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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.

By Dental Traditions
January 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dealing with tooth loss? Our Fayetteville dentists have just the thing to help.

If you have just had a tooth extracted or you just lost a permanent tooth then you may be considering different treatment options for getting your smile back on track. The sooner you replace that missing tooth the better. Of course, our Fayetteville, GA, dentists Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson are experts at treating tooth loss in adults. One way in which we can restore your smile is with dental implants.

A dental implant is made up of three different parts:

The implant, which is a small metal post or screw
An abutment, which joins the implant and false tooth together
A dental crown or visible portion of the restoration
Dental implants remain fixed permanently in place and cannot be removed like dentures or bridges. The titanium implant is surgically placed into the jawbone by one of our Fayetteville, GA, restorative dentists, where it will fuse together with the bone to become one. Since implants become a permanent part of your mouth they are truly the next best thing to natural teeth.

No matter whether you are missing one, multiple or all of your teeth, dental implants can help you if you are in good health. A single implant will be placed if you only need to replace one tooth; however, several implants can be placed along the jawbone to hold dentures firmly in place. So no matter whether you are just in the beginning stages of replacing a tooth or you aren’t completely satisfied with how your dentures stay in place, our Fayetteville, GA, general dentist could improve your smile with the help of dental implants.

Since implants fuse together with the jawbone they are designed to last a long time. How well you care for your new restoration and your oral health will also play a role in the longevity of your new tooth. Many patients who maintain good oral hygiene will keep their dental implant for the rest of their lives.

If you are an adult who is missing one or more teeth then it’s time to talk to the experts at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA, to find out what we can do to help. Call our office today.

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
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.