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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 03:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants serve as missing tooth roots and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The process involves inserting prosthetic screws into the jawbone and allowing them to heal and fuse with the jawbone. Once they are tightly anchored into place, replacement teeth (either crowns or bridges) may be attached to the dental implants to take the place of missing teeth. In order for the process to work correctly, a patient must have enough healthy bone to support dental implants. Unfortunately, wearing dentures can cause bone loss over time. Failure to replace missing teeth in a timely manner can also cause the bone to wear away. So, what if you do not have enough healthy bone to support dental implants? Does this rule you out for the procedure altogether? Not necessarily.

In some cases where a patient does not have sufficient bone in the jaw to support dental implants or if the quality of bone in the jaw is not acceptable, bone grafting or bone augmentation can be used to prepare the jaw for the successful placement of dental implants. There are four different types of bone grafting procedures that can be used to prepare for dental implants including the following:

Socket Preservation Graft – used immediately after a tooth is removed when a bone socket wall is thin and the likelihood of volumetric bone loss is high

Block Cortical Bone Graft – restoration of the lost bone in the cases where the width and height of remaining bone are insufficient to place an implant in the proper position

Sinus Lift Bone Graft – 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

Your implants dentist or oral surgeon can best determine which type or types of bone grafting procedures are needed to suit your particular situation. If you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for dental implants due to insufficient bone in the jaw, you may want to get a second opinion. With today’s advances in dental technology and dental implants dentistry, many patients who were turned away in the past are now able to benefit from this innovative and life-changing tooth replacement system.

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

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Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 03:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you are over the age of sixty-five, you are technically in your “golden years.” At this point in your life, your children are most likely grown and have left the nest, leaving you time to do things that you were not previously able to do. This may include seeing the world, taking up new hobbies or visiting relatives. Maybe you are taking cooking classes or starting a vegetable garden. Perhaps you are simply enjoying your grandchildren. There is no end to the possibilities. If you are like many seniors, you now finally have the money and the time you need to enjoy life. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people over the age of 65 have lost at least one or more of their permanent teeth. In fact, more than 27% of seniors (age 65 and older) in American have no remaining teeth at all. For some, oral health issues can make the golden years not so golden.

If you have lost all of your permanent teeth and are currently wearing dentures, you are well aware of the drawbacks of this popular tooth replacement option. From the messy gooey adhesive creams to the constant fear that your false teeth will come loose or even fall out while eating or speaking, dentures leave a lot to be desired. In addition to these problems, wearing dentures can really wreak havoc on your oral health by causing bone loss and not allowing you to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Do you restrict your diet and limit your intake of high-fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables because they are harder to chew? Do you stick mostly to processed foods that are easier to chew and digest? If so, you may be eating more calories than necessary and missing out on important vitamins and nutrients. This can make you more at risk for Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease.

The good news is that you can get a new lease on life with dental implants. Dental implants are a permanent, fixed solution to missing teeth and provide a great alternative to traditional dentures. With dental implants, you no longer have to deal with denture adhesive creams and you need not worry that your replacement teeth will come loose or fall out. Most importantly, you can eat a balanced diet that is rich in high-fiber, nutritionally dense foods. Most people with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants as there are very few medical rule-outs. While the cost of dental implants is higher than traditional dentures, the advantages far outweigh the extra cost for most people. If you are tired of your oral health holding you back from really enjoying your golden years, talk to a dental implant specialist in your local area today.

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

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