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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 01:07 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean Your Teeth and Gums

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

Use Your Teeth For Chewing Only

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

Keep Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks to a Minimum

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

Consider Using a Mouth Guard

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

Visit your Dentist Regularly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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