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Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 03:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

By taking the place of missing tooth roots, dental implants can be used to provide support for dental crowns, bridges and even dentures. This revolutionary tooth replacement system provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. For many individuals who make the change from dentures to dental implant supported replacement teeth, this tooth replacement system is life changing.

If this sounds good, you might be wondering how long a dental implant will last. While it will vary from individual to individual, dental implants can last for a lifetime, with proper care. Typically, when a dental implant fails, it is due to improper home care or failure to seek treatment, when needed. Proper nutrition, overall health and other disease processes can also play a factor.

If you want to give your dental implants the very best chance of lasting for a lifetime, it is vitally important to practice good daily oral hygiene at home and to visit your dentist regularly for routine dental cleanings and checkups. If you experience problems with your implant or any dental problems at all, it is important to seek treatment immediately. In addition, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and leading a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in protecting your long-term dental health.

Dental implants represent a significant investment that is well worth the cost for most individuals. If you do decide to invest in dental implants, you need to do all you can to protect your investment. If you would like to get more information about how to care for your dental implants or about dental implants in general, talk to a dental implants specialist in your local area.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 03:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

The success rate of dental implants is extremely high. There is typically a 95% success rate of implants lasting after 5 years and 90% success rate 10 years after surgery. There is a very low rate of dental implant failure, but it does happen from time to time. You may be wondering why implants fail? There are two major reasons that implants fail.

One of the reasons for implant failure is when the jaw bone does not adhere to the titanium screw. When this happens the implant will be loose and fall out. If there is trauma to the jawbone during surgery or infection sets in, the fusion between bone and screw could happen. In some instances the replacement teeth are set too soon after implant and the implant has not fully healed or set. The second major reason is infection in the gum tissue. If an infection develops in the gum tissue it may prolong or prevent the implant from setting up properly. One an infection is cleared up with antibiotics and the gum tissues heal, the implant can typically be restored.

To avoid implant failure, remember the following tips:

• Brush your teeth twice a day and pay close attention to the gum line to best avoid infection.

• Always use interproximal brushes that are specially designed to clean the area between dental implants.

• End-tufted brushes should be used to clean around the neck of the implant at the gum line.

• Ask your dentist to prescribe antimicrobial mouth rinse like chlorhexidine and use mouth rinse as recommended.

• Keep regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings.

If you fear you are having a problem with your dental implant, call your doctor immediately.

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Atlanta, GA 30339
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 09:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

It is almost summertime! Hard to believe with the long and cold winter we had in Atlanta this year! Summer means time to relax, go to the beach or lake, enjoy warmer weather and hang out with your family and friends. It is also a great time to enjoy some quality time with your children while they are out of school. Unfortunately, summer also means an increased number of dental traumas, especially among children. During the summer months, kids are more likely to play outside and to engage in activities that involve more physical contact. This includes climbing trees, swimming in pools, playing sports and roughhousing in general. While all this activity is great for their development and physical fitness, it also leaves them more at risk for dental traumas and traumatic tooth loss.

One way to cut down on the risk of dental traumas is to make sure that your child wears a protective mouth guard while participating in contact sports. You can buy mouth guards at any sporting goods store, or you can purchase a custom-fitted mouth guard from your dentist. A custom-fitted mouth guard is made especially to fit your child’s mouth and can be more effective in protecting their teeth from traumas and injuries.

So, what can you do to cut down on the risk of losing a tooth due to a traumatic injury this summer? If a tooth is broken, find the missing piece and go immediately to the dentist. This is especially important if the tooth appears to be bleeding from the middle and not just at the gum line. If a tooth is knocked out, it is important to put it immediately back into place, then get to a dental office immediately. If a tooth can be placed back into the mouth within a half-hour of the injury, a full recovery is much more likely. If a tooth is knocked out and cannot be put back into the mouth, place it in milk and go straight to the dentist. Avoid touching the root of the tooth and do not clean it beyond rinsing it gently under water.

If you do lose a tooth or multiple teeth due to a dental trauma, there are a variety of options available to replace them. One option is dental implants. Unlike other tooth replacement solutions, dental implants provide a fixed, long-term solution that looks, feels and functions like natural teeth.

Hopefully, you will not have to deal with any dental traumas this summer! We wish you a safe and healthy summer season.

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