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By Dental Traditions
December 31, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Implants  

Discover the amazing advantages of saying “yes” to dental implants.

As many as 120 million Americans are missing one permanent tooth and over 36 million Americans have no natural teeth left, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. The good news is that if this does happen to you, our Fayetteville, GA, dentists Dr. Ed Richardson, Dr. Jonathan Robinson and Dr. Lindsey Alvarez offer a wide range of tooth replacement options that can be tailored to your needs. One popular option is dental implants.

How Dental Implants Work

Before deciding whether implants are right for you, it’s first important to understand how these popular tooth replacements work. Our Fayetteville, GA, dental team wants to provide you with all the information you need about dental implants in order to make a clear, informed decision about your oral health.

A dental implant is a tapered metal post that is placed into the jawbone where the roots of the missing tooth once were. In fact, the implant itself will replace the roots of the tooth. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, the bone and tissue will fuse together with the titanium implant over the next few months. Once this fusion is complete, your implant is a permanent, immovable fixture within the jawbone. It will also support and hold your false tooth or teeth in place.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Since dental implants work a bit differently from other tooth replacement options, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that they also offer some cool, unique benefits, too. For one, dental implants are as close as you can come to a real tooth. They function, feel and act just like the real thing. Other benefits of dental implants include,

  • A lifelong restoration (with the proper care, implants can easily last decades)
  • Preventing teeth from shifting into open gaps in your smile
  • Restoring biting, chewing and speech
  • Preserving the jawbone and preventing bone loss
  • Supporting the muscles of the face to prevent changes in facial structure including sagging
  • Enhancing your appearance and boosting your confidence

 

Do you want to talk with our Fayetteville, GA, dentists about whether dental implants are right for you? The team at Dental Traditions is dedicated to giving you back a smile you can feel confident in. To find out if implants are the ideal treatment option, call us 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
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.

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.