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Monday, December 10, 2018 @ 02:12 PM
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Dental Implant Model Marietta GA There is no doubt that natural teeth are remarkably strong. Not only are they made from the strongest substance in your entire body, but they are designed to perform a lifetime of tasks such as chewing hard foods and supporting the structure of your jawbone. Still, teeth get damaged, diseased and go missing from time to time.

If you have a missing tooth, you may be wondering if a replacement tooth will ever offer the strength and durability that your natural tooth once provided? Thanks to the advancements of modern restorative dentistry, the answer is yes! Dental implants make it possible to have a prosthetic tooth that matches the strength of a real tooth. continue reading

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 04:05 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

A normal adult mouth consists of 32 teeth. Unfortunately, these teeth don’t always stay in place. Whether due to severe infection, decay, accidental trauma or other factors, teeth can go missing. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, “More than 35 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth.”

The good news is that there are restorative dentistry options that can replace missing teeth, whether you have a single missing tooth or a full mouth of missing teeth. Dental implants top the list when it comes to replacement options. Since dental implants are a notable investment and they require an oral surgery, many people shy away from this option and may avoid replacing their missing teeth altogether. This can be a bigger mistake than patients realize, as we need our full set of teeth for a number of reasons. continue reading

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Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 02:04 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dental implants aren’t just for aging adults or those that have lost their teeth due to infection or decay. An unexpected injury to the mouth can also cause you to lose a natural tooth. While car accidents or a bad fall can lead to an avulsed tooth, sports injuries are also a common culprit. If you or your child has suffered tooth loss during contact sports, you’ll be happy to know that implant dentistry can offer a restored smile. If you have a young child that needs an implant, you may have to wait until their jaw has stopped growing before the implant is placed.

Single tooth implants are an excellent solution to regain your natural smile. In fact, others won’t be able to distinguish your implant from your real teeth. You can care for your implant just like you’ve always cared for your smile, with regular brushing and flossing. Although rare, if you notice signs of infection around the implant, seek treatment from your dentist as soon as possible. continue reading

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Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 06:02 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Marietta GA Restorative DentistWhen a permanent tooth goes missing, you’ll be left with a visible gap in your smile. This may be an immediate threat to your appearance, but it is certainly not the only drawback of a missing tooth. In fact, missing teeth can cause a host of problems over time, including those within your oral health and overall health.

Shifting Teeth and Hygiene Challenges

Consider your teeth like a tight family. When one tooth goes missing, it impacts the other remaining teeth in significant ways. They may migrate towards the open space or even grow longer (superuption) to fill the void. This can create crooked teeth that sabotage your smile appearance as well as make it more difficult for you to keep them clean. You may find yourself battling decay and gum disease more than you did before the missing tooth. continue reading

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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
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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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Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 05:12 PM
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If you have lost one tooth or multiple teeth, you may be overwhelmed with the options presented to you. While you may be familiar with dentures or even dental implants, you may not know about mini implants. Mini implants have emerged over the last decade as an attractive alternative to traditional implants. Mini implants range in size from 1.8 mm to approximately 3 mm compared to a traditional implant diameter of 3.75 mm. They can successfully stabilize a denture and allow patients to have a less invasive procedure, faster recovery and more affordable cost. Here is a look at the pros for choosing mini implants:

  • No need for complex flap surgery or bone grafts (less bone is needed
to support these smaller implants)
  • Less invasive and shorter procedure (often in just one visit)
  • Faster and more comfortable (less bone and tissue disruption means less pain and minimal recovery time)
  • Comfortable (secures dentures so they do not slip or feel awkward)
  • Prevents premature facial aging (acts as tooth root so it prevents jaw bone loss)
  • Fewer Complications (failure is rare with mini implants)
  • More Affordable (cost can be reduced by 65% of traditional implants)

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of mini dental implants or discuss the possible disadvantages, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Wayne Suway. He is an experienced dentist who is highly regarded for his expertise in implants dentistry. Let us determine if mini implants are right for you!

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 05:12 PM
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Gum disease remains the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. But how does a condition of the gums have such a profound impact on your teeth? Although they may seem insignificant, the soft tissue structure of your gums provide support and stability to your teeth. If your gums are infected or diseased, it can weaken your teeth and your jawbone. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease, diabetes, premature birth and stroke.

Gum disease typically begins as gingivitis, or mild inflammation of the gums. However, if left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile. When the toxins in plaque irritate the gums, a chronic inflammatory response causes your body to destroy its own bone and soft tissue. This means that your gums will start to detach or pull away from your teeth and deep pockets will form at your gum line. Advanced gum disease can also cause bone loss in your jaw. Without the proper supportive framework of your gums as well as a secure foundation in your jawbone, your teeth may become loose, fall out or need to be extracted.

Gum disease is absolutely treatable, but it requires the attention of your dentist. Many dentists offer advanced periodontal treatments such as soft-tissue lasers or scaling and root planing to eradicate gum disease. If it is too late to save your tooth (or multiple teeth) from the effects of gum disease, dental implants may be the best solution to restore your smile. If you are getting dental implants after gum disease, it is important that your gum health is successfully restored. In some cases, a tissue regeneration procedure may be necessary prior to your dental implants placement to strengthen your jaw bone.

The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist on a regular basis. Smoking is also a leading cause of gum disease in many adults. If you have further questions about gum disease and tooth loss, please ask Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD. It is never too late to restore your smile!

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Friday, December 4, 2015 @ 02:12 PM
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It is true that dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. However, if you have had your dental implants for 15 to 20 years or more, you may find that your dental implant restoration, the crown or bridge on top, is not looking (or even functioning) like it used to. In such cases, your dentist can replace your restoration without problem. Most of the time, it is a simple and quick procedure that can revamp your dental implants to new.

Here are some reasons why patients may need a restoration replacement:

Outdated, Poor Quality: What was the best quality crown even 10 years ago can be vastly different than what modern dentistry offers today. Your dental implant restoration may simply need an upgrade for a more attractive, durable and functional prosthetic tooth.

Discolored: Your dental crown may have lost its stain-resistant properties if you notice some discoloration. In such cases, a patient may need a replacement for aesthetics reasons alone.

Fractured: Porcelain or ceramic crowns are designed for high levels of wear and daily function. However, when placed on a dental implant, they are more susceptible to damage. A dental implant cannot cushion the crown like your natural teeth would do. A broken or fractured crown always warrants replacement.

Surrounding Teeth Changes: In some cases, it is not the crown at all that is problematic. However, your dental implant restoration may be standing out if your surrounding natural teeth have discolored, shifted or worn down. In other words, the crown that was fabricated to match your existing teeth at the time you got your dental implants may not be a great match today.

Unless your dentist finds that there is a problem underneath your restoration, with either the abutment or the implant itself, the replacement procedure is simple. In many cases, it can be as straightforward as taking off your old crown and placing a better one on top. Dr. Wayne Suway is distinguished for his expertise in implants dentistry. Not only does he have proven success in placing new dental implants, but he can also accurately perform dental implant repairs and restoration replacements when necessary. Your dental implants were a major investment, and we do everything we can to protect that investment and keep you smiling comfortably and beautifully for years to come.

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Friday, November 13, 2015 @ 03:11 PM
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According to the American Dental Association, 1 in 5 cases of tooth loss are linked to diabetes. Since November is American Diabetes Month, it is an excellent time to emphasize the undeniable link between diabetes and dental health. This connection is a two-way street. The high blood sugar levels of uncontrolled diabetes can greatly increase a patient’s risk for serious gum disease. However, the presence of gum disease in diabetic individuals can negatively impact blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Since gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, we need to educate patients on how to prevent it, which includes explaining the importance of strong dental health in those with diabetes.

If you are diabetic, here is a step-by-step guide to help you retain a healthy, natural smile:

  1. Manage your diabetes and keep your blood glucose levels under control. The better management you have over your diabetes, the less likely you are to develop gum disease and other dental problems.
  2. Practice good oral hygiene. Perhaps more than others, it is vitally important that you brush twice a day and floss daily to keep harmful bacteria and plaque build up away. Be sure to seek treatment immediately for thrush or other fungal infections if they occur.
  3. See your dentist every six months. Remember that a professional dental cleaning can accomplish tasks that regular brushing cannot (such as removing tartar or hardened plaque). Your dentist also needs to carefully monitor your gum health on a routine basis. Catching gum disease at its earliest stages is very important to the success of your treatment. You may need a periodic deep cleaning or scaling and root planing to keep your gums in optimal shape.

If you have experienced tooth loss and you are diabetic, Dr. Wayne Suway can discuss your treatment options and your potential candidacy for dental implants based on your current oral health and diabetes condition. Although diabetes presents some challenges when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums, your extra efforts can pay off for a healthy, long-lasting smile.

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