August 2017

Benefits of Saving a Tooth Rather Than Removing It

Vinings GA Dental RestorationsThe teeth are important features of your mouth, and they are intended to last for a lifetime. However, teeth often become damaged due to decay, infection, trauma, or injury to the mouth that leaves them susceptible to loss. Many years ago, if a tooth was damaged the only option was to remove it from the mouth. However, advancements have shown us that there are often more benefits to saving a tooth rather than removing it. Root canals, antibiotics, and other dental treatment procedures are generally successful for providing beneficial methods of saving a tooth.

  • Protect the entire mouth. All of the teeth work together to support one another and the jaw bone. If a tooth is extracted or missing from the mouth, the socket in the jaw bone is left empty. This leaves an empty space where there is no support for the neighboring teeth. Without the support necessary, adjacent teeth to a missing tooth are vulnerable to becoming loose. The jaw bone will begin to degenerate due to lack of support, causing the other teeth to shift out of position. When the jaw bone loses its stability, the loss of more teeth will inevitably occur. Saving a tooth is beneficial to the entire smile because it will maintain the support that the mouth needs.
  • Proper function. You require a lot from your mouth on a daily basis: you use it to chew, speak, laugh, breathe, yawn, cough, drink, and smile. Having a complete set of teeth allows your mouth to function properly without unwanted sounds, slurs, and discomfort associated with missing teeth.
  • Natural, pleasing appearance. A complete smile is an attractive and natural smile. As mentioned earlier, the jaw bone’s support is dependent on all tooth sockets being filled. If the jaw bone begins to degenerate, the facial cavity will begin to shift unnaturally. This can lead to poor self-esteem and have a negative impact on a person’s personal and professional life.
  • Less recovery. Removing a tooth is considered to be a surgical procedure. If multiple teeth need to be removed, the procedure is considered to be a major surgical procedure. The recovery time of tooth extraction is much more invasive and involved than simply saving and restoring a tooth.

Dr. Wayne G. Suway wants to do everything in his power to help you save your tooth should it become damaged in any way. The benefits of saving a tooth far outweigh removing a tooth. If a tooth is removed, it is incredibly important to have a plan in place for how to replace it in order to protect the entire mouth. Contact Dr. Suway today to learn more.

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
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Dental Phobia

Vinings GA Sedation DentistryVisiting the dentist on a regular basis is one of the most important things that you can do for your entire health. The health of your mouth is a huge indication of your overall health; therefore, making your oral health a priority is necessary for living a health life. However, millions of people in America alone refuse to visit the dentist out of fear of what will happen at the dentist. Dental phobia is a true fear that allows the stress, anxiety, and/or panic of dental visits and treatments to keep them from stepping foot inside the dentist’s office. If dental phobia affects you, your child, or a family member and is keeping you from receiving he dental care that you need, please contact Dr. Wayne G. Suway today.

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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.

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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.

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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.