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Monday, March 6, 2017 @ 11:03 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you have traditional dentures, or those that require denture adhesives, you may find yourself needing adjustments more than you’d like. Signs that you need to have your dentures adjusted include mouth sores, gum irritations, infection and denture slipping.

Why can’t your traditional dentures retain a secure, comfortable fit? The primary culprit is bone loss. Conventional dentures rest on top of the gum and bone, which means that the jawbone is not properly stimulated as it would be if you had a natural tooth root. Therefore, over time, the alveolar bone shrinks and causes the contour of the gum ridge to change, which adversely affects the way your denture fits. continue reading

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Monday, September 5, 2016 @ 05:09 PM
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suwayIf you wear traditional dentures, meaning the ones that are not secured by dental implants, you likely had to adjust your plate to accommodate your new set of teeth. Dietary restrictions have become a common and accepted drawback of dentures. However, what patients may not understand is that they may be putting their overall health at risk by avoiding certain foods.
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Monday, October 19, 2015 @ 04:10 PM
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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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Thursday, September 3, 2015 @ 01:09 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

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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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 01:07 PM
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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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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 04:04 PM
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If you have multiple missing teeth (up top, on bottom or both), a set of dentures sounds like the perfect solution. You may be attracted to the perfectly straight, white and instant smile that dentures can provide. However, you may be concerned about the common drawbacks. Many denture wearers struggle with getting their dentures to stay in place. Frequent slipping can cause gum irritation, affect your speech as you are trying to keep them in place, and they can also prevent you from eating the foods you love. Choosing dental implant supported dentures is a great way to eliminate the disadvantages of dentures and still help you gain that confident new smile.

What is a dental implant supported denture?

Implant supported dentures are very similar to regular dentures, yet they are supported and attached to a series of dental implants to give your smile the stability it needs. Traditional dentures rest on the gum line and require adhesives. However, an implant supported denture can simply snap into place on top of a foundation of implants that were surgically implanted. You can either choose to have removable or non-removable implant supported dentures. You can also choose between partial or full dentures for your top or bottom teeth. Regardless of your choice, you are gaining a much stronger and more stable set of teeth with implant supported dentures.

How Can Dental Implants Improve My Denture Experience?

When having regular upper dentures, many patients find it difficult to speak normally and feel and taste their food. This is because regular dentures require a larger portion of your palate to be covered. By using implants to support the upper dentures, the size of the plate can be reduced, which allows for more natural speaking and eating.

Using dental implants on lower dentures has its perks too. Typically, patients must use their cheeks and tongue to hold regular bottom dentures in place since there is less suction to stabilize them. Just two dental implants can dramatically improve this and it makes for a more comfortable denture experience.

Perhaps the biggest advantage is the freedom to chew and eat with confidence. Dental implant supported dentures allow patients to bite down harder and eat more fiber-rich foods, which is important to your overall health and nutrition.

Let’s not forget about the convenience. You no longer have to rely on messy adhesives or creams to stabilize your smile. Removable implant supported dentures snap into place with ease.

Ask an experienced implant dentist, such as Dr. Wayne Suway, for the best tooth replacement solution for you. There is no reason why you can’t have the attractive smile you have always desired as well as the function and durability you need after missing teeth.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 05:03 PM
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There are patients that find dentures to be an acceptable and effective solution for missing teeth. However, there are also a great number of people whose dentures are ill-fitting. Unfortunately, ill-fitting dentures can not only cause frustration and pain, but they are not able to deliver the proper function that they were made for.

For patients who continue to have ill-fitting dentures causing them more harm than good, it may be time to consider implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures use three to five dental implants to secure the dentures in place. Implant-supported dentures provide a firm, durable support system much like your natural teeth roots. They can eliminate slipping and sliding issues of dentures and allow patients to once again to eat their favorite foods without fear of their dentures dislodging.

If you are experiencing these common signs of ill-fitting dentures, it may be time to consult with a dental implants dentist for help:

Discomfort – This is your biggest indication that there is a problem with the way your dentures fit. Pain may be due to gum irritation of your dentures slipping. Some patients even find that their cheeks are sore from constantly trying to keep dentures in place.

Oral sores – The friction from dentures sliding back and forth on tender tissues inside your mouth can easily cause sores. This makes eating and drinking especially painful. If not treated, oral sores can become infected.

Speech Problems – Many denture wearers have difficulty speaking if their dentures are not fitted properly. Either patients slur their speech or talk with a clenched bite in an effort to keep their dentures in pace.

Diet and Weight Changes – If ill-fitting dentures have caused you to change your dietary habits dramatically or even resulted in weight changes, it is time to make amendments regarding your tooth replacement system. This is a common sign of ill-fitting denture users because they tend to gravitate towards soft, fatty foods like ice cream to avoid the need for chewing more healthy and fibrous foods.

While it is certainly possible that your dentures can be adjusted to a comfortable fit, it is not uncommon for patients to fight an uphill battle when it comes to feeling confident in their dentures. Using dental implants to support dentures can help you achieve an attractive, functional and confident smile. You should never endure pain and discomfort to replace missing teeth.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 03:11 PM
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Nearly one out of four people age 65 and older have lost all of their teeth, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Senior adults and the elderly population are faced with a myriad of challenges as their body ages, and their tooth replacement solution should not be an added obstacle. It may seem more practical to opt for dentures instead of a more costly dental implant procedure. However, older adults should consider the potential challenges that could arise from dentures. Choosing dentures could mean more problems than solutions. Here are some common denture pitfalls that could be especially problematic for an elderly patient:

Ill-Fitting Dentures: This is perhaps one of the most common setbacks for those that choose dentures. It is hard to get dentures to fit comfortably and naturally. Ill-fitting dentures cause pain. They can rub on areas of the gum and cause a callus, or epulis, which requires oral surgery to remove. For the elderly, it may be difficult for them to express this pain or articulate exactly why the dentures are not feeling comfortable. They can easily give up on wearing them altogether.

Poor Nutrition: Denture wearers often gravitate towards a soft food diet. Unfortunately, this means that essential, high-fiber fruits and vegetables are neglected. Seniors and the aging population especially need a nutrient dense diet in order to fight other medical complications and keep their energy up.

Maintenance: Dentures require a special toothpaste, toothbrush and denture cream. They also need to be soaked each night. In addition, it is especially important that you handle dentures carefully so they do not break. We know that as we age, we lose dexterity, coordination and even our memory. The denture upkeep may not be ideal for elderly patients, as opposed to dental implants that require no extra maintenance beyond natural teeth.

Reduced Quality of Life: With complications such as discomfort and not being able to eat the foods you once enjoyed, dentures can quickly begin to negatively impact a person’s quality of life. Dental implants, however, can help senior adults smile, laugh, eat and speak with new confidence. An improved quality of life can do wonders for one’s overall health and well-being.

If you or a loved one is facing tooth replacement options late in life, consider the significant pitfalls that dentures could bring. Invest in a better quality of life, healthier diet and needed convenience that dental implants has to offer. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is an expert in implant dentistry and he readily educates his senior patients about the modern miracle of dental implants.

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Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 03:10 PM
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If you are over the age of sixty-five, you are technically in your “golden years.” At this point in your life, your children are most likely grown and have left the nest, leaving you time to do things that you were not previously able to do. This may include seeing the world, taking up new hobbies or visiting relatives. Maybe you are taking cooking classes or starting a vegetable garden. Perhaps you are simply enjoying your grandchildren. There is no end to the possibilities. If you are like many seniors, you now finally have the money and the time you need to enjoy life. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people over the age of 65 have lost at least one or more of their permanent teeth. In fact, more than 27% of seniors (age 65 and older) in American have no remaining teeth at all. For some, oral health issues can make the golden years not so golden.

If you have lost all of your permanent teeth and are currently wearing dentures, you are well aware of the drawbacks of this popular tooth replacement option. From the messy gooey adhesive creams to the constant fear that your false teeth will come loose or even fall out while eating or speaking, dentures leave a lot to be desired. In addition to these problems, wearing dentures can really wreak havoc on your oral health by causing bone loss and not allowing you to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Do you restrict your diet and limit your intake of high-fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables because they are harder to chew? Do you stick mostly to processed foods that are easier to chew and digest? If so, you may be eating more calories than necessary and missing out on important vitamins and nutrients. This can make you more at risk for Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease.

The good news is that you can get a new lease on life with dental implants. Dental implants are a permanent, fixed solution to missing teeth and provide a great alternative to traditional dentures. With dental implants, you no longer have to deal with denture adhesive creams and you need not worry that your replacement teeth will come loose or fall out. Most importantly, you can eat a balanced diet that is rich in high-fiber, nutritionally dense foods. Most people with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants as there are very few medical rule-outs. While the cost of dental implants is higher than traditional dentures, the advantages far outweigh the extra cost for most people. If you are tired of your oral health holding you back from really enjoying your golden years, talk to a dental implant specialist in your local area today.

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Monday, September 2, 2013 @ 06:09 PM
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Today, there is a lot of information about cosmetic dentures in magazines, advertisements and online. So what is the difference between cosmetic dentures and traditional dentures? And, how do they compare to dental implants?

Cosmetic dentures are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth, just like traditional dentures. However, unlike traditional dentures, they are custom-fitted and hand-fabricated and can be made especially to match your gender, ethnic original, personality and style. For some, cosmetic dentures offer a more natural and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional dentures.

However, when compared to dental implants, even cosmetic dentures cannot compete with the form, comfort, functionality and appearance of this revolutionary tooth replacement option. This is because dentures, whether they are cosmetic or traditional dentures, are not anchored into your jaw like dental implant supported replacement teeth. So, there is a need for the use of denture adhesive creams to keep dentures in place, and there is always a chance of dentures slipping, clicking or falling out. In addition, dentures do not allow for the same chewing strength as dental implant supported replacement teeth. This makes it difficult for many people with dentures to enjoy foods that are rich in fiber and harder to chew. This has a multitude of health implications as the high fiber foods are usually rich in nutrients and lower in calories than other types of food. And, cosmetic dentures simply cannot compete with the natural appearance of dental implant supported replacement teeth.

The bottom line is that although cosmetic dentures do offer some advantages over traditional dentures, they still do not provide the advantages you get with dental implants. If you are in the process of considering different tooth replacement alternatives, talk to an oral surgeon about the benefits of dental implants and see if this advanced tooth replacement option is right for you.

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