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By Dental Traditions
August 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Problems in the root canal area of the teeth can be caused by such things as injury or decay. In cases in which the damage or decay is root canalextensive, the tooth might require extraction. However, it is possible to preserve the natural tooth through root canal therapy. The procedure involves removing dead tissue from the canals below the teeth and reshaping them. In Fayetteville, root canal therapy is performed by Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions.

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy

Causes of root canal problems can be due to injury or decay. An injury to the mouth might result in damage to the dental nerve, causing nerve tissues to die. Dead nerve tissues must be removed to prevent the teeth from becoming infected. In Fayetteville, root canal therapy can be used to remove the dead nerve tissue and prevent the infection from spreading to other areas.

When a tooth begins decaying and the decay spreads to the root, an abscess can form below the root. Abscesses can lead to a host of other health problems. In the past, if an abscess formed, a tooth would be extracted. Today, root canal therapy can be used to restore the health of the root and preserve the tooth while successfully preventing the infection from spreading.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy offers several benefits. A primary benefit is preserving the natural tooth and avoiding extraction. An additional benefit of root canal therapy is that normal tooth functions, such as biting and chewing, are restored. Teeth with decay or damage can feel weak and sensitive, making biting and chewing functions difficult or even painful. Root canal therapy preserves the natural tooth and restores normal functioning.

Whatever the cause of your root canal problems, root canal therapy can help by stopping the spread of infection, preserving the tooth and restoring normal functioning. For root canal therapy in Fayetteville, GA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Richardson or Dr. Robinson by calling Dental Traditions at (770) 487-9797.

By Dental Traditions
June 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   Cosmetic Dentistry  

Are you ready to find out how dental veneers could significantly improve your smile’s appearance?veneers

Perhaps you’ve been doing a little online research and stumbled upon dental veneers. Are you a bit confused about what dental veneers are and what they do? If so, our Fayetteville, GA, dentists, Drs. Edwin and Jonathan Robinson, are here to provide the information you need to determine whether or not this cosmetic dentistry is right for you.

Dental veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to change the shape, color, and overall appearance. Veneers can be a great option for those who have healthy teeth but want to improve upon common cosmetic issues such as:

  • Discolorations and stains
  • Chips, cracks and fractures
  • Uneven or worn teeth
  • Teeth that are too long or short
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor overlapping or crowding
  • Minor crookedness
  • Misshapen teeth

Veneers have become a popular option for many people looking to get cosmetic dentistry in Fayetteville because these restorations are able to mask a variety of different imperfections and greatly improve your smile without the need for invasive dentistry or multiple procedures.

There are two main types of dental veneers in which to consider: porcelain or composite. What is the difference between these two? The main difference (aside from the type of material used) is the fact that porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit over your teeth. This means that impressions will need to be taken of your mouth and an outside dental lab will need to make your veneers. This also requires coming in to see our dentist for multiple visits in order to get your new restorations.

If you want to revamp your smile but you aren’t too keen on making several visits then you may want to consider getting composite veneers, which can be placed in just one visit. Since there is less preparation required, composite veneers (the same material used for tooth-colored fillings) are often less expensive. Of course, porcelain is often more durable than composite resin, so porcelain veneers can last a few years longer than composite veneers.

If dental veneers sound like the dentistry you’ve been looking for in Fayetteville, GA, then the next step is to book an appointment with one of our dentists to find out if you are the ideal candidate for veneers. Turn to Dental Traditions to create your beautiful, new smile.

By Dental Traditions
April 27, 2017
Category: dental
Tags: nutrition  

Taking care of your teeth is an important part of keeping your health in general under control. Conditions like tooth decay and gum nutritiondisease can lead to complex and painful situations requiring invasive procedures. However, one way to keep your oral health under wraps is with eating the best diet to compliment your dental hygiene routine. Learn more about how your diet affects your smile with Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA.

Tooth-Friendly Foods For Your Smile 
Eating right can make maintaining your teeth easier and less of a hassle. Some of the best foods for your smile include:

  • foods high in calcium like cheese
  • crunchy vegetables like carrots or celery
  • leafy greens
  • crunchy fruits like apples
  • yogurt
  • almonds
  • water

Foods to Avoid
At some point in your life, you have probably heard a grandmother say that “sugar rots your teeth”. While this is not completely true, the carbohydrates within the sugar you consume feed the bacteria which live on your teeth. Eventually, the bacteria turns to plaque, which hardens into tartar and begins eating through the tooth’s layers. Some foods to avoid to keep your smile healthy include:

  • sugary foods like candy
  • ice
  • sticky foods like gummy candy
  • starchy foods like potato chips
  • sugary drinks like soda

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Fayetteville, GA 
Eating a healthy diet of tooth-friendly foods helps to keep your teeth healthy and strong, but cannot do so without some help. A strong daily oral care routine is the foundation of a healthy smile. Brush twice daily for at least two minutes and floss at least once. Equally as important to your oral health are regular dental examinations and cleanings performed in your dentist’s office. The examinations give your dentist the possibility to find and treat problems and cleanings remove all traces of decay-causing plaque and tartar from your teeth. Together with your healthy diet and daily oral care routine, your teeth should stay healthy for years to come.

For more information on a healthy diet for your smile, please contact Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA. Call (770) 487-9797 to schedule your appointment at Dental Traditions today!

By Dental Traditions
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

Don’t let myths about this dental treatment have you concerned.root canals

Has one of our Fayetteville, GA, dentists, Dr. Edwin Richardson or Dr. Jonathan Robinson, told you that your dental pain could easily be treated with simple root canal therapy? While the words “root canal” have been synonymous with negative connotations, here at Dental Traditions we are happy to offer you a way to preserve the health of your smile without all the anxiety and discomfort.

Why do I need a root canal, anyway?

Do you visit your Fayetteville general dentist every six months? If not, then you may find yourself dealing with some pretty deep decay, a cracked tooth or an infection that leads to a severe enough toothache to finally send you to our office. If the problem has damaged the dental pulp, or inner structure of the tooth, then we will need to perform a root canal in order to remove the pulp and clean out the tooth.

What happens if I don’t get a root canal?

A root canal is designed to preserve as much of your tooth as possible. By deciding not to get a root canal you could be doing your smile a great disservice. If you leave the problem tooth untreated this can lead to tooth loss, as well as some pretty miserable pain and suffering. Of course, by getting a root canal you could protect your tooth for the rest of your life.

But doesn’t a root canal hurt?

We know that root canals have a bad reputation but first and foremost it’s important that you trust us. We are here to make sure that you get the best dental care in Fayetteville. We are here to address your concerns and make your treatment as easy as possible.

Secondly, root canals are always performed under local anesthesia. This means that the area will be completely numb prior to treatment. Those patients who have been dealing with some pretty blinding pain will be happy to experience instant relief all thanks to the anesthesia. Some particularly nervous or sensitive patients may also benefit from getting sedation.

The purpose of root canal treatment is to remove the source of your pain and disinfect your tooth. By removing the infected pulp you won’t have to deal with that nasty toothache anymore. And isn’t that worth going through this procedure? A root canal is really no more invasive or terrifying than getting a tooth filled, and you’ll preserve your tooth in the process.

Do you have questions about root canal therapy? Are you experiencing a toothache that hasn’t gone away? If so, then it’s time to turn to the experts at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, for all of your questions and concerns. Give us a call today.

By Dental Traditions
January 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Wondering what to do about tooth loss issues in Fayetteville, GA? A smart first step would be to contact Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. restorative dentistryJonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA about your situation.

The truth is, you don’t have to live with tooth loss; in fact, some options the staff at Dental Traditions might explore with you include implants, bridges, and removable dentures. Each option has its advantages and what works best depends on the individual.

Dental implants, for example, are one of the most popular options for tooth loss remediation today. That’s because implants are the closest facsimile to your natural teeth, both in function and look. An implant procedure basically consists of inserting the implant directly into the jawbone. The bone tissue then heals around the implant, naturally and firmly anchoring it into place. Once the jawbone has healed, your Fayetteville dentist places a crown on top of the implant to complete the restoration.

However, implants are not for everyone. If you have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or advanced gum disease your dentist may not recommend implants. Also, the process takes time - several months, depending on the healing process.

Bridges are also permanent fixes. In a bridge procedure, your Fayetteville dentist attaches a prosthetic tooth or teeth between two existing teeth that will serve as anchors. The dentist usually has to prepare the anchor teeth for the bridge. This, too, is a permanent solution in that the bridge is not removable.

A relatively inexpensive option is a removable partial denture. These are not designed to be worn all the time but will help restore your smile and help you eat, speak, and chew more easily.

Whatever your situation, you can rest assured that the qualified and caring staff at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA will help you make the best decision for you. For more information call 770-487-9797.

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