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August 30, 2021

Discoloration

There are several reasons why your teeth may become discolored. Here are the two types of teeth
discoloration:

Extrinsic Discoloration - This is caused by beverages or smoking, and drinking things like red
wine, tea, or coffee can contribute to the yellowing of your teeth. These types of stains affect the
exterior of your teeth and can be treated relatively easily.

Intrinsic Discoloration - This happens from the inside of the tooth. This type of discoloration
is created from infection, aging, medication, childhood illness, or tooth trauma.
The Teeth Whitening Process

Before your teeth whitening treatment, the dentist will document the current status of your teeth. Next,
your teeth go through the process of being polished. This includes removing plaque and debris from the
surface. After that is done the dentist applies a whitening solution on the surface of the teeth which
usually contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. A lot of whitening products must be
accompanied by a laser or light to activate the peroxide. For best results, the solution sits on your teeth
for 30 minutes to an hour. After that, your teeth are rinsed and fluoride may be applied to reduce
sensitivity.

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

When it comes to teeth whitening there really aren’t any downsides. Besides a little sensitivity,
whitening your teeth can only benefit you and your smile. Here are some of the top benefits:

Quality Service & Treatment - A home teeth whitening treatment won’t provide the same
results as a professional treatment. When you get your teeth whitened by a professional dentist
you can guarantee that your teeth will be whiter than before. When you buy a teeth whitening
kit from the stores, you never know what you’re truly buying and whether the product is good
for your teeth or not. Luckily, professional teeth whitening is more trustworthy. It’s better to go
the route that you know is safe and effective.

Confidence Booster - A new and brighter smile can completely change your confidence for
the better. Not only will your teeth look great, but you will no longer feel self-conscious about
your smile. A professional teeth whitening treatment is worth considering.

Quick Results - When it comes to professional teeth whitening, you’ll get the results you want
quicker compared to home treatments. You won’t have to wait for weeks to see a change in the
appearance of your teeth. Store-bought products might be less expensive, but you get what you
pay for. The benefit of teeth whitening treatments in a dentist’s office is the assurance that you
will be satisfied with the end result.

Improved Appearance - Whiter teeth and a new smile can completely change the way you
look. It can make you look younger and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Your teeth are a
part of your face, and it’s the first thing people see when they gaze at you. Therefore, when you
whiten your teeth, you’re not only improving your style, you’re enhancing your entire
appearance.

Schedule Your Whitening Today

Our chairside, in-office tooth whitening treatments are fast and effective. Should you require additional
treatment to adjust the color or other aspects of the appearance of your teeth, we also offer porcelain
veneers for stained or discolored teeth. To find out how Savannah cosmetic dentist Carla Roher, DMD,
can brighten your smile, please contact Medical Arts Dentistry today. Call (912) 355-0605 to schedule
your personal consultation.

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July 26, 2021

Every six months it is a good idea to see a dentist and have a routine checkup or cleaning. There are several benefits from seeing the dentist every year. Here, Medical Arts Dentistry highlights a few of the benefits to having regular dental check ups.

Plaque, Cavities, Tartar 

Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, builds up on teeth and if not removed erodes the enamel  forming cavities (decay) in your teeth. Sensitivity and tooth aches develop as bacteria causes changes to the enamel and decay occurs. Untreated tooth decay may lead to severe pain, infection, costly restorative treatments or tooth loss. Regular dental exams and x-rays can help catch enamel changes before cavities have progressed.  

Even after a few hours the plaque can begin to solidify (mineralize) making it more difficult to  remove. These hard deposits, known as calculus or tartar, may lead to gum infection and bone loss. Maintaining regular dental cleaning appointments every six months allows the dental  hygienist the opportunity to remove these difficult deposits and to monitor gum and bone health.  

Gum Disease (Gingivitis and Periodontitis) 

Early stages of gum disease result in red, bleeding and swollen gums. The inflammation, gingivitis, caused by plaque and bacteria may become quite painful. Gingivitis may progress to  periodontitis which is destruction of the supporting structures and bone around the teeth. Signs and symptoms of periodontitis include inflammation, pus, recession, loose teeth, spacing, pain on chewing and may ultimately lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is largely preventable with  good oral hygiene and routine dental visits.  

Oral Pathology Screening 

During a check-up, a dentist will screen for signs of oral diseases in a patient’s mouth. The dentist performs a clinical evaluation to screen for tissue changes and tumors. The dentist may check your lymph nodes, neck and jaws for swelling, lumps, deformities and any other signs of  oral pathology including oral cancer. Routine screening is important because undetected changes may develop into a life-threatening illness. These screenings are painless and only take a minute or two. They have been shown to reduce the risk of undiagnosed oral disease in patients.

 

Schedule Your Check-Up Today 

Medical Arts Dentistry is a family and cosmetic dental group located conveniently in midtown Savannah, Georgia. In a state-of-the-art yet relaxed setting, we strive to exceed our patients' expectations. 

Treating our patients like family has brought us the reputation of trustworthiness and a  tradition of excellence in the community. We provide a complete and innovative range of dental services available in contemporary dentistry today. 

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Carla Roher, please contact Medical Arts Dentistry or call (912)355-0605 today. Our team serves patients in Savannah, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Garden  City and surrounding areas.

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July 26, 2021

Every six months it is a good idea to see a dentist and have a routine checkup or cleaning. There are several benefits from seeing the dentist every year. Here, Medical Arts Dentistry highlights a few of the benefits to having regular dental check ups.

Plaque, Cavities, Tartar 

Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, builds up on teeth and if not removed erodes the enamel  forming cavities (decay) in your teeth. Sensitivity and tooth aches develop as bacteria causes changes to the enamel and decay occurs. Untreated tooth decay may lead to severe pain, infection, costly restorative treatments or tooth loss. Regular dental exams and x-rays can help catch enamel changes before cavities have progressed.  

Even after a few hours the plaque can begin to solidify (mineralize) making it more difficult to  remove. These hard deposits, known as calculus or tartar, may lead to gum infection and bone loss. Maintaining regular dental cleaning appointments every six months allows the dental  hygienist the opportunity to remove these difficult deposits and to monitor gum and bone health.  

Gum Disease (Gingivitis and Periodontitis) 

Early stages of gum disease result in red, bleeding and swollen gums. The inflammation, gingivitis, caused by plaque and bacteria may become quite painful. Gingivitis may progress to  periodontitis which is destruction of the supporting structures and bone around the teeth. Signs and symptoms of periodontitis include inflammation, pus, recession, loose teeth, spacing, pain on chewing and may ultimately lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is largely preventable with  good oral hygiene and routine dental visits.  

Oral Pathology Screening 

During a check-up, a dentist will screen for signs of oral diseases in a patient’s mouth. The dentist performs a clinical evaluation to screen for tissue changes and tumors. The dentist may check your lymph nodes, neck and jaws for swelling, lumps, deformities and any other signs of  oral pathology including oral cancer. Routine screening is important because undetected changes may develop into a life-threatening illness. These screenings are painless and only take a minute or two. They have been shown to reduce the risk of undiagnosed oral disease in patients.

 

Schedule Your Check-Up Today 

Medical Arts Dentistry is a family and cosmetic dental group located conveniently in midtown Savannah, Georgia. In a state-of-the-art yet relaxed setting, we strive to exceed our patients' expectations. 

Treating our patients like family has brought us the reputation of trustworthiness and a  tradition of excellence in the community. We provide a complete and innovative range of dental services available in contemporary dentistry today. 

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Carla Roher, please contact Medical Arts Dentistry or call (912)355-0605 today. Our team serves patients in Savannah, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Garden  City and surrounding areas.

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June 15, 2021

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that disrupts, reduces or stops the natural breathing pattern during sleep. Different types of sleep apnea include:

Obstructive sleep apnea - A physical obstruction or blockage of the airway prevents free flow of air during sleep.

Central sleep apnea - The airway isn't blocked, but the brain doesn't signal the muscles to breathe properly, causing cessation in breathing during sleep.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome – A combination of both Obstructive and Central Sleep apnea.

Disruption of sleep combined with chronic or severe reduced oxygen intake may lead to serious health concerns. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart arrhythmias, heart attack, and even death.

What Can Cause Sleep Apnea?

The following factors may contribute to sleep apnea:

  • Throat muscle weakness
  • Swollen tissue such as adenoids or tonsils
  • Sleeping medications
  • Older age
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion
  • Drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco
  • Pregnancy
  • Excessive fat in or your throat due to obesity
  • Narrow upper airways
  • A genetic predisposition

Risk Factors

Several factors may increase your chances of developing sleep apnea including:

Anatomy - The shape of the jaw, mouth and face can all have a different factor when it comes to sleep apnea.

Body weight - Most obstructive sleep apnea occurs because of a combination of body weight and anatomy.

Genetics - Obstructive sleep apnea tends to run in families. If you have a close family member who has sleep apnea, you're more likely to develop it, too.

Sex and age – sleep apnea is more common in men; however, risk for sleep apnea increases for both men and women with age.

Use of certain substances - Medications and substances such as narcotics, alcohol and certain prescription drugs can worsen sleep apnea.

What Are the Typical Symptoms?

Signs and Symptoms of sleep apnea can vary and may include:

  • Snoring or waking while gasping for air
  • daily fatigue
  • poor concentration
  • low energy
  • morning headaches
  • excessively tired
  • poor memory
  • waking up unrefreshed
  • moodiness

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that 12% of the population, or 29.4 million people, have sleep apnea. About 80% of these are undiagnosed cases. This figure is climbing as obesity rates increase and the American population ages.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

A variety of sleep apnea solutions are available.

Lifestyle - Lifestyle changes like losing weight, limiting alcohol, and quitting smoking are common ways to reduce sleep apnea symptoms.

CPAP - Continuous positive airway pressure machine, otherwise known as CPAP, is a popular treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Airway pressure machines deliver a constant flow of air through tubing and a mask and into your airway. They are proven to be an effective treatment for sleep apnea.

Oral Device – Known as a Mandibular Advancement Device, oral appliance therapy is an effective and comfortable way to treat sleep apnea. Your dentist fabricates a custom device to position the jaw to effectively open the airway and improve airflow. Oral appliance therapy is effective to reduce snoring as well. Most patient find the appliance as a comfortable alternative to CPAP.

Surgery – In some cases, surgery may be recommended.

Call Medical Arts Dentistry Today

If you think you are at risk for sleep apnea, contact your medical provider for a consultation. If you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea or would like more information on a custom sleep device, contact our office for a consultation. Medical Arts Dentistry is here to help. Call us at 912-921-0401

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January 08, 2021

We all should visit our dentist’s office at least twice a year for a routine checkup and teeth cleaning. But what happens if we are faced with something more severe? A cracked tooth, an abscess, gum bleeding, or jaw displacement are all issues that may need immediate care from your dentist. Medical Arts Dentistry has the staff and equipment to handle such emergencies.

When you should seek emergency dental care

 

#1 Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess is an infection caused by an untreated cavity, damaged or cracked tooth, or old dental work that has failed. Abscesses are extremely painful and can cause fever. They must be drained and, in some cases, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to ensure the infection is properly mitigated.

#2 Lost Filling

When fillings age they sometimes lose their strength and their bond to your teeth. If you lose a filling, it can expose the weak tooth and any damage to elements causing pain and discomfort, and If not treated, can lead to an infection.

#3 Gum Injury

If your gums suffer a laceration or severe damage, they should be looked at immediately. Gum tissue is sensitive and open-wound exposure will lead to infection and other ailments.

#4 Knocked Out, Cracked or Chipped Tooth

If you crack or chip your tooth and it causes extreme pain, bleeding, or other symptoms, you should seek emergency dental care. A knocked-out tooth should be only touched by the crown of the tooth, washed off gently with cool water, and placed in a container to bring to your dentist for reapplication.

Emergency Dental Care In Savannah, GA

Having a trusted source for your dental emergency advice and actual procedures means that your entire family will receive the top oral care required whenever you need it. Working with Dr. Roher provides you with an opportunity to have all of your dental care questions answered. We are here to work with you in treating any dental emergencies, providing family dentistry services, and being available for "on-the-spot" support. To prepare for an unexpected situation, it is important to find a reliable Savannah emergency dentist. Please contact Medical Arts Dentistry for your initial consultation, or call 912-921-0401 to learn about our dental services.

 

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October 07, 2020

We visit our dental offices every six months. And inevitably, we are told we need to floss more each and every visit. But why? Many look at flossing as a chore and remembering to complete this simple task after meals and before bed escapes most of us. But flossing is one of the most crucial aspects of good oral hygiene and healthy teeth and gums.

5 Benefits of Routine Flossing

#1 Removes Harmful Bacteria

Flossing after meals and before bed removes millions of bacteria particles found around our teeth from eating and drinking throughout the day. Bacteria can cause gum decay, tooth decay, and cavities if left untreated.

#2 Removes Plaque Build-Up 

Flossing also removes plaque build-up around your gum tissue. Plaque build-up will lead to Gingivitis if not removed and monitored.

#3 Reduces Bad Breath

Bad breath can be alleviated with routine flossing. Tartar build-up in and around the teeth is one of the major causes of bad breath and brushing alone will not remove it.

#4 Prevents Gum Disease 

Over time, the tartar and plaque build-up around your teeth and gums can cause periodontal disease. This disease accelerates gum decay, tooth decay, and root canal issue. Flossing your teeth will help prevent periodontal disease from forming in your mouth.

#5 Helps Prevent Other Harmful Diseases 

Studies link oral health to systemic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Flossing not only contributes to better oral health but may in turn reduce the risk of infection and inflammation associated with conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

Professional Dental Care in Savannah, GA

Medical Arts Dentistry provides the greater Savannah area with state-of-the-art experienced dental treatments and oral care. Our family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services are located conveniently in midtown Savannah, GA, where we provide you and your family with comprehensive dental treatment options. Call us at 912-921-0401 or contact us online to book your appointment today.

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September 15, 2020

Metal Braces vs Invisalign | Medical Arts Dentistry  Should I get Invisalign or metal braces? Which option is the most effective? What the difference in cost? When it comes to teeth straightening these are some of the most common questions. Both Invisalign and traditional metal braces work towards giving you the same result - straight teeth and improved oral health. So, what makes them different?Should I get Invisalign or metal braces? Which option is the most effective? What the difference in cost? When it comes to teeth straightening these are some of the most common questions. Both Invisalign and traditional metal braces work towards giving you the same result - straight teeth and improved oral health. So, what makes them different?

​Metal Braces vs. Invisalign: What’s the difference? 

The difference lies within the process of how each straightens your teeth. Determining which is better for you will depend on your needs, preferences and your dentist’s evaluation. You can contact a professional at Medical Arts Dentistry if you are considering braces as an option to improve your smile and get all you questions answered.

Metal braces:

Metal brackets are bonded to the enamel of each tooth. Metal wires are placed in the brackets to move and shape your teeth over time. The wires can sometimes be made the same color as your enamel, so they’re less noticeable.

Invisalign:

Invisalign uses aligner trays made of BPA-free plastic to subtly and gradually move your teeth. The trays are smooth and comfortable to wear. Rather than using a mold, Invisalign uses a 3-D image of your teeth to configure aligner trays with just the right fit.

Call Medical Arts Dentistry

The decision for metal braces or Invisalign really comes down to the patient. Each patient’s needs are unique. If the appearance of metal braces has been holding you back from a straighter smile, Invisalign could be a great option.

Call Medical Arts Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.

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August 17, 2020

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria in plaque can cause gum disease and tooth decay if they are not removed regularly. When you eat, the bacteria in plaque uses the sugar in your food to create acids that eat away at tooth enamel. Repeated attacks cause the enamel to break down resulting in a cavity. Plaque that is not removed daily by brushing and flossing between teeth can eventually harden into tartar. Brushing and flossing become more difficult as tartar collects at the gum line. As the tartar, plaque and bacteria continue to increase, the gum tissue can become red, swollen and possibly bleed when you brush your teeth. This is called gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.

Gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene and professional treatment; however, if left untreated, gingivitis can advance into periodontitis. Periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease, occurs when bacterial infection causes your gums and the bone supporting the teeth to break down. Your gums may begin to recede, pulling back from the teeth. In the worst cases, the bone supporting the teeth is destroyed and can lead to tooth loss.

Fight Back Against Plaque

Plaque is colorless and difficult to see. Heavy plaque deposits can be easier to see and may look like a thick white deposit or food stuck to the teeth. Since plaque is constantly growing in your mouth, the best way to remove it and to prevent tartar build-up is to brush and floss your teeth every day. Below are a few quick tips to reduce plaque:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use floss or any interdental cleaner to remove plaque from the places where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing is essential to preventing gum disease.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks, which can provide more sugar for the bacteria in plaque to convert into decay-causing acids.
  • Visit your dentist at least once a year for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Call Medical Arts Dentistry Today!

Proper dental care begins at home and will help reduce the need for additional visits to the dentist. To schedule an appointment with our Savannah general dentistry practice, call Medical Arts Dentistry at (912) 355-0605. We serve patients living throughout the areas of Savannah, Garden City, and Richmond Hill, Georgia.

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July 13, 2020

Those bi-yearly dental cleanings creep up fast. And sometimes you are just too busy to even respond or schedule your visit. But dental cleanings are not just there to keep your teeth pearly white and healthy.  These routine visits allow your dentist the time to examine your teeth, gums, mouth and to ensure that teeth are doing well, but that your overall health is where it should be.

5 Reasons to always make your dental cleaning visits

#1 Tooth Decay & Cavities

One of the most important aspects of your dental cleanings is the examination of your teeth and their health. Dentists and hygienists can closely inspect soft spots, cracks, decay and much more than we ever see on our own.

#2 Bad Breath

The buildup of plaque and bacteria over time will eventually begin to omit odors from your teeth and gums, causing bad breath that is hard to remedy without a trip to the dentist.

#3 Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a serious issue and only a dentist or trained dental hygienist knows what to look for when examining your mouth and gums. Keeping your bi-annual dental visits will help keep oral cancer from developing and going unnoticed.

#4 Overall Health

Having poor oral hygiene can easily cause health factors in the rest of your body and having your dentist regularly check your teeth and gums will help give peace of mind for your future health and can also help check issues before they become serious. Poor oral hygiene has been associated with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks.

#5 CLEAN TEETH!

All of these reasons are extremely important but leaving your dental chair with professionally cleaned, flossed, and examined teeth feels so good. And you can tell the difference the second your cleaning is over.

Professional Dental Care and Teeth Cleaning in Savannah, Ga.

Medical Arts Dentistry is a family and cosmetic dental group located conveniently in midtown Savannah, Georgia. In a state-of-the-art yet relaxed setting, we strive to exceed our patients' expectations.

Treating our clients as we would our own families has brought us the reputation of trustworthiness and a tradition of excellence in the community. Among our professionals, we provide a complete and innovative range of all dental services available in contemporary dentistry today. Contact us online or call 912-921-0401 today to schedule your next dental cleaning!

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June 08, 2020

Like most dental practices around the country, Medical Arts Dentistry closed our office during the heightened outbreak of the Coronavirus. Now entering June, the state of Georgia has planned a safe and strategic reopening of for all businesses and dental practices will once again be allowed to see patients for all visits, elective or emergency.

As before the pandemic, safety is our number one priority for our patients and our staff, and we are taking all new guidelines and procedures with top consideration and implementation.

Why dental offices are already extremely safe

Dental offices, even before the COVID-19 crisis, have had strict sanitary guidelines and procedures to follow and use the standards set by the ADA, CDC and  OSHA for cleaning and sanitizing all objects, tools, and interiors of the office. Dentists and their hygienists have been wearing protective gloves, medical masks, and protective eye wear long before the pandemic hit.

What are we doing to keep you safe?

Medical Arts Dentistry is closely following the regulatory agencies’ guidelines and recommendations. We have implemented several new standards for our office that meet and exceed recommendations from these regulatory agencies.  As new recommendations are issued, we will continue to adjusting our office protocol accordingly.

Is it time for your routine dental cleaning?

Many have missed their routine dental cleanings during the nationwide shutdown and now as states reopen, the demand for dental office visits is escalating. Medical Arts Dentistry is accepting new patients and are ready to serve your dental needs in a clean, safe and friendly environment.

Family & Cosmetic Dentist in Savannah, GA

Medical Arts Dentistry is a family and cosmetic dental group with 2 locations conveniently located in the Medical Arts and Georgetown neighborhoods in Savannah, Georgia. In a state-of-the-art yet relaxed setting, we strive to exceed our patients' expectations.

Treating our clients as we would our own families has brought us the reputation of trustworthiness and a tradition of excellence in the community. We provide a complete and innovative range of all dental services available in contemporary dentistry today. Call 912-921-0401 or contact us online today to make your appointment.

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