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Archive for October, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 07:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Do you have an important event such as a high school or college class reunion, wedding, vacation or family reunion coming up and want to look your best?  Events such as these are great times to get together with old friends and reminisce about the past.  They also present unique opportunities to reconnect with old friends, and sometimes even with old flames.  For many people, big social events serve as huge motivators for improving their appearances.

All of us want to look our best for the big social events in our lives.  If you have an important event in your future, chances are you have started the process of getting ready for it.  Maybe you have started a diet, or just started eating a little bit healthier.  Perhaps you have increased your exercise or started a new exercise routine.  You may have started a new skin care regiment, or even received injections or facial fillers to reduce the signs of aging.

The appearance of your smile plays a major role in your overall appearance and should not be overlooked.  If you still have all of your natural teeth, cosmetic dental procedures such as whitening, bonding, shaping and porcelain veneers can greatly improve the appearance of your smile.  However, if you are missing teeth, it is a little more complicated.  Fortunately, dental implants offer a permanent solution for patients with missing teeth and provide for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.

If the appearance of your smile has been adversely affected by missing teeth, or if you are tired of wearing dentures and would like a more natural looking smile, call an oral surgeon today to schedule a consultation.  The sooner you call, the sooner you will be on your way to looking great for your upcoming event.

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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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Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 12:10 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

You can say a lot without saying anything at all.  Just by smiling, you can convey a range of emotions from happiness to relief.  Smiles can have many different types of meanings and interpretations.  They can be wistful, beaming, flirtatious, shy, bold, sexy, confident, nervous and much more.  Those people in our lives who know us well will often know what we are feeling just by reading our body language including our smiles.

Your smile can also say a lot about you to people you do not yet know.  For instance, during a job interview or a first date, your smile is often the first impression people get.  Many assumptions are made about you, just based on your smile.  When meeting people for the first time, does your smile convey confidence, or does it highlight your insecurities?  The answer to this could have an important affect on your life.

Missing teeth can negatively affect your smile, your overall appearance and your confidence.  If teeth are not replaced, bone loss will occur causing negative changes in the facial appearance.  These changes cause patients to look older than their actual ages.  In addition, many patients with missing teeth will alter their smiles or avoid smiling altogether to hide the fact that they are missing teeth.  Since smiling signals that you are open to interactions with others, this can negatively affect social interactions and relationships.

Dental implants now provide patients with a permanent solution to missing teeth that does not cause bone loss and actually enhances their facial appearances.   Dental implants are prosthetic anchors that are embedded in the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once the jawbone has healed and the anchors are secured, natural looking crowns may be attached to the dental implants to take the place of missing teeth.  This revolutionary dental treatment allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.

If your smile has been negatively affected by tooth loss, please contact an oral surgeon in your area to get more information about dental implants.  You will be glad you did.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 02:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

It is October in Atlanta and Fall is in the air.  The leaves are turning pretty hues of orange, red and yellow and the temperatures are finally dropping after a long hot summer.  This means that the holiday season is just around the corner!

November, December and January are full of traditional American holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah and New Year’s Eve.  These holidays bring us fun and festive times to get together and celebrate with family and close friends.  What do all of these holidays have in common?  The answer is food!

Each of these American holidays is associated with certain foods, although traditions may vary between families or ethnicities.  For instance, turkey and cranberry sauce are usually associated with Thanksgiving while black-eyed peas and rice are a New Year’s tradition for many families.  Whatever is served, the important part of enjoying the holidays is sharing meals with your family and those that you love.

Unfortunately, not everyone looks forward to the holidays.  For patients who wear dentures or patients with missing teeth, meal times can be stressful and tedious.  If tooth loss or dentures have taken the joy out of sharing holiday meals with friends and family members, you may want to talk to an oral surgeon about dental implants.

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement system that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  The process involves inserting prosthetic anchors into your jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once the bone has healed and the anchor is securely in place, a crown, bridge or partial denture may be attached to the implant to take the place of a missing tooth or missing teeth.

If you are currently missing teeth or wearing dentures, there is no need to dread the holiday season this year.  Contact an oral surgeon to get more information about dental implants and how they can benefit you.  Happy Holidays!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 @ 11:10 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you are the parent of a child who has lost a tooth or multiple teeth while participating in a youth sport, you are not alone.  Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injuries sustained during participation in sports.  In fact, The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that more than three million teeth will be knocked out during youth sporting events in the United States this year.

The best defense against having a tooth knocked out while participating in sports is to wear the right equipment, including a properly fitting mouth guard.  Properly fitting mouth guards are essential to wear when participating in contact sports including the following:  football, boxing, martial arts, hockey and lacrosse.  Athletes who participate in non-contact sports including basketball, baseball, biking, roller blading, soccer, wrestling, racquetball, skateboarding and surfing can also benefit from wearing mouth guards.

If your child does have a permanent tooth or teeth knocked out, it is very important to get him/her to an emergency department as soon as possible.  The faster the tooth is back in the mouth the better the chances for its long term survival.  However, if the tooth or teeth cannot be saved, you still have some options.

Patients who incur tooth loss at an early age do not have to face the rest of their lives wearing temporary tooth replacement solutions such as bridges or partial dentures.  Once an oral surgeon has determined that their jaw has finished growing, your child may be a candidate for dental implants.  Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like normal teeth.  See an oral surgeon to find out if your child is a candidate for this procedure.

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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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