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By James Hutson, DDS, PC
April 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
HowKathyBatesRetainsHerMovie-StarSmile

In her decades-long career, renowned actress Kathy Bates has won Golden Globes, Emmys, and many other honors. Bates began acting in her twenties, but didn't achieve national recognition until she won the best actress Oscar for Misery — when she was 42 years old! “I was told early on that because of my physique and my look, I'd probably blossom more in my middle age,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “[That] has certainly been true.” So if there's one lesson we can take from her success, it might be that persistence pays off.

When it comes to her smile, Kathy also recognizes the value of persistence. Now 67, the veteran actress had orthodontic treatment in her 50's to straighten her teeth. Yet she is still conscientious about wearing her retainer. “I wear a retainer every night,” she said. “I got lazy about it once, and then it was very difficult to put the retainer back in. So I was aware that the teeth really do move.”

Indeed they do. In fact, the ability to move teeth is what makes orthodontic treatment work. By applying consistent and gentle forces, the teeth can be shifted into better positions in the smile. That's called the active stage of orthodontic treatment. Once that stage is over, another begins: the retention stage. The purpose of retention is to keep that straightened smile looking as good as it did when the braces came off. And that's where the retainer comes in.

There are several different kinds of retainers, but all have the same purpose: To hold the teeth in their new positions and keep them from shifting back to where they were. We sometimes say teeth have a “memory” — not literally, but in the sense that if left alone, teeth tend to migrate back to their former locations. And if you've worn orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, that means right back where you started before treatment.

By holding the teeth in place, retainers help stabilize them in their new positions. They allow new bone and ligaments to re-form and mature around them, and give the gums time to remodel themselves. This process can take months to years to be complete. But you may not need to wear a retainer all the time: Often, removable retainers are worn 24 hours a day at first; later they are worn only at night. We will let you know what's best in your individual situation.

So take a tip from Kathy Bates, star of the hit TV series American Horror Story, and wear your retainer as instructed. That's the best way to keep your straight new smile from changing back to the way it was — and to keep a bad dream from coming true.

If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.” The interview with Kathy Bates appears in the latest issue of Dear Doctor.

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
March 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
TomHanksAbscessedToothGetsCastAway

Did you see the move Cast Away starring Tom Hanks? If so, you probably remember the scene where Hanks, stranded on a remote island, knocks out his own abscessed tooth — with an ice skate, no less — to stop the pain. Recently, Dear Doctor TV interviewed Gary Archer, the dental technician who created that special effect and many others.

“They wanted to have an abscess above the tooth with all sorts of gunk and pus and stuff coming out of it,” Archer explained. “I met with Tom and I took impressions [of his mouth] and we came up with this wonderful little piece. It just slipped over his own natural teeth.” The actor could flick it out with his lower tooth when the time was right during the scene. It ended up looking so real that, as Archer said, “it was not for the easily squeamish!”

That’s for sure. But neither is a real abscess, which is an infection that becomes sealed off beneath the gum line. An abscess may result from a trapped piece of food, uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease, or even an infection deep inside a tooth that has spread to adjacent periodontal tissues. In any case, the condition can cause intense pain due to the pressure that builds up in the pus-filled sac. Prompt treatment is required to relieve the pain, keep the infection from spreading to other areas of the face (or even elsewhere in the body), and prevent tooth loss.

Treatment involves draining the abscess, which usually stops the pain immediately, and then controlling the infection and removing its cause. This may require antibiotics and any of several in-office dental procedures, including gum surgery, a root canal, or a tooth extraction. But if you do have a tooth that can’t be saved, we promise we won’t remove it with an ice skate!

The best way to prevent an abscess from forming in the first place is to practice conscientious oral hygiene. By brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes, and flossing at least once a day, you will go a long way towards keeping harmful oral bacteria from thriving in your mouth.

If you have any questions about gum disease or abscesses, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Periodontal (Gum) Abscesses” and “Confusing Tooth Pain.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentistry has several successful ways in which it can restore decayed or broken teeth and dental bonding is one of them. It is one of the dental bondingleast expensive and easiest ways of achieving this with one goal in mind, beautiful teeth that function as they should. With cosmetic dentistry in Marietta, Georgia, Dr. James Hutson can use bonding to replace missing tooth structure or hide imperfections on the teeth of children and adults alike.

About the Tooth Bonding Experience

Bonding materials are oftentimes called composite resins, containing glass and plastic materials, which add translucency and strength to teeth. The composite bonds to the surface of the tooth being treated. When bonding is done, it is hard to determine the bonded tooth from others in the mouth. Bonding does last less time than other restorations such as dental veneers, but it doesn’t require the need of a dental lab or multiple visits, which is convenient for patients of all ages. With cosmetic dentistry in Marietta, Georgia, Dr. Hutson can repair damaged teeth with ease.

Tooth bonding typically can be achieved in just one visit. The surface of the tooth is cleaned and etched with an acidic gel that opens up tiny pores in the surface making it more susceptible to receiving the bonding material. This is rinsed off and the liquid composite resin is painted on in thin layers. A curing light is used to harden the material. After the procedure is over, the tooth is polished.

Bonded teeth should be cared for the same as any other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. With proper care, a bonded tooth can stay beautiful for years. With cosmetic dentistry in Marietta, Georgia from Dr. Hutson, your smile can be restored in just one dental visit. To schedule an appointment to discuss tooth bonding with him, call 770-424-7525 today.

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
February 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: apioectomy  
EvenifaRootCanalWontWorkThisProcedureCouldSaveyourTooth

A root canal treatment is a highly effective way to save a deeply decayed tooth. Sometimes, though, complications make it difficult or even impossible to perform the traditional procedure. In those cases, we may need to use a different option.

Tooth decay becomes an imminent threat to a tooth's survival if it works its way into the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth. It's only a short advancement from there into the roots by way of the root canals.

In a typical root canal treatment, we access the pulp by drilling a small hole in the biting surface of a back tooth or the back side of a front tooth. We remove all the tissue within the pulp and fill it and the root canals with a special filling to prevent re-infection. After sealing the access hole, we cap the tooth with a crown to further protect it.

Although root canal treatments have a high success rate, re-infection can still occur. Often, a second root canal will save the tooth from the new infection.

In some cases, though, using the traditional procedure might do more harm than good. It's possible we may find extra canals previously undetected branching out from the primary canal at the root end. Canals can calcify and narrow, making them extremely difficult to fill. Subsequent dental work may also prove troublesome: we would have to take the restoration apart, which could further weaken the tooth.

The alternative is a procedure known as an apicoectomy. Instead of accessing the pulp through the crown, we access the root end through the gum tissue. We then focus on removing infected tissue at the tooth's root end, along with a tiny amount of the root tip. We then place a small filling at the end of the root canal (essentially plugging it up) to prevent further infection. We may also perform grafting to encourage bone growth in any voids left by the procedure.

Endodontists, specialists in root canals, have the advanced training and specialized equipment to perform an apicoectomy. With their expertise, they may be able to save your tooth with this specialized procedure when a root canal treatment won't work.

If you would like more information on options for treating decayed teeth, 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 “Apicoectomy: A Surgical Option When Root Canal Treatment Fails.”

By James Hutson, DDS, PC
January 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

It’s time you figured out which type of cosmetic dentistry could give you the ideal smile.

Isn’t it tiring always worrying about what your smile looks like? Don’t you wish you could go back in time and prevent these issues from cosmetic dentistryhappening in the first place? We completely understand, which is why our Marietta, GA cosmetic dentist Dr. James Hutson can certainly help you get back that beautiful smile you lost with cosmetic dentistry.

Some of the cosmetic dentistry options we currently offer in Marietta include:

Dental Bonding

If you have minor chips, discolorations or other imperfections, we may be able to correct them through composite bonding. We will apply and sculpt a tooth-colored resin over these problem areas before hardening it with a special light. Now the flaws are hidden and what you’ll get it a more attractive smile.

Teeth Whitening

This is one of the most popular cosmetic options we offer. If you have stains due to foods, drinks, smoking or poor hygiene, then you could benefit from this powerful system that can remove surface stains from enamel and dentin and get some smiles several shades whiter.

Porcelain Veneers

If you have more moderate to serious imperfections that dental bonding won’t be able to tackle then our Marietta dentist may recommend veneers, thin tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide flaws and to give you a whiter, straighter and more even smile.

Dental Implants

If you are dealing with missing teeth and want a long-term solution, then implants are the best way to go. There is no other restoration that acts just like a natural tooth. When the implant is placed into the jawbone it naturally fuses together with the bone to support a dental crown.

Full Makeovers

Sometimes a patient requires more than one cosmetic treatment in order to improve their smile. Some teeth may benefit from whitening while other discolorations may require bonding or veneers. We would be happy to address your serious cosmetic issues and discuss the many options we have to improve your smile for the better.

Isn’t it time you had a smile that you couldn’t wait to show off? We want to give you that smile. Turn to our Marietta, GA, cosmetic dental practice to schedule your cosmetic consultation.



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707 Whitlock Ave. SW,
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