Posts for: January, 2016

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Find out more about the teeth whitening procedure and whether it’s safe for your smile.

You’ve probably seen tons of ads regarding commercial whitening products for your smile, but how much do you know about teeth whiteningprofessional whitening? Yes, it may be more expensive than at-home treatments, but the results are instant and will get smiles significantly whiter. Before you decide to get in-office whitening, your Marietta, GA cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Hutson, wants you to know a bit more about whitening and your smile.

Is Teeth Whitening Bad for My Smile?

You may have heard stories stating that teeth whitening isn’t safe, but research has proved otherwise. In fact, when used properly by your Marietta cosmetic dentistry expert, teeth whitening is completely safe. In-office teeth whitening will not damage tooth enamel.

There are concerns with at-home whitening and being able to protect soft tissue from the harsh chemicals found in whitening gels, which is why it’s always a good idea to opt for dentist-supervised whitening. And, of course, there are certain things you’ll need to consider before determining whether teeth whitening is right for you.

If you have tooth sensitivity, teeth whitening can temporarily increase that sensitivity. We can work with you to determine what type of whitening gel we should use on your teeth if you have such sensitivity. It is also advised that pregnant or nursing mothers not get teeth whitening.

What Should I Expect from Teeth Whitening?

When you get dentist-supervised whitening, you can expect to walk out the door with an instantly brighter smile. Some patients can even get smiles that are eight times brighter than before. How much whiter your smile gets depends on the severity of your dental stains.

Teeth whitening is only used for those with external stains caused by consuming certain foods and drinks, or from smoking. When you come in for treatment, we will place a separator over your teeth to expose them while also protecting your gums from the bleaching gel. Then we will apply a layer of the whitener over your teeth that will be activated for about 15 minutes with a dental laser. The laser helps to speed up the whitening process.

Most whitening sessions consist of three, 15-minutes whitening applications. In just 45 minutes you too could have a more vibrant smile.

If teeth whitening is exactly what you think your smile needs, it’s time to call your dentist in Marietta, GA today. Let Dr. James Hutson give you a vibrant new smile this year.


By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  
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Restoring missing or unattractive teeth can often be a lengthy process. Months may elapse between initial teeth preparation and final placement to allow time for tissue healing and permanent crown manufacturing. During that period you will likely wear temporary (provisional) crowns to protect the teeth while improving function and appearance.

In the past, provisional crowns were fairly uniform. Today, though, there are provisional crowns available that conform exactly to a patient’s individual mouth. These crowns not only enhance function and appearance, they’re an excellent way to “try out” your new smile before the permanent restoration.

Customized provisional crowns are part of a concept known as “smile analysis.” A new smile involves more than restoring affected teeth: we also consider the overall health of your mouth, the shape of your face, and your own desires and expectations. Your final smile design is a joint collaboration between you, our office and the dental laboratory that will fashion the final restoration.

There are a number of techniques for creating customized provisional crowns. Some techniques involve bonding tooth-colored materials like composite resin directly to the teeth. Others use impression models of your teeth to create an outline or shell that’s filled with an acrylic material and then affixed to your teeth. The aim with any of these techniques is to produce a provisional crown that accurately reflects the final crown’s appearance.

With these types of provisional crowns, we can see how the new teeth will look (their color, shading, shapes and proportions) against the gums, and if they appear to be in balance and harmony with the entire face, including your lips, jaws and facial contour. We can also evaluate how well the new teeth function as you chew, speak or smile.

It takes some extra effort to prepare customized provisional crowns rather than the more uniform version. But this effort is well worth it: by helping us anticipate more accurately how your new restorations will appear and function, customized crowns help ensure your new smile is an attractive and satisfying one.

If you would like more information on temporary 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 “Concepts of Temporary Restorations.”


By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok, Thailand, filming a restaurant scene for the TV travel series The Getaway, when some temporary restorations (bonding) on her teeth ended up in her food.

As she recounted in an interview, “I was… like, ‘Oh my god, is my tooth going to fall out on camera?’ This is going to be horrible.” Yet despite the mishap, Teigen managed to finish the scene — and to keep looking flawless. What caused her dental dilemma? “I had chipped my front tooth so I had temporaries in,” she explained. “I’m a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand.”

Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone, supermodel or not. In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) occurs during the day, when you’re trying to cope with a stressful situation. Other times, it can occur at night — even while you’re asleep, so you retain no memory of it in the morning. Either way, it’s a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.

When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces produced by clenching and grinding, their hard outer covering (enamel) can quickly start to wear away. 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. Your teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold because of the lack of sufficient enamel. Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face.

You may not be aware of your own teeth-grinding behavior — but if you notice these symptoms, you might have a grinding problem. Likewise, after your routine dental exam, we may alert you to the possibility that you’re a “bruxer.” So what can you do about teeth clenching and grinding?

We can suggest a number of treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to dental appliances or procedures. Becoming aware of the behavior is a good first step; in some cases, that may be all that’s needed to start controlling the habit. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress — meditation, relaxation, a warm bath and a soothing environment — may also help. If nighttime grinding keeps occurring, an “occlusal guard” (nightguard) may be recommended. This comfortable device is worn in the mouth at night, to protect teeth from damage. If a minor bite problem exists, it can sometimes be remedied with a simple procedure; in more complex situations, orthodontic work might be recommended.

Teeth grinding at night can damage your smile — but you don’t have to take it lying down! If you have questions about bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”




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