At Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, your dentists, Dr. Ed Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson, help people of all ages achieve smiles that are strong, attractive, and long-lasting. Their restorative services include dental crowns which protect damaged teeth and fixed bridges which fill smile gaps. Could your smile benefit from crowns or bridges? Read on to learn more.
The porcelain crown
Dental crowns, or caps as they may be called, cover teeth damaged extensively through oral injury, tooth decay, or abscess. Crowns also restore misshapen teeth (peg-shaped lateral incisors, as examples), or your dentist may choose to use crowns to anchor fixed bridges consisting of one, two, or more missing teeth.
Dr. Richardson or Dr. Robinson will examine and X-ray your damaged tooth to determine if it is healthy enough to receive a crown. Some teeth require root canal therapy first before being crowned so the interior tooth structure is free of infection and inflammation.
Then, your dentist will remove the decay, old fillings, and other failing structure. Oral impressions and detailed instructions tell the dental lab how to construct the new prosthetic. While you wait for your crown, you'll wear a lifelike temporary restoration to allow you to chew normally and have a complete smile.
On your return visit to Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and bond the new one over your tooth. Due to modern fabrication techniques, most porcelain crowns are a perfect match for color, shape and bite. However, Dr. Richardson or Dr. Robinson may make some minor adjustments to the crown to ensure you're completely comfortable.
As a final note, crowns restore dental implants. Dental implants are artificial teeth made up of a titanium screw (inserted into the jaw) and a metal post. Your dentist finishes dentist implants with customized porcelain crowns for lifelike look and function.
Fixed bridgework has been around for years, giving patients missing one, two, or more adjacent teeth a complete smile and natural biting and chewing ability. While some bridgework is bonded to the back of neighboring teeth or cantilevered off a molar in the back of the mouth, most bridges are secured by dental crowns on either side of the appliance.
As with dental crowns, your dentist will decide if a bridge is appropriate for your unique needs. If it is, he'll take oral impressions and use a trusted dental lab to fabricate the crowns and attached artificial, or pontic, teeth.
Additionally, your dentist will reduce in size the teeth which will serve as supports for your bridge. These abutment teeth receive lifelike crowns.
Caring for crowns and bridges
As with your natural teeth, dental crowns and fixed bridgework require twice daily brushing and once a day flossing to keep the gums and interdental spaces free of toxic plaque and tartar. Also, avoid hard and sticky foods which could chip or even dislodge your restorations.
You should come to Dental Traditions twice a year for a routine check-up and professional cleaning. With diligent care, your crown or bridge can last upwards of ten years, say experts at the Cleveland Clinic.
Save your smile
You can have a healthy, complete smile. At Dental Traditions in Fayeteville, GA, expect excellent restorations, including bridges and crowns. Call today for a consultation with one of our award-winning dentists: (770) 487-9797.
Would you like to hear good news the next time you visit the dentist? Good oral hygiene habits can help you avoid cavities and gum disease. Fayetteville, GA, dentists Drs. Edwin Richardson and Jonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions explain how your oral hygiene habits can protect your smile.
Brushing keeps your teeth bright and healthy
Brushing your teeth removes minor surface stains, but most importantly, regular brushing gets rid of plaque. Although you can't see plaque, you've probably felt it if you've ever noticed that your teeth felt a little rough. When sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods comes in contact with plaque, a chemical reaction occurs that creates strong acids. The acids attack your tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay. Luckily, brushing with a toothpaste that contains fluoride can strengthen your enamel, reducing your cavity risk.
Have you ever developed a cavity even though you brushed every morning and evening? You may not have spent enough time brushing your teeth. It takes about two minutes to remove every trace of plaque from all of the surfaces of your teeth.
Flossing isn't optional
Many people are more diligent about brushing than flossing. In fact, only 40 percent of Americans floss every day, according to the American Dental Association. Floss removes the plaque that forms between teeth and also gets rid of tiny food particles that can cause bad breath. When plaque forms on the gum line, it soon turns into hard tartar, a deposit that can cause gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing removes plaque, preventing tartar from ever forming.
The right snacks help keep your smile plaque-free
Do you choose candy or chips from the vending machine when you need a snack? Those snacks may satisfy your hunger, but they aren't the best choice for your teeth. Carrots, apples or celery offer a healthier choice, plus these vegetables help remove plaque from your teeth naturally.
Regular checkups are a must
Scheduling checkups at six-month intervals is a simple way to improve your oral health. During your visit to our Fayetteville office, the dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, plus you'll receive a thorough dental examination. Regular visits make it easier to detect and treat gum disease and tooth decay before they can cause serious damage to your teeth and gums.
Protect your smile with a good oral hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist. Call Fayetteville, GA, dentists Drs. Edwin Richardson and Jonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions at (770) 487-9797 to schedule an appointment.
What your dentists in Fayetteville want you to know
If nature gave you a smile that is less-than-straight, did you know you can achieve a straight smile easily and comfortably? It’s true, thanks to Clear Correct, the virtually invisible orthodontic appliance treatment. Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA want to share the facts about this revolutionary way to achieve a straight smile.
Clear Correct is different than conventional orthodontic treatment. There are no unsightly metal brackets and wires. The treatment period is shorter too, giving you the straight smile you’ve always wanted in far less time.
Clear Correct treatment uses a system of clear plastic trays, called aligners. You receive your first set of aligners which you wear for 3 weeks. You then progress to a new set of aligners which you wear for an additional 3 weeks. You progress to a new set of aligners every 3 weeks as your teeth and jaws gently move into proper alignment. The entire Clear Correct treatment takes between 9 and 15 months.
When you choose Clear Correct, you can expect:
- Unrivalled comfort because there are no sharp parts to irritate your gums, cheeks and lips
- Unsurpassed cosmetic beauty because the clear plastic trays are nearly invisible to people around you
- Amazing convenience because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth
- Outstanding satisfaction because you can remove the aligners to eat the foods you love
Clear Correct treatment is versatile too. It can correct all of the same jaw and tooth alignment issues as conventional brackets and wires, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, gaps, and tooth overlap.
If you want a straight smile more comfortably and in less time, Clear Correct is for you. If you want a straight smile but you don’t want to put up with brackets and wires, Clear Correct is for you. To find out more about why Clear Correct is the right choice for your orthodontic treatment call Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA today!
The gaps in your teeth may seem as though they will be there forever and make you feel like your smile is subpar. However, you can close the gaps in your smile and replace your missing teeth with dental implants. This impressive dental procedure permanently replaces your teeth to provide a natural looking and beautiful result. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA.
How can dental implants help me?
- Single Tooth Implants: A single tooth implant stands on its own within the jawbone and, once covered with a dental crown, replaces one tooth.
- Multiple Tooth Implants: Multiple tooth implants use a dental bridge which spans the length of a gap made up of multiple teeth. The bridge has a dental implant on either side, standing alone unlike traditional dental bridges which require the help of the healthy surrounding teeth.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures replace an entire arch of teeth with a denture. The denture anchors into place on four or more implants placed along the arch.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Good general and dental health is an important aspect of being a good candidate for dental implants. In addition to good health, candidates should have a sufficient amount of bone volume underneath their missing teeth. The implants’ fixtures will sit inside the bone and depend on osseointegration, a process where the bone grows around the fixture, to remain permanently in place.
Dental Implants in Fayetteville, GA
If you think dental implants could help close the gaps in your smile, you will benefit from a consultation with your dentist to answer your questions and address your concerns. Understanding the procedure and what to expect is crucial to making the best treatment decision for you. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA. Call (770) 487-9797 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
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 extensive, 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.
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