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Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 02:04 PM
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If you have been told that you need a sinus lift before getting dental implants, there is no need to worry. A sinus lift procedure, also called sinus augmentation, is very common. It is designed to add height to the bone in the area between the molars and premolars. A bone graft will be performed in this area, adding bone between the jaw and sinus in cases where there is insufficient upper jawbone structure to support a dental implant.

Why A Sinus Lift?

Sinus lifts are used when placing dental implants to replace the upper back teeth or molars. This type of graft is necessary if bone has been lost due to disease or simply because of the skull anatomy, as there is typically less bone in the upper jaw compared to the lower jaw.

The Technology

You can rest assured that your sinus lift procedure will be conducted in the most precise way, using the highly advanced technology of a cone beam scan. Cone beam scanning is an in-office 3D CAT scan system that allows the surgeon to accurately measure the width and the height of the bone and the detailed relationship of the jawbone and sinus cavity. This technology reveals the specific amount of bone available for dental implant placement, which determines whether or not you may need a bone graft or sinus lift.

Procedure Details

A small window is made in the back wall of the maxillary sinus with special burrs. These burrs are designed to safely cut a window in bone without damaging the underlying tissue or sinus membrane. The sinus membrane is then carefully lifted. Typically, a resorbable collagen membrane is placed in the sinus against the sinus membrane to protect it while bone graft material is placed on top of the sinus floor.

There are several types of bone graft materials that can be used, including autogenous bone (the patient’s own bone), allogenic bone (freeze-dried cadaver bone), bovine bone (cow bone), and BMP (bone morphogentic protein). Your implant dentist will decide which is best for you.

In many cases, your sinus graft can be performed at the same time as your dental implants. However, there are situations where the sinus graft needs to heal before implant surgery. Dr. Wayne Suway is distinguished in the field of implant dentistry and he is more than happy to answer your questions surrounding sinus lift procedures for dental implants.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 03:04 PM
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If you have decided to get dental implants to replace your missing teeth, then you have made an excellent decision. Dental implants can provide numerous advantages over dentures. One of the reasons dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement is that they are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Although this surgery is quite straightforward and designed to go smoothly, you may be wondering what to expect as you come home after surgery.

Dental implant recovery depends on a number of factors, including the specific type of dental implant you choose, the number of teeth being replaced and whether or not bone grafting is needed. Regardless of how extensive your dental implant surgery is, however, you will need to take your recovery very seriously. Once your implant has been placed, there should be diligent care and hygiene around the implant area. This is critical to ensure proper fusing of the implant and bone structure over the next month following surgery.

In addition to diligent cleaning efforts, here are some more care instructions for your dental implant surgery recovery:

Do Not Disturb: It is important that for the first 24 hours after surgery you avoid disturbing the wound site. No rinsing, spitting or touching this area so that the site is kept germ-free and the sutures are not irritated.

Take Antibiotics: You should remember to take the prescribed antibiotics following surgery. This is a critical step to prevent infection and serious complications.

Start Rinsing: After the first day, your dentist will likely recommend you start rinsing with a prescribed oral rinse and/or a warm saltwater several times a day.

Expect Minimal Bleeding: For the first 24 hours, it is very normal to have blood in your saliva. It is helpful to bite down on gauze pads to control and reduce blood flow.

Manage Pain: Try to take any over-the-counter pain medication (or one prescribed by your dentist) before the anesthesia wears off. Staying ahead of the pain can help dramatically.

Soft Diet: Stick to a soft foods diet for the first 5-7 days to reduce discomfort. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

Expect Some Swelling: You may notice a small amount of swelling following surgery. To minimize this, try to keep your head elevated, lower your activity level and apply ice packs for the first couple of days.

No Smoking: Do not smoke for a minimum of 2 weeks after dental implant surgery. Smoking after this procedure has been known to increase risk of infection, inhibit healing and contribute to overall dental implant failure.

Again, your recovery experience will be unique to you. Healing from the surgical procedure to place the dental implants can take up to six months, while the fitting and seating of the crowns can take up to two months. It is most important that you listen carefully to your implant surgeon’s guidelines and follow-up as instructed after surgery. Keep in mind that when properly cared for, dental implants last a lifetime.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 04:04 PM
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If you have multiple missing teeth (up top, on bottom or both), a set of dentures sounds like the perfect solution. You may be attracted to the perfectly straight, white and instant smile that dentures can provide. However, you may be concerned about the common drawbacks. Many denture wearers struggle with getting their dentures to stay in place. Frequent slipping can cause gum irritation, affect your speech as you are trying to keep them in place, and they can also prevent you from eating the foods you love. Choosing dental implant supported dentures is a great way to eliminate the disadvantages of dentures and still help you gain that confident new smile.

What is a dental implant supported denture?

Implant supported dentures are very similar to regular dentures, yet they are supported and attached to a series of dental implants to give your smile the stability it needs. Traditional dentures rest on the gum line and require adhesives. However, an implant supported denture can simply snap into place on top of a foundation of implants that were surgically implanted. You can either choose to have removable or non-removable implant supported dentures. You can also choose between partial or full dentures for your top or bottom teeth. Regardless of your choice, you are gaining a much stronger and more stable set of teeth with implant supported dentures.

How Can Dental Implants Improve My Denture Experience?

When having regular upper dentures, many patients find it difficult to speak normally and feel and taste their food. This is because regular dentures require a larger portion of your palate to be covered. By using implants to support the upper dentures, the size of the plate can be reduced, which allows for more natural speaking and eating.

Using dental implants on lower dentures has its perks too. Typically, patients must use their cheeks and tongue to hold regular bottom dentures in place since there is less suction to stabilize them. Just two dental implants can dramatically improve this and it makes for a more comfortable denture experience.

Perhaps the biggest advantage is the freedom to chew and eat with confidence. Dental implant supported dentures allow patients to bite down harder and eat more fiber-rich foods, which is important to your overall health and nutrition.

Let’s not forget about the convenience. You no longer have to rely on messy adhesives or creams to stabilize your smile. Removable implant supported dentures snap into place with ease.

Ask an experienced implant dentist, such as Dr. Wayne Suway, for the best tooth replacement solution for you. There is no reason why you can’t have the attractive smile you have always desired as well as the function and durability you need after missing teeth.

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Friday, March 20, 2015 @ 12:03 AM
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There are many factors to consider when choosing a teeth replacement option. While most patients evaluate the aesthetics and functionality of each option, safety should also be heavily considered. If your tooth replacement choice is not safe, it simply doesn’t matter how natural they appear or how well you can eat, speak and laugh. You can rest assured that dental implants not only meet your cosmetic and functional criteria, but they are also a safe tooth replacement option. Contemporary dental implants have been in use for more than 30 years, with safe, proven and effective results.

You will find that the dental implant material used to replace missing teeth is safe, durable and rigorously tested. Most dental implants involve an artificial tooth root that is made of titanium. Titanium is a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body and provides a sturdy foundation for your tooth restoration. Over time your natural jawbone fuses to this surgical post during a process called osseointegration. This is what gives dental implants the significant advantage over dentures or bridges, as your prosthetic teeth can function in the most natural way. In addition, dental implants are the only restoration method that stimulates your natural bone underneath the missing tooth, which prevent premature facial collapse.

Now that you are comfortable with the safety of the actual dental implant material and healing process, it is also worth noting that the dental implants procedure itself is safe. An experienced and board certified implants dentist, such as Dr. Wayne Suway, can utilize precise and advanced surgical techniques to ensure the procedure is carried out in the safest manner.

Guided surgery can be used to place dental implants. This helps your dentist plan a dental implant virtually and accurately place the implant in the most safe, predictable, and efficient method. Guided surgery using 3D technology can eliminate the guesswork for your surgeon, revealing valuable images such as nerves, sinuses and other anatomical landmarks. You can rest assured that the surgical procedure of your dental implants has been perfected to promote the highest level of safety and give you the best possible results.

Just as with any oral surgery or major restorative procedure, dental implants are not risk free. It is important to fully discuss the risks and benefits with your dentist, especially as it pertains to your unique situation.

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Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 02:03 PM
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Mini Implants continue to gain popularity as a less expensive, less invasive and quicker option for replacement teeth – while still following the gold standard dental implant concept. Depending on your specific situation, you may be able to restore missing teeth using thinner and smaller implant version, called mini dental implants.

Mini dental implants are smaller in diameter than conventional implants, ranging in diameter size from 1.8mm to 2.9mm. They have been approved by the FDA for long-term use. Mini dental implants require less surgical intervention and are a fraction of the cost as traditional implants. Furthermore, whereas dental implants can be a lengthy treatment process, mini implants can typically be accomplished in a single office visit.

Don’t let the simplicity and advantages of mini dental implants fool you into thinking they are a less superior option. Mini Dental Implants (MDIs) can be used for single tooth replacement, multiple tooth replacement and full arch replacement and they still require careful, precise calculation and planning. MDIs display a proven, successful track record – a leading study revealed that over a 5-year period, out of 2,514 MDIs placed in 531 patients, 94.2% were successful.

Here is a breakdown of the pros of mini dental implants:

• No need for complex flap surgery or bone grafting. MDIs are smaller and do not need the amount of bone structure that a conventional implants needs. There are no sutures involved in a mini dental implant procedure.

• Shorter healing time. Mini implants do not require invasive surgery so the prosthetic tooth can be loaded within hours and the healing process is often reduced from months to days.

• Less Discomfort. There is less irritation and disturbance to the bone and tissue during MDI procedures; therefore you can expect minimal pain/discomfort.

• Comfortable. Mini implants do not slip or feel bulky like dentures can do.

• Prevents facial collapse. MDIs are still fixed to your jawbone similar to a tooth root. Therefore, it protects your facial structure from bone loss and premature aging.

• Affordable. Mini implants are a 1/3 the price of conventional dental implants on average.

With so many advantages, you may be ready to elect mini dental implants as your tooth replacement option. However, only a certified dental implants dentist can advise you on whether or not this is the right choice for you. There are certain situations where mini implants are not ideal. Replacing your smile and regaining your quality of life and confidence with replacement teeth is a major decision, so make sure you ask questions and explore your options to the fullest.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 05:03 PM
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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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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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