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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 01:07 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Although the cost difference can certainly steer you towards dentures rather than dental implants when replacing missing teeth, it is very important that you consider the long-term drawbacks of dentures. The money you save now can be easily spent in the future if your dentures start to affect your overall health.

How would dentures impact anything other than your mouth? One of the major disadvantages of choosing dentures rather than dental implants is the reduced chewing efficiency that most patients encounter. Compromised eating means compromised nutrition, which will most definitely start to affect your overall health.

Denture wearers have dietary restrictions. In order to chew comfortably and effectively, patients have to change the way they eat as well as what they eat. Many patients gravitate towards softer foods that are easier to chew. Unfortunately, this often means a more calorie dense diet full of carbohydrates and lacking in fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. These fiber-rich foods are a vital part of the diet, as they contain preventative anti-oxidants. Furthermore, if dentures are causing you to overload on more calorie-dense foods, you may be putting yourself at a greater risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

Why do you have to change your eating habits in dentures? Natural teeth have roots that are surrounded by bone, which allows for pressure up to 250 pounds per square inch (psi) during a strong bite and about 45 to 75 psi during normal chewing. However, dentures reduce the average chewing pressure to less than 20 psi, and this number gradually decreases the longer you wear dentures. To account for this loss of chewing pressure, patients must adjust the way they eat by cutting their food up in very small pieces or eliminating certain foods. In addition, they typically battle with a constantly shifting lower denture while they eat.

Among other eating related problems that denture wearers face is the compromised enjoyment of food. Many patients complain that the taste, temperature and texture of food is different. This is not surprising considering that the palate of the mouth is covered with plastic when you wear dentures. Adding extra salt and seasoning to accommodate for this reduced flavor will only add to future health complications.

Dental implants remain the leading choice for those that wish to replace missing teeth without putting their overall health at risk. Implants are the only solution that allows you to eat naturally and maintain a healthy diet. Studies indicate that after two months of having implant-supported replacement teeth, patients were able to increase their maximal biting force by 85%. After three years, the average chewing force increased 300% compared to before implant placement.

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Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 07:07 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Most parents are panic-stricken when their child loses a permanent tooth. Unfortunately, it does happen. Whether your child lost a tooth during a fall or sports injury, this is a dental emergency that needs prompt attention. While it is best to try and preserve the lost tooth in cool milk or water and let your dentist reattach it, this is not always possible. In such cases, parents are faced with tooth replacement options – as a full smile is important for eating, speaking and retaining a positive self-esteem.

Dental implants are the superior choice to replace missing teeth. However, they are not recommended for children whose jaws are not fully developed. A child’s jawbone may still be capable of bonding to the implant, but the overall success is jeopardized. If dental implants are placed in a jaw that is still growing, the implant may shift out of its proper location as the child’s jaw develops.

Just because dental implants are not recommended now for your child, does not mean that they can’t be placed later on. Parents should take the necessary steps to preserve the possibility of implant placement after the jaw’s growth is complete. If the original tooth cannot be reattached, dental implants are the only solution to recreate a tooth root. The active stimulation of the jawbone through tooth roots is what keeps the bone from atrophy. It is possible that an orthodontist can maintain the space where the tooth once was until the child is a stronger candidate for a dental implant.

Dr. Wayne Suway carries extensive experience in helping patients of all ages with missing teeth. He consults with parents on the very best solution for their child’s smile, both now and for the future.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 @ 02:07 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Patients who have bridgework frequently suffer from trapped food after eating. A permanently placed bridge involves prosthetic teeth that are connected to crowns on either side of the space. While this may seem like a cost-effective and sufficient solution for a few missing teeth, it has some drawbacks. It becomes very easy for food to get trapped between these fake teeth, between the real teeth and the fake teeth, as well as below the fake teeth where they touch the gum ridge. The problem worsens as the gums recede. Patients who have a bridge are often frustrating and embarrassed by this problem.

When choosing dental implants, however, you do not have to worry about food entrapment. Dental implants rise out of the gum and bone with root structures made out of titanium. They look and function like natural teeth. Since the crown is directly connected to the metal in dental implants, there is no space for food to collect between the crown and the gum line.

Trapped food is not only embarrassing to deal with while at dinner with friends or family, but it also poses a risk to your dental health. Trapped food debris that is not removed in a timely manner can lead to plaque build up, gum disease and tooth decay on your natural teeth. After replacing missing teeth, you will need (and want) to do everything you can to protect your smile. Dental implants can ensure your smile is kept in better health, better function and better aesthetics!

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