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By Dental Traditions
May 07, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth loss  

The negative effects of tooth loss extend beyond the gaps left in your smile where teeth are missing. Tooth loss can also lead to several additional concerns, including facial sagging and a change in the way you speak. An exciting solution for restoring your smile and combatting the negative effects of tooth loss is dental implants.

Here at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, your experienced dentists, Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson, can determine if dental implants are an option for you.

Negative Effects of Tooth Loss

The negative effects of tooth loss can include any or all of the following concerns:

  • Gaps in your smile
  • Facial drooping/sagging
  • Excess strain on teeth
  • Altered speech

One of the most obvious outcomes of tooth loss is the gaps or spaces that are left behind in your smile. Those gaps can contribute to several unwanted side effects beyond leaving you with an incomplete smile. For instance, the extra space between teeth can change the way you speak. This is because teeth help guide tongue placement while speaking. When the tongue slips into gaps where there are no teeth, your normal speech can be altered.

Facial sagging or drooping is another possible side effect that can occur with tooth loss. The teeth help support the muscles in the face. When there are fewer teeth to provide support, certain areas of the face can begin to sag or appear droopy, which can cause someone to appear older.

How Dental Implants Help

Tooth loss can result in several negative effects, but there is a solution. You can restore your smile and minimize or eliminate many of the unwanted side effects of tooth loss with dental implants. Used in conjunction with crowns, bridgework, or implant-supported overdentures, dental implants function to anchor artificial teeth securely in place. Once your smile is restored, many of the unwanted effects of tooth loss will also improve.

The skilled dentists at our office in Fayetteville can determine if dental implants might be right for you. You must have enough bone to be a candidate for dental implants because they are placed directly in the jawbone. Placing dental implants in the jawbone makes them a secure and long-lasting tooth replacement option. Unfortunately, bone loss often accompanies tooth loss so individuals who are missing teeth might not be able to replace them with dental implants if there is insufficient bone for placing the implants.

The negative effects of tooth loss can extend well beyond having a few gaps in your smile. Dental implants are an extremely effective solution for restoring your smile and mitigating the unwanted side effects of tooth loss. Dr. Richardson or Dr. Robinson can tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Call Dental Traditions in Fayetteville at (770) 487-9797 to schedule an appointment.

By Dental Traditions
February 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: ClearCorrec  

What if you could straighten your teeth without the interference of brackets and wires? At Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, you can. With ClearCorrect, your dentists, Dr. Ed Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson, offer this alternative to traditional braces for patients who want an undetectable solution to achieve a stunning, healthy smile. Aside from being a cosmetic concern, tooth misalignment leads to eating problems and other dental consequences. Read on to learn what ClearCorrect can do for you.

What Is ClearCorrect?

ClearCorrect discreetly realigns teeth utilizing a transparent aligner system. This treatment is categorized into four phases, and each requires the patient to wear these aligner trays for a one, two, or three week period. Only removing them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This alternative to traditional braces delivers control, convenience, and flexibility, while gradually moving each tooth a little bit at a time into their proper position. Our dentist may recommend ClearCorrect to treat malocclusions such as overbite, underbite, spacing, and crowding.

How Does ClearCorrect Work?

ClearCorrect fixes more than a misaligned bite. Straight teeth are healthy teeth, which means that once you complete treatment, you're much closer to reducing your risk of developing distressing conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. Our dentist starts the treatment by creating a custom treatment plan, the length of which will depend on your specific case and the severity of misalignment. Regardless of the specifics pertaining to your treatment, each patient needs to wear their aligners for 22 hours a day and have periodic checkups at our Fayetteville, GA, office to determine progress.

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you want straighter teeth but don't want discomfort from traditional braces, consult with our dentist to discuss how ClearCorrect can help you effortlessly achieve the smile you've always desired. During the initial visit, Dr. Ed Richardson or Dr. Jonathan Robinson can explain in detail what to expect, address end goals, and answer any questions or concerns that may arise. For more information about ClearCorrect and the other services we provide at Dental Traditions, visit our website. For appointment scheduling in our Fayetteville, GA, office, please call (770) 487-9797.

By Dental Traditions
December 26, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

Could a root canal save your tooth and end your pain? Your Fayetteville, GA, dentists, Drs. Edwin Richardson and Jonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions, can help you protect your smile with root canal therapy and other procedures and services.

How can I tell if I need a root canal?

Although it's impossible to determine if you definitely need a root canal without making a visit to your Fayetteville dentist, you may notice a few troubling signs or symptoms when you have a problem deep inside your tooth.

Pain can be a sign that you have a problem with your tooth pulp. The soft pulp is located in the center of your tooth and contains tissue, blood vessels and nerves. If the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it must be removed during a root canal procedure and replaced with a filling. You may also need a dental crown to strengthen your tooth after you've had a root canal. Without the procedure, you may soon lose your tooth.

If pain is mild at first or even comes and goes, you may not realize that you have a serious problem with your tooth. Any pain, no matter how often it occurs or how minor it seems initially, should be investigated by your dentist.

Should the inflammation or infection progress, your pain may worsen and become severe. You may also notice an increase in pain any time you chew or press on your tooth.

A few other signs or symptoms may also occur, such as:

  • Darkening of your tooth
  • Painful, red gum tissue around the tooth
  • Pain after you eat or drink hot, cold, or sugary foods and beverages

Sometimes, root canals are needed due to an abscess in your tooth pulp. The bacterial infection not only jeopardizes your tooth but may put your health at risk. If the infection reaches your bloodstream, it may travel to your heart or brain and cause a stroke or heart attack. Fortunately, root canal therapy and antibiotics can help you save your tooth and prevent serious health consequences.

Signs and symptoms of an abscess include fever, swollen lymph nodes, pus around the tooth, a bump on your gum near the tooth, facial swelling, and severe, throbbing pain that may travel to your jawbone.

Root canal therapy can help you avoid tooth loss! Call your Fayetteville, GA, dentists, Drs. Edwin Richardson and Jonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions, at (770) 487-9797 to schedule your appointment.

By Dental Traditions
November 07, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

Your lost tooth may be gone, but that doesn't mean you can't replace it. In fact, it's possible to restore your entire missing tooth, from the Dental implantsroot all the way to the crown, with the help of dental implants! Here at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, your dentists, Drs. Edwin Richardson and Jonathan Robinson, can help you fill the gaps in your smile with this amazing restorative treatment—read on to learn if implants are right for your situation.

 

Dental implants serve as the foundation for your new tooth

Dental implants replace your natural tooth roots with tiny posts made of titanium, a lightweight metal that naturally bonds to bone. Due to this bio-compatible quality, as soon as the implants are placed in your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure, the bonding process begins.

Once your dental implants are securely attached to the bone (a process that usually takes about three to six months to complete), you will begin the next phase in the implant process. You will return to our Fayetteville office, where your dentist will add a connector to the top of your implants and make an impression of your mouth. This impression is then used to make dental crowns that perfectly fill the gaps in your smile. Your new dental crowns will then be connected to your implants to complete the creation of your new teeth.

 

Implants do more than just improve your appearance

A full smile is certainly important for confidence and self-esteem, but dental implants offer a few other benefits that you may not have initially considered. For instance, implants restore your ability to chew normally without decreasing your biting power. You'll be able to eat hard and tough foods without a problem because your implants are firmly rooted in your jawbone!

Dental implants also prevent jawbone resorption, which occurs when your jawbone shrinks after tooth loss. Your roots constantly stimulate the bone and keep it strong. Losing one or more teeth results in a loss of stimulation that can eventually cause resorption. When the bone becomes weaker, it may not be able to adequately support your teeth or the muscles in the lower part of your face. Fortunately, dental implants stimulate the bone and keep it strong and healthy.

Have you lost more than one tooth? Implants will work for you too. Implant-supported bridges and dentures offer a comfortable, long-term solution for people who have lost multiple teeth.

 

Need treatment? Give us a call

Don't let a missing tooth ruin your smile! Call your Fayetteville, GA, dentists, Drs. Edwin Richardson and Jonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions, at (770) 487-9797 to schedule an appointment.

By Dental Traditions
July 16, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

A bright, flawless smile is one of your heart's desires. But, some stains here and a chip there detract from your dream. Don't fret. At Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, your dentists, Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson, correct flaws just like yours with beautiful porcelain veneers. Read on to learn if these dental laminates could help your smile.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are one of modern dentistry's most sought-after services. Shells of ultra-thin, premium-grade ceramic, veneers are permanently bonded on the front side of teeth marred by:

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Deep stains from food, tobacco, and coffee
  • Mild gaps and crowding
  • Poor shape and weak structure
  • Pits
  • Craze lines
  • Excessive wear
  • Tetracyline stains

Porcelain veneers from your Fayetteville dentist deliver the shape, size, and color which perfectly compliment your smile width and height as well as your overall facial features and contours. Each veneer plan from Dental Traditions includes a complete oral examination to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums and instructions which detail how where veneers are placed. Even experience a visual preview of your finished smile!

The veneer procedure

It entails three visits to Dental Traditions. First, you'll discuss your smile goals with your dentist and undergo your exam and X-rays. Then, he'll show you what's possible for your smile.

When you agree on a treatment plan, the dentist will remove a thin portion of enamel from the front side of each tooth. This reduction allows the veneers to fit properly and feel normal within your mouth. He'll place temporary laminates over your teeth, too.

Then, your doctor takes digital or conventional oral impressions and sends them, along with detailed instructions, to a trusted dental lab. There, a skilled ceramist creates a 3D model of your mouth and sculpts each veneer to fit that model. He or she creates just the right shape and thickness and also shades the veneers to blend in with the rest of your teeth.

At the next appointment,your doctor will remove your temporary laminates and carefully fit and bond the permanent ones in place. The unique adhesive may be shaded for a natural-looking match to the rest of your smile. Also, the dentist uses a curing light to harden the cement. That's it! You're done and have that great-looking smile you have always wanted.

Veneers feature so many benefits

You'll enjoy many thing about your new porcelain veneers:

  • Ease of care (just brush, floss and get your six-month check-ups and cleanings)
  • Durability (veneers last for many years with proper care
  • Versatility (they can be combined with other cosmetic dentistry services for a total smile makeover)
  • Exceptional realism (you'll look like you--only better)

Come in, and we'll talk about it

Quality preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care are the hallmarks of Dental Traditions. If you wish to explore porcelain veneers or other aesthetic treatments, call us for a consultation appointment in Fayetteville, GA, at (770) 487-9797.





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