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Sunday, July 28, 2013 @ 12:07 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement option that allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. For decades, many patients all around the world have benefited from this groundbreaking tooth replacement solution. However, since their inception, dental implants have evolved. Now, there are conventional dental implants as well as mini dental implants. So, what is the difference?

The main difference between conventional dental implants and mini dental implants is the size. Conventional dental implants are equal to or larger than three millimeters in diameter. Mini dental implants are less than three millimeters in diameter. Both are attached to the jawbone through surgery, however, mini dental implants have a special coating of osseon that helps them to fuse to bone more quickly. This translates into quicker healing times. In fact, mini dental implants can heal within two to three weeks from the first appointment. And, mini dental implants cost significantly less than conventional implants.

Mini dental implants can be used to for full, partial or single tooth replacement. However, mini dental implants are not right for everyone. Your dentist or oral surgeon is the best person to advise you on the best tooth replacement system to meet your needs and your long-term dental health.

If you are currently wearing dentures and are looking for a more comfortable, natural solution to missing teeth, or if you are missing teeth and have not yet chosen a tooth replacement option, talk to your dentist today about dental implants. You will be glad you did!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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Sunday, July 7, 2013 @ 05:07 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Your wisdom teeth are your third molars: a set of molars that usually erupt into your mouth sometime between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. They are the last teeth to come in and have been nicknamed “wisdom teeth” because they come in young adulthood.

Most of us associate wisdom teeth with pain. This is because most of the time, the wisdom teeth are extracted shortly after they come in. So this leaves us with the following question: what is the point of wisdom teeth? Anthropologists believe that the third molars or “wisdom teeth” were at one time necessary due to the rough diet of our ancestors. Our ancestors ate primarily coarse foods such as leaves, roots, nuts and meats. These foods required more chewing power and resulted in excessive wear and tear on the teeth. During this time period, by the time the third molars came in, the other sets of molars had been worn down quite a bit. This left room for third molars and made them necessary.

Today’s diet consists of softer foods. The invention of forks and knives has also cut down on the wear and tear on teeth considerably. As a result, the third molars are no longer needed. In fact, most people do not have room in their mouths for a third set of molars. If the “wisdom teeth” do not have enough room to erupt into the mouth and become fully functional teeth, they can become impacted. Failure to remove impacted teeth can lead to serious dental health problems such as overcrowding, periodontal disease and abscesses.

The good news is that the invention of anesthesia has made the process of wisdom teeth extraction a lot more comfortable. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, you do not need to be afraid. Failure to have impacted wisdom teeth removed can have significant negative consequences on your dental health. Schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon in your local area for a painless wisdom tooth extraction today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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