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By Dental Traditions
November 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

A root canal may be the very last thing you want to have done, you may have heard the jokes. But the alternative leaves little to be desired, and chances are you may have been misguided about the treatment itself. If you want to find out more the best people to contact are your local dentists, Dr. Edwin Richardson, Dr. Jonathan Robinson, and Dr. Lindsey Alvarez, of Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA.

Anatomy of a Root Canal

Inside your tooth is a small chamber that houses the pulp of the tooth, that is, the nerves and blood vessels. These connect to the rest of your body through pathways, or canals, through the root of your tooth.

This chamber is covered by a layer of dentin, which makes up the majority of the tooth, and encasing it all is the outer enamel.

When these top layers are breached and the soft center exposed, is when a root canal must usually be performed.

This can happen in several ways. Most often it is due to injuries that crack or chip your teeth, as well as cavities that have gone untreated for too long.

Why a Root Canal?

Deep damage to your tooth, if it is deep enough to reach the nerves inside, often can't simply be patched up. Bacteria can get inside and create an infection that will cause a great deal of pain, and may expand onto the bone and create serious complications.

A root canal treatment from your Fayetteville dentist removes the infected pulp and shapes your tooth so the created gap can be filled and a new crown attached. The entire process can often be completed in a couple of office visits.

By doing this, a root canal will save you not only from pain, but save your tooth altogether.

Root Canal Treatment in Fayetteville, GA

Needing a root canal is not the end of the world or your tooth. Sometimes they're unavoidable, but often, a preventive treatment can be your best bet. So come make an appointment with your professionals Dr. Edwin Richardson, Dr. Jonathan Robinson, and Dr. Lindsey Alvarez of Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, by dialing (770) 487-9797.

By Dental Traditions
July 07, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental Implants Preserve Your Smile

Our teeth are very important to us, we use them daily for eating as well as for our aesthetics. Although sometimes we might not think about it, our teeth can be very vulnerable, keeping them strong and healthy requires constant and long term care. Though sometimes, despite our diligence, we can be faced with tooth decay, or tooth loss. Its when we have to face this, do we realize how important our teeth are to us. Dental implants are used to replace teeth when we are faced with a tooth loss. At Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson provide his patients with dental implants to help them preserve their smiles. Read on to learn more about dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants

Dental implants can be thought of as artificial tooth roots that are bonded directly to the jawbone of the patient in order to provide a strong base for a crown to be screwed into place. A crown as the artificial tooth that is designed and shaped to match perfectly to your natural teeth. Dental implant procedures are one of the most common, predictable, and safest procedures in dentistry.

Why Dental Implants Are Important

While sometimes it may not be apparent, tooth loss can come with a slew of unwanted consequences. Some of these consequences include:

  • Chance in speech
  • Ineffective mastication
  • Loss of self-confidence
  • Sagging of the skin around the mouth
  • Teeth becoming out of place due to the gap

These are just some of the hidden and sometimes forgotten consequences of tooth loss that can be otherwise avoided with the use of dental implants.

Learn More About Dental Implants From The Experts

It may be daunting to think about surgery or having implants placed in, but with the help of a professional dentist like Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson in Fayetteville, GA, you can rest assured that with the help of a dental implant you can have your smile back. With all of the consequences that come with tooth loss, it is often better to get the dental implant procedure earlier rather than later to avoid other complications that tooth loss can cause. Call our office in Fayetteville at (770) 487-9797 to learn more about dental implant options and how they can benefit you.

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
May 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Are you wondering why you really need to get root canal therapy?

No one wants an aching, decayed tooth. While you may wish you had kept better oral care after the fact, once the damage is done, the Root_Canal

best thing you can do is to turn to our Fayetteville dentists, Drs. Edwin M. Richardson and Jonathan Robinson, right away for the care that you need to preserve your tooth!

 

Why do I need a root canal?

Whenever the dental pulp inside of the tooth has become infected or irritated, a root canal treatment becomes necessary. During treatment, this damaged pulp is removed, but fortunately, you don’t need the dental pulp in order for your tooth to remain healthy.

If you don’t get a root canal when you need one, you risk losing the tooth altogether. Furthermore, if you have a dental infection, the bacteria will continue to spread into the bone and surrounding teeth, which can lead to further bone and tooth loss.

 

How will I know that I need a root canal?

Unfortunately, you won’t always know that something is wrong with your tooth. This is why coming in to see our Fayetteville dentists for regular checkups is the ideal way to catch problems before they get worse. Cavities in their earliest stages don’t often cause pain or other symptoms, but by coming in for regular exams, we can catch these issues early on before root canal therapy is even necessary.

Of course, if the damage is already done and the dental pulp is affected, you may start to notice pain in the tooth. Some people will have some pretty consistent and serious pain while others may only notice discomfort when chewing or biting down. The tooth may also become more sensitive to hot or cold. You may find that after drinking a hot cup of coffee or biting into an ice cream cone that the pain in that tooth lingers. A toothache is usually the best warning sign that there is something wrong and that it needs to be treated right away. Don’t just ignore your toothache!

 

Give us a call!

Regardless of whether you have a question about your upcoming root canal therapy or you are dealing with a toothache, you can always turn to the knowing dental experts at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA! Call us today at (770) 487-9797!

By Dental Traditions
March 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: ClearCorrect  

A straight, beautiful smile—who wouldn't want one? If you'd like to reach that goal but in a discreet fashion, you will be greatly interested inInvisalign ClearCorrect invisible aligners from Dental Traditions in Forestville, GA. There, your dentists, Dr. Ed Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson, use the ClearCorrect orthodontic system to address a variety of problems and give patients the healthiest, most attractive smiles possible!

How ClearCorrect Works

The first step is a personalized consultation at our Forestville office. During this appointment, an oral exam, digital X-ray screening, and 3D scanning will show what's happening with your teeth and jaw, and inform us whether ClearCorrect aligners could improve your oral health, functionality and smile aesthetics. If so, oral impressions and a treatment plan go to the ClearCorrect lab where technicians use a model of your teeth to fashion your thin, discreet aligners.

For more complex cases, the dentist will likely recommend unlimited ClearCorrect, a customized plan utilizing a large number of aligner pairs to be worn daily. Simpler issues may be addressed with the Clear Correct Limited 12 or Limited 6 plans.

Whichever plan you use, expect comfortable, snugly fitting aligners which will shift your teeth into better positions. The appliances are completely removable for brushing, flossing, and meals, and they are so discreet that only you and your dentist will know that they are in!

Problems Treated

ClearCorrect aligners transform smiles which have problems such as:

  • Crowding
  • Gaps
  • Bite issues (e.g. overbite, crossbite, openbite, and underbite)
  • Tooth tipping and rotation
  • Protruding top teeth

It's Your Choice
You can be in control of your oral health and smile appearance. Just come to Dental Traditions for an orthodontic consultation to see if ClearCorrect clear braces are right for you. Dr. Richardson or Dr. Robinson will guide you through the decision process with all the information you need. Call our office today to arrange an appointment: (770) 487-9797.