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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ 05:09 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

When you consider bone loss, you may think of osteoporosis or joint conditions. However, you can also experience bone loss that affects your smile. The same genetics, medications or health conditions that cause bone deterioration in your spine or joints can also trigger bone loss in your jawbone. Since your jawbone is a vital support structure for keeping your teeth securely in place, it must be monitored closely.

Osteonecrosis is the destruction of bone tissue. It can occur around the teeth and throughout your jawbone. Biting and chewing can become uncomfortable and difficult with this condition. If left untreated, jawbone loss can result in tooth loss or other dental complications.

Age and disease are common culprits to bone loss, but your medication may also be the reason for your low bone density. Always inform your dentist of the medications you are taking or any newly diagnosed medical conditions, as these can make a significant impact on your oral health. Bone loss can also be caused by advanced gum disease. A diligent oral hygiene routine and professional dental cleanings is your best weapon against fighting the harmful bacteria that causes gum disease.

If you are at risk for bone loss, either due to age, genetics or medications, don’t wait for symptoms of soreness or tooth mobility to appear before you seek help. Make sure you stay on top of your scheduled X-rays. They provide an excellent way to screen for osteonecrosis of the jaw and monitor the progression of bone loss around your teeth. Your dentist may suggest a panoramic x-ray more frequently than the average 3-5 years. Just as you would stake steps to protect your bone health in your joints, be sure to work with your dentist on safeguarding jawbone health for the sake of your future smile.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015 @ 02:09 PM
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One of the most frequently asked questions from patients considering dental implants is whether or not they are painful. More specifically, patients ask if getting dental implants involves more pain than having their tooth extracted. While the answer can vary depending on how each patient perceives pain, for the large majority of implant dentistry patients, the procedure involves less discomfort than an extraction procedure.

Dental implants provide amazing benefits for patients who need to replace missing teeth. However, it is a surgical procedure. Every oral surgery comes with risk factors and the expectation for some amount of pain. However, with the use of anesthesia and Dr. Suway’s comfort techniques, our patients experience minimal discomfort during implant placement. It also depends on what your implant procedure involves. Patients who need bone grafts or other supplemental procedures may experience more discomfort than others. There are many options and levels of sedation dentistry; make sure you discuss your specific needs and pain tolerance with your dentist prior to your surgery.

Post-Procedure Discomfort

Pain and discomfort after your dental implants are placed can be compared to the amount you would feel after a common dental procedure. There will be incisions in the gums that may bleed immediately after surgery. As the anesthesia wears off, patients generally feel some minor pain and discomfort. Some patients have minimal bruising and swelling in the gum or face, particularly if they had a bone grafting procedure. In most cases, over-the-counter pain medicine can relieve your post-procedure discomfort.

If you are like the majority of dental implants patients, you will be pleasantly surprised at the small level of discomfort this procedure involves. Dental implants are one of the most advanced options in dentistry available; yet their placement usually involves no more pain than a root canal, extraction or filling. If you do experience severe pain after your dental implant procedure, always call the office immediately. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is a highly experienced implants dentist with a priority to give patients life-changing results in the most comfortable way possible.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 @ 01:09 PM
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Replacing your missing teeth is your first step towards better dental health and improved overall health. However, if you have complaints about your denture choice, you are not alone. Dentures can be a good teeth replacement option, but they are not for everyone. There are specific problems that can arise, some that affect your personal comfort and others that impact your health. Dental implants are the only solution to eliminate these common denture complaints. Talk to an experienced implants dentist, such as Dr. Wayne Suway, if you are experiencing the following problems with your current dentures:

Ill-fitting
This is often at the top of the list when it comes to denture complaints. When a denture fits poorly, the patient can experience significant soreness, swelling, and pain in their jaw and mouth. They may also suffer from frequent slipping, popping and clicking from their dentures. Although it is possible to get a secure and comfortable fit, it is often a lengthy process. With dental implants, there is no need to worry about your prosthetic teeth sliding or causing unnecessary friction.

Unnatural Appearance
It is important to find a dentist that carries experience and talented artistry when it comes to crafting your new smile. Dentures can look like “fake teeth” if they are too white or disproportioned for your face. Dr. Suway places high priority on making sure your dental implant restorations are fabricated for the most natural look.

Restricted Eating
The inability to enjoy the foods you love or chew the foods that your body needs is a major downside to dentures. Many denture wearers tend to avoid foods that are more difficult to chew, which are often fiber-rich choices that the body needs for optimal health. This can result in a high carb diet that promotes diabetes and obesity. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not require any dietary restrictions!

Facial Collapse
Facial collapse occurs when there is significant jawbone loss, which gradually occurs over time if there is not proper stimulation to the jawbone. Without a tooth root, dentures cannot properly stimulate the jawbone and bone loss can occur. The more bone loss surrounding the dentures, the harder it is to keep your dentures securely in place. Facial collapse is also associated with premature facial aging – or looking older than you really are. Using dental implants to secure your dentures can eliminate this. It is the only way to prevent facial collapse.

If you like the look of dentures or need to replace a mouth full of teeth, you can always opt for implant supported dentures. This can be a valuable investment to eliminate common denture complaints and improve your quality of life. No one deserves to be uncomfortable in their smile. Dr. Wayne Suway is known for his distinguished expertise when it comes to custom tooth replacement. He will make sure your new smile delivers maximum comfort, function and aesthetics.

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