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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 03:06 PM
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suwayDental implants are considered a permanent tooth replacement solution – but does that mean they will last a lifetime? How long your dental implants last depends on how you care for them. Remember that a dental implant includes the implant itself (titanium screw), the abutment and the dental restoration on top. Your crown or denture may suffer damage or normal wear and tear, but as long as your jawbone and gums stay healthy, the implant itself should not need replacement.

The primary factor that influences the lifespan of your dental implant is your oral hygiene or how well (and often) your brush and floss your teeth. If bacteria is allowed to accumulate on your dental implant’s surfaces, inflammation (mucositis) of the surrounding tissues can develop. When left untreated, mucositis may cause peri-implantitis, a serious disease that can result in bone deterioration and dental implant loosening.

While dental implants don’t require extra maintenance, they should still be cared for like your natural teeth. This also includes not biting down on something too hard or trying to open things with your teeth. In addition, a smoking habit will greatly increase your chances of implant failure.

How long your dental implant lasts also depends on the skill of your dentist. An experienced and well-trained dentist will carefully evaluate the osseointegration of your implant after placement, ensuring your jawbone completely absorbs the titanium post before the crown, denture or other restoration is placed on top.

If your dental implant becomes loose, infected or damaged, you need to see your dentist and discuss the possibility of replacing the implant. Dr. Wayne Suway is a reputable implant dentist who can educate you on what your dental implants need to last a lifetime.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 08:05 PM
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suwayFor many patients who are considering dental implants, cost is a major deterrent. Dental implants are not cheap. However, when looking at the long-term return on this smile investment combined with the cost of missing or infected teeth, the price becomes extremely reasonable.

If you qualify for dental implants, you are likely already suffering from missing teeth or you have one or more teeth that need to be extracted. Underneath most loose or non-viable teeth is the presence of infection. Oral infection not only destroys the surrounding tissues and bone, but it can also enter into your blood stream and affect your overall health. Oral infection has been linked to major systemic diseases including the following:

• Stroke
• Heart attack
• Aspiration pneumonia
• Liver infection
• Brain, Kidney and Bone infection
• Hardening of the arteries
• Complications with diabetes
• Meningitis

Not only are these serious health conditions to endure, but they can be costly to manage or treat. Choosing to replace an extensively decayed or infected tooth with a dental implant can restore your smile and protect your body health.

If you already have missing teeth and are not facing the threat of oral infection, you are still at risk for future complications and associated expense. Without a natural tooth and tooth root, your jaw bone will begin to deteriorate. This leads to premature facial aging, bone loss and gum disease. In addition, missing teeth cause neighboring teeth to shift out of position, which disrupts your bite alignment and can trigger TMJ problems. Dental implants not only replace your tooth, but they also replace your tooth root so that jaw bone atrophy is prevented.

While there are notable expenses associated with missing teeth and/or infected teeth, there is a quality of life factor that also must be considered with dental implants. Many patients report that their dental implants provide priceless advantages such as restored self-confidence, dietary freedom and more. Dental implants are the most secure tooth replacement option that looks, feels and functions like your natural teeth. Before you shy away due to cost, consider all of the benefits and savings that dental implants can provide in the long-term.

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Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 01:05 PM
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contact-300x219Gum disease is an oral health condition that is both highly preventable and highly destructive. It is very important that gum disease be addressed and treated at its earliest stage before it wreaks serious havoc on your smile health, including tooth loss and bone loss. Gum disease (in some form) affects up to 75% of people in the developed world. Unfortunately, only about 2% of these sufferers actually seek professional treatment. Not knowing the warning signs of gum disease can make it difficult to know when it is time to call your dentist. Therefore, educate yourself on the following gum disease symptoms so that early intervention can be initiated:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, tender and/or swollen gums
  • Appearance of pus between teeth
  • Loose teeth or gums that seem to be pulling away from teeth
  • Chronic bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • Change in your bite

It is important to note that not all gum disease sufferers experience symptoms. That’s why it is crucial that you visit your dentist for routine dental care. At your six-month check-up, your gums will be carefully monitored and measured. Treating early gum disease, such as gingivitis, can most often be accomplished by a deep cleaning. More advanced gum disease may require laser gum therapy or even surgery in severe cases.

When it comes to preventing gum disease, it is helpful to understand how it develops. When plaque is allowed to accumulate along (or beneath) your gum line, it hardens into tarter and causes an infection within your gums. Remember that brushing alone will not remove plaque; you’ll need to use your floss to clean within the gum line. Furthermore, once the plaque hardens, only a professional dental cleaning can eradiate this stubborn buildup.

Dr. Wayne Suway values the importance of treating gum disease. Gum disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss, but it can compromise your overall health. In addition, if you’re planning on replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you’ll need to get your gum disease under control before you can qualify for the procedure. Call us today to learn more about our leading gum disease treatments to ensure your smile health is protected best.

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Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 02:05 PM
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DSC_2028While your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are times when tooth loss occurs. When it does happen, it shouldn’t be ignored. There is a reason that dental implants exist. Your smile function, health and appearance rely on a complete set of teeth. While you may be inclined to believe that neglecting a missing back molar won’t cause any harm, you are sadly mistaken. Any adult tooth that is lost and not replaced can put you at risk for the following consequences.

#1 Poor Chewing Ability

It’s not all about aesthetics when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Your teeth are made to help you eat and break down food. When teeth are missing, your chewing ability and chewing efficiency are compromised. Eating can be a challenge when food gets trapped in an empty space, and it can even be painful when something hits the tender gum area where your tooth used to be.

#2 Shifting Adjacent Teeth

When a missing tooth is not replaced, the neighboring teeth will eventually begin to move towards the empty space. Unfortunately, this can throw your entire bite alignment out of whack. You may suffer from crooked teeth or even jaw problems that result from misalignment.

#3 Compromised Appearance

If you are missing a tooth in the front of your mouth, the aesthetic consequences may be obvious. However, your appearance can suffer in other ways too. Missing teeth means that your jaw bone is not properly stimulated. Therefore, the jaw bone starts to atrophy over time and facial collapse can result. This is also known as premature facial aging because the lower face can appear wrinkled, droopy or sunken in.

#4 Greater Risk Of Gum Disease

When food gets trapped in empty spaces or plaque accumulates in small crevices that are difficult to clean, a host of problems can occur. Unfortunately, missing teeth set the stage for this due to the compromised chewing efficiency and adjacent teeth shifting that were mentioned above. Once this bacteria and plaque cause inflammation in the gums, the condition can worsen to advanced periodontitis if not treated. At this stage, you are at a significant risk for further tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the United States.

Tooth loss can happen a number of ways, including periodontal disease, congenital absence, trauma or a mechanical failure. Regardless of the reason for your tooth loss, there is no way around the fact that your tooth needs to be replaced. Dental implants are the most preferred solution for doing so. To learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you, please contact Dr. Wayne Suway. When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, time is of the essence.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 @ 10:04 PM
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contact-300x219Implant dentistry is the fastest growing branch of modern dentistry, and for good reason. Dental implants provide a tooth replacement option that patients can feel confident in. While they look natural and attractive, they also deliver unsurpassed stability compared to other tooth replacement options. A lack of stability can make patients afraid to speak, laugh and smile. However, the most significant consequence to unstable prosthetic teeth happens at meal time.

Chewing can be very difficult if you have dentures that slip, irritate your gums or pop out of place. In fact, this is the reason that many denture wearers resort to a soft foods diet. Unfortunately, a soft foods diet is typically rich in carbohydrates and low in fibrous fruits and vegetables. This can be a dangerous combination for your general health and well being. Patients may find themselves at an increased risk for diabetes and obesity, as simple carbohydrates are also high in sugar. Before you settle on foods like mashed potatoes and applesauce in your long-term dietary plan, consider switching to a more stabilized tooth replacement option.

Dental implants act just like your tooth root. They are surgically placed in your jawbone with a custom dental restoration on top. This means that when you move your jaw to bite and chew, your prosthetic teeth won’t budge. As an added bonus, your jawbone gets properly stimulated, which prevents it from atrophy.

If you have already invested in traditional dentures, it is not too late to secure them with dental implants. Dr. Wayne Suway is a remarkable implants dentist who understands the long-term benefits of choosing dental implants. Don’t let your overall health suffer because you’ve compromised your diet for your dentures. With dental implants, you have the freedom to eat the foods you love and nourish your body with what it needs to stay healthy.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 @ 12:02 AM
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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
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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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