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Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 03:03 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you need to replace a full arch of teeth, you’re likely faced with two choices: traditional dentures or implant-supported dentures. There are some key differences between these restorative dentistry options, including cost. Dental implants are notably more expensive than removable dentures. However, before you shy away from this option due to money, you’ll need to carefully consider the long-term return on your implant dentistry investment.

When choosing dental implants over traditional dentures, you will reap the following “savings”:

Save on Adhesive Creams

With implant-supported dentures, your dentures are anchored firmly in place with 2-4 dental implants. There’s no need to buy adhesive creams on a weekly or monthly basis. This is a notable savings over time. continue reading

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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, October 13, 2011 @ 03:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

When considering one’s overall health, it is important to take into consideration both the physical and mental or emotional aspects of health.  It is also important to factor in the link between physical and mental health; often referred to as “the mind/body connection.”

How does this apply to dental implants?  The answer is that dental implants are good for both your physical health and your mental health.  Let’s start with the positive affect dental implants can have on your physical health.  Since dental implants allow for replacement teeth that function like natural teeth, patients with dental implants do not have to restrict their diets.  Unlike patients with dentures, patients with dental implants do not have to replace foods that are high in fiber and rich in nutrients with high fat, high carbohydrate foods that are easier to chew.  Studies have shown that eating a diet that is high in fiber-rich, nutrient dense food can help you to maintain a healthy weight, normal blood pressure and a healthy cardiovascular system.  Conversely, a diet that is rich in high fat, high carbohydrate foods has been shown to cause heart disease, diabetes, obesity and even some forms of cancer.

Now let’s talk about the affect dental implants can have on your mental health.  If you are currently wearing dentures or have worn them in the past, you have probably worried at some point about them slipping or falling out during social interactions such as eating, laughing and talking.  Many patients also worry that their dentures are easily detectable and do not look like natural teeth.  This can lead to a loss in confidence and can take the joy out of everyday activities.  Dental implants enable patients with missing teeth to have permanent replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  This frees patients from fear and embarrassment and enables them to once again eat, laugh talk and smile with confidence.

Contact an Oral Surgeon to get more information about dental implants and how they may benefit you.  You will be glad you did!

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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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Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

When making decisions about whether or not to spend money on a solution to a problem, it is very important to factor in the cost of ignoring the problem or doing nothing.  These hidden costs are often overlooked and can lead to bigger problems and bigger expenditures.

For instance, let’s say your check engine light is on in your car and you take it in to the auto repair shop to find out what is wrong.  It turns out that your radiator is no longer working properly and needs to be replaced.  A new radiator, installed, will cost you around $300.  Things are a bit tight at this time so you decide to ignore the problem and do not replace your radiator.  A few days later, the engine in your car overheats and stops due to the fact that your radiator is not working properly.  This time when you take it into the shop, you find out that driving the car with a bad radiator and allowing it to overheat has caused major engine trouble.  The price to fix your car has now increased to around $2,500.00.  In this case, the cost of doing nothing is significantly more than the cost of replacing the radiator!

The same can be true in the case of missing teeth.  Teeth will shift toward the hole left by a missing tooth.  This process can cause a destructive bite and can lead to severe jaw pain, broken teeth, and teeth that wear too fast.  In addition, missing teeth can lead to gum disease by creating a trap for food and bacteria.  Treating serious dental problems including a destructive bite and gum disease can be painful and expensive.

Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  When determining whether or not to spend the money on this revolutionary tooth replacement system, it is important to factor in the hidden cost of doing nothing.  You may find that you cannot afford not to get dental implants.

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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!

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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.

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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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