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Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 10:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

According to a quote from Charles Reade, “Beauty is power; a smile its sword.”  Our smile creates a lasting first impression and sends signals to others that we are friendly, approachable and confident people.  The truth is, attractiveness can determine how others perceive you and treat you.  Scientific research has proven that the better you look, the better others treat you. Whether you are in a job interview or on a first date, your smile is one of your most important assets.

According to Lee Mildon “People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.”  Charles Gordy says “A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.”  These quotes just further demonstrate how important your smile is to your overall appearance.

But what if your smile is hindered by the embarrassment of missing teeth?  Do you hide your smile?  Do you turn away from people, even if just slightly to hide the gap in your mouth from a missing tooth?  Do you withhold your smile from a big grin even at the funniest moments?  Missing teeth can destroy your self-confidence and change how your smile.

If missing teeth or wearing dentures are hindering your smile, dental implants are definitely worth considering.  Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like normal teeth.  This revolutionary tooth replacement system has enabled millions of patients to once again smile, laugh and speak with confidence.  Talk to an Oral Surgeon today about dental implants and how they may improve your appearance.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 10:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Traveling exposes us to new ideas, different cultures and expands our thinking.  Many of us look forward to our “golden years” for the opportunity to travel and see different places and things.  Whether you long to visit the great Pyramids in Egypt, sample wines in the Tuscan region of Italy, or take a Safari through Africa, there are few things more exciting than planning a trip.  For many of us, tasting the local cuisine of wherever we happen to be visiting is a large and important part of the trip!

However, terrorism and the resulting changes in airline policies and procedures have succeeded in taking some of the glamour out of traveling.  The truth is that traveling now involves a hassle factor that cannot be denied.  This does not take the pleasure out of traveling, but requires a certain amount of patience and the right mental attitude to endure.

Medical problems can also make traveling a bit more difficult.  If you wear dentures, the possibility of them coming loose or even worse, coming out during a trip can make traveling more stressful, especially if you are traveling outside of the United States or to remote places where dental care is not readily available. Then there is the added hassle of packing denture adhesive creams and getting them through security.  Additionally, wearing dentures can limit your diet and force you to exclude some foods that are hard to chew.

If you are currently wearing dentures and long to travel, you may want to consider investing in dental implants.  Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  The best part is that they provide a permanent solution to missing teeth that enable patients to laugh, eat and smile and travel with confidence.  Dental implants have a 95% to 98% success rate, and are the most advanced tooth replacement system ever developed.

Talk to an Oral Surgeon today to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.  Bon Voyage!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 12:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Oral or Pharyngeal Cancer this year.  Currently, Oral Cancer causes approximately 8,000 deaths in the United States every year.

The death rate associated with this type of Cancer is particularly high and is higher than other common types of Cancers including Cervical Cancer, Skin Cancer and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  This is due to the Cancer being routinely discovered late in its development.  Often, Oral Cancer is only discovered after it has metastasized to another location.

Risk factors for developing Oral Cancer include age, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and persistent viral infections such as HPV.  You can reduce your risk of developing Oral Cancer by refraining from using tobacco products and limiting alcohol consumption.

In its early stages, Oral Cancer may be painless and may not cause obvious physical changes.  However, a thorough Oral Cancer screening performed by an Oral Surgeon can detect this type of Cancer in its early stages.

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 on the skin lining inside the mouth (often painless)
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

If you experience any of these warning signs, you should promptly notify your physician.  Your physician may refer you to an Oral Surgeon who can perform a thorough Oral Cancer screening and a biopsy, if indicated.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 12:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Every year, thousands of Americans sustain facial trauma resulting from motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults and sporting accidents.  Trauma to the face is a  leading cause of tooth loss in younger people.  In the past, the options for replacing missing teeth were limited to bridges or dentures.  These options do not provide a permanent solution to missing teeth, and pose a variety of limitations, especially for younger patients.

Today, dental implants offer a better solution for patients who lose teeth early in life due to facial trauma.   Dental Implants are prosthetic tooth roots that provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  The process involves inserting a prosthetic anchor into a patient’s jawbone.  After a certain amount of time (usually three months), bone grows around the anchor, and the jawbone heals.  This process is called Osseointegration.  When Osseointegration occurs, the implant is tightly held in place to the bone.  A crown is then placed on top of the dental implant to replace the missing tooth.

Dental Implants look and feel so much like natural teeth, many patients forget that they even have them.  This advanced tooth replacement system has enabled many patients who have lost teeth due to facial trauma to once again eat, smile and laugh with confidence.

If you have lost a tooth or teeth early in life due to facial trauma, don’t spend the rest of your life dealing with dentures or other temporary tooth replacement options.  Contact an Oral Surgeon today to get more information about Dental Implants and how they can benefit you.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help you to maintain a healthy weight, control your blood pressure, and prevent serious problems including diabetes and heart disease.  This fact is rarely disputed.  So, what exactly constitutes a “balanced diet?”  By definition, a balanced diet is a diet consisting of the proper quantities and proportions of foods needed to maintain health or growth.

The United States Government has established daily dietary guidelines by way of the Food Guide Pyramid.  The Food Guide Pyramid calls for eating a variety of foods each day to get the nutrients you need and at the same time the right amount of calories to maintain a healthy weight.  It recommends that you eat 6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta, 3-5 servings of vegetables, 2-4 servings of fruit, 2-3 servings of milk, yogurt and cheese and 2-3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts every day.  The Food Guide Pyramid suggests that fats, oils and sweets be used only sparingly.

Unfortunately, for patients with dentures or missing teeth, eating a healthy, balanced diet can pose a significant challenge. Many foods that appear at the bottom of the food pyramid including whole grains, fruits and vegetables can be hard to chew and properly digest for patients with dentures or missing teeth.  As a result, they are often substituted for higher calorie, higher carbohydrate foods that are easier to chew.  The result is an unhealthy, unbalanced diet that can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a permanent solution for patients with missing teeth that enable them to eat the foods they love and to eat a well balanced diet that is rich in fiber.  Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that serve as a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  If you are currently unable to eat a balanced diet due to dentures or missing teeth, please contact an Oral Surgeon today to get more information about Dental Implants and how they can benefit you.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Many books have been written on the topic of how to age gracefully.  Most experts on aging agree that an important component of aging gracefully includes surrounding yourself with people you love and people who make you laugh.  It is often said that “laughter is the best medicine” and approaching the aging process with a healthy sense of humor cannot hurt!

One popular book on aging advises you to find hobbies that do not rely on your looks or athletic prowess and that can be enjoyed at any age.  This could include gardening, reading, writing, painting and cooking. Yet another expert on aging says that the key to aging gracefully is accepting the changes in your body, your appearance and your health.  After all, longing to look and feel like you did when you were thirty when you are sixty is futile and only leads to depression and discontent.

While accepting the changes that come with age can be healthy and can help make the aging process easier, you don’t have to accept bad health as a natural part of the aging process.  Advances in medicine and technology have made it possible to live a full and healthy life well into your “golden years.”  However, your health in your older years is greatly affected by your lifestyle and behaviors during your younger years.

Establishing good habits and behaviors such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate rest and good hydration while you are young will keep your body healthy and help you to age gracefully.  Getting routine medical and dental check ups as well as important screenings such as mammograms, prostate checks and oral cancer checks can detect problems early and lead to a better outcome if problems do occur.

If you have not been to the doctor for a check up in a while, or if you are experiencing symptoms that may signal a problem, schedule an appointment with your physician today.  The same goes for your dental health.  If you are currently missing teeth, schedule an appointment with an Oral Surgeon today to discuss your tooth replacement options.  Healthy habits combined with regular medical and dental care are vital components of aging gracefully.

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Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

How much do dentures cost?  It depends on what part of the country you live in and the material from which they are made.  An upper or lower plate usually ranges anywhere from $300 to $500 while a set of upper and lower plates usually range from $600-$1000.  However, when looking at the cost of dentures, it is also important to consider the associated costs, especially the non-monetary cost!

Because dentures replace only the crowns of the teeth (and not the roots), the jawbones do not sustain the “healthy stress” that they receive when roots are in place (be they original tooth roots or artificial tooth roots.)  On the contrary, the jawbones receive the unhealthy stress of external pressure as it is applied through the gum tissue.  This causes the bones to melt away over time, which decreases the skeletal support of facial muscles and skin, leading to a prematurely “aged” appearance.  And of course, a jaw that has half the normal amount of bone is weaker and at higher risk for fracture.

Therefore, some of the most significant costs of wearing dentures are the accelerated loss of jawbone and the resulting premature aging of the face.  Of course there is also the compromise in food selection that becomes unavoidable with dentures, and the effect that this has on overall health.

As for monetary costs:  dentures do not provide a permanent replacement for missing teeth and over time may become chipped, cracked or simply wear out.  For this reason, they should be checked periodically and may need to be replaced multiple times over the span of a patient’s life. This can become costly both due to the cost of dental visits as well as the cost of replacing the dentures.

For dentures to adhere to a patient’s jaw, denture cream must be applied.  A 2.4- ounce tube of a leading brand of denture adhesive cream costs $5.29.  If you buy a tube a month, your annual cost would be over $63.00.  Over a 20-year period, your cost would be over $1,200.

Dentures also require regular cleaning.  A box of a leading brand of denture cleaner costs $6.79.  If you buy one box per month, your annual cost would be over $81.00.  Over a 20-year period, your cost would be over $1,600.

While the initial cost of dental implants are more than the initial cost of dentures, dental implants do provide a permanent solution to missing teeth and can easily last for the rest of a patient’s life.  In addition, dental implants require the same care as natural teeth and do not have associated costs such as dental adhesive creams and denture cleansers.

When making the important decision about whether to replace missing teeth with dentures or dental implants, it is also important to consider the costs associated with your overall health and nutrition.  Patients with dentures are often unable to properly chew and digest fiber-rich, nutrient dense foods.  As a result, they replace them with high carbohydrate foods that are easier to chew.  The result is a diet that is not balanced.  This can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a tooth replacement option is the affect on your overall quality of life.  Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement system that enables patients to eat, chew, laugh, smile and speak with confidence.  This revolutionary breakthrough has dramatically increased the quality of life for many patients all over the world.  If you are missing teeth, talk to an Oral Surgeon today to decide which tooth replacement option is best for you.

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Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

When making decisions about whether or not to spend money on a solution to a problem, it is very important to factor in the cost of ignoring the problem or doing nothing.  These hidden costs are often overlooked and can lead to bigger problems and bigger expenditures.

For instance, let’s say your check engine light is on in your car and you take it in to the auto repair shop to find out what is wrong.  It turns out that your radiator is no longer working properly and needs to be replaced.  A new radiator, installed, will cost you around $300.  Things are a bit tight at this time so you decide to ignore the problem and do not replace your radiator.  A few days later, the engine in your car overheats and stops due to the fact that your radiator is not working properly.  This time when you take it into the shop, you find out that driving the car with a bad radiator and allowing it to overheat has caused major engine trouble.  The price to fix your car has now increased to around $2,500.00.  In this case, the cost of doing nothing is significantly more than the cost of replacing the radiator!

The same can be true in the case of missing teeth.  Teeth will shift toward the hole left by a missing tooth.  This process can cause a destructive bite and can lead to severe jaw pain, broken teeth, and teeth that wear too fast.  In addition, missing teeth can lead to gum disease by creating a trap for food and bacteria.  Treating serious dental problems including a destructive bite and gum disease can be painful and expensive.

Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  When determining whether or not to spend the money on this revolutionary tooth replacement system, it is important to factor in the hidden cost of doing nothing.  You may find that you cannot afford not to get dental implants.

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Friday, June 3, 2011 @ 11:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Obesity in America has reached epidemic proportions.  In 2007-2008, approximately 72.5 million adults in the United States were obese based on measured heights and weights.  This number poses both a national health threat and a major public health challenge.

Obesity increases the risk for many serious chronic diseases including coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 Diabetes, certain types of cancers as well as premature death.  It is also associated with a reduced quality of life, social stigmatization and discrimination.  Not to mention the costs associated with obesity in America.  In 2006, the medical costs associated with obesity in America were estimated at as much as $147 billion dollars.

Obesity in America can be attributed to many different factors including our love of fast food and our increasingly sedentary lifestyle.  However, for many Americans, obesity is an unfortunate consequence of poor dental health.

People who are missing teeth or who are wearing dentures are often forced to change their diets to eliminate fiber-rich, nutrient dense foods that are hard to chew.  They replace these foods with high-calorie, high-carbohydrate foods that are easier to chew.  The result is a diet that is not balanced and that can lead to obesity.

Dental implants provide a permanent tooth replacement system that enables patients to eat a healthy, balanced diet and to chew with confidence.  If you have changed your diet due to missing teeth or dentures, contact an oral surgeon today to get more information about this revolutionary tooth replacement system.  You will be glad you did!

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Friday, June 3, 2011 @ 11:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Do you love to cook?  Is preparing meals for friends and/or family members one of your greatest pleasures in life?  Is your favorite channel on television the Food Network?  If so, you are not alone.  Cooking is a great American pastime.  Whether it is cooking a gourmet meal complete with wine pairings and dessert or making barbeque chicken on the grill in your backyard, cooking is a fun, relaxing and rewarding activity for many Americans.

Preparing meals together can also be a great way to connect with others.  Many of the best recipes around are passed down from one generation in a family to another.  Many of us have fond memories of baking with our Moms or a favorite Aunt or Grandmother. For some married couples who are working during the day, preparing an evening meal together provides an important time to unwind from the day and to reconnect with one another.

Unfortunately, for many Americans with tooth loss, cooking has lost some of its joy.  If tooth loss or wearing dentures has required you to eliminate foods that are hard to chew from your diet, cooking may not be so enjoyable anymore.  Let’s face it, it is not much fun to prepare a meal if you are not able to eat it!

Unlike dentures, dental implants provide a permanent solution for patients with missing teeth enabling them to once again eat the foods they love and to eat and chew with confidence.  If you love to cook but are no longer able to enjoy eating due to tooth loss or dentures, contact an oral surgeon today to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.  Bon Appetit!

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