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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 02:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you have been told that you need a sinus lift before getting dental implants, there is no need to worry. A sinus lift procedure, also called sinus augmentation, is very common. It is designed to add height to the bone in the area between the molars and premolars. A bone graft will be performed in this area, adding bone between the jaw and sinus in cases where there is insufficient upper jawbone structure to support a dental implant.

Why A Sinus Lift?

Sinus lifts are used when placing dental implants to replace the upper back teeth or molars. This type of graft is necessary if bone has been lost due to disease or simply because of the skull anatomy, as there is typically less bone in the upper jaw compared to the lower jaw.

The Technology

You can rest assured that your sinus lift procedure will be conducted in the most precise way, using the highly advanced technology of a cone beam scan. Cone beam scanning is an in-office 3D CAT scan system that allows the surgeon to accurately measure the width and the height of the bone and the detailed relationship of the jawbone and sinus cavity. This technology reveals the specific amount of bone available for dental implant placement, which determines whether or not you may need a bone graft or sinus lift.

Procedure Details

A small window is made in the back wall of the maxillary sinus with special burrs. These burrs are designed to safely cut a window in bone without damaging the underlying tissue or sinus membrane. The sinus membrane is then carefully lifted. Typically, a resorbable collagen membrane is placed in the sinus against the sinus membrane to protect it while bone graft material is placed on top of the sinus floor.

There are several types of bone graft materials that can be used, including autogenous bone (the patient’s own bone), allogenic bone (freeze-dried cadaver bone), bovine bone (cow bone), and BMP (bone morphogentic protein). Your implant dentist will decide which is best for you.

In many cases, your sinus graft can be performed at the same time as your dental implants. However, there are situations where the sinus graft needs to heal before implant surgery. Dr. Wayne Suway is distinguished in the field of implant dentistry and he is more than happy to answer your questions surrounding sinus lift procedures for dental implants.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 03:04 PM
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If you have decided to get dental implants to replace your missing teeth, then you have made an excellent decision. Dental implants can provide numerous advantages over dentures. One of the reasons dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement is that they are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Although this surgery is quite straightforward and designed to go smoothly, you may be wondering what to expect as you come home after surgery.

Dental implant recovery depends on a number of factors, including the specific type of dental implant you choose, the number of teeth being replaced and whether or not bone grafting is needed. Regardless of how extensive your dental implant surgery is, however, you will need to take your recovery very seriously. Once your implant has been placed, there should be diligent care and hygiene around the implant area. This is critical to ensure proper fusing of the implant and bone structure over the next month following surgery.

In addition to diligent cleaning efforts, here are some more care instructions for your dental implant surgery recovery:

Do Not Disturb: It is important that for the first 24 hours after surgery you avoid disturbing the wound site. No rinsing, spitting or touching this area so that the site is kept germ-free and the sutures are not irritated.

Take Antibiotics: You should remember to take the prescribed antibiotics following surgery. This is a critical step to prevent infection and serious complications.

Start Rinsing: After the first day, your dentist will likely recommend you start rinsing with a prescribed oral rinse and/or a warm saltwater several times a day.

Expect Minimal Bleeding: For the first 24 hours, it is very normal to have blood in your saliva. It is helpful to bite down on gauze pads to control and reduce blood flow.

Manage Pain: Try to take any over-the-counter pain medication (or one prescribed by your dentist) before the anesthesia wears off. Staying ahead of the pain can help dramatically.

Soft Diet: Stick to a soft foods diet for the first 5-7 days to reduce discomfort. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

Expect Some Swelling: You may notice a small amount of swelling following surgery. To minimize this, try to keep your head elevated, lower your activity level and apply ice packs for the first couple of days.

No Smoking: Do not smoke for a minimum of 2 weeks after dental implant surgery. Smoking after this procedure has been known to increase risk of infection, inhibit healing and contribute to overall dental implant failure.

Again, your recovery experience will be unique to you. Healing from the surgical procedure to place the dental implants can take up to six months, while the fitting and seating of the crowns can take up to two months. It is most important that you listen carefully to your implant surgeon’s guidelines and follow-up as instructed after surgery. Keep in mind that when properly cared for, dental implants last a lifetime.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 04:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you have multiple missing teeth (up top, on bottom or both), a set of dentures sounds like the perfect solution. You may be attracted to the perfectly straight, white and instant smile that dentures can provide. However, you may be concerned about the common drawbacks. Many denture wearers struggle with getting their dentures to stay in place. Frequent slipping can cause gum irritation, affect your speech as you are trying to keep them in place, and they can also prevent you from eating the foods you love. Choosing dental implant supported dentures is a great way to eliminate the disadvantages of dentures and still help you gain that confident new smile.

What is a dental implant supported denture?

Implant supported dentures are very similar to regular dentures, yet they are supported and attached to a series of dental implants to give your smile the stability it needs. Traditional dentures rest on the gum line and require adhesives. However, an implant supported denture can simply snap into place on top of a foundation of implants that were surgically implanted. You can either choose to have removable or non-removable implant supported dentures. You can also choose between partial or full dentures for your top or bottom teeth. Regardless of your choice, you are gaining a much stronger and more stable set of teeth with implant supported dentures.

How Can Dental Implants Improve My Denture Experience?

When having regular upper dentures, many patients find it difficult to speak normally and feel and taste their food. This is because regular dentures require a larger portion of your palate to be covered. By using implants to support the upper dentures, the size of the plate can be reduced, which allows for more natural speaking and eating.

Using dental implants on lower dentures has its perks too. Typically, patients must use their cheeks and tongue to hold regular bottom dentures in place since there is less suction to stabilize them. Just two dental implants can dramatically improve this and it makes for a more comfortable denture experience.

Perhaps the biggest advantage is the freedom to chew and eat with confidence. Dental implant supported dentures allow patients to bite down harder and eat more fiber-rich foods, which is important to your overall health and nutrition.

Let’s not forget about the convenience. You no longer have to rely on messy adhesives or creams to stabilize your smile. Removable implant supported dentures snap into place with ease.

Ask an experienced implant dentist, such as Dr. Wayne Suway, for the best tooth replacement solution for you. There is no reason why you can’t have the attractive smile you have always desired as well as the function and durability you need after missing teeth.

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