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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
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!

By Dental Traditions
August 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Problems in the root canal area of the teeth can be caused by such things as injury or decay. In cases in which the damage or decay is root canalextensive, the tooth might require extraction. However, it is possible to preserve the natural tooth through root canal therapy. The procedure involves removing dead tissue from the canals below the teeth and reshaping them. In Fayetteville, root canal therapy is performed by Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions.

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy

Causes of root canal problems can be due to injury or decay. An injury to the mouth might result in damage to the dental nerve, causing nerve tissues to die. Dead nerve tissues must be removed to prevent the teeth from becoming infected. In Fayetteville, root canal therapy can be used to remove the dead nerve tissue and prevent the infection from spreading to other areas.

When a tooth begins decaying and the decay spreads to the root, an abscess can form below the root. Abscesses can lead to a host of other health problems. In the past, if an abscess formed, a tooth would be extracted. Today, root canal therapy can be used to restore the health of the root and preserve the tooth while successfully preventing the infection from spreading.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy offers several benefits. A primary benefit is preserving the natural tooth and avoiding extraction. An additional benefit of root canal therapy is that normal tooth functions, such as biting and chewing, are restored. Teeth with decay or damage can feel weak and sensitive, making biting and chewing functions difficult or even painful. Root canal therapy preserves the natural tooth and restores normal functioning.

Whatever the cause of your root canal problems, root canal therapy can help by stopping the spread of infection, preserving the tooth and restoring normal functioning. For root canal therapy in Fayetteville, GA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Richardson or Dr. Robinson by calling Dental Traditions at (770) 487-9797.

By Dental Traditions
January 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Wondering what to do about tooth loss issues in Fayetteville, GA? A smart first step would be to contact Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. restorative dentistryJonathan Robinson of Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA about your situation.

The truth is, you don’t have to live with tooth loss; in fact, some options the staff at Dental Traditions might explore with you include implants, bridges, and removable dentures. Each option has its advantages and what works best depends on the individual.

Dental implants, for example, are one of the most popular options for tooth loss remediation today. That’s because implants are the closest facsimile to your natural teeth, both in function and look. An implant procedure basically consists of inserting the implant directly into the jawbone. The bone tissue then heals around the implant, naturally and firmly anchoring it into place. Once the jawbone has healed, your Fayetteville dentist places a crown on top of the implant to complete the restoration.

However, implants are not for everyone. If you have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or advanced gum disease your dentist may not recommend implants. Also, the process takes time - several months, depending on the healing process.

Bridges are also permanent fixes. In a bridge procedure, your Fayetteville dentist attaches a prosthetic tooth or teeth between two existing teeth that will serve as anchors. The dentist usually has to prepare the anchor teeth for the bridge. This, too, is a permanent solution in that the bridge is not removable.

A relatively inexpensive option is a removable partial denture. These are not designed to be worn all the time but will help restore your smile and help you eat, speak, and chew more easily.

Whatever your situation, you can rest assured that the qualified and caring staff at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville, GA will help you make the best decision for you. For more information call 770-487-9797.

By Dental Traditions
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out all that dental crowns may be able to offer your smile.

When you look at these custom-made dental crowns they may not seem like much but there is so much that they can do. One of the main dental crownspurposes of a crown is to protect a tooth that has sustained damage due to decay, infection or trauma. If one of our Fayetteville, GA dentists, Dr. Edwin Richardson and Dr. Jonathan Robinson, has told you that your smile could benefit from dental crowns, learn more about them and the smile advantages you could enjoy with these restorations.

Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental crowns from our Fayetteville cosmetic dentists:

A Realistic Restoration

When you choose either porcelain or composite resin dental crowns then you know you’ll get a dental crown that mimics the same color and even translucency as real teeth. When these crowns are placed over your natural tooth no one will even be able to tell that you are wearing a dental crown.

Improved Cosmetic Appearance

If you are dealing with a tooth that is cracked, fractured, malformed or seriously discolored it can be embarrassing. Fortunately, dental crowns can also be placed over these teeth even if they aren’t damaged. Crowns are also a great way to improve the appearance of a tooth or teeth.

Rough and Tumble

We know you want a dental restoration that is actually strong enough to withstand the powerful forces of your jaw. After all, you want to feel confident whenever you eat that your crown will be resilient enough. Don’t worry; it certainly is! They are designed to last anywhere from five to 15 years. How long they last is up to you. If you care for them properly your crown could last up to 15 years (or maybe even longer).

Stain Fighting

Another benefit to porcelain dental crowns is that the material is completely stain-resistant, which makes it a superior choice when getting a dental restoration. While you will still want to be cognizant of the types of stain-producing foods and drinks you consume (After all, your natural teeth can still stain), if you brush and floss your crown you shouldn’t have to worry about stains.

Protective

One of the main goals of getting a dental crown is to cover a decayed or damaged tooth so that it can fully function again. A crown makes it easier to speak and chew properly without worrying about further damaging your weakened tooth.

If you want to get a dental crown in Fayetteville, GA then it’s time you called Dental Traditions to find out if you are a good candidate for this restorative and also cosmetic treatment. Call our office today!