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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 08:02 PM
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Perhaps no other advancement in dentistry has been so applauded as that of dental implants. People all over the globe have needed tooth replacement options for as far back as recorded history has taken account. Yet, for most of that time, replacements were not what they are today. While many improvements have been made in dentures and bridges as teeth replacement options, the “modern miracle” of dental implants is simply superior to all other options. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is proud to offer dental implants to patients in the Vinings, Marietta, and Buckhead areas. Recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, he is the most reputable doctor for dental implants.

Dental implants offer a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. These implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. A titanium post serves as the new “tooth root” to hold the replacement tooth securely in place. While dental implants are typically thought of when one tooth needs to be replaced, they can also be used to support full and partial sets of dentures so that they securely stay in position while speaking and eating. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, so there is nothing obvious about them inside of the mouth. Dr. Suway has helped many patients restore their beautiful smiles with the most amazing and natural looking results.

If you would like more information about dental implants and to see if you are a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement option, please contact the practice of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD today. With over 25 years of experience in implant dentistry and comprehensive dental care, he is the trusted name in Atlanta to help patients restore their smiles.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 @ 04:02 PM
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What does your osteoporosis have to do with replacing your missing teeth? Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that leads to decreased density of bone and subsequent increase in risk of fracture. If you have missing teeth and are considering the gold standard replacement option of dental implants, you have to take your bone volume into account. Dental implants require that patients are in overall good health and that they have enough bone volume and density in the jaw to support dental implants successfully. Before you count yourself out of getting dental implants because you have osteoporosis, talk to your dental implants dentist first. You may have bones that are weak in other parts of your body but adequate jawbone volume. In addition, you may be a candidate for bone grafting, a very common and predictable procedure that is performed in many dental implants cases.

Your implant dentist will first want to make sure your osteoporosis is under control, which includes proper medication, diet and exercise. As previously mentioned, it is important that you are also in good overall health as well to ensure your dental implants have the best chance of healing successfully. Your oral health is a major factor in determining your candidacy of dental implants. The presence of periodontal disease can contribute greatly to dental implant failure.

As an osteoporosis patient, you can expect your implant dentist to thoroughly evaluate the strength, density and volume of your bone tissue in your jaw. For a dental implant to heal properly and be successful, it must have sufficient volume of bone around it in height, width, and depth to envelope the implant and support the tooth (crown) on top of it. If there is not adequate bone left in your jaw, then your dentist will likely consider bone grafting.

Bone grafting is very common with dental implants and it has been significantly improved over the years. This process now uses processed and sterilized bone from animals (usually cows) to basically trick our body’s biochemically into accepting the graft as our natural bone. The graft can then be absorbed and replaced by the your own native bone over time.

The bottom line is this – don’t let your osteoporosis diagnosis keep you from inquiring about the most revolutionary permanent tooth replacement option available. An experienced and skilled implants dentist, such as Dr. Wayne Suway, can properly evaluate your candidacy and offer the latest bone grafting procedures to help you. Recent research (International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, Vol 21: 349) has shown a lowered success rate in patients with osteoporosis but the difference was less than 2%. The general success rate for dental implants is about 97% whereas the success rate in this limited study was 95%. Therefore, you still have a very high chance of success with dental implants as an osteoporosis sufferer.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 09:02 PM
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Are missing teeth causing you to hide your smile, or not smile at all? Smiling is one of the most powerful and noticeable facial expressions. Therefore, besides the functional benefit of replacing your lost teeth, you are missing out on some very significant benefits of smiling. Taking advantage of dental implants can mean gaining access to these amazing powers behind a smile.

Stress Reducer:
We could all use a little stress reliever in our busy lives. Recent studies show that smiling reduces stress that your body and mind feel in the same way that a good night’s sleep does. Smiling actually decreasing the stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your mental and physical health.

Mood Booster:
Not only will you be less stressed, but you can also enjoy a better mood after smiling. Psychologists have found that even if you’re in bad mood, you can instantly feel better if you force yourself to smile.

The Best First Impression:
Smiling ranks at the top of the list of important attraction features, second behind personality. Did you know your smile can be recognized from up to 300 feet away?

Valuable Career Asset:
If you are holding back your smile at work, you could be missing out on career advancement. Yes, that’s right. Recent studies indicate that people who smile more are more likely to get a promotion because it makes them seem more attractive, sociable and confident.

Immune System Booster:
Smiling improves your mental health as well as our physical health. When we smile, our bodies are more relaxed, which is better for your overall health and promotes a stronger immune system.

Now that you realize the benefits of smiling, why aren’t you doing it more? If missing teeth is your reason, contact a qualified dentist to see if you are a candidate for dental implants. This long-lasting and natural tooth replacement option will certainly give you something to smile about!

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Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 10:01 PM
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In most cases, your teeth will last a lifetime if properly cared for. However, many people still experience tooth loss and need a permanent tooth replacement option for proper function and aesthetics. Dental implants are the preferred choice for those that want teeth that act, feel and look like your natural teeth. Dental implants have helped countless patients who suffer tooth loss from a variety of factors. There are some reasons for tooth loss that are out of our control, while others we can prevent with diligent oral hygiene efforts. Here is a look at the common reasons why people lose their teeth and may require dental implants:

Gum Disease: The most common reason for tooth loss is gum (periodontal) disease. This is essentially a localized infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth leading to loss of bone. At the advanced stages of gum disease, the infection progresses to the point that teeth become loose and fall out on their own. In other cases, the tooth becomes so damaged that it must be extracted.

Trauma: Obviously, this one is out of your control. Trauma or injury to the teeth can cause them to be knocked out instantly, or the damage may show up much later. Root fracture may not be apparent until months later when infection develops. In some cases, teeth are treated after trauma and many years later there is apparent root resorption, which occurs when the body turns against itself and causes cells to eat away at the root surface.

Lastly, teeth may only crack or fracture in such a way that they must be removed all together. This can even happen as the result extreme stress on the teeth from a clenching and grinding habit or from mechanical reasons related to the lack of sufficient support from other teeth.

Tooth Decay: Dental caries that are left untreated will eventually lead to extensive infection in the in the bone around the ends of the roots, which will result in the need for tooth extraction to prevent further complications.

Congenital absence: Tooth loss could also be something you were born with. There are cases where people may have a primary tooth come in, but there is no permanent tooth to replace it. Typically, the baby tooth will remain in place and will function until it fails due to the loss of root support or other dental disease. At this point, it will need to be removed.

Regardless of what caused your tooth loss, the most important step now is to find a way to regain the optimal function and appearance you were meant to have. Dental implants can restore smiles from all types of tooth loss. Dr. Wayne Suway is a leader in implant dentistry, providing patients with a highly sophisticated and revolutionary way to talk, smile, laugh and chew after losing teeth.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 @ 03:01 PM
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We live in a society where we expect activities and tasks to be streamlined. The faster and more convenient, the better. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, most dental implants procedures require multiple appointments to more than one location and doctor. Choosing a dentist such as Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD for dental implants, means you gain a unique advantage. Not only does he carry the expertise to carefully place your dental implants, but Dr. Wayne Suway can also perform the final dental implant restoration. Dental implants with the right dentist can be a one-stop shop and offer many benefits.

As mentioned previously, the convenience is a large advantage in choosing a place that can both place and restore your dental implants. The entire process of getting dental implants, which includes construction and healing, usually takes about two to nine months, depending on your treatment plan. This process includes the first phase of the implant fusing to the bone and the second phase of the actually tooth replacement restoration attachment. Dental implants are a highly advanced tooth replacement procedure that naturally requires multiple trips to the dentist. Interacting with one dentist and the same location during this process can be extremely convenient and helpful. As with any health procedure, it is always more streamlined and efficient if you do not have to schedule with multiple locations.

Another major benefit of using a one-stop shop dental implant dentist is the better results and greater success of the procedure itself. Having the same dentist who handled the first phase (measuring your mouth, surgically placing your implants and monitoring your healing) perform the final implant restoration stage means you can feel confident in your results. In short, you can trust that your dentist has full knowledge of your specific implant site and what to expect before fabricating and attaching a custom crown over your implant.

To learn more about how your dental implants could be performed with better efficiency, more convenience and better results, find a dentist who can both place your implant and your restoration.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 @ 03:12 PM
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One of the biggest downsides to tooth loss is often ignored. Many people are well aware of the functional disability from missing teeth or how it can negatively affect your smile. However, missing teeth can also result in bone loss in the jaw, which leads to facial collapse and premature aging.

Why does missing teeth cause bone loss? Our jawbone carries an important role in the overall skeletal system. Essentially, your jawbone is the framework of your face. Strong muscles need the jawbone to hold on to for support. Bones need correct chewing forces to maintain their density and form. When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation to its supporting bone causing a decrease in volume. This happens quicker than most people realize; as much as 25% of bone loss occurs during the first year of losing a tooth.

While traditional teeth replacement options such as dentures or bridges may fix your ability to eat and speak properly, they do not address the bone loss issue. Dental implants are considered a permanent replacement of tooth loss. They fully address this critical concern of bone loss from missing teeth. A dental implant involves a surgical placement of a titanium post that acts as a tooth root. The implant is allowed to fuse to your existing jawbone; thus keeping your jaw bone and muscles properly stimulated during chewing a speaking. Patients who choose dental implants for multiple missing teeth enjoy the aesthetic, functional and psychological benefits of a more symmetrical and younger looking face, as bone loss in your jaw bone gives a sunken and aged appearance.

Ask a dental implants specialists about how you can avoid bone loss after missing teeth. An attractive smile needs to be a healthy one as well!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 09:12 PM
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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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Thursday, November 20, 2014 @ 03:11 PM
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Nearly one out of four people age 65 and older have lost all of their teeth, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Senior adults and the elderly population are faced with a myriad of challenges as their body ages, and their tooth replacement solution should not be an added obstacle. It may seem more practical to opt for dentures instead of a more costly dental implant procedure. However, older adults should consider the potential challenges that could arise from dentures. Choosing dentures could mean more problems than solutions. Here are some common denture pitfalls that could be especially problematic for an elderly patient:

Ill-Fitting Dentures: This is perhaps one of the most common setbacks for those that choose dentures. It is hard to get dentures to fit comfortably and naturally. Ill-fitting dentures cause pain. They can rub on areas of the gum and cause a callus, or epulis, which requires oral surgery to remove. For the elderly, it may be difficult for them to express this pain or articulate exactly why the dentures are not feeling comfortable. They can easily give up on wearing them altogether.

Poor Nutrition: Denture wearers often gravitate towards a soft food diet. Unfortunately, this means that essential, high-fiber fruits and vegetables are neglected. Seniors and the aging population especially need a nutrient dense diet in order to fight other medical complications and keep their energy up.

Maintenance: Dentures require a special toothpaste, toothbrush and denture cream. They also need to be soaked each night. In addition, it is especially important that you handle dentures carefully so they do not break. We know that as we age, we lose dexterity, coordination and even our memory. The denture upkeep may not be ideal for elderly patients, as opposed to dental implants that require no extra maintenance beyond natural teeth.

Reduced Quality of Life: With complications such as discomfort and not being able to eat the foods you once enjoyed, dentures can quickly begin to negatively impact a person’s quality of life. Dental implants, however, can help senior adults smile, laugh, eat and speak with new confidence. An improved quality of life can do wonders for one’s overall health and well-being.

If you or a loved one is facing tooth replacement options late in life, consider the significant pitfalls that dentures could bring. Invest in a better quality of life, healthier diet and needed convenience that dental implants has to offer. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is an expert in implant dentistry and he readily educates his senior patients about the modern miracle of dental implants.

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Monday, November 10, 2014 @ 02:11 PM
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Perhaps the most significant advantage of dental implants is that they provide replacement of not only a tooth but of tooth roots as well, whereas other tooth replacement methods do not. A dental implant includes an artificial tooth that is surgically secured to the jawbone using a titanium post. Titanium is the best material of choice because it holds a variety of optimal properties including the following:

Lightweight: In order to function like a tooth root, it is important that the titanium post not be heavy or weigh down the jaw unnaturally. Titanium is a very lightweight, yet strong material.

Strong: Titanium is a highly durable material, able to withstand all of the functions of the mouth, teeth and jaw. You can confidently speak and chew naturally with the strength of this titanium post securing your replacement teeth.

Biocompatible: This titanium property means the body will not reject it. In fact, dental implants that use titanium have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device!

Bone Fusion: The ability to perform osseonintegration, or fusing to the bone, is a special and significant property of titanium. This is the biological basis of a dental implant success. When teeth are missing, the jawbone can start to deteriorate. Using a material that actually fuses to the bone means patients get the necessary support they need to maintain a natural shape and density in the jawbone and overall facial structure.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD can help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. The advancements in dental implants have literally changed the face of dentistry over the last 25 years!

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Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 02:10 PM
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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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