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Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 02:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

DSC_2028While your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are times when tooth loss occurs. When it does happen, it shouldn’t be ignored. There is a reason that dental implants exist. Your smile function, health and appearance rely on a complete set of teeth. While you may be inclined to believe that neglecting a missing back molar won’t cause any harm, you are sadly mistaken. Any adult tooth that is lost and not replaced can put you at risk for the following consequences.

#1 Poor Chewing Ability

It’s not all about aesthetics when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Your teeth are made to help you eat and break down food. When teeth are missing, your chewing ability and chewing efficiency are compromised. Eating can be a challenge when food gets trapped in an empty space, and it can even be painful when something hits the tender gum area where your tooth used to be.

#2 Shifting Adjacent Teeth

When a missing tooth is not replaced, the neighboring teeth will eventually begin to move towards the empty space. Unfortunately, this can throw your entire bite alignment out of whack. You may suffer from crooked teeth or even jaw problems that result from misalignment.

#3 Compromised Appearance

If you are missing a tooth in the front of your mouth, the aesthetic consequences may be obvious. However, your appearance can suffer in other ways too. Missing teeth means that your jaw bone is not properly stimulated. Therefore, the jaw bone starts to atrophy over time and facial collapse can result. This is also known as premature facial aging because the lower face can appear wrinkled, droopy or sunken in.

#4 Greater Risk Of Gum Disease

When food gets trapped in empty spaces or plaque accumulates in small crevices that are difficult to clean, a host of problems can occur. Unfortunately, missing teeth set the stage for this due to the compromised chewing efficiency and adjacent teeth shifting that were mentioned above. Once this bacteria and plaque cause inflammation in the gums, the condition can worsen to advanced periodontitis if not treated. At this stage, you are at a significant risk for further tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the United States.

Tooth loss can happen a number of ways, including periodontal disease, congenital absence, trauma or a mechanical failure. Regardless of the reason for your tooth loss, there is no way around the fact that your tooth needs to be replaced. Dental implants are the most preferred solution for doing so. To learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you, please contact Dr. Wayne Suway. When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, time is of the essence.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016 @ 04:01 PM
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Did you know that 25% of Americans over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth? The reality is that we are all vulnerable to tooth loss if we are not brushing, flossing and attending our six-month dental cleanings. In addition to our hygiene routine, however, we must also pay attention to the bad habits that may be negatively impacting our oral health. Here are some common habits to be aware of so that you can maintain a healthy smile:

Sugar – You are probably well aware of the fact that sugar is bad for your teeth. Sticky sugars are especially destructive, as they have a tendency to adhere to your tooth’s surface and eventually destroy your tooth’s enamel. It’s okay to have a treat every once in a while, but make sure that you either brush, rinse with water or chew sugar-free gum after your indulgence. This will prevent the sugary substance from sitting on your teeth for long periods of time.

Soda – If you have a soda addiction, you need to know that you are bathing your teeth in a liquid that is high in both acids and sugar. These two components are the worst recipe for your teeth. Acidic drinks will eat away at your tooth’s enamel and leave your inner tooth layers vulnerable to decay. The sugar content is also something to look at when you grab a beverage. Protect your pearly whites and choose water instead. At the very least, swish with some water after you’ve finished drinking your soda.

Smoking – There is no doubt that smoking and chewing tobacco are dangerous for your oral health. Not only can smoking cause yellow teeth and bad breath, but it can also increase your risk for periodontal disease and oral cancer. Patients with dental implants should avoid smoking in order to prevent implant failure.

Sports — While playing sports does not necessarily harm your smile, failing to protect your teeth from contact injuries certainly can. Mouthguards should be considered an essential piece of equipment when you go on the playing field, especially for young athletes. You can buy one at a sporting goods store or have your dentist make a custom mouthguard for optimal fit and safety.

Stress — Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw when you are stressed? Many patients do it subconsciously, or while they sleep. Other than finding ways to reduce your stress, you can also ask your dentist about a custom nighttime mouthguard to protect yourself from tooth damage and TMJ problems.

You can certainly save your teeth by paying attention to these habits. However, if you have already experienced tooth loss, these are also important in protecting your prosthetic teeth. Care for your dental implants or other restoration just the way you would your natural smile.

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Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 05:12 PM
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If you have lost one tooth or multiple teeth, you may be overwhelmed with the options presented to you. While you may be familiar with dentures or even dental implants, you may not know about mini implants. Mini implants have emerged over the last decade as an attractive alternative to traditional implants. Mini implants range in size from 1.8 mm to approximately 3 mm compared to a traditional implant diameter of 3.75 mm. They can successfully stabilize a denture and allow patients to have a less invasive procedure, faster recovery and more affordable cost. Here is a look at the pros for choosing mini implants:

  • No need for complex flap surgery or bone grafts (less bone is needed
to support these smaller implants)
  • Less invasive and shorter procedure (often in just one visit)
  • Faster and more comfortable (less bone and tissue disruption means less pain and minimal recovery time)
  • Comfortable (secures dentures so they do not slip or feel awkward)
  • Prevents premature facial aging (acts as tooth root so it prevents jaw bone loss)
  • Fewer Complications (failure is rare with mini implants)
  • More Affordable (cost can be reduced by 65% of traditional implants)

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of mini dental implants or discuss the possible disadvantages, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Wayne Suway. He is an experienced dentist who is highly regarded for his expertise in implants dentistry. Let us determine if mini implants are right for you!

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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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Friday, December 4, 2015 @ 02:12 PM
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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. Dr. Wayne Suway 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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Friday, November 13, 2015 @ 03:11 PM
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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, 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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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, August 3, 2015 @ 01:08 PM
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Missing teeth is never a favorable outcome. Not only does a gapped smile look unattractive, but missing teeth can also put your oral health at risk. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but there are factors that threaten this promise. The leading causes of tooth loss in the United States are gum disease, tooth decay and accidental trauma. Here is a closer look at each cause so you can understand how to protect yourself from missing teeth:

#1 Gum Disease
Your gums represent the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. Therefore, gum disease poses a major threat to your teeth’s main support system. More than half of Americans are living with gum disease. Untreated gum disease that has advanced into serious periodontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss, and your risk increases as you age.

#2 Tooth Decay
Cavities are areas of decay in your teeth. If you do not get it treated (such as with a dental filling), the decay will progressively damage your tooth structure until an extraction is needed. Proper oral hygiene, fluoride, avoiding excess sugar and seeing your dentist for six-month checkups can guard against tooth decay.

#3 Accidental Tooth Loss
Accidents happen. Although you may be a five-star brusher and flosser, it is difficult to protect your smile from accidental injury or trauma. A car accident, fall or sports injury can instantly knock out a permanent tooth.

There are definitely steps you can take to prevent permanent tooth loss, including avoiding excess sugar in your diet, not smoking, maintaining disciplined oral hygiene habits and seeing your dentist every six months. Those involved in sports should also consider wearing a mouth guard to protect against mouth trauma. However, if you are already suffering from one or more missing teeth, talk to you dentist about tooth replacement. Dr. Wayne Suway offers top quality dental implants, the best solution for patients who want replacement teeth that look, feel and function most like natural teeth. You can still have a more healthy and attractive smile after tooth loss.

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