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By Dental Traditions
October 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Many of us have grown to associate the dentist with discomfort, whether the vibrations from teeth cleaning or the whirl of a drill to fill a cavity. Of course, surgical procedures can lead to even more apprehension, but the experts at Dental Traditions are dedicated to your comfort.

If you have a missing tooth, don't let fear keep you from restoring your smile. Dental implants from the Fayetteville, GA, office of Dr. Ed Richardson, Dr. Jonathan Robinson, and Dr. Lindsey Alvarez do require surgery, but we keep discomfort to a minimum for a quick recovery and a healthy smile.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is used to replace a tooth that has fallen out or requires removal. The implant portion resembles a tiny metal screw, which is embedded into the jawbone to serve as the root for an artificial tooth.

Will a dental implant cause me pain?

As with any surgery, some discomfort is to be expected, but the dentists at our Fayetteville, GA, office will keep you as comfortable as possible during your dental implant procedure. We will provide anesthesia before making a small incision in the gum. The implant will be secured into the jawbone, and as the bone regrows it will become permanently held in place.

You will likely experience soreness for a few days after this portion of the procedure and may be prescribed a pain reliever. Eating soft foods for the first several days should help prevent discomfort. Once healed, you won't even feel the implant.

The second portion of the procedure should cause no discomfort. An artificial tooth, shaped, tinted, and sized to match your natural teeth, will be secured to the top of the implant. This will provide you with a fully functional, comfortable, and attractive tooth and complete your smile.

You will be able to bite, chew, brush and floss like normal with no irritation. You may even find your mouth is more comfortable with a dental implant, as you no longer have the void from a missing tooth.

Consider dental implants from the Fayetteville, GA, office of Dr. Richardson, Dr. Robinson, and Dr. Alvarez. Call Dental Traditions at 770-487-9797.

By Dental Traditions
August 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

When you’re dealing with an infection inside your tooth, it’s important to get treatment before the infection becomes even more serious. Dr. Edwin Richardson, Dr. Jonathan Robinson, and Dr. Lindsey Richardson Alvarez at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, can determine if root canal therapy is the right method to restore your smile.

When is Root Canal Therapy Needed?

When an infected tooth is left untreated, it can lead to decay which can spread throughout your mouth and even into the rest of your body. Root canal therapy from your dentist in Fayetteville, CA, is the best way to restore your smile and strengthen your damaged tooth. Many people think of root canals as something to be afraid of and that it’s something that will cause you pain, when in fact root canals relieve the pain you’re experiencing from your infected tooth.

Your dentist will first numb the area around your infected tooth so that you can be comfortable during the root canal process. They will then create an incision in the top of the tooth, exposing the infected pulp inside the tooth. Once the pulp is exposed, your dentist will remove any of the infected pulp inside your tooth, relieving your tooth of the pain you may be experiencing.

Once the infected pulp is removed, your dentist will then fill your tooth with a rubber-like material to keep the tooth strong enough to bite and chew with ease. They will then seal off the opening at the top of your tooth to protect your tooth from any further bacteria from entering your tooth and from any further infection.

Treat Your Tooth Pain Today!

Don’t let an infected tooth be left untreated! Contact Dr. Edwin Richardson, Dr. Jonathan Robinson, and Dr. Lindsey Richardson Alvarez at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, today to learn about root canal therapy and how it can help you! Call (770) 487-9797 today.

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.