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Friday, November 13, 2015 @ 03:11 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

According to the American Dental Association, 1 in 5 cases of tooth loss are linked to diabetes. Since November is American Diabetes Month, it is an excellent time to emphasize the undeniable link between diabetes and dental health. This connection is a two-way street. The high blood sugar levels of uncontrolled diabetes can greatly increase a patient’s risk for serious gum disease. However, the presence of gum disease in diabetic individuals can negatively impact blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Since gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, we need to educate patients on how to prevent it, which includes explaining the importance of strong dental health in those with diabetes.

If you are diabetic, here is a step-by-step guide to help you retain a healthy, natural smile:

  1. Manage your diabetes and keep your blood glucose levels under control. The better management you have over your diabetes, the less likely you are to develop gum disease and other dental problems.
  2. Practice good oral hygiene. Perhaps more than others, it is vitally important that you brush twice a day and floss daily to keep harmful bacteria and plaque build up away. Be sure to seek treatment immediately for thrush or other fungal infections if they occur.
  3. See your dentist every six months. Remember that a professional dental cleaning can accomplish tasks that regular brushing cannot (such as removing tartar or hardened plaque). Your dentist also needs to carefully monitor your gum health on a routine basis. Catching gum disease at its earliest stages is very important to the success of your treatment. You may need a periodic deep cleaning or scaling and root planing to keep your gums in optimal shape.

If you have experienced tooth loss and you are diabetic, Dr. Wayne Suway can discuss your treatment options and your potential candidacy for dental implants based on your current oral health and diabetes condition. Although diabetes presents some challenges when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums, your extra efforts can pay off for a healthy, long-lasting smile.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 @ 03:11 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

It is true that dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. However, if you have had your dental implants for 15 to 20 years or more, you may find that your dental implant restoration, the crown or bridge on top, is not looking (or even functioning) like it used to. In such cases, your dentist can replace your restoration without problem. Most of the time, it is a simple and quick procedure that can revamp your dental implants to new.

Here are some reasons why patients may need a restoration replacement:

Outdated, Poor Quality: What was the best quality crown even 10 years ago can be vastly different than what modern dentistry offers today. Your dental implant restoration may simply need an upgrade for a more attractive, durable and functional prosthetic tooth.

Discolored: Your dental crown may have lost its stain-resistant properties if you notice some discoloration. In such cases, a patient may need a replacement for aesthetics reasons alone.

Fractured: Porcelain or ceramic crowns are designed for high levels of wear and daily function. However, when placed on a dental implant, they are more susceptible to damage. A dental implant cannot cushion the crown like your natural teeth would do. A broken or fractured crown always warrants replacement.

Surrounding Teeth Changes: In some cases, it is not the crown at all that is problematic. However, your dental implant restoration may be standing out if your surrounding natural teeth have discolored, shifted or worn down. In other words, the crown that was fabricated to match your existing teeth at the time you got your dental implants may not be a great match today.

Unless your dentist finds that there is a problem underneath your restoration, with either the abutment or the implant itself, the replacement procedure is simple. In many cases, it can be as straightforward as taking off your old crown and placing a better one on top. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is distinguished for his expertise in implants dentistry. Not only does he have proven success in placing new dental implants, but he can also accurately perform dental implant repairs and restoration replacements when necessary. Your dental implants were a major investment, and we do everything we can to protect that investment and keep you smiling comfortably and beautifully for years to come.

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