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Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 02:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you are currently wearing dentures, or if you know someone who is currently wearing dentures, you are well aware of their serious limitations.  One of the hardest things about wearing dentures is living with the fact that your dentures may fall out at any time.

A recent visitor to my home illustrated this point rather dramatically.  My visitor arrived without any teeth in his upper jaw.  He explained that while eating lunch at a fast food restaurant halfway between Tampa and Atlanta, his top dentures came loose and fell out.  He put them in a napkin while he finished his lunch and then mistakenly threw them away.  Even though his 10 year-old granddaughter dove into the dumpster to look for them, they were not found.

The next day, a new set of top dentures arrived via Fed Ex.  He excitedly went upstairs to put them on and came down once again without any teeth in his upper jaw.  When I asked what happened, he responded that he had broken the new dentures trying to get them on.  I promptly put his broken top dentures in a Tupperware bowl for him and placed them on the top shelf of my kitchen so that these dentures would not get thrown a way like the other ones.

My visitor spent the next three days without any top teeth.  This was both embarrassing and inconvenient.  He had to eat only soft foods and even these were hard for him to chew.  He has been wearing dentures since a motorcycle accident in his twenties destroyed the teeth in his upper jaw.  He is now 68 years old.

When I brought up the option of dental implants, he said he had considered them in the past but ruled them out because they cost more than dentures.  However, this particular experience has convinced him that they must be well worth the extra money!

If you are currently wearing dentures and are tired of the way they limit what you can eat, talk to an oral surgeon today regarding dental implants.  You will be glad you did!

Posted on the Behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants.





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Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 02:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

With all of the bad news out there lately, many people are developing a mentality of “preparing for the worst.”  The economic downturn in the United States as well as the national disasters that seem to be occurring at alarming rates have many Americans more concerned about the future. Over the last few years, we have seen tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, snowstorms, ice storms, flooding and hurricanes that have caused injuries, deaths and the loss of personal property.  Of course, unfocused worrying is never productive or healthy.  But one could argue that it is actually a positive thing for an individual to be dislodged from a “live for today” mindset and perhaps reoriented towards one that is more prudent and future oriented.  There is something to be said for expecting the best, while preparing for the worst.

With the heightened uncertainty about our economic futures, it has never been more important to take care of one’s health.  People who are healthy fare much better during difficult times than those who are not.  Overall health is comprised of many factors including your physical health, your mental health, your dental health and your spiritual health.  Eating well, exercising often and limiting alcohol use can all improve your physical health.  Relaxing, enjoying hobbies, and spending quality time with loved ones is a good way to reduce stress and improve your mental health.  Regular prayer, study and worship as well as fellowship with others who share your faith will improve your spiritual health. But what can we do to improve our dental health?

You can improve your dental health by getting regular dental check ups and cleanings, and by addressing serious dental problems such as tooth loss.  If missing teeth are not replaced, it can lead to other serious problems including gum disease, a destructive bite, and further tooth loss.  The good news is that patients with tooth loss now have the option of a permanent tooth replacement system, dental implants.  Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that provide a foundation for permanent replacement teeth that like, feel and function like natural teeth.

During these uncertain times, it is critically important to protect your dental health.  If you are currently missing a tooth or teeth, talk to an oral surgeon regarding dental implants and how they may benefit you.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 11:05 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

The ritual of eating a meal involves so much more than simply nourishing our bodies.  While it is true that you must eat to live, most of us associate eating with much more than just the physical act of putting food in our mouths, chewing and swallowing.

For most of us, meal times are times for us to slow down, relax and enjoy our families and friends while at the same time nourishing our bodies.  For many families, dinnertime is the only time during the hectic day that everyone sits down together in one place.  Some families celebrate Sunday dinners as a time for extended family to gather in one home for a meal.  Of course, holiday meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas are a very important part of our American culture.

For people who are single, meal times are times to connect with friends and are an important social outlet.  Meals are also an important dating ritual.  Whether it is lunch, dinner, or meeting for a drink, most dates are centered around eating and/or drinking.

Recognizing how important meal times are to your health and happiness makes having teeth that look great, feel good and function properly that much more vital to your quality of life.  If poorly functioning teeth or unattractive teeth are making meal times and the experience of eating less enjoyable for you, do not lose hope.  Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement system that enable patients like you to eat the foods you love, speak, smile and laugh with confidence.

If you have lost the joy of eating, it is possible for you to enjoy meal times once again.  Speak to an Oral Surgeon today regarding dental implants and how they may benefit you.  You will be glad you did.

Posted on the Behalf of Mountain View Oral and Surgery and Dental Implants.


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Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 11:05 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure” has never been truer than it is today.  The recent downturn in the economy has made it necessary for many of us to “tighten our belts” and re-prioritize how we spend our money.  When it comes to your oral health, it is definitely wise to spend money on preventative measures now, so you won’t have to spend even more money correcting major dental problems later.

Many people will ignore a missing tooth or teeth in the back of their mouth unknowingly harming their smile and ultimately their health.  If you are missing a tooth or teeth, leaving open spaces where teeth used to be only “doubles down” on your remaining teeth and shortens their life.  Our Creator designed our teeth to work together, each one designed to perform a specific function.  When a member of the group is lost, more work is required out of the remaining teeth, shortening their life.

In addition, teeth will naturally shift toward the hole left by a missing tooth.  When gaps open up, it causes teeth to shift.  This throws off your bite and causes a destructive bite.  Destructive bites can cause headaches, severe jaw pain, broken teeth, and teeth that wear too fast.  A missing tooth or teeth can also lead to gum disease by creating a trap for food and bacteria.

If you are missing teeth, do not be “penny wise but pound foolish” by electing not to replace them.  Dental implants provide a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth and protecting remaining teeth.  To get more information regarding Dental Implants and other tooth replacement options, talk to an Oral Surgeon today.

Posted on the Behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants.




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Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 09:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Tooth decay remains the most prevalent chronic disease in American adults, even though it is largely preventable.  According to the results of the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 92% of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had dental caries or “cavities” in their permanent teeth.  Surprisingly, adults living in families with higher incomes and more education have had more dental caries than other less affluent groups.

Even more concerning is the fact that 23% of American adults of the same age have untreated tooth decay.  If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to serious dental issues including the loss of permanent teeth.

Tooth decay can be prevented by getting regular dental cleanings and check-ups and by flossing and brushing your teeth everyday.  Flossing and brushing regularly can help to prevent tooth decay from occurring in the first place.  Regular dental check-ups can help to identify and treat tooth decay early before it can lead to more serious issues including tooth loss.

Even with preventative measures, tooth loss does occur in many adults.  Patients with tooth loss deal with pain, embarrassment and an inability to chew and properly digest certain foods.  This negatively affects their overall health and their quality of life.  For these patients, dental implants provide a permanent tooth replacement option that enables them to have replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  For more information regarding tooth replacement options including dental implants, please contact an Oral Surgeon.

Posted on the Behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants.




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Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 09:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Every year Americans invest millions of dollars on vitamins, supplements, health club memberships, diet plans, and medications to keep us looking fit and feeling healthy.  We also invest millions of dollars on cosmetic treatments such as botox and fillers, chemical peels, and plastic surgery procedures to improve our physical appearance and keep us looking young.  But how much would you be willing to invest in a healthy smile?  If you have experienced tooth loss or are currently wearing dentures, this may be something to consider.

Your oral health has such a significant effect on your life that investing in a healthy smile is really investing in your overall health and quality of life. Dental implants and Teeth-In-An-Hour (TIAH) are revolutionary permanent tooth replacement systems that enable patients with tooth loss to once again eat, laugh, smile and talk with confidence.  The success rate for dental implants is between 95% ad 98%.  Most patients are candidates for this procedure.

What if you do decide to invest in a dental implants or TIAH?  What is the return on your investment?  The return on your investment is an improved appearance, greater confidence, and a much greater overall quality of life.  In addition to the positive effects on your appearance and self-esteem, dental implants can improve your nutritional health by allowing you to once again eat foods that are high in fiber and rich in nutrients.  This can improve your overall health and help you to maintain a healthy weight.

If you are interested in investing in a health smile through dental implants, talk to an Oral Surgeon today.  Many Oral Surgery practices offer financing options that can help with the costs associated with this life changing tooth replacement system.

Posted on the Behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants.




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Thursday, May 5, 2011 @ 11:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Your appearance affects so many different aspects of your life that it is hard to quantify its value.  However, scientific research has proven over and over again that your appearance affects other’s opinions of you and has a large affect on how much others want to be around you.   Your smile is the first impression people have of you and is one of the most important factors affecting your appearance.

The recent downturn in the American economy has caused many Americans to lose their jobs and has forced them reluctantly back into the job market, where the competition level for well-compensated employment is extremely high.  If you are currently in the job market, or in danger of losing your job, it is now more important than ever to invest in your smile and your appearance.

Interviewers often make decisions regarding potential applicants within the first thirty seconds of interacting with them.  For better or worse, this is just human nature.  Many assumptions are made based on the way you look and the way you carry yourself when you walk into a room.  Nothing creates a better first impression better than a pleasing smile, good posture and eye contact, and an air of confidence.

Tooth loss is an embarrassing, debilitating problem affecting many Americans.  It can negatively affect your smile as well as your overall facial appearance and can lead to a loss of confidence and self-esteem.

If you are dealing with tooth loss and find yourself in the job market, you ought to strongly consider investing in a healthy smile to improve your appearance and build your confidence.  Dental implants provide a permanent solution for patients with tooth loss that enables them to laugh, smile, eat and speak with confidence.  Talk to your oral surgeon today to see if you are a candidate for this advanced tooth replacement system.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011 @ 10:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Your smile creates a first and lasting impression.  Often, a person’s smile is what attracts another person to them in the first place.  The reality is, your smile and teeth could largely determine how much another person wants to be around you.

Your confidence level and self-esteem are also very important when it comes to dating.  People are attracted to others who are confident and self-assured.

Tooth loss is an embarrassing problem facing many Americans today and negatively affects the overall quality of life of patients dealing with this issue.  According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey collected between 1999 and 2004, more than 10% of Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 have no remaining teeth.  This can make it very difficult for patients who are dating or interested in dating.

Many Americans with tooth loss are currently wearing removable replacements for missing teeth called dentures.  Although dentures do provide a solution for patients with missing teeth, they are not a permanent, fixed solution.  Some patients adjust to wearing dentures better than others.  For some people, dentures are not tolerable at all.

Common complaints among denture wearers include the artificial appearance of dentures and the fear that dentures will come loose or fall out during social interactions.  This can make eating, laughing, smiling, talking, and general social interactions such as dating less enjoyable.

Dental implants are prosthetic replacements for missing tooth roots that serve as a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.  Dental implants have an extremely high success rate and provide patients with a permanent, fixed solution to missing teeth.  To get more information about this revolutionary tooth replacement system, contact an oral surgeon.

Posted on the Behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants.



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