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By D Casey Hart DDS
March 08, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cerec   Same Day Crowns  

The development of the CEREC system is one of the most revolutionary developments in dentistry. It allows your dentist to create a new dental crown or restoration right there in his office. Say goodbye to multiple appointments and uncomfortable temporary solutions. Dr. Casey Hart in Marietta, GA, offers these fast and efficient restorations for all eligible patients. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about CEREC.

What is CEREC?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. It is a 3D chairside design and milling technology that allows dentists to design and build high-quality dental restorations (onlays, inlays, bridges, or crowns) in one single visit. Who wouldn't like to have attractive, high-quality dental restorations in only one appointment at the dentist?

CEREC Procedure 

First, a camera is used to take a digital photo of your tooth. The CEREC software then takes the photo and converts it into a 3-D virtual model on the computer screen. Your dentist works with the software to design your perfect restoration. Finally, a ceramic block that matches the shade of your tooth is placed in the CEREC milling machine. The machine then does what it’s designed to do and makes you a new restoration right there!

Benefits of CEREC

Your dental restoration is created from a thick, durable block of ceramic that is able to withstand wear and tear. CEREC dental restorations won't crack or leak over time. They are also tailored to match the natural shade of your teeth. Nothing gives the same luster and depth as CEREC dental restorations. With CEREC dental restorations you can have a smile that's strong and beautiful!

If you need a dental restoration, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. Casey Hart in Marietta, GA, at 770-926-8371. CEREC dental restorations will improve your appearance and give you the confidence to smile again. Remember, a better life starts with a better-looking smile.

By D Casey Hart DDS
January 10, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Phobia  

How do you feel walking through a dentist’s office for an exam? If you feel anything but relaxed, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from dental phobia, and as you may know, it can interfere with dental health. That in turn can interfere with overall health. That’s why Marietta, GA, general dentist Dr. Casey Hart at D. Casey Hart, DDS, works so hard to create a friendly atmosphere.

If you allow fear to stop you from receiving routine preventative care, you’re more likely to need advanced dental care in the future. Learning how to combat dental phobia now may save you a lot of anxiety and expense.

Signs of Dental Phobia

How do you know if you have a dental phobia? One tell-tale sign is allowing your fear of the dentist’s office to stop you from receiving the care you need. For instance, someone with a dental phobia may never visit a dentist for routine cleanings. They may eventually need an emergency appointment for a more severe dental complication due to that dental neglect.

Someone with dental phobia may exhibit some of these common signs and symptoms when going to the dentist:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Excessive sweating
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Crying
  • Panic attack
  • Emotional and/or vocal withdrawal
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Anger or aggression
  • Irritability with others

Some anxiety or nervousness is common when seeing the dentist. When it goes to the extreme and interferes with proper dental care, it’s safe to say the fear is crossing the line to a phobia.

Strategies to Overcome Dental Phobia

Not seeing your Marietta, GA, general dentist isn’t the answer for dental phobia. It’s better to think about the root cause of your fear. What pain, discomfort, or difficulty are you trying to avoid? What experiences have shaped your expectations of dental visits? What negative assumptions or expectations are influencing your fear?

If you can get to the heart of what you fear most, you may research facts to prove some or all of your assumptions untrue. Another way to prove those negative beliefs about the dentist untrue is to give yourself new experiences in the dental office.

Dental technology and techniques have changed dramatically over the years. With sedation options and gentler practices, you may find that the dentist isn’t nearly as scary as your mind might tell you today.

Get the Gentle Dental Care You Deserve

If you’re struggling with dental phobia, let the compassionate team at D. Casey Hart, DDS, know. Dr. Hart is a caring general dentist in Marietta, GA, who will do everything possible to make your dental visit relaxing and comfortable. Call (770) 926-8371 to discuss your needs today.

By D Casey Hart DDS
December 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tmd   tmj  

TMJ and TMD are terms often incorrectly used interchangeably to describe a joint disorder of the jaw. However, it may be important for you to delineate the difference and learn more about these terms, warning signs of disorders, and how to seek treatment if necessary. If you or a loved one is in need of a TMJ/TMD dentist in Marietta, GA, consider reaching out to Dr. Casey Hart.

What Do TMJ and TMD Mean?

Both TMJ and TMD are abbreviations, meaning temporomandibular joint and temporomandibular joint disorder, respectively. However, they are not the same thing, as TMJ refers to the joint itself whereas TMD refers to the various disorders that can affect how the TMJ functions.

The TMJ is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull, allowing you to open your mouth to talk and chew. Because of the delicacy and importance of this joint, when it becomes damaged or inflamed the pain can affect your ability to easily chew or speak effectively. If this happens, it is important to seek medical attention from a TMJ/TMD dentist in Marietta, GA.

Warning Signs of TMD

TMD is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of disorders that can affect the TMJ. Damage to the TMJ can occur as a result of injury, overuse from excessive gum chewing or teeth grinding, infection, inflammation, or deterioration such as from arthritis. TMD can be characterized by pain in the jaw and face, locking of the jaw when opening your mouth, swelling and tenderness of the jaw, muscle spasms, and difficulty chewing or eating.

Getting Treatment Today

If you or a loved one is experiencing jaw pain or any other sign of TMD, please contact Dr. Casey Hart, your TMJ/TMD dentist in Marietta, GA. For questions or to make an appointment today, please call (770) 926-8371.

By D Casey Hart DDS
October 21, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

You can restore your smile and boost your confidence with dental implants from Dr. Casey Hart in Marietta, GA. His team of experts provides dental care in a friendly and comfortable environment.

Why Dental Implants are Important

Dr. Hart's Office specializes in improving your smile by restoring your missing teeth. Here are some benefits of dental implants:

Improve Your Dental Health

Your doctor fills empty spaces in your smile with dental implants in Marietta, GA. Not replacing your missing teeth can be harmful to your oral health in the long term. The teeth that have remained could change their position. Shifting teeth cause more gaps, spaces, and misaligned teeth. You, even increase your risk of gum or periodontal disease.

Partial dentures that use metal clasps and hooks may not give you a permanent solution for lost teeth. But dental implants offer you a natural look without the risks of shifting teeth. They're easy to maintain and more stable.

Boost Your Self-Esteem

Empty spaces in your mouth can affect your confidence and limit your opportunities because a smile is how you make a great first impression. Dental implants can come to your rescue. They can restore your natural-looking smile by giving you a new set of teeth. 

Prevent Bone Loss

Losing or removing a tooth can lead to bone loss in your jaw. You may not notice bone loss immediately because it happens over time. You'll see a sunken look as your jawline and face change. It becomes worse if you remain with very few teeth. Dental implants can correct this problem. They strengthen the supporting bone as they fuse with your jawbone. Also, dental implants activate bone growth, which prevents a sunken appearance. 

Improve Your Quality of Life

Missing teeth rob you of enjoying your favorite foods. That's because you can't chew the food properly anymore. Dental implants can replace cracked, broken, or missing teeth. Because of this, you can chew again and feast on your favorite foods. You will also be able to properly digest your food because it is chewed thoroughly. 

Get back your beautiful smile by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Hart in Marietta, GA, at (770) 926-8371 for dental implants today.

By D Casey Hart DDS
October 05, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Maintaining a healthy smile begins with good dental hygiene, but many of us miss some important steps. Brushing and flossing every day are the steps most of us follow, but too many of us end up pushing dental visits off our schedule and don't take into account the importance of diet for a clean and healthy smile. Learn more about everything that you can do to improve your hygiene habits by reaching out to your general dentist Dr. Casey Hart in Marietta, GA.

The Problem With Plaque

Plaque is the sticky stuff that clings onto our teeth every day. The problem with plaque is the millions of bacteria that it is home to. As they share in the food we consume, they produce acids that can harm the enamel on our teeth and our gum tissue. Plaque can harden and become tartar which can only be removed by a dentist.

Brushing and Flossing

The basics of good dental hygiene begin right in front of your bathroom mirror. It's as simple as brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day. Both combined can keep plaque from building up on your teeth and keep food particles from becoming stuck, which the bacteria in plaque love to feed on.

Tooth Friendly Diet

The bacteria within plaque especially love the sugary foods and drinks we consume. We are feeding them directly if we don't limit our intake of these types of foods. Such a diet will not only improve the health of our smile but our health overall. Some foods will also stain the teeth like coffee or tea.

In-Office Dental Cleanings

While all of the above are aspects of good dental hygiene, regular office visits are essential. In-office dental cleanings can remove all the plaque left behind as well as tartar. These cleanings are accompanied by a thorough examination by your dentist. Checkups are very important to make sure there won't be any invasive, and costly, surprises down the road.

General Dentist in Marietta, GA

If you've been away from the office or just aren't sure if you are due for a visit, schedule an appointment with your general dentist, Dr. Hart in Marietta, GA, by dialing (770) 926-8371.

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