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By D Casey Hart DDS
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Remember when the only way to repair a cavity was with a dark, amalgam filling? While amalgam works well in some circumstances, your fillingsMarietta, GA, dentist places numerous tooth-colored fillings for excellent durability and smile aesthetics. Just how do white fillings work? Read on to find out how Dr. Casey Hart places these lifelike restorations.

How a cavity happens

Cavities form when oral bacteria secrete corrosive acids on tooth enamel. These bacteria thrive in the food residues left behind on and between teeth and at the gum line. As the acids do their work, a hole, or cavity, forms. Left undiscovered and untreated, a cavity can cause:

  • Dental sensitivity to cold, heat, and sugar
  • Dental abscess when decay invades interior tooth pulp
  • Throbbing toothache pain
  • Tooth loss

It's important to see your Marietta dentist every six months for preventive cleanings and exams and to brush, floss, and eat a tooth-friendly diet daily.

Treatment with a tooth-colored filling

Unlike metal filling material, tooth-colored composite resin (a mixture of plastic and glass particles) requires far less enamel preparation before placing a filling. Your dentist simply numbs your tooth and removes any decay and old filling material with a drill and other handheld tools.

Then, Dr. Hart places a special etching liquid on the tooth. This helps the composite resin bond well to the tooth. Next, he layers the filling material into the tooth and bonds it in place with a special curing light. This layering/bonding process creates an exceptionally strong filling. With a final shaping and bite check, the filling is complete.

Other kinds of tooth-colored fillings include porcelain (inlays or onlays which treat very large cavities) and glass ionomer. This innovative material works best on tooth surfaces which are not subjected to the forces of biting and chewing (cheek-side or tongue-side decay). Glass ionomer combines glass with gradual-release fluoride which strengthens the underlying tooth structure.

Do you have a cavity?

Don't delay. Today's tooth-colored fillings are lifelike and last for years. For an appointment with Dr. Hart in Marietta, GA, please contact his office staff at (770) 926-8371.

By D Casey Hart DDS
December 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

No one wants to live with missing teeth. The gaps are unsightly, and the changes to oral function and gum and bone density begin dental implantsimmediately and last a lifetime--that is, unless you choose dental implants from our Marietta, GA dentist, Dr. Casey Hart. He places innovative dental implants for the best possible smile makeovers. You, too, could qualify for these state-of-the-art prosthetics.

Just what is a dental implant?

It's a completely artificial tooth, but unlike conventional bridges and dentures, single-tooth implants and implant-supported dentures and bridgework reside right in the jawbone. Your Marietta dentist surgically inserts dental implants during an in-office procedure.

To determine a patient's fitness for this restorative treatment, the dentist performs a complete oral examination, checks medical and medication histories and takes digital X-rays and other kinds of advanced imaging. If the jaw is strong enough, the implant procedure is a go.

Dr. Hart opens the gums and creates a small hole in the jaw bone, inserting the titanium implant screw. Then, he sutures the area closed.

Over the ensuing weeks, the dental implant and the jaw bone join together through a natural process called osseointegration. Studied, tested and placed for about fifty years, fully integrated dental implants provide superior stability, reliability and aesthetics, say experts at the Academy of Osseointegration. When the implant site is completely healed, Dr. Hart re-opens the area and bonds on a metal alloy post and customized porcelain crown.

Caring for a dental implant

Just as with natural teeth, consistent home brushing and flossing are key to implant longevity and health. So are semi-annual check-ups and hygienic cleanings with Dr. Hart and his team because while implants cannot decay, implant sites are subject to peri-implantitis, an infection similar to gum disease. In fact, aside from trauma from a car accident or sports, peri-implantitis is the only serious threat to implant retention. Most dental implants can last a lifetime when well cared for.

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If you are missing one, two or even all of your teeth, don't despair. Instead, close those smile gaps with dental implants. In Marietta, GA, contact Dr. Casey Hart today to arrange an implant consultation. Call (770) 926-8371.