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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 03:05 PM
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Dental implants have an impressive 98% success rate. While the odds are in your favor as far as avoiding implant favor, it can happen and some patients heal better than others. The key to a successful implant surgery is the healing that takes place afterwards. There are things you can do before getting dental implants to ensure the stage is set for a quick and effective healing.

Your implant must fuse to the jawbone in order to be able to strongly anchor a prosthetic tooth or teeth. This is an integral part of the healing process. However, healthy gums play a key role. Your bone and implant get nutrients through the gums via your bloodstream. Therefore, any reduction or constriction in blood flow can affect how long or well your implants heal. continue reading

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 05:12 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

suwayDental implants can be a life-changing decision. They help people regain confidence in eating, speaking and smiling after missing teeth. In addition, dental implants can preserve bone density in the jaw, a valued benefit that no other tooth replacement option can offer. While there is no doubt that dental implants are the gold standard solution for replacing one or more missing teeth, not everyone qualifies for this procedure. Dental implants involve a sophisticated procedure that requires a specific set of requirements. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you are considering dental implants:

Do I have enough bone density?

You’ll obviously need to turn to your dentist to answer this one. Through dental x-rays, your dentist can determine the density and height of your jawbone and determine if it is sufficient enough to support a dental implant. Remember that the dental implant must fuse to the jawbone in order for the replacement teeth to remain secure and successful. Bone grafts can often be performed for patients with low bone density, but your specific situation should be carefully discussed.
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Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 01:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

contact-300x219Gum disease is an oral health condition that is both highly preventable and highly destructive. It is very important that gum disease be addressed and treated at its earliest stage before it wreaks serious havoc on your smile health, including tooth loss and bone loss. Gum disease (in some form) affects up to 75% of people in the developed world. Unfortunately, only about 2% of these sufferers actually seek professional treatment. Not knowing the warning signs of gum disease can make it difficult to know when it is time to call your dentist. Therefore, educate yourself on the following gum disease symptoms so that early intervention can be initiated:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, tender and/or swollen gums
  • Appearance of pus between teeth
  • Loose teeth or gums that seem to be pulling away from teeth
  • Chronic bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • Change in your bite

It is important to note that not all gum disease sufferers experience symptoms. That’s why it is crucial that you visit your dentist for routine dental care. At your six-month check-up, your gums will be carefully monitored and measured. Treating early gum disease, such as gingivitis, can most often be accomplished by a deep cleaning. More advanced gum disease may require laser gum therapy or even surgery in severe cases.

When it comes to preventing gum disease, it is helpful to understand how it develops. When plaque is allowed to accumulate along (or beneath) your gum line, it hardens into tarter and causes an infection within your gums. Remember that brushing alone will not remove plaque; you’ll need to use your floss to clean within the gum line. Furthermore, once the plaque hardens, only a professional dental cleaning can eradiate this stubborn buildup.

Dr. Wayne Suway values the importance of treating gum disease. Gum disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss, but it can compromise your overall health. In addition, if you’re planning on replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you’ll need to get your gum disease under control before you can qualify for the procedure. Call us today to learn more about our leading gum disease treatments to ensure your smile health is protected best.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 05:12 PM
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Gum disease remains the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. But how does a condition of the gums have such a profound impact on your teeth? Although they may seem insignificant, the soft tissue structure of your gums provide support and stability to your teeth. If your gums are infected or diseased, it can weaken your teeth and your jawbone. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease, diabetes, premature birth and stroke.

Gum disease typically begins as gingivitis, or mild inflammation of the gums. However, if left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile. When the toxins in plaque irritate the gums, a chronic inflammatory response causes your body to destroy its own bone and soft tissue. This means that your gums will start to detach or pull away from your teeth and deep pockets will form at your gum line. Advanced gum disease can also cause bone loss in your jaw. Without the proper supportive framework of your gums as well as a secure foundation in your jawbone, your teeth may become loose, fall out or need to be extracted.

Gum disease is absolutely treatable, but it requires the attention of your dentist. Many dentists offer advanced periodontal treatments such as soft-tissue lasers or scaling and root planing to eradicate gum disease. If it is too late to save your tooth (or multiple teeth) from the effects of gum disease, dental implants may be the best solution to restore your smile. If you are getting dental implants after gum disease, it is important that your gum health is successfully restored. In some cases, a tissue regeneration procedure may be necessary prior to your dental implants placement to strengthen your jaw bone.

The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist on a regular basis. Smoking is also a leading cause of gum disease in many adults. If you have further questions about gum disease and tooth loss, please ask Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD. It is never too late to restore your smile!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 03:08 PM
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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, January 12, 2015 @ 10:01 PM
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In most cases, your teeth will last a lifetime if properly cared for. However, many people still experience tooth loss and need a permanent tooth replacement option for proper function and aesthetics. Dental implants are the preferred choice for those that want teeth that act, feel and look like your natural teeth. Dental implants have helped countless patients who suffer tooth loss from a variety of factors. There are some reasons for tooth loss that are out of our control, while others we can prevent with diligent oral hygiene efforts. Here is a look at the common reasons why people lose their teeth and may require dental implants:

Gum Disease: The most common reason for tooth loss is gum (periodontal) disease. This is essentially a localized infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth leading to loss of bone. At the advanced stages of gum disease, the infection progresses to the point that teeth become loose and fall out on their own. In other cases, the tooth becomes so damaged that it must be extracted.

Trauma: Obviously, this one is out of your control. Trauma or injury to the teeth can cause them to be knocked out instantly, or the damage may show up much later. Root fracture may not be apparent until months later when infection develops. In some cases, teeth are treated after trauma and many years later there is apparent root resorption, which occurs when the body turns against itself and causes cells to eat away at the root surface.

Lastly, teeth may only crack or fracture in such a way that they must be removed all together. This can even happen as the result extreme stress on the teeth from a clenching and grinding habit or from mechanical reasons related to the lack of sufficient support from other teeth.

Tooth Decay: Dental caries that are left untreated will eventually lead to extensive infection in the in the bone around the ends of the roots, which will result in the need for tooth extraction to prevent further complications.

Congenital absence: Tooth loss could also be something you were born with. There are cases where people may have a primary tooth come in, but there is no permanent tooth to replace it. Typically, the baby tooth will remain in place and will function until it fails due to the loss of root support or other dental disease. At this point, it will need to be removed.

Regardless of what caused your tooth loss, the most important step now is to find a way to regain the optimal function and appearance you were meant to have. Dental implants can restore smiles from all types of tooth loss. Dr. Wayne Suway is a leader in implant dentistry, providing patients with a highly sophisticated and revolutionary way to talk, smile, laugh and chew after losing teeth.

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Monday, February 3, 2014 @ 02:02 PM
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Gingivitis and Periodontitis are both forms of periodontal disease. So what is the difference? The answer is that periodontal (gum) disease is progressive in nature and can range from mild inflammation of the gums to serious infection that can damage the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth.

Gingivitis refers to a mild form of gum disease that is characterized by an inflammation of the gums. It is caused by the buildup of harmful bacteria on the surface of teeth. With Gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen and may bleed easily. In most cases, Gingivitis can be treated easily by flossing and brushing your teeth daily and visiting your dentist for regularly scheduled professional dental cleanings. This mild form of gum disease does not result in the destruction of bone and soft tissue supporting the teeth, however, if it is not treated properly in a timely manner, it can lead to Periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a more serious form of gum disease that can lead to destruction of the bone and soft tissue supporting your teeth and ultimately, tooth loss. With Periodontitis, the gums start to pull away from the teeth leaving spaces below the gum line called “pockets” that become infected. As the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line, the body’s immune system fights this harmful bacteria. The body’s natural response to the infection will start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth into place. If Periodontitis is not properly treated in a timely manner, the teeth may become loose and have to be removed. Treatments for Periodontitis may include deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), medications or even surgery.

The best way to avoid periodontal disease is to practice good daily oral hygiene, visit the dentist regularly and refrain from smoking or using other tobacco products. However, there are other factors including hormonal changes that can make you more susceptible to this disease. If you suspect that you may have some form of periodontal disease, please schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to avoid serious dental health issues and even tooth loss

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