November 2016

Protecting Your Childs Teeth During Sports

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGDBasketball season is now here, which is a perfect time to revisit the topic of protecting your child’s teeth during sports. Sporting activities provide children and adolescents with fun and learning all while engaged in a sport that they enjoy. It is always exciting to gear up for a new season with new jerseys, new shoes, and new equipment. It is also crucial that as a parent you remember that it is your responsibility to care for your child’s teeth and remembering that they need to be protected during any physical sport.


How Your Oral Health Affects Diabetes

smiling-young-womanThe entire body is a complicated machine that thrives off of how the systems of the body work together. It may seem as if the mouth is unrelated to certain bodily systems, but in fact it is tied into every aspect of your overall health. One way specifically is how your oral health affects diabetes.

Simply put, diabetes is related to poor blood glucose control. There is a great deal of evidence showing an increased prevalence of gum disease among those who have diabetes because they are more susceptible to bacterial infection and have a decreased ability to battle bacteria that naturally occurs inside the mouth.

Dental plaque is the number one cause of gum disease. This acid-producing, bacteria-laden film that develops on the teeth each day leaves the entire mouth vulnerable. Dental plaque must be removed by flossing every day to keep the mouth as healthy as possible between professional cleanings. If dental plaque is not removed daily, it will accumulate on the gum line, surfaces of the teeth, and between the teeth – causing significant damage in just a short amount of time. The development of gum disease is typically faster in those who have diabetes because of the fact that diabetes slows blood circulation, leaving the gum tissue more vulnerable to infection. It is also important that diabetics understand that their bodies have a more difficult time fighting off infection once it occurs due to the body’s lowered resistance to gum disease.

Diabetes promotes the growth of bacteria due to the high level of glucose in their saliva. Because oral bacteria thrive off of sugars left behind after eating and drinking, the bacteria within a diabetic’s mouth are in overdrive. The excessive amount of sugars caused by both diet and blood glucose levels, leave the mouth inclined to gum damage and gum disease. Signs that gum infection or gum disease have begun and need to be addressed by your dentist immediately include:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Gum recession
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing
  • Loose teeth
  • Frequent bad breath or bad taste within your mouth
  • Change in the way your teeth (natural, partials, or dentures) fit together

Maintaining good control over your blood sugar levels is vital for those with diabetes, and maintaining optimal oral health is also essential. Dr. Wayne G. Suway has over 35 years of experience helping patients achieve and maintain proper oral health. If you have diabetes, it is important that you make this known to Dr. Suway so that he can give your oral health the specific care it needs. Call our practice today.

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Am I a Candidate For Mini Implants?

crowns-suwayLike the name implies, mini implants are a type of dental implant that are smaller than traditional implants but serve the same general purpose. Mini implants measure at 2-3 mm, while traditional implants are typically about 3.75mm. In many cases, mini implants are used to anchor a partial or complete denture that is not staying in place properly or is uncomfortable for the patient. However, mini implants can also be used with bridges and crowns.

Why Mini Implants Over Traditional Implants?

Mini implants allow patients to benefit form implant dentistry when they don’t have enough bone tissue to support a traditional dental implant. Of course, they still need to have adequate healthy tissue to hold the smaller (mini) implant in place, but they can provide significant advantages to patients who would otherwise be disqualified from traditional dental implants or would need bone grafting.

Patients choosing Mini Implants can benefit from the following:

Less Expensive – when used with a partial or denture, fewer mini implants can be used to secure the set of prosthetic teeth.

Less Invasive – a smaller implant means a more conservative surgery.

Less Hassle – the procedure can often be completed in a single visit!

Less Bone Loss – using implants (mini or traditional) to anchor a denture or partial means you’ll have an artificial tooth root to help prevent jaw bone atrophy.

Are mini implants a viable option for you? Dr. Wayne Suway can help you decide. We use advanced imaging to measure your bone structure and determine whether or not you have enough healthy bone for traditional implants or mini implants. As always, we will carefully discuss the procedure and what you can personally expect from this teeth replacement approach. If you are tired of struggling with ill-fitting dentures, please give us call today – we can permanently improve the stability of your smile.

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Our Patient Reviews

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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.