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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.

By Dental Traditions
December 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: ClearCorrect   orthodontics  

What your dentists in Fayetteville want you to knowclearcorrect

If nature gave you a smile that is less-than-straight, did you know you can achieve a straight smile easily and comfortably? It’s true, thanks to Clear Correct, the virtually invisible orthodontic appliance treatment. Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA want to share the facts about this revolutionary way to achieve a straight smile.

Clear Correct is different than conventional orthodontic treatment. There are no unsightly metal brackets and wires. The treatment period is shorter too, giving you the straight smile you’ve always wanted in far less time.

Clear Correct treatment uses a system of clear plastic trays, called aligners. You receive your first set of aligners which you wear for 3 weeks. You then progress to a new set of aligners which you wear for an additional 3 weeks. You progress to a new set of aligners every 3 weeks as your teeth and jaws gently move into proper alignment. The entire Clear Correct treatment takes between 9 and 15 months.

When you choose Clear Correct, you can expect:

  • Unrivalled comfort because there are no sharp parts to irritate your gums, cheeks and lips
  • Unsurpassed cosmetic beauty because the clear plastic trays are nearly invisible to people around you
  • Amazing convenience because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth
  • Outstanding satisfaction because you can remove the aligners to eat the foods you love

Clear Correct treatment is versatile too. It can correct all of the same jaw and tooth alignment issues as conventional brackets and wires, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, gaps, and tooth overlap.

If you want a straight smile more comfortably and in less time, Clear Correct is for you. If you want a straight smile but you don’t want to put up with brackets and wires, Clear Correct is for you. To find out more about why Clear Correct is the right choice for your orthodontic treatment call Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA today!

By Dental Traditions
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The gaps in your teeth may seem as though they will be there forever and make you feel like your smile is subpar. However, you can closedental implants the gaps in your smile and replace your missing teeth with dental implants. This impressive dental procedure permanently replaces your teeth to provide a natural looking and beautiful result. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA.

How can dental implants help me?

  • Single Tooth Implants: A single tooth implant stands on its own within the jawbone and, once covered with a dental crown, replaces one tooth.
  • Multiple Tooth Implants: Multiple tooth implants use a dental bridge which spans the length of a gap made up of multiple teeth. The bridge has a dental implant on either side, standing alone unlike traditional dental bridges which require the help of the healthy surrounding teeth.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures replace an entire arch of teeth with a denture. The denture anchors into place on four or more implants placed along the arch.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants? 
Good general and dental health is an important aspect of being a good candidate for dental implants. In addition to good health, candidates should have a sufficient amount of bone volume underneath their missing teeth. The implants’ fixtures will sit inside the bone and depend on osseointegration, a process where the bone grows around the fixture, to remain permanently in place.

Dental Implants in Fayetteville, GA
If you think dental implants could help close the gaps in your smile, you will benefit from a consultation with your dentist to answer your questions and address your concerns. Understanding the procedure and what to expect is crucial to making the best treatment decision for you. For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA. Call (770) 487-9797 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!