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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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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @ 12:10 PM
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If you have missing teeth and are putting off a tooth replacement procedure, you may want to reconsider the consequences. Dental implants are considered the gold standard solution for permanently replacing missing teeth. However, by delaying a dental implants procedure you risk bone loss in your jaw. A healthy and adequate quantity of bone is a critical component in successfully placing a dental implant.

How Does Missing Teeth Cause Bone Loss?

Essentially, when you have missing teeth, the jawbone is no longer stimulating by chewing or biting, and it will begin to break down. In the same way that your muscles atrophy from lack of exercise, your jawbone will also deteriorate or resorb when there are no teeth there to activate it.

What Can Be Done If Bone Loss Has Occurred?

Rest assured that your chances of receiving dental implants are not necessarily lost if bone loss has already set in. Your dentist will likely offer you the option of bone grafting if there is not a sufficient amount of existing healthy bone to attach your dental implant. There is a variety of different bone grafting techniques available depending on your specific case, such as socket preservation graft, block cortical bone graft, sinus lift bone graft and guided bone regeneration.

If you have already waited too late and bone loss has already occurred in your jaw due to missing teeth, the advances in dental technology allow for very successful and effective bone grafting procedures so that you can take advantage of the “modern miracle” of dental implants. If you are someone who has just lost teeth, due to extraction, decay, trauma or other cause, it is highly recommended that you see your dentist for a dental implant evaluation as soon as possible. Dr. Wayne Suway can handle your dental implant procedure as well as any necessary bone grafting you may need from start to finish. Call today to see if dental implants are right for you!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 04:09 PM
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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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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 04:09 PM
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Dental implants are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement. For most patients who decide to invest in dental implants for their missing teeth, the initial office visits will be to an oral surgeon. After careful evaluation and precise measurements, the implant will be surgically placed and monitored closely during healing. The second stage of appointments, however, is often scheduled with a dentist, who will then give you the final restorations, such as crowns or bridges, over your recently placed dental implants.

What if you could find a qualified implant dentistry professional that can perform all stages of your dental implant procedure in one convenient location? Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD holds unique expertise in his ability to provide both dental implant placement and dental implant restoration. Patients who choose a dental implant expert such as Dr. Suway are able to reap significant benefits such as convenience, a personalized continuum of care and successful dental implant results.

Implants involve titanium posts that are surgically placed into a healthy jawbone, which act as an artificial tooth root. After the screws fuse to the bone and produce a secure anchor, the final stage of implant dentistry occurs. During this stage, the surgical post is topped with artificial restorations such as crowns or bridges. The initial dental implant placement requires high tech dental technology and precise measurements to ensure you get an exact fit for optimal function. The dental implant restoration process, however, will require a dentist who is talented and experienced in cosmetic restorative dentistry so that your crown or bridge not only fits securely but looks and feels like your natural teeth. Dr. Wayne Suway is qualified to deliver both. He is a distinguished Diplomate of Dental Implantology who carries over 25 years of implant dentistry as well as cosmetic and restorative dentistry experience.

Dental implants are not a quick, inexpensive tooth replacement procedure. This “modern miracle” dental solution requires expert, personalized care so that you get the long-lasting results you have invested in. By choosing a dentist who can care for your dental implant procedure from start to finish, you are setting yourself up for a successful and confident smile!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 03:09 PM
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Dental Implants are the most advanced and revolutionary option in tooth replacement. Before you let the cost difference in choosing dental implants over dentures scare you away, it is important to fully understand the significant long-term advantages that dental implants provide. You will likely discover that implant dentistry offers a much bigger return on your investment than removable tooth replacement options such as dentures or partials.

Dental implants are prosthetic screws made of strong titanium that are placed in the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. Once they have been allowed to heal, the screws fuse to the bone and are anchored securely into place. Prosthetic teeth can then be attached to the implants to take the place of one tooth or more multiple missing teeth.

Perhaps the biggest advantage in choosing dental implants over dentures is the fact that dental implants are designed to be a permanent tooth replacement option. However, here are some additional reasons why patients feel confident in their decision to invest in dental implants.

More Natural

Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. With dental implants, you do not have to worry about clicking, popping or slipping like you do with dentures. Because a dental implant is nearly identical in appearance to your natural teeth, you can benefit from a confident smile all the time, which means your quality of life is significantly improved.

More Convenient

Dental implants are a long-term solution that does not require additional maintenance beyond routine brushing and flossing. You will not have to hassle with messy denture creams or the disruption of taking them out and cleaning them during the day like you do with dentures. Convenience alone may be enough to help you feel good about your investment.

More Functional

Dental implants allow full function when it comes to your teeth. They do not require eating or diet restrictions. Denture patients, however, tend to avoid foods that are harder to chew, which often eliminates a fiber-rich diet and forces them to consume softer carbohydrates that are more calorie dense. Long-term, these dietary restrictions can impact your overall health. Choose the tooth replacement option that produces both a natural smile and one that is fully functional at all stages of life.

It is important to note that not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD in Marietta can help determine if dental implants are best for you. Dr. Suway carries 25 years of experience in implant dentistry and provides the unique benefit of being able to both place and restore dental implants so that patients have comprehensive dental implant care in one convenient location.

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Friday, May 23, 2014 @ 01:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you are visiting our blog, you are most likely interested in or researching dental implants. Dental implants have been touted as the most significant dental innovation of this generation. As a permanent solution for tooth, loss here are the most important things you need to know about dental implants:

What is a dental implant? Dental implants are made up of three parts important parts including a post, a crown and an abutment. When these three steps work together, they are an innovative solution to permanently replace missing teeth. An actual implant is a titanium screw called a post. The post is placed in the jaw bone to mimic a tooth root needed to replace teeth. The titanium post fuses with the jaw bone allowing the bone to grow directly to the titanium screws. Once fused the post allows for a solid attachment or base to place an individual’s new tooth or teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth, making implants the closest thing to a natural tooth.

Why dental implants can save your jawbone: When you lose a tooth for any reason, there is a lack of stimulation to the jawbone from the missing root. Without the stimulation, the bone in the jaw begins to dissolve – a process called resorption. The longer a tooth is missing from the jaw bone, the greater the amount of bone loss. Dental implant posts actually fuse to the jawbone acting as a tooth root they stabilize and stimulate the bone allowing the jaw bone to maintain its dimension and density, which saves your jaw bone from resorption. Dental implants maintain jawbone levels and prevent future jaw bone loss which will help restore proper oral health.

Who is a candidate for dental implants? The great news about dental implants is that most people can receive implants without problems. It is recommended that younger patients wait until they stop growing; however, age alone isn’t a factor in determining whether or not someone can get implants. In fact, there are typically only a small number of circumstances that would disqualify you from receiving dental implants.

Dental implants can change the way people feel about themselves by increasing patient confidence, comfort and overall quality of life. Implants come with a higher price tag than other temporary tooth replacement options. Most people who receive one or more implants will tell you that it was an investment worth making!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 03:04 PM
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By taking the place of missing tooth roots, dental implants can be used to provide support for dental crowns, bridges and even dentures. This revolutionary tooth replacement system provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. For many individuals who make the change from dentures to dental implant supported replacement teeth, this tooth replacement system is life changing.

If this sounds good, you might be wondering how long a dental implant will last. While it will vary from individual to individual, dental implants can last for a lifetime, with proper care. Typically, when a dental implant fails, it is due to improper home care or failure to seek treatment, when needed. Proper nutrition, overall health and other disease processes can also play a factor.

If you want to give your dental implants the very best chance of lasting for a lifetime, it is vitally important to practice good daily oral hygiene at home and to visit your dentist regularly for routine dental cleanings and checkups. If you experience problems with your implant or any dental problems at all, it is important to seek treatment immediately. In addition, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and leading a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in protecting your long-term dental health.

Dental implants represent a significant investment that is well worth the cost for most individuals. If you do decide to invest in dental implants, you need to do all you can to protect your investment. If you would like to get more information about how to care for your dental implants or about dental implants in general, talk to a dental implants specialist in your local area.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 03:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

The success rate of dental implants is extremely high. There is typically a 95% success rate of implants lasting after 5 years and 90% success rate 10 years after surgery. There is a very low rate of dental implant failure, but it does happen from time to time. You may be wondering why implants fail? There are two major reasons that implants fail.

One of the reasons for implant failure is when the jaw bone does not adhere to the titanium screw. When this happens the implant will be loose and fall out. If there is trauma to the jawbone during surgery or infection sets in, the fusion between bone and screw could happen. In some instances the replacement teeth are set too soon after implant and the implant has not fully healed or set. The second major reason is infection in the gum tissue. If an infection develops in the gum tissue it may prolong or prevent the implant from setting up properly. One an infection is cleared up with antibiotics and the gum tissues heal, the implant can typically be restored.

To avoid implant failure, remember the following tips:

• Brush your teeth twice a day and pay close attention to the gum line to best avoid infection.

• Always use interproximal brushes that are specially designed to clean the area between dental implants.

• End-tufted brushes should be used to clean around the neck of the implant at the gum line.

• Ask your dentist to prescribe antimicrobial mouth rinse like chlorhexidine and use mouth rinse as recommended.

• Keep regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings.

If you fear you are having a problem with your dental implant, call your doctor immediately.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 09:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

It is almost summertime! Hard to believe with the long and cold winter we had in Atlanta this year! Summer means time to relax, go to the beach or lake, enjoy warmer weather and hang out with your family and friends. It is also a great time to enjoy some quality time with your children while they are out of school. Unfortunately, summer also means an increased number of dental traumas, especially among children. During the summer months, kids are more likely to play outside and to engage in activities that involve more physical contact. This includes climbing trees, swimming in pools, playing sports and roughhousing in general. While all this activity is great for their development and physical fitness, it also leaves them more at risk for dental traumas and traumatic tooth loss.

One way to cut down on the risk of dental traumas is to make sure that your child wears a protective mouth guard while participating in contact sports. You can buy mouth guards at any sporting goods store, or you can purchase a custom-fitted mouth guard from your dentist. A custom-fitted mouth guard is made especially to fit your child’s mouth and can be more effective in protecting their teeth from traumas and injuries.

So, what can you do to cut down on the risk of losing a tooth due to a traumatic injury this summer? If a tooth is broken, find the missing piece and go immediately to the dentist. This is especially important if the tooth appears to be bleeding from the middle and not just at the gum line. If a tooth is knocked out, it is important to put it immediately back into place, then get to a dental office immediately. If a tooth can be placed back into the mouth within a half-hour of the injury, a full recovery is much more likely. If a tooth is knocked out and cannot be put back into the mouth, place it in milk and go straight to the dentist. Avoid touching the root of the tooth and do not clean it beyond rinsing it gently under water.

If you do lose a tooth or multiple teeth due to a dental trauma, there are a variety of options available to replace them. One option is dental implants. Unlike other tooth replacement solutions, dental implants provide a fixed, long-term solution that looks, feels and functions like natural teeth.

Hopefully, you will not have to deal with any dental traumas this summer! We wish you a safe and healthy summer season.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 02:03 PM
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Everyday, teeth are lost due to traumatic injuries. Automobile accidents, sports-related injuries and criminal assaults are all ways that traumatic injuries and tooth loss occur. In some cases, teeth that are knocked out due to traumatic injuries can be successfully implanted back into the mouth. However, in many cases, traumatic injuries lead to permanent tooth loss.

Unfortunately, traumatic injuries often occur at a young age, leaving individuals to wear dentures or partial dentures for a long period of time. When dentures are worn for a long period of time, it can cause bone irreversible bone loss in the jaw. This leads to ill-fitting dentures. It is an endless cycle.

Fortunately, dental implants now give individuals who lose permanent teeth at a young age a better option for tooth replacement. Replacing lost teeth with dental implant supported crowns or bridges provides a long-term, fixed solution to missing teeth. Dental implants function the same as natural teeth and do not cause bone loss in the jaw. Dental implants also make it possible to eat and properly digest all different types of foods, even foods that are rich in fiber and harder to chew. Lastly, dental implant supported crowns and bridges look just like natural teeth.

For these reasons, many individuals are replacing lost teeth with dental implants. This highly successful procedure is now used all over the world and has enabled countless individuals to once again eat, laugh, smile and talk, with confidence. If you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth due to a traumatic injury, talk to a dental implants specialist in your local area today to find out if this revolutionary tooth replacement system is right for you.

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