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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 @ 04:11 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Most of us automatically associate oral surgery including dental implant surgery with severe pain and long recoveries.  However, with advances in oral surgery techniques as well as medications, this does not have to be the case.  Careful surgical technique, appropriate medications and patients’ compliance with post-surgery instructions will enhance your rapid and uneventful recovery from dental implant surgery.  Proper nutrition and good oral hygiene also play a large role in a patient’s recovery.

The level of discomfort after the placement of dental implants is usually quite minor and can often be managed with an NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen or Advil or even Tylenol (if your doctor has advised you to avoid NSAIDs).  In some cases, narcotics such as Darvocet or Lorcet are prescribed for pain relief post dental implant surgery.

Swelling and bruising are usually minimal or absent post dental implant surgery.  If it occurs, it will usually peak at forty-eight hours, rapidly resolve, and will be negligible by the fifth day after surgery.  Mild bruising of the facial skin may occur but will usually clear in three to five days.  Many patients do not experience any bruising at all.  Bleeding is usually minimal if present at all.  Patients may experience some mild oozing for up to twenty-four hours after dental implant surgery.

It is really important to communicate with your oral surgeon after your dental implant surgery so that he/she can make sure that your recovery is going as expected.  It is also important to closely follow any pre-operative instructions that you receive from your doctor.

There is no reason to fear dental implant surgery.  If you have not pursued dental implants because of a fear of the procedure itself, call an oral surgeon today.  A qualified oral surgeon can give you more information about what to expect after dental implant surgery.

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Monday, November 21, 2011 @ 02:11 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants are prosthetic anchors that are placed in the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots and allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  Traditionally, this tooth replacement system has required two different procedures:  one to place the dental implants in the jawbone and one to place the replacement teeth or crowns onto the dental implants.  These two procedures are scheduled far enough apart to allow for the jawbone to heal so that the implants become secured to the bone in a process called Osseointegration.  For patients with limited time, or patients who travel frequently, this can be hard to schedule.

Teeth-In-An-Hour is a revolutionary concept that can provide patients with fully functioning teeth on dental implants in a single procedure that lasts a little over an hour.  The technology was recently developed by Nobel Biocare and allows for collaboration between the restorative doctor and the oral surgeon.

The Teeth-In-An-Hour process starts when a 3-D CAT scan is made of the patient’s jawbone. This CAT scan allows for the generation of a 3-D virtual model of the jawbone that can be used in virtual reality software 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.

The result is replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth, without the wait.  This revolutionary treatment option has made dental implant supported replacement teeth more attractive and more accessible to many patients. This procedure requires special training and expertise and is not currently offered by all oral surgeons.  If you are interested in getting dental implant supported replacement teeth in an hour, call an oral surgeon today to see if they offer this cutting edge procedure.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 07:11 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Are new teeth on your grown up Christmas list this year?  Has the pain and embarrassment of living with missing teeth caused you to withdraw from others and from social situations?  Has eating become tedious and potentially embarrassing due to slipping dentures?  Are you tired of dealing with sticky, gooey denture adhesive creams?  If so, maybe this year is the time to give yourself one of the greatest gifts…new teeth.

After all, our teeth affect many aspects of our lives.   Most of us don’t realize this until we are faced with tooth loss.  We take for granted the fact that we are able to eat the foods we want and smile, talk and laugh with confidence.  It is only when we lose our teeth that we realize the important role they play in our everyday functions and interactions.

While dentures, partial dentures and bridges are all options for replacing missing teeth, the only permanent solution is dental implants.  Dental implants also have many other benefits over other tooth replacement systems.  Dental implants allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like normal teeth.  Therefore, patients with dental implants do not have to modify their diets and can eat the foods they love without worry.  Dental implants do not require the use of adhesive creams since they are permanently anchored in a patient’s jawbone.  Patients with dental implant supported replacement teeth do not have to worry about them slipping or falling out.

If you are interested in giving yourself the gift of healthy teeth this holiday season, contact a qualified oral surgeon in your local area.  Many oral surgery practices offer financing options that allow patients to pay for their dental implants over time.  Happy Holidays!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 04:11 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

We have all heard the popular saying, “laughter is the best medicine.”  However, most of us don’t realize how true this saying is.  Aside from the immediate benefit of making us feel happy or amused, laughter and humor have a very positive effect on  our physical and mental health.  Unfortunately, laughing can be stressful and embarrassing for patients with missing teeth.

Laughter and humor can improve your physical health by boosting your immunity, lowering stress hormones, decreasing pain and relaxing your muscles.  In fact, a good strong laugh relieves physical tension and stress in your muscles for up to forty-five minutes after.  Laughter also improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow.  This can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Laughter and humor positively affect your mental health by easing anxiety and fear, relieving stress, improving your mood and enhancing your resilience.  Often a good laugh is all we need to get us through a difficult situation and can help to restore our hope.

Many patients with missing teeth are hesitant to laugh for fear of revealing their tooth loss to others around them.  This definitely puts a damper on social interactions and can negatively affect personal relationships.

Fortunately, thanks to dental implants, patients with missing teeth now have a lot to laugh about.  Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth that allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like normal teeth.  Dental implants enable patients with missing teeth to once again smile and laugh with confidence.  If you are suffering from tooth loss and are afraid or embarrassed to laugh or smile, contact an Oral Surgeon in your area to get more information about this revolutionary tooth replacement system.  Laughter really is the best medicine!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 @ 02:11 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death among Americans.  In 2005, there were 45,520 motor vehicle related deaths in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Motor vehicle accidents are also one of the leading causes of facial trauma and injuries including tooth loss.  Every year, traffic accidents cause many Americans to lose one or more of their permanent teeth.  If this has happened to you, do not lose heart.  Advances in dental implant dentistry now give patients with tooth loss an attractive alternative to dentures or partial dentures.

Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement solution that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  Benefits include the fact that they are permanent, do not require denture creams or adhesives and are not at risk for slipping or falling out.  Other benefits include their natural appearance as well as the fact that they function just like natural teeth and do not require patients to restrict their diets to eliminate foods that are harder to chew.

The process involves inserting a prosthetic anchor into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once the jawbone has healed and the anchors are securely in place,(a process called Osseointegration), crowns or bridges may be attached to the implants to take the place of missing teeth. This advanced dental procedure requires coordination between an oral surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Most patients are candidates for dental implants and there are very few reasons that medically rule a patient out for this procedure.

If you have sustained tooth loss as a result of a motor vehicle accident, talk to an oral surgeon today to get more information about dental implants and to find out if you are a candidate.  Drive carefully!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011 @ 01:11 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Has the recent downturn in the economy left you once again looking for a job?  If so, you are not alone.  The unemployment rate remains high despite the end of the recession.  This means that competition for the jobs available is high.  It is now more important than ever to polish your interviewing skills.

One of the most important ways to prepare for a job interview is to work on your confidence.  When you exude self-confidence, you give prospective employers the impression that you can handle the job.   Your appearance and specifically your smile plays a big part in how confident you feel.  If you have missing or diseased teeth, it may be difficult to achieve a confident smile.

Missing and/or diseased teeth are not good for your dental health and certainly do not help you to feel confident about your smile and your overall appearance.  Maybe it is time to invest in yourself and your appearance.  Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  The process involves inserting prosthetic anchors into your jawbone to replace missing tooth roots.  Once the jaw has healed and the anchors are securely in place, crowns or bridges may be attached to the implants to replace missing teeth.  The result is natural looking teeth that function the same as natural teeth.  If you invest in dental implants, the only one who will know is you!

To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, contact an Oral Surgeon.  Good luck on your next interview!

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