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April 26, 2022

A dental implant is a replacement tooth that resembles a natural tooth. It replaces the entire missing tooth structure, from root to crown. Dr. Carla Roher has been successfully restoring smiles with implants for many years and is always happy to educate patients on the procedure and answer any questions. Medical Arts Dentistry routinely uses dental implants to replace single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implant technology has become the state-of-the-art tooth replacement solution because of its advantages over earlier treatments. Here, Medical Arts Dentistry discusses dental implants and why they are becoming more and more popular. 

Three Main Parts

  • The Implant - The implant is a titanium root-like structure that is embedded into the bone. The bone fuses with the implant through a natural process known as osseointegration.

  • The Abutment - The abutment is a connector that fastens the prosthetic teeth to the implant. A small screw runs through the prosthesis and into the abutment to keep it tight. Abutments are often angled to allow for the correct placement of the prosthesis onto a slanted implant.

  • The Crown or Arch - Also known as the “tooth” or “prosthesis”, the crown should be designed to appear and be as strong as natural teeth. The best prosthesis is designed in a lab and custom-fit for each patient. Prosthetic teeth designed for dental implants can be for a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full set of teeth, known as a “full arch.”

Safety

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, around 3 million people in the United States have dental implants, and this number increases every year. Dental implant surgery is safe when a qualified and experienced surgeon or dentist like Dr. Carla Roher performs it. It is also the only dental restoration option that maintains the health of the person’s jawbone and stimulates its growth.

Risks

Some people are not candidates for dental implant surgery. It is not safe for dentists to operate on patients with:

  • acute illness

  • uncontrollable metabolic disease

  • bone or soft tissue disease or infection

Dentists may refrain from placing implants in patients with the following due to a higher risk of the implant complications:

  • heavy smoking habits

  • parafunctional habits, such as tooth grinding or clenching

  • behavioral or psychiatric disorders

  • HIV

  • diabetes

  • osteoporosis

  • AIDS

Dental surgeons may also choose not to operate on people undergoing the following treatments, due to an increased risk of implant complications:

  • bisphosphonate drug treatment for bone loss diseases

  • chemotherapy

  • radiation therapy of the head or neck

Why Are Dental Implants So Popular?

  • Long-lasting - With proper care and maintenance, implants can last as long as conventional restorations on teeth, with predictable outcomes.

  • Natural Look & Feel - Dental implants are made to look and function like natural teeth. Implants can give patients confidence again without worrying about how they look or if their dentures will become detached. 

  • High Success Rate - Well planned and cared for dental implants generally offer ‘survival rates’ comparable or better than other teeth replacement options. 

  • Eating Ability - Dental implants are anchored into your jaw bone just like natural teeth. Over time they will help preserve the jaw bone and significantly reduce bone resorption. Replacing missing teeth with implants allow you to eat and speak more efficiently. 

  • Improved Facial Features - Dental implants preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework. Additionally, they preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height. 

Call Us Today

Everyone wants to be able to smile confidently. Missing teeth can be a source of social anxiety and make enjoying the foods you love more difficult. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is one way to regain your ideal smile. Dr. Carla Roher and her experienced Savannah dental team can transform your smile using state-of-the-art technology, professional techniques, and top-quality materials into the healthy, natural-looking one you desire.

To find out what our cosmetic dentistry team can accomplish for you individually, Medical Arts Dentistry in Savannah today at (912) 921-0401 to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Roher.

 
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April 13, 2022

When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? When it comes to dental hygiene, it’s often one topic that doesn’t get as much attention or thought as others. However, there are important tips you should follow for maintaining optimal dental health. Here, Medical Arts Dentistry discusses toothbrush replacement and your overall oral health. 

Replacing Your Toothbrush 

The American Dental Association (ADA), recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months. Toothbrushes are like most things in life. Over time, the bristles degrade with normal wear and tear and become less effective. Studies have proven that around three months, the bristles break down and become less effective. Another thing we don’t typically think about is that germs can hide and build up in toothbrush bristles. This makes it very important to replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold/strep throat, or you can risk possible reinfection. If you can’t remember exactly how long it’s been, pay attention to the condition your toothbrush head is in. If the bristles are worn out or frayed, or especially if you see dark color changes, which is a sign bacteria is hiding in your toothbrush, replace it immediately.

What Happens If You Don’t Change Your Toothbrush?

Over time bacteria and fungus accumulate on your toothbrush leading to potential serious oral health risks. Risks includes damaging your gums, as old toothbrushes become ineffective with removing plaque from your teeth. Poor and improper cleaning can lead to gingivitis which in turn can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss. As recommended, change your toothbrush every  three months or after illness.

Dental Products To Consider 

Ask your dentist during your next dental checkup for recommendations about what tooth brush best meets your individual needs. Some common suggestions among dental professionals are:

  • Look for toothbrushes with soft bristles, as hard bristles damage your teeth and gums.
  • Choose a toothbrush head size that touches one or two teeth at a time.
  • Use a toothpaste containing fluoride approved by the ADA. 
  • Consider using mouthwash to further fight plaque and gingivitis. 
  • Don’t forget to floss. 
  • Consider investing in an electric brush. 

Do your research on what products fit your needs best, and don’t forget to ask your dentist for recommendations.

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Dental cleanings and exams are an essential part of keeping your teeth and mouth healthy and preventing decay and disease comprehensive dental services help you maintain healthy teeth and gums and a winning smile in addition, dental exams aid in the early detection of developing problems so you can be treated for issues earlier and more effectively to schedule a cleaning and exam, please call today for an appointment with our dental hygiene team.

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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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