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Friday, March 20, 2015 @ 12:03 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

There are many factors to consider when choosing a teeth replacement option. While most patients evaluate the aesthetics and functionality of each option, safety should also be heavily considered. If your tooth replacement choice is not safe, it simply doesn’t matter how natural they appear or how well you can eat, speak and laugh. You can rest assured that dental implants not only meet your cosmetic and functional criteria, but they are also a safe tooth replacement option. Contemporary dental implants have been in use for more than 30 years, with safe, proven and effective results.

You will find that the dental implant material used to replace missing teeth is safe, durable and rigorously tested. Most dental implants involve an artificial tooth root that is made of titanium. Titanium is a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body and provides a sturdy foundation for your tooth restoration. Over time your natural jawbone fuses to this surgical post during a process called osseointegration. This is what gives dental implants the significant advantage over dentures or bridges, as your prosthetic teeth can function in the most natural way. In addition, dental implants are the only restoration method that stimulates your natural bone underneath the missing tooth, which prevent premature facial collapse.

Now that you are comfortable with the safety of the actual dental implant material and healing process, it is also worth noting that the dental implants procedure itself is safe. An experienced and board certified implants dentist, such as Dr. Wayne Suway, can utilize precise and advanced surgical techniques to ensure the procedure is carried out in the safest manner.

Guided surgery can be used to place dental implants. This helps your dentist plan a dental implant virtually and accurately place the implant in the most safe, predictable, and efficient method. Guided surgery using 3D technology can eliminate the guesswork for your surgeon, revealing valuable images such as nerves, sinuses and other anatomical landmarks. You can rest assured that the surgical procedure of your dental implants has been perfected to promote the highest level of safety and give you the best possible results.

Just as with any oral surgery or major restorative procedure, dental implants are not risk free. It is important to fully discuss the risks and benefits with your dentist, especially as it pertains to your unique situation.

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Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 02:03 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Mini Implants continue to gain popularity as a less expensive, less invasive and quicker option for replacement teeth – while still following the gold standard dental implant concept. Depending on your specific situation, you may be able to restore missing teeth using thinner and smaller implant version, called mini dental implants.

Mini dental implants are smaller in diameter than conventional implants, ranging in diameter size from 1.8mm to 2.9mm. They have been approved by the FDA for long-term use. Mini dental implants require less surgical intervention and are a fraction of the cost as traditional implants. Furthermore, whereas dental implants can be a lengthy treatment process, mini implants can typically be accomplished in a single office visit.

Don’t let the simplicity and advantages of mini dental implants fool you into thinking they are a less superior option. Mini Dental Implants (MDIs) can be used for single tooth replacement, multiple tooth replacement and full arch replacement and they still require careful, precise calculation and planning. MDIs display a proven, successful track record – a leading study revealed that over a 5-year period, out of 2,514 MDIs placed in 531 patients, 94.2% were successful.

Here is a breakdown of the pros of mini dental implants:

• No need for complex flap surgery or bone grafting. MDIs are smaller and do not need the amount of bone structure that a conventional implants needs. There are no sutures involved in a mini dental implant procedure.

• Shorter healing time. Mini implants do not require invasive surgery so the prosthetic tooth can be loaded within hours and the healing process is often reduced from months to days.

• Less Discomfort. There is less irritation and disturbance to the bone and tissue during MDI procedures; therefore you can expect minimal pain/discomfort.

• Comfortable. Mini implants do not slip or feel bulky like dentures can do.

• Prevents facial collapse. MDIs are still fixed to your jawbone similar to a tooth root. Therefore, it protects your facial structure from bone loss and premature aging.

• Affordable. Mini implants are a 1/3 the price of conventional dental implants on average.

With so many advantages, you may be ready to elect mini dental implants as your tooth replacement option. However, only a certified dental implants dentist can advise you on whether or not this is the right choice for you. There are certain situations where mini implants are not ideal. Replacing your smile and regaining your quality of life and confidence with replacement teeth is a major decision, so make sure you ask questions and explore your options to the fullest.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 05:03 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

There are patients that find dentures to be an acceptable and effective solution for missing teeth. However, there are also a great number of people whose dentures are ill-fitting. Unfortunately, ill-fitting dentures can not only cause frustration and pain, but they are not able to deliver the proper function that they were made for.

For patients who continue to have ill-fitting dentures causing them more harm than good, it may be time to consider implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures use three to five dental implants to secure the dentures in place. Implant-supported dentures provide a firm, durable support system much like your natural teeth roots. They can eliminate slipping and sliding issues of dentures and allow patients to once again to eat their favorite foods without fear of their dentures dislodging.

If you are experiencing these common signs of ill-fitting dentures, it may be time to consult with a dental implants dentist for help:

Discomfort – This is your biggest indication that there is a problem with the way your dentures fit. Pain may be due to gum irritation of your dentures slipping. Some patients even find that their cheeks are sore from constantly trying to keep dentures in place.

Oral sores – The friction from dentures sliding back and forth on tender tissues inside your mouth can easily cause sores. This makes eating and drinking especially painful. If not treated, oral sores can become infected.

Speech Problems – Many denture wearers have difficulty speaking if their dentures are not fitted properly. Either patients slur their speech or talk with a clenched bite in an effort to keep their dentures in pace.

Diet and Weight Changes – If ill-fitting dentures have caused you to change your dietary habits dramatically or even resulted in weight changes, it is time to make amendments regarding your tooth replacement system. This is a common sign of ill-fitting denture users because they tend to gravitate towards soft, fatty foods like ice cream to avoid the need for chewing more healthy and fibrous foods.

While it is certainly possible that your dentures can be adjusted to a comfortable fit, it is not uncommon for patients to fight an uphill battle when it comes to feeling confident in their dentures. Using dental implants to support dentures can help you achieve an attractive, functional and confident smile. You should never endure pain and discomfort to replace missing teeth.

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