August 2013

Marietta Dentist Offers Dental Implants As A More Natural Alternative To Bridge Restorations

Marietta cosmetic dentist, dental bridges, dental implants, Marietta cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Wayne Suway

For adults living with gaps in their smiles, Dr. Wayne Suway considers dental implants an opportunity for a new set of teeth that look, act, and feel natural.

Marietta, GA – Dr. Wayne G. Suway, a Marietta cosmetic dentist, has over 30 years of experience in helping patients who have broken down or missing teeth. These patients visit his office wanting to know their options for rejuvenating their smiles. During the consultation process, Dr. Suway works with his patients to reach a decision on how to handle the space that remains after the tooth is extracted or has fallen out on its own.

The cosmetic dentist explains how patients have two major options to restore the integrity of their smile: dental bridges or dental implants. A dental bridge literally bridges the gap created by the missing tooth. In order to create a dental bridge, Dr. Suway takes an impression of the patient’s teeth on either side of the gap and then prepares the teeth adjacent to the space to receive the bridge. Unfortunately, the preparation process for a dental bridge wears down the natural tooth structure of the adjacent healthy teeth in order to attach and hold the device in place.

According to Dr. Suway, every time a patient chews with a bridge, the bridge undergoes slight movements. Over time, he says the effects of those movements accumulate and can cause decay around the bridge, often necessitating the replacement of the whole bridge. Some patients will even require a longer bridge when the old one is replaced.

The other major option—dental implants—does not affect the adjacent teeth, and Dr. Suway notes that there is no movement. When he places an implant, the other teeth do not need to be prepared or worried about. Because an implant is a single entity, it does not carry the risks associated with dental bridges—the dental implant becomes fully integrated into the process of smiling or chewing, just like a natural tooth. Dr. Suway cautions, however, that dental implant patients are still at risk of periodontal disease—just as dental bridge patients—and will still need to brush, floss, and plan for ordinary oral exam appointments to maintain their teeth and gum health.

At his Marietta cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Suway performs all of the phases of a patient’s dental implant from beginning to end—from placing the implants themselves to providing the finishing touch with a porcelain dental crown. He believes that his patients benefit from having a single dentist performing all of those phases. With one person controlling the entire process, Dr. Suway says he does not have to depend on another doctor’s results for his own restoration efforts, and he can keep each patient’s end goal in mind throughout the entire procedure. “My patients love the fact that they only have to visit one dentist to have the procedure performed. They like the convenience of going to one person they already trust and know.”

Dr. Suway considers dental implants to be the most natural replacement available for a patient’s missing tooth. “You floss it and brush it just like you normally would,” says Dr. Suway. “Patients have their baby teeth, then their adult teeth, and now they have the option for a third set of teeth that were not available years ago.”

About Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Wayne Suway is a graduate of Bucknell University and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Emory University School of Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Suway completed a one-year program in implant dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia. Recognized as a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry–a prestigious award in the dental field, he is also a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Suway is available for interview upon request.

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Dental Bridges or Dental Implants? Find out why Dr. Suway says Dental Implants are the more Natural Choice

Dental BridgesChoosing between dental bridges and dental implants is a decision many patients commonly face. Whether due to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) reports that nearly 70 percent of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. If you are like many Americans affected by tooth loss or damage, you have probably wondered what options are available and the advantages/disadvantages of each. At our Marietta cosmetic dentistry practice, we offer two major solutions: dental bridges and dental implants.

Dental bridges are used to close a gap in the mouth that is created by one or more missing teeth. They must rely on the teeth on either side of that space, and are made of pontics (false teeth) and crowns. Dental implants are meant to serve as the roots of the missing teeth and require surgical placement in the jawbone.

Dr. Wayne Suway points out that bridges can develop decay or come loose over time, as the supporting abutments move slightly every time you chew. Eventually, you’ll have to replace the whole bridge or make it longer. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not affect the adjacent teeth, which means no preparation of surrounding teeth is required. Because an implant is a single entity that is complete on it’s own, it does not have the same risks associated with dental bridges, such as movement. Implants also do not decay.

According to our experienced dentist, “The implant is the most natural way to restore the space because you floss and brush it normally just like your original teeth. With a bridge, you have to use a floss-threader to go underneath it.” He emphasizes, however, that periodontal disease does not discriminate between dental implant or dental bridge patients. Regardless of the method chosen, patients still need to properly brush, floss, and plan for routine appointments to maintain their oral health.

For more information about dental implants and dental bridges, please contact us today.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD.

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Missy Stone

I have known Dr. Suway for 30 years. My parents found him originally and made me a believer and life long friend and patient. In the years since, I have recommended my husband, son and friends. I would hear that going to the dentist was a fear of many people. I could never understand that because it was always a pleasure to come to Dr. Suway’s office. His staff are so professional, gentle and kind. It’s nice to see the same faces twice a year. You can tell they love working with him. I tell people that Dr. Suway gives the best shots – you can’t even feel a pinch. My son who hates needles, has no problem getting a shot for a filling. I love Dr. Suway’s personality. When you walk in the office you might hear him singing a country western song. I have porcelain veneers on my front teeth and am so thrilled. It’s been 10 years and they are still white and beautiful. He is an artist and perfectionist who loves to make people happy. I recommend Dr. Suway to become your dentist. He is a man of character and professionalism, yet down to earth. If you choose Dr. Suway, you’ll get an excellent dentist, but also a friend for life.

Dennis & Maria Liber

Dr. Suway is very relaxed and as a result we find that we are very relaxed as well. He takes the time to listen when we have concerns and he answers questions fully. We never feel like he is rushing from us to another patient. When we do need fillings, crowns or any other extensive work, he is concerned that we are comfortable and feeling no pain.

Nealean K. Austin

Through the years, we have found Dr. Suway to be a skillful perfectionist in all areas of his profession. He keeps abreast of and utilizes the latest dental techniques to improve and ensure the longevity of his patient’s teeth. He is a caring, personable professional who always greets his patients with a sincere, ready smile. Dr. Suway is also a ‘confidence booster.’ I say this because by the time I was 30 years old I was wearing dentures. He immediately recognized a self-conscious young wife, mother and professional who needed his professional help. His approach to boosting my confidence was through dental implants. At that time dental implants were a relatively new procedure. Dr. Suway carefully explained to me the advantages of dental implants and was proactive in working with my insurance provider to ensure that they understood the correlation between the required dental procedures and health plan benefits. I can smile with confidence forever because of Dr. Suway. Dr. Suway’s staff is a mirror image of his positive professionalism. They are always courteous, knowledgeable, efficient and personable. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience. You know that your time is valued because at the precise time of your appointment you are greeted, then immediately seen by either Dr. Suway or a hygienist. His work is outstanding and he is one of a kind.

Allison Lewis

My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Suway since 1988. Dr. Suway and his staff have provided us with state-of-the-art oral health care in a pleasant, friendly and compassionate environment for many years. Dr. Suway has done many procedures for me including root canals, crowns and a bridge. His work is beautiful. He is truly a perfectionist and that is exactly what I want in a dentist. I would never trust my smile to anyone other then Dr. Suway.