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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 @ 12:02 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Are you putting off the need to have a bad tooth pulled? Teeth that are severely diseased need be extracted if a root canal is not an option. It such cases, it is not uncommon for a tooth to produce significant pain, and then eventually get better. Don’t be fooled into thinking that your tooth is now fine and healthy enough to be left alone. Generally, this happens because the tooth and its nerves have eventually died. Strong discoloration will soon be apparent if it is not already visible.

If the tooth needs to be extracted due to gum disease, your situation will only worsen if you wait to have it removed. Gum disease will eventually destroy the surrounding bone, which is essentially your body attempting to “self-extract” your tooth. While the end result may be that your tooth becomes loose and falls out on its own, you have now put yourself under significant risk when it comes to your oral health and your potential candidacy for dental implants to replace your missing tooth.

Waiting Can Compromises Your Candidacy for Dental implants

Dental implants need strong bone support to be successful. Each dental implant involves a titanium screw that is secured into the jawbone to act as your artificial tooth root. This is what makes dental implants uniquely advantageous compared to dentures or other removable tooth replacement options. However, a dental implant cannot be immediately placed if the surrounding bone has been destroyed by gum disease.

A lack of bone support doesn’t mean you are not eligible for dental implants, but it does mean that you may need a bone graft or sinus lift in order to set the stage for successful dental implants. Thus, your dental implants may be more expensive and more complicated than it should have to be if you had elected to have your tooth extracted in a timely manner.

Dr. Wayne Suway is an award-winning implants dentist who is known for providing comfortable and successful tooth replacement for even the most complex cases. However, we always educate our patients on ways to avoid dental implant complications or a more invasive procedure. If your dentist has advised a tooth extraction, this typically means that your tooth is no longer viable and needs to be removed in order to prevent worsening consequences. Just because you are not experiencing pain, does not mean that gum disease is not destroying your bone structure as you wait.

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Monday, January 25, 2016 @ 04:01 PM
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It is not uncommon for some patients to be faced with the need to have dental implants and orthodontic treatment. However, timing is important here and there are key factors to consider.

If, for example, you recently had a molar extracted and you also need upcoming orthodontic treatment, do you get the implant first or the braces first? In most situations, it is best to wear braces or other orthodontic appliances before the implant is placed. This ensures that the implant is placed in its best position. Orthodontics are designed to move the teeth. Therefore, the teeth adjacent to the implant may shift and cause the implant to be in a less ideal position.

There is a dilemma that many patients encounter when choosing to complete orthodontic correction before getting one or more implants: bone loss. Missing teeth cause jawbone loss (or atrophy) over time. Some orthodontic treatments may take 24 months or more, thus increasing the chances that the patient will lose bone and need a bone graft in order to receive dental implants.

Still, most dentists agree that the braces must come before the implants. However, you should let your dentist monitor you for bone loss during braces. Also, it may be suggested that a bone graft be done immediately at the extraction site to preserve the bone and be ready to support an implant placement later. Depending on the type of orthodontics used and your specific treatment plan, it may be possible to place the implants earlier or before the final orthodontic correction is achieved. This is a decision that must be made by your orthodontist and your implants dentist.

Dental implants are an important decision and they are designed to be a permanent solution for your smile. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD understands that getting implants may not be a straightforward decision. Therefore, we work diligently with our patients to help them make the best decisions for the timing of the dental implant surgery in relation to other dental problems that may also need to be addressed.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016 @ 04:01 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Did you know that 25% of Americans over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth? The reality is that we are all vulnerable to tooth loss if we are not brushing, flossing and attending our six-month dental cleanings. In addition to our hygiene routine, however, we must also pay attention to the bad habits that may be negatively impacting our oral health. Here are some common habits to be aware of so that you can maintain a healthy smile:

Sugar – You are probably well aware of the fact that sugar is bad for your teeth. Sticky sugars are especially destructive, as they have a tendency to adhere to your tooth’s surface and eventually destroy your tooth’s enamel. It’s okay to have a treat every once in a while, but make sure that you either brush, rinse with water or chew sugar-free gum after your indulgence. This will prevent the sugary substance from sitting on your teeth for long periods of time.

Soda – If you have a soda addiction, you need to know that you are bathing your teeth in a liquid that is high in both acids and sugar. These two components are the worst recipe for your teeth. Acidic drinks will eat away at your tooth’s enamel and leave your inner tooth layers vulnerable to decay. The sugar content is also something to look at when you grab a beverage. Protect your pearly whites and choose water instead. At the very least, swish with some water after you’ve finished drinking your soda.

Smoking – There is no doubt that smoking and chewing tobacco are dangerous for your oral health. Not only can smoking cause yellow teeth and bad breath, but it can also increase your risk for periodontal disease and oral cancer. Patients with dental implants should avoid smoking in order to prevent implant failure.

Sports — While playing sports does not necessarily harm your smile, failing to protect your teeth from contact injuries certainly can. Mouthguards should be considered an essential piece of equipment when you go on the playing field, especially for young athletes. You can buy one at a sporting goods store or have your dentist make a custom mouthguard for optimal fit and safety.

Stress — Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw when you are stressed? Many patients do it subconsciously, or while they sleep. Other than finding ways to reduce your stress, you can also ask your dentist about a custom nighttime mouthguard to protect yourself from tooth damage and TMJ problems.

You can certainly save your teeth by paying attention to these habits. However, if you have already experienced tooth loss, these are also important in protecting your prosthetic teeth. Care for your dental implants or other restoration just the way you would your natural smile.

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Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 05:12 PM
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If you have lost one tooth or multiple teeth, you may be overwhelmed with the options presented to you. While you may be familiar with dentures or even dental implants, you may not know about mini implants. Mini implants have emerged over the last decade as an attractive alternative to traditional implants. Mini implants range in size from 1.8 mm to approximately 3 mm compared to a traditional implant diameter of 3.75 mm. They can successfully stabilize a denture and allow patients to have a less invasive procedure, faster recovery and more affordable cost. Here is a look at the pros for choosing mini implants:

  • No need for complex flap surgery or bone grafts (less bone is needed
to support these smaller implants)
  • Less invasive and shorter procedure (often in just one visit)
  • Faster and more comfortable (less bone and tissue disruption means less pain and minimal recovery time)
  • Comfortable (secures dentures so they do not slip or feel awkward)
  • Prevents premature facial aging (acts as tooth root so it prevents jaw bone loss)
  • Fewer Complications (failure is rare with mini implants)
  • More Affordable (cost can be reduced by 65% of traditional implants)

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of mini dental implants or discuss the possible disadvantages, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Wayne Suway. He is an experienced dentist who is highly regarded for his expertise in implants dentistry. Let us determine if mini implants are right for you!

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 05:12 PM
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Gum disease remains the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. But how does a condition of the gums have such a profound impact on your teeth? Although they may seem insignificant, the soft tissue structure of your gums provide support and stability to your teeth. If your gums are infected or diseased, it can weaken your teeth and your jawbone. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease, diabetes, premature birth and stroke.

Gum disease typically begins as gingivitis, or mild inflammation of the gums. However, if left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile. When the toxins in plaque irritate the gums, a chronic inflammatory response causes your body to destroy its own bone and soft tissue. This means that your gums will start to detach or pull away from your teeth and deep pockets will form at your gum line. Advanced gum disease can also cause bone loss in your jaw. Without the proper supportive framework of your gums as well as a secure foundation in your jawbone, your teeth may become loose, fall out or need to be extracted.

Gum disease is absolutely treatable, but it requires the attention of your dentist. Many dentists offer advanced periodontal treatments such as soft-tissue lasers or scaling and root planing to eradicate gum disease. If it is too late to save your tooth (or multiple teeth) from the effects of gum disease, dental implants may be the best solution to restore your smile. If you are getting dental implants after gum disease, it is important that your gum health is successfully restored. In some cases, a tissue regeneration procedure may be necessary prior to your dental implants placement to strengthen your jaw bone.

The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist on a regular basis. Smoking is also a leading cause of gum disease in many adults. If you have further questions about gum disease and tooth loss, please ask Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD. It is never too late to restore your smile!

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Friday, December 4, 2015 @ 02:12 PM
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It is true that dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. However, if you have had your dental implants for 15 to 20 years or more, you may find that your dental implant restoration, the crown or bridge on top, is not looking (or even functioning) like it used to. In such cases, your dentist can replace your restoration without problem. Most of the time, it is a simple and quick procedure that can revamp your dental implants to new.

Here are some reasons why patients may need a restoration replacement:

Outdated, Poor Quality: What was the best quality crown even 10 years ago can be vastly different than what modern dentistry offers today. Your dental implant restoration may simply need an upgrade for a more attractive, durable and functional prosthetic tooth.

Discolored: Your dental crown may have lost its stain-resistant properties if you notice some discoloration. In such cases, a patient may need a replacement for aesthetics reasons alone.

Fractured: Porcelain or ceramic crowns are designed for high levels of wear and daily function. However, when placed on a dental implant, they are more susceptible to damage. A dental implant cannot cushion the crown like your natural teeth would do. A broken or fractured crown always warrants replacement.

Surrounding Teeth Changes: In some cases, it is not the crown at all that is problematic. However, your dental implant restoration may be standing out if your surrounding natural teeth have discolored, shifted or worn down. In other words, the crown that was fabricated to match your existing teeth at the time you got your dental implants may not be a great match today.

Unless your dentist finds that there is a problem underneath your restoration, with either the abutment or the implant itself, the replacement procedure is simple. In many cases, it can be as straightforward as taking off your old crown and placing a better one on top. Dr. Wayne Suway is distinguished for his expertise in implants dentistry. Not only does he have proven success in placing new dental implants, but he can also accurately perform dental implant repairs and restoration replacements when necessary. Your dental implants were a major investment, and we do everything we can to protect that investment and keep you smiling comfortably and beautifully for years to come.

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Friday, November 13, 2015 @ 03:11 PM
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According to the American Dental Association, 1 in 5 cases of tooth loss are linked to diabetes. Since November is American Diabetes Month, it is an excellent time to emphasize the undeniable link between diabetes and dental health. This connection is a two-way street. The high blood sugar levels of uncontrolled diabetes can greatly increase a patient’s risk for serious gum disease. However, the presence of gum disease in diabetic individuals can negatively impact blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Since gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, we need to educate patients on how to prevent it, which includes explaining the importance of strong dental health in those with diabetes.

If you are diabetic, here is a step-by-step guide to help you retain a healthy, natural smile:

  1. Manage your diabetes and keep your blood glucose levels under control. The better management you have over your diabetes, the less likely you are to develop gum disease and other dental problems.
  2. Practice good oral hygiene. Perhaps more than others, it is vitally important that you brush twice a day and floss daily to keep harmful bacteria and plaque build up away. Be sure to seek treatment immediately for thrush or other fungal infections if they occur.
  3. See your dentist every six months. Remember that a professional dental cleaning can accomplish tasks that regular brushing cannot (such as removing tartar or hardened plaque). Your dentist also needs to carefully monitor your gum health on a routine basis. Catching gum disease at its earliest stages is very important to the success of your treatment. You may need a periodic deep cleaning or scaling and root planing to keep your gums in optimal shape.

If you have experienced tooth loss and you are diabetic, Dr. Wayne Suway can discuss your treatment options and your potential candidacy for dental implants based on your current oral health and diabetes condition. Although diabetes presents some challenges when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums, your extra efforts can pay off for a healthy, long-lasting smile.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 @ 03:11 PM
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It is true that dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. However, if you have had your dental implants for 15 to 20 years or more, you may find that your dental implant restoration, the crown or bridge on top, is not looking (or even functioning) like it used to. In such cases, your dentist can replace your restoration without problem. Most of the time, it is a simple and quick procedure that can revamp your dental implants to new.

Here are some reasons why patients may need a restoration replacement:

Outdated, Poor Quality: What was the best quality crown even 10 years ago can be vastly different than what modern dentistry offers today. Your dental implant restoration may simply need an upgrade for a more attractive, durable and functional prosthetic tooth.

Discolored: Your dental crown may have lost its stain-resistant properties if you notice some discoloration. In such cases, a patient may need a replacement for aesthetics reasons alone.

Fractured: Porcelain or ceramic crowns are designed for high levels of wear and daily function. However, when placed on a dental implant, they are more susceptible to damage. A dental implant cannot cushion the crown like your natural teeth would do. A broken or fractured crown always warrants replacement.

Surrounding Teeth Changes: In some cases, it is not the crown at all that is problematic. However, your dental implant restoration may be standing out if your surrounding natural teeth have discolored, shifted or worn down. In other words, the crown that was fabricated to match your existing teeth at the time you got your dental implants may not be a great match today.

Unless your dentist finds that there is a problem underneath your restoration, with either the abutment or the implant itself, the replacement procedure is simple. In many cases, it can be as straightforward as taking off your old crown and placing a better one on top. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is distinguished for his expertise in implants dentistry. Not only does he have proven success in placing new dental implants, but he can also accurately perform dental implant repairs and restoration replacements when necessary. Your dental implants were a major investment, and we do everything we can to protect that investment and keep you smiling comfortably and beautifully for years to come.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 10:10 PM
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Dental implants provide phenomenal benefits when it comes to replacing missing teeth. However, dental implants require a timed process in order to be successful. They are by no means a quick solution for missing teeth. However, they provide the most natural, long-term success than any other tooth replacement alternative.

Getting a dental implant involves the surgical placement of the implant or titanium post followed by a healing period before the final implant restoration is placed on top.

The downtime that you will experience after dental implant surgery depends on several factors:

  • Your age?
  • Your health condition?
  • How many dental implants are needed?
  • Where the implants are located within your mouth?
  • Was tooth extraction needed?
  • Is bone grafting necessary prior to implant placement?

For patients simply having one implant, you should be able to return to work the very next day. Multiple implants, between 8 and 10, may require a few days of downtime. Younger patients typically heal faster than older patients, and of course those in good health will benefit from a quicker and more comfortable recovery as well. Someone who smokes or is diabetic can expect a longer recovery period. Most patients experience some soreness and a soft foods diet may be recommended initially.

Remember that while your downtime may be minimal and your soreness will typically dissipate within a few days, your implants are still healing. After your implants are placed, they undergo a process called osseointegration, where the titanium post (a bio-compatible metal) fuses to the jawbone. This is a critical stage for your dental implant success. Overall, dental implants typically heal in about 4-6 months. The upper bite generally heals a little slower than the bottom due to the difference in bone type. If bone grafting was performed, the healing period is extended.

Recovery from dental implants can vary from patient to patient and from one implants surgeon to the next. If you have questions about what to expect during your specific dental implants case, Dr. Wayne Suway will gladly consult with you. Although it may seem like a lengthy process to get dental implants, they are an investment that can bring a lifetime of success and restore your smile in the most natural way.

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Monday, October 19, 2015 @ 04:10 PM
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New dentures can make mealtime tricky. That may get better with time. However, if you have traditional dentures, or those not supported by implants, you may never overcome the challenge of chewing certain foods. Are you avoiding the foods you love because you are afraid of your dentures slipping, or even falling out? Perhaps you cut out sticky and crunchy foods so that you can be more confident and comfortable while you eat.

Although dental technology has come a long way in the past decade when it comes to dentures, there are still many pitfalls that can occur for patients who choose removable dentures, or ones that are not implant-supported. It can be frustrating and uncomfortable for patients if they have ill-fitting or slipping dentures. Sores along the gum lines can exist, and some patients even modify the way they speak once they get dentures.

Choosing implant-supported dentures eliminates these potential drawbacks, especially when it comes to eating. Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement solution that looks, feels and functions most like natural teeth. With a dental implant securely fused to your jawbone, your dentures aren’t going anywhere. You can laugh, speak, smile and eat with confidence.

The dietary adjustments that many denture wearers make can be more detrimental than you think. Choosing softer foods often means you are electing a diet rich in carbs and avoiding fibrous fruits, vegetables and grains. These foods are important for optimal nutrition at any stage of life, but especially as you age and encounter more sickness or disease. A high carb diet can also lead to obesity and diabetes. Is your denture option worth that?

To make sure you have every opportunity for a confident smile and healthy body, consider dental implants or implant-supported dentures. Dental implants require the same maintenance regime as your natural teeth, without the need for messy adhesive creams or special cleaning. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is an esteemed implants dentist who welcomes your questions and concerns regarding tooth replacement.

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