October 2015

TMJ

Vinings GA Family DentistTemporomandibular Joint Disorder (commonly referred to as TMJ) involves pain and/or discomfort in the jawbone and the muscles that connect to it. The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge that connects the jawbone to the skull. If you put your fingers directly in front of your ears and open and close your mouth you can feel this joint as it moves. There are different causes for temporomandibular joint pain, and it takes the expert examination and knowledge of an experienced dentist to make the correct diagnosis. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD of Vinings has over 35 years of experience as a trusted dentist. He is a Diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has extensive education and experience, and he is dedicated to offering the latest in dentistry with an emphasis on patient comfort.

Many people experience TMJ due to clenching or grinding their teeth during the day and/or night. Clenching or grinding the teeth puts an incredible amount of pressure on the teeth for extended periods of time and can “wear out” the muscles of the mandible. In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ requires treatment that is specifically diagnosed by a dentist but is performed at home with self-managed care.

Signs of TMJ include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw
  • A clicking sound when eating
  • Aching in and around the ear
  • Frequent morning headaches (this is especially true for those who grind their teeth at night)
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of the jaw, making it difficult to open or close the mouth

It is estimated that over 10 million American suffer from TMJ. If you are one of these 10 million and are in or near the Atlanta area, please contact the dental practice of Dr. Wayne G. Suway. Dr. Suway will evaluate your bite and utilize the TMJ Doppler Unit to listen to the sounds that your joints make while your mouth is moving. An appropriate treatment plan will be designed for your specific situation because Dr. Suway understands that no two mouths are alike and must always be treated on an individual basis. Dr. Suway is a Master Dentist with extensive training and knowledge in jaw function. Do not continue to suffer with your jaw pain. Contact our dental practice today.

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What Qualifies as a Dental Concern?

Atlanta GA DentistsWe have all had instances where we have thought about making a doctor’s appointment, but we put it off and eventually our concern went away on its own. Many people have done the same thing when the concern has been about an oral health issue. In many cases, the trouble is temporary, and because it goes away on its own, it is easy second guess whether or not you need to visit the dentist the next time an issue arises. So what qualifies as a true dental concern that needs to be brought to your dentist’s attention?

Emergency dental situations are easy. Any type of injury to the mouth that causes a tooth to be knocked out, forced out of their natural position and/or loosened, or that has resulted in a cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth are considered dental emergencies. These dental concerns need to be addressed as soon as possible, and all of these are easily qualified as a dental concern.

However, what about the non-emergency concerns? To put it frankly – any type of a concern to you is a concern to your dentist. While you may feel silly or embarrassed by your concern, there is no need to feel that way. Your dentist would always rather you err on the side of caution than wait too long. Here is a list of qualifiers for dental concerns:

  • Any type of tooth pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • A dark spot on a tooth
  • A permanent tooth that has become loose or wiggles
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Any type of sore, bump, or spot that is located on the roof of the mouth, the gums, the tongue, or the cheeks
  • Extreme dry mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Jaw pain or lack of movement in the jaw

Doctor Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD, has over 30 years of dentistry experience, and he will tell you that it is always better to be overly cautious when it comes to your dental health than to let things slide. No dental concern of yours will be treated lightly. Dr. Suway and his entire staff genuinely care about our patients, and we look forward to serving you.

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Our Patient Reviews

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 40 reviews

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.