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By Dental Traditions
October 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Sometimes a few minor tweaks and improvements are all it takes to rejuvenate a mediocre smile. From minor chips and cracks to stains and discolorations, even healthy teeth can use a little cosmetic improvement from time to time. Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson, the dentists at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, recommend porcelain veneers for many of the common cosmetic issues that can ruin your smile over time.

A Brand New Smile with Porcelain Veneers in Fayetteville, GA

Veneers are a good option to fix cosmetic damage to the front teeth such as:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Mild to moderate chips, cracks, and spacing
  • Seal a tooth after root canal therapy

They are the most minimally invasive option available to change the size, shape, or color of your teeth.

How Veneers Work

Dental veneers are made from a razor-thin layer of porcelain that is bonded directly onto the surface of each tooth. The veneers are designed to match the shade and texture of a natural tooth and molded to change the size, shape, or color of a damaged or cosmetically unattractive tooth.

When Are Veneers a Good Option?

Veneers are one of the most versatile and minimally invasive cosmetic dental treatments available and can literally transform your entire smile in as little as one or two appointments. If you have underlying issues like cavities or signs of gum disease, your dentist will take care of any problems before proceeding to the veneers. They are a great option for mild to moderate cosmetic damage to the surface of the teeth. After a thorough dental exam and professional cleaning, the dentist will recommend the dental restoration option that is best for your situation.

Find a Dentist in Fayetteville, GA

For more information about porcelain veneers and other restorative dentistry options, contact our office by calling (770) 487-9797 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richardson or Dr. Robertson today.

By Dental Traditions
August 10, 2018
Category: dental
Tags: Oral Hygiene   Dental Visits  

Teeth CleaningLet's be frank. Many people dread visiting the dentist, but that doesn't mean it's good for us. Your Fayetteville, GA, dentists, Dr. Ed Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson, want you to know that missing dental visits can be harmful to your oral and dental health. If you ignore your oral health, you may need more invasive procedures, rather than a simple professional cleaning or dental filling.

Different Dental Procedures:

  • Root Canal Therapy: If you sustain an injury, like a crack or a fracture, or your cavities have allowed bacteria to reach the pulp, this means you may have a tooth infection. The dentist will have to remove the tissue, disinfect the area and seal it. If the deterioration is too massive, your doctor will give you a temporary crown that will be swapped out with a permanent crown in another visit to your dentist's Fayetteville office.
     
  • Dental Implants: Losing your teeth can be detrimental to one's confidence. While a tooth can be lost due to a sports injury or an accident, it can also be lost due to infrequent visits to the doctor. If your cavities have turned into issues a root canal treatment can't fix, then you may lose your tooth. During a dental implant procedure, the dentist will insert a titanium post, allow it to fuse to the jawbone for three to six months, then place an abutment and crown on top.
  • Scaling and Root Planing: Sometimes gum disease doesn't respond to conventional treatment and self-care like flossing so you may require scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing helps gums reattach to the tooth structure.

How to Care for Your Teeth:

In addition to visiting your doctor every six months, you need to take care of your teeth at home.

  • Getting fluoride treatments and using fluoride-containing products
  • Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day
  • Flossing at least once before bed

If you have any questions or concerns, visit your Fayetteville, GA, dentists, Dr. Richardson and Dr. Robinson, or call their office at (770) 487-9797.

By Dental Traditions
June 05, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental bonding  

Dental BondingWould you like to improve your smile without breaking your budget? Bonding offers an effective, inexpensive way to address many cosmetic dental issues. Fayetteville, GA, dentists Dr. Ed Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinso of Dental Traditions help your entire family keep their smiles healthy and attractive with comprehensive dental services.

What is bonding?

Have you ever used putty to fill chips or cracks in wood? Dental bonding is a very similar process. Composite resin, a soft, flexible material is added to your tooth enamel, then hardened with a curing light. After the material hardens, your Fayetteville dentist may make a few adjustments before polishing the bonded area. Composite resin is available in the most common tooth colors to ensure that your dental work is unnoticeable.

Is dental bonding a good option for me?

Do you feel a little self-conscious about your smile? Bonding can transform a problem tooth in under an hour. It's an excellent solution if you have a crack or chip in a tooth. Although bonding is a good choice to hide shallow cracks, a crown may be a better option if you have a large crack. Crowns prevent large or deep cracks from fracturing your tooth.

Discolorations are hidden from view as soon as little composite resin is applied to your tooth. Changes in tooth color can occur if you took the antibiotic tetracycline when you were young or if a tooth injury or dental procedure resulted in a darkening of the tooth.

When one or two teeth draw unwelcome attention to your smile, dental bonding can restore uniformity. The treatment is often used to lengthen teeth that have shortened due to grinding or even change the shape of crooked, twisted, pointed or oddly shaped teeth. Although braces may be needed if the majority of your teeth are crooked or if you have a bite issue, bonding provides a simple way to transform the appearance of a tooth that doesn't look like surrounding teeth.

Some people love their gapped-tooth smiles, others would do anything to conceal the spaces between their teeth. If you dislike your gap, the addition of a little composite resin will make slight spaces disappear instantly.

Are you ready to enhance your smile with dental bonding? Call Fayetteville, GA, dentists Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions at (770) 487-9797 to schedule an appointment.

By Dental Traditions
May 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

At Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, your dentists, Dr. Ed Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson, help people of all ages achieve restorative dentistrysmiles 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.

Bridgework

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.

By Dental Traditions
February 27, 2018
Category: dental
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

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 oral hygienedisease. 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.





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