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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 01:07 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

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.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Wayne Suway, Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 10:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you wear dentures, you are all too familiar with the mess, hassle and costs associated with denture adhesive creams. Most of the name brand denture adhesive creams costs anywhere between five and ten dollars for a 1.4 – 2.4 oz tube. If you consider the fact that it must be used everyday, this can really add up over the lifetime of your dentures! And then, there is the added hassle, mess and strong smell associated with denture adhesive creams. Recent studies have also linked denture creams containing zinc with an increased risk of developing neurological problems. Even with the best of denture adhesive creams, your dentures may still be at risk of slipping or falling out at any time.

For all these reasons and more, many people wish they could just say no to denture adhesive creams. The good news is that with dental implants, you can! Dental implants are prosthetic replacements for missing tooth roots that can be used to provide additional support for complete dentures or for a fixed dental bridge or crown. This revolutionary tooth replacement system eliminates the need for denture adhesive creams and allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.

If you would like freedom from denture adhesive creams and the other problems associated with wearing dentures, talk to your dentist today about dental implants. There are very few reasons that would rule you out for this revolutionary procedure, and most patients with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants


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Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 05:12 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Are you looking forward to sharing holiday meals with family and friends? Or, does the thought of sitting down for a meal with others give you instant anxiety because of your fear that your dentures will slip or simply fall out? If dentures are taking the joy out of sharing meals with those you love, it is time to do something about it.

Dental implants offer a fixed, permanent solution to missing teeth that allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. By investing in dental implants, you can eliminate the constant worry that your dentures will slip or fall out during meals and other social interactions. You can actually look forward to eating again! You can also eliminate the hassle and expense involved in buying messy denture creams. Best of all, you will be the only one who knows that you have them. Dental implants are so natural in appearance and comfortable to wear, you may even forget that you have them!

If the cost of dental implants is a major deterrent, it is important to consider the return on your investment. How much are you willing to pay for a dramatically improved quality of life? You have taken care of everyone else in your family, isn’t it time to take care of yourself? Many oral surgery offices offer attractive financing options and/or in-house payment plans. Isn’t it worth it to find out? Maybe this year is the time to give yourself the gift of a new set of teeth!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 03:03 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

According to statistics, approximately 36 million Americans wear dentures.  This accounts for roughly ten percent of the American population.  The aging of the population in America has caused the number of Americans with tooth loss to increase.  Although alternative options such as dental implants exist for replacing lost teeth, dentures are still used by many patients with tooth loss.

Some patients adjust to wearing dentures better than others.  For some, dentures are not tolerable at all.  Common complaints among patients who wear dentures include the artificial appearance of dentures or “false teeth”, difficulty chewing, the inability to eat certain foods, loss of the sense of taste, fear that dentures will come loose or fall out, and the need for the use of denture creams.

Many patients who wear dentures are self-conscious and embarrassed about their “artificial appearance.”  This can cause many denture wearers to smile and laugh less during social interactions.

Denture wearers also complain that eating is less enjoyable.  This is because of the difficulty they have in chewing certain types of foods, and the inability to taste foods as well.  It is common for patients who wear dentures to change their diet to consist of softer foods that are easier to chew.  The fear of dentures becoming loose or falling out during a meal can also make eating less enjoyable.

Patients with dentures also complain about the need for the use of denture creams.  Denture creams can be sticky, messy, and expensive.  Some denture creams containing zinc have even been associated with health risks.

Dental implants are a permanent solution for patients with tooth loss and provide a good alternative to wearing dentures.  To get more information regarding dental implants and other alternatives to dentures, contact an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011 @ 05:03 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

ABC News Reports That Popular Denture Cream May Have Risks

In a story dated February 8, 2011, ABC News reported that use of the popular denture cream, Fixodent, may have risks.  The news report stated that Fixodent, manufactured by Proctor & Gamble, may be associated with long term health problems.

The news story chronicled the case of Mark Jacoby, a forty-one year-old construction worker who wore dentures and used Fixodent Denture Cream for twenty years.  Mark Jacoby started experiencing neurological symptoms such as tingling and loss of muscle control.

After running several tests, Jacoby’s doctors determined that he had suffered nerve damage due to high levels of zinc in his body.  The high levels of zinc found in Jacoby’s system were attributed to his denture cream, Fixodent.

High levels of zinc can lead to the depletion of copper levels in the body; copper depletion can lead to nerve damage.  Due to extensive nerve damage, Mark Jacoby now requires a wheelchair to get around.  He is just one of many patients who have suffered nerve damage due to copper depletion caused by high levels of zinc.

In August 2008, the peer reviewed journal “Neurology” reported on four patients suffering from neuropathy and other neurological symptoms typical of zinc poisoning and copper depletion. All of the patients had been using excessive amounts of denture cream for many years. It was determined that excess use of denture cream could have been responsible for their symptoms.

Although Proctor & Gamble is standing behind their product, after the “Neurology” study was published, they added a warning to Fixodent’s label.  The warning states that  “prolonged zinc intake may be linked to adverse health effects.”  It should be noted that Fixodent is not the only denture cream containing zinc.

If you wear dentures and use denture cream, it is important to check the cream’s ingredients on the label.  If you are currently using denture cream containing zinc and are experiencing symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and loss of muscle control, please see your doctor immediately.

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