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Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 09:12 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement options. They can have a success rate of up to 98%! However, there are certain patients that are inhibited from this high success rate. There are a few risk factors associated with dental implant failure and smoking is one of them. If you are a smoker and need the most advanced tooth replacement option, you may need to reconsider your habit before undergoing a dental implant procedure.

Besides its harmful overall effect on your gums and teeth, smoking can cause implant failure, infection and a slower recovery after dental implants. The success of dental implants is dependent on the ability for the implant to properly fuse or bond to the jawbone. Smoking weakens and inflames the gum tissues and inhibits healthy regeneration and healing around the implant. This is called peri-implantitis, which is a leading cause of dental implant failure.

The risk of infection is associated with most any surgical procedure. However, if you are a smoker receiving oral surgery, your infection risk becomes significantly greater. In addition, the effectiveness of prescribed antibiotics can decrease for smokers. Infection obviously leads to a more difficult recovery after dental implants.

Even if you do not experience implant failure or infection, smokers can expect a longer recovery period after dental implants. Smoking limits blood flow, respiration and metabolic activity, which are all critical factors in healing from wounds and regenerating new tissues around a dental implant.

Smokers are considered to have a 300 percent greater chance for detectable gum disease! Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Therefore, although dental implants are not ideal for smokers, smokers are often the ones that need dental implants the most. If you are a smoker with tooth loss, there is still time to change your ways and experience a permanent, natural-looking and confident smile. Always talk to your dentist about your candidacy for dental implants first, but abstaining from smoking tobacco prior to and following your surgery can lessen your risk for complications. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is known for helping patients who have risk factors for dental implants and he can educate you on the best ways to start preparing for this life-altering procedure right away.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 04:09 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants have revolutionized the way missing teeth are replaced. They offer a permanent solution to those that have lost a single tooth or multiple teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or other reason. A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a dental implant restoration (such as a crown or bridge) securely in place. Dental implants, however, are not for everyone. It is a procedure that is completed in stages, over a period of several months and requires good general and oral health. Because the success of the dental implant is contingent upon proper healing and fusion of the surgical titanium post to the jawbone, you need to be carefully evaluated for candidacy of this procedure first.

Not every patient with missing or damaged teeth qualifies as a good candidate for dental implants. Ideal candidates for this advanced dental procedure should have:

• Adequate jawbone density
• Healthy gum tissues, free of periodontal disease
• Good overall health

In addition, you should always tell your implant dentistry professional of any pre-existing medical conditions that interfere with the success of dental implants. For example, patients who are pregnant, still developing jawbone density, or have certain medical conditions, or are currently taking medications that suppress the immune system may not be good candidates for dental implants.

If bone loss in your jaw is inhibiting you from going forward with dental implants, it may be helpful to ask about bone grafting. Bone-grafting procedures can rebuild your jawbone to adequate density so that you become eligible for dental implants.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is a highly skilled and experienced dentist who can help determine whether or not you qualify for implant dentistry. He not only places dental implants, but Dr. Suway can also provide the final stages of dental implant restorations as well. Should you not qualify for dental implants, there are many other tooth replacement options available that can help you regain an attractive, functional smile again.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 03:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants serve as missing tooth roots and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The process involves inserting prosthetic screws into the jawbone and allowing them to heal and fuse with the jawbone. Once they are tightly anchored into place, replacement teeth (either crowns or bridges) may be attached to the dental implants to take the place of missing teeth. In order for the process to work correctly, a patient must have enough healthy bone to support dental implants. Unfortunately, wearing dentures can cause bone loss over time. Failure to replace missing teeth in a timely manner can also cause the bone to wear away. So, what if you do not have enough healthy bone to support dental implants? Does this rule you out for the procedure altogether? Not necessarily.

In some cases where a patient does not have sufficient bone in the jaw to support dental implants or if the quality of bone in the jaw is not acceptable, bone grafting or bone augmentation can be used to prepare the jaw for the successful placement of dental implants. There are four different types of bone grafting procedures that can be used to prepare for dental implants including the following:

Socket Preservation Graft – used immediately after a tooth is removed when a bone socket wall is thin and the likelihood of volumetric bone loss is high

Block Cortical Bone Graft – restoration of the lost bone in the cases where the width and height of remaining bone are insufficient to place an implant in the proper position

Sinus Lift Bone Graft – utilized to replace missing bone to allow for implant
placement in the back of the mouth

Guided Bone Regeneration – may be utilized when there is a localized defect in the
bone or only slightly inadequate bone in the area of implant placement

Your implants dentist or oral surgeon can best determine which type or types of bone grafting procedures are needed to suit your particular situation. If you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for dental implants due to insufficient bone in the jaw, you may want to get a second opinion. With today’s advances in dental technology and dental implants dentistry, many patients who were turned away in the past are now able to benefit from this innovative and life-changing tooth replacement system.

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

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