By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you're thinking about getting dental implants, you may be curious about how long it might take. The answer depends on the health of your supporting bone.

Bone is an integral part of implant functionality as bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the newly placed implant to give it its characteristic strength. The implant also requires an adequate amount of bone to accurately position it for the best appearance outcome.

If the bone is sufficient and healthy, we can proceed with the surgical placement of the implant. The most common practice following surgery is to allow a few weeks for the bone integration described previously to take place before finally attaching the crown. With an alternative known as a “tooth in one day” procedure, we install a crown right after surgery, which gives you a full smile when you leave.

There's one caveat to this latter method, though—because the implant still requires bone integration, this immediate crown is temporary. It's designed to receive no pressure from biting or chewing, which could damage the still integrating implant. We'll install the permanent crown after the implant and bone have had time to fully mesh.

So, if your supporting bone is sound, the complete implant process may only take a few weeks. But what if it's not—what if you've lost bone and don't have enough to support an implant? In that case, the length of process time depends on the severity of the bone loss and if we're able to overcome it. In some cases, we can't, which means we'll need to consider a different restoration.

But it's often possible to regenerate lost bone by grafting bone material at the implant site. If the bone loss is moderate, it may take 2 to 4 months of regrowth after grafting before we can perform implant surgery. If it's more significant or there's disease damage to the socket, it may take longer, usually 4 to 6 months. It largely depends on the rate of bone regeneration.

In a nutshell, then, the health of your jaw's supporting bone has a lot to do with whether the implant process will take a few weeks or a few months. Regardless of the time, though, you'll gain the same result—new, functional teeth and a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, 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 “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea   snoring  

A full night's sleep isn't a luxury—we all need it for a healthy mind and body. But 50-70 million people in the U.S. aren't getting enough sleep because of a chronic sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

OSA happens when a sleeper's airway becomes blocked (most commonly by the tongue), cutting off oxygen to the brain. The body rouses from sleep to overcome the blockage. This awakening could last only a few seconds, after which the person immediately goes back to sleep. But it can occur hundreds of times a night and interrupt deeper sleep needed for a good night's rest.

Sleep disorders like OSA are a significant medical problem that could contribute to serious health issues like high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. If you're experiencing fatigue, irritability or your family's complaints of you snoring, you should see a physician for diagnosis and treatment options.

You should also consider another health professional who could be helpful in dealing with OSA—and may even be able to provide a treatment option: your dentist. Here's how.

A dentist could discover your OSA. Because of twice-a-year dental visits, dentists often see patients more frequently than other healthcare providers. A properly trained dentist could pick up on signs and symptoms of sleep disorder, including patients falling asleep and even snoring while in the dentist's chair.

Dentists are familiar with the mouth. Few healthcare providers focus on the oral cavity like dentists. Besides the teeth and gums, dentists also have extensive knowledge of the tonsils, uvula and tongue that often play a role in sleep disorders. As such, a dentist may notice abnormalities during routine exams that might contribute to airway obstruction during sleep.

Dentists provide a treatment option. Many OSA patients use a CPAP mask to maintain an open airway during sleep. But CPAP therapy can be uncomfortable for some. For mild to moderate cases of OSA, dentists can create an oral appliance based on the patient's mouth dimensions that prevents the tongue from sinking back into the throat.

If you believe you may have OSA or a similar sleep disorder, by all means speak with your doctor. But also mention it to your dentist—your dental provider might hold the key to a better night's sleep.

If you would like more information on how we could help with your sleep apnea symptoms, 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 “Sleep Disorders & Dentistry.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns   Bridges  

Are you wondering if dental crowns and bridges are right for you?

Are you currently dealing with tooth loss? Are you looking for a way to replace your missing teeth? If so, our Marietta, GA, cosmetic dentist Dr. James Hutson offers amazingly realistic and incredibly long-lasting crowns and bridges for patients who are looking to fill gaps in their smiles after tooth loss. Here are just some of the benefits associated with getting dental crowns and bridges.

Restore Chewing

Nothing is more difficult than chewing certain foods when you are missing one or several teeth. The good news is that by simply getting crowns and bridges to replace your missing teeth, our Marietta, GA, dental team can improve chewing forces so that it’s so much easier to eat all the foods you love without putting stress on your other teeth.

Make Speaking Easier

Another problem that people who are missing multiple teeth often face, is difficulty saying certain words or the development of a lisp. Fortunately, our dental team can help restore your speech by simply placing a dental bridge to fill gaps with resilient and natural-looking false teeth that will make it easier to pronounce any words without impediments.

Keep Teeth From Shifting Around

By placing teeth in these gaps, we can also prevent the rest of your natural teeth from slowly shifting into these spaces. This is why it’s important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Most healthy individuals who are missing at least one tooth are often ideal candidates for crowns and bridges.

Improve Your Appearance

This is more of an obvious benefit, but one that we still need to recognize. After all, nothing can make someone feel more embarrassed by their appearance than having large unsightly gaps in their smile. We know the toll that tooth loss can have not just on a person’s health but also on their appearance. We can help you get your full, confident smile back!

If you are interested in getting crowns and bridges from our expert dental team here in Marietta, GA, the next step is to call our office at (770) 424-7525 to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to sit down with you to discuss which tooth replacement options are right for you.

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
December 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental care  

You know you should see the dentist about that nagging tooth or gum problem, but you keep putting it off. Truth be told, you're a little nervous that your treatment visit might be unpleasant.

In one sense, your concern isn't unreasonable: The teeth and gums abound in nerves that are more than effective in signaling pain. Even minor dental procedures can trigger discomfort. In another sense, though, there's no need to worry, thanks to pain-numbing techniques using local anesthesia.

The term “local” is used because the applied anesthetic only affects the area and surrounding tissues needing treatment. The anesthetic drugs temporarily block nerve electrical impulses from transmitting pain signals to the brain. Unlike general anesthesia, which requires placing a patient in an unconscious state, a patient can be awake, yet feel no sensation around the anesthetized tissue.

Dentists typically use a two-step method to prevent patients from feeling any pain during a procedure. First, they apply a topical local anesthetic to the surface of the gums. Once these top layers have been numbed, they numb the underlying tissues by injecting the anesthetic with a needle. The goal of a topical application is to ensure the patient doesn't feel the prick of the needle used for deep tissue anesthesia.

Dentists follow strict protocols using anesthesia that have been developed over several decades. As a result, local anesthesia has revolutionized dental care and greatly reduced patient discomfort safely and effectively. Its effectiveness has in fact led to a common complaint that the numbness may linger long afterwards. But that also has been addressed with better combinations of anesthetic drugs to reduce the duration of the numbing effect.

And not only does local anesthesia make for a more relaxing and pleasant experience, it also benefits the dental provider. Dentists tend to work more efficiently when they know their patients aren't in discomfort, which can result in better treatment outcomes.

If you've been putting off a trip to the dentist because you think it might be painful or uncomfortable, put those concerns to rest. With the help of local anesthesia, dental treatment can be relaxing and pain-free.

If you would like more information on having a pain-free experience at the dentist, 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 “Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
December 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Missing teeth are not only a detriment to your oral health, but they can also affect your overall health. If you have lost some or all of your teeth, removable dentures are the easiest and most affordable solution. Dr. James Hutson is a dentist in Marietta. He can provide you with dentures.

How Dentures Can Change Your Life

Marietta dental patients who have lost many teeth find that dentures can help them in many ways, including:

  • Restoring your dental functions: If they fit properly, dentures allow you to bite and chew just as well as you could with your natural teeth. This means you don’t have to restrict your diet anymore and you will be getting a healthier nutritional balance.
  • Restoring your facial structure: When you have lost a significant number of your teeth, it causes your lips and cheeks to sag, which can lead to premature aging. Dentures restore the integrity of your facial structure, leaving you looking younger.
  • Preventing bone erosion. Over time, lost teeth cause your jawbone to erode. This is because the roots of your teeth are missing. Dentures can help reduce bone loss.
  • Boosting your confidence: You won’t have to feel embarrassed about missing teeth, so you can smile with confidence. You will also notice that you can speak more clearly.
  • Easy to maintain: Because you can remove dentures to clean them, maintaining good oral hygiene practices is simple.
  • Protecting your remaining teeth: If you do have some of your own teeth, dentures can help protect them by preventing them from shifting from their natural position and becoming loose and falling out.

If you live in Marietta and you would like to find out more about dentures, call Dr. Hutson at (770) 424-7525 to schedule an appointment. Whether you need partial dentures or a full set, Dr. Hutson is there to help.

This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

Dentist - Marietta
707 Whitlock Ave. SW,
Suite B22 Marietta, GA 30064
(770) 424-7525