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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 @ 07:08 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth is a major decision with a noted investment. Although they remain the gold standard in tooth replacement options, it is still important that you have a full understanding of dental implants. This includes what they are, how they can benefit you and what to expect during your oral surgery. Here are some common FAQ’s surrounding dental implants that you may find helpful if you are considering this form of tooth replacement:

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant consists of a small titanium screw that is inserted into a patient’s jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. An abutment is the post that attaches to the screw and secures the final tooth restoration (crown or denture) on top.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that looks, feels and functions most like your natural teeth.

  • Implants fit securely, without the worry of gum irritation or slipping.
  • Dental implants preserve facial features and prevent bone loss.
  • Dental implants do not restrict your diet.
  • Implants do not require extra maintenance beyond your normal oral hygiene routine.
  • Implants are designed to last a lifetime.
  • For qualified candidates, dental implants can be placed in a single day.

What is the process of getting dental implants?

Your first step is to have an initial consultation and exam by a qualified dentist to approve your candidacy. You will have a 3D scan to determine the precise measurements for your implants. Next, your will undergo oral surgery to place your implants. You will need several months of healing time to allow the implants to fuse to the jawbone. Once the implant is anchored securely, your prosthetic teeth will be placed over the implant. This may include a crown or implant supported denture. For patients with ideal gum conditions, this process can be shortened to allow new teeth to be placed the same day as the dental implants.

How successful are dental implants?

Dental implants are known for having 98% success rate!

Who places dental implants?

If you choose Dr. Wayne Suway, your dental implants can be placed and restored by the same person. He is extensively qualified in implants dentistry, performing both oral surgery and restorative procedures.

Will my insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

It depends on your specific policy. Dental implant treatment may qualify for some insurance coverage, but is generally limited to the coverage provided for a bridge or partial denture.

Am I too old to get dental implants?

No, you can benefit from successful dental implants at any age.

If you have further questions regarding dental implants, please call the office of Dr. Wayne Suway. We are happy to educate patients on the countless advantages of implant dentistry. It is important to us that each patient understands the dental implants process in its entirety before a final decision is made.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 03:08 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Do you have puffy, red or bleeding gums? This may your first warning sign to the number one cause of tooth loss. Inflamed gums are known as gingivitis. If left untreated, the destructive bacteria and plaque build up of gingivitis will advance to gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, as it is marked by a loss in gum tissue that creates tooth instability.

While patients can often the reverse the signs of gingivitis, following diligent oral hygiene efforts and attending their six-month cleanings, gum disease always requires professional help. Gum disease means that the areas of infection have reached depths that your toothbrush and floss can no longer reach. In order to properly clean deep pockets of infected gum tissue, where harmful bacteria, debris and plaque build-up reside, you need a professional gum disease treatment. Your dentist can offer advanced technology using ultrasonic scaling to painlessly and effectively clean your diseased gums. This is a critical step to restoring your gum health because it allows your gum tissues the chance to reattach to your teeth, thus saving your teeth from becoming loose and eventually falling out.

Without gum disease treatment, both your smile and overall health are at risk. Gum disease has been linked to systemic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Beyond disciplined brushing and flossing, your job is to notice the warning signs of gum disease before it is too late. Symptoms of gum disease include the following:

  • bleeding gums
  • recession
  • tooth sensitivity
  • bad breath
  • heavy tartar buildup
  • food packing between teeth
  • tooth mobility

Choosing to address the symptoms of gum disease can save your teeth from falling out. However, if you have previously lost one or more teeth due to gum disease or other factors, you can rest assured that there is an excellent solution available to you through implant dentistry. A dental implant is the only way to replace both a missing tooth and its tooth root. Dr. Wayne Suway is a highly esteemed implants dentist who understands the causes of tooth loss and what it takes to restore your smile best.

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Monday, August 3, 2015 @ 01:08 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Missing teeth is never a favorable outcome. Not only does a gapped smile look unattractive, but missing teeth can also put your oral health at risk. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but there are factors that threaten this promise. The leading causes of tooth loss in the United States are gum disease, tooth decay and accidental trauma. Here is a closer look at each cause so you can understand how to protect yourself from missing teeth:

#1 Gum Disease
Your gums represent the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. Therefore, gum disease poses a major threat to your teeth’s main support system. More than half of Americans are living with gum disease. Untreated gum disease that has advanced into serious periodontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss, and your risk increases as you age.

#2 Tooth Decay
Cavities are areas of decay in your teeth. If you do not get it treated (such as with a dental filling), the decay will progressively damage your tooth structure until an extraction is needed. Proper oral hygiene, fluoride, avoiding excess sugar and seeing your dentist for six-month checkups can guard against tooth decay.

#3 Accidental Tooth Loss
Accidents happen. Although you may be a five-star brusher and flosser, it is difficult to protect your smile from accidental injury or trauma. A car accident, fall or sports injury can instantly knock out a permanent tooth.

There are definitely steps you can take to prevent permanent tooth loss, including avoiding excess sugar in your diet, not smoking, maintaining disciplined oral hygiene habits and seeing your dentist every six months. Those involved in sports should also consider wearing a mouth guard to protect against mouth trauma. However, if you are already suffering from one or more missing teeth, talk to you dentist about tooth replacement. Dr. Wayne Suway offers top quality dental implants, the best solution for patients who want replacement teeth that look, feel and function most like natural teeth. You can still have a more healthy and attractive smile after tooth loss.

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