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Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 05:12 PM
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suwayDental implants can be a life-changing decision. They help people regain confidence in eating, speaking and smiling after missing teeth. In addition, dental implants can preserve bone density in the jaw, a valued benefit that no other tooth replacement option can offer. While there is no doubt that dental implants are the gold standard solution for replacing one or more missing teeth, not everyone qualifies for this procedure. Dental implants involve a sophisticated procedure that requires a specific set of requirements. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you are considering dental implants:

Do I have enough bone density?

You’ll obviously need to turn to your dentist to answer this one. Through dental x-rays, your dentist can determine the density and height of your jawbone and determine if it is sufficient enough to support a dental implant. Remember that the dental implant must fuse to the jawbone in order for the replacement teeth to remain secure and successful. Bone grafts can often be performed for patients with low bone density, but your specific situation should be carefully discussed.
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Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 09:09 PM
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reconstruct-1Many patients falsely assume that if they have a bridge of replacement teeth (dental bridge), they are immune to common dental problems, such as decay. While you may not have an exposed natural tooth, the gums and underlying teeth supporting your dental bridge are still susceptible to damage. Most dental bridges are supported by a crown on either side. If decay gets underneath the crown and/or extends to the bridge base, your replacement teeth are in danger.
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Monday, August 29, 2016 @ 12:08 PM
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smiling-young-womanDental implants have helped countless patients achieve a confident, secure and natural-looking smile after missing teeth. However, dental implants do have some criteria that must be met if you want them to be successful. While adequate bone density and healthy teeth and gums are local qualifications for dental implant placement, there are also factors within your general health that matter too.
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Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 05:07 PM
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Marietta GA Tooth Replacement with Dental ImplantsNo matter your age, a lost permanent tooth needs to be replaced in order to protect the beauty and health of your smile. The surrounding bone around a missing tooth can begin to atrophy over time. In fact, the bone can diminish by up to 25% in the very first year! Dental implants are the preferred solution for replacing a missing tooth and preventing bone loss. However, if your teen has lost a tooth, you’ll need to wait on a permanent restoration.

Teens are not candidates for dental implants until their jaw has finished developing. If a dental implant is placed prior to full growth, the implant won’t grow and move with the jaw growth like natural teeth would. Therefore, this can cause the implant to disrupt the alignment of your smile and affect your smile appearance. However, this doesn’t mean that you should do nothing about your teen’s lost tooth. There are ways to preserve bone loss so that your teen remains a strong candidate for a dental implant when the time is right.
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Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 02:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

DSC_2028While your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are times when tooth loss occurs. When it does happen, it shouldn’t be ignored. There is a reason that dental implants exist. Your smile function, health and appearance rely on a complete set of teeth. While you may be inclined to believe that neglecting a missing back molar won’t cause any harm, you are sadly mistaken. Any adult tooth that is lost and not replaced can put you at risk for the following consequences.

#1 Poor Chewing Ability

It’s not all about aesthetics when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Your teeth are made to help you eat and break down food. When teeth are missing, your chewing ability and chewing efficiency are compromised. Eating can be a challenge when food gets trapped in an empty space, and it can even be painful when something hits the tender gum area where your tooth used to be.

#2 Shifting Adjacent Teeth

When a missing tooth is not replaced, the neighboring teeth will eventually begin to move towards the empty space. Unfortunately, this can throw your entire bite alignment out of whack. You may suffer from crooked teeth or even jaw problems that result from misalignment.

#3 Compromised Appearance

If you are missing a tooth in the front of your mouth, the aesthetic consequences may be obvious. However, your appearance can suffer in other ways too. Missing teeth means that your jaw bone is not properly stimulated. Therefore, the jaw bone starts to atrophy over time and facial collapse can result. This is also known as premature facial aging because the lower face can appear wrinkled, droopy or sunken in.

#4 Greater Risk Of Gum Disease

When food gets trapped in empty spaces or plaque accumulates in small crevices that are difficult to clean, a host of problems can occur. Unfortunately, missing teeth set the stage for this due to the compromised chewing efficiency and adjacent teeth shifting that were mentioned above. Once this bacteria and plaque cause inflammation in the gums, the condition can worsen to advanced periodontitis if not treated. At this stage, you are at a significant risk for further tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the United States.

Tooth loss can happen a number of ways, including periodontal disease, congenital absence, trauma or a mechanical failure. Regardless of the reason for your tooth loss, there is no way around the fact that your tooth needs to be replaced. Dental implants are the most preferred solution for doing so. To learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you, please contact Dr. Wayne Suway. When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, time is of the essence.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016 @ 04:01 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Did you know that 25% of Americans over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth? The reality is that we are all vulnerable to tooth loss if we are not brushing, flossing and attending our six-month dental cleanings. In addition to our hygiene routine, however, we must also pay attention to the bad habits that may be negatively impacting our oral health. Here are some common habits to be aware of so that you can maintain a healthy smile:

Sugar – You are probably well aware of the fact that sugar is bad for your teeth. Sticky sugars are especially destructive, as they have a tendency to adhere to your tooth’s surface and eventually destroy your tooth’s enamel. It’s okay to have a treat every once in a while, but make sure that you either brush, rinse with water or chew sugar-free gum after your indulgence. This will prevent the sugary substance from sitting on your teeth for long periods of time.

Soda – If you have a soda addiction, you need to know that you are bathing your teeth in a liquid that is high in both acids and sugar. These two components are the worst recipe for your teeth. Acidic drinks will eat away at your tooth’s enamel and leave your inner tooth layers vulnerable to decay. The sugar content is also something to look at when you grab a beverage. Protect your pearly whites and choose water instead. At the very least, swish with some water after you’ve finished drinking your soda.

Smoking – There is no doubt that smoking and chewing tobacco are dangerous for your oral health. Not only can smoking cause yellow teeth and bad breath, but it can also increase your risk for periodontal disease and oral cancer. Patients with dental implants should avoid smoking in order to prevent implant failure.

Sports — While playing sports does not necessarily harm your smile, failing to protect your teeth from contact injuries certainly can. Mouthguards should be considered an essential piece of equipment when you go on the playing field, especially for young athletes. You can buy one at a sporting goods store or have your dentist make a custom mouthguard for optimal fit and safety.

Stress — Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw when you are stressed? Many patients do it subconsciously, or while they sleep. Other than finding ways to reduce your stress, you can also ask your dentist about a custom nighttime mouthguard to protect yourself from tooth damage and TMJ problems.

You can certainly save your teeth by paying attention to these habits. However, if you have already experienced tooth loss, these are also important in protecting your prosthetic teeth. Care for your dental implants or other restoration just the way you would your natural smile.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 10:10 PM
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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, October 19, 2015 @ 04:10 PM
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New dentures can make mealtime tricky. That may get better with time. However, if you have traditional dentures, or those not supported by implants, you may never overcome the challenge of chewing certain foods. Are you avoiding the foods you love because you are afraid of your dentures slipping, or even falling out? Perhaps you cut out sticky and crunchy foods so that you can be more confident and comfortable while you eat.

Although dental technology has come a long way in the past decade when it comes to dentures, there are still many pitfalls that can occur for patients who choose removable dentures, or ones that are not implant-supported. It can be frustrating and uncomfortable for patients if they have ill-fitting or slipping dentures. Sores along the gum lines can exist, and some patients even modify the way they speak once they get dentures.

Choosing implant-supported dentures eliminates these potential drawbacks, especially when it comes to eating. Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement solution that looks, feels and functions most like natural teeth. With a dental implant securely fused to your jawbone, your dentures aren’t going anywhere. You can laugh, speak, smile and eat with confidence.

The dietary adjustments that many denture wearers make can be more detrimental than you think. Choosing softer foods often means you are electing a diet rich in carbs and avoiding fibrous fruits, vegetables and grains. These foods are important for optimal nutrition at any stage of life, but especially as you age and encounter more sickness or disease. A high carb diet can also lead to obesity and diabetes. Is your denture option worth that?

To make sure you have every opportunity for a confident smile and healthy body, consider dental implants or implant-supported dentures. Dental implants require the same maintenance regime as your natural teeth, without the need for messy adhesive creams or special cleaning. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD is an esteemed implants dentist who welcomes your questions and concerns regarding tooth replacement.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ 05:09 PM
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When you consider bone loss, you may think of osteoporosis or joint conditions. However, you can also experience bone loss that affects your smile. The same genetics, medications or health conditions that cause bone deterioration in your spine or joints can also trigger bone loss in your jawbone. Since your jawbone is a vital support structure for keeping your teeth securely in place, it must be monitored closely.

Osteonecrosis is the destruction of bone tissue. It can occur around the teeth and throughout your jawbone. Biting and chewing can become uncomfortable and difficult with this condition. If left untreated, jawbone loss can result in tooth loss or other dental complications.

Age and disease are common culprits to bone loss, but your medication may also be the reason for your low bone density. Always inform your dentist of the medications you are taking or any newly diagnosed medical conditions, as these can make a significant impact on your oral health. Bone loss can also be caused by advanced gum disease. A diligent oral hygiene routine and professional dental cleanings is your best weapon against fighting the harmful bacteria that causes gum disease.

If you are at risk for bone loss, either due to age, genetics or medications, don’t wait for symptoms of soreness or tooth mobility to appear before you seek help. Make sure you stay on top of your scheduled X-rays. They provide an excellent way to screen for osteonecrosis of the jaw and monitor the progression of bone loss around your teeth. Your dentist may suggest a panoramic x-ray more frequently than the average 3-5 years. Just as you would stake steps to protect your bone health in your joints, be sure to work with your dentist on safeguarding jawbone health for the sake of your future smile.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 @ 07:08 PM
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Choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth is a major decision with a noted investment. Although they remain the gold standard in tooth replacement options, it is still important that you have a full understanding of dental implants. This includes what they are, how they can benefit you and what to expect during your oral surgery. Here are some common FAQ’s surrounding dental implants that you may find helpful if you are considering this form of tooth replacement:

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant consists of a small titanium screw that is inserted into a patient’s jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. An abutment is the post that attaches to the screw and secures the final tooth restoration (crown or denture) on top.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that looks, feels and functions most like your natural teeth.

  • Implants fit securely, without the worry of gum irritation or slipping.
  • Dental implants preserve facial features and prevent bone loss.
  • Dental implants do not restrict your diet.
  • Implants do not require extra maintenance beyond your normal oral hygiene routine.
  • Implants are designed to last a lifetime.
  • For qualified candidates, dental implants can be placed in a single day.

What is the process of getting dental implants?

Your first step is to have an initial consultation and exam by a qualified dentist to approve your candidacy. You will have a 3D scan to determine the precise measurements for your implants. Next, your will undergo oral surgery to place your implants. You will need several months of healing time to allow the implants to fuse to the jawbone. Once the implant is anchored securely, your prosthetic teeth will be placed over the implant. This may include a crown or implant supported denture. For patients with ideal gum conditions, this process can be shortened to allow new teeth to be placed the same day as the dental implants.

How successful are dental implants?

Dental implants are known for having 98% success rate!

Who places dental implants?

If you choose Dr. Wayne Suway, your dental implants can be placed and restored by the same person. He is extensively qualified in implants dentistry, performing both oral surgery and restorative procedures.

Will my insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

It depends on your specific policy. Dental implant treatment may qualify for some insurance coverage, but is generally limited to the coverage provided for a bridge or partial denture.

Am I too old to get dental implants?

No, you can benefit from successful dental implants at any age.

If you have further questions regarding dental implants, please call the office of Dr. Wayne Suway. We are happy to educate patients on the countless advantages of implant dentistry. It is important to us that each patient understands the dental implants process in its entirety before a final decision is made.

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