Posts for: April, 2016

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
April 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Cosmetic dental technology has come a long way since dentures were the only tooth replacement game in town. In fact, dentures themselves have also been modernized and improved to offer natural looking, effective alternatives for patients of all ages, at any stage of tooth loss. And while the ability to eat and speak clearly, along with the cosmetic and social concerns attached to the appearance of Dental Implantsour teeth can all be addressed with a quality set of dentures or crowns and bridges, they have been limited to addressing tooth loss above the gum line. This leaves an empty space, where the root of the natural tooth once maintained order and structure in the invisible but important world inside the gums.

Smile Restoration with Dental Implants in Marietta

Dental implants are revolutionary in that they address the full scope of tooth loss by replacing the root of the missing tooth, to which the replacement crown is later attached. Our teeth are supported by a network of bone tissue inside the gums. When we lose one or several teeth, the bone tissue around the empty space where the roots used to be begins to erode.

Dr. James Hutson, a restorative and cosmetic dentist in Marietta, GA, recommends implants as a long-term, permanent solution to tooth loss. Once the implant, a titanium, biocompatible cone-shaped screw is in place, it gradually fuses with the surrounding bone tissue in the jaw, locking it in place to form an anchor for the cosmetic crown. Patients with full or partial dentures can also benefit from implants for added stability and support. Candidates for the procedure are in good overall health, with sufficient healthy bone tissue in the jaw.

Contact a Cosmetic Dentist in Marietta, GA

Whether you have been considering dental implants for some time, or would like more information on how they work and whether they are right for you, it is never too late or too early to invest in a healthy, beautiful smile. To learn more, contact Dr. James Hutson at (770) 424-7525 to schedule an appointment today.


JawSurgerymaybeNecessarytoCorrectSomeTypesofPoorBites

In a normal bite, the upper and lower teeth line up and fit together when you close your jaws. When they don’t, you have a poor bite or “malocclusion.” The most common cause is teeth out of position, which can be corrected by moving them with braces.

Sometimes, though, the size and position of the jaws is the primary cause for the malocclusion and not the teeth. If the discrepancy is minor, tooth movement alone might be sufficient; but if there’s a wide discrepancy in the symmetry of the face or the size of one jaw over the other then a surgical solution may be necessary. One common procedure is orthognathic surgery, which literally means to “straighten the jaw.”

A wide range of irregularities — both minor and major — can be corrected by adjusting and realigning the bone in the jaw. While orthognathic surgery can certainly improve your facial profile and smile, its main purpose is to restore function that’s been lost due to poor jaw alignment. Candidates for the surgery have difficulty chewing, biting or swallowing food, chronic pain or headaches related to the jaw joints, chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth, or sleep apnea.

In many cases, treatment involving orthognathic surgery requires a team approach between orthodontist, oral surgeon and general dentist. While the surgeon surgically alters and repairs the jaw or facial structure, the services of an orthodontist may still be needed to move teeth misaligned due to the underlying problem with the jaw structure. The general dentist ensures teeth and gums remain healthy during all the other treatment phases.

Orthognathic surgery can benefit both oral and general health, as well as improve the appearance of the entire face. The process, however, can be complicated: you or your family member will need to undergo a thorough examination to determine if you or they are a good candidate for the surgery. If so, the end result can be life-changing.

If you would like more information on the treatment of jaw development disorders, 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 “Jaw Surgery & Orthodontics.”


By James Hutson, DDS, PC
April 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
ArianaGrandeBreaksFree-ofHerWisdomTeeth

Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”

With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.

Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.

But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.

In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.

So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”




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