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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 05:03 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

There are patients that find dentures to be an acceptable and effective solution for missing teeth. However, there are also a great number of people whose dentures are ill-fitting. Unfortunately, ill-fitting dentures can not only cause frustration and pain, but they are not able to deliver the proper function that they were made for.

For patients who continue to have ill-fitting dentures causing them more harm than good, it may be time to consider implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures use three to five dental implants to secure the dentures in place. Implant-supported dentures provide a firm, durable support system much like your natural teeth roots. They can eliminate slipping and sliding issues of dentures and allow patients to once again to eat their favorite foods without fear of their dentures dislodging.

If you are experiencing these common signs of ill-fitting dentures, it may be time to consult with a dental implants dentist for help:

Discomfort – This is your biggest indication that there is a problem with the way your dentures fit. Pain may be due to gum irritation of your dentures slipping. Some patients even find that their cheeks are sore from constantly trying to keep dentures in place.

Oral sores – The friction from dentures sliding back and forth on tender tissues inside your mouth can easily cause sores. This makes eating and drinking especially painful. If not treated, oral sores can become infected.

Speech Problems – Many denture wearers have difficulty speaking if their dentures are not fitted properly. Either patients slur their speech or talk with a clenched bite in an effort to keep their dentures in pace.

Diet and Weight Changes – If ill-fitting dentures have caused you to change your dietary habits dramatically or even resulted in weight changes, it is time to make amendments regarding your tooth replacement system. This is a common sign of ill-fitting denture users because they tend to gravitate towards soft, fatty foods like ice cream to avoid the need for chewing more healthy and fibrous foods.

While it is certainly possible that your dentures can be adjusted to a comfortable fit, it is not uncommon for patients to fight an uphill battle when it comes to feeling confident in their dentures. Using dental implants to support dentures can help you achieve an attractive, functional and confident smile. You should never endure pain and discomfort to replace missing teeth.

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Monday, September 2, 2013 @ 06:09 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Today, there is a lot of information about cosmetic dentures in magazines, advertisements and online. So what is the difference between cosmetic dentures and traditional dentures? And, how do they compare to dental implants?

Cosmetic dentures are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth, just like traditional dentures. However, unlike traditional dentures, they are custom-fitted and hand-fabricated and can be made especially to match your gender, ethnic original, personality and style. For some, cosmetic dentures offer a more natural and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional dentures.

However, when compared to dental implants, even cosmetic dentures cannot compete with the form, comfort, functionality and appearance of this revolutionary tooth replacement option. This is because dentures, whether they are cosmetic or traditional dentures, are not anchored into your jaw like dental implant supported replacement teeth. So, there is a need for the use of denture adhesive creams to keep dentures in place, and there is always a chance of dentures slipping, clicking or falling out. In addition, dentures do not allow for the same chewing strength as dental implant supported replacement teeth. This makes it difficult for many people with dentures to enjoy foods that are rich in fiber and harder to chew. This has a multitude of health implications as the high fiber foods are usually rich in nutrients and lower in calories than other types of food. And, cosmetic dentures simply cannot compete with the natural appearance of dental implant supported replacement teeth.

The bottom line is that although cosmetic dentures do offer some advantages over traditional dentures, they still do not provide the advantages you get with dental implants. If you are in the process of considering different tooth replacement alternatives, talk to an oral surgeon about the benefits of dental implants and see if this advanced tooth replacement option is right for you.

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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, November 17, 2011 @ 07:11 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Are new teeth on your grown up Christmas list this year?  Has the pain and embarrassment of living with missing teeth caused you to withdraw from others and from social situations?  Has eating become tedious and potentially embarrassing due to slipping dentures?  Are you tired of dealing with sticky, gooey denture adhesive creams?  If so, maybe this year is the time to give yourself one of the greatest gifts…new teeth.

After all, our teeth affect many aspects of our lives.   Most of us don’t realize this until we are faced with tooth loss.  We take for granted the fact that we are able to eat the foods we want and smile, talk and laugh with confidence.  It is only when we lose our teeth that we realize the important role they play in our everyday functions and interactions.

While dentures, partial dentures and bridges are all options for replacing missing teeth, the only permanent solution is dental implants.  Dental implants also have many other benefits over other tooth replacement systems.  Dental implants allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like normal teeth.  Therefore, patients with dental implants do not have to modify their diets and can eat the foods they love without worry.  Dental implants do not require the use of adhesive creams since they are permanently anchored in a patient’s jawbone.  Patients with dental implant supported replacement teeth do not have to worry about them slipping or falling out.

If you are interested in giving yourself the gift of healthy teeth this holiday season, contact a qualified oral surgeon in your local area.  Many oral surgery practices offer financing options that allow patients to pay for their dental implants over time.  Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 @ 02:11 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death among Americans.  In 2005, there were 45,520 motor vehicle related deaths in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Motor vehicle accidents are also one of the leading causes of facial trauma and injuries including tooth loss.  Every year, traffic accidents cause many Americans to lose one or more of their permanent teeth.  If this has happened to you, do not lose heart.  Advances in dental implant dentistry now give patients with tooth loss an attractive alternative to dentures or partial dentures.

Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement solution that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  Benefits include the fact that they are permanent, do not require denture creams or adhesives and are not at risk for slipping or falling out.  Other benefits include their natural appearance as well as the fact that they function just like natural teeth and do not require patients to restrict their diets to eliminate foods that are harder to chew.

The process involves inserting a prosthetic anchor into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once the jawbone has healed and the anchors are securely in place,(a process called Osseointegration), crowns or bridges may be attached to the implants to take the place of missing teeth. This advanced dental procedure requires coordination between an oral surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Most patients are candidates for dental implants and there are very few reasons that medically rule a patient out for this procedure.

If you have sustained tooth loss as a result of a motor vehicle accident, talk to an oral surgeon today to get more information about dental implants and to find out if you are a candidate.  Drive carefully!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 07:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Do you have an important event such as a high school or college class reunion, wedding, vacation or family reunion coming up and want to look your best?  Events such as these are great times to get together with old friends and reminisce about the past.  They also present unique opportunities to reconnect with old friends, and sometimes even with old flames.  For many people, big social events serve as huge motivators for improving their appearances.

All of us want to look our best for the big social events in our lives.  If you have an important event in your future, chances are you have started the process of getting ready for it.  Maybe you have started a diet, or just started eating a little bit healthier.  Perhaps you have increased your exercise or started a new exercise routine.  You may have started a new skin care regiment, or even received injections or facial fillers to reduce the signs of aging.

The appearance of your smile plays a major role in your overall appearance and should not be overlooked.  If you still have all of your natural teeth, cosmetic dental procedures such as whitening, bonding, shaping and porcelain veneers can greatly improve the appearance of your smile.  However, if you are missing teeth, it is a little more complicated.  Fortunately, dental implants offer a permanent solution for patients with missing teeth and provide for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.

If the appearance of your smile has been adversely affected by missing teeth, or if you are tired of wearing dentures and would like a more natural looking smile, call an oral surgeon today to schedule a consultation.  The sooner you call, the sooner you will be on your way to looking great for your upcoming event.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 01:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Currently, the options for replacing missing teeth include bridges, dentures and dental implants.  Of these options, only dental implants provide a permanent solution that allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  For this reason, the popularity of dental implants continues to increase.

Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that are placed in a patient’s jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once the jawbone has healed and the implants are securely in place (a process know as osseointegration), a crown or bridge may be fixed to the implants to take the place of missing teeth.

Dental implants have become increasingly popular since their endorsement by the ADA (American Dental Association) in 1986.  In fact, between the years of 1986 and 1999, the number of dental implants procedures in the United States tripled.  It is now estimated that more than half a million dental implants are placed in the United States every year.

It is widely recognized that dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures.  Why then is this procedure becoming so popular?  Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement option for most patients because they look natural, feel natural and allow for normal speech and normal chewing function.  Importantly, unlike dentures, dental implants are not at risk for slipping and falling out and do not require the use of adhesive creams.

Patients who receive dental implants find themselves free from the shame and embarrassment of missing teeth and experience an increase in their confidence as well as their overall quality of life.  To join the millions of Americans who have benefited from dental implants, contact an oral surgeon today.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 10:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

According to a quote from Charles Reade, “Beauty is power; a smile its sword.”  Our smile creates a lasting first impression and sends signals to others that we are friendly, approachable and confident people.  The truth is, attractiveness can determine how others perceive you and treat you.  Scientific research has proven that the better you look, the better others treat you. Whether you are in a job interview or on a first date, your smile is one of your most important assets.

According to Lee Mildon “People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.”  Charles Gordy says “A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.”  These quotes just further demonstrate how important your smile is to your overall appearance.

But what if your smile is hindered by the embarrassment of missing teeth?  Do you hide your smile?  Do you turn away from people, even if just slightly to hide the gap in your mouth from a missing tooth?  Do you withhold your smile from a big grin even at the funniest moments?  Missing teeth can destroy your self-confidence and change how your smile.

If missing teeth or wearing dentures are hindering your smile, dental implants are definitely worth considering.  Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like normal teeth.  This revolutionary tooth replacement system has enabled millions of patients to once again smile, laugh and speak with confidence.  Talk to an Oral Surgeon today about dental implants and how they may improve your appearance.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 12:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Every year, thousands of Americans sustain facial trauma resulting from motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults and sporting accidents.  Trauma to the face is a  leading cause of tooth loss in younger people.  In the past, the options for replacing missing teeth were limited to bridges or dentures.  These options do not provide a permanent solution to missing teeth, and pose a variety of limitations, especially for younger patients.

Today, dental implants offer a better solution for patients who lose teeth early in life due to facial trauma.   Dental Implants are prosthetic tooth roots that provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  The process involves inserting a prosthetic anchor into a patient’s jawbone.  After a certain amount of time (usually three months), bone grows around the anchor, and the jawbone heals.  This process is called Osseointegration.  When Osseointegration occurs, the implant is tightly held in place to the bone.  A crown is then placed on top of the dental implant to replace the missing tooth.

Dental Implants look and feel so much like natural teeth, many patients forget that they even have them.  This advanced tooth replacement system has enabled many patients who have lost teeth due to facial trauma to once again eat, smile and laugh with confidence.

If you have lost a tooth or teeth early in life due to facial trauma, don’t spend the rest of your life dealing with dentures or other temporary tooth replacement options.  Contact an Oral Surgeon today to get more information about Dental Implants and how they can benefit you.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help you to maintain a healthy weight, control your blood pressure, and prevent serious problems including diabetes and heart disease.  This fact is rarely disputed.  So, what exactly constitutes a “balanced diet?”  By definition, a balanced diet is a diet consisting of the proper quantities and proportions of foods needed to maintain health or growth.

The United States Government has established daily dietary guidelines by way of the Food Guide Pyramid.  The Food Guide Pyramid calls for eating a variety of foods each day to get the nutrients you need and at the same time the right amount of calories to maintain a healthy weight.  It recommends that you eat 6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta, 3-5 servings of vegetables, 2-4 servings of fruit, 2-3 servings of milk, yogurt and cheese and 2-3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts every day.  The Food Guide Pyramid suggests that fats, oils and sweets be used only sparingly.

Unfortunately, for patients with dentures or missing teeth, eating a healthy, balanced diet can pose a significant challenge. Many foods that appear at the bottom of the food pyramid including whole grains, fruits and vegetables can be hard to chew and properly digest for patients with dentures or missing teeth.  As a result, they are often substituted for higher calorie, higher carbohydrate foods that are easier to chew.  The result is an unhealthy, unbalanced diet that can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a permanent solution for patients with missing teeth that enable them to eat the foods they love and to eat a well balanced diet that is rich in fiber.  Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that serve as a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  If you are currently unable to eat a balanced diet due to dentures or missing teeth, please contact an Oral Surgeon today to get more information about Dental Implants and how they can benefit you.

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