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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 17, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implant  
ShouldYouTakeanAntibioticBeforeImplantSurgery

Although getting an implant requires surgery, it's usually a minor affair. Chances are good that after just a few days recuperation you'll be back completely to your normal activities.

But like many other minor surgeries, an implant procedure does pose a slight risk of post-op infection. That's especially so with any dental procedure like implant surgery, since the mouth harbors numerous strains of bacteria that could escape into the bloodstream. For most people, though, a post-op infection doesn't pose a major problem since their immune system kicks in immediately to defeat it.

But some patients with less than robust immune systems or other health problems can have serious complications from an infection. Among other things, infected tissues around an implant may not heal properly, putting the implant at significant risk for failure.

If you have a condition that makes a post-op infection problematic, your dentist or physician may recommend you take an antibiotic before your procedure. Known as prophylactic (preventive) antibiotic treatment, it's intended to give a weakened immune system a head-start on any potential infection after a procedure.

Using antibiotics in this way has been a practice for several decades, and at one time were recommended for a wide list of conditions. That's changed in recent years, though, as evidence from numerous studies seems to show the risk to benefit ratio isn't significant enough to warrant its use in all but a handful of conditions.

Both the American Dental Association and the American Heart Association recommend prophylactic antibiotics for patients with prosthetic heart valves, past infective endocarditis, a heart transplant and some congenital heart conditions. Some orthopedists may also recommend it for patients with prosthetic joints.

Even if you don't fall into these particular categories, prophylactic antibiotics may still be beneficial if you have a compromised immune system or suffer from a disease like diabetes or lung disease. Whether or not a prophylactic antibiotic is a prudent step given your health status is a discussion you should have with both your physician and your dentist.

If they feel it's warranted, it can be done safely in recommended doses. If your health isn't as robust as it could be, the practice could give you a little added insurance toward a successful implant outcome.

If you would like more information about dental implant surgery, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Implants & Antibiotics.”

By D Casey Hart DDS
September 27, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear aligners  
ClearAlignersAnotherOptionBesidesBracesforMovingTeeth

Advances in technology often lead to greater choices for things like automobiles or smartphones. In recent decades, advances in orthodontics have given families another choice besides braces for straightening teeth: clear aligners.

Clear aligners are a series of computer-generated mouth trays of clear plastic that are custom made for an individual patient's teeth. Like braces, these trays worn in the mouth put pressure on the teeth to move in a desired direction. Patients wear an individual tray for about two weeks and then change it out for the next tray in the series. Each subsequent tray is designed to pick up where the former tray left off in the progress of tooth movement.

Although treatment takes about as along as braces, clear aligners have some distinct advantages. First and foremost, their clear plastic construction makes them nearly invisible to outside observers. This makes them ideal for appearance-conscious teens (or adults) who may be embarrassed by the look of metallic braces.

And unlike their fixed counterpart, clear aligners can be removed by the wearer for meals, hygiene and the rare special occasion. As a result, patients with aligners aren't as restricted with food items and have an easier time keeping their teeth clean and avoiding dental disease than braces wearers.

But although definitely a benefit, removability can be potentially problematic depending on the maturity level of the patient. To be effective, an aligner tray must remain in the mouth for the majority of the time—too much time out negates the effect. Patients, then, must be responsible with wearing aligners as directed.

Clear aligners may also not work for treating difficult bites, especially those that require targeted movement (or non-movement) of select teeth. In those cases, braces may be the necessary treatment. But this situation has changed in recent years with the development of new devices and techniques that increase the range of bite problems clear aligners can treat.

Depending then on the bite problem and a patient's level of personal responsibility, clear aligners can be a viable orthodontic choice. And just like braces, they too can improve both dental function and appearance.

If you would like more information on orthodontic options for teens, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners for Teens.”

TakeItFromTaylorSwift-LosingYourOrthodonticRetainerisNoFun

For nearly two decades, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has dominated the pop and country charts. In December she launched her ninth studio album, called evermore, and in January she delighted fans by releasing two bonus tracks. And although her immense fame earns her plenty of celebrity gossip coverage, she's managed to avoid scandals that plague other superstars. She did, however, run into a bit of trouble a few years ago—and there's video to prove it. It seems Taylor once had a bad habit of losing her orthodontic retainer on the road.

She's not alone! Anyone who's had to wear a retainer knows how easy it is to misplace one. No, you won't need rehab—although you might get a mild scolding from your dentist like Taylor did in her tongue-in-cheek YouTube video. You do, though, face a bigger problem if you don't replace it: Not wearing a retainer could undo all the time and effort it took to acquire that straight, beautiful smile. That's because the same natural mechanism that makes moving teeth orthodontically possible can also work in reverse once the braces or clear aligners are removed and no longer exerting pressure on the teeth. Without that pressure, the ligaments that hold your teeth in place can “remember” where the teeth were originally and gradually move them back.

A retainer prevents this by applying just enough pressure to keep or “retain” the teeth in their new position. And it's really not the end of the world if you lose or break your retainer. You can have it replaced with a new one, but that's an unwelcome, added expense.

You do have another option other than the removable (and easily misplaced) kind: a bonded retainer, a thin wire bonded to the back of the teeth. You can't lose it because it's always with you—fixed in place until the orthodontist removes it. And because it's hidden behind the teeth, no one but you and your orthodontist need to know you're wearing it—something you can't always say about a removable one.

Bonded retainers do have a few disadvantages. The wire can feel odd to your tongue and may take a little time to get used to it. It can make flossing difficult, which can increase the risk of dental disease. However, interdental floss picks can help here.  And although you can't lose it, a bonded retainer can break if it encounters too much biting force—although that's rare.

Your choice of bonded or removable retainer depends mainly on your individual situation and what your orthodontist recommends. But, if losing a retainer is a concern, a bonded retainer may be the way to go. And take if from Taylor: It's better to keep your retainer than to lose it.

If you would like more information about protecting your smile after orthodontics, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”

By D Casey Hart DDS
August 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Dr. D. Casey Hart provides comprehensive dental care for the whole family and CEREC same-day crowns in Marietta, GA. CEREC same-day crowns are a convenient solution for teeth that are damaged or decayed. Keep reading about CEREC technology and come see us to find out if CEREC same-day crowns are the best solution for your damaged teeth.

Dental crowns

Dental crowns can save teeth that have been damaged by trauma like a crack or chip, or teeth that are damaged by a significant amount of decay. Any decay is drilled away by your dentist, and the remaining tooth is sculpted so a crown will fit around it. Crowns are a great option for salvaging teeth and can keep you from needing a complete tooth replacement. When you get same-day CEREC crowns in Marietta, GA, you even save time at the dentist.

Benefits of CEREC technology

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This technology uses 3D imaging and computer-aided design and manufacturing to rapidly create custom ceramic restorations. Detailed scans of your mouth help your dentist skip the messy step of taking molds of your mouth, and it saves you time and extra appointments.

Minimize your time at the dentist with CEREC technology. Your dentist can precisely measure your mouth without molds and create your custom crown in the office. You can have a new custom crown in the space of one appointment, and not have to come back.

You also won't have to wear a temporary crown. Using the traditional method, molds are taken of your mouth and these molds are used to create your custom crowns off-site in a dental lab. During this time, you wear a temporary tooth cap. This cap fills any gap in your smile and keeps your mouth functional, but it may not match your smile perfectly. With CEREC crowns, you skip this step and your custom crown is ready for you the day of your appointment.

We are here for you when you need same-day CEREC crowns in Marietta, GA. To make an appointment with Dr. D. Casey Hart, call (770) 926-8371.