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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 10:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants provide phenomenal benefits when it comes to replacing missing teeth. However, dental implants require a timed process in order to be successful. They are by no means a quick solution for missing teeth. However, they provide the most natural, long-term success than any other tooth replacement alternative.

Getting a dental implant involves the surgical placement of the implant or titanium post followed by a healing period before the final implant restoration is placed on top.

The downtime that you will experience after dental implant surgery depends on several factors:

  • Your age?
  • Your health condition?
  • How many dental implants are needed?
  • Where the implants are located within your mouth?
  • Was tooth extraction needed?
  • Is bone grafting necessary prior to implant placement?

For patients simply having one implant, you should be able to return to work the very next day. Multiple implants, between 8 and 10, may require a few days of downtime. Younger patients typically heal faster than older patients, and of course those in good health will benefit from a quicker and more comfortable recovery as well. Someone who smokes or is diabetic can expect a longer recovery period. Most patients experience some soreness and a soft foods diet may be recommended initially.

Remember that while your downtime may be minimal and your soreness will typically dissipate within a few days, your implants are still healing. After your implants are placed, they undergo a process called osseointegration, where the titanium post (a bio-compatible metal) fuses to the jawbone. This is a critical stage for your dental implant success. Overall, dental implants typically heal in about 4-6 months. The upper bite generally heals a little slower than the bottom due to the difference in bone type. If bone grafting was performed, the healing period is extended.

Recovery from dental implants can vary from patient to patient and from one implants surgeon to the next. If you have questions about what to expect during your specific dental implants case, Dr. Wayne Suway will gladly consult with you. Although it may seem like a lengthy process to get dental implants, they are an investment that can bring a lifetime of success and restore your smile in the most natural way.

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Monday, October 19, 2015 @ 04:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

New dentures can make mealtime tricky. That may get better with time. However, if you have traditional dentures, or those not supported by implants, you may never overcome the challenge of chewing certain foods. Are you avoiding the foods you love because you are afraid of your dentures slipping, or even falling out? Perhaps you cut out sticky and crunchy foods so that you can be more confident and comfortable while you eat.

Although dental technology has come a long way in the past decade when it comes to dentures, there are still many pitfalls that can occur for patients who choose removable dentures, or ones that are not implant-supported. It can be frustrating and uncomfortable for patients if they have ill-fitting or slipping dentures. Sores along the gum lines can exist, and some patients even modify the way they speak once they get dentures.

Choosing implant-supported dentures eliminates these potential drawbacks, especially when it comes to eating. Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement solution that looks, feels and functions most like natural teeth. With a dental implant securely fused to your jawbone, your dentures aren’t going anywhere. You can laugh, speak, smile and eat with confidence.

The dietary adjustments that many denture wearers make can be more detrimental than you think. Choosing softer foods often means you are electing a diet rich in carbs and avoiding fibrous fruits, vegetables and grains. These foods are important for optimal nutrition at any stage of life, but especially as you age and encounter more sickness or disease. A high carb diet can also lead to obesity and diabetes. Is your denture option worth that?

To make sure you have every opportunity for a confident smile and healthy body, consider dental implants or implant-supported dentures. Dental implants require the same maintenance regime as your natural teeth, without the need for messy adhesive creams or special cleaning. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is an esteemed implants dentist who welcomes your questions and concerns regarding tooth replacement.

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Monday, October 5, 2015 @ 03:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants are known for their very high success rate. However, just like any other surgical procedure, they are not without risk. Peri-implantitis is one of the long-term risks of dental implants. It is an infection that causes inflammation of the surrounding gum and bone of an already integrated dental implant. Unfortunately, peri-implantitis results in progressive bone loss.

Most dental implant patients never experience peri-implantitis. The patients that do will often be unaware that bone loss is occurring around the dental implant. Peri-implantitis can progress without pain. Again, not all patients have symptoms but the most common signs of peri-implantitis include the following:

  • Deep gum pockets
  • Presence of pus from the implants and gums
  • Bleeding at the gum line
  • Gums that are red or slightly purplish bluish, tartar/plaque build up
  • Metal thread exposure
  • Long tooth
  • Dull ache or tenderness at implant site
  • Bad taste, due to presence of pus

If you are experiencing any of the above signs or have concerns about your dental implant, always contact your dentist right away. Peri-implantitis may develop years after your initial implant placement.

Your dental implant can still be saved. Most peri-implantitis dental implants require surgery and bone grafting, which will also involve cleaning the gums of bacteria and eliminating infection before regrafting.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is a renown implants dentist who can treat peri-implantitis and correct other types implant failure. Patients can suffer from peri-implantitis due to poor surgical technique. Dr. Suway will evaluate the cement used, the quality of the crown and check for loose abutment screws. All of these can contribute to peri-implantitis. Bone loss after dental implants can also occur in patients who smoke, have diabetes or suffer from gum disease.

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