Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
May 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth loss  
ToothLossAHealthRiskforOlderAdults

Tooth loss is a problem that affects many seniors—and since May is Older Americans Month, this is a good time to talk about it. Did you know that more than a quarter of adults over age 75 have lost all of their natural teeth? This not only affects their quality of life, but poses a significant health risk.

According to a study in The Journal of Prosthodontics, significant tooth loss is associated with increased risk for malnutrition—and also for obesity. If this seems like a contradiction, consider that when you have few or no teeth, it’s much easier to eat soft, starchy foods of little nutritional value than it is to eat nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables.

That’s just one reason why it’s important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. There are several ways to replace a full set of missing teeth including removable dentures, overdentures, and fixed dentures.

Removable dentures are the classic “false teeth” that you put in during the day and take out at night. Dentures have come a long way in terms of how convincing they look as replacement teeth, but they still have some disadvantages: For one thing, they take some getting used to—particularly while eating. Also, wearing removable dentures can slowly wear away the bone that they rest on. As that bone gradually shrinks over time, the dentures cease to fit well and require periodic adjustment (re-lining).

Overdentures are removable dentures that hook onto a few strategically placed dental implants, which are small titanium posts placed in the bone beneath your gums. Strong and secure, implants prevent the denture from slipping when you wear it. Implants also slow the rate of bone loss mentioned above, which should allow the denture to fit better over a longer period of time. But overdentures, too, are not meant to be worn all of the time.

Fixed dentures are designed to stay in your mouth all the time, and are the closest thing to having your natural teeth back. An entire row of fixed (non-removable) replacement teeth can usually be held in place by 4-6 dental implants. Dental implant surgery is an in-office procedure performed with the type of anesthesia that’s right for you. After implants have been placed and have integrated with your jaw bone—generally a period of a few months—you can enjoy all of your favorite foods again without worry or embarrassment.

If you would like more information about tooth-replacement options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
May 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Marietta wants you to knowdentures

A new denture can restore your self-esteem and self-confidence. A new denture can make you want to smile again, and when you smile, people around you smile back. You deserve to live a more positive life, and a new denture can help. Dr. James Hutson in Marietta, GA, can share the benefits of dentures and help you decide the right denture for you.

These are just a few of the benefits of dentures:

  • Dentures help you chew, which helps your digestion and overall health
  • Dentures help you enjoy the foods you love
  • Dentures help you look younger by restoring your full facial contours
  • Dentures help you look better, which restores your self-esteem and confidence

If you are currently suffering from dental pain due to badly damaged or decayed teeth, a denture can replace your teeth and eliminate your pain. If your social life isn’t all it could be because you are embarrassed by your smile, a denture can help you feel like getting out and meeting people.

There are many types of dentures to choose from. If you need to replace a full arch of teeth, either upper or lower, a full denture is the choice to make. You can choose from:

  • A conventional denture, which is placed after your tissue has healed completely from extractions, usually at 6 to 8 weeks
  • An immediate denture, which is placed right after tooth removal so you don’t have to be without teeth; a permanent denture will be made after your tissue has healed.
  • An overdenture, which is placed over implants or existing tooth roots; overdentures can be more stable and may help to conserve the bone in your jaw.

If you need to replace just a few teeth but not an entire arch, a partial may be right for you. You can choose from:

  • A conventional partial denture, which is a sturdy, permanent replacement for lost teeth
  • A transitional partial denture, which is meant as a temporary partial if you are awaiting implant placement

There are many benefits dentures can provide, both to your smile and to your life. You deserve a great life, and it begins with a great smile. For more information about dentures and other restorative and cosmetic dental services, call Dr. Hutson in Marietta, GA, today!

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
April 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
DontBreakItLikeBeckham

During his former career as a professional footballer (that's a soccer star to U.S. sports fans) David Beckham was known for his skill at “bending” a soccer ball. His ability to make the ball curve in mid-flight — to avoid a defender or score a goal — led scores of kids to try to “bend it like Beckham.” But just recently, while enjoying a vacation in Canada with his family, “Becks” tried snowboarding for the first time — and in the process, broke one of his front teeth.

Some fans worried that the missing tooth could be a “red card” for Beckham's current modeling career… but fortunately, he headed straight to the dental office as soon as he arrived back in England. Exactly what kind of treatment is needed for a broken tooth? It all depends where the break is and how badly the tooth is damaged.

For a minor crack or chip, cosmetic bonding may offer a quick and effective solution. In this procedure, a composite resin, in a color custom-made to match the tooth, is applied in liquid form and cured (hardened) with a special light. Several layers of bonding material can be applied to re-construct a larger area of missing tooth, and chips that have been saved can sometimes be reattached as well.

When more tooth structure is missing, dental veneers may be the preferred restorative option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They can not only correct small chips or cracks, but can also improve the color, spacing, and shape of your teeth.

But if the damage exposes the soft inner pulp of the tooth, root canal treatment will be needed to save the tooth. In this procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp tissue is removed and the tooth sealed against re-infection; if a root canal is not done when needed, the tooth will have an increased risk for extraction in the future. Following a root canal, a tooth is often restored with a crown (cap), which can look good and function well for many years.

Sometimes, a tooth may be knocked completely out of its socket; or, a severely damaged tooth may need to be extracted (removed). In either situation, the best option for restoration is a dental implant. Here, a tiny screw-like device made of titanium metal is inserted into the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure. Over time, it fuses with the living bone to form a solid anchorage. A lifelike crown is attached, which provides aesthetic appeal and full function for the replacement tooth.

So how's Beckham holding up? According to sources, “David is a trooper and didn't make a fuss. He took it all in his stride." Maybe next time he hits the slopes, he'll heed the advice of dental experts and wear a custom-made mouthguard…

If you have questions about restoring damaged teeth, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma and Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “Children's Dental Concerns and Injuries.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
March 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

You know that tooth loss hurts your appearance, speech and ability to bite and chew. Is there an alternative to those smile gaps? Good dental implantsnews! There is a wonderful tooth replacement option called the dental implant. Available from dentist Dr. James Hutson in Marietta, GA dental implants are true artificial teeth, replacing molars, incisors and literally any kind of tooth in any location in the mouth. The treatment is simple, and the results are lifelike and long-lasting. Find out more here.

The anatomy of a dental implant in Marietta

The single dental implant in Marietta has three distinct parts:

  • A titanium metal cylinder which Dr. Hutson surgically inserts into the jaw bone
  • An extension post
  • A realistic porcelain crown

Although the titanium implant is physiologically inert, human bone is attracted to it. So when your dentist places one in your jaw, the two form a bond through osseointegration.

The process begins immediately, but over time, the bond between jaw and implant strengthens even more, particularly after Dr. Hutson restores the implant with the extension post and customized crown. Dentists call dental implants "load-bearing" because of the intense forces biting and chewing exert on them and consequently exercise the jaw bone.

Qualifying for a dental implant

Many adults and older teens qualify for dental implants in Marietta. To make sure all is well, Dr. Hutson will examine your teeth and gums and take digital-rays to look at the size and density of your jaw bone. Then, the treatment can proceed with locally injected anesthetic or other sedation option as necessary.

Just one dental visit completes the simple oral surgery. When you return home, expect to wait several weeks for the implant site to heal completely.

In addition, know that the best implant candidates brush twice daily and floss every day according to American Dental Association guidelines. If you smoke, please consider a tobacco cessation program under the supervision of your family doctor. Tobacco degrades implant sites and may lead to peri-implantitis, a destructive infection similar to advanced gum disease.

Success and longevity

In more than 95 percent of cases, dental implant procedures succeed. Additionally, implants have a lifespan of up to 50 years. Implants which support bridgework and dentures boast similar success.

Fill those gaps

Dental implants from Dr. James Hutson in Marietta, GA complete, strengthen and beautify smiles. Explore your best smile with a personal consultation with Dr. Hutson and his friendly team. Call today for an appointment: (770) 424-7525.

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
February 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
26MillionFansLikeJustinBiebersChippedTooth

Is a chipped tooth big news? It is if you’re Justin Bieber. When the pop singer recently posted a picture from the dental office to his instagram account, it got over 2.6 million “likes.” The snapshot shows him reclining in the chair, making peace signs with his hands as he opens wide; meanwhile, his dentist is busy working on his smile. The caption reads: “I chipped my tooth.”

Bieber may have a few more social media followers than the average person, but his dental problem is not unique. Sports injuries, mishaps at home, playground accidents and auto collisions are among the more common causes of dental trauma.

Some dental problems need to be treated as soon as possible, while others can wait a few days. Do you know which is which? Here are some basic guidelines:

A tooth that’s knocked out needs attention right away. First, try and locate the missing tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid holding the tooth’s roots. Next, grasp the crown of the tooth and place it back in the socket facing the correct way. If that isn’t possible, place it between the cheek and gum, in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva or a special tooth preservative, or in a glass of cold milk. Then rush to the dental office or emergency room right away. For the best chance of saving the tooth, it should be treated within five minutes.

If a tooth is loosened or displaced (pushed sideways, deeper into or out of its socket), it’s best to seek dental treatment within 6 hours. A complete examination will be needed to find out exactly what’s wrong and how best to treat it. Loosened or displaced teeth may be splinted to give them stability while they heal. In some situations, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.

Broken or fractured (cracked) teeth should receive treatment within 12 hours. If the injury extends into the tooth’s inner pulp tissue, root canal treatment will be needed. Depending on the severity of the injury, the tooth may need a crown (cap) to restore its function and appearance. If pieces of the tooth have been recovered, bring them with you to the office.

Chipped teeth are among the most common dental injuries, and can generally be restored successfully. Minor chips or rough edges can be polished off with a dental instrument. Teeth with slightly larger chips can often be restored via cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. When more of the tooth structure is missing, the best solution may be porcelain veneers or crowns. These procedures can generally be accomplished at a scheduled office visit. However, if the tooth is painful, sensitive to heat or cold or producing other symptoms, don’t wait for an appointment — seek help right away.

Justin Bieber earned lots of “likes” by sharing a picture from the dental office. But maybe the take-home from his post is this: If you have a dental injury, be sure to get treatment when it’s needed. The ability to restore a damaged smile is one of the best things about modern dentistry.

If you have questions about dental injury, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”



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