June 2016

Does Chewing Gum Fight Cavities?

staffMagazine ads, TV commercials, and pamphlets at the dentist all make the claim that chewing gum can help fight cavities, and you may be questioning these claims and wondering if you should pick up the habit. While studies have proven that chewing gum can, in fact, help fight cavities, it is essential that you choose the right kind of gum.

Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can help protect the mouth from the development of cavities. Chewing sugarless gum for twenty minutes after eating a meal helps to prevent the buildup of plaque on the teeth and prevent the onset of tooth decay. There are many options available in the sugarless gum category, with many flavors to choose from so that just about everyone can find a choice that they can enjoy.

Chewing gum increases the amount of saliva that flows inside the mouth. After eating, you are left with tiny particles of food, and this extra amount of saliva helps to wash them away. Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria that are chomping at the bit, literally, to break down these food particles; however, in the process of breaking down particles left behind from your last meal or snack, these bacteria begin producing acids to help them in their endeavors. These acids are what cause tooth erosion, cavities, and decay because they eat away at the layers of your teeth. By chewing gum, your mouth is actually preventing the need for the bacteria to produce acids because your over-production of saliva is doing the work for them.

It is never a good idea to chew sugar-laden gum. There is nothing more appealing to the bacteria inside your mouth than an over-abundance of sugar. If you are chewing gum that has a high sugar content, you are simply inviting the bacteria inside your mouth to thrive. Yes, your mouth will still produce extra saliva, but once you spit out your gum the sugars will remain – and the bacteria will go to town producing acids to break them down.

Dr. Wayne Suway wants all patients to have the healthiest mouth possible. Dr. Suway and his top-notch team of dental professionals can help you find a sugarless gum that will benefit your mouth and help to ward off tooth decay. Contact our practice today.
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Are Dental Implants Prone to Disease and Decay?

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGDFor many, tooth decay or gum disease is what caused them to lose their teeth. Therefore, it is a valid question to want to know whether their dental implant replacement tooth can from suffer the same fate. When it comes to dental implants and their susceptibility to cavities and gum disease, the answer is more complicated than you may think.

To provide clarity on this topic, it helps to understand the anatomy and function of a dental implant. The implant itself is a titanium screw that is surgically placed into your jawbone. This prosthetic post or tooth root is not directly affected by the bacteria that causes decay and disease. The same goes for the prosthetic tooth, which is the dental implant restoration placed on top, such as a crown, bridge or denture. In other words, acids and bacteria are not going to eat away at a dental implant the same way they do a natural tooth. However, dental implant patients are not off the hook entirely when it comes to dental health problems.

While the dental implant itself is not directly vulnerable, surrounding gum disease can significantly affect the longevity of the implant. If allowed to progress, gum disease destroys surrounding bone. Without proper strength and support from the jawbone, the implant can lose stability. A failing dental implant will need to be replaced.

Dental implants are designed to last for decades, but they require a lifetime of proper oral care. Keeping your mouth free of decay and disease is a critical component of protecting your dental implant investment. Dr. Wayne Suway is an exceptional implant dentist who instructs patients on the proper ways to care for their new smile. We understand that dental implants provide unsurpassed convenience compared to other tooth replacement methods. However, just like your natural teeth, they need proper care to stay healthy.

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Root Canal

gum1First, let’s start with the most important issue regarding root canals: Root canals are not painful – infected teeth are painful! A root canal is done in order to repair and save a tooth that has been severely damaged by injury or decay. Every tooth contains an innermost layer, called the pulp chamber, that is composed of blood vessels and nerve fibers. When the pulp chamber of a tooth becomes infected or damaged, the tooth will feel intense pain and extreme sensitivity. The pain that is associated with a root canal is actually the pain from the infected or damaged tooth, and a root canal is done to relieve this pain and restore the health of the tooth.

It is incredibly important that patients not put off having a necessary root canal because of the aggressive damage that can occur. Any time there is an infection in one tooth of the mouth, the entire mouth is vulnerable to the same fate. Any oral infection can quickly and easily spread throughout the mouth via the blood supply and living tissues that connect all the teeth together. Having a root canal removes the infection from a tooth in order to restore the health of a tooth, and will in turn restore the health of the entire mouth.

Dr. Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD, has over 30 years of experience as a respected and esteemed dentist. He is committed to utilizing the latest dentistry techniques to restore form and function to teeth that have been affected by disease, decay, infection, or injury. Dr. Suway can conduct a root canal procedure quickly and comfortably so that your pain is alleviated, and your smile is restored.

If you are experiencing any tooth pain or throbbing sensation, extreme tooth sensitivity, swelling of the gums surrounding a tooth, or a broken or damaged tooth, please do not put off making the call to Dr. Suway’s dental practice. He will help you determine the cause of your issue and decide if a root canal is the most effective option for your needs. Dr. Wayne Suway is committed to providing comfortable and compassionate care.

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Is My Tooth Dead?

tooth_blogHave you been told that you have a dead tooth? This can be confusing for many patients; especially those that don’t realize their teeth were alive to begin with. Your teeth are very much alive if they are taken care of and receiving a healthy blood supply. However, a tooth can die. While there are several advanced procedures in restorative dentistry to repair a dying tooth, there are times when a tooth is beyond repair. Understanding the distinct layers of a tooth can help you understand why and how this occurs.

Teeth are composed of three layers, the enamel (outer protective layer), the dentin (the inner, middle layer), and the pulp (nerve center). The white enamel layer is the one you are probably most familiar with, as it is what you brush and show off when you smile. However, the dentin and pulp of your tooth are what sustain the life of the tooth. When decay, disease or trauma are too extensive to be repaired by a filling, crown or root canal, the tooth may be deemed dead and need removal.

A simple cavity that requires a filling refers to a small hole in the enamel of your tooth. If untreated, the acids can eat away at the inner layers of your tooth and cause significant pain if it reaches the pulp. A root canal can save an infected tooth in many cases. However, if the disease or damage has cut off the blood supply to the tooth for too long, the tooth may no longer be salvageable. In such cases, a tooth extraction is recommended.

A dead tooth can also occur after a severe dental injury or mouth trauma when the tooth is avulsed and severed from its life sustaining vessels. In some cases where immediate dental intervention is sought, the tooth can be placed back into the original socket and reattached to the vessels. Always call your dentist during this type of emergency, as you may be able to save your tooth even if it has been knocked out of your mouth completely.

If you notice tooth darkening, this may be a telltale sign that you have a dead tooth. This is essentially your tooth bruising as the blood vessels die off. Some patients may suffer from pain, and it can be severe if the nerve is dying or an abscess is present. If you don’t seek treatment for a dying tooth, it will eventually loosen and fall out.

Dr. Wayne Suway works hard to help patients preserve their natural teeth. However if dead tooth removal is necessary, we provide unsurpassed care in implant dentistry to replace your missing tooth. Remember that there are serious consequences if you don’t replace a missing tooth, including shifting adjacent teeth, bite misalignment and bone loss.

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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.