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Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 01:09 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental Implants near Vinings GAThere are times when your smile needs help from two different dental specialists, an orthodontist and an implants dentist. Such patients may find that they have crooked, gapped or misaligned teeth as well as one or more missing teeth. Undergoing orthodontic treatment and getting a dental implant are both complex procedures. If you find yourself in need of both, it is common to ask, “which one first?”.

It is generally recommended that patients complete all of their orthodontic treatment before getting a dental implant. The premise for this order is based on the fact that dental implants don’t move like natural teeth. Orthodontics are designed to shift or move your teeth into their ideal position to create better spacing and harmony within your bite. However, once dental implants are implanted and fuse to the jawbone, they do not budge. Therefore, a dental implant before orthodontics could compromise ideal treatment goals. continue reading

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 @ 03:06 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

suwayDental implants are considered a permanent tooth replacement solution – but does that mean they will last a lifetime? How long your dental implants last depends on how you care for them. Remember that a dental implant includes the implant itself (titanium screw), the abutment and the dental restoration on top. Your crown or denture may suffer damage or normal wear and tear, but as long as your jawbone and gums stay healthy, the implant itself should not need replacement.

The primary factor that influences the lifespan of your dental implant is your oral hygiene or how well (and often) your brush and floss your teeth. If bacteria is allowed to accumulate on your dental implant’s surfaces, inflammation (mucositis) of the surrounding tissues can develop. When left untreated, mucositis may cause peri-implantitis, a serious disease that can result in bone deterioration and dental implant loosening.

While dental implants don’t require extra maintenance, they should still be cared for like your natural teeth. This also includes not biting down on something too hard or trying to open things with your teeth. In addition, a smoking habit will greatly increase your chances of implant failure.

How long your dental implant lasts also depends on the skill of your dentist. An experienced and well-trained dentist will carefully evaluate the osseointegration of your implant after placement, ensuring your jawbone completely absorbs the titanium post before the crown, denture or other restoration is placed on top.

If your dental implant becomes loose, infected or damaged, you need to see your dentist and discuss the possibility of replacing the implant. Dr. Wayne Suway is a reputable implant dentist who can educate you on what your dental implants need to last a lifetime.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 @ 10:12 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you are wondering if dental implants are right for you, you are not alone. Everyday, many people all over the world consider this highly effective tooth replacement option. Dental implants have been around long enough for most of us to hear about their high success rate and natural appearance and function. In fact, most dental experts now consider dental implants to be the “gold standard” in tooth replacement. That is because they provide for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.

Dental implants offer significant advantages over other, less permanent tooth replacement options including bridges, partial dentures and full plates. Most patients are candidates for dental implants as there are few medical rule outs. Even patients with bone loss can be candidates for dental implants. However, if significant bone loss has occurred, bone or tissue grafting may be required before dental implants can be successfully placed.

For most individuals, the decision on whether or not to get dental implants comes down to cost. While it is true that dental implants cost significantly more than other tooth replacement options, the benefits far outweigh the extra cost for most people. In addition, many dental and oral surgery practices offer in-house and/or flexible payment plans to help with the cost of dental implants. Other individuals take advantage of funds in their Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to cover the costs.

The decision about whether or not dental implants are right for you is an important decision and one that should not be taken lightly. Your dentist or oral surgeon is the best person to help you determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants and whether or not they are the best fit for your lifestyle and your budget. If you have questions about this life-changing tooth replacement option, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon today.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 03:10 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants serve as missing tooth roots and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The process involves inserting prosthetic screws into the jawbone and allowing them to heal and fuse with the jawbone. Once they are tightly anchored into place, replacement teeth (either crowns or bridges) may be attached to the dental implants to take the place of missing teeth. In order for the process to work correctly, a patient must have enough healthy bone to support dental implants. Unfortunately, wearing dentures can cause bone loss over time. Failure to replace missing teeth in a timely manner can also cause the bone to wear away. So, what if you do not have enough healthy bone to support dental implants? Does this rule you out for the procedure altogether? Not necessarily.

In some cases where a patient does not have sufficient bone in the jaw to support dental implants or if the quality of bone in the jaw is not acceptable, bone grafting or bone augmentation can be used to prepare the jaw for the successful placement of dental implants. There are four different types of bone grafting procedures that can be used to prepare for dental implants including the following:

Socket Preservation Graft – used immediately after a tooth is removed when a bone socket wall is thin and the likelihood of volumetric bone loss is high

Block Cortical Bone Graft – restoration of the lost bone in the cases where the width and height of remaining bone are insufficient to place an implant in the proper position

Sinus Lift Bone Graft – utilized to replace missing bone to allow for implant
placement in the back of the mouth

Guided Bone Regeneration – may be utilized when there is a localized defect in the
bone or only slightly inadequate bone in the area of implant placement

Your implants dentist or oral surgeon can best determine which type or types of bone grafting procedures are needed to suit your particular situation. If you have been told in the past that you are not a candidate for dental implants due to insufficient bone in the jaw, you may want to get a second opinion. With today’s advances in dental technology and dental implants dentistry, many patients who were turned away in the past are now able to benefit from this innovative and life-changing tooth replacement system.

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Monday, May 6, 2013 @ 08:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you are currently wearing dentures, chances are good that you have at least considered dental implants to replace your missing teeth. If not, maybe you should and here are the top five reasons why:

1. No more worrying about your dentures falling or slipping out – with dental implants you can once again eat, speak, smile and laugh with confidence!

2. No more dealing with messy, gooey, expensive and potentially harmful denture adhesive creams – with dental implants, you can say goodbye to your denture cream…for good!

3. Improved dental health – unlike dentures, dental implants do not cause bone loss. This leads to improved dental health!

4. Improved nutrition – with dental implants, you can once again enjoy foods that are high in fiber and loaded with the nutrition your body needs to perform at optimal levels. This leads to improved overall health!

5. A more beautiful and naturally appearing smile – this leads to improved confidence and an improved quality of life!

You may be thinking that dental implants sound great, but are too expensive. If this is the case, you may want to consider the return you get on your investment. How valuable is your confidence, dental health and overall health to you? Fortunately, many oral surgeons and dental implant specialists offer attractive in-house and flexible financing options to help you with the cost of dental implants.

If this has increased your interest in dental implants, the next step is to find a dental implants specialist near you. However, don’t just go with the first one you see. Take some time to get some recommendations from others who have received dental implants. You want to make sure that you go to a dentist or oral surgeon who is uniquely qualified to offer this innovative tooth replacement option.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013 @ 02:03 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Did you know that periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the United States? Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It is caused by harmful bacteria that is found in your mouth. If this bacteria is not removed from your teeth and gums during daily brushing and flossing as well as routine dental cleanings, it can build up and harden and lead to periodontal disease.

Pregnant women are more susceptible to periodontal disease and this is believed to be due to the changes in hormone levels that accompany pregnancy. If you are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant, it is vitally important for you to practice good oral hygiene at home. Your dentist may also recommend that you come in for dental cleanings more often than usual (more frequently than every six months).

Smoking can also increase your risk for periodontal disease and limit your tooth replacement options. If you smoke or use any type of tobacco products, you are putting your oral health at risk. Talk to your physician today about a healthy ways to quit smoking.

If you have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, due to smoking or less than perfect oral hygiene, you may be wondering if you are a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants take the place of missing teeth roots and provide for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The only way to know for sure is to schedule an appointment with a dental implants specialist in your local area. Even if you have lost bone and support tissue, with bone and tissue grafts, you may still be a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 01:02 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you have been wearing partial dentures for a long period of time, chances are, you have experienced bone loss in your jaw. Partial dentures exert pressure on the gum and bone, causing bone loss. This can make partial dentures uncomfortable to wear and can adversely affect their fit. If you want to break the cycle of ill-fitting dentures and bone loss, maybe it is time to consider replacing your partial denture with dental implants.

Dental implants offer a fixed, long-lasting solution to tooth loss that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime and are better for your long-term oral health because they do not cause bone loss. But what if you have already experienced bone loss and do not have enough healthy bone in your jaw to support dental implants? In this case, you may still be a candidate for dental implants, however, bone grafting may be required to help you achieve enough bone to support the placement of dental implants. There are a variety of different types of bone grafting procedures that can be used to prepare a patient for dental implants. The type of surgery required will depend on your particular situation.

If bone grafting is required to prepare you to receive dental implants, these two procedures will need to be completed in two different steps. Once the bone grafting has been completed and the patient has had the opportunity to heal completely, dental implants can then be placed in the jaw. The last step in the process is to attach replacement teeth to the dental implants to take the place of missing teeth.

Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants is pleased to offer expert bone grafting procedures as well as dental implant placement to the residents of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. If you have questions about dental implants or bone loss, please call Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants today.

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Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 02:02 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Partial dentures are sometimes used to replace missing teeth. However, this temporary solution has many disadvantages versus other tooth replacement options. Did you know that at the end of five years, only forty percent of partial denture wearers are still wearing the partial denture made for them? Of those still wearing partial dentures, fifty percent of them chew better without it. What is worse is the fact that all those patients who are still wearing partial dentures are losing bone. Partial dentures exert pressure on the gum and bone causing bone loss; bone loss makes the partial denture more difficult to wear.

So what is the solution? Some patients are forced to wear partial dentures because they are a more cost-effective solution to missing teeth. However, by spending a little bit more money, you can get a fixed, permanent solution to missing teeth that does not cause bone loss and allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like normal teeth. That solution is dental implants. Dental implants are prosthetic screws that can be placed in the jaw to replace missing tooth roots. Once they have fused with the jaw, they provide a secure anchor in which to attach replacement teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace one, several or all of your teeth. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

When considering whether to go with partial dentures versus dental implants, one must consider much more than simply the cost. You must also take into consideration the increased health benefits as well as the improved quality of life that dental implants have to offer. For more information about partial dentures and bone loss, please schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon today.

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Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 05:12 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Are you looking forward to sharing holiday meals with family and friends? Or, does the thought of sitting down for a meal with others give you instant anxiety because of your fear that your dentures will slip or simply fall out? If dentures are taking the joy out of sharing meals with those you love, it is time to do something about it.

Dental implants offer a fixed, permanent solution to missing teeth that allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. By investing in dental implants, you can eliminate the constant worry that your dentures will slip or fall out during meals and other social interactions. You can actually look forward to eating again! You can also eliminate the hassle and expense involved in buying messy denture creams. Best of all, you will be the only one who knows that you have them. Dental implants are so natural in appearance and comfortable to wear, you may even forget that you have them!

If the cost of dental implants is a major deterrent, it is important to consider the return on your investment. How much are you willing to pay for a dramatically improved quality of life? You have taken care of everyone else in your family, isn’t it time to take care of yourself? Many oral surgery offices offer attractive financing options and/or in-house payment plans. Isn’t it worth it to find out? Maybe this year is the time to give yourself the gift of a new set of teeth!

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Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 05:12 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Another new year is just around the corner. Before you know it, you will be toasting with friends and singing Auld Lang Syne once again. Is losing weight on your list of resolutions once again this year? If you resolved to lose weight last year and did not quite achieve your goal, you are not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans resolve to lose weight and improve their overall health only to find that the end of the year has come and they are still struggling with extra pounds. In fact, overweight and obesity has become a health crisis in the United States. This is especially dangerous because being overweight or obese increases your risks for a number of serious diseases and medical conditions including heart disease, Diabetes, breast cancer and more.

So, what is the best way to achieve your weight loss goals? The simple answer is to eat healthier and to exercise more. However, if you are currently wearing dentures, the solution may not be quite as simple. That is because wearing dentures can make it hard to eat certain foods. Foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains that are rich in fiber and other important nutrients and lower in calories can be hard to properly chew and digest for patients who wear dentures. They are then forced to replace these foods with softer, more processed foods that are easier to chew and digest. Unfortunately, these foods are often higher in calories and lack the fiber and nutrients that are needed to maintain good overall health.

The good news is that there is a great alternative to dentures that allows you to eat the foods that you want to eat: dental implants. With dental implants, you do not have to eliminate any foods from your diet. You can eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that will help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain a healthy body weight. If you are currently wearing dentures, talk to an oral surgeon today to see if you are a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system. Happy New Year!

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