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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 10:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants provide phenomenal benefits when it comes to replacing missing teeth. However, dental implants require a timed process in order to be successful. They are by no means a quick solution for missing teeth. However, they provide the most natural, long-term success than any other tooth replacement alternative.

Getting a dental implant involves the surgical placement of the implant or titanium post followed by a healing period before the final implant restoration is placed on top.

The downtime that you will experience after dental implant surgery depends on several factors:

  • Your age?
  • Your health condition?
  • How many dental implants are needed?
  • Where the implants are located within your mouth?
  • Was tooth extraction needed?
  • Is bone grafting necessary prior to implant placement?

For patients simply having one implant, you should be able to return to work the very next day. Multiple implants, between 8 and 10, may require a few days of downtime. Younger patients typically heal faster than older patients, and of course those in good health will benefit from a quicker and more comfortable recovery as well. Someone who smokes or is diabetic can expect a longer recovery period. Most patients experience some soreness and a soft foods diet may be recommended initially.

Remember that while your downtime may be minimal and your soreness will typically dissipate within a few days, your implants are still healing. After your implants are placed, they undergo a process called osseointegration, where the titanium post (a bio-compatible metal) fuses to the jawbone. This is a critical stage for your dental implant success. Overall, dental implants typically heal in about 4-6 months. The upper bite generally heals a little slower than the bottom due to the difference in bone type. If bone grafting was performed, the healing period is extended.

Recovery from dental implants can vary from patient to patient and from one implants surgeon to the next. If you have questions about what to expect during your specific dental implants case, Dr. Wayne Suway will gladly consult with you. Although it may seem like a lengthy process to get dental implants, they are an investment that can bring a lifetime of success and restore your smile in the most natural way.

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Monday, June 8, 2015 @ 02:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you are looking to improve your smile, there are plenty of cosmetic dentistry options available. However, not all cosmetic procedures are designed with your long-term health and appearance in mind. While porcelain veneers may be an appropriate solution for patients who want to fix mild aesthetic imperfections, they are not a permanent solution for those that have missing or broken teeth or for those with gum disease, severe decay or widely gapped teeth. In this case, it is best to consider the surgical placement of dental implants. Though the procedure is more invasive and time-consuming than other choices, dental implants still allow you to customize your dream smile, yet you can also remain confident in the health of your teeth through a lifetime.

A smile makeover can make you look years younger and it can instantly improve your self-esteem and quality of life. When considering all of the cosmetic dentistry options out there, it is important to realize the advantages of dental implants to create your ideal smile.

Long-Term Solution: Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that protects your long-term health and smile function. They utilize artificial tooth roots that are securely anchored to your jawbone, which ensures you do not experience premature facial aging or collapse after years of missing teeth. Since dental implants completely replace your teeth, there is no longer a concern for tooth decay or enamel erosion problems. In addition, dental implants are stain resistant, so you can maintain a white smile for years to come.

Customized Solution: Now’s your chance to design your dream smile. Dental implants can be customized in color, shape and size. They are also known for being the cosmetic option that looks and feels most natural.

Healthy Solution: Dental implants boost your health in many ways. Unlike dentures, dental implants require no dietary restrictions. Therefore patients can benefit from a fiber rich diet for optimal body health. Dental implants can be the best solution for your emotional health too – as patients can remain confident while speaking, chewing and laughing.

Comfortable Solution: With dental implants, there is no need to worry that a veneer may pop off while eating or your dentures may slip when talking to a friend. Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth. There is no slippage or discomfort along your gum line and they do not affect your speech. Investing in dental implants means investing in your daily comfort.

Dr. Wayne Suway is a leading provider of dental implants. Please call our office to learn how dental implants can be your best smile makeover solution for both now and the future.

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Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 02:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Are you considering your options for replacing missing teeth? While you do have choices in dentures, bridges and partials, there are significant consequences you may face if you choose these options over dental implants. Here are some top reasons to consider dental implants as your tooth replacement of choice:

Bone Loss:

One of the most serious penalties of not having dental implants is bone loss. This bone loss in the jaw results in facial collapse and premature aging. When you are missing teeth, your jawbone begins to atrophy, which then results in a lack of strong support for your facial structure including your cheek, nose, lips and skin. Dental implants act as natural teeth and prevent this bone loss because they are anchored into the jawbone. It is important to note that dentures and bridges do not have such an anchor and therefore the jawbone is not actively stimulated, which results in atrophy and bone loss.

Speech:

Among other consequences of not choosing dental implants is impaired speech. Dentures and bridges are often bulky and can intrude on your palate. This, in turn, can inhibit your tongue’s natural movement and affect the way you talk.

Eating:

Chewing is another function that patients may experience impairment if they do not choose dental implants. Denture patients typically gravitate towards a softer diet to protect their removable prosthetic teeth, which often results in a high carbohydrate diet. Through all stages of life, and especially as we age, it is very important that high fiber and nutritious fruits and vegetables remain in our daily intake. Investing in dental implants means you can chew like you would with natural, strong teeth and enjoy a well-rounded healthy diet.

Waiting to replace your missing teeth altogether carries its own ramifications. Eventually, the remaining teeth in the jaw shift in order to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth. This causes crooked teeth and a misaligned bite, which could eventually lead to orthodontic treatment. In addition, teeth that are not properly supported by adjacent teeth will actually begin to weaken and may cause additional tooth loss or injury.

Ask Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD about your candidacy to receive the gold standard tooth replacement option of dental implants. You can benefit from a healthy jaw and supported facial structure as well as improved function in speaking and chewing.

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