Online Dental Education Library

Dr. Hart and his staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available.

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Dental Services
... Services we offer include: Dental Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks Crowns & Bridgework, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today Fillings, to make your teeth strong and healthy again Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect disease at a curable stage Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth Professional Teeth Cleanings, to maintain good oral health Removable Dentures, to help you smile again Root Canal Treatment, to save an infected tooth Sealants, to protect children's teeth from decay TMJ/TMD Treatment, for chronic jaw pain Teeth Whitening,  Tooth whitening procedures offer patients with stained, discolored, or dull teeth an opportunity to have a whiter, brighter smile...

Patient Resources
Oral Health Topics Introduction Fluoride The Preventive Program Fillings Infection Control Medication and Heart Disease Latex Allergy Age and Oral Health Tobacco Oral Piercing High-Tech Office Tooth Care What is Tooth Decay...

Tooth Staining and Discoloration 101 - Options for Brightening Your Smile
...Stained old and leaking fillings may also need to be replaced...

Treating Chipped Teeth: A Common Sports Injury Among Kids
...The bonding procedure avoids making tiny “undercuts” in the natural substance of the tooth, while metal fillings need to “lock in” to the tooth's structure...

What's The Difference Between Bridgework and Dental Implants?
...Crowns are often used on their own, to restore teeth that are missing too much of their structure to be treated effectively with standard fillings...

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Are tooth-colored fillings safer than silver fillings...

Tooth-Colored Fillings Are the Restoration of Choice for Ballroom Dance Star Cheryl Burke
...But in order to make sure the effects of her prior tooth decay did not mar her lovely smile, she made sure her dentist — who is also her stepdad! — gave her tooth-colored fillings that could not be distinguished from the surface of a natural tooth...

Lamar Odom Rebounds From Dental Anxiety
...Once he did, it was found that he needed a root canal, a wisdom tooth extraction, and several fillings...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...When the teeth are unconsciously ground together, the forces they produce can wear down the enamel, cause chipping or damage to teeth or dental work (such as veneers or fillings), or even loosen a tooth! While it’s common in children under 11 years old, in adults it can be a cause for concern...

Tooth-Colored Fillings Provide a Viable Alternative to Dental Amalgam
... As an alternative, composite resin fillings can match the color, shape and texture of natural teeth...

Chrissy Teigen's Teeth-Grinding Troubles
...In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out...

Air Abrasion: An Alternative to the Traditional Dental Drill
...For one, it's not as effective with larger cavities or working around older fillings...

Pediatric Dentists Specialize in Dental Care for Children and Teens
...Both offer the same kind of prevention and treatment services like cleanings, fluoride applications or fillings...

Restorative Procedures
...In Bartlett, TN, dental implants, dental fillings, crowns and bridgework and other restorative procedures are provided by Dr...

Why You Shouldn't Worry About the Mercury in Your Silver Fillings
... So, should you be equally concerned about amalgam fillings — even going so far as to have any existing ones removed...

Restore Your Smile Quickly
...The process took days to weeks, and patients wore awkward temporary fillings or crowns to protect their teeth as they waited...

5 Causes of Bad Breath and What You Can Do About It!
...Sometimes old fillings wear out, allowing bacteria to re-infect a tooth that was once treated for decay...

Why You Should Choose Dental Bonding
... Dental bonding is the process of adding the same white composite resin material used for tooth-colored fillings to the outside surfaces of the front teeth that show when you smile...

Bulimia Nervosa
...  Other problems, such as poorly fitting fillings and braces, are another byproduct of such eating disorders...

Plaque
...  Ironically, the areas surrounding restored portions of teeth (where fillings, or amalgams have been placed) are particularly vulnerable to decay and are a breeding ground for bacteria...

Periodontal Exams
... During your periodontal examination, your dentist will check: For any lumps or abnormal areas in the mouth Whether any of your teeth are missing or loose The color, texture, size and shape of your gums Whether you have fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or implants How much plaque is on your teeth The depth of the space between your tooth and gum Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease that causes inflammation of the gums...

What is Tooth Decay?
... Plaque also can attack fillings and other restorations in your mouth, which can lead to more costly treatment down the road...

Extractions
General Procedure When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted...

Veneers
... Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth...

Teeth Whitening
...These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case)...

Old and Unsightly Fillings
Newer kinds of fillings made from composite resins and porcelain can restore unsightly fillings; many people are surprised how natural these kinds of filling materials can make a tooth once covered by the old-fashioned silver amalgams...

Introduction
Does mercury in the silver fillings in your mouth pose any long-term health risks...

General Dentistry
...General dentists are highly educated and trained in multiple facets of dentistry, providing a variety of different services for you and your family including: Crowns and bridges Dentures Dental implants Gum disease (Periodontal) treatment Orthodontics Root canal therapy Teeth cleanings Bonding Dental fillings General dentists who do not perform a certain treatment will provide you with a specialist referral...

Fillings
Frequently asked questions: dental fillings Are dental amalgams safe...

Anesthesia
...Such medications block the nerves from transmitting signals and are used for more major types of procedures, such as fillings and root canals...

Air Abrasion
...Although air abrasion is not suitable for work on crowns and bridges, it is often used for bonding procedures, and on tooth restorations involving composite, or tooth-colored fillings...

Glossary
... Composite filling - Tooth colored restorations, also known as resin fillings...