March 2016

Improve Your Dentures With Mini Dental Implants

crowns-suwayIt is quite common for denture wearers to lose their confidence and contentment in their prosthetic teeth over time. Either the high maintenance cleaning and diet restrictions are too burdensome or they begin to slip and feel uncomfortable as underlying bone structure changes shape. Whatever is causing you to be unhappy with your removable dentures, you do have options for a more secure and confident smile.

While you may have dismissed the thought of getting traditional dental implants, perhaps due to the lengthy process, need for a bone graft or hefty expense, there is another alternative in implants dentistry that may appeal to you. Mini dental implants are an ideal way to better secure your dentures and provide improved function and comfort.

Mini dental implants are often considered as the wave of the future in implants dentistry. They are smaller than traditional implants and yet they provide multiple advantages, including the following:

• Less expensive
• Less invasive
• No need for complex flap surgery
• No need for bone grafting
• Convenient, One-visit procedure
• Faster Healing

Not only do mini dental implants carry the above mentioned benefits, but they also provide the same long-term advantages as traditional implants, such as preventing facial collapse due to bone loss as well as allowing denture wearers to eat the foods they enjoy with confidence. Supporting your dentures with a set of mini dental implants can be an easy and affordable solution that significantly improves your quality of life.

To learn if mini dental implants are right for you, please contact Dr. Wayne Suway. He is a leading implants dentist who stays at the forefront of his field.

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What is Dental Plaque?

crowns-suwayYou hear your dentist tell you that you need to be flossing every day in order to remove plaque from your teeth. But what exactly is dental plaque, and what can you do about it?

Dental plaque is a damaging substance that forms on the teeth every single day. There are thousands of bacteria that live inside the mouth. Some of these bacteria are helpful bacteria and others are damaging. However, even the helpful bacteria can turn harmful when they are allowed to remain in the mouth for an extended period of time. Helpful bacteria have the job of breaking down food particles that are left behind in the mouth after eating. Tiny bits of food can easily become trapped between the teeth, and the helpful bacteria are there to break them down and get rid of them. However, as these helpful bacteria do their job, they are also producing damaging acids in the process.

Bacteria love the sugars that are in all foods. As they break down the other parts of foods, they cling to the sugars and begin producing acids. It is these acids that are causing the damage to the teeth. The combination of bacteria, sugars, and acids create dental plaque. Dental plaque is the sticky white substance that you can feel on your teeth if you run your tongue across the teeth. Dental plaque is extremely damaging, and it can begin causing irreversible damage in a very short amount of time.

When dental plaque is not removed from the teeth, the acids within the plaque begin eating away at the tooth enamel. At first, they cause small holes, or “cavities,” but the longer these acids have contact with the teeth the more damage they will do. They will begin to seep into the inner structure of the teeth and cause infection and decay.

Dr. Wayne Suway has been in dentistry for over 30 years, and he is unfortunately all too aware of how damaging plaque can be to the teeth. He has the experience, knowledge, and expertise to advise patients on how to prevent plaque from forming in the mouth and how to treat it when it does. Contact the dental practice of Dr. Wayne G. Suway today to schedule your dental cleaning to rid your mouth of plaque and to prevent it from coming back.

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How to Handle a Dental Emergency

crowns-suwayDental emergencies come in all shapes and forms, but what they do not come in is convenient times. All types of emergencies can take people off guard, but knowing how to handle a dental emergency, before one ever occurs, can allow you to give yourself or a loved one appropriate care and help save a tooth in danger. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone become familiar with dental emergency procedures in case you ever need to deal with one.

The most feared dental emergency is a knocked out tooth. It is extremely important that you seek immediate attention if a tooth is knocked out. If at all possible, find your knocked out tooth! Pick it up and hold it by the crown and rinse the root of the tooth in water if it is dirty. In no manner should you ever scrub it because you can damage the inner tissue fragments of the tooth. If you can, gently place the tooth back in its socket, without forcing it in. otherwise, store the tooth in a cup of milk and seek immediate dental attention.

A broken tooth also needs immediate dental attention. If you break a tooth, rinse the mouth with water and keep the area of broken tooth clean. If there is any pain or swelling, apply a cold compress to your face while on your way to the dentist.

A jaw injury or possible facial fracture needs immediate attention. Your teeth are stabilized and held in position by your jaw bone, so any damage to your jaw needs to be evaluated and treated as soon as possible.

A toothache oftentimes does not seem like a dental emergency, but your dentist wants you to view it as one. A toothache most often indicates that a serious issue or concern is going on within your tooth, gums, or mouth. Do not apply aspirin to the tooth or gum tissues as it can cause further, unwanted damage. Call your dentist for the soonest available appointment.

Dr. Wayne G. Suway has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years, and he understands the urgency of dental emergencies. As with all emergencies, the sooner a dental emergency is addressed, the better chance there is for full restoration. Dental emergencies are often very stressful, painful, and scary situations for people of all ages. Dr. Suway offers his compassion and sensitivity, coupled with his expertise, for all dental emergency situations. Contact Dr. Wayne G. Suway in Vinings if you have any type of dental emergency.

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Six Reasons for Tooth Extraction

tooth_blogThe goal of most modern dentists is to help you retain your natural teeth for as long as possible. In fact, your teeth are capable of lasting a lifetime with proper brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups. However, there are certain situations that warrant a tooth extraction. It can be suggested in order to protect your oral health, restore function to your smile or to facilitate an orthodontic treatment goal.

Here are six common scenarios that may require a tooth to be removed:

#1 Trauma: Whether it is a blunt trauma to the mouth while playing sports or another type of dental-related injury, your tooth may suffer so much damage that a crown, bonding or other procedure is unable to restore it.

#2 Decay: If a cavity is allowed to progress into extensive decay, the integrity and structure of the tooth can become so far compromised that a filling or even a root canal is unsuccessful in saving the tooth. In such cases, it is better to extract the tooth all together.

#3 Gum Disease: This is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Untreated gum disease causes deep pockets to form in your gum tissues and the progressive detachment of your gums from your tooth root. This allows the tooth to become loose and either fall out on its own or need extraction.

#4 Orthodontics: It is common for patients who are preparing for braces to need one or more teeth removed in order to alleviate crowding and support the orthodontic treatment plan.

#5 Wisdom Teeth: These back molars are known for causing more harm than good. Since they have a high likelihood of becoming impacted and they do not contribute significant function to your bite, they are often removed. Wisdom teeth are typically extracted between the ages of 16 and 24.

#6 Baby Teeth That Don’t Fall Out: While most kids get excited about losing a tooth and getting a visit from the tooth fairy, not all children lose their baby teeth on their own. In such cases, a dentist may need to extract a baby tooth so that the permanent tooth can properly come in.

As evidenced above, not all tooth extraction reasons are within your control. However, you should do your part to prevent gum disease and decay, and you can certainly invest in a custom mouthguard to protect your smile during sports. If you do need a tooth extraction for a diseased or damaged tooth, a dental implant is by far the leading choice in tooth replacement. Dr. Wayne Suway offers top quality dental implants to restore your smile with natural aesthetics and long-lasting function after a tooth extraction.
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Are Dental Implants A Good Choice For Dry Mouth Sufferers?

tooth_blogDry mouth is a common problem, especially for senior adults. Unfortunately, chronic dry mouth is more than just a frustrating condition; it can affect your oral health in significant ways. Your teeth need saliva to prevent tooth decay, as it rinses away cavity-causing bacteria and neutralizes the acids on your teeth after you eat and drink. Drinking water and brushing your teeth can certainly help eliminate this harmful buildup, but saliva plays a major role in keeping your teeth clean throughout the day.

In some cases, an untreated dry mouth condition can lead to severe tooth decay and the eventual need for tooth extraction. Dental implants are an ideal solution to replace one or more missing teeth. Not only are they the most life-like and durable tooth replacement option, but they are also not susceptible to decay. This means that if you continue to struggle with a dry mouth, your dental restoration will be protected against the potential consequences of your condition.

Why not just put a crown on the decayed tooth without a dental implant? In patients who have dry mouth, it may be a better option to extract the tooth entirely and replace it with a dental implant rather than treat it with a crown or a filling. This is due to the fact that a chronic dry mouth may still make the natural teeth vulnerable to decay underneath the dental restoration. To avoid infection underneath a traditional restoration, patients can opt to use a decay-resistant dental implant and custom crown restoration instead.

If have severely decayed or missing teeth resulting from a dry mouth condition, please schedule a consult with Dr. Wayne Suway to see if dental implants can protect the future health of your smile.

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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.