dental implants can dramatically improve this and it makes for a more comfortable denture experience.

Perhaps the biggest advantage is the freedom to chew and eat with confidence. Dental implant supported dentures allow patients to bite down harder and eat more fiber-rich foods, which is important to your overall health and nutrition.

Let’s not forget about the convenience. You no longer have to rely on messy adhesives or creams to stabilize your smile. Removable implant supported dentures snap into place with ease.

Ask an experienced implant dentist, such as Dr. Wayne Suway, for the best tooth replacement solution for you. There is no reason why you can’t have the attractive smile you have always desired as well as the function and durability you need after missing teeth.

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Friday, March 20, 2015 @ 12:03 AM
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There are many factors to consider when choosing a teeth replacement option. While most patients evaluate the aesthetics and functionality of each option, safety should also be heavily considered. If your tooth replacement choice is not safe, it simply doesn’t matter how natural they appear or how well you can eat, speak and laugh. You can rest assured that dental implants not only meet your cosmetic and functional criteria, but they are also a safe tooth replacement option. Contemporary dental implants have been in use for more than 30 years, with safe, proven and effective results.

You will find that the dental implant material used to replace missing teeth is safe, durable and rigorously tested. Most dental implants involve an artificial tooth root that is made of titanium. Titanium is a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body and provides a sturdy foundation for your tooth restoration. Over time your natural jawbone fuses to this surgical post during a process called osseointegration. This is what gives dental implants the significant advantage over dentures or bridges, as your prosthetic teeth can function in the most natural way. In addition, dental implants are the only restoration method that stimulates your natural bone underneath the missing tooth, which prevent premature facial collapse.

Now that you are comfortable with the safety of the actual dental implant material and healing process, it is also worth noting that the dental implants procedure itself is safe. An experienced and board certified implants dentist, such as Dr. Wayne Suway, can utilize precise and advanced surgical techniques to ensure the procedure is carried out in the safest manner.

Guided surgery can be used to place dental implants. This helps your dentist plan a dental implant virtually and accurately place the implant in the most safe, predictable, and efficient method. Guided surgery using 3D technology can eliminate the guesswork for your surgeon, revealing valuable images such as nerves, sinuses and other anatomical landmarks. You can rest assured that the surgical procedure of your dental implants has been perfected to promote the highest level of safety and give you the best possible results.

Just as with any oral surgery or major restorative procedure, dental implants are not risk free. It is important to fully discuss the risks and benefits with your dentist, especially as it pertains to your unique situation.

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Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 02:03 PM
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Mini Implants continue to gain popularity as a less expensive, less invasive and quicker option for replacement teeth – while still following the gold standard dental implant concept. Depending on your specific situation, you may be able to restore missing teeth using thinner and smaller implant version, called mini dental implants.

Mini dental implants are smaller in diameter than conventional implants, ranging in diameter size from 1.8mm to 2.9mm. They have been approved by the FDA for long-term use. Mini dental implants require less surgical intervention and are a fraction of the cost as traditional implants. Furthermore, whereas dental implants can be a lengthy treatment process, mini implants can typically be accomplished in a single office visit.

Don’t let the simplicity and advantages of mini dental implants fool you into thinking they are a less superior option. Mini Dental Implants (MDIs) can be used for single tooth replacement, multiple tooth replacement and full arch replacement and they still require careful, precise calculation and planning. MDIs display a proven, successful track record – a leading study revealed that over a 5-year period, out of 2,514 MDIs placed in 531 patients, 94.2% were successful.

Here is a breakdown of the pros of mini dental implants:

• No need for complex flap surgery or bone grafting. MDIs are smaller and do not need the amount of bone structure that a conventional implants needs. There are no sutures involved in a mini dental implant procedure.

• Shorter healing time. Mini implants do not require invasive surgery so the prosthetic tooth can be loaded within hours and the healing process is often reduced from months to days.

• Less Discomfort. There is less irritation and disturbance to the bone and tissue during MDI procedures; therefore you can expect minimal pain/discomfort.

• Comfortable. Mini implants do not slip or feel bulky like dentures can do.

• Prevents facial collapse. MDIs are still fixed to your jawbone similar to a tooth root. Therefore, it protects your facial structure from bone loss and premature aging.

• Affordable. Mini implants are a 1/3 the price of conventional dental implants on average.

With so many advantages, you may be ready to elect mini dental implants as your tooth replacement option. However, only a certified dental implants dentist can advise you on whether or not this is the right choice for you. There are certain situations where mini implants are not ideal. Replacing your smile and regaining your quality of life and confidence with replacement teeth is a major decision, so make sure you ask questions and explore your options to the fullest.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 05:03 PM
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There are patients that find dentures to be an acceptable and effective solution for missing teeth. However, there are also a great number of people whose dentures are ill-fitting. Unfortunately, ill-fitting dentures can not only cause frustration and pain, but they are not able to deliver the proper function that they were made for.

For patients who continue to have ill-fitting dentures causing them more harm than good, it may be time to consider implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures use three to five dental implants to secure the dentures in place. Implant-supported dentures provide a firm, durable support system much like your natural teeth roots. They can eliminate slipping and sliding issues of dentures and allow patients to once again to eat their favorite foods without fear of their dentures dislodging.

If you are experiencing these common signs of ill-fitting dentures, it may be time to consult with a dental implants dentist for help:

Discomfort – This is your biggest indication that there is a problem with the way your dentures fit. Pain may be due to gum irritation of your dentures slipping. Some patients even find that their cheeks are sore from constantly trying to keep dentures in place.

Oral sores – The friction from dentures sliding back and forth on tender tissues inside your mouth can easily cause sores. This makes eating and drinking especially painful. If not treated, oral sores can become infected.

Speech Problems – Many denture wearers have difficulty speaking if their dentures are not fitted properly. Either patients slur their speech or talk with a clenched bite in an effort to keep their dentures in pace.

Diet and Weight Changes – If ill-fitting dentures have caused you to change your dietary habits dramatically or even resulted in weight changes, it is time to make amendments regarding your tooth replacement system. This is a common sign of ill-fitting denture users because they tend to gravitate towards soft, fatty foods like ice cream to avoid the need for chewing more healthy and fibrous foods.

While it is certainly possible that your dentures can be adjusted to a comfortable fit, it is not uncommon for patients to fight an uphill battle when it comes to feeling confident in their dentures. Using dental implants to support dentures can help you achieve an attractive, functional and confident smile. You should never endure pain and discomfort to replace missing teeth.

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