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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 05:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Tooth loss is an embarrassing and debilitating problem facing many Americans today.  The best way to deal with tooth loss is to prevent it from happening in the first place.  You can decrease your chances of tooth loss by flossing and brushing daily and by getting your teeth professionally cleaned and checked by a dentist regularly (at least every six months).

One of the leading causes of tooth loss today is periodontal (gum) disease.  Gum disease is caused when the bacteria in plaque causes the gums to become inflamed.  It starts with Gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease in which the gums swell and bleed easily.  You can reverse Gingivitis by getting a professional tooth cleaning and practicing good oral hygiene at home.

Untreated Gingivitis can lead to Periodontitis, an infection in the gums surrounding the teeth.  This sets off an inflammatory response that can result in the tooth loss.  The warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease include the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Persistent sore, swollen, red or bleeding gums
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity

If you are currently experiencing any of the above warning signs or if you suspect you may have periodontal disease, please schedule an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible.  Dental implants provide a permanent solution for missing teeth that enable patients to chew, eat, laugh and talk with confidence.  If you are currently missing teeth due to gum disease or any other reason, schedule an appointment with an Oral Surgeon to see if you are a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 05:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Losing a tooth in the front of your mouth significantly affects your smile and your appearance.  So it is easy to understand why we are motivated to replace it!  However, what happens if you lose a tooth or teeth in the back of your mouth?  Why is it important to replace a missing tooth in an area of your mouth that does not directly affect your smile?

Unfortunately, many people ignore a missing tooth in the back of their mouth. This usually ends up harming their smile and their overall health.  Our teeth are designed to work together and each one performs a specific function.  When one or more teeth are lost, more work is required of the remaining teeth, shortening their life.

When a tooth is missing, the other teeth will typically shift toward the gap.  This can cause a destructive bite that in turn can cause headaches, severe jaw pain, broken teeth, and teeth that wear too fast.

A missing tooth or missing teeth can also lead to gum disease by creating a trap for food and bacteria.  Gum disease is an infection that affects the entire body and can increase the risk for heart disease, heart attack, and various other health problems.

Today, dental implants provide patients with a permanent solution to missing teeth that enable them to chew, laugh, talk and smile with confidence.  If you are missing a tooth or teeth, do not put your oral health and your overall health at risk by ignoring the problem.  Schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon today to discuss your options for tooth replacement.

 

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Friday, April 22, 2011 @ 08:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Scientific research has proven that the better you look, the better others treat you.  It is not even a conscious choice by those around you; it is just the way human nature works.  Right or wrong, the reality is that attractiveness can determine how other people perceive you and treat you.  Your smile and teeth could largely determine how much another person wants to be around you.

Dental implants provide a permanent solution for patients with tooth loss that enables them to have fully functioning teeth and to eat and chew with confidence.  There are also significant cosmetic advantages to dental implants.

A missing tooth or missing teeth can lead to bone loss.  This causes patients to loose cheek and lip support.  Dental implants restore cheek and lip support that has been lost due to shrinkage of bone.  When there has been bone loss, lip and cheek support can be built right into the tooth portion of reconstruction to restore lost support for the face and reduce the appearance of age.

Bone loss caused by a missing tooth or missing teeth can also shorten the distance between the upper and lower teeth.  Using dental implants to correct this problem is like having a Face-Lift “from the inside”, since facial form is greatly improved by normalizing the height of the facial skeleton.  Individuals who have this corrected will universally look much younger!

Almost all people with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants; there are very few medical reasons that rule patients out for this procedure.  If you are interested in the cosmetic benefits of dental implants, talk to an Oral Surgeon to find out if you are a candidate.

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Friday, April 22, 2011 @ 07:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Life expectancy in the United States has been on the rise for a decade.  In 2007, life expectancy in the United States reached a high of nearly 78 years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  With Americans living longer, it is now more important than ever to take good care of your teeth.  Good oral health contributes to a good overall quality of life for senior Americans.

Brushing and flossing your teeth daily and getting regular dental check ups can help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems that can lead to tooth loss.  However, despite regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene, tooth loss is a reality for many senior Americans.  According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2004), approximately 24% of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have no remaining teeth.  For Americans 75 years of age or more, this number jumps to 31%.

Tooth loss significantly decreases the quality of life for senior Americans.  Problems associated with tooth loss can include compromised nutrition, social embarrassment, and more.  In the past, seniors had few options for replacing missing teeth.  Today, dental implants provide a permanent solution to tooth loss that enables seniors to once again eat the foods they love, and chew, laugh, smile, and talk with confidence.

Most patients are candidates for dental implants; there are very few medical reasons that rule patients out for this revolutionary procedure.  If you are searching for a permanent solution to missing teeth, contact an Oral Surgeon to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 @ 10:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you have heard about a new procedure that enables patients to get new teeth in an hour, you may think it sounds too good to be true.  Actually, thanks to a revolutionary procedure first developed by Nobel Biocare, it is possible for patients to get fully functioning teeth on dental implants in one single procedure that lasts a little over an hour.

The Teeth-in-an-Hour (TIAH) process requires close collaboration between a highly experienced restorative dentist and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.  It starts when a 3-dimensional CAT scan is made of the patient’s jawbones. Compared to conventional CAT scanners (found in a hospital setting), the 3D Conebeam CT scanners deliver only a fraction of the radiation dose.  A 3-D virtual model of the jawbone can be generated from the CT scan, which is then used to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient.  This is referred to as “Virtual Surgery” and results in more accurate placement and less chair time for the patient at the surgery office. Best of all, this allows for a much less invasive surgery, which typically results in little or no pain and swelling.

A significant advantage of the TIAH procedure is the fact that it does not require multiple visits to multiple offices, and can be completed in a single office visit in a little over an hour.  Another important benefit is the fact that the computer-guided implant surgery can in most cases be done without requiring any flap reflection so there is much less post-operative discomfort, swelling and bruising.  Lastly, the TIAH procedure allows for a more precise implant placement.

Teeth-in-an-Hour is a revolutionary procedure than enables patients to speak, smile, and laugh with confidence and to once again eat the foods they love.  Please contact an oral surgeon to get more information about Teeth-in-an-Hour and how this procedure could benefit you.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011 @ 02:04 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

When an adult tooth is unable to grow fully into the mouth– so that it can chew against another tooth and be kept clean—, it is said to be impacted.  Reasons that teeth become impacted include lack of space in the jaw and misalignment, such as when a tooth is rotated out of position.  Impaction can also be caused when a neighboring tooth shifts abnormally into the place where a tooth should go.

If not properly treated, impacted teeth can lead to a variety of oral health problems.  Common complications of untreated impacted teeth include the following:

  • Infection in the tooth or gums
  • Crowding of the other teeth
  • Chronic pain or discomfort
  • Cyst formation
  • Cavity formation in an adjacent tooth

Wisdom teeth (third molars) usually form between the ages of fifteen and twenty and are located in the back of the mouth.  Since they are the last teeth to develop, they may not have enough room to grow into the mouth and become fully functional teeth that can be cleaned and maintained.  To prevent the complications that can arise from impacted wisdom teeth, they are commonly removed.

Sometimes teeth that are important to normal chewing function such as the upper canine (eye) teeth can become impacted.  Provided that there is space for them come into the mouth, an oral surgeon can surgically expose these important teeth so than an orthodontist can guide them into a normal functional position.  An orthodontic exposure procedure involves the creation of an incision in (and sometimes the removal of) the gum tissue that is covering the impacted tooth in order to expose the hidden tooth underneath.  If there is a baby tooth still present, it is removed at the same time.  Once the tooth is exposed, an orthodontic bracket is bonded to the exposed tooth’s crown.  At this point, an orthodontist can begin the process of moving the tooth into its proper position.  This can take up to a year to complete.

If you have an impacted tooth or impacted teeth, it is important to see an oral surgeon as soon as possible.  An experienced oral surgeon can discuss the treatment options available and determine the best course of treatment to protect your teeth and prevent the complications that can result from impacted teeth.

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Friday, April 8, 2011 @ 11:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

According to the most recent (1999-2004) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 8.52% of American adults aged 20-64 have periodontal (gum) disease.  Periodontal disease involves a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth.  If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to serious dental health problems.  In fact, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.

Common causes of periodontal disease include poor oral hygiene and inadequate brushing and flossing.  Smoking or using other types of tobacco products is also a significant risk factor for developing periodontal disease.

Treatment for periodontal disease ranges from professional deep cleaning and medications to oral surgery, depending on the severity.  Getting regular dental check-ups, brushing and flossing daily, and eliminating smoking and tobacco use are the best defense against periodontal disease.

Dental implants are an ideal option for patients who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease.  A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed in your jaw by an oral surgeon and used to support a replacement tooth or bridge.  Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants provide a permanent solution for  patients with tooth loss.

Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth.  This allows patients to smile, speak, and laugh with confidence.  Patients with dental implants can once again enjoy social interactions and relationships that contribute to a good overall quality of life.

Dental implants also enable patients to eat and chew with confidence.  Patients with dental implants do not have to change their diets to avoid fiber-rich foods that are harder to chew.  Being able to eat nutrient rich, high-fiber foods positively affects patients’ overall health and nutrition.

If you have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, dental implants may be a good option for you.  You may want to consult your oral surgeon to get more information regarding this permanent tooth replacement solution and how it could benefit you.

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Friday, April 8, 2011 @ 10:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Continuing advances in oral surgery make dental implants a viable option for more and more patients.  In fact, if you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for dental implants due to lack of supporting bone, don’t lose hope.  You may actually be a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system after all.

Missing teeth and periodontal (gum) disease can lead to bone loss in the jaws.  An adequate amount of bone in the jaw is required in order to properly place a dental implant.  In the past, many patients were ruled out due to poor quantity and/or quality of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants.

Today, technological advances in oral surgery including 3D imaging and “Virtual Surgery” enable oral surgeons to find useful, healthy bone that could not be accessed only a few years ago.  This new technology provides many patients who were ruled out in the past with the opportunity to receive dental implants.

Even if you do not have a sufficient quantity of bone in your jaw or jaws, you may still be a candidate for dental implants.  In many cases, bone grafting can be used to support dental implants for patients with bone loss.  Different types of bone grafting include Block Cortical Bone Grafting, Sinus Lift Bone Grafting, and Guided Bone Regeneration.

Block Cortical Bone Grafting is used for the restoration of lost bone in the cases where the height and width of remaining bone are insufficient to place an implant in the proper position.  Sinus Lift Bone Grafting is utilized to replace missing bone to allow for implant placement in the back of the mouth.  Guided Bone Regeneration may be utilized when there is a localized defect in the bone or only slightly inadequate bone in the area of implant placement.

If you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for dental implants, it may be worth revisiting with your oral surgeon.  You may want to schedule an appointment to discuss the latest advancements in dental implants and how they may benefit you.

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Friday, April 1, 2011 @ 08:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Every year approximately 35,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer, a  largely preventable form of cancer affecting the mouth and/or part of the throat.  Most oral cancers are related to alcohol use, the use of tobacco products, or both.  Drinking alcohol only in moderation and avoiding all tobacco products can help reduce your risk for oral cancer.

Early detection of oral cancer is very important as it can spread quickly if not treated aggressively. It is very important to communicate with your physician or oral surgeon if you notice continued changes in your mouth or throat.  This could include swelling, sores (ulcers), numbness, or difficulty with swallowing or eating. A thorough oral cancer exam performed by an oral surgeon can identify the early signs of oral cancer.

The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathological process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening (often painless) on the skin lining inside the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

You should promptly notify your physician or oral surgeon if you experience any of these warning signs.

Facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason can be a warning sign of oral cancer.  However, it is important to note that oral pain does not always occur with pathology, and is more often not associated with oral cancer.  Nonetheless, If you are experiencing any of the warning signs of oral cancer or have noticed changes in your mouth or throat, the best thing would be to notify your physician promptly.  Your physician may refer you to an oral surgeon who can perform a thorough oral cancer examination and a biopsy, if indicated.

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