August 2016

Gum Recession

crowns-suwayYour gums are the tissues inside the mouth that are there to cover and protect the root of your teeth. When the gums pull away from the teeth it is called gum recession, and it is a serious oral health concern that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Gum recession that is left untreated can lead to serious issues inside the mouth, including gum disease and tooth loss.

The gum tissues are supposed to fit around each tooth like a cuff – holding the tooth securely in place and protecting it from unwanted invaders. When gum recession occurs, the entire tooth is left vulnerable to infection and disease. Understanding the causes of gum recession is extremely important so that you can protect your teeth from this occurrence. The main causes are:

  • Brushing the teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Inadequate or infrequent brushing
  • Gum disease
  • Trauma to the gums
  • Partial dentures that fit improperly
  • Genetics
  • Prominent tooth roots
  • Any type of tobacco usage

The good news about gum recession is that when it is caught early, it can be treated successfully. For patients with mild gum recession, simply switching to a soft-bristled or an automatic toothbrush can do the trick. The gums will be allowed to move back down into their desired positions, and they will be restored. For patients with more severe gum recession caused by poor oral hygiene, trauma, genetics, or tobacco use, treatment will often be necessary to repair the gums and to protect the teeth.

Dr. Wayne G. Suway has more than 35 years of dentistry experience. With the advancements made in dental technology, he can effectively treat gum recession in a gentle manner. Dr. Suway and his entire dental team are committed to helping patients achieve optimal oral health – healthy teeth, healthy gums, and a healthy mouth. Call today.

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Developing a Good Dental Routine

Marietta GA DentistCaring for your teeth and mouth are essential if you want your smile to last a lifetime. There are not many things that come easy or free for any of us in our lifetimes, and maintaining oral health is no exception.

In order to ensure that your mouth and teeth are healthy, it is important to have a plan. Below are ways to develop a good dental routine that will help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

  •  Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Each day millions of bacteria thrive inside your mouth. They create the sticky, white substance on your teeth known as plaque. These bacteria create acids that are responsible for cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. By brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you are helping to clean your teeth of these damaging bacteria so that they do not wreak havoc on your mouth.
  • Floss daily. It may surprise you to learn that flossing your teeth is even more important than brushing your teeth. Toothbrush bristles cannot fit in the tight spaces between the teeth where bacteria thrive. It is in these tight spaces where food particles become trapped and bacteria congregate in droves. Flossing cleans out these spaces to prevent serious, and quick forming, damage.
  • Take care of your toothbrush. Your toothbrush is a tool that you use to clean your mouth. If you are not taking proper care of it, you are simply putting a dirty object in your mouth – and that is not helpful. By rinsing it under fast, running water, allowing it to air dry in an upright position, and replacing it every 3-6 months, you are ensuring that your mouth will be cleaned well.
  • Visit the dentist regularly. Regular dental visits will help to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. You will receive a thorough cleaning to remove any plaque buildup, and your dentist will be able to examine your mouth for issues that may have developed since your last visit. These regular appointments will allow issues to be caught in their earliest stages so that early intervention may be started. Early intervention is the key to any treatment’s success.
  • Eat a healthy diet. A diet that is high in sugar will wreak havoc on your teeth. Bacteria thrive off of sugar, and the more sugar you introduce into your mouth, the more damage the bacteria will do. Diet drinks may contain artificial sweeteners – but it is important to note that they taste like sugar to bacteria. Bacteria cannot distinguish between real sugar and artificial sweeteners, therefore, they will do just as much damage from your consumption of diet drinks.

By developing a good dental routine, you are setting your mouth up for success. Dr. Wayne G. Suway has been practicing dentistry for over 35 years, and he knows the importance of making your oral health a priority. Call our practice today to schedule an appointment for a thorough cleaning and exam.

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Is It Time To Upgrade Your Dentures?

DSC_2028It is no surprise that traditional dentures have drawbacks. Whether you are tired of eating a boring, soft-foods diet or your gums simply can’t take any more friction from denture slipping, you can upgrade your replacement teeth to a more secure and comfortable option. Many patients are choosing to anchor their dentures with dental implants to attain a more natural smile function. You can choose to fix your dentures permanently in place with implants or you may elect a removable option, in which your dentures “snap on” to a dental implant attachment.

How many dental implants will you need to secure your dentures? This largely depends on your individual case and whether you are anchoring a top row of dentures, bottom row, or both. Most commonly, two to four implants are needed in the lower jaw. The lower dentures rely on the lips, tongue and cheeks to hold them in place. Therefore, implants can provide invaluable security.

If you are considering making the upgrade to implant-supported dentures, time is of the essence. Dental implants require adequate bone to make them successful. Unfortunately, missing teeth lead to bone atrophy since the jaw is no longer stimulated. Patients with implants do not need to worry about this significant repercussion because the implant acts as a life-like tooth root. While bone grafting can be used to rebuild lost bone before implant placement, it is always best to get dental implants before the bone has deteriorated, which can occur with traditional dentures. In fact, the slow atrophy of the bone underneath traditional dentures is what causes many denture wearers to lose proper support and need frequent denture adjustments.

Not only can dental implants change your life on the outside, allowing you to eat, speak and laugh more confidently, but they can also deliver profound improvement on the inside by preserving the health and structure of your jawbone.

If your replacement teeth have become a burden or source of frustration, call Dr. Wayne Suway. He is a renowned implant specialist who can upgrade your smile with dental implants!

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